Tag: Artist Countdown

Wednesday 6/22/22 10am ET: Artist Countdown: Cyndi Lauper Top 30 Hits

Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper Thornton (born June 22, 1953) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and activist. Her career has spanned over 40 years. Her album She’s So Unusual (1983) was the first debut album by a female artist to achieve four top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100—”Girls Just Want to Have Fun”, “Time After Time”, “She Bop”, and “All Through the Night”—and earned Lauper the Best New Artist award at the 27th Annual Grammy Awards in 1985. Her success continued with the soundtrack for the motion picture The Goonies and her second record True Colors (1986). This album included the number one single “True Colors” and “Change of Heart”, which peaked at number three. In 1989, she had a hit with “I Drove All Night”.

Since 1983, Lauper has released eleven studio albums and participated in many other projects. In 2010, Memphis Blues became Billboard’s most successful blues album of the year, remaining at number one on the Billboard Blues Albums chart for thirteen consecutive weeks. In 2013, she won the Tony Award for best original score for composing the Broadway musical Kinky Boots, making her the first woman to win the category by herself.[5] The musical was awarded five other Tonys including Tony Award for Best New Musical. In 2014, Lauper was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for the cast recording. In 2016, the West End production won Best New Musical at the Olivier Awards.

Lauper has sold over 50 million records worldwide. She has won awards at the Grammys, Emmys, Tonys, the New York’s Outer Critics Circle, MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), Billboard Awards, and American Music Awards (AMAs). An inductee into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Lauper is one of the few singers to win three of the four major American entertainment awards (EGOT). She won the inaugural Best Female Video prize at the 1984 VMAs for “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”. This music video is recognized by MTV, VH1 and Rolling Stone as one of the greatest music videos of the era. She is featured in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Women Who Rock exhibit. Her debut album is included in Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, while “Time After Time” is included in VH1’s list of the 100 Best Songs of the Past 25 years. VH1 has ranked Lauper No. 58 of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll.

Lauper is known for her distinctive image, featuring a variety of hair colors and eccentric clothing, and for her powerful and distinctive four-octave singing range. She has been celebrated for her humanitarian work, particularly as an advocate for LGBT rights in the United States. Her charitable efforts were acknowledged in 2013 when she was invited as a special guest to attend U.S. President Barack Obama’s second-term inauguration.

1 – “Time After Time” – 1984
2 – “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” – 1983
3 – “True Colors” – 1986
4 – “She Bop” – 1984
5 – “I Drove All Night” – 1989
6 – “All Through the Night” – 1984
7 – “What’s Going On” – 1987
8 – “Change of Heart” – 1986
9 – “Hey Now (Girls Just Want to Have Fun)” – 1994
10 – “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough” – 1985
11 – “Money Changes Everything” – 1984
12 – “My First Night Without You” – 1989
13 – “The World Is Stone” – 1992
14 – “Who Let in the Rain” – 1993
15 – “Hole in My Heart (All the Way to China)” – 1988
16 – “Crossroads” with Johnny Lang – 2010
17 – “Just Your Fool” with Charlie Musselwhite – 2010
18 – “You Don’t Know” – 1996
19 – “Into the Nightlife” – 2008
20 – “That’s What I Think” – 1993
21 – “Come on Home” – 1995
22 – “Ballad of Cleo and Joe” – 1996
23 – “Heading West” – 1989
24 – “Same Ol’ Story” – 2008
25 – “Disco Inferno” – 1999
26 – “I’m Gonna Be Strong” – 1994
27 – “When You Were Mine” – 1985
28 – “Boy Blue” – 1987
29 – “A Night to Remember” – 1989
30 – “Time After Time” with Sarah McLachlan – 2005

Tuesday 6/21/22 10am ET: Artist Countdown: The Killers Top 30 Hits

The Killers are an American rock band formed in Las Vegas in 2001 by Brandon Flowers (lead vocals, keyboards, bass) and Dave Keuning (lead guitar, backing vocals). After going through a number of short-term bass players and drummers in their early days, both Mark Stoermer (bass, rhythm guitar, backing vocals) and Ronnie Vannucci Jr. (drums, percussion) joined the band in 2002. The band’s name is derived from a logo on the bass drum of a fictitious band portrayed in the music video for the New Order song “Crystal”.

The Killers have released seven studio albums, each of which reached the top spot on the UK Albums Chart: Hot Fuss (2004), Sam’s Town (2006), Day & Age (2008), Battle Born (2012), Wonderful Wonderful (2017), Imploding the Mirage (2020), and Pressure Machine (2021). They have also released a B-sides and rarities compilation, Sawdust (2007); a live album, Live from the Royal Albert Hall (2009); a greatest-hits album, Direct Hits (2013); and a Christmas compilation, Don’t Waste Your Wishes (2016).

Since 2016 and 2017 respectively, both Stoermer and Keuning have had extended periods of hiatus from the band, though both remain official members. Stoermer mostly retired from touring, citing both exhaustion from the road and lingering effects from a pyrotechnics accident, while Keuning has released a solo album. Despite his hiatus from touring, Stoermer has participated in recording sessions for Wonderful Wonderful and Imploding the Mirage, and it was announced that Keuning was participating in recording Pressure Machine, which was released on August 13, 2021. Ted Sablay, who had served as a touring keyboardist and rhythm guitarist for the band since 2006, assumed lead guitar duties for live shows in Keuning’s absence, while bassist Jake Blanton has taken Stoermer’s place in live shows. With Sablay moving to lead guitar, the band hired Taylor Milne and Robbie Connolly to play rhythm guitar and keyboards live.

The Killers are considered one of the biggest rock bands of the 21st century, selling more than 28 million records worldwide, including 10.8 million in the US alone. They have performed in over 50 countries and on six continents, headlining venues such as Madison Square Garden, Wembley Stadium and Glastonbury Festival (2007 and 2019).

1 – Human – 2008
2 – When You Were Young – 2006
3 – Read My Mind – 2007
4 – Mr. Brightside – 2003
5 – Somebody Told Me – 2004
6 – Runaways – 2012
7 – Spaceman – 2008
8 – All These Things That I’ve Done – 2004
9 – Smile Like You Mean It – 2005
10 – Shot at the Night – 2013
11 – The Man – 2017
12 – Shadowplay – 2007
13 – Tranquilize (featuring Lou Reed) – 2007
14 – Boots – 2010
15 – My Own Soul’s Warning – 2020
16 – Caution – 2020
17 – The World We Live In – 2009
18 – Joseph, Better You than Me Feat. Elton John & Neil Tennant – 2008
19 – Miss Atomic Bomb – 2012
20 – A Dustland Fairytale – 2009
21 – Just Another Girl – 2013
22 – I Feel It in My Bones – 2012
23 – Here with Me – 2012
24 – Land of the Free – 2019
25 – Fire in Bone – 2020
26 – Dustland (Feat. Bruce Springsteen) – 2021
27 – Dying Breed – 2020
28 – My God – 2020
29 – Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters – 2018
30 – Deadlines and Commitments – 2012

Tuesday 6/7/22 10am ET: Artist Countdown: Tom Jones Top 30 Hits

Sir Thomas Jones Woodward OBE (born June 7, 1940), known professionally as Tom Jones, is a Welsh singer. His career began with a string of top-ten hits in the mid-1960s. He has toured regularly, with appearances in Las Vegas (1967–2011). Jones’s voice has been described by AllMusic as a “full-throated, robust baritone”.

His performing range has included pop, R&B, show tunes, country, dance, soul and gospel. In 2008, the New York Times called Jones a musical “shape shifter”, who could “slide from soulful rasp to pop croon, with a voice as husky as it was pretty”. Jones has sold over 100 million records, with 36 Top 40 hits in the UK and 19 in the US, including “It’s Not Unusual”, “What’s New Pussycat?”, the theme song for the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball, “Green, Green Grass of Home”, “Delilah”, “She’s a Lady”, “Kiss” and “Sex Bomb”.

Jones has also occasionally dabbled in acting, first making his acting debut playing the lead role in the 1979 television film Pleasure Cove. He also appeared as himself in Tim Burton’s 1996 film Mars Attacks!. In 1970 he received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy nomination for hosting the television series This Is Tom Jones. In 2012, he played his first dramatic acting role in an episode of Playhouse Presents. Jones received a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1966, an MTV Video Music Award in 1989, as well as two Brit Awards: Best British Male in 2000 and the Outstanding Contribution to Music award in 2003. Jones was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1998 and knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to music in 2005. Jones experienced a resurgence in notability in the 2010s due to his coaching role on the television talent show The Voice UK from 2012.

1 – “Delilah” – 1968
2 – “Help Yourself” – 1968
3 – “Green, Green Grass of Home” – 1966
4 – “She’s a Lady” – 1971
5 – “Kiss” (Art of Noise featuring Tom Jones) – 1988
6 – “Sex Bomb” (with Mousse T.) – 2000
7 – “Daughter of Darkness” – 1970
8 – “Love Me Tonight” – 1969
9 – “A Minute of Your Time” – 1968
10 – “Without Love (There Is Nothing)” – 1969
11 – “Burning Down the House” (with The Cardigans) – 1999
12 – “Detroit City” – 1967
13 – “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” – 1967
14 – “Till” – 1971
15 – “Thunderball” – 1966
16 – “Puppet Man” – 1971
17 – “It’s Not Unusual” – 1965
18 – “What’s New Pussycat?” – 1965
19 – “Letter to Lucille” – 1973
20 – “I (Who Have Nothing)” – 1970
21 – “Mama Told Me Not to Come” (with The Stereophonics) – 2000
22 – “With These Hands” – 1965
23 – “Say You’ll Stay Until Tomorrow” – 1977
24 – “Stoned in Love” (Chicane featuring Tom Jones) – 2006
25 – “Touch Me (I’ll Be Your Fool Once More)” – 1983
26 – “A Woman’s Touch” – 1982
27 – “Can’t Stop Loving You” – 1970
28 – “Resurrection Shuffle” – 1971
29 – “I’m an Old Rock ‘N’ Roller” – 1985
30 – “Darlin'” – 1981

Wednesday 6/1/22 10am ET: Artist Countdown: Corey Hart Top 30 Hits

Corey Mitchell Hart (born May 31, 1962) is a Canadian singer, musician and songwriter known for his hit singles “Sunglasses at Night”, “Never Surrender” and the Canadian hit “It Ain’t Enough”. He has sold over 16 million records worldwide and recorded nine US Billboard Top 40 hits. In Canada, 30 of Hart’s recordings have been Top 40 hits, including 11 in the Top 10, over the course of over 35 years in the music industry. Nominated for the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1984, Hart is an inductee of both Canada’s Music Hall of Fame and Canada’s Walk of Fame, and is also a multiple Juno award nominee and winner, including the Diamond Award for his best-selling album Boy in the Box. He has also been honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN).

1 – “Sunglasses at Night” – 1984
2 – “Never Surrender” – 1985
3 – “It Ain’t Enough” – 1984
4 – “A Little Love” – 1990
5 – “I Am By Your Side” – 1986
6 – “Can’t Help Falling in Love” – 1986
7 – “Boy in the Box” – 1985
8 – “Everything in My Heart” – 1985
9 – “In Your Soul” – 1988
10 – “Black Cloud Rain” – 1996
11 – “Baby When I Call Your Name” – 1992
12 – “Tell Me” – 1996
13 – “Third of June” – 1996
14 – “Dancin’ With My Mirror” – 1987
15 – “I Want (Cool Cool Love)” – 1993
16 – “So Visible (Easy to Miss)” – 1998
17 – “Take My Heart” – 1987
18 – “92 Days of Rain” – 1992
19 – “Eurasian Eyes” – 1986
20 – “Angry Young Man” – 1986
21 – “Bang! (Starting Over)” – 1990
22 – “Always” – 1992
23 – “Someone” – 1996
24 – “Break the Chain” – 1998
25 – “She Got the Radio” – 1984
26 – “Still in Love” – 1989
27 – “Don’t Take Me to the Racetrack” – 1989
28 – “La-Bas” – 1998
29 – “Rain on Me” – 1990
30 – “Spot You In A Coalmine” – 1992

Tuesday 5/24/22 10am ET: Artist Countdown: Bob Dylan Top 30 Hits

American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan has released 39 studio albums, 95 singles, 17 notable extended plays, 52 music videos, 12 live albums, 15 volumes comprising The Bootleg Series, 19 compilation albums, 20 box sets, seven soundtracks as main contributor, twelve music home videos and two non-music home videos. Dylan has been the subject of six documentaries, starred in three theatrical films, appeared in an additional eight films and 10 home videos, and is the subject of the semi-biographical tribute film I’m Not There. He has written and published lyrics, artwork and memoirs in 11 books and three of his songs have been made into children’s books. He has done numerous collaborations, appearances and tribute albums. The albums Planet Waves and Before the Flood were initially released on Asylum Records; reissues of those two and all others were on Columbia Records.

Dylan has won many awards for his songwriting and performances, including the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature for his entire body of work. For a list of these accolades, see List of Bob Dylan awards. Much of his music has been bootlegged; for an examination of this phenomenon, see Bob Dylan bootleg recordings.

1Like a Rolling Stone
2Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
3Rainy Day Women 12 & 35
4Lay Lady Lay
5Positively 4th Street
6Watching the River Flow
7I Threw It All Away
8Wigwam
9Just Like a Woman
10Hurricane
11Subterranean Homesick Blues
12Gotta Serve Somebody
13Tight Connection to My Heart (Has Anybody Seen My Love)
14Sweetheart Like You
15Tangled Up in Blue
16Mozambique
17Everything Is Broken
18Unbelievable
19Mr. Tambourine Man
20Dignity
21Shot of Love
22Precious Angel
23All Along The Watchtower
24My Back Pages
25Is Your Love In Vain
26Maggies Farm
27False Prophet
28When The Deal Goes Down
29Changing of the Guards
30Jokerman

Monday 5/23/22 10am ET: Artist Countdown: Cher Top 30 Hits

Cher (born Cherilyn Sarkisian; May 20, 1946) is an American singer, actress and television personality. Often referred to by the media as the “Goddess of Pop”, she has been described as embodying female autonomy in a male-dominated industry. Cher is known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and for having worked in numerous areas of entertainment, as well as adopting a variety of styles and appearances throughout her six-decade-long career.

Having sold 100 million records, Cher is one of the world’s best-selling music artists. Her achievements include a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, an Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, the Billboard Icon Award, and awards from the Kennedy Center Honors and the Council of Fashion Designers of America. She is the only artist to date to have a number-one single on a Billboard chart in six consecutive decades, from the 1960s to the 2010s. Aside from music and acting, she is noted for her political views, social media presence, philanthropic endeavors, and social activism, including LGBT rights and HIV/AIDS prevention.

1 – Believe – 1998
2 – If I Could Turn Back Time – 1989
3 – The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss) – 1990
4 – Strong Enough – 1999
5 – Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) – 1966
6 – Love and Understanding – 1991
7 – The Music’s No Good Without You – 2001
8 – Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves – 1971
9 – Dark Lady – 1974
10 – Just Like Jesse James – 1989
11 – Half-Breed – 1973
12 – All or Nothing – 1999
13 – I Found Someone – 1987
14 – One by One – 1996
15 – Dov’è l’amore – 1999
16 – I Hope You Find It – 2013
17 – Save Up All Your Tears – 1991
18 – All I Really Want to Do – 1965
19 – After All (with Peter Cetera) – 1989
20 – Heart of Stone – 1990
21 – Dead Ringer for Love (with Meat Loaf) – 1981
22 – Sunny – 1966
23 – Take Me Home – 1979
24 – Walking in Memphis – 1995
25 – The Way of Love – 1972
26 – We All Sleep Alone – 1988
27 – Living in a House Divided – 1972
28 – Song for the Lonely – 2002
29 – Train of Thought – 1974
30 – I Saw a Man and He Danced with His Wife – 1974

Wednesday 5/18/22 10am ET: Artist Countdown: George Strait Top 30 Hits (Rev 4)

George Harvey Strait Sr. (born May 18, 1952) is an American country music singer, songwriter, actor, and music producer. Strait is known as the “King of Country” and is considered one of the most influential and popular recording artists of all time. He was a prominent and pioneering figure in the neotraditionalist country movement of the 1980s, famed for his simple cowboy image and roots-oriented sound at a time when the Nashville music industry was dominated by country pop crossover acts.

Strait’s success began when his first single “Unwound” was a hit in 1981, signalling the arrival of the neotraditional movement. During the 1980s, seven of his albums reached number one on the country charts. In the 2000s, Strait was named Artist of the Decade by the Academy of Country Music, elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and won his first Grammy award for the album Troubadour. Strait was named CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1989, 1990 and 2013, and ACM Entertainer of the Year in 1990 and 2014. He has been nominated for more CMA and ACM awards and has more wins in both categories than any other artist.

By 2009, he broke Conway Twitty’s previous record for the most number-one hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart when his 44 number one singles surpassed Twitty’s 40. Strait has amassed 60 number-one hits. “Give It All We Got Tonight” was number one in 2013, breaking a record also previously set by Twitty. Strait currently holds the record for most number one songs on all charts by an artist in any genre of music.

Strait is also known for his touring career when he designed a 360-degree configuration and introduced festival style tours. For example, the Strait Tours earned $99 million in three years. His final concert for The Cowboy Rides Away Tour at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in June 2014, drew 104,793 people, marking a new record for largest indoor concert in North America.

Strait has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. His certifications from the RIAA include 13 multi-platinum, 33 platinum, and 38 gold albums. His best-selling album is Pure Country (1992), which sold 6 million (6× platinum). His highest certified album is Strait Out of the Box (1995), which sold 2 million copies (8× Platinum due to being a box set with four CDs). According to the RIAA, Strait is the 12th best-selling album recording artist in the United States overall selling over 69 million records across the United States.

This countdown is the fourth revision since 1999, 2006, 2013 and 2022.

1 – “Give It All We Got Tonight” – 2012
2 – “I Saw God Today” – 2008
3 – “Shiftwork” with Kenny Chesney – 2007
4 – “Here for a Good Time” – 2011
5 – “Write This Down” – 1999
6 – “Give It Away” – 2006
7 – “Wrapped” – 2007
8 – “The Best Day” – 2000
9 – “I Hate Everything” – 2004
10 – “Meanwhile” – 1999
11 – “Go On” – 2000
12 – “River of Love” – 2008
13 – “We Really Shouldn’t Be Doing This” – 1998
14 – “What Do You Say to That” – 1999
15 – “Desperately” – 2004
16 – “One Night at a Time” – 1997
17 – “I Just Want to Dance with You” – 1998
18 – “You’ll Be There” – 2005
19 – “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar” – 2019
20 – “I Got a Car” – 2013
21 – “The Breath You Take” – 2010
22 – “Love’s Gonna Make It Alright” – 2011
23 – “Easy Come, Easy Go” – 1993
24 – “Fool Hearted Memory” – 1982
25 – “You Look So Good in Love” – 1983
26 – “Right or Wrong” – 1984
27 – “Let’s Fall to Pieces Together” – 1984
28 – “All My Ex’s Live in Texas” – 1987
29 – “Blue Clear Sky” – 1996
30 – “Love Without End, Amen” – 1990

Tuesday 5/10/22 10am ET: Artist Countdown: U2 Top 30 Hits

U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin, formed in 1976. The group consists of Bono (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), the Edge (lead guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen Jr. (drums and percussion). Initially rooted in post-punk, U2’s musical style has evolved throughout their career, yet has maintained an anthemic quality built on Bono’s expressive vocals and the Edge’s chiming, effects-based guitar sounds. Their lyrics, often embellished with spiritual imagery, focus on personal and sociopolitical themes. Popular for their live performances, the group have staged several ambitious and elaborate tours over their career.

The band was formed when the members were teenaged pupils of Mount Temple Comprehensive School and had limited musical proficiency. Within four years, they signed with Island Records and released their debut album, Boy (1980). Subsequent work such as their first UK number-one album, War (1983), and the singles “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “Pride (In the Name of Love)” helped establish U2’s reputation as a politically and socially conscious group. By the mid-1980s, they had become renowned globally for their live act, highlighted by their performance at Live Aid in 1985. The group’s fifth album, The Joshua Tree (1987), made them international superstars and was their greatest critical and commercial success. Topping music charts around the world, it produced their only number-one singles in the US to date: “With or Without You” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”.

U2 have released 14 studio albums and are one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold an estimated 150–170 million records worldwide. They have won 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other band, and in 2005, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked U2 at number 22 on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. Throughout their career, as a band and as individuals, they have campaigned for human rights and social justice causes, including Amnesty International, Jubilee 2000, the ONE/DATA campaigns, Product Red, War Child, and Music Rising.

1 – Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me – 1995
2 – Discothèque – 1997
3 – The Fly – 1991
4 – With or Without You – 1987
5 – Desire – 1988
6 – Beautiful Day – 2000
7 – Vertigo – 2004
8 – Sweetest Thing – 1998
9 – Mysterious Ways – 1991
10 – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – 1987
11 – Stay (Faraway, So Close!) – 1993
12 – The Saints Are Coming (with Green Day) – 2006
13 – Even Better Than the Real Thing – 1992
14 – Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses – 1992
15 – Electrical Storm – 2002
16 – Staring at the Sun – 1997
17 – Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of – 2001
18 – Get On Your Boots – 2009
19 – Please – 1997
20 – Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own – 2005
21 – One – 1992
22 – Elevation – 2001
23 – Last Night on Earth – 1997
24 – Walk On – 2001
25 – Angel of Harlem – 1988
26 – Pride (In the Name of Love) – 1984
27 – Window in the Skies – 2007
28 – When Love Comes to Town (with B.B. King) – 1989
29 – City of Blinding Lights – 2005
30 – Where the Streets Have No Name – 1987

Thursday 5/5/22 10am ET: Artist Countdown: Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Top 30 Hits

Robert Clark Seger (born May 6, 1945) is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. As a locally successful Detroit-area artist, he performed and recorded as Bob Seger and the Last Heard and Bob Seger System throughout the 1960s, breaking through with his first album, Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man (which contained his first national hit of the same name) in 1968. By the early 1970s, he had dropped the ‘System’ from his recordings and continued to strive for broader success with various other bands. In 1973, he put together the Silver Bullet Band, with a group of Detroit-area musicians, with whom he became most successful on the national level with the album Live Bullet (1976), recorded live with the Silver Bullet Band in 1975 at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan. In 1976, he achieved a national breakout with the studio album Night Moves. On his studio albums, he also worked extensively with the Alabama-based Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, which appeared on several of Seger’s best-selling singles and albums.

A roots rocker with a classic raspy, powerful voice, Seger wrote and recorded songs that dealt with love, women, and blue-collar themes, and is one of the best-known examples of a heartland rock artist. He has recorded many hits, including “Night Moves”, “Turn the Page”, “Mainstreet”, “Still the Same”, “Hollywood Nights”, “Against the Wind”, “You’ll Accomp’ny Me”, “Shame on the Moon”, “Roll Me Away”, “Like a Rock”, and “Shakedown”, the last of which was written for the 1987 film Beverly Hills Cop II and topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He also co-wrote the Eagles’ number-one hit “Heartache Tonight”, and his recording of “Old Time Rock and Roll” was named one of the Songs of the Century in 2001.

With a career spanning six decades, Seger has sold more than 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. Seger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012. Seger was named Billboard’s 2015 Legend of Live honoree at the 12th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, held November 18–19 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. He announced his farewell tour in September 2018.

1 – We’ve Got Tonite – 1978
2 – Like a Rock – 1986
3 – The Real Love – 1991
4 – Shakedown – 1987
5 – Fire Lake – 1980
6 – Understanding – 1984
7 – Shame on the Moon – 1982
8 – Still the Same – 1978
9 – You’ll Accomp’ny Me – 1980
10 – Landing in London (3 Doors Down) – 2005
11 – Night Moves – 1976
12 – It’s You – 1986
13 – Even Now – 1983
14 – Against the Wind – 1980
15 – Hollywood Nights – 1978
16 – American Storm – 1986
17 – The Fire Inside (radio edit) – 1991
18 – Tryin’ To Live My Life Without You (live) – 1981
19 – Rock and Roll Never Forgets – 1977
20 – Mainstreet – 1977
21 – Roll Me Away – 1983
22 – Her Strut – 1980
23 – Old Time Rock and Roll – 1983
24 – Chances Are (with Martina McBride) – 1998
25 – Katmandu – 1975
26 – Miami – 1986
27 – Take a Chance – 1991
28 – Wait for Me – 2006
29 – Downtown Train – 2011
30 – Nutbush City Limits – 1976

Thursday 4/28/22 9am ET: Artist Countdown: Willie Nelson Top 30 Hits

Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American musician, actor, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie (1973), combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978), made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. He was one of the main figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed in the late 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana.

Born during the Great Depression and raised by his grandparents, Nelson wrote his first song at age seven and joined his first band at ten. During high school, he toured locally with the Bohemian Polka as their lead singer and guitar player. After graduating from high school in 1950, he joined the U.S. Air Force but was later discharged due to back problems. After his return, Nelson attended Baylor University for two years but dropped out because he was succeeding in music. He worked as a disc jockey at radio stations in his native Texas, and in several radio stations in the Pacific Northwest, all the while working as a singer and songwriter throughout the late 1950s. During that time, he wrote songs that would become country standards, including “Funny How Time Slips Away”, “Hello Walls”, “Pretty Paper”, and “Crazy”. In 1960 he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and later signed a publishing contract with Pamper Music which allowed him to join Ray Price’s band as a bassist. In 1962, he recorded his first album, …And Then I Wrote. Due to this success, Nelson signed in 1964 with RCA Victor and joined the Grand Ole Opry the following year. After mid-chart hits in the late 1960s and the early 1970s, Nelson grew weary of the corporate Nashville music scene, and in 1972 he moved to Austin, Texas. The ongoing music scene of Austin motivated Nelson to return to performing, appearing frequently at the Armadillo World Headquarters.

1 – To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before (with Julio Iglesias) – 1984
2 – Always on My Mind – 1982
3 – On the Road Again – 1980
4 – Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain – 1975
5 – Good Hearted Woman (with Waylon Jennings) – 1976
6 – Let It Be Me – 1982
7 – Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys – 1978
8 – Everything’s Beautiful (In Its Own Way) (with Dolly Parton) – 1983
9 – City of New Orleans – 1984
10 – My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys – 1980
11 – Blue Skies – 1978
12 – Georgia on My Mind – 1978
13 – Midnight Rider – 1980
14 – Pancho and Lefty (with Merle Haggard) – 1983
15 – Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) (with Waylon Jennings) – 1976
16 – Take It to the Limit (with Waylon Jennings) – 1983
17 – Remember Me (When the Candle Lights Are Gleaming) – 1976
18 – Spanish Eyes (with Julio Iglesias) – 1988
19 – Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground – 1981
20 – Forgiving You Was Easy – 1985
21 – Living in the Promise Land – 1986
22 – Nothing I Can Do About It Now – 1989
23 – Heartbreak Hotel (with Leon Russell) – 1979
24 – Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning – 1982
25 – Why Do I Have to Choose – 1983
26 – Help Me Make It Through the Night – 1980
27 – If You’ve Got the Money I’ve Got the Time – 1976
28 – All of Me – 1978
29 – Uncloudy Day – 1977
30 – Without a Song – 1983

Tuesday 4/26/22 10am ET: Artist Countdown: Barbra Streisand Top 30 Hits

Barbara Joan “Barbra” Streisand (born April 24, 1942) is an American singer and actress. With a career spanning over six decades, she has achieved success in multiple fields of entertainment, and is among the few performers awarded an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony (EGOT).

Streisand began her career by performing in nightclubs and Broadway theaters in the early 1960s. Following her guest appearances on various television shows, she signed to Columbia Records, insisting that she retain full artistic control, and accepting lower pay in exchange, an arrangement that continued throughout her career, and released her debut The Barbra Streisand Album (1963), which won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Throughout her recording career, Streisand has topped the US Billboard 200 chart with 11 albums—a record for a woman—including People (1964), The Way We Were (1974), Guilty (1980), and The Broadway Album (1985). She also achieved five number-one singles on the US Billboard Hot 100—”The Way We Were”, “Evergreen”, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”, “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)”, and “Woman in Love”.

Following her established recording success in the 1960s, Streisand ventured into film by the end of that decade. She starred in the critically acclaimed Funny Girl (1968), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Additional fame followed with films including the extravagant musical Hello, Dolly! (1969), the screwball comedy What’s Up, Doc? (1972), and the romantic drama The Way We Were (1973). Streisand won a second Academy Award for writing the love theme from A Star Is Born (1976), the first woman to be honored as a composer. With the release of Yentl (1983), Streisand became the first woman to write, produce, direct, and star in a major studio film. The film won an Oscar for Best Score and a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Musical. Streisand also received the Golden Globe Award for Best Director, becoming the first (and for 37 years, the only) woman to win that award. Streisand later directed The Prince of Tides (1991) and The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996).

With sales exceeding 150 million records worldwide, Streisand is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), she is the highest-certified female artist in the United States, with 68.5 million certified album units tying with Mariah Carey. Billboard ranked Streisand as the greatest female artist on the Billboard 200 chart and the top Adult Contemporary female artist of all time. Her accolades include two Academy Awards, 10 Grammy Awards including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Grammy Legend Award, five Emmy Awards, four Peabody Awards, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and nine Golden Globes.

1 – Woman in Love – 1980
2 – You Don’t Bring Me Flowers (with Neil Diamond) – 1978
3 – Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born) – 1976
4 – No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) (with Donna Summer) – 1979
5 – Guilty (with Barry Gibb) – 1980
6 – I Finally Found Someone (with Bryan Adams) – 1996
7 – Second Hand Rose – 1965
8 – Tell Him (with Celine Dion) – 1997
9 – Till I Loved You (with Don Johnson) – 1988
10 – The Way We Were – 1973
11 – Left in the Dark – 1982
12 – Comin’ In and Out of Your Life – 1981
13 – Stoney End – 1970
14 – The Main Event/Fight – 1979
15 – My Heart Belongs to Me – 1977
16 – People – 1964
17 – Memory – 1982
18 – Songbird – 1978
19 – Where You Lead – 1971
20 – Make No Mistake, He’s Mine (with Kim Carnes) – 1982
21 – What Kind of Fool – 1981
22 – Kiss Me in the Rain – 1979
23 – Prisoner (Love Theme from Eyes of Laura Mars) – 1978
24 – New York State of Mind (with Billy Joel) – 2014
25 – Promises – 1981
26 – Flim Flam Man – 1971
27 – Sweet Inspiration/Where You Lead – 1972
28 – Emotion – 1985
29 – Funny Girl – 1964
30 – Superman – 1978

Thursday 4/21/22 9am ET: Artist Countdown: Abba Top 30 Hits (Rev2)

ABBA are a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. The group’s name is an acronym of the first letters of their first names arranged as a palindrome. Widely considered one of the greatest musical groups of all time, they became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music, topping the charts worldwide from 1974 to 1983, and in 2021. ABBA have achieved 48 hit singles.

In 1974, ABBA were Sweden’s first winner of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Waterloo”, which in 2005 was chosen as the best song in the competition’s history as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the contest. During the band’s main active years, it consisted of two married couples: Fältskog and Ulvaeus, and Lyngstad and Andersson. With the increase of their popularity, their personal lives suffered, which eventually resulted in the collapse of both marriages. The relationship changes were reflected in the group’s music, with latter compositions featuring darker and more introspective lyrics. After ABBA separated in December 1982, Andersson and Ulvaeus continued their success writing music for multiple audiences including stage, musicals and movies, while Fältskog and Lyngstad pursued solo careers.

Wednesday 4/20/22 10am ET: Artist Countdown: Kelly Clarkson Top 30 Hits

Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982), is an American singer, songwriter, actress, author, and television personality. She rose to fame for winning the first season of American Idol in 2002, which earned her a record deal with RCA. Her debut single, “A Moment Like This”, topped the US Billboard Hot 100 and became the country’s best selling single of 2002. It was included on her debut studio album, Thankful (2003), which debuted atop the Billboard 200. Trying to reinvent her image, Clarkson parted ways with Idol management and shifted to pop rock for her second studio album, Breakaway (2004). Supported by four US top-ten singles: “Breakaway”, “Since U Been Gone”, “Behind These Hazel Eyes”, and “Because of You”, Breakaway sold over 12 million copies worldwide and won two Grammy Awards.

1 – My Life Would Suck Without You – 2009
2 – Since U Been Gone – 2004
3 – Because of You – 2005
4 – Behind These Hazel Eyes – 2005
5 – Breakaway – 2004
6 – Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – 2012
7 – Never Again – 2007
8 – Mr. Know It All – 2011
9 – Heartbeat Song – 2015
10 – Walk Away – 2006
11 – Already Gone – 2009
12 – I Do Not Hook Up – 2009
13 – Miss Independent – 2003
14 – The Trouble with Love Is – 2003
15 – Catch My Breath – 2012
16 – Dark Side – 2012
17 – Piece by Piece – 2015
18 – Low – 2003
19 – In the Basement (with Martina McBride) – 2014
20 – People Like Us – 2013
21 – Long Shot – 2010
22 – A Moment Like This – 2002
23 – Don’t You Wanna Stay (with Jason Aldean) – 2010
24 – Because of You (with Reba McEntire) – 2007
25 – Don’t Rush (featuring Vince Gill) – 2012
26 – One Minute – 2007
27 – Don’t Waste Your Time – 2007
28 – All I Ever Wanted – 2010
29 – Invincible – 2015
30 – I Don’t Think About You – 2018

Tuesday 4/19/22 10am ET: Artist Countdown: Roy Orbison Top 30 Hits

Roy Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988) was an American singer-songwriter who found the most success in the early rock and roll era from 1956 to 1964. He later enjoyed a resurgence in the late 1980s with chart success as a member of the Traveling Wilburys and with his Mystery Girl album which included the hit single “You Got It”. At the height of his popularity, 22 of Orbison’s songs placed on the US Billboard Top 40 chart, and six peaked in the top five, including two number one hits. In the UK, Orbison scored ten top-10 hits between 1960 and 1966, including three No. 1 singles.

Born and raised in Texas, Orbison got his start in a rockabilly band in high school. According to The Authorized Roy Orbison, Orbison’s first release was in March 1956 on the Je-Wel label. He broke into professional music under Sam Phillips at Sun Records in the summer of 1956, but found only marginal success there. After a couple years writing for other musicians (including “Claudette” recorded by The Everly Brothers), Orbison recorded several songs at Monument Records under producer Fred Foster starting in 1959. With Foster, Orbison and his frequent songwriting partners Joe Melson and Bill Dees tailored many of Orbison’s songs for his unique voice; his most popular songs were dramatic ballads ending with emotional crescendos that showcased his powerful vocals. After his biggest hit in 1964, “Oh, Pretty Woman”, Orbison continued to record and chart intermittently in the UK, but it was not until 1987 that he again found the level of popular worldwide success he had known in the early 1960s, when his original recording of “In Dreams” was used in David Lynch’s film Blue Velvet. The following year, Orbison co-founded the supergroup Traveling Wilburys with George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty. Lynne produced Orbison’s final album Mystery Girl, which was released posthumously in February 1989.

1 – You Got It – 1989
2 – Oh, Pretty Woman – 1964
3 – It’s Over – 1964
4 – Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel) – 1960
5 – In Dreams – 1963
6 – Blue Bayou – 1963
7 – Crying (with k.d. lang) – 1987
8 – She’s a Mystery to Me – 1989
9 – Handle with Care (Traveling Wilburys) – 1988
10 – Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) – 1962
11 – Goodnight – 1965
12 – End of the Line – 1989
13 – Pretty Paper – 1963
14 – California Blue – 1989
15 – Ride Away – 1965
16 – Twinkle Toes – 1966
17 – Running Scared – 1961
18 – Crying – 1961
19 – Blue Angel – 1960
20 – I Drove All Night – 1992
21 – That Lovin’ You Feelin’ Again (with Emmylou Harris) – 1980
22 – I’m Hurtin’ – 1960
23 – Windsurfer – 1989
24 – Candyman – 2017
25 – Ooby Dooby – 1956
26 – Love Hurts – 2017
27 – A Love So Beautiful – 1989
28 – Easy Way Out – 1979
29 – Claudette – 2017
30 – (All I Can Do Is) Dream You – 1989

2017 are remixes with the Royal Philharmonic
2017 Live are taken from Black White Live 30

Tuesday 4/12/22 10am ET: Artist Countdown: Vince Gill Top 30 Hits

Vincent Grant Gill (born April 12, 1957) is an American country music singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He has achieved commercial success and fame both as frontman of the country rock band Pure Prairie League in the 1970s and as a solo artist beginning in 1983, where his talents as a vocalist and musician have placed him in high demand as a guest vocalist and a duet partner.

He has recorded more than 20 studio albums, charted over 40 singles on the U.S. Billboard charts as Hot Country Songs, and has sold more than 26 million albums. He has been honored by the Country Music Association with 18 CMA Awards, including two Entertainer of the Year awards and five Male Vocalist Awards. As of 2021, Gill has also earned 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other male country music artist. In 2007 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. On February 4, 2016, Gill was inducted into the Guitar Center Rock Walk by Joe Walsh of the Eagles. In 2017, Vince Gill and Deacon Frey were hired by the Eagles in place of the late Glenn Frey.

1 – House of Love (Amy Grant with Vince Gill) – 1994
2 – Sober Saturday Night (Chris Young featuring Vince Gill) – 2016
3 – I Still Believe in You – 1992
4 – One More Last Chance – 1993
5 – If You Ever Have Forever in Mind – 1998
6 – Feels Like Love – 2000
7 – Whenever You Come Around – 1994
8 – Don’t Rush (Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill) – 2012
9 – Tryin’ to Get Over You – 1994
10 – Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away – 1992
11 – The Heart Won’t Lie (Reba McEntire with Vince Gill) – 1993
12 – What the Cowgirls Do – 1994
13 – You Better Think Twice – 1995
14 – Take Your Memory with You – 1992
15 – No Future in the Past – 1993
16 – Pretty Little Adriana – 1996
17 – When I Call Your Name – 1990
18 – Which Bridge to Cross (Which Bridge to Burn) – 1995
19 – Cinderella – 1987
20 – When Love Finds You – 1994
21 – A Little More Love – 1997
22 – Never Knew Lonely – 1990
23 – Liza Jane – 1991
24 – Worlds Apart – 1996
25 – High Lonesome Sound – 1996
26 – Everybody’s Sweetheart – 1988
27 – If It Weren’t for Him (with Rosanne Cash) – 1985
28 – Look at Us – 1991
29 – You and You Alone – 1997
30 – Pocket Full of Gold – 1991