Category Archives: Top Songs

Hey Ya! It’s Crazy – the Top 10 Rock Songs of the Oughts (2000’s)

Hey (Ya), have you been wondering about the top songs of the Oughts (2000’s)?  Well, neither have I (kidding).  It was a crazy decade (according to songs 3 and 4).  Here they are, according to digitaldreamdoor.com:

1. Hey Ya – Outkast

Outkast

2. Lose Yourself – Eminem

Eminem

3. Crazy in Love – Beyoncé feat. Jay Z

Beyonce

4. Crazy – Gnarls Barkley

Gnarls Barkley

5. Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes

White Stripes

6. Clocks – Coldplay

Coldplay

7. Paper Planes – M.I.A.

M.I.A.

8. Last Night – The Strokes

The Strokes

9. Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand

10. Jesus Walks – Kanye West

Enjoy!

Five for Friday – Five Festive Funnies

I started thinking about Christmas and my thoughts turned to great Christmas songs that nobody else seems to like, yet are among my favorites.  How can one go wrong with Dr. Demento, Stan Freberg, Weird Al, Spike Jones…? 

With that in mind, here’s a Five for Friday – Five Festive Funnies (and it’s only Tuesday):

All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth – Spike Jones & His City Slickers


The Singing Dogs’ Jingle Bells – Dr. Demento

I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas – Gayla Peevey

Green Christmas – Stan Freberg

Christmas at Ground Zero – Weird Al Yankovic

Enjoy!

100 One Hit Wonders of the 80’s (by VH1)

The VH1 Blog has listed the “100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s.”  After reading the list, I’m thinking it’s a stretch to call them all hits.  Some are great, though.  See what you think:

Here’s #1 – Come on Eileen by Dexy’s Midnight Runners

Here’s the entire list (in VH1’s rank order):

1 Dexy’s Midnight Runners: “Come on Eileen”
2 Flock of Seagulls: “I Ran (So Far Away)”
3 A-Ha: “Take On Me”
4 Tommy Tutone: “867-5309 / Jenny”
5 Soft Cell: “Tainted Love”
6 Toni Basil: “Mickey”
7 Modern English: “I Melt With You”
8 Bow Wow Wow: “I Want Candy”
9 Kajagoogoo: “Too Shy”
10 Frankie Goes to Hollywood: “Relax”
11 Gary Numan: “Cars”
12 Animotion: “Obsesssion”
13 Thomas Dolby: “She Blinded Me With Science”
14 Big Country: “In A Big Country”
15 Devo: “Whip It”
16 Nena: “99 Luft Balloons”
17 Men Without Hats: “The Safety Dance”
18 Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock: “It Takes Two”
19 Dead or Alive: “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)”
20 Rockwell: “Somebody’s Watching Me”
21 Twisted Sister: “We’re Not Gonna Take It”
22 Michael Sembello: “Maniac”
23 Eddy Grant: “Electric Avenue”
24 Edie Brickell & New Bohemians: “What I Am”
25 Musical Youth: “Pass the Dutchie”

26 Cutting Crew: “I Just Died In Your Arms”
27 Stacey Q: “Two of Hearts”
28 John Parr: “St. Elmos Fire (Man In Motion)”
29 Madness: “Our House”
30 The Vapors: “Turning Japanese”
31 Bobby McFerrin: “Don’t Worry Be Happy”
32 Quarterflash: “Harden My Heart”
33 John Waite: “Missing You”
34 The Waitresses: “I Know What Boys Like”
35 Tom Tom Club: “Genius of Love”
36 Weather Girls: “It’s Raining Men”
37 Lipps, Inc.: “Funkytown”
38 Bruce Willis: “Respect Yourself”
39 Matthew Wilder: “Break My Stride”
40 The Buggles: “Video Killed the Radio Star”
41 Billy Vera “At This Moment”
42 Timbuk 3 “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades”
43 Shannon “Let the Music Play”
44 Wall of Voodoo “Mexican Radio”
45 Robbie Nevil “C’est La Vie”
46 Georgia Satellites “Keep Your Hands To Yourself”
47 Pretty Poison “Catch Me I’m Falling”
48 Yello “Oh Yeah”
49 Philip Bailey (w/ Phil Collins) “Easy Lover”
50 Neneh Cherry “Buffalo Stance”
51 After the Fire “Der Kommissar”
52 Mary Jane Girls “In My House”
53 Taco “Puttin’ On the Ritz”
54 Chris DeBurgh “Lady in Red”
55 Johnny Kemp “Just Got Paid”
56 Til Tuesday “Voices Carry”
57 Jermaine Stewart “We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off”
58 Don Johnson “Heartbeat”
59 The Outfield “Your Love”
60 Nu Shooz “I Can’t Wait”
61 E.U.: “Da Butt”
62 XTC: “Dear God”

63 Oran “Juice” Jones: “The Rain”
64 Robbie Dupree: “Steal Away”
65 Boomtown Rats: “I Don’t Like Mondays”
66 The Jeff Healy Band: “Angel Eyes”
67 Martika: “Toy Soldiers”
68 Peter Schilling: “Major Tom”
69 T’Pau: “Heart And Soul”
70 Harold Faltermeyer: “Axel F”
71 Jack Wagner: “All I Need”
72 Swing Out Sister: “Breakout”
73 Paul Hardcastle: “19″
74 Information Society: “What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy)”
75 Bertie Higgins: “Key Largo”
76 J.J. Fad: “Supersonic”
77 General Public: “Tenderness”
78 Aldo Nova: “Fantasy”
79 Alannah Myles: “Black Velvet”
80 Eddie Murphy: “Party All The Time”
81 Josie Cotton: “Johnny Are You Queer?”
82 Red Rider: “Lunatic Fringe”
83 Paul Lekakis: “Boom Boom Boom Let’s Go Back to My Room”
84 The Church: “Under The Milky Way”
85 Ziggy Marley And The Melody Makers: “Tomorrow People”
86 Patrice Rushen: “Forget Me Nots”
87 Vixen: “Edge Of A Broken Heart”
88 Nik Kershaw: “Wouldn’t it Be Good”
89 Rodney Dangerfield: “Rappin’ Rodney”
90 Haircut 100: “Love Plus One”
91 Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson: “Friends And Lovers”
92 Frank Stallone: “Far From Over”
93 L.A. Guns: “The Ballad of Jayne”
94 Club Nouveau: “Lean On Me”
95 Midnight Oil: “Beds are Burning”
96 The Fabulous Thunderbirds: “Tuff Enuff”
97 Will To Power: “Baby I Love Your Way / Freebird”
98 Buckner & Garcia: “Pac-Man Fever”
99 Michael Damian: “Rock On”
100 Clarence Clemons (and Jackson Browne): “You’re A Friend Of Mine”

I’m hoping Alphainventions will like this.

Enjoy!

Rock Around the Fifties – Top Selling Songs of the 1950’s

Do you remember the 50’s?  Do I remember?  No – Yet, the 50’s were the best time of my life.  I didn’t work, I didn’t go to school, I didn’t have to do anything… except eat, drink, fill my diaper, and cry (I was born in June of ’59 – I know… I’m ancient).

At any rate, here are the top selling songs of my birth decade (pay special attention to 1959) as determined by the RIAA and NEA.  This list reads like the soundtrack to American Graffitti or Happy Days (thinking particulary about Rock Around the Clock, Blueberry Hill, At the Hop, and Yakety Yak).

The top selling song of the decade?  Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley and his Comets (bonus trivia- Bill Haley started out as a yodeling cowboy singer and was not the first to record Rock Around the Clock):

The Top Selling Songs of the 1950’s:

Nat King Cole – Mona Lisa – 1950
Patti Page – The Tennessee Waltz – 1950
Roy Rogers/Dale Evans – Happy Trails – 1951
Les Paul & Mary Ford – How High the Moon – 1951
The Weavers – On Top of Old Smoky – 1951
cast recording – The King and I – 1951
Hank Williams – Your Cheatin’ Heart – 1953
The Chordettes – Mr. Sandman – 1954
Erroll Garner Trio – Misty – 1954
The Modern Jazz Quartet – Django – 1954
The Penguins – Earth Angel – 1954
Joe Turner – Shake Rattle and Roll – 1954
Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley – 1955
Tennessee Ernie Ford – Sixteen Tons – 1955
*Bill Haley & the Comets – Rock Around the Clock – 1955
Al Hibbler – Unchained Melody – 1955
George Beverly Shea – How Great Thou Art – 1955
Mary Lou Williams – Zodiac Suite – 1955
Johnny Cash – I Walk the Line – 1956
Doris Day – Que Sera Sera – 1956
Fats Domino – Blueberry Hill – 1956
The Five Satins – In the Still of the Night – 1956
Little Richard – Tutti Frutti – 1956
Frankie Lymon & Teenagers – Why Do Fools Fall in Love – 1956
Carl Perkins – Blue Suede Shoes – 1956
Elvis Presley – Heartbreak Hotel – 1956
Elvis Presley – Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel – 1956
Muddy Waters – Got My Mojo Workin’ – 1956
cast recording – My Fair Lady – 1956
Harry Belafonte – Banana Boat (Day-O) – 1957
Sam Cooke – You Send Me – 1957
Danny & The Juniors – At the Hop – 1957
The Everly Brothers – Wake Up Little Susie – 1957
Buddy Holly – Peggy Sue – 1957
Jerry Lee Lewis – Great Balls of Fire – 1957
Johnny Mathis – Chances Are – 1957
cast recording – West Side Story – 1957
Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode – 1958
The Champs – Tequila – 1958
The Coasters – Yakety Yak – 1958
Eddie Cochran – Summertime Blues – 1958
Connie Francis – Who’s Sorry Now – 1958
The Kingston Trio – Tom Dooley – 1958
The Platters – Smoke Gets in Your Eyes – 1958
Louis Prima & Keely Smith – That Old Black Magic – 1958
Ritchie Valens – Donna/La Bamba – 1958
cast recording – The Music Man – 1958
Ray Charles – What’d I Say – 1959
Dave Brubeck – Take Five – 1959
Bobby Darin – Mack the Knife – 1959
Miles Davis – Kind of Blue – 1959
The Flamingos – I Only Have Eyes for You – 1959
Wilbert Harrison – Kansas City – 1959
Johnny Horton – The Battle of New Orleans – 1959
The Isley Brothers – Shout – 1959
Marty Robbins – El Paso – 1959

As a bonus Kansas City by Wilbert Harrison (a musical influence on the Beatles):

Enjoy!

R-E-S-P-E-C-T the 60’s – Top Songs of the Decade

Lately, all we are hearing about is change.  The 1960’s was a great era for change.

The Beatles changed the way we listened to music, Little Eva changed the way we danced, Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto changed the way we enjoyed elevators, Tony Bennett changed the way we enjoyed San Francisco, Joan Baez changed the way we protested, Roy Orbison changed the way we wore sunglasses…

Singers of standards gave way to the British Invasion, dance music gave way to listening, innocence gave way to protest…

The top selling song of the 1960’s?  Respect by Aretha Franklin:

The top selling songs of the 1960’s (and what a great list it is), according to the RIAA and NEA:

Ray CharlesGeorgia on My Mind – 1960
Mark DinningTeen Angel – 1960
Chubby CheckerThe Twist – 1960
Brenda LeeI’m Sorry – 1960
cast recordingThe Sound of Music – 1960
Patsy ClineI Fall to Pieces – 1961
DionRunaround Sue – 1961
Ben E. KingStand By Me – 1961
Henry ManciniMoon River – 1961
Roy OrbisonCrying – 1961
The ShirellesWill You Love Me Tomorrow – 1961
The TokensThe Lion Sleeps Tonight – 1961
Tony BennettI Left My Heart in San Francisco – 1962
Ketty LesterLove Letters – 1962
Little EvaThe Loco-Motion – 1962
Joan BaezWe Shall Overcome – 1963
Johnny CashRing of Fire – 1963
The DriftersOn Broadway – 1963
Lesley GoreIt’s My Party – 1963
The KingsmenLouie Louie – 1963
Peter, Paul & MaryBlowin’ in the Wind – 1963
The RonettesBe My Baby – 1963
The TymesSo in Love – 1963
The AnimalsHouse of the Rising Sun – 1964
The BeatlesI Want to Hold Your Hand – 1964
John ColtraneA Love Supreme – 1964
Bob DylanThe Times They Are A-Changin’ – 1964
Stan Getz/Astrud GilbertoThe Girl From Ipanema – 1964
The KinksYou Really Got Me – 1964
Martha & The VandellasDancing in the Street – 1964
Dean MartinEverybody Loves Somebody – 1964
Roy OrbisonOh Pretty Woman – 1964
The Shangri-LasLeader of the Pack – 1964
Dionne WarwickWalk on By – 1964
Mary WellsMy Guy – 1964
The BeatlesYesterday/Act Naturally – 1965
James BrownI Got You (I Feel Good) – 1965
The ByrdsTurn Turn Turn – 1965
Petula ClarkDowntown – 1965
Jackie DeShannonWhat the World Needs Now Is Love – 1965
Bob DylanLike a Rolling Stone – 1965
Ramsey Lewis TrioThe In Crowd – 1965
The ImpressionsPeople Get Ready – 1965
Roger MillerKing of the Road – 1965
The MiraclesThe Tracks of My Tears – 1965
Wilson PickettIn the Midnight Hour – 1965
The Righteous BrothersYou’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ – 1965
The Rolling StonesSatisfaction – 1965
Simon & GarfunkelSounds of Silence – 1965
Sonny & CherI Got You Babe – 1965
The SupremesStop in the Name of Love – 1965
The TemptationsMy Girl – 1965
Frank SinatraStrangers in the Night – 1966
The Four TopsReach Out I’ll Be There – 1966
Mamas & PapasCalifornia Dreamin’ – 1966
Percy Sledge When a Man Loves a Woman – 1966
Louis ArmstrongWhat a Wonderful World – 1967
The Beach BoysGood Vibrations – 1967
The BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – 1967
Buffalo SpringfieldFor What It’s Worth – 1967
Glen CampbellBy the Time I Get to Phoenix – 1967
The DoorsLight My Fire – 1967
*Aretha FranklinRespect – 1967
Marvin Gaye/Tammi TerrellAin’t No Mountain High Enough – 1967
Bobbie GentryOde to Billy Joe – 1967
Merle HaggardSing Me Back Home – 1967
Jefferson AirplaneWhite Rabbit – 1967
Sam & DaveSoul Man – 1967
Van MorrisonBrown Eyed Girl – 1967
DionAbraham, Martin and John – 1968
Marvin GayeI Heard It Through the Grapevine – 1968
Jimi HendrixAll Along the Watchtower – 1968
Otis ReddingDock of the Bay – 1968
Sly & The Family StoneEveryday People – 1968
SteppenwolfBorn to be Wild – 1968
Tammy WynetteStand By Your Man – 1968
Creedence Clearwater RevivalProud Mary – 1969
Edwin Hawkins SingersO Happy Day – 1969
B.B. KingThe Thrill Is Gone – 1969
Frank SinatraMy Way – 1969
B.J. ThomasRaindrops Keep Falling on My Head – 1969
cast recordingHair – 1969
Miles DavisBitches Brew – 1969
The Jackson 5I Want You Back – 1969
NilssonEverybody’s Talkin’ – 1969

A great song to end the era?  My Way by Frank Sinatra (And now, the end is near…):

Enjoy!

Bye, Bye to the 70’s (sigh) – The Top Selling Songs of the 70’s

The 70’s… the music started out mellow, but rocked us through the decade; it was almost killed by disco, then ended with a hip/hop song (Rapper’s Delight by Sugar Hill Gang, the first hip/hop single to make the top 40) that introduced us to rap. 

The top selling song of the 70’s?  American Pie by Don McLean.  As a side note, Roberta Flack’s Killing Me Softly with His Song (also on this list), was written about Don McLean.

Here are the top selling songs of the 1970’s (according to the RIAA and NEA):

The Carpenters – Close to You – 1970
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Ohio – 1970
The Grateful Dead – Uncle John’s Band – 1970
Loretta Lynn – Coal Miner’s Daughter – 1970
Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi – 1970
James Taylor – Fire and Rain 1970
Edwin Starr – War 1970
Three Dog NightJoy to the World – 1971
Janis JoplinMe and Bobby McGee – 1971
John DenverTake Me Home Country Roads – 1971
John LennonImagine – 1971
Led ZeppelinStairway to Heaven – 1971
Carole KingIt’s Too Late/I Feel the Earth Move – 1971
Marvin GayeWhat’s Going On – 1971
Isaac HayesTheme From Shaft – 1971
*Don McLeanAmerican Pie – 1971
SantanaOye Como Va – 1971
The Staple SingersRespect Yourself – 1971
Rod StewartMaggie May – 1971
Harold Melvin/Blue NotesIf You Don’t Know Me By Now – 1972
Johnny NashI Can See Clearly Now – 1972
ChicagoSaturday in the Park – 1972
Derek & The DominosLayla – 1972
Al GreenLet’s Stay Together – 1972
Helen ReddyI Am Woman – 1972
Bill WithersLean On Me – 1972
Stevie WonderSuperstition – 1972
Stevie WonderYou Are the Sunshine of My Life – 1973
Neil YoungHeart of Gold – 1972
Jim CroceTime in a Bottle – 1973
Allman Brothers BandRamblin’ Man – 1973
Thomas Dorsey/Marion WilliamsTake My Hand Precious Lord – 1973
Roberta FlackKilling Me Softly With His Song – 1973
Elton JohnGoodbye Yellow Brick Road – 1973
Gladys Knight & The PipsMidnight Train to Georgia – 1973
Charlie RichBehind Closed Doors – 1973
Carly SimonYou’re So Vain – 1973
Barbra StreisandThe Way We Were – 1973
Harry ChapinThe Cat’s in the Cradle – 1974
Billy JoelPiano Man – 1974
Lynyrd SkynyrdFree Bird – 1974
Shirley CaesarNo Charge – 1975
K.C. & The Sunshine BandThat’s the Way( I Like It) – 1975
Linda RonstadtWhen Will I Be Loved – 1975
Bruce SpringsteenBorn to Run – 1975
AerosmithWalk This Way – 1976
George BensonThis Masquerade – 1976
Weather ReportBirdland – 1976
AbbaDancing Queen – 1977
The Bee GeesStayin’ Alive – 1978
Jimmy BuffettMargaritaville – 1977
The EaglesHotel California – 1977
Fleetwood MacGo Your Own Way – 1977
QueenWe Are the Champions/We Will Rock You – 1977
Waylon Jennings/Willie NelsonMama’s Don’t Let Your Babies… – 1978
Kenny RogersThe Gambler – 1978
The Village PeopleY.M.C.A. – 1978
Charlie Daniels BandThe Devil Went Down to Georgia – 1979
Gloria GaynerI Will Survive – 1979
Sister SledgeWe Are Family – 1979
soundtrack recordingGrease – 1979
BlondieHeart of Glass – 1979
Bob SegerOld Time Rock & Roll – 1979
Sugar Hill GangRapper’s Delight – 1979

Here’s that groundbreaking first hip/hop single – Rapper’s Delight by Sugar Hill Gang:

Enjoy!

What’s The 80’s Got to Do With It? The Top Songs of the 80’s.

Ah… The 80’s.  Who owned the top selling song?  Michael Jackson? …(no) George Michael? …(nope) Prince? …(nah) Springsteen? …(nup)  Must be Madonna? …(nooo).  How about Tina Turner? …(yes!).  What’s love got to do with it?  Apparently… everything!

What an ecelctic list it is – and what a great decade it was, with something for (nearly) everyone.  Here are the top selling songs of the 1980’s, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and the National Endowment for the Arts:

AlabamaMy Home’s in Alabama – 1980
George JonesHe Stopped Loving Her Today – 1980
Kool & The GangCelebration – 1980
Willie NelsonOn the Road Again – 1980
Dolly Parton9 to 5 – 1980
Pink FloydAnother Brick in the Wall – 1980
Kim CarnesBette Davis Eyes – 1981
Joe Cocker/Jennifer WarnesUp Where We Belong – 1982
The Go-Go’sWe Got the Beat – 1982
Grandmaster FlashThe Message – 1982
Amy GrantEl Shaddai – 1982
Joan JettI Love Rock ‘n’ Roll – 1982
John Cougar MellencampJack and Diane – 1982
Prince1999 – 1982
Donna SummerShe Works Hard for the Money – 1983
Irene CaraFlashdance – 1983
Herbie HancockRockit – 1983
Michael JacksonBeat It – 1983
Cyndi LauperGirls Just Want to Have Fun – 1983
Talking Heads – Burning Down the House – 1983
The JuddsMama He’s Crazy – 1984
The Pointer SistersI’m So Excited – 1984
The PoliceEvery Breath You Take – 1983
PrincePurple Rain – 1984
Bruce SpringsteenBorn in the U.S.A. – 1984
*Tina Turner – What’s Love Got to Do With It – 1984
Van HalenJump – 1984
Hank Williams Jr.All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight – 1984
USA for AfricaWe Are the World – 1985
MadonnaMaterial Girl – 1985
Paul SimonGraceland – 1986
Steve WinwoodHigher Love – 1986
Dionne Warwick & FriendsThat’s What Friends Are For – 1986
U2I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – 1987
The Beastie BoysFight for Your Right (to Party) – 1987
George MichaelFaith – 1987
Guns N’ RosesSweet Child o’ Mine – 1988
Bobby McFerrinDon’t Worry Be Happy – 1988
Tracy ChapmanFast Car – 1988
The B-52’sLove Shack – 1989
Bette MidlerThe Wind Beneath My Wings – 1989
Tom PettyFree Fallin’ – 1989
Public EnemyFight the Power – 1989

Enjoy!