Friday, December 18, 2015

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Ranked

With every year’s announcement of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, there are two guarantees – there will be a slew of complaints about who hasn’t been inducted and who has been inducted who shouldn’t have been. This challenged me to come up with an objective rating of the inductees to determine just who has earned it most and who hasn’t. These rankings consolidate multiple best-artists-of-all-time lists along with sales figures, chart statistics, and other awards and honors. In the event of ties, earliest inductees are listed first. Here are the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees (through the class of 2013) ranked.

1. Elvis Presley
2. The Beatles
3. Stevie Wonder
4. Michael Jackson
5. Elton John
6. The Rolling Stones
7. Aretha Franklin
8. Ray Charles
9. Bob Dylan
10. James Brown

11. Louis Armstrong
12. Madonna
13. Prince
14. Nat “King” Cole
15. Marvin Gaye
16. Bruce Springsteen
17. David Bowie
18. The Beach Boys
19. Paul McCartney
20. Johnny Cash

21. U2
22. Jimi Hendrix
23. Led Zeppelin
24. Fats Domino
25. Queen
26. Eric Clapton
27. The Bee Gees
28. Rod Stewart
29. Chuck Berry
30. Billie Holiday

31. Bob Marley
32. Billy Joel
33. Fleetwood Mac
34. The Temptations
35. The Who
36. Neil Young
37. Pink Floyd
38. Sam Cooke
39. Little Richard
40. Eagles

41. John Lennon
42. Aerosmith
43. Hank Williams
44. The Supremes
45. The Doors
46. R.E.M.
47. Smokey Robinson
48. Chicago
49. Miles Davis
50. AC/DC

51. The Everly Brothers
52. Simon & Garfunkel
53. Buddy Holly
54. Roy Orbison
55. Robert Johnson
56. Muddy Waters
57. Four Tops
58. The Jackson 5
59. Neil Diamond
60. Gladys Knight & the Pips

61. Santana
62. B.B. King
63. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
64. Earth, Wind & Fire
65. Otis Redding
66. Metallica
67. Elvis Costello
68. The Kinks
69. Sly & the Family Stone
70. Louis Jordan

71. Creedence Clearwater Revival
72. The Police
73. Les Paul
74. Paul Simon
75. Van Halen
76. Ricky Nelson
77. The Byrds
78. Velvet Underground
79. Brenda Lee
80. Al Green

81. The Isley Brothers
82. Genesis
83. The Clash
84. Janis Joplin
85. Black Sabbath
86. Kiss
87. The Ink Spots
88. Bessie Smith
89. Woody Guthrie
90. Joni Mitchell

91. Crosby, Stills & Nash
92. The Drifters
93. Van Morrison
94. Guns N’ Roses (2012)
95. Jerry Lee Lewis
96. Abba
97. The Miracles
98. Donna Summer (2013)
99. Frank Zappa
100. Grateful Dead

101. Cream
102. Etta James
103. The Four Seasons
104. Jimmie Rodgers
105. Sex Pistols
106. Phil Spector
107. John Lee Hooker
108. James Taylor
109. Deep Purple
110. Linda Ronstadt

111. George Harrison
112. Lynyrd Skynyrd
113. Daryl Hall & John Oates
114. The Band
115. Parliament/Funkadelic
116. Quincy Jones (2013)
117. Bob Seger
118. The Allman Brothers Band
119. Jefferson Airplane/Starship
120. Bobby Darin

121. Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble
122. Herb Alpert
123. Curtis Mayfield
124. Blondie
125. Ramones
126. Steely Dan
127. Talking Heads
128. ZZ Top
129. Red Hot Chili Peppers (2012)
130. Jackie Wilson

131. Rush (2013)
132. Carole King
133. The Platters
134. Pretenders
135. Peter Gabriel
136. George Martin
137. John Mellencamp
138. Steve Miller
139. Green Day
140. Lou Reed

141. Leadbelly
142. Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton
143. Bill Monroe
144. Beastie Boys (2012)
145. Bob Wills
146. Bo Diddley
147. Ringo Starr
148. Bobby “Blue” Bland
149. Mahalia Jackson
150. Alice Cooper

151. Berry Gordy Jr.
152. Holland-Dozier-Holland
153. Wilson Pickett
154. Howlin’ Wolf
155. Dusty Springfield
156. The Impressions
157. Dinah Washington
158. Bill Haley & the Comets
159. Patti Smith
160. T-Bone Walker

161. The Stooges
162. Bonnie Raitt
163. Public Enemy (2013)
164. Sam Phillips
165. Cat Stevens
166. Buddy Guy
167. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
168. Tom Waits
169. Ma Rainey
170. Dion

171. Big Joe Turner
172. Chet Atkins
173. Martha Reeves & the Vandellas
174. Pete Seeger
175. The O’Jays
176. Ruth Brown
177. Heart (2013)
178. Albert King (2013)
179. The Mamas & the Papas
180. Jerry Wexler

181. Traffic
182. John H. Hammond
183. The Animals
184. Freddy King (2012)
185. Isaac Hayes
186. Wilie Dixon
187. Dave Clark Five
188. Duane Eddy
189. The Shirelles
190. Tom Dowd (2012)

191. Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff
192. Elmore James
193. The Hollies
194. Jackson Browne
195. Charlie Christian
196. The Righteous Brothers
197. Clyde McPhatter
198. The Coasters
199. Gene Pitney
200. Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers

201. Clive Davis
202. Charles Brown
203. Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
204. The Yardbirds
205. Donovan (2012)
206. Run-D.M.C.
207. The Young Rascals
208. Jeff Beck
209. Glyn Johns (2012)
210. Dave Bartholomew

211. Bobby Womack
212. The Dells
213. Bill Withers
214. Professor Longhair
215. Leonard Cohen
216. Lou Adler (2013)
217. Cheap Trick (2013)
218. Little Walter
219. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five
220. Allen Toussaint

221. Little Anthony & the Imperials
222. Jimmy Reed
223. Solomon Burke
224. Booker T. & the MGs
225. Lovin’ Spoonful
226. LaVern Baker
227. Lloyd Price
228. Gene Vincent
229. Ahmet Ertegun
230. Randy Newman (2013)

231. N.W.A.
232. James Jamerson
233. Carl Perkins
234. Eddie Cochran
235. Doc Pomus
236. Buffalo Springfield
237. Joan Jett
238. Ritchie Valens
239. Dick Clark
240. Alan Freed

241. The Orioles
242. Gerry Goffin
243. The Staple Singers
244. Leonard Chess
245. Wanda Jackson
246. Del Shannon
247. Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil
248. The Ventures
249. Otis Blackwell
250. The Flamingos

251. Scotty Moore
252. The Moonglows
253. Sam & Dave
254. Little Willie John
255. Dr. John
256. Johnny Otis
257. Ike & Tina Turner
258. Chis Blackwell
259. The Soul Stirrers
260. Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich

261. Mort Shuman
262. Percy Sledge
263. Leon Russell
264. Darlene Love
265. Bill Graham
266. Nesuhi Ertegun
267. Jerry Moss
268. Bill Black
269. The Small Faces (2012)
270. The Ronettes

271. Floyd Cramer (2003)
272. Johnnie Johnson (2001)
273. Earl Palmer (2000)
274. DJ Fontana (2009)
275. Paul Butterfield
276. James Burton (2001)
277. Ralph Bass (1991)
278. Bennie Benjamin (2003)
279. The Faces (2012)
280. Milt Gabler (1993)

281. Jac Holzman (2011)
282. Cosimo Matassa (2012)
283. Spooner Oldham (2009)
284. Art Rupe (2011)
285. Jesse Stone (2010)
286. Leo Fender (1992)
287. Paul Ackerman (1995)
288. Andrew Loog Oldham
289. Hal Blaine (2000)
290. Jimmy Cliff (2010)

291. Jimmy Yancey (1986)
292. Tom Donahue (1986)
293. Syd Nathan (1997)
294. King Curtis (2000)
295. Jim Stewart (2002)
296. Steve Douglas (2003)
297. Mo Ostin (2003)
298. Jann Wenner (2004)
299. Frank Barsalona (2005)
300. Seymour Stein (2005)

301. David Geffen (2010)
302. Don Kirshner (2012)
303. Laura Nyro (2012)
304. Brian Epstein (2014)
305. The E Street Band (2014)
306. The Five Royales (2015)


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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Frank Sinatra's Top 100 Songs

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December 12, 2015 would have been Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday. In honor of the event, here are his top 100 songs, according to Dave’s Music Database. This list was created by using sales and airplay figures along with chart performance, number of appearances on Sinatra albums, appearances on best-of-Sinatra lists, and best-songs-of-all-time-lists as compiled by Dave’s Music Database.

Note: Sinatra recorded new versions of many of his songs over the years. In such cases, the earliest version is listed.

1. I’ll Never Smile Again (with Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra & the Pied Pipers, 1940)
2. Strangers in the Night (1966)
3. All or Nothing at All (with Harry James’ Orchestra, 1939)
4. My Way (1969)
5. One for My Baby and One for the Road (1949)
6. Night and Day (with Axel Stordahl’s Orchestra, 1942)
7. You’ll Never Walk Alone (with the Ken Lane Singers, 1945)
8. There Are Such Things (with Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra & the Pied Pipers (1942)
9. Theme from ‘New York, New York’ (1980)
10. I’ve Got You Under My Skin (1956)

11. Young at Heart (1954)
12. Five Minutes More (1946)
13. Saturday Night Is the Lonelest Night of the Week (1944)
14. I Get a Kick Out of You (1953)
15. Star Dust (with Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra & the Pied Pipers, 1940)
16. Somethin’ Stupid (with Nancy Sinatra, 1967)
17. White Christmas (with the Bobby Tucker Singers, 1949)
18. Witchcraft (1957)
19. All the Way (1957)
20. It Was a Very Good Year (1965)

21. They Say It’s Wonderful (1946)
22. Learnin’ the Blues (1955)
23. Love and Marriage (1955)
24. I’ve Got a Crush on You (with Bobby Hackett, 1948)
25. Almost Like Being in Love (1947)
26. Autumn in New York (1949)
27. Come Fly with Me (1958)
28. I’ve Got the World on a String (1953)
29. Nancy with the Laughing Face (1945)
30. Summer Wind (1966)

31. Oh! What It Seemed to Be (1946)
32. I’ll Be Seeing You (with Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra, 1940)
33. Fly Me to the Moon (1964)
34. September Song (1946)
35. Time after Time (1947)
36. Oh Look at Me Now (with Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra, Connie Haines, & the Pied Pipers, 1941)
37. That’s Life (1966)
38. How About You? (with Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra, 1942)
39. But Beautiful (1948)
40. High Hopes (with A Bunch O Kids, 1959)

41. In the Blue of the Evening (with Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra, 1942)
42. My Funny Valentine (1954)
43. Nice ‘N’ Easy (1960)
44. Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)
45. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning (1955)
46. I Couldn’t Sleep a Wink Last Night (with the Bobby Tucker Singers, 1944)
47. Call Me Irresponsible (1963)
48. Love Is the Tender Trap (1955)
49. The Lady Is a Tramp (1957)
50. Some Enchanted Evening (1949)

51. All of Me (1948)
52. The Way You Look Tonight (1964)
53. Luck Be a Lady (1965)
54. Mam’selle (1947)
55. Begin the Beguine (1946)
56. Here’s That Rainy Day (1959)
57. Fools Rush in Where Angels Fear to Tread (with Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra, 1940)
58. Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town) (1957)
59. Polka Dots and Moonbeams (with Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra, 1940)
60. The Coffee Song (1946)

61. Everything Happens to Me (with Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra, 1941)
62. Dream (When You’re Feeling Blue) (1945)
63. This Love of Mine (with Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra & the Pied Pipers, 1941)
64. Day by Day (1946)
65. The House I Live In (1945)
66. A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening (with the Bobby Tucker Singers, 1944)
67. Goodnight Irene (with the Mitch Miller Singers, 1950)
68. People Will Say We’re in Love (with the Bobby Tucker Singers, 1943)
69. You’ll Never Know (with the Bobby Tucker Singers, 1943)
70. The Second Time Around (1961)

71. Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol’ Me) (1958)
72. Softly, As I Leave You (1964)
73. I’m a Fool to Want You (1951)
74. Imagination (with Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra, 1940)
75. Put Your Dreams Away for Another Day (1945)
76. The Birth of the Blues (1952)
77. Oh, What a Beautiful Morning (with the Bobby Tucker Singers, 1943)
78. My Kind of Lady (1964)
79. How Little It Matters How Little We Know (1956)
80. Nature Boy (with the Jeff Alexander Choir, 1948)

81. South of the Border (Down Mexico Way) (1953)
82. Nevertheless I’m in Love with You (1950)
83. It Only Happens When I Dance with You (1948)
84. What’ll I Do? (1948)
85. If I Loved You (1945)
86. It Started All Over Again (with Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra, 1943)
87. Angel Eyes (1958)
88. You Make Me Feel So Young (with Count Basie, 1956)
89. I Fall in Love Too Easily (1945)
90. From Here to Eternity (1953)

91. Hey! Jealous Lover (1956)
92. Cycles (1968)
93. Dolores (with Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra & the Pied Pipers, 1941)
94. The Song Is You (with Axel Stordahl’s Orchestra, 1942)
95. It Had to Be You (1980)
96. Sunday, Monday or Always (with the Bobby Tucker Singers, 1943)
97. Be Careful, It’s My Heart (with Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra, 1942)
98. The World We Know (Over and Over) (1967)
99. Close to You (with the Bobby Tucker Singers, 1943)
100. I’m Walking Behind You (1953)


Thursday, December 3, 2015

Scott Weiland: His 20 Top Songs

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Scott Weiland, best known as the lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots and the supergroup Velvet Revolver, died from a drug overdose on 12/3/2015 while on tour in Bloomington, Minnesota. He was 48. In honor of Weiland, here are his top 20 songs according to Dave’s Music Database, which compiles sales, chart performance, radio airplay, and best-of lists.

1. Stone Temple Pilots “Plush” (1992)
2. Stone Temple Pilots “Interstate Love Song” (1994)
3. Velvet Revolver “Fall to Pieces” (2004)
4. Stone Temple Pilots “Vasoline” (1994)
5. Stone Temple Pilots “Big Empty” (1994)
6. Velvet Revolver “Slither” (2004)
7. Stone Temple Pilots “Big Bang Baby” (1996)
8. Stone Temple Pilots “Creep” (1992)
9. Stone Temple Pilots “Trippin’ ona Hole in a Paper Heart” (1996)
10. Stone Temple Pilots “Sour Girl” (1999)

11. Stone Temple Pilots “Dancing Days” (1995)
12. Stone Temple Pilots “Sex Type Thing” (1992)
13. Stone Temple Pilots “Lady Picture Show” (1996)
14. Stone Temple Pilots “Pretty Penny” (1994)
15. Stone Temple Pilots “Wicked Garden” (1992)
16. Velvet Revolver “The Last Fight” (2007)
17. Stone Temple Pilots “Between the Lines” (2010)
18. Stone Temple Pilots “Revolution” (2001)
19. Stone Temple Pilots “Unglued” (1994)
20. Magnificent Bastards “Mockingbird Girl” (1995)