Favorite Songs Decade by Decade

I began listening to my new transistor radio sometime in 1960 when I was 7 or 8 (I may have received it for my 8th birthday in August). After that time, I had no idea that I would be a part of the great era of music that the British Invasion and Motown helped to create. Like many "Baby Boomers," it was a surreal experience that created many great memories. The younger generations can't comprehend it, but The Beatles inspired so many young boys to participate in music as many resolved to become "rock stars" through garage bands.

The music of the 1960s was very eclectic with songs of protest (Civil Rights Movement, Opposition to Vietnam War, Cold War), several types of rock (surf, psychedelic, folk, progressive, etc.) along with the rise of R&B and Soul. The King of Rock & Roll, Elvis Presley, 1954-1977, still leads all with 114 Top 40 singles, and 149 Hot 100 entries. My early exposure to music on television came with The Lawrence Welk Show on Saturday nights; it began in 1951 along with the Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday nights that ran since 1948. American Bandstand began in 1952 with Dick Clark hosting in 1956-1989 on Saturday afternoons. The Billboard 100 began in 1958; Sing Along with Mitch began in 1961, Hootenanny in 1963, Robin Seymour began Swinging Time in Detroit in 1965, and Hullabaloo in 1965. I tried to play clarinet in 4th grade, but didn't practice enough to become a musician; I enjoyed choir though. I clearly remember the impact of the 1961 musical film, West Side Story, and its impact on me when I saw it in 1962 at the age of 9 or 10. As a young boy around the age of 10 or 11, I attended a party on South Boulevard where The Iguanas, later to be known as The Prime Movers perfomed; their drummer, James Osterberg, would later become Iggy Pop. Many downtown trips were spent at Discount Records, owned by Jeep Holland, the manager of The Rationals and founder of A-Square Records, where Osterberg was a stock boy in 1963 (he graduated at Ann Arbor HS in 1965). Around the corner was the Liberty Music Shop that opened in 1939, and had private booths available to listen to records and albums.

A fond memory was attending the opening of A Hard Day's Night on September 3, 1964 at the age of 12 in 7th grade at the State Theatre. We also had some pretty mean "Sock Hops" after school at Tappan Junior High, and I got an electric guitar for Christmas in 1965; I began taking lessons at the Herb David Guitar Studio. The Fifth Dimension Club opened up in 1966 in Ann Arbor, and I attended several concerts there with The Rationals, Scot Richard Case, Ted Nugent & The Amboy Dukes, Bob Seger & The Last Herd, etc. Both Iggy Pop and Bob Seger, local Ann Arborites were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. There were several after football game dances at Ann Arbor High School as well in 1968 and 1969. Ann Arbor Area Concerts included several Free Rock Concerts at Gallup Park and West Park in 1969 and 1970. I also attended the initial Ann Arbor Blues Festival on August 1, 1969. I enjoyed the music history in Humanities class as a senior in high school, and took music appreciation at Eastern Michigan; it helped me appreciate many types of music including classical.

Later, significant dates in the evolution of the music industry have included: America's Top 40 with Casey Kasem began in 1970, Soul Train began in 1971, The Midnight Special began in 1973, Saturday Night Live began in 1975, MTV began in 1981 with the first music videos, VH1 began in 1985, FileSharing began becoming popular in 1999 with Napster, Facebook began in 2004, and YouTube began in 2005.

The Beatles had an astonishing run in the decade of the 1960s with 18 #1 hits, and with at least one song as #1 for 55 weeks. They had 6 #1 hits in 1964 holding the top position from February 22 to April 25, 1964 with the top two positions, and had 3 or more singles in the Top 10 from February 29-May 2, 1964. ( I Want to Hold Your Hand, She Loves You, Please Please Me, Twist and Shout, Can't Buy Me Love, and Do You Want to Know a Secret). They had 6 consecutive #1 hits from December 26, 1964 and March 26, 1966 (I Feel Fine to Nowhere Man). The Supremes were second with 12 #1 hits for 22 weeks; they had 6 consecutive #1 hits from August 22, 1964 to June 12, 1965. The Rolling Stones had 5 #1 hits for 13 weeks, and the Four Seasons had 4 #1 hits for 15 weeks. The Top Movie Film soundtracks included West Side Story, The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews), My Fair Lady, A Hard Day's Night, Help (The Beatles), Goldfinger, The Graduate, and Funny Girl (Barbra Streisand). The Sound of Music, Bye Bye Birdie, Hello, Dolly, Fiddler on the Roof, and Cabaret dominated the music awarded in the Tony's. Late in the decade, it was also the start of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice with The Likes of Us, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Jesus Christ Superstar. Otis Redding died in a plane crash on December 10, 1967. Louis Armstong became the oldest person to chart a song with Hello, Dolly at the age of 64; Little Peggy March became the youngest female music artist with I Will Follow Him at the age of 15 years, 50 days, and Stevie Wonder became the youngest male music artist at the age of 13 years, 89 days. Michael Jackson was 10 years old when The Jackson 5 recorded I Want You Back in 1969.


1960 Artist(s) 1961 Artist(s) 1962 Artist(s) 1963 Artist(s) 1964 Artist(s) 1965 Artist(s) 1966 Artist(s) 1967 Artist(s) 1968 Artist(s) 1969 Artist(s)
Theme from a Summer Place Henry Mancini Where the Boys Are Connie Francis Big Girls Don't Cry The Four Seasons Walk Like a Man The Four Seasons I Want to Hold Your Hand The Beatles Downtown Petula Clark Reach Out and I'll Be There The Four Tops To Sir With Love Lulu Hey Jude The Beatles Galveston Glen Campbell
Greenfields The Brothers Four Theme from Exodus Ferrante & Teicher Sherry The Four Seasons Surfin USA The Beach Boys She Loves You The Beatles I Can't Help Myself The Four Tops We Can Work it Out The Beatles Can't Take My Eyes Off You Frankie Valli Revolution The Beatles Traces Classics IV
Theme from The Apartment Ferrante & Teicher Calendar Girl Neil Sedaka Strangers on the Shore Acker Bilk Surf City Jan & Dean A Hard Day's Night The Beatles This Diamond Ring Gary Lewis&The Playboys Ain't Too Proud to Beg The Temptations Penny Lane The Beatles Theme from Romeo & Juliet Henry Mancini Get Back The Beatles
Walk, Don't Run Ventures Hats Off To Larry Del Shannon Moon River Henry Mancini Sugar Shack Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs Love Me Do The Beatles Tired of Waiting for You The Kinks Cool Jerk The Capitols Georgy Girl The Seekers Valley of the Dolls Dionne Warwick I Can't Get Next to You The Temptations
Green, Green The New Christy Ministrels Yellow Bird Arthur Lyman Group Where Have All the Flowers Gone The Kingston Trio Sukiyaki Kyu Sakamoto Please Please Me The Beatles Ticket to Ride The Beatles Paperback Writer The Beatles Alfie Dionne Warwick Now That I've Found You The Foundations Baby It’s You Smith
Stay Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs On the Rebound Floyd Cramer Breaking Up is Hard to Do Neil Sedaka It's My Party Leslie Gore Twist & Shout The Beatles Eight Days a Week The Beatles Kicks Paul Revere & The Raiders Silence is Golden The Tremeloes This Guys in Love with You Herb Albert Everybody's Talking at Me Harry Nillson
Because They're Young Duane Eddy & The Rebels The Bristol Stomp The Dovells Johnny Angel Shelley Fabares Go Away Little Girl Steve Lawrence Do You Want to Know a Secret The Beatles My Girl The Temptations See You in September Happenings All You Need is Love The Beatles Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell A Time for Us Henry Mancini
Baby It's You The Shirelles If I Had a Hammer Trini Lopez Little Children Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas Help Me, Rhonda The Beach Boys Good Vibrations The Beach Boys Bernadette The Four Tops Little Green Apples O.C. Smith Love Can Make You Happy Mercy
If I Had a Hammer Peter, Paul & Mary My Boyfriend's Back Angels Dawn (Go Away) The Four Seasons Count Me In Gary Lewis&The Playboys You Keep Me Hangin On The Supremes Never My Love The Association MacArthur's Park Richard Harris When I Die Motherlode
Moon River Andy Williams Shut Down The Beach Boys Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying Gerry & The Pacemakers Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter Herman's Hermits Respect The Rationals Sweet Soul Music Arthur Conley I Wish it Would Rain The Temptations Jean Oliver
Let's Dance Chris Montez Our Winter Love Bill Pursell Rag Doll The Four Seasons Silouettes Herman's Hermits Love Makes the World Go Round Deon Jackson Windy The Association Turn Around, Look at Me The Vogues You've Made Me So Very Happy Blood, Sweat and Tears
Up on the Roof The Drifters One Fine Day The Chiffons Walk on By Dionne Warwick Love Potion #9 The Searchers Cherish The Association Mercy, Mercy, Mercy The Buckinghams Time Has Come Today The Chambers Brothers Suspicious Minds Elvis Presley
Green Onions Booker T & The M.G.s Little Town Flirt Del Shannon Needles and Pins The Searchers The Game of Love Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders What Becomes of the Broken Hearted Jimmy Ruffin White Rabbit Jefferson Airplane The Horse Cliff Nobles These Eyes Guess Who
Out of Limits The Marketts Just One Look Doris Troy Baby I Need Your Lovin The Four Tops The "In" Crowd Ramsey Lewis Trio The Poor Side of Town Johnny Rivers Love is All Around The Troggs Reunited Peaches & Herb
More Kai Winding Dancing in the Streets Martha & The Vandellas Keep Searching Del Shannon Just Walk Away Renee Left Banke For What It's Worth Buffalo Springfield Atlantis  Donovan
Monkey Time Major Lance Because The Dave Clark Five Nowhere to Run Martha & The Vandellas Love Me With All Your Heart The Bachelors Soul Man Sam & Dave
Wild Weekend Rebels Money Can't Buy Me Love The Beatles I Go To Pieces Peter & Gordon Love is a Hurtin Thing Lou Rawls Friday on My Mind The Easy Beats  
Pipeline The Chantays Last Kiss Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers Keep on Dancing The Gentrys Nowhere Man The Beatles My Cup Runneth Over Ed Ames  
You Can't Sit Down The Dovells Ronnie The Four Seasons I'm Your Puppet James & Bobby Purify Society's Child Janis Ian
Under the Boardwalk The Drifters Mercy, Mercy, Mercy Cannonball Adderly Jimmy Mack Martha & The Vandellas
Girl from Ipanema Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz Wade In The Water Ramsey Lewis Trio Gimme Some Lovin The Spencer Davis Group
No Matter What Shape The T-Bones Sunny Bobby Hebb I've Been Lonely Too Long The Young Rascals

The Bee Gees had 9 #1 hits lasting 27 weeks in the decade; they had 6 consecutive #1 hits from December 24, 1977 to June 9, 1979. Elton John had 5 #1 hits lasting a total of 15 weeks. The Beatles officially broke up on April 10, 1970, the same year I graduated high school. Paul McCartney and Wings had 5 #1 hits lasting 13 weeks. Stevie Wonder and The Eagles had 5 #1 hits, but they didn't stay up on top very long. The Jackson 5, Diana Ross, Donna Summer, KC & The Sunshine Band, Barbra Streisand and John Denver had 4 #1 songs each; however, Summer' lasted 13 weeks, the Jackson 5 and Streisand's lasted 10 weeks each. Rod Stewart had a total of 17 weeks at #1 during the decade. You Light Up My Life by Debby Boone spent 10 weeks up on top. One of the big changes in music included the number of songs used in movie soundtracks with Saturday Night Fever easily the most popular soundtrack, but Cabaret was another top one. The Best Musicals from the Tony Awards included A Chorus Line and Annie. Also, the genre of Soft Rock was born. I attended concerts with Blood, Sweat and Tears in 1970, James Taylor in 1971, Chicago in 1973, and Peter Frampton in 1976. I tried my best to enjoy hard, psychedelic and acid rock, but really didn't enjoy it; it was too chaotic, loud and without much meaning to me. Since one of my majors at EMU was Radio-TV-Film, and had hopes of becoming a sports broadcaster; I completed an internship at WUOM in 1977. Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977 shortly after he had a farewell concert in Ann Arbor on April 24, 1977; other famous music stars who passed away in the 1970s included Janis Joplin, Tammi Terrell, Jim Morrison, Jim Croce, Bobby Darin, Donnie Hathaway, Mama Cass Elliot, Duane Allman, Jimi Hendrix, etc.


1970 Artist(s) 1971 Artist(s) 1972 Artist(s) 1973 Artist(s) 1974 Artist(s) 1975 Artist(s) 1976 Artist(s) 1977 Artist(s) 1978 Artist(s) 1979 Artist(s)
Close to You The Carpenters Rainy Days on Mondays The Carpenters Alone Again Gilbert O'Sullivan Clair Gilbert O'Sullivan Show and Tell Al Wilson Love Will Keep Us Together Captain and Tennille Oh, What a Night The Four Seasons Dancing Queen Abba Stayin Alive The Bee Gees Tragedy The Bee Gees
Let it Be The Beatles How Can You Mend a Broken Heart The Bee Gees A Horse with No Name America Live and Let Die Paul McCartney & The Wings Mandy Barry Manilow Rhinestone Cowboy Glen Campbell Sara Smile Hall & Oates Got to Give it Up Marvin Gaye Night Fever The Bee Gees Never Be the Same Christopher Cross
Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head B.J. Thomas Color My World Chicago Ventura Highway America Aubrey Bread I Won't Last a Day Without You The Carpenters My Eyes Adored You Frankie Valli I Write the Songs Barry Manilow How Deep Is Your Love The Bee Gees Can't Smile Without You Barry Manilow Too Much Heaven The Bee Gees
We've Only Just Begun The Carpenters Got to Be There Jackson 5 Hold Your Head Up Argent Yesterday Once More The Carpenters Wishing You Were Here Chicago Dance with Me Orleans Dream Weaver Gary Wright You Light Up My Life Debby Boone Baby Come Back Player We Don't Talk Anymore Cliff Richard
Arizona Mark Lindsay Imagine John Lennon Without You Harry Nilsson The Most Beautiful Girl Charlie Rich She's Gone Hall & Oates Wildfire Michael Murphy This One's for You Barry Manilow Knowing Me, Knowing You Abba Take a Chance on Me Abba Makin It David Naughton
Indiana Wants Me R. Dean Taylor You Make Me Feel Brand New The Stylistics Goodbye to Love The Carpenters Just You and Me Chicago My Eyes Adored You Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Money, Money, Money Abba More Than a Feeling Boston I Just Want to be Your Everything Andy Gibb Love is Thicker Than Water Andy Gibb Dim the Lights Donna Summer
The Long and Winding Road The Beatles If Bread Hurting Each Other The Carpenters Wildflower Skylark Waterloo Abba Could It Be Magic Barry Manilow If You Leave Me Now Chicago Evergreen Barbra Streisand Shadow Dancing Andy Gibb What a Fool Believes The Doobie Brothers
Baby I'm a Want You Bread For All We Know The Carpenters Precious and Few Climax The Way We Were Barbra Streisand You Make Me Feel Brand New The Stylistics Nights on Broadway The Bee Gees Making Our Dreams Come True Cyndi Grecco Daybreak Barry Manilow Even Now Barry Manilow After the Love Has Gone Earth, Wind and Fire
So Far Away Carole King Superstar The Carpenters I Go Crazy Paul Davis My Love Paul McCartney & The Wings Feel Like Making Love Bob James Saturday Night The Bay City Rollers It Keeps You Running The Doobie Brothers Looks Like We Made It Barry Manilow Got To Be Real Cheryl Lynn Don't Bring Me Down Electric Light Orchestra
I'll Be There Jackson 5 Have You Seen Her The Chi-Lites Brandy Looking Glass A Very Special Love Song Charlie Rich Boogie Down Eddie Kendricks Solitaire The Carpenters New Kid in Town The Eagles Emotion The Bee Gees September Earth, Wind and Fire Come to Me France Joly
Reflections of My Life Marmalade Summer Breeze Seals & Crofts Seasons in the Sun Terry Jacks Best of My Love The Eagles Nights are Forever Without You England Dan&John Ford Coley Goodbye Girl David Gates Baby Hold On Eddie Money Is She Really Going Out with Him Joe Jackson
Theme from Love Story Henry Mancini I'll Be Around The Spinners Sun Goddess Ramsey Lewis Lying Eyes The Eagles You are the Woman Firefall I Like Dreaming Kenny Nolan I Just Wanna Stop Gino Vannelli This is It Kenny Loggins
I Am Woman Helen Reddy All By Myself Eric Carmen Love is Alive Gary Wright I Go Crazy Paul Davis Love is In the Air John Paul Young Please Don't Go KC & The Sunshine Band
OutaSpace Billy Preston Who Loves You The Four Seasons The Homecoming Hagood Hardy Feels So Good Chuck Mangione Don't Cry Out Loud Melissa Manchester You Take My Breath Away Rex Smith
Fallin in Love Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds Deacon Blues Steely Dan A Little More Love Olivia Newton-John Heart String Earl Klugh
Get Down Tonight KC & The Sunshine Band Touchdown/Night Crawler/I'm In You Bob James Angela Bob James Another Brick in the Wall Pink Floyd
Mister Magic Grover Washington Jr. Lovely Day Bill Withers Kiss You All Over Exile Sad Eyes Robert John
The Hustle Van McCoy Sweet Life Paul Davis

She Believes in Me


Kenny Rogers

Love Is The Answer


England Dan&John Ford Coley


Michael Jackson had 9 #1 hits lasting 27 weeks; his album, Thriller, was the top album in music history with 7 Top Ten singles. Jackson had 5 consecutive #1 hits from September 19, 1987 to July 2, 1988. Jackson won 8 Grammy Awards in 1983. Madonna, Whitney Houston and Phil Collins had 7 #1 hits. Houston had 7 consecutive #1 hits from October 26, 1985 to April 23, 1988. George Michael had 6 #1 hits. Lionel Richie and Hall & Oates had 5 #1 hits each. Stevie Wonder, Bon Jovi and Prince had 4 #1 hits each. Lionel Richie dominated the top spot for 21 weeks, Paul McCartney & Wings and George Michael stayed on top for 16 weeks each. George Michael had 4 #1 hits in 1988 plus 6 Top Ten hits from his album, Faith. Madonna, Phil Collins and Stevie Wonder had 15 weeks each at the top, Whitney Houston and Olivia Newton-John stayed up on top for 14 weeks each, Diana Ross had 13 weeks, and Hall & Oates spent 12 weeks at #1. Physical dominated the top spot for 10 weeks. Bruce Springsteen's album, Born in the USA and Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 each had 7 Top Ten songs. Lionel Richie had six consecutive years charting a #1 single, August 15, 1981 to January 11, 1986. It should be noted that James Brown charted 91 hits from 1956-1981 in the Hot 100. The top movie soundtracks were Dirty Dancing, Ghostbusters and Back to the Future. The Tony Awards were dominated by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Evita, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Starlight Express, and Joseph & The Technicolor Dreamcoat. John Lennon was assassinated on December 8, 1980; Marvin Gaye was murdered by his father on April 1, 1984. Karen Carpenter passed away on February 4, 1983 after a heart attack caused from complications with anorexia nervosa; other famous music stars who passed away in the 1980s included Bill Haley, Bob Marley, Harry Chapin, Dennis Wilson, Kyu Sakamoto, Jackie Wilson, Roy Orbison, Andy Gibb, etc. I began to develop an interest in Smooth Jazz in the early 1980s, and it has been my favorite genre of music since.


1980 Artist(s) 1981 Artist(s) 1982 Artist(s) 1983 Artist(s) 1984 Artist(s) 1985 Artist(s) 1986 Artist(s) 1987 Artist(s) 1988 Artist(s) 1989 Artist(s)
Sailing Christopher Cross Every Woman in the World Air Supply Even the Nights are Better Air Supply Heartbreaker Bee Gees/Dionne Warwick Caribbean Queen Billy Ocean This is Not America David Bowie Say You, Say Me Lionel Richie Songbird Kenny G Hands to Heaven Breathe Wind Beneath My Wings Bette Midler
Ships Barry Manilow Time Alan Parsons Project Here I Am Air Supply All Right Christopher Cross Hard Habit to Break Chicago Cherish Kool & The Gang I Miss You Klymaxxx I've Had the Time of My Life Bill Medley/Jennifer Warnes A Groovy Kind of Love Phil Collins Eternal Flame The Bangles
Sara Fleetwood Mac Arthur's Theme Christopher Cross Eye in the Sky Alan Parsons Project Truly Lionel Richie Think of Laura Christopher Cross Solid as a Rock Ashford & Simpson How Will I Know Whitney Houston Nothings Going to Stop Us Now Starship Johnny Hates Jazz Shattered Dreams I'll Be Loving You Forever New Kids on the Block
Do Right Paul Davis The Greatest American Hero Joey Scarbury You Can Do Magic America Billy Jean Michael Jackson Girls Just Want to Have Fun Cyndi Lauper You're the Inspiration Chicago The Greatest Love of All Whitney Houston I Wanna Dance with Somebody Whitney Houston Fast Car Tracy Chapman Right Here Waiting Richard Marx
Rock with You Michael Jackson Your Kiss is on my List Air Supply Let it Whip Dazz Band Wanna Be Starting Something Michael Jackson Time Will Reveal El Debarge Missing You Diana Ross Holding Back the Years Simply Red Nothings Going to Change My Love for You Glenn Medeiros In the Mood Gerald Albright Don't Want to Lose You Gloria Estefan
All Out of Love Air Supply Celebration K.C.&The Sunshine Band Did It In a Minute Hall & Oates TRUE Spandau Ballet Say It Isn't So Hall & Oates Who's Holding Donna Now El Debarge Party All the Time Rick James/Eddie Murphy Don't Dream It's Over Crownded House Bermuda Nights Gerald Albright Cherish Madonna
Lost in Love Air Supply Suddenly Olivia Newton-John/Cliff Richard I Can't Go for That Hall & Oates It Might Be You (Tootsie) Stephen Bishop Missing You John Waite Out of Touch Hall & Oates Something About You Level 42 Mr. Chow Acoustic Alchemy Look Away Chicago
Biggest Part of Me Ambrosia Sweet Baby Stanley Clarke/George Duke Private Eyes Hall & Oates You and I Eddie Rabbitt/Crystal Gayle Joanna Kool & The Gang St. Elmo's Fire John Parr On My Own Patti LaBelle/Michael McDonald Chicago Song David Sanborn Baby I Love Your Way Will To Power
Desire Andy Gibb     Somebody's Baby Jackson Browne All This Love El Debarge Islands in the Stream Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers Fresh Kool & The Gang Sara Starship The Dream David Sanborn Ariane Acoustic Alchemy
Into the Night Benny Mardones Trouble Lindsey Buckingham Jeopardy Greg Kihn Band Thriller Michael Jackson Crazy for You Madonna Take My Breath Away Berlin Love Power Jeffrey Osborne/Dionne Warwick Catalina Kiss Acoustic Alchemy
September Morn Neil Diamond You Should Hear How She Talks About You Melissa Manchester What a Feeling Irene Cara Running With The Night Lionel Richie Cool It Now New Edition Glory of Love Peter Cetera Dear Jacqui Tim Heintz
Better Love Next Time Dr. Hook Only the Lonely Motels Up Where We Belong Joe Cocker/Jennifer Warnes Holiday Madonna Everytime You Go Away Paul Young That's What Friends Are For Dionne Warwick So Amazing Gerald Albright
Misunderstanding Genesis Cool Night Paul Davis How Am I Supposed to Live Without You Laura Branigan Almost Paradise Mike Reno & Ann Wilson Easy Lover Phil Collins Human Human League
Give Me the Night George Benson Chariots of Fire Vangelis Human Nature Michael Jackson Sister Christian Night Ranger Don't You Forget About Me Simple Minds Maputo Bob James/David Sanborn
Rise Herb Albert Don't Talk to Strangers Rick Springfield Tonight I Celebrate My Love for You Peabo Bryson/Roberta Flack If Ever You're in My Arms Again Peabo Bryson Everybody Wants to Rule the World Tears for Fears You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song) Jeffrey Osborne
Too Hot Kool & The Gang Never Gonna Let You Go Sergio Mendez & Brazil 66 Jump The Pointer Sisters Head over Heels Tears for Fears Dreams The Rippingtons
I Pledge My Love to You Peaches & Herb Last Christmas Wham Shout Tears for Fears
    We are the World USA for Africa
    If You Were Here Tonight Alexander O'Neal
I Just Can't Let Go David Pack

Mariah Carey dominated the decade with 14 #1 hits lasting 60 weeks at the top of the charts. Carey had 5 consecutive #1 hits from August 4, 1990 to October 12, 1991, and again another 5 consecutive #1 hits from September 30, 1995 to May 23, 1998. She also had an incredible 11 consecutive years charting a #1 song, August 4, 1990 to February 19, 2000. Boyz II Men had 5 #1 hits lasting 50 weeks. Janet Jackson had 6 #1 hits, but only lasting 17 weeks on top. Celine Dion had 4 #1 hits lasting 17 weeks, Whitney Houston had 4 #1 hits lasting 18 weeks, Madonna had 4 #1 hits, TLC had 4 #1 hits lasting 18 weeks up on top. Monica spent 22 weeks at #1, Puff Daddy (Sean Combs) held the top spot 19 weeks, Brandy, Bryan Adams and Elton John spent 15 weeks at the Billboard throne. Ace of Base had 48 consecutive weeks with Top Ten hits, 1993-1994. One Sweet Day spent 16 weeks at #1, I'll Make Love to You, I Will Always Love You, and Candle in the Wind dedicated to the memory of Princess Diana after her death on August 31, 1997 each spent 14 weeks at #1. How Do I Live spent 32 weeks in the Top Ten, 1997-1998. The Top Movie Soundtracks were Titanic, Forest Gump and The Lion King. The Tony Awards for Best Musical included The Lion King, Titanic, Rent, Sunset Boulevard, and Miss Saigon as award winners. John Denver passed away on October 12, 1997 in a plane crash. Other notable musical artist deaths in the 1990s included: Selena, Dusty Springfield, Linda McCartney, Sonny Bono, Tupac Shakur, Harry Nilsson, Kurt Cobain, Mary Wells, David Ruffin, Del Shannon, Eddie Kendricks, etc. Cher, a 1987 Oscar winner for Best Actress in Moonstruck, became the oldest female music artist to chart a song with Believe at the age of 52+297 days; it also gave her the record for the longest gap between #1 songs from March 23, 1974 (Dark Lady) to March 13, 1999. I attended my first musical sometime in March, 1994, The Sound of Music, at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit.

Over the past 20 years, we've seen over 30 Broadway musicals including Motown, The Jersey Boys, Phantom of the Opera (twice), Jekyl & Hyde (twice), Wicked (twice), Contact, Cats, Annie, Legally Blonde, Forever Plaid, Beauty and The Beast, The Lion King, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Starlight Express, Mama Mia, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Movin Out, Ragtime, Sunset Boulevard, The Full Monty, Titanic, Rent, White Christmas, West Side Story, and The Producers at several venues including the Fisher Theatre, Fox Theatre, Detroit Opera House, Cleveland, Seattle, Washington, DC, Toronto, Las Vegas, and The Croswell in Adrian.


1990 Artist(s) 1991 Artist(s) 1992 Artist(s) 1993 Artist(s) 1994 Artist(s) 1995 Artist(s) 1996 Artist(s) 1997 Artist(s) 1998 Artist(s) 1999 Artist(s)
How Am I Supposed to Live Without You Michael Bolton All The Man I Need Whitney Houston Save the Best for Last Vanessa Williams Deeper and Deeper Madonna I Swear All 4 One One Sweet Day Mariah Carey/BoyzIIMen Torn Trine Rein How Do I Live LeeAnn Rimes Truly Madly Deeply Savage Garden Believe Cher
Escapade Janet Jackson Emotions Mariah Carey This Used to be My Playground Madonna I'm Every Woman Whitney Houston The Sign Ace of Base Another Night Real McCoy Because You Loved Me Celine Dion I Love You Always Forever Donna Lewis You Get Way You Give New Radicals All Star Smash Mouth
Love Will Lead You Back  Taylor Dayne Black or White Michael Jackson The End of the Road BoyzIIMen A Whole New World Peabo Bryson&Regina Belle Candle in the Wind Elton John I'll Stand By You The Pretenders Head Over Feet Alanis Morrissette I Believe I Can Fly R. Kelly Tearin Up My Heart NSync Someday Sugar Ray
Vogue Madonna Rush Rush Paula Abdul I'll Always Love You Whitney Houston I Have Nothing Whitney Houston I'll Make Love to You BoyzIIMen Secret Garden Bruce Springsteen Insensitive Jann Arden Don't Cry for Me Argentina Madonna Show Me Love Robyn Carlsson Genie in a Bottle Christina Aguilera
It Must Have Been Love Roxette Everything I Do Bryan Adams Forever in Love Kenny G Another Sad Love Song Toni Braxton Water Lily Keiko Matsui I Can Love You Like That All 4 One Always Be My Baby Mariah Carey Sunny Came Home Shawn Colvin Everybody Back Street Boys Sometimes Britney Spears
U Can't Touch This MC Hammer Midnight in San Juan Earl Klugh Dancing on a Summernight with you Dancing Fantasy You Make Me Smile Dave Koz Walk on By Peter White You Are Not Alone Michael Jackson Nobody Knows The Tony Rich Project For You Kenny Lattimore Cruel Summer Ace of Base Kiss Me Sixpence None The Richer
Reference Point Acoustic Alchemy Castle of Dreams Dave Koz When I Think of You Everett Harp Last Look Torcuato Mariano You've Changed  Andy Snitzer Take Your Time Richard Elliot My Heart Will Go On Celine Dion I Want It That Way Back Street Boys
Just Me and You Richard Elliot Romance Dance Peter White My Dream Come True Andy Snitzer My Heart Will Go On Celine Dion Torn Natalie Imbruglia Baby One More Time Britney Spears
All for You Paul Jackson Jr. The Moment Kenny G Forever Forever Keiko Matsui Careless Whisper Dave Koz ft. Montell Jordan Baby Come Back Brian Tarquin
Emily Dave Koz Caravan of Dreams Peter White Whenever I'm With Her Andy Snitzer Peculiar Situation Earl Klugh

Usher took 7 songs to #1 for 41 weeks, Beyonce took 5 to the top for 36 weeks, Rihanna took 5 songs to #1 for 19 weeks, Mariah Carey took 4 to #1 for 19 weeks, 50 cent took 4 to #1 for 23 weeks, Nelly took 4 to #1 for 23 weeks. Justin Timberlake and Ludacris also had 4 #1 songs. The Black Eyes Peas spent 26 weeks at #1, Alicia Keys spent 22 weeks, and Jay-Z spent 20 weeks at the top. We Belong Together and I Gotta Feeling both spent 14 weeks at #1. Unfortunately, I must conclude that although I've given the musical artist and their songs every effort to enjoy, it doesn't appear that most of the music appeals to me. As R&B has evolved into Hip Hop and Rap, it has lost me and others due to the vulgar, profane, and angry messages of many songs especially when women and others are demeaned. The Best Movie Soundtracks were Chicago, High School Musical, and Moulin Rouge. The Top Musicals included Mamma Mia, Wicked, The Producers, Hairspray, Avenue Q, and Jersey Boys (my favorite with Wicked and Mama Mia tied for 2nd). American Idol began its first season on June 11, 2002; Kelly Clarkson won on September 4, 2002 to become the first idol, and recorded A Moment Like This which broke The Beatles 38 year record of biggest leap to #1 in the Billboard 100. Michael Jackson passed away on June 25, 2009; other notable musical artist deaths of the decade included Wilson Pickett, Luther Vandross, Ray Charles, Rick James, Maurice Gibb, Johnny Cash, Barry White, Aaliyah, George Harrison, James Brown, etc. Billboard began tracking the Top Smooth Jazz hits in 2006. Smooth Jazz Favorites


2000 Artist(s) 2001 Artist(s) 2002 Artist(s) 2003 Artist(s) 2004 Artist(s) 2005 Artist(s) 2006 Artist(s) 2007 Artist(s) 2008 Artist(s) 2009 Artist(s)
I Turn to You Christina Aguilera Only Time Enya September Morning Warren Hill Defying Gravity Idina Menzel /Kristin Chenoweth

Livin Large


Get Em Goin

Euge Groove Still in Love Warren Hill Chillaxin Euge Groove Bubbly Colbie Caillat Just Dance Lady Gaga ft. Colby O'Donis Need You Now Lady Antebellum
The Way You Love Me Faith Hill There You'll Be Faith Hill Because of You Warren Hill I'm Not That Girl Idina Menzel  Ventura Highway Paul Hardcastle


People Make the World Go Round

Richard Elliot True Blue Mindi Abair Everything Michael Buble Pocketful of Sunshine Natasha Bedingfield You Belong with Me Taylor Swift
Back Here BB Mak Hanging By a Moment Lifehouse Exotica Paul Taylor Popular Kristin Chenoweth Ready to Hang Waymon Tisdale Serene Paul Hardcastle Dressed to Chill Marion Meadows How to Save a Life The Fray So What Pink Falling for You Colbie Caillat
Dancing in the Moonlight Top Loader If You Come Back Blue A Thousand Miles Vanessa Carlton Lucy's  Mindi Abair It's Go Time Pieces of a Dream 2nd 2 None Najee Steppin Up Eric Darius It's Not Over Daughtry Viva la Vida Coldplay Already Gone Kelly Clarkson
Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely Back Street Boys If You're Gone Matchbox Twenty Complicated Avril Lavigne In Your Eyes Dan Siegel Breakaway Kelly Clarkson The Most Beautiful Girl in the World Alex Bugnon Who Knew Pink Makes Me Wonder Maroon 5 Pacifica Michael Lington I Gotta Feeling Black Eyes Peas
That’s the Way It Is Celine Dion This I Promise You Nsync I'm Alive Celine Dion Beautiful Christina Aguilera My Prerogative Britney Spears The Secret of Movin On David Pack Send One Your Love Boney James Wake Up Call Maroon 5 Smile Mindi Abair Party in the USA Miley Cyrus
What a Girl Wants Christina Aguilera Hero Enrique Inglesias Your Body is a Wonderland John Mayer Love Changes Everything Dave Koz f. Brian McNight She Will Be Loved Maroon 5 A Brand New Start David Pack Stop, Look and Listen Boney James Born 2 Groove Euge Groove Because of You Eric Darius On The Ocean K'Jon
Can't Fight the Moonlight LeeAnn Rhimes Wherever You Will Go The Calling The Reason Hoobastank Bad Day Daniel Powter Fortune Teller Fourplay


Mr. Groove

Euge Groove Life in the Fast Lane Dave Koz Can't Live Without You Charlie Wilson
I Wanna Know Joe Don't Tell Me Madonna Street Life U-Nam Because of You Kelly Clarkson Let's Get On It Kim Waters Slow Jam Euge Groove Love You for a Lifetime Najee Sunday Morning Euge Groove
Graduation Vitamin C Vinyl Euge Groove Catnap Nils Since You Been Gone Kelly Clarkson Ritmo Y Romance Kenny G It Might Be You Dave Koz Christiane Rick Braun Stop Look Listen Boney James
With Arms Wide Open Creed Got to Be There Peter White Hypnotic Boney James Unwritten Natasha Bedingfield Sweet Sundays Tim Bowman Can't Let You Go Dave Koz Fun In the Sun Steve Oliver Seeing Things Clearly Shilts
Here With Me Dido Got To Give It Up Kim Waters Wake Me Up When September Ends Green Day One on One Waymon Tisdale Tijuana Dance Rick Braun Oh Yeah Walter Beasley Love TKO Fourplay/Ruben Studdard
Be With You Enrique Inglesias Ready For Love Walter Beasley You're Beautiful James Blunt La Dolce Vita Warren Hill Talk of the Town Darren Rahn What Cha Gonna Do For Me Darren Rahn/Waymon Tisdale Dance With Me Jackiem Joyner
Waiting for You Tonight Jennifer Lopez Mister Magic Peter White Love's Theme Rick Braun Ordinary Life Wayne Brady Wine Night Paul Brown/Marc Antoine Take Me There Jackiem Joyner 3rd Degree Fourplay
It's Gonna Be Me Nsync You're Beautiful Kenny G Window of the Soul Chuck Loeb Out of a Dream Najee Can't Stop The Feeling Kyle Wolverton Ritmo De Otono Bernie Williams/Dave Koz Put The Top Down Dave Koz/Lee Ritenour
You Sang to Me Marc Anthony Bloom Mindi Abair Smile Mindi Abair

Life In The Fast Lane

Love Changes Everything

Dave Koz Go For It Bernie Williams/Mike Stern Good Day Peter White That's Life Brian Culbertson/Earl Klugh
It's My Life Bon Jovi Give Me The Reason Kirk Whalum Old School Everette Harp No Limits Nick Colionne On and On Candy Dulfer Brother Earl Paul Brown/Marc Antoine Sending My Love Norman Brown
I Try Macy Gray Forward Emotion Pieces of a Dream Ol Skoolin Paul Brown Going All Out Eric Darius Steady As She Goes Walter Beasley Retro Boy Richard Elliot Touch and Go Jazzmasters
Breathe Faith Hill The Total Experience Boney James/George Duke

Lucky Star


Paul Hardcastle Marimba Paul Hardcastle Move On Up Richard Elliot Sweet Summer Nights Najee All For You Euge Groove
Bye Bye Bye Nsync It's Too Late Michael Lington Why Not You Walter Beasley Driftin Earl Klugh Because of You Eric Darius Burnin Paul Taylor Tale of Two Cities Darren Rahn
I Knew I Loved You Savage Garden Say It's So Richard Elliot Better Times Richard Elliot/Rick Braun Fallin For You Sax Pack The Circle Paul Hardcastle Bright Peter White Heart and Soul Kenny G
Without You Charlie Wilson

Free As the Wind

My Love's Leavin

What Does It Take To Win Your Love

Get Down on It


Fourplay/Michael McDonald

Peter White

Waymon Tisdale

Blue Water

L.A. City Lights

Let It Go

Remember Me

Steppin Out

Pacific Coast Highway


Just Feels Right

Eric Marienthal

Candy Dulfer

Boney James

Marion Meadows

Kim Waters


Steve Cole

Euge Groove

Always Remember

Throwin It Down

Black River

Ain't No Woman (Like The One I Got)


Brian Culbertson

Waymon Tisdale

Keiko Matsui

Jeff Golub/Richard Elliot

Michael Lington


I'm Waiting For You

You and I


Ladies Choice

Noodle Soup

Jackiem Joyner

Michael Lington

Chris Botti

Paul Taylor



Chill or Be Chilled

Bada Bing

Boney James

Oli Silk

Dave Koz/Jeff Golub

Be Beautiful Mindi Abair

Thus far in the decade, Rihanna and Katy Perry have 8 #1 songs each with 32 and 26 weeks at the top respectively. Perry had 5 #1 hits from June 19, 2010 to August 17, 2011, and spent 69 consecutive weeks with Top Ten hits while Rihanna spent 46 consecutive weeks with Top Ten hits in the same years. Perry tied Michael Jackson with 5 #1 hits from the same album (Teenage Dream vs. Bad). Bruno Mars has 5 #1 songs with 17 weeks on top, Adele has 3 #1 songs with 14 weeks, Kesha has 3 for 13 weeks, Maroon 5 has 2 #1 hits for 13 weeks on top, Pharrell Williams has 2 #1 songs for 22 weeks on top. Pink, Pitbull, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, LMFAO, Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, and T.I. have also had #1 songs. Taylor Swift's album, Speak Now, is the only album in music history to have all 14 of its songs chart in the Hot 100. It should be noted that Stevie Wonder has won the most Grammy Awards by a male musical artist with 28. It should also be noted that Lil Wayne has had 123 Hot 100 songs with 64 in the Top 40 from 1999-2014. I like many of the songs of Katy Perry and Maroon 5, but the others leave me unimpressed. Frozen has probably been the best movie soundtrack thus far. So far in the decade, The Book of Morman, Memphis, Motown, and Kinky Boots appear to be big Tony Award winners. Whitney Houston passed away at the age of 48 on February 11, 2012, and American Bandstand Host, 1952-1989, Dick Clark passed away on April 18, 2012; other death have included: Joe Cocker, . There are no Platinum Music Albums in 2014; this is a first for the music industry.


2010 Artist(s) 2011 Artist(s) 2012 Artist(s) 2013 Artist(s) 2014 Artist(s)
Whatya Want from Me Adam Lambert Just a Kiss Lady Antebellum Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) Kelly Clarkson Roar Katy Perry Royals Lorde
DJ Got Us Fallin in Love Usher ft. Pitbull E.T. Katy Perry ft. Kanye West We are Young Fun ft. Janelle Monae Home Phillip Phillips Let It Go Idina Manzel
Teenage Dream Katy Perry F**ckin Perfect P!nk Call Me Maybe Carly Rae Jepson The Story of My Life One Direction Happy Pharrell Williams
Empire State of Mind Jay Z ft. Alicia Keys Good Life One Republic Anything's Possible Dave Koz Catch My Breath Kelly Clarkson Given It Up Richard Elliot
Mine Taylor Swift Grenade Bruno Mars Snap Nicholas Cole/Vincent Ingala Treasure Bruno Mars Rude Magic
Firework Katy Perry Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) Katy Perry Ju Ju's Groove Julian Vaughn Brave Sara Bareilles Style Taylor Swift
Dynamite Taio Cruz Mister Know It All Kelly Clarkson If I Could Fly Vincent Ingala Kimi Trick Vincent Ingala/Jonathan Fritzen Blank Space Taylor Swift
Raise Your Glass P!nk Price Tag Jesse J ft. B.O.B. Powerhouse Boney James Know You Better Braxton Brothers Sugar Maroon 5
California Gurls Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg Rolling In The Deep Adele Seaside Drive Tim Bowman Green Lemonade Herb Albert The Sweetness Down to the Bone
Just the Way You Are Bruno Mars The Edge of Glory Lady Gaga Easy Street Paul Hardcastle Where Is the Love Phil Perry/Chante Moore Love on Top Doc Powell
Tik Tok Ke$ha The Lazy Song Bruno Mars Black Lion Keiko Matsui Don't You Worry About a Thing Boney James Unlimited Love Paul Hardcastle/Cindy Bradley
On Your Feet Julian Vaughn What Makes You Beautiful One Direction One Step Ahead Darren Rahn Fullerton Ave. Brian Culbertson/Chuck Loeb Let's Ride Vandell Andrew

Can't Stop Now

In The Moment


Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?


Sunday Vibes

Life Goes On (Let It Go)

Deep Time

Island Style

Summer in New York

Deja Blue


The Funky Joint

Road Trip

The Connection

Boom Town

Easy Come Easy Go


Come Go With Me

Music Is The Key

It's Time

Jump Start

Vincent Ingala

Gerald Albright/Norman Brown

Marcus Anderson/Four80East

Brian Bromberg

Kenny G/Rahul Sharma

Ben Tankard/Tim Bowman

Naturally 7

Boney James

Richard Elliot

Michael Franks

Cindy Bradley

Darren Rahn

Paul Brown

Michael Lington

Nick Colionne

Richard Elliot

Paul Hardcastle

Jackiem Joyner

Norman Brown

Down to the Bone

Brian Culbertson




Let's Bounce

World Citizen


Backstage Pass


House of Groove


Later Tonight

Between Us

Never Giving Up

Inner City Blues

Perfect Nites

Uptown Hustle


Sweet Tea

Friday Night

Anything's Possible

Heaven in Your Eyes

It Is What It Is

Soulful Stride

Steve Cole

Cindy Bradley


Steve Oliver

Cal Harris Jr./Bob James

Paul Brown/Bob James


Euge Groove

Jonathan Fritzen/Boney James

Brian Culbertson

Nicholas Cole

David Wells/Chris Geith

Richard Elliot


Down to the Bone

Terry Wollman

Patrick Lamb

Jonathan Fritzen

Dave Koz

Elan Trotman/Brian Simpson

Vincent Ingala

Eric Darius

Just What You Need

Old Edu (Old School)

Just Keep Holding On

Black Pearl

To The Top


Dance With You

Please Don't Say No


Rock Steady

Wish I Was There

Live Life

Champagne Life


Get Here

All My Life

The Lady In My Life

90 Degrees at Midnight


I Found The Klugh


Brian Simpson

Euge Groove

Jeannette Harris

Marion Meadows

Jonathan Fritzen/Vincent Ingala

Boney James/Rick Braun

Greg Manning

Nicholas Cole/Tim Bowman

Patrick Lamb

Julian Vaughn/Darren Rahn

Vincent Ingala

Tak Matsumoto

Gerald Albright/Norman Brown

Paul Taylor

Eric Marienthal

Tim Bowman

George Benson

Randy Scott

Keiko Matsui

Gerald Albright/Earl Klugh

Bruno Mars

Shelter Island

Shake Your Body

Champ Elysees


At Your Service

Steppers D Lite

Faithful Central

Emerald City

Need You With Me

Listen 2 The Groove

Groove City

It's a Party In Here

Deep In The Weeds

Free Fall

5th Avenue


Shake It

Let It Shine

Cal Harris Jr./Euge Groove

BWB: Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, Norman Brown


Blake Aaron

Oli Silk

Pieces of a Dream

Euge Groove

Brian Simpson

Naturally 7

Jesse J


Kim Waters

Bob James/David Sanborn

Kim Waters

Nicholas Cole

Boney James


Tim Bowman

Let It Ride


Daft Funk

Got To Keep It Moving

Soul Appeal

Minty Fresh

Fab Gear

A Night with Cha Cha

Let It Flow

Generation Next

Paul Taylor/Jonathan Fritzen

Nathan East

Nick Colionne

Michael Lington

Steve Cole

Jeff Lorber Fusion

Keiko Matsui

Funkee Boy/Warren Hill

2015 Artist(s)
Miss Bane Euge Groove
Think Free Brian Culbertson
Sooner or Later Sax Pack
Lip Service Richard Elliot
Back to Back Rick Braun
Slammin Nick Colionne
When You Love Somebody Nick Colionne
Jetsetter JT Project
Head over Heels Peter White
Point of Departure Nelson Rangell
Rainy Sunday Ben Tankard/Paul Jackson Jr.
A New Beginning Jonathan Fritzen
All You Need Is Love Dave Koz
Uptown Groove Michael Lington
Proof Keiko Matsui
Kinetic Lebron
Go Go Smooth Kim Waters
Bliss Cindy Bradley
Rhythm of Life Paul Hardcastle
Humanity Marion Meadows
Elegant Nights Gregg Karukas
After the Storm Nils
Serious Business Jazz Funk Soul (Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb, Everette Harp)
Dreaming of You Kim Waters
Coast To Coast Vince Ingala
Want You to Want Me Jason Derulo

It should be noted that Paul McCartney still leads all songwriters with 32 #1 hits followed by John Lennon with 26. List of the Best Selling Music Artists.