Best of 1995, US

I have finished the nomination process for 1995 in the US.  I included several songs that were #1 on the Airplay and/or Rock Tracks charts, which were not listed on the Hot 100, but unfortunately, that was all I had data for.

Songs that are already on the BOAT List from 1995:

  • Deadeye Dick–New Age Girl (this song was added to the List while it was still on the charts.
  • Melissa Etheridge–I’m the Only One
  • KLFDM–Juke Joint Jezebel
  • Amy Grant–Big Yellow Taxi
  • Rednex–Cotton Eye Joe

Everybody got that?  Great.  So now, representing 1995, and the best song of the year is:

Seal — Kiss From a Rose.

Finalists:

  • Hootie & the Blowfish–Only Wanna Be With You
  • R.E.M.–Bang & Blame

Quarter-finalists

  • Boyz II Men–On Bended Knee
  • Mariah Carey–Fantasy
  • Hootie & the Blowfish–Hold My Hand
  • Del Amitri–Roll to Me

Eighth finalists

  • The Presidents of the United States of America–Lump
  • Madonna–Take a Bow
  • Janet Jackson–Runaway
  • Sophie B. Hawkins–As I Lay Me Down
  • 4 P.M.–Sukiyaki
  • Ace of Base–Beautiful Life
  • U2–Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
  • The Rembrandts–I’ll Be There for You

Recent and future additions to the BOAT list.

In a previous post (called Best of All Time #617, 12/13/09) I explained that there was a new addition to the Best of All Time List from a new nomination process, which featured nominees from the best of each year.  I’m going to explain that process in a bit more detail, but first, let me list the new additions (labeled with an asterisk *) from that process:

  • 615.  A.R. Rahman & the Pussycat Dolls f/ Nicole Scherzinger–Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny) (2009)
  • 616.  Lady Gaga–Bad Romance (2009)
  • *617.  Rihanna f/ Jay-Z–Umbrella (2007)
  • *618.  Fat Les–Vindaloo (1998)
  • *619.  Green Day–Holiday (2005)
  • *620.  M.I.A.–Paper Planes (2008)
  • 621.  Santo & Johnny–Sleepwalk (1959)
  • 622.  The Black Crowes–Hard to Handle (1991)
  • *623.  The Black Eyed Peas–Let’s Get it Started (2004)
  • 624.  Vito & the Salutations–Unchained Melody (1963)
  • *625.  Loreena McKennitt–The Mummer’s Dance (1998)
  • *626.  The Seahorses–Love is the Law (1997)
  • *627.  Rachel Stevens–Some Girls (2004)
  • *628.  U2–Vertigo (2004)
  • *629.  Savage Garden–Truly Madly Deeply (1998)

Now to the nominees themselves.  There are two lists, one for US nominees, and one for UK nominees.  The songs at the top of those lists are:

  • 1997-2010 US:  Janet Jackson–Doesn’t Really Matter (2000)
  • 1997-2010 UK:  Mika–Relax, Take It Easy (2008)

Second Level:

  • 1997-2002 US:  Sister Hazel–All For You (1997)
  • 2003-2010 US:   Duffy–Mercy (2008)
  • 1997-2002 UK:  Jennifer Lopez–Ain’t It Funny (Original Version (2001)
  • 2003-2010 UK:  Tony Christie–Is This the Way to Amarillo (2005)

Third Level:

  • 1997-1998 US:  Barenaked Ladies–One Week (1998)
  • 1999-2000 US:  Marc Anthony–I Need to Know (1999)
  • 2001-2002 US:  Ricky Martin with Christina Aguilera–Nobody Wants to be Lonely (2001)
  • 2003-2005 US:  Jason Mraz–The Remedy (I Won’t Worry) (2003)
  • 2006-2007 US:  Shakira f/ Wyclef Jean–Hips Don’t Lie (2006)
  • 2008-2010 US: Kanye West–Love Lockdown (2008)
  • 1997-1998 UK:  Kula Shaker–The Sound of Drums (1998)
  • 1999-2000 UK:  Vengaboys–We Like to Party (Vengabus) (1999)
  • 2001-2002 UK:  Sugababes–Round Round (2002)
  • 2003-2005 UK:  Erasure–Breathe (2005)
  • 2006- 2007 UK:  Scissor Sisters–I Don’t Feel Like Dancing (2006)
  • 2008-2010 UK:  Basshunter–Angel in the Night (2008)

Best of Year, US:

  • 1996*:  2Pac f/ Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman–California Love
  • 1997:  Mr. President–Coco Jambo
  • 1998:  Goo Goo Dolls–Iris
  • 1999:  Madonna–Beautiful Stranger
  • 2000:  3 Doors Down–Kryptonite
  • 2001:  Moby f/ Gwen Stefani–Southside
  • 2002:  Sheryl Crow–Soak Up the Sun
  • 2003:  Evanescence–Bring Me to Life
  • 2004:  Bowling for Soup–1985
  • 2005:  Kelly Clarkson–Behind These Hazel Eyes
  • 2006:  Rascal Flatts–Life is a Highway
  • 2007:  Fergie–Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)
  • 2008:  Finger Eleven–Paralyzer
  • 2009:  Boys Like Girls–Love Drunk
  • 2010:  John Mayer–Heartbreak Warfare

Best of Year, UK

  • 1996*:  Suede–Trash
  • 1997:  Oasis–D’Ya Know What I Mean?
  • 1998:  The Beautiful South–Perfect 10
  • 1999:  The Offspring–Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)
  • 2000:  The Corrs–Breathless
  • 2001:  PPK–ResuRection
  • 2002:  Las Ketchup–The Ketchup Song (Asareje)
  • 2003:  t.A.T.u.–All the Things She Said
  • 2004:  Kylie Minogue–I Believe in You
  • 2005:  Black Eyed Peas–Don’t Phunk With My Heart
  • 2006:  Rogue Traders–Voodoo Child
  • 2007:  Mika–Grace Kelly
  • 2008:  Kylie Minogue–In My Arms
  • 2009:  Alexandra Burke–Broken Heels
  • 2010:  Plan B–She Said

*The earliest year is not added to the nomination list until the previous year has been sorted and given an entrant.  Thus, 1996 songs will not be on the nomination list until I have a 1995 song.

Best Song on the Charts

  • Flo Rida(2) f/ David Guetta–Club Can’t Handle Me:   August 7, 2010-
  • Ne-Yo–Beautiful Monster:  July 10-July 31, 2010
  • *Lady Gaga–Bad Romance Dec. 19, 2009-March 13, 2010; May 15-July 3, 2010
  • John Mayer–Heartbreak Warfare:  March 20-May 8, 2010
  • Owl City–Fireflies:  Dec. 5-Dec. 12, 2009
  • +Boys Like Girls–Love Drunk:  Sept. 12-Nov. 28, 2009
  • Demi Lovato–Here We Go Again:  September 5, 2009
  • Jordin Sparks(2)–Battlefield:  June 27-Aug. 29, 2009
  • Maino f/ T-Pain–All the Above:  June 20, 2009
  • +Green Day–Know Your Enemy:  May 23-June 13, 2009
  • Kelly Clarkson–My Life Would Suck Without You:  March 14, 2009; May 16, 2009
  • Flo Rida(1)–Right Round:  May 2-May 9, 2009
  • *A.R. Rahman & the Pussycat Dolls f/ Nicole Scherzinger–Jai Ho!  (You Are My Destiny): March 21-April 25, 2009
  • +Kanye West–Love Lockdown: October 11, 2008-March 7, 2009
  • Coldplay–Viva la Vida:  Sept. 20, 2008-Oct. 4, 2008
  • *Jordan Sparks(1) & Chris Brown–No Air:  Jan. 19, 2008-Sept. 13, 2008
  • *Santana f/ Chad Kroeger–Into the Night:  January 1-Jan. 12, 2008

*  On the Best Of All Time list.

+  Nominated for the Best of All Time list.  Nominations are achieved by being the best song, not on the BOAT list, of the year.  Love Lockdown is the nominee as best song, 2006-2009 US.  Love Drunk is nominated as best song 2008-2009 US, and Know Your Enemy is nominated as best song, 2009 US, with ‘best’ here not including higher-up levels up to and including the Best Of All Time list.  Other nominees include : Mercy by Duffy (2008), best song of 2003-2009 US and best song 2008-2009, UK;  Angel in the Night by Basshunter, best song 2006-2009, UK.  Broken Heels by Alexandra Burke, best song 2009, UK.

Pick Hit of the Week–Flo Rida–Club Can’t Handle Me

#52. Auguust 7, 2010.  Flo Rida f/ David Guetta–Club Can’t Handle Me

Written by Flo Rida, Mike Caren, Giorgio Tuinfort, Kasia Livingston, Carment Key, David Guetta, & Frederic Riesterer.

Produced by David Guetta, & Frederic Riesterer.  From the film Step Up 3D and the album The Only One.

The Hot 100 list for July 10 was missing a song that had been there for more than a year, as Bad Romance, long my favorite song on the chart, finally dropped off.  There was no leading contender for Favorite.  I considered I Like It by Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull.  Waka Waka (This Time for Africa), Little White Church, and Can’t Be Tamed were all in the running.  As a placeholder, I put in Ne-Yo’s Beautiful Monster, a song I really liked, but wasn’t sure it was absolutely the Best song on the charts.  Then I heard Club Can’t Handle Me.

The song has an incredible pedigree.  Flo Rida had produced the most interesting new sounds of 2008-2009 with his two albums Mail On Sunday (Low, Elevator, In the Ayer) and then  R.O.O.T.S. (Right Round, Sugar, Jump), and all three songs among the 40 best of 2009.  Hadn’t heard from him in awhile, so I got excited when I saw he had a new song on the July 17th chart.    David Guetta had been producing records for 10 years, but he first came to my attention with the amazing When Love Takes Over with Kelly Rowland, from August ’09.  More recently, Sexy Chick was a huge hit, and Gettin’ Over You with Fergie, LMFAO & Chris Willis has been a fun song to come back to each week.

As he did with the R.O.O.T.S. trilogy, there are some beautiful female vocal harmonies setting up for Flo Rida’s bit.  Except this time Flo Rida’s rich harmonics are supporting the female vocalist (I was not able to find out who it is).   Flo Rida’s vocals are even more interesting than they usually are, and he proved his vocal chops with his first album.  With this song the strengths of both the first two albums plus David Guetta’s amazing production ability all come through to make one amazing record.  My new favorite on the charts.

PHOTW celebrates the Bottom 50

It was a year ago, on July 27, 2009, that Billboard.com revamped its website so that, rather than as before delivering only the top 50, but granting access to the entire Hot 100 list.  In other words one could now see songs 51-100.  This week’s Pick Hit of the Week celebrates those songs that were great, but did not make the top 50, which I would not know about if Billboard hadn’t redone their page:

  • before August 1, 2009, #79.  Madcon–Beggin’
  • August 1, 2009, #76.  David Guetta f/ Kelly Rowland:  When Love Takes Over
  • August 22, 2009 #53.  Gloriana–Wild at Heart
  • August 22, 2009 #54.  Flo Rida f/ Nelly Furtado–Jump
  • September 26, 2009 #36.  Sean Kingston–Face Drop
  • October 17, 2009 #82.  Selena Gomez & the Scene–Falling Down
  • November 21, 2009 #81.  Weezer–(If You’re Wondering if I Want You To) I Want You To
  • December 12, 2009 #61.  Adam Lambert–For Your Entertainment
  • January 9, 2010 #73.  Three Days Grace–Break
  • January 23, 2010 #85.  Ke$ha–Take It Off
  • February 13, 2010 #67.  Brad Paisley–American Saturday Night
  • March 6, 2010 #52.  Rascal Flatts–Unstoppable (Olympic Mix)
  • April 3, 2010 #76.  Usher–More
  • April 17, 2010 #59.  Rob Thomas–Someday
  • May 15, 2010 #64.  Glee Cast f/ Kristin Chenoweth–Fire
  • May 29, 2010 #56.  Charice f/ Iyaz–Pyramid
  • May 29, 2010 #77.  Muse–Neutron Star Collision
  • May 29, 2010 #81.  Glee Cast–Lady Is a Tramp
  • July 3, 2010 #81.  Disturbed–Another Way to Die
  • July 24, 2010 #65.  Flo Rida f/ David Guetta–Club Can’t Handle Me
  • July 24, 2010 #71.  Little Big Town–Little White Church

Best of 1996 UK

Best Song of 1996 from the UK charts, excepting songs already on the List.

Best:  Trash by Suede, a song of group identity amongst those that society looks down upon.

Third-finalists:

  • Goldbug–Whole Lotta Love (cover/remake/update of the Led Zeppelin song)
  • Belinda Carlisle–In Too Deep
  • Robson & Jerome–Saturday Night at the Movies

Saturday Night at the Movies was also a cover.  The Temptations released more than one version of the song, but never quite got it.  Robson & Jerome nailed it.

Sixth finalists

  • Robert Miles–Children
  • Oasis–Don’t Look Back in Anger
  • Baddiel & Skinner and the Lightning Seeds–Three Lions
  • Kula Shaker–Tattva
  • Deep Blue Something–Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • Robert Miles f/ Maria Naylor–One and One

Months:

  • January: Meat Loaf–Not a Dry Eye in the House
  • February:  The Bluetones–Slight Return
  • March:  The Beatles–Real Love
  • April:  Manic Street Preachers–A Design for Life
  • May:  Blur–Charmless Man
  • June:  Metallica–Until it Sleeps
  • July:  Ash–Oh Yeah
  • August:  3T f/ Michael Jackson–Why
  • September Dina Carroll–Escaping
  • October:  Celine Dion–It’s All Coming Back to me Now
  • November:  Robson & Jerome–What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
  • December:  Madonna–Don’t Cry for Me Argentina (Miami Spanglish remix)

Report from the Committee on Veterans

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a look at how things were going with the pre-1960 songs.  Well, I can announce the winner of the first position in the new Best Of All Time Classic List (BOAT-C).

1938.  Benny Goodman–Sing Sing Sing (with a Swing)

This is a 9-minute instrumental piece, the great-grandfather of In-a-gadda-da-vida. One of those pieces you’ve probably heard, would probably recognize even if you don’t know the name of it.

2nd tier:

1890-1940:  The Peerless Quartet–I Didn’t Raise My Boy to be a Soldier–1915.

The Peerless Quartet were among the first practitioners of a style that would, decades later,  come to be known as ‘Barbershop’.  I Didn’t Raise My Boy to be a Soldier was a catchy tune that hit at the beginning of World War I with the line “There’d be no war today if every mum would say ‘I didn’t raise my boy to be a soldier'”

1941-1960:  Bing Crosby–Swingin’ on a Star–1944

A summary of American Wisdom.

3rd tier:

  • 1890-1924:  George W. Johnson–The Laughing Song: 1891
  • 1924-1940:  Rudy Vallee–The Stein Song (University of Maine): 1930
  • 1941-1952:  Teresa Brewer–Music! Music! Music:  1950
  • 1953-1960:  Dave ‘Baby’ Cortez–The Happy Organ: 1959

Note:  The brackets are divided in such a way so that each bracket represents the same number of charted songs.  There were an average of 3700 songs that charted in each of the above four brackets.

4th tier:

  • 1890-1916:  John Philip Sousa’s Band–The Stars and Stripes Forever: 1897
  • 1917-1924:  Wendell Hall–It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More: 1924
  • 1925-1933:  Eddie Cantor–If You Knew Susie 1925
  • 1934-1940:  Glenn Miller–In the Mood 1940
  • 1941-1946:  The Andrews Sisters:  The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B:  1941
  • 1947-1952:  Phil Harris–The Thing: 1950
  • 1953-1957:  Perry Como–Round and Round: 1957
  • 1958-1960:  Connie Francis–My Heart has a Mind of Its Own 1960

5th Tier:

Some of the vocalists are given a [with/ ] credit here:

  • 1891.  Vess L. Ossman’s Banjo Orchestra–Yankee Doodle
  • 1911.  Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan–Alexander’s Ragtime Band
  • 1920.  Al Jolson–Swannee
  • 1924.  Al Jolson–California Here I Come
  • 1927.  “Whispering” Jack Smith–Me and my Shadow
  • 1931.  Wayne King [w/ Ernie Birchill]–Dream a Little Dream of Me
  • 1936.  Tommy Dorsey [w/ Edythe Wright]–The Music Goes Round and Round
  • 1938.  Ella Fitzgerald–A-tisket A-tasket
  • 1941.  Glenn Miller & His Orchestra [w/ Tex Beneke]–Chattanooga Choo Choo
  • 1945.  Johnny Mercer–Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
  • 1949.  Vaughn Monroe–Ballerina
  • 1954.  Tony Bennett–Stranger in Paradise
  • 1956.  Dean Martin–Memories are Made of This
  • 1958.  David Seville–Witch Doctor
  • 1960.  Percy Faith & His Orchestra–Theme from “A Summer Place”

PHOTW–Disturbed–Another Way to Die

July 3, 2010 #81.  Reprise.  From the album Asylum.

I admit that Heavy Metal is a severely under-represented genre on my Best of All Time list.  The ones I have included are the ones that everyone includes:  Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin.  You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC.  Sweet Child of Mine by Guns ‘n’ Roses. Juke Joint Jezebel by KLFDM.  There may be a few more, depending on your definition of Metal, but to be honest, the List could use a few more.

And it’s not that I don’t like Heavy Metal.  I just don’t like it enough to seek out radio stations that play nothing else.  When I force myself to seek out the genre, it sounds a bit cacophonic and angry.  I know it’s supposed to sound like that, in fact it’s sort of the point.  But a song is not likely to be heard by me enough times for me to know if I like it.  Unfortunately, Heavy Metal does not have enough of a chart presence, as a genre, for very many Metal songs to make it onto the charts, but fortunately, there are exceptions.

This year there have been a few Heavy Metal tracks on the Hot 100.  You had Break by Three Days Grace.  It was on the charts for several weeks, but never got higher than #73.   Cryin’ Like a Bitch by Godsmack was on there for a few weeks in March, but it peaked at #74.  More recently, Avenge Sevenfold  had a hit last month wist Nightmare, which got all the way to #51.

Another Way to Day starts at a balladesque pace, and then the guitars and David Draiman’s unpretentious but unignorable vocals come in and you know they have something to say.   The repeated refrain of “our endless maniacal appetite left us with another way to die” summarizes the message of the song, which gives examples of how said appetite produced another way.  Curses result from sin, and like the Old Testament prophets, the final line of the songs offers the only hope:  Can we repent in time?

PHOTW–The A-List for 2010 (so far)

The year is half over.  Usually at the year’s midpoint I will post a top 10 list for the first half of the year, with reviews.  Since I’ve been reviewing as I’ve been going, and since I’ve decided not to rank the songs until the end of the year, I’ll just give you a list of songs that have been good enough to make my A-List.

If the cut-off date had been July 1, the three July songs at the bottom of the list would still be on it, but they’ve climbed higher on the charts in the last two chart weeks (July 3, and July 10).

These are in order of peak date.

  1. January 9, 2010 #10  Jay Sean f/ Sean Paul & Lil Jon—Do You Remember
  2. January 30, 2010 #29.  Selena Gomez & the Scene—Naturally
  3. February 13, 2010 #67.  Brad Paisley—American Saturday Night
  4. February 27, 2010 #2.  Artists for Haiti–We Are the World 25: For Haiti
  5. March 6, 2010 #17.  Orianthi—According to You
  6. March 6, 2010 #52.  Rascal Flatts—Unstoppable (Olympic Mix)
  7. March 20, 2010 #1.  Taio Cruz f/ Ludacris—Break Your Heart
  8. March 20, 2010 #40.  Blake Shelton f/ Trace Adkins—Hillbilly Bone
  9. March 27, 2010 #1.  Rihanna—Rude Boy
  10. March 27, 2010 #34.  John Mayer—Heartbreak Warfare
  11. April 3, 2010 #3.  Lady Gaga(3)—Telephone
  12. April 17, 2010 #16.  Miley Cyrus(2)—When I Look at You
  13. April 17, 2010 #59.  Rob Thomas—Someday
  14. April 24, 2010 #37.  Spose—I’m Awesome
  15. May 15, 2010 #24.  Kevin Rudolf f/ Birdman, Jay Sean & Lil Wayne—I Made It
  16. May 15, 2010 #61. Glee Cast f/ Kristin Chenoweth–Fire
  17. June 5, 2010 #8.  Miley Cyrus(3)—Can’t Be Tamed
  18. June 5, 2010 #6.  Lady GaGa(4)–Alejandro
  19. June 26, 2010 #4.  Travie McCoy f/ Bruno Mars—Billionaire
  20. July 3, 2010 #34.  Nickelback—This Afternoon
  21. July 10, 2010 #22.  Enrique Iglesias f/ Pitbull—I Like It
  22. July 10, 2010 #42.  Jerrod Niemann—Lover, Lover

The (3) by Lady Gaga, Telephone, means it’s her 3rd A-List song since I started keeping the list in mid July, 2009, the two previous ones being Paparazzi and Bad Romance, both from 2009.  Miley Cyrus prior A-List song was Party in the U.S.A.

Chart longevity is a factor here, so there are many songs that I really liked but were only on the charts for a few weeks, and did not have time to make it up to A-Listness.  We Are the World 25 did not technically make it up that high, but I retro-added it because it was such an awesome song that just didn’t have enough chart life to make it that far.  Likewise Fire by Glee Cast, the best of several that might have made it to the A-List if it had stayed on the charts.