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Friday, July 26, 2013

The Rolling Stones’ Top 100 Songs

In a birthday wish to Mick Jagger (born July 26, 1943), the DMDB presents an updated version of its list of the top 100 Rolling Stones’ songs originally posted as a Facebook note on May 31, 2011, in honor of two Rolling Stones’ birthdays: guitarist Ron Wood was born 6/1/1947 and drummer Charlie Watts was born 6/2/1941.

As always, DMDB lists are determined by creating an aggregate list from multiple other best-of lists and factoring in chart success, sales, airplay, and awards. In addition, 16 lists were figured into the mix which were exclusively best-of the Stones’ lists. I’ve also factored in appearances on 21 anthologies and live collections and 22 best-of lists focused on Stones’ songs.


The Rolling Stones’ Top 100 Songs

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

  1. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (1965)
  2. Honky Tonk Women (1969)
  3. Jumpin’ Jack Flash (1968)
  4. Brown Sugar (1971)
  5. Sympathy for the Devil (1968)
  6. Paint It, Black (1966)
  7. Angie (1973)
  8. Start Me Up (1981)
  9. Get Off of My Cloud (1965)
  10. You Can’t Always Get What You Want (1969)

    Honky Tonk Women

  11. Miss You (1978)
  12. Ruby Tuesday (1967)
  13. Gimme Shelter (1969)
  14. Wild Horses (1971)
  15. Tumbling Dice (1972)
  16. The Last Time (1965)
  17. Street Fighting Man (1968)
  18. Let’s Spend the Night Together (1967)
  19. 19th Nervous Breakdown (1966)
  20. As Tears Go By (1965)

    Jumpin’ Jack Flash

  21. Beast of Burden (1978)
  22. It’s Only Rock and Roll (But I Like It) (1974)
  23. Under My Thumb (1966)
  24. It’s All Over Now (1964)
  25. Time Is on My Side (1964)
  26. Waiting on a Friend (1981)
  27. Mother’s Little Helper (1966)
  28. Happy (1972)
  29. She’s a Rainbow (1967)
  30. Emotional Rescue (1980)

    Brown Sugar

  31. Undercover of the Night (1983)
  32. Fool to Cry (1976)
  33. Shattered (1978)
  34. Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadows? (1966)
  35. Can’t You Hear Me Knocking (1971)
  36. Bitch (1971)
  37. Not Fade Away (1964)
  38. Heart of Stone (1964)
  39. Mixed Emotions (1989)
  40. Play with Fire (1965)

    Sympathy for the Devil (at Altamont)

  41. Midnight Rambler (1979)
  42. Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) (1973)
  43. Rock and a Hard Place (1989)
  44. Moonlight Mile (1971)
  45. Let It Bleed (1969)
  46. Little Red Rooster (1964)
  47. Tell Me (You’re Coming Back) (1964)
  48. Ain’t Too Proud to Beg (1974)
  49. No Expectations (1968)
  50. Shine a Light (1972)

    Paint It, Black

  51. I’m Free (1965)
  52. Dandelion (1967)
  53. She’s So Cold (1980)
  54. Hang Fire (1981)
  55. Lady Jane (1966)
  56. Dead Flowers (1971)
  57. Harlem Shuffle (1986)
  58. A Love in Vain (1969)
  59. Monkey Man (1969)
  60. Out of Time (1966)

    Angie

  61. Sweet Virginia (1972)
  62. All Down the Line (1972)
  63. We Love You (1967)
  64. Memory Motel (1976)
  65. 2000 Light Years from Home (1967)
  66. One Hit to the Body (1986)
  67. Going to a Go-Go (live) (1982)
  68. Sister Morphine (1971)
  69. Rocks Off (1972)
  70. Sway (1971)

    Start Me Up (at the Super Bowl Half Time Show)

  71. Far Away Eyes (1978)
  72. Love Is Strong (1994)
  73. She Was Hot (1983)
  74. Stray Cat Blues (1968)
  75. Salt of the Earth (1968)
  76. You Got Me Rocking (1994)
  77. High Wire (1991)
  78. Come On (1963)
  79. Hot Stuff (1976)
  80. Almost Hear You Sigh (1989)

    You Can’t Always Get What You Want

  81. Live with Me (1969)
  82. Saint of Me (1998)
  83. Loving Cup (1972)
  84. Starf***er (aka “Star Star”) (1973)
  85. Anybody Seen My Baby? (1997)
  86. When the Whip Comes Down (1978)
  87. Out of Tears (1994)
  88. Time Waits for No One (1974)
  89. You Got the Silver (1969)
  90. Rip This Joint (1972)

    Gimme Shelter

  91. Before They Make Me Run (1978)
  92. Let It Loose (1972)
  93. I Wanna Be Your Man (1963)
  94. Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) (1978)
  95. Torn and Frayed (1972)
  96. Some Girls (1978)
  97. Like a Rolling Stone (live) (1995)
  98. Route 66 (1964)
  99. Ventilator Blues (1972)
  100. Respectable (1978)


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Sunday, July 14, 2013

People’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame

There have been 20 induction classes since the People’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame was founded in 2010 by Ted Cogswell. It is really just his pet project and not an official organization. The concept was to announce a ballot of eligible performers once a month to align with the eligibility period of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Consequently, those up for consideration on the first ballot had to be eligible for the Rock Hall in 1986 (meaning they had to have a record at least 25 years old at that time). The second ballot was for the 1987 eligibility year and so on. The general public was then allowed to vote on the nominees and those who received more than 50% of the popular vote were inducted. Here are the inductees thus far, with the number of their classes in parentheses:
A


B


C


D


E-F


G


H


I-J


K


L


M

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers (11)
  • The Mamas and the Papas (7)
  • Paul McCartney (11)
  • The MC5 (7)
  • The Steve Miller Band (13)
  • The Miracles (3)
  • Joni Mitchell (12)
  • The Monkees (7)
  • The Moody Blues (6)
  • Van Morrison (8)
  • Motorhead (20)
  • Mott the Hoople (10)

N-O-P

  • Rick Nelson (3)
  • The New York Dolls (19)
  • Roy Orbison (2)
  • Parliament-Funkadelic (12)
  • Les Paul (6)
  • Carl Perkins (2)
  • Wilson Pickett (4)
  • Pink Floyd (8)
  • Gene Pitney (7)
  • The Platters (6)
  • The Police (18)
  • Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (17)
  • Elvis Presley (1)
  • Pretenders (20)
  • Prince & the Revolution (19)

Q-R

  • Queen (14)
  • Ramones (17)
  • The Rascals (6)
  • Otis Redding (2)
  • Lou Reed (14)
  • Jimmy Reed (11)
  • Paul Revere & the Raiders (4)
  • The Righteous Brothers (6)
  • The Rolling Stones (4)
  • The Ronettes (4)
  • Roxy Music (16)
  • Todd Rundgren (14)
  • Rush (14)

S

  • Sam and Dave (5)
  • Santana (10)
  • Bob Seger (11)
  • The Sex Pistols (17)
  • Del Shannon (6)
  • The Shirelles (7)
  • Simon and Garfunkel (5)
  • Paul Simon (15)
  • Sly & the Family Stone (8)
  • The Small Faces (10)
  • Dusty Springfield (6)
  • Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band (14)
  • The Staple Singers (11)
  • Steely Dan (14)
  • Steppenwolf (14)
  • Rod Stewart (12)
  • The Stooges (11)
  • The Supremes (4)

T

  • Talking Heads (18)
  • The Temptations (4)
  • Thin Lizzy (12)
  • Traffic (8)
  • T. Rex (9)
  • Ike & Tina Turner (3)
  • Big Joe Turner (6)

U-V

  • Ritchie Valens (3)
  • Van Halen (19)
  • The Velvet Underground (7)
  • The Ventures (4)
  • Gene Vincent (2)

W-X


Y-Z


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The Top 50 New Wave Albums of All Time

image from last.fm

“New Wave” is one of the more difficult genres to define, because as AllMusic.com says, it was “a catch-all term for the music that directly followed punk rock” in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. Even that is misleading, however, because punk and new wave co-existed in that era.

In general, punk was marked by simplistic three-chord music and a D.I.Y. attitude while new wave was artier in style and fashion and typically infused with a dose of electronics. According to Wikipedia, new wave was “first considered the same as punk rock before being identified as a genre of its own right, incorporating aspects of electronic and experimental music, mod subculture, disco, and 1960s pop music.” Wikipedia says the term “new wave” was first used in the early 1970s by critics like Nick Kent and Dave Marsh in defining groups like the Velvet Underground and New York Dolls. In 1976, the term began showing up in UK magazines as a way of defining “music by bands not exactly punk, but related to, and part of the same musical scene.”

As the list below shows, much of new wave falls in other categories, including goth (Joy Division, The Cure), punk (The Clash), new romanticism (Duran Duran, Culture Club), proto-punk (Television), synth-pop (Depeche Mode, Human League, Tears for Fears), and early Britpop (The Smiths). This list was created by aggregating 27 lists (see resources at bottom of page).

The Top 50 New Wave Albums of All Time

1. Joy Division Closer (1980)
2. Elvis Costello This Year’s Model (1978)
3. The Cars The Cars (1978)
4. Blondie Parallel Lines (1978)
5. Talking Heads More Songs About Building and Food (1978)

6. Pretenders Pretenders (1980)
7. Talking Heads Remain in Light (1980)
8. Devo Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo (1978)
9. Gang of Four Entertainment! (1979)
10. Television Marquee Moon (1977)

11. The Police Outlandos D’Amour (1978)
12. Joy Division Unknown Pleasures (1979)
13. Elvis Costello Armed Forces (1979)
14. The Human League Dare! (1981)
15. New Order Power, Corruption, and Lies (1983)

16. Duran Duran Rio (1982)
17. Joe Jackson Look Sharp! (1979)
18. The Smiths The Queen Is Dead (1986)
19. The Clash London Calling (1979)
20. Elvis Costello My Aim Is True (1977)

21. XTC Drums and Wires (1979)
22. Tears for Fears Songs from the Big Chair (1985)
23. The Pop Group Y (1979)
24. The Jam Sound Affects (1980)
25. Ultravox Vienna (1980)

26. Devo Freedom of Choice (1980)
27. Talking Heads Fear of Music (1979)
28. Public Image Ltd. Metal Box (aka “Second Edition”) (1979)
29. Pere Ubu The Modern Dance (1978)
30. Simple Minds New Gold Dream 81-82-83-84 (1982)

31. The B-52’s The B-52’s (1979)
32. The Police Synchronicity (1983)
33. Nick Lowe Jesus of Cool (1978)
34. New Order Substance (1987)
35. ABC Lexicon of Love (1982)

36. Squeeze Argybargy (1980)
37. The Cure Boys Don’t Cry (1980)
38. The Go-Go’s Beauty and the Beat (1981)
39. Duran Duran Duran Duran (1981)
40. The Cure Dinstinegration (1989)

41. Siouxsie & the Banshees The Scream (1978)
42. U2 Boy (1980)
43. The Slits Cut (1979)
44. Talking Heads :77 (1977)
45. The Police Zenyatta Mondatta (1980)

46. Depeche Mode Black Celebration (1986)
47. Tears for Fears The Hurting (1983)
48. Yazoo Upstair’s at Eric’s (1982)
49. Big Country The Crossing (1983)
50. Talking Heads Speaking in Tongues (1983)


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Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Top 50 Punk Rock Albums of All Time

image from whatculture.com

Thanks to seeing a couple different posts on Facebook of L.A. Weekly’s recent list of the top 20 punk albums of all time, I decided it was time for the Dave’s Music Database version of the list. As with all DMDB lists, this is an aggegrate of multiple best-of lists, 43 in this case. Enjoy – and please leave your thoughts in the comments section.

The Top 50 Punk Albums of All Time

1. Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977)
2. The Clash The Clash (1977)
3. Ramones Ramones (1976)
4. The Clash London Calling (1979)
5. Black Flag Damaged (1981)

6. The Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (1980)
7. The Damned Damned Damned Damned (1977)
8. The Stooges Raw Power (1973)
9. Buzzcocks Singles Going Steady (1979)
10. Bad Brains Bad Brains (1982)

11. The Misfits Walk Among Us (1982)
12. The Minutemen Double Nickels on the Dime (1984)
13. The Descendents Milo Goes to College (1982)
14. Wire Pink Flag (1977)
15. Hüsker Dü Zen Arcade (1984)

16. X Los Angeles (1980)
17. New York Dolls New York Dolls (1973)
18. The MC5 Kick Out the Jams (1968)
19. Ramones Rocket to Russia (1977)
20. The Stooges Fun House (1970)

21. Green Day Dookie (1994)
22. Rancid And Out Come the Wolves (1995)
23. Minor Threat Complete Discography (1990)
24. Richard Hell & the Voidoids Blank Generation (1977)
25. Stiff Little Fingers Inflammable Material (1979)

26. The Dead Boys Young, Loud & Snotty (1977)
27. Discharge Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing (1982)
28. Gang of Four Entertainment! (1979)
29. The Misfits Static Age (1997)
30. Refused The Shape of Punk to Come (1998)

31. The Damned Machine Gun Etiquette (1979)
32. Social Distortion Mommy’s Little Monster (1983)
33. Television Marquee Moon (1977)
34. Operation Ivy Energy (1990)
35. The Germs GI (1979)

36. Patti Smith Horses (1975)
37. X-Ray Spex Germ-Free Adolescents (1978)
38. Bad Religion Suffer (1988)
39. Crass The Feeding of the 5000 (1978)
40. The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers (1973)

41. Suicide Suicide (1977)
42. Blink-182 Enema of the State (1999)
43. The Undertones The Undertones (1979)
44. Fugazi Repeater (1990)
45. NOFX Punk in Drublic (1994)

46. Hüsker Dü New Day Rising (1985)
47. The Dead Kennedys Plastic Surgery Disasters (1982)
48. Fear The Record (1982)
49. Circle Jerks Group Sex (1981)
50. The Cramps Songs the Lord Taught Us (1980)


Resources:
  • About.com
  • A Life of Defeats (blog)
  • Amazon (essentials by style: punk)
  • Amazon (a list by Aaron Alvin)
  • Amazon (a list by Jordan Moore)
  • Barnes & Noble (fundamentals: punk, proto-punk, post-punk)
  • Blender
  • CBGB
  • TheClashBlog.com
  • Classic Rock Forums
  • Dallas Observer
  • Digital Dream Door
  • DK Presents
  • Drowned in Sound
  • Eastside-online.org
  • Google (Best Punk Rock Albums)
  • HubPages
  • HubPages: Anarchy on the Airwaves
  • IGN
  • Kerrang!
  • L.A. Weekly
  • Bruce Lawson
  • Music Radar
  • NME
  • OC Weekly
  • Record Collector
  • Revolver
  • Henry Rollins
  • Scaruffi.com
  • Shredding Radio
  • TheSpits.com
  • Sputnik Music (a list by Brain Toad)
  • Superior Shit (blog)
  • Terrorizer
  • Tfronky
  • Treble
  • Ultimate Guitar
  • Uncle E
  • Wikipedia
  • Yahoo! Music
  • Saturday, July 6, 2013

    Elvis makes legendary recordings at Sun Studios: July 5-6, 1954

    l to r: Elvis Presley, Bill Black, Scotty Moore, Sam Phillips
    image from thoughtontracks.com

    Elvis Presley’s Sun recordings from July of 1954 are considered by some to be the beginning of rock and roll. Many historians would argue that rock and roll’s origins predate Elvis and can’t be tied to one event or recording, but Elvis’ brief tenure with Sun is indistibutably monumental in the development of rock and roll.

    The July 5-6 session was not the future King of Rock and Roll’s first time to record with Sun. Nearly a year earlier, he paid $3.98 to the Memphis Record Service, now commonly known as Sun Studio, to record “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin.” In January 1954, he returned to record “I’ll Never Stand in Your Way” and “It Wouldn’t Be the Same Without You.”

    That May, Sun Studio head Sam Phillips found a demo of “Without You” and, in a search for a white performer who could sing blues and boogie-woogie, he brought Elvis back in the studio. Local Western swing musicians Scotty Moore (electric guitar) and Bill Black (slap bass) rehearsed songs on July 4 and met at Sun the next couple days to record a few songs.

    Scotty Moore talks about the sessions

    The first song they recorded was “I Love You Because.” After a few more country-oriented songs, Elvis started playing around with Arthur Crudup’s blues song “That’s All Right, Mama.” Also among the songs they recorded were a faster version of bluegrass musician Bill Monroe’s “Blue Moon of Kentucky” and “Harbor Lights.”

    “Mama” and “Kentucky” were released as a single before the end of the month and garnered some success in the South. The trio would record at Sun through 1955 before Phillips sold Presley’s contract to RCA for a then-record $35,0000 to $40,000, depending on the source. It was in 1956 that Elvis would claim the throne as the King, but he’d established himself as royalty via those 1953-55 Sun recordings.


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    Thursday, July 4, 2013

    Patriotic Songs

    image from freehomeschooladvice.com

    In honor of America’s Independence Day, here’s the DMDB’s aggregated list of 24 best-of lists focused on patriotic songs. A word to anyone who thinks any song on this list is too jingoistic, controversial, modern, or inappropriate: Patriotism comes in many forms.

    It should also be noted that many of the sources behind this list did not point to a particular version of a song so the song’s composer(s) and the year the song was published are listed instead of a specific artist.

    1. “God Bless America” (Irving Berlin, 1918)

    2. “This Land Is Your Land” (Woody Guthrie, 1940)

    3. “God Bless the U.S.A.” (Lee Greenwood, 1984)

    4. “America the Beautiful” (lyrics: Katharine Lee Bates, music: Samuel A. Ward; 1910)

    5. “The Star-Spangled Banner” (lyrics: Francis Scott Key, music: John Stafford Smith; 1814)

    6. “Battle Hymn of the Republic” (lyrics: Julia Ward Howe, music: William Steffe; 1862)

    7. “The Stars and Stripes Forever” (John Philip Sousa, 1897)

    8. “You’re a Grand Old Flag” (George M. Cohan, 1906)

    9. “Over There” (George M. Cohan, 1917)

    10. “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” (lyrics: Samuel Francis Smith, music: Thomas Arne; 1931)

    11. “Yankee Doodle Boy” (aka “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy”) (George M. Cohan, 1904)

    12. “Yankee Doodle (Went to Town)” (lyrics: Richard Shuckburgh, music: traditional, 1770s)

    13. “The Marines’ Hymn (From the Halls of Montezuma)” (lyrics: W.E. Christian, music: Jacques Offenbach; 1917)

    14. “Anchors Aweigh (U.S. Navy Song)” (lyrics: Alfred Hart Miles, music: Charles A. Zimmerman; 1906)

    15. “American Pie” (Don McLean, 1971)

    16. “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” (lyrics: Patrick Gilmore, music: unknown; 1863)

    17. “Born in the U.S.A.” (Bruce Springsteen, 1984)

    18. “The Army Go Rolling Along (The Caissons Goes Rolling Along)” (Edmund L. Gruber/Robert Danford, music arranged by John Philip Sousa; 1908)

    19. “The Ballad of the Green Berets” (Robin Moore, Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler; 1966)

    20. “Hail, Columbia (The President’s March)” (Philip Phile, 1789)

    21. “Hail to the Chief” (lyrics: Sir Walter Scott, music: James Sanderson; 1812)

    22. “Wild Blue Yonder (Air Force Theme)” (Robert MacArthur Crawford, 1938)

    23. “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?” (Alan Jackson, 2001)

    24. “The Battle of New Orleans” (Jimmy Driftwood, 1959)

    25. “Dixie” (aka “I Wish I Was in Dixie” or “Dixie’s Land”) (Daniel Decatur Emmett, 1861)


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