Tag: Top 30

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

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

Wednesday 5/25/22 10am ET: Artist Countdown: Han Williams Jr. Top 30 Hits

Randall Hank Williams (born May 26, 1949), known professionally as Hank Williams Jr. or Bocephus, is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He is the son of country music legend Hank Williams.

Williams was born Randall Hank Williams on May 26, 1949, in Shreveport, Louisiana. His father nicknamed him Bocephus. After his father’s death in 1953, he was raised by his mother, Audrey Williams.

While he was a child, a number of contemporary musicians visited his family, who influenced and taught him various music instruments and styles. Among these figures of influence were Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Fats Domino, Earl Scruggs, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Williams first stepped on the stage and sang his father’s songs when he was eight years old.

1 – Eleven Roses – 1972
2 – All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down) – 1981
3 – Ain’t Misbehavin’ – 1986
4 – Mind Your Own Business (with Reba McEntire, Tom Petty, Reverend Ike, and Willie Nelson) – 1986
5 – Born to Boogie – 1987
6 – Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound – 1979
7 – A Country Boy Can Survive – 1982
8 – Young Country – 1988
9 – Pride’s Not Hard to Swallow – 1972
10 – It’s All Over but the Crying – 1968
11 – I’m for Love – 1985
12 – Country State of Mind – 1986
13 – Honky Tonkin’ – 1982
14 – Man of Steel – 1984
15 – Last Love Song – 1973
16 – Gonna Go Huntin’ Tonight – 1983
17 – I’ll Think of Something – 1974
18 – I’d Rather Be Gone – 1969
19 – Queen of My Heart – 1983
20 – Finders Are Keepers – 1989
21 – Attitude Adjustment – 1984
22 – Leave Them Boys Alone (with Waylon Jennings and Ernest Tubb) – 1983
23 – Women I’ve Never Had – 1980
24 – All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight – 1984
25 – Heaven Can’t Be Found – 1987
26 – Family Tradition – 1979
27 – Kaw-Liga – 1980
28 – I Fought the Law – 1978
29 – I’ve Got a Right to Cry – 1971
30 – Texas Women – 1981

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

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 4/21/22 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

Sunday 4/3/22 3pm ET: Artist Countdown: Marvin Gaye Top 30 Hits

Marvin Pentz Gay Jr., known as Marvin Gaye (April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984), was an American singer and songwriter. He helped to shape the sound of Motown in the 1960s, first as an in-house session player and later as a solo artist with a string of successes, earning him the nicknames “Prince of Motown” and “Prince of Soul”.

Gaye’s Motown songs include “Ain’t That Peculiar”, “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)”, and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”. Gaye also recorded duets with Mary Wells, Kim Weston, Tammi Terrell, and Diana Ross. During the 1970s, Gaye recorded the albums What’s Going On and Let’s Get It On and became one of the first artists in Motown to break away from the reins of a production company. His later recordings influenced several contemporary R&B subgenres, such as quiet storm and neo soul. He was a tax exile in Europe in the early 1980s; he released “Sexual Healing” in 1982, which won him his first two Grammy Awards on the album Midnight Love. Gaye’s last televised appearances were at the 1983 NBA All-Star Game, where he sang “The Star-Spangled Banner”; Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever; and Soul Train.

On April 1, 1984, the eve of his 45th birthday, Gaye was shot and mortally wounded by his father, Marvin Gay Sr., at their house in Hancock Park, Los Angeles, after an argument. Gay Sr. later pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter, and received a six-year suspended sentence and five years of probation.

Many institutions have posthumously bestowed Gaye with awards and other honors including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and inductions into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1 – Sexual Healing – 1982
2 – I Heard It Through the Grapevine – 1968
3 – Got to Give It Up – 1977
4 – It Takes Two – 1966
5 – Too Busy Thinking About My Baby – 1969
6 – You’re All I Need to Get By – 1968
7 – Let’s Get It On – 1973
8 – Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing – 1968
9 – Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) – 1971

10 – Once Upon a Time – 1964
11 – Good Lovin’ Ain’t Easy to Come By – 1969
12 – What’s Going On – 1971
13 – Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) – 1971
14 – My Mistake (Was to Love You) – 1974
15 – Try It Baby – 1964
16 – You Ain’t Livin’ till You’re Lovin’ – 1968
17 – Pretty Little Baby – 1965
18 – How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) – 1964
19 – I Want You – 1976
20 – Little Darling (I Need You) – 1966
21 – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – 1967
22 – Chained – 1968
23 – Trouble Man – 1972
24 – Take This Heart of Mine – 1966
25 – Your Unchanging Love – 1967
26 – Your Precious Love – 1967
27 – I’ll Be Doggone – 1965
28 – Ain’t That Peculiar – 1965
29 – Pride and Joy – 1963
30 – You’re a Wonderful One – 1964

Wednesday 3/23/22 10am ET: Artist Countdown: The Cars Top 30 Hits

The Cars were an American rock band formed in Boston in 1976. Emerging from the new wave scene in the late 1970s, it consisted of Elliot Easton (lead guitar), Greg Hawkes (keyboards), Ric Ocasek (rhythm guitar), Benjamin Orr (bass guitar), and David Robinson (drums). Ocasek and Orr shared lead vocals, and Ocasek was the band’s principal songwriter.

The Cars were at the forefront of the merger of 1970s guitar-oriented rock with the new synthesizer-oriented pop that became popular in the early 1980s. Robert Palmer, music critic for The New York Times and Rolling Stone, described the Cars’ musical style: “They have taken some important but disparate contemporary trends—punk minimalism, the labyrinthine synthesizer and guitar textures of art rock, the ’50s rockabilly revival and the melodious terseness of power pop—and mixed them into a personal and appealing blend.”

The Cars were named Best New Artist in the 1978 Rolling Stone Readers’ Poll. The band’s debut album, The Cars, sold six million copies and appeared on the Billboard 200 album chart for 139 weeks. The Cars had four Top 10 hits: “Shake It Up” (1981), “You Might Think” (1984), “Drive” (1984), and “Tonight She Comes” (1985). The band won Video of the Year for “You Might Think” at the first MTV Video Music Awards in 1984.

The Cars disbanded in 1988. Orr died in 2000 from pancreatic cancer. The surviving original members of the Cars reunited in 2010 to record the band’s seventh and final album, Move Like This, which was released in May 2011. Following a short tour in support of Move Like This, the band once again went on hiatus. In April 2018, the Cars were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and reunited to perform at the induction ceremony. It was the band’s final performance with Ocasek, who died on September 15, 2019 of cardiovascular disease.

1 – Drive – 1984
2 – You Might Think – 1984
3 – Shake It Up – 1981
4 – Hello Again – 1984
5 – Emotion in Motion (Ric Ocasek) – 1986
6 – Tonight She Comes – 1985
7 – Magic – 1984
8 – Just What I Needed – 1978
9 – Let’s Go – 1979
10 – Stay the Night (Benjamin Orr) – 1986
11 – You Are the Girl – 1987
12 – Touch and Go – 1980
13 – My Best Friend’s Girl – 1978
14 – Since You’re Gone – 1982
15 – I’m Not the One – 1986
16 – Good Times Roll – 1979
17 – Why Can’t I Have You – 1985
18 – Something to Grab For (Ric Ocasek) – 1983

19 – It’s All I Can Do – 1979
20 – True to You (Ric Ocasek) – 1986
21 – Jimmy Jimmy (Ric Ocasek) – 1983
22 – Strap Me In – 1987
23 – Heartbeat City – 1985
24 – Sad Song – 2011
25 – Cruiser – 1981
26 – Connect Up to Me (Ric Ocasek) – 1983
27 – Victim of Love – 1982
28 – Coming Up You – 1988
29 – Double Life – 1979
30 – Don’t Tell Me No – 1980

Tuesday 3/15/22 10am ET: Artist Countdown: Black Eyed Peas Top 30 Hits

Black Eyed Peas (also known as The Black Eyed Peas) is an American musical group consisting of rappers will.i.am, apl.de.ap, and Taboo and singer J. Rey Soul. Originally an alternative hip hop group, they subsequently refashioned themselves as a more marketable pop-rap act. Although the group was founded in Los Angeles in 1995, it was not until the release of their third album, Elephunk, in 2003, that they achieved high record sales.

Black Eyed Peas’ first major hit was the 2003 single “Where Is the Love?” from Elephunk, which topped the charts in 13 countries, including the United Kingdom, where it spent seven weeks at number one and went on to become Britain’s biggest-selling single of 2003. Their fourth album, Monkey Business, was an even bigger worldwide success, and became certified 3× Platinum in the United States. In 2009, the group became one of only 11 artists to have simultaneously held the number-one and number-two spots on the Billboard Hot 100, with their singles “Boom Boom Pow” and “I Gotta Feeling”, which topped the chart for an unprecedented 26 consecutive weeks.

The album The E.N.D. produced a third Hot 100 number-one placement with “Imma Be”, making the group one of few to ever place three number one singles on the chart from the same album, before being followed with “Rock That Body” and “Meet Me Halfway”, which peaked in the top 10 of the Hot 100. “I Gotta Feeling” became the first single to sell more than one million downloads in the United Kingdom. At the 52nd Grammy Awards ceremony, held in January 2010, they won three awards out of six nominations. In November 2010, they released the album The Beginning. In February 2011, the group performed in the Super Bowl XLV halftime show.

Black Eyed Peas have sold an estimated 80 million records, making them one of the best-selling groups of all time. They were ranked 12th on Billboard’s 2000s Decade-End Artist of the Decade Chart, and 7th on the Hot 100 Artists of the Decade.

1 – I Gotta Feeling – 2009
2 – The Time (Dirty Bit) – 2010
3 – Where Is the Love? – 2003
4 – Boom Boom Pow – 2009
5 – My Humps – 2005
6 – Meet Me Halfway – 2009
7 – Don’t Phunk with My Heart – 2005
8 – Just Can’t Get Enough – 2011
9 – Hey Mama – 2004
10 – Pump It – 2006
11 – Don’t Lie – 2005
12 – Let’s Get It Started – 2004
13 – Shut Up – 2003

14 – Rock That Body – 2010
15 – Don’t Stop the Party – 2011
16 – Mas que Nada (Sérgio Mendes featuring the Black Eyed Peas) – 2006
17 – Ritmo (with J Balvin) – 2019
18 – Mamacita (with Ozuna and J Rey Soul) – 2020
19 – Request + Line (featuring Macy Gray) – 2001
20 – Imma Be – 2009

21 – #Wheresthelove – 2016
22 – Girl like Me (with Shakira) – 2020
23 – Alive – 2009
24 – Gone Going (featuring Jack Johnson) – 2006
25 – Showdown – 2009
26 – Weekends (featuring Esthero) – 2000
27 – Feel the Beat (with Maluma) – 2020
28 – Light Up the Night – 2010
29 – Tonta Love (Feat Jr. Rey Soul) – 2010
30 – Shake Ya Boom Boom – 2020

Friday 3/11/22 4pm ET: Artist Countdown: Carrie Underwood Top 30 Hits

Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983) is an American singer and songwriter. She rose to prominence after winning the fourth season of American Idol in 2005. Underwood’s debut single, “Inside Your Heaven”, made her the only country artist to debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the only solo country artist in the 2000s to have a number-one song on the Hot 100. Her debut album, Some Hearts (2005), was bolstered by the successful crossover singles “Jesus, Take the Wheel” and “Before He Cheats”, becoming the best-selling solo female debut album in country music history. She won three Grammy Awards for the album, including Best New Artist. The next studio album, Carnival Ride (2007), had one of the biggest opening weeks of all time by a female artist and won two Grammy Awards. Her third studio album, Play On (2009), was preceded by the single “Cowboy Casanova”, which had one of the biggest single-week upward movements on the Hot 100.

She achieved the second best-selling release by a woman in 2012 and won a Grammy Award with her fourth album, Blown Away (2012). Underwood’s first compilation, Greatest Hits: Decade #1 (2014), spawned the crossover single “Something in the Water”. Her fifth studio album, Storyteller (2015), made her the only country artist to have all studio albums reach either numbers one or two on the Billboard 200 chart. With her sixth album, Cry Pretty (2018), she became the only woman to top the Billboard 200 with four country albums, and had both the biggest week for any album by a woman in 2018. She released her first Christmas project, My Gift, in 2020, and her first gospel collection, My Savior, in 2021.

Underwood has sold 70 million records worldwide. She is the sixth highest-certified female artist and the highest-certified female country artist of all time on the RIAA’s Top Artists (Digital Singles) ranking, and the female artist with the most number-one entries on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, with 16. Her accolades include seven Grammy Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, 17 American Music Awards, five Guinness World Records, 15 Academy of Country Music Awards and inductions into the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry. Billboard named her the top female country artist of the 2000s and 2010s and Some Hearts the top country album of the 2000s. Time listed her as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2014, while Forbes declared her the most successful American Idol winner. Outside of music, Underwood has ventured into fashion and writing, releasing her fitness clothing line CALIA by Carrie in 2015 and the New York Times best-selling fitness and lifestyle book Find Your Path in 2020.

1 – Something in the Water – 2014
2 – The Fighter (with Keith Urban) – 2017
3 – Blown Away – 2012
4 – Heartbeat – 2015
5 – If I Didn’t Love You (with Jason Aldean) – 2021
6 – Before He Cheats – 2006

7 – Jesus, Take the Wheel – 2005
8 – See You Again – 2013
9 – Smoke Break – 2015
10 – Two Black Cadillacs – 2012
11 – Church Bells – 2016
12 – Dirty Laundry – 2016
13 – Little Toy Guns – 2015
14 – Temporary Home – 2009
15 – Cowboy Casanova – 2009
16 – Good Girl – 2012
17 – Somethin’ Bad (with Miranda Lambert) – 2014
18 – Remind Me (With Brad Paisley) – 2011

19 – Undo It – 2010
20 – I Told You So (featuring Randy Travis) – 2009
21 – Southbound – 2019
22 – Drinking Alone – 2019
23 – Mama’s Song – 2010
24 – So Small – 2007
25 – Last Name – 2008
26 – Inside Your Heaven – 2005
27 – Wasted – 2007
28 – All-American Girl – 2008
29 – Just a Dream – 2008
30 – Don’t Forget to Remember Me – 2006