Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Top 50 Albums of 2014

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According to 40+ lists (see bottom of page for links) aggregated by Dave’s Music Database, these are the best albums of 2014. Be sure to also check out the DMDB post of the top 50 songs of 2014. 1. The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream
2. St. Vincent St. Vincent
3. FKA Twigs LP1
4. Run the Jewels Run the Jewels 2
5. Aphex Twin Syro
6. Caribou Our Love
7. Sharon Van Etten Are We There
8. Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence
9. Taylor Swift 1989
10. Flying Lotus You’re Dead!

11. Mac DeMarco Salad Days
12. Beck Morning Phase
13. Future Islands Singles
14. Spoon They Want My Soul
15. Swans To Be Kind
16. Perfume Genius Too Bright
17. Jack White Lazaretto
18. Sun Kil Moon Benji
19. Angel Olsen Burn Your Fire for No Witness
20. Damon Albarn Everyday Robots

21. Todd Terje It’s Album Time
22. Jenny Lewis The Voyager
23. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib Pinata
24. Real Estate Atlas
25. Leonard Cohen Popular Problems
26. Wild Beasts Present Tense
27. Sam Smith In the Lonely Hour
28. Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty
29. Ty Segall Manipulator
30. The Black Keys Turn Blue

31. Royal Blood Royal Blood
32. Alt-J This Is All Yours
33. Cloud Nothings Here and Nowhere Else
34. Against Me! Transgender Dysphoria Blues
35. La Roux Trouble in Paradise
36. Sturgill Simpson Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
37. Elbow The Take Off and Landing of Everything
38. Kate Tempest Everybody Down
39. The Tune Yards Nikki Nack
40. Ed Sheeran X

41. Robert Plant Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar
42. Temples Sun Structures
43. Eric Church The Outsiders
44. Ben Frost Aurora
45. Hurray for the Riff Raff Small Town Heroes
46. YG My Krazy Life
47. East India Youth Total Strife Forever
48. Miranda Lambert Platinum
49. Parquet Courts Sunbathing Animals
50. Strand of Oaks Heal


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The Top 50 Songs of 2014

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Here are the best songs of 2014, based on an aggregate of more than 33 best-of song lists.

Fancy

1. Iggy Azalea with Charli XCX “Fancy
2. John Legend “All of Me
3. Ariana Grande with Iggy Azalea “Problem”
4. Taylor Swift “Shake It Off
5. Sia “Chandelier”
6. Sam Smith “Stay with Me”
7. Pharrell Williams “Happy
8. Meghan Trainor “All About That Bass”
9. Future Islands “Seasons (Waiting on You)”
10. Katy Perry with Juicy J “Dark Horse”

All of Me

11. Magic! “Rude”
12. Jason Derulo with 2 Chainz “Talk Dirty”
13. FKA Twigs “Two Weeks”
14. One Republic “Counting Stars”
15. Nicki Minaj “Anaconda”
16. Drake “0 to 100/The Catch”
17. Lorde “Team”
18. Nico & Vinz “Am I Wrong”
19. Bastille “Pompeii”
20. Passenger “Let Her Go”

Shake It Off

21. Pitbull with Ke$ha “Timber”
22. Charli XCX “Boom Clap”
23. Iggy Azalea with Rita Ora “Black Widow”
24. Maroon 5 “Maps”
25. Eminem with Rihanna “The Monster”
26. One Direction “Story of My Life”
27. DJ Snake with Lil’ Jon “Turn Down for What”
28. Lorde “Royals
29. American Authors “Best Day of My Life”
30. Jessie J with Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj “Bang Bang”

Happy

31. Beyonce with Jay-Z “Drunk in Love”
32. Ariana Grande with Zedd “Break Free”
33. Taylor Swift “Blank Space”
34. Imagine Dragons “Demons”
35. Jason Derulo with Snoop Dogg “Wiggle”
36. Calvin Harris “Summer”
37. Tinashe with Schoolboy Q “2 On”
38. Clean Bandit with Jess Glynne “Rather Be”
39. Perfume Genius “Queen”
40. The War on Drugs “Red Eyes”

All About That Bass

41. Caribou “Can’t Do Without You”
42. Alvvays “Archie, Marry Me”
43. Jeremih with YG “Don’t Tell ‘Em”
44. A Great Big World with Christina Aguilera “Say Something”
45. Paramore “Ain’t It Fun”
46. I Love Makonnen with Drake “Tuesday”
47. Justin Timberlake “Not a Bad Thing”
48. Tove Lo “Habits (Stay High)”
49. Sharon Van Etten “Your Love Is Killing Me”
50. Rixton “Me and My Broken Heart”

Dark Horse


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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Radio’s Most-Played Songs in History

Radio’s Most-Played Songs in History First posted 12/6/2011. Revised 12/30/2014.

These are, according to various sources (see bottom of page), the all-time most-played songs on the radio. These figures generally treat all versions of a song as one entity so in this list the title is listed first and then the artist most associated with the song. For ties, songs are listed in order of how high they rank according to the DMDB. The numbers, in millions, refer to how many plays the song has had at radio regardless of format, genre, demographic, or time slot.

Note: in creating this list, multiple sources were used to try to assure as much accuracy as possible. However, because there are different companies who measure radio airplay and some report that information readily, there are inherent flaws. For example, some assert that Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” is the most-played song in history, but it doesn’t make the list because no reference was found for an officially reported number. In addition, the focus here is on radio airplay so songs like “Happy Birthday” which is sung ad infinitum or “It’s a Small World after All” which Time magazine estimates to have been played 50 million times at Disney World (see article here) are not included. Also, this list cuts off at the 5 million mark.

    11 million:

  1. “Every Breath You Take” (The Police)

    10 million:

  2. “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” (The Righteous Brothers, Hall & Oates)

    9 million:

  3. “Yesterday” (The Beatles, Ray Charles)
  4. “Baby, I Need Your Loving” (Four Tops, Johnny Rivers)

    8 million:

  5. “Brown-Eyed Girl” (Van Morrison)
  6. “Act Naturally” (Buck Owens, The Beatles)

    7 million:

  7. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (Simon & Garfunkel, Aretha Franklin)
  8. “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” (Otis Redding)
  9. “Stand by Me” (Ben E. King, John Lennon)
  10. “When a Man Loves a Woman” (Percy Sledge, Michael Bolton)
  11. “Your Song” (Elton John)
  12. “Never My Love” (The Association)

    6 million:

  13. “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” (The Rolling Stones)
  14. “I Will Always Love You” (Whitney Houston, Dolly Parton)
  15. “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, Creedence Clearwater Revival)
  16. “Oh, Pretty Woman” (Roy Orbison, Van Halen)
  17. “Layla” (Derek & the Dominos, Eric Clapton)
  18. “All I Have to Do Is Dream” (The Everly Brothers)
  19. “I Can’t Stop Loving You” (Ray Charles, Don Gibson, Conway Twitty)
  20. “Georgia on My Mind” (Ray Charles, Willie Nelson)
  21. “Mrs. Robinson” (Simon & Garfunkel, The Lemonheads)
  22. “Strangers in the Night” (Frank Sinatra)
  23. “Only You and You Alone” (The Platters)
  24. “Wind Beneath My Wings” (Bette Midler, Gary Morris)
  25. “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher” (Jackie Wilson, Rita Coolidge)
  26. “Save the Last Dance for Me” (The Drifters)
  27. “On Broadway” (The Drifters, George Benson)
  28. “Daniel” (Elton John)
  29. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” (Frankie Valli)
  30. “Up, Up and Away” (The Fifth Dimension)
  31. “Twilight Time” (The Platters)
  32. “Oh Girl” (The Chi-Lites, Paul Young)
  33. “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do” (Neil Sedaka)
  34. “Michelle” (The Beatles, The Overlanders)
  35. “How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You” (Marvin Gaye, James Taylor)
  36. “Rhythm of the Rain” (The Cascades, Dan Fogelberg)
  37. “Oh Lonesome Me” (Don Gibson)

    5.8 million:

  38. “Working My Way Back to You” (The Four Seasons, The Spinners)

    5 million:

  39. “Imagine” (John Lennon)
  40. “Let It Be” (The Beatles, Aretha Franklin)
  41. “The House of the Rising Sun” (The Animals)
  42. “Suspicious Minds” (Elvis Presley, Fine Young Cannibals)
  43. “Proud Mary” (Creedence Clearwater Revival, Ike & Tina Turner)
  44. “Honky Tonk Women” (The Rolling Stones)
  45. “Killing Me Softly with His Song” (Roberta Flack, The Fugees)
  46. “The Sound of Silence” (Simon & Garfunkel)
  47. “Always on My Mind” (Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, Pet Shop Boys)
  48. “You Send Me” (Sam Cooke)
  49. “How Deep Is Your Love” (Bee Gees)
  50. “You’re Still the One” (Shania Twain)
  51. “Dreams” (Fleetwood Mac)
  52. “The Rose” (Bette Midler)
  53. “California Girls” (The Beach Boys, David Lee Roth)
  54. “The Letter” (The Box Tops, Joe Cocker)
  55. “Happy Together” (The Turtles)
  56. “You Can’t Hurry Love” (The Supremes, Phil Collins)
  57. “Something” (The Beatles)
  58. “Cherish” (The Association)
  59. “Up on the Roof” (The Drifters)
  60. “Everybody’s Talkin’” (Harry Nilsson)
  61. “Amazed” (Lonestar)
  62. “Release Me” (Engelbert Humperdinck, Little Esther Phillips)
  63. “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” (Glen Campbell, Isaac Hayes)
  64. “Scarborough Fair” (Simon & Garfunkel)
  65. “Born Free” (Roger Williams)
  66. “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” (Elton John, George Michael & Elton John)
  67. “Don’t Stop” (Fleetwood Mac)
  68. “Angel of the Morning” (Merrillee Rush & the Turnabouts, Juice Newton)
  69. “Hooked on a Feeling” (Blue Swede, B.J. Thomas)
  70. “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” (The Police)
  71. “Gentle on My Mind” (Glen Campbell)
  72. “Sometimes When We Touch” (Dan Hill)
  73. “And I Love Her” (The Beatles)
  74. “I’d Really Love to See You Tonight” (England Dan & John Ford Coley)
  75. “Canadian Sunset” (Hugo Winterhalter with Eddie Heywood)
  76. “Sunny” (Bobby Hebb)
  77. “Goin’ Out of My Head” (Little Anthony & The Imperials)
  78. “To Love Somebody” (Bee Gees, Michael Bolton)
  79. “Born on the Bayou” (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
  80. “The Heart of the Matter” (Don Henley)
  81. “Traces” (Classics IV)
  82. “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” (Casinos, Eddy Arnold)
  83. “More” (Perry Como, Marcello Ciorciolini)


Resources and Related Links:
  • Arbitron

    Not an indicator of specific songs played, but what musical genres dominate radio stations.

  • American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP)

    “Membership association of more than 370,000 U.S. composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers.” Established in 1914. Their primary function is the licensing and distribution of royalties for public performances of copyrighted works. Represent more than four million copyrighted works.

  • ASCAP’s Top 25 Holiday Songs of the 20th Century (1998)

    Link broken. Updated versions of list in 2005 and 2009 (see below).

  • ASCAP’s Top 25 Songs of the Century (12/27/99)

    Unranked list of the most performed songs of the century. Topping the list was “Happy Birthday to You.”

  • ASCAP’s Most Performed Love Songs of the 20th Century (2000)

    For Valentine’s Day 2000, ASCAP named the top 5 love songs for each decade of the 20th century.

  • ASCAP’s 25 Most-Performed Holiday Songs for 2000-05 (12/1/05). Written by Eric Olsen.

    Olsen offers commentary on ASCAP’s top holiday songs of the 21st century. Updated version of 1998 list above.

  • ASCAP’s Top 25 Holiday Songs of the Decade (11/23/09)

    While this list focuses only on the 21st century, it includes many of the same songs from the 20th century list above since holiday favorites are fairly consistent year-to-year.

  • Broadcast Data Systems (BDS) – see Nielsen

  • Broadcast Music, Incorporated (BMI)

    Performance rights and royalty tracking and distribution organization for recording artists. Represents more than a quarter million songwriters, composers, and publishers. Has a repertoire of 3 million + songs. The company monitors nearly a half million hours of radio airplay.

  • BMI.com BMI Announces Top 100 Songs of the Century (13 December 1999)

  • BMI’s Top 100 Songs of the Century

    There are no details offered in the link, but because this is BMI, that would make this a list of the most-played songs of the century.

  • Chartts.Tripod.com (2001)

    While the Digital Dream Door site below is more current, this list does offer a more complete list of all songs to have aired more than a million times. Site appears to be the personal website of Oleg Grishntkin. He does not indicate the list’s origin.

  • ClassicBands.com Radio’s Most Played Artists (November 2003)

  • Digital Dream Door Most Played Songs on the Radio (December 2002)

    This appears to be a listing of those songs reaching the BMI “Million Airs” Club, but a list more current than 2002 would be nice. According to this list, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” is the most played song, with 8 million airs. Only includes songs with 3 million + airs. This same list appears at ClassicBands.com.

  • Dave Masters, (4/14/09). The Sun. Abba to Wings: The Top 75 Tunes.

    List of the top 75 most played songs, via public airplay, in the last 75 years in Great Britain. List does not indicate number of airplays for each song.

  • Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems (BDS)

    Their function is to track the number of plays for songs on radio and other mediums. They are the basis of Billboard magazine’s airplay data. The site is geared toward businesses and does not appear to have any links to to an archive of songs and the airplay they’ve garnered. However, they do publish a list of BDS Certified Spin Awards each month in Billboard magazine of songs which have received 50,000+ spins. Generally, there are one or two songs each month which reach heights beyond a ½ million spins.

  • Phonographic Performance Ltd. Britain’s 75 Most Heard Song List Topped by…Procol Harum?. By Ted Spangler at AmericanSongwriter.com (4/15/09)

    75 most played songs in public places (radio stations, sports stadiums, jukeboxes, elevators, supermarkets) in Britain over the last 75 years.

  • Phonographic Performance Ltd. (PPL) Snow Patrol’s ‘Chasing Cars’ Most Played and Used Song of the Noughties (1/1/00)

    Top 50 list of most-played songs in the UK from 2000-2009. Also in “Lists (Songs – Best of 2000-2009)” section.

  • SESAC

    Performance rights and royalty tracking and distribution organization for recording artists. Lesser known than ASCAP or BMI. Name originally stood for Society of European Stage Authors & Composers, organized to better represent European artists in the U.S. Today they are just known as SESAC.

  • Time Is This the Most Played Song in Music History? (30 April 2014)

Monday, December 29, 2014

Billboard - Songs of the Year

Each year since the inception of the Billboard Hot 100, the magazine has named a “song of the year” determinedby chart performance. Here are those songs from 1958 to present. This list was originally available here: here but that link is no longer active.

  • 1958: Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blue)...Domenico Modugno
  • 1959: The Battle of New Orleans…Johnny Horton

  • 1960: Theme from “A Summer Place”…Percy Faith
  • 1961: Tossin’ and Turnin’…Bobby Lewis
  • 1962: Stranger on the Shore…Mr. Acker Bilk
  • 1963: Sugar Shack…Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs
  • 1964: I Want to Hold Your Hand…The Beatles
  • 1965: Wooly Bully…Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs
  • 1966: The Ballad of the Green Berets…SSgt Barry Sadler
  • 1967: To Sir with Love…Lulu
  • 1968: Hey Jude…The Beatles
  • 1969: Sugar Sugar…The Archies

  • 1970: Bridge Over Troubled Water…Simon & Garfunkel
  • 1971: Joy to the World…Three Dog Night
  • 1972: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face…Roberta Flack
  • 1973: Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree…Tony Orlando & Dawn
  • 1974: The Way We Were…Barbra Streisand
  • 1975: Love Will Keep Us Together…Captain & Tennille
  • 1976: Silly Love Songs…Paul McCartney & Wings
  • 1977: Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)…Rod Stewart
  • 1978: Shadow Dancing…Andy Gibb
  • 1979: My Sharona…The Knack

  • 1980: Call Me…Blondie
  • 1981: Bette Davis Eyes…Kim Carnes
  • 1982: Physical…Olivia Newton-John
  • 1983: Every Breath You Take…The Police
  • 1984: When Doves Cry…Prince
  • 1985: Careless Whisper…George Michael
  • 1986: That’s What Friends Are For…Dionne & Friends
  • 1987: Walk Like an Egyptian…Bangles
  • 1988: Faith…George Michael
  • 1989: Look Away…Chicago

  • 1990: Hold On…Wilson Phillips
  • 1991: (Everything I Do) I Do It for You…Bryan Adams
  • 1992: End of the Road…Boyz II Men
  • 1993: I Will Always Love You…Whitney Houston
  • 1994: The Sign…Ace of Base
  • 1995: Gangsta’s Paradise…Coolio with L.V.
  • 1996: Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)…Los Del Rio
  • 1997: Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)…Elton John
  • 1998: Too Close…Next
  • 1999: Believe…Cher

  • 2000: Breathe…Faith Hill
  • 2001: Hanging by a Moment…Lifehouse
  • 2002: How You Remind Me…Nickelback
  • 2003: In Da Club…50 Cent
  • 2004: Yeah!...Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris
  • 2005: We Belong Together…Mariah Carey
  • 2006: Bad Day…Daniel Powter
  • 2007: Irreplaceable…Beyonce
  • 2008: Low…Flo Rida with T-Pain
  • 2009: Boom Boom Pow…Black Eyed Peas

  • 2010: Tik Tok…Ke$ha
  • 2011: Rolling in the Deep…Adele
  • 2012: Somebody That I Used to Know…Gotye with Kimbra
  • 2013: Thrift Shop…Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Wanz
  • 2014: Happy…Pharrell Williams