THE MUSIC

 TOP TRACKS

Trying to narrow this section down may have been the most difficult. For an “Essential” artist, I listen to everything. In the “Favorites” category, I go deep into the discography. Listed here are artists who produce some of the best single tracks. Songs from The Who, Pink Floyd, James Brown, The Eagles and others end up here. It’s not because they don’t have great music, because they are all legendary, but they just haven’t been part of my regular listening rotation. In addition to some big names, there are some lesser-known artists listed, along with some of my favorite one-hit wonders.

ESSENTIAL ARTISTS    •    OTHER FAVORITES    •    PLAYLISTS    •    TOP TRACKS  •  THE BLUES

ABBA / Dancing Queen • Waterloo • Knowing Me, Knowing You
AC/DC / Rock and Roll AIn’t Noise Pollution • Back in Black • Hell’s Bells
Ryan Adams / Come Pick Me Up • Wonderwall
Adele / Someone Like You • Hello • All I Ask
Aerosmith / Dream On • Sweet Emotion • Toys in the Attic
Atlanta Rhythm Section / So Into You • Imaginary Lover
Anita Baker
/ Giving You the Best That I Got • Sweet Love

Beach Boys / God Only Knows • Wouldn't It Be Nice
Bee Gees / How Deep Is Your Love • Tragedy


Aloe Blac / Wanna Be With You • Ticking Bomb
The Black Keys / Lonely Boy • Gold on the Ceiling
Blind Faith / Presence of the Lord • Can’t Find My Way Home
Blondie / Heart of Glass • Call Me • Rapture
Blue Oyster Cult / Godzilla • Don’t Fear the Reaper
Blues Brothers / Soul Man • Sweet Home Chicago
Bread / Lost Without Your Love • If • Guitar Man
James Brown
/ I’ll Go Crazy • Cold Sweat

Jackson Browne / Doctor My Eyes • Running on Empty
Paul Carrack / How Long • I Need You

Ray Charles / Song for You • Georgia on my Mind
Cheap Trick / Dream Police • I Want You to Want Me

Citizen Cope / Son’s Gonna Rise • Let the Drummer Kick

Gary Clark Jr. / Bright Lights • When My Train Pulls In • Pearl Cadillac
Climax Blues Band / Couldn’t Get It Right • I Love You
Joe Cocker / You Are So Beautiful • Feeling Alright
Leonard Cohen / Hallelujah • Suzanne • Always
Coldplay / Viva la Vida • Clocks
The Commodores / Sail On • Brick House • Lady (You BrIng Me Up)
Elvis Costello / What’s So Funny ‘Bout … • Pump It Up
Cream / White Room • Sunshine of Your Love • Crossroads
Creedence Clearwater Revival / Susie Q • Bad Moon Rising • Run Through the Jungle
Jim Croce / Time in a Bottle • I Got a Name • Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
Christopher Cross / Ride Like the Wind • Sailing
Sheryl Crow / Safe and Sound • Always On Your Side
Culture Club / Church of the Poison Mind • Do You Really Want to Hurt Me
Morris Day and The Time / The Bird  • Jungle Love
Derek and the Dominos / Layla • Bell Bottom Blues
Devo / Whip It • Girl U Want • Freedom of Choice
Neil Diamond / Song Sung Blue • Solitary Man

The Doors / Riders on the Storm • LA Woman • Light My Fire
Duran Duran / Save A Prayer • Girls on Film • Rio
Bob Dylan / All Along the Watchtower • Like a Rolling Stone
The Eagles / Hotel California • Take It Easy
Earth, Wind & Fire / September •  Shining Star
Eurythmics / Here Comes the Rain Again • Missionary Man • Sweet Dreams
Lupe Fiasco / Superstar • Daydreamin’ • Hello Goodbye
Fine Young Cannibals / Funny How Love is • Suspicious Minds
Fleetwood Mac / Landslide • Big Love • Tusk
Flock of Seagulls / I Ran (So Far Away) • Space Age Love Song
Foo Fighters / Everlong • Learn to Fly
Peter Frampton / Do You Feel Like We Do • Show Me the Way
Frankie Goes to Hollywood / Relax • Two Tribes
Aretha Franklin / Respect • I Say a Little Prayer For You
Genesis / Mama • Land of Confusion
Go-Gos / Vacation • Our Lips are Sealed
Golden Earring / Twilight Zone • Radar Love
Grass Roots / Wait a Million Years • Sooner or Later
Green Day / Longview • American Idiot


Greta Van Fleet / Highway Tune • Flower Power • Black Smoke Rising
Guns N’ Roses / November Rain • Paradise City
Buddy Guy / First Time I Met the Blues • Midnight Train
Hall and Oates / She’s Gone • Sarah Smile
Heatwave
/ Groove Line • Boogie Nights

Jimi Hendrix / Little Wing • All Along the Watchtower • Purple Haze
Human League / Don’t You Want Me • (Keep Feeling) Fascination
Billy Idol / White Wedding • Rebel Yell • Dancing With Myself
Jackson 5 / Dancing Machine • I Want You Back • Never Can Say Goodbye
Michael Jackson / Rock With You • Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough
Joe Jackson / Steppin’ Out • Is She Really Going Out With Him
Billy Joel / Just the Way You Are • New York State of Mind
Howard Jones / No One is to Blame • Things Can Only Get Better
Tom Jones / It’s Not Unusual • Daughter of Darkness
KC & The Sunshine Band / Get Down Tonight • I’m Your Boogie Man • Shake Your Booty
Carole King / Beautiful • So Far Away • It’s Too Late
Kinks / Lola • Nothing in this World … • Strangers
Kool & The Gang / Celebration • Joanna • Jungle Boogie
Lenny Kravitz / Are You Gonna Go My Way • Fields of Joy
k.d. Lang / Constant Craving • Hallelujah
John Lennon / Mind Games • Imagine • Watching the Wheels
Annie Lennox / Why • Waiting in Vain • Walking on Broken Glass
Gordon Lightfoot / If You Could Read My Mind • The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Linkin Park / One Step Closer • Numb
Little Feat / Dixie Chicken • All That You Dream • Oh Atlanta
Madonna / My Baby’s Got a Secret • Into the Groove

Dave Matthews / Gravedigger • Save Me • All Along the Watchtower (Live)
Maroon 5 / Makes Me Wonder • Harder to Breather
Bruno Mars / Locked Out of Heaven • Gorilla
John Mellencamp / Small Town • Pink Houses

Men at Work / Who Can It Be Now • It’s a Mistake
Natalie Merchant / Life is Sweet • Kind and Generous
Pat Metheny Group / Last Train Home • Minuano
Steve Miller Band / Abracadabra • Fly Like and Eagle
Moody Blues / Nights in White Satin • Tuesday Afternoon
Naked Eyes / Always Something There to Remind Me • Promises, Promises
New Order / Blue Monday • Bizarre Love Triangle
Ohio Players / Love Rollercoaster • Fire
Roy Orbison / I Drove All Night • Oh Pretty Woman • Crying
Orleans / Still the One • Dance With Me

Alan Parsons Project / Time • Games People Play
The Partridge Family / I Think I Love You • I Woke Up In Love This Morning
Tom Petty / Runnin’ Down a Dream • Refugee
Robert Plant / Big Log • In the Mood

Iggy Pop / Lust for Life • The Passenger
Elvis Presley / Kentucky Rain • Little Less Conversation • Suspicion Minds
Billy Preston / Will It Go Round in Circles • Outa-Space • Nothing from Nothing
Procul Harum / Conquistador • Whiter Shade of Pale
Public Enemy / Fight the Power • Bring the Noise
Gerry Rafferty / Baker Street • Right Down the Line
Bonnie Raitt / Feels Like Home to Me • I Can’t Make You Love Me
Ramones / Judy is a Punk • I Wanna Be Sedated
Otis Redding / Dock of the Bay • Try a Little Tenderness
Diana Ross & the Supremes / You Keep Me Hangin’ On • Where Did Our Love Go?
Roxy Music / Avalon • More Than This
Santana / Evil Ways • Black Magic Woman
Boz Scaggs / Lowdown • Lido Shuffle
Seal / Crazy • Waiting For You
Bob Seger / Roll Me Away • We’ve Got Tonight
Brian Setzer Orchestra / Americano • Let’s Live It Up
Paul Simon / Kodakrome • Graceland
Simple Minds / Alive and Kicking • Don’t You (Forget About Me)
Sly & the Family Stone / Thank You … • Family Affair • I Want to Take You Higher
Smashing Pumpkins / 1979 • Tonight, Tonight
Elliott Smith /  Needle in the Hay • I Better Be Quiet Now • Everything Reminds Me of Her
The Smiths /  How Soon is Now • Last Night I Dreamt … • Bigmouth Strikes Again
Soft Cell / Sex Dwarf • Tainted Love
The Spinners / Could It Be I’m Falling in Love • Rubberband Man
Squeeze / Tempted • Black Coffee In Bed • Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)
Steely Dan / F.M. • Black Friday • Deacon Blues
Steepwater Band / The Stars Look Good Tonight • Revelation Sunday
Cat Stevens / Wild World • Here Comes My Baby • Morning Had Broken
Al Stewart / Year of the Cat • Time Passages
Barbara Streisand / The Way We Were • Evergreen
Styx / Renegade • Suite Madam Blue • Lady
Donna Summer / MacArthur Park • I Feel Love • On the Radio
Supertramp / Long Way Home • Breakfast in America
Sweet / Fox on the Run • Love is Like Oxygen
James Taylor / Fire and Rain • You've Got a Friend • Carolina in My Mind
Thompson Twins / If You Were Here • Doctor, Doctor
George Thorogood  / Bad to the Bone • One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer

Three Dog Night / One • Old Fashioned Love Song • Mama Told Me Not To Come
Trombone Shorty / Hurricane Season • Where Y’At
Jethro Tull / Aqualung • Locomotive Breath
Van Halen / Jump • Little Guitars
Velvet Underground / Sweet Jane • Stephanie Says
Wang Chung / Everybody Have Fun Tonight • To Live and Die in LA
Muddy Waters / Mannish Boy • Hoochie Coochie Man • Got My Mojo Working
The Who / Eminence Front • See Me Feel Me • Love Reign O’er Me
Amy Winehouse / Rehab  • Tears Dry On Their Own
Bill Withers / Use Me • Lovely Day • Ain’t No Sunshine • Just the Two of Us
Yaz / Situation • Don’t Go
Yes / Owner of a Lonely Heart• Roundabout
Neil Young
/ Philadelphia • Heart of Gold

Warren Zevon / Werewolves in London • Keep Me In Your Heart
 

Ace / How Long
Ace Frehley / New York Groove
Animotion / Obsession
Apollo 100 / Joy
Argent / Hold Your Head Up
Army of Lovers / Crucified
Average White Band / Pick Up the Pieces
The Band / The Weight
Big Country / In a Big Country
Blind Melon / No Rain
Blow Monkeys / Digging Your Scene
Blues Image / Ride Captain Ride
Blur / Song 2
Booker T & the MGs / Green Onions
Boomtown Rats / I Don’t Like Mondays
Bow Wow Wow / I Want Candy
Bronski Beat / Smalltown Boy
Marc Broussard / Home
Jeff Buckley / Hallelujah
Paul Butterfield Blues Band / Born in Chicago
Butthole Surfers / Who Was in My Room Last Night
The Byrds / Eight Miles High
Eric Carmen / All By Myself
Jane Child / Don’t Want to Fall in Love
Chris Cornell / Nothing Compares 2 U
Counting Crows / Mr. Jones
Creation / Making Time
Crosby. Stills & Nash / Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
Pablo Cruise / Love Will Find a Way
Daft Punk / Get Lucky
Dead or Alive / You Spin Me Right Round
Chris Deburgh / Lady in Red
Dee-Lite / Groove is in the Heart
Deodato / Also Sprach Zarathustra
Digital Underground / The Humpty Dance
Thomas Dolby / She Blinded Me With Science
Double / The Captain of Her Heart
Carl Douglas / Kung Foo Fighting
Dr. John / Right Place, Wrong Time
The Dream Academy / Life in a Northern Town
Dropkick Murphys / Shipping Up to Boston
Eagle Eye Cherry / Save Tonight
Echo and the Bunnymen / Lips Like Sugar
Edison Lighthouse / Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)
The Faces / Ohh La La
Fatboy Slim / Weapon of Choice
Franz Ferdinand / Take Me Out
Fifth Dimension / Age of Aquarius
The Five Stairsteps / O-o-h Child
Foghat / Slow Ride
The Fortunes / Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again
The Four Tops / Reach Out I’ll Be There
Free / All Right Now
The Bobby Fuller Four / Let Her Dance
The Gap Band / Party Train
Marvin Gaye / What’s Going On
Gary Glitter / Rock and Roll, Part II
Gnarls Barkley / Crazy
Andrew Gold / Oh What a Lonely Boy
gorillaz / Feel Good, Inc.
Grand Funk Railroad / We’re an American Band
Norman Greenbaum / Spirit in the Sky
Guess Who / American Woman
Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds / Don’t Pull Your Love
Herbie Hancock / Rockit
Murray Head / One Night in Bangkok
Hot Chocolate / You Sexy Thing
House of Pain / Jump Around
Thelma Houston / Don’t Leave Me This Way
Hues Corporation / Rock the Boat
Icicle Works / (Birds Fly) Whisper to a Scream
The Ides of March / Vehicle
Imagination / Just an Illusion
Jamiroquai / Virtual Insanity
Jane’s Addiction / Been Caught Stealing
Jay-Z and Alicia Keys / Empire State of Mind
Jesus Jones / Right Here, Right Now
Jet / Are You Gonna Be My Girl
Norah Jones / Don’t Know Why
Seu Jorge / Rebel Rebel
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole / Somewhere Over The Rainbow

                                                 What a Wonderful World
Andy Kim / Rock Me Gently
King Floyd / Groove Me
King Harvest / Dancing in the Moonlight
Gladys Knight & The Pips / Midnight Train to Georgia
Cyndy Lauper / Time After Time
Level 42 / Something About You
Little River Band / Reminiscing
Looking Glass / Brandy
Cheryl Lynn / Got To Be Real
Madness / Our House
Audra Mae and The Almighty Sound / The Real Thing
The Mamas & the Papas / California Dreamin’
Manfred Mann / Blinded by the Light
Chuck Mangione / Feels So Good
Barry Manilow / Could it Be Magic
MARRS / Pump Up the Volume
Sarah McLachlan / I Will Remember You
Don McLean / American Pie
Men Without Hats / Safety Dance
Mike and the Mehanics / The Living Years
Mission UK / Deliverance
Modern English / I Melt With You
The Monkees / Not Your Stepping Stone
Morrissey / Every Day is Like Sunday
Mott the Hoople / All the Young Dudes
Michael Murphey / Wildfire
Walter Murphy / A Fifth of Beethoven
Charlie Musselwhite / Christo Redemptor
The National / Bloodbuzz Ohio
Nazareth / Love Hurts
Nena / 99 Luftballoons
New Radicals / You Get What You Give
Gary Numan / Cars
OMD / If You Leave
O’Jays / Love Train
Gilbert O’Sullivan / Alone Again (Naturally)
The Offspring / Come Out and Play
Joan Osborne / Who Divided
Robert Palmer / Addicted to Love
Paul Young / Come Back and Stay
Freda Payne / Band of Gold
Peaches and Herb / Shake Your Groove Thing
Pilot / It’s Magic
Player / Baby Come Back
Pointer Sisters / Neutron Dance
Power Station / Some Like It Hot
Proclaimers / I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
The Raspberries / Go All the Way
Re-Flex / The Politics of Dancing
Redbone / Come and Get Your Love
Lou Reed / Take a Walk on the Wild Side
Paul Revere & the Raiders / Indian Reservation
Cliff Richard / Devil Woman
Vickie Sue Robinson / Turn the Beat Around
Romeo Void / Never Say Never
Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram / Somewhere Out There
Rose Royce / Car Wash
Leon Russell / A Song For You
Sam and Dave / Soul Man
Patty Smyth and Scandal / Goodbye to You
Scritti Politti / Perfect Way
Marlena Shaw / California Soul
Silver / Wham Bam
Simply Red / Holding Back the Years
Sister Sledge / We Are Family
Sam Smith / Stay With Me
Smithereens / Only a Memory
The Soggy Bottom Boys / Man of Constant Sorrow
Spandau Ballet / True
Spiral Staircase / More Today Then Yesterday
Starbuck / Moonlight Feels Right
Edwin Starr / War
Stealers Wheel / Stuck in the Middle With You
Amii Stewart / Knock on Wood
Stone Temple Pilots / Creep
Stories / Brother Louie
The Sugarhill Gang / Rapper’s Delight
Sugarloaf / Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You
Sylvers / Boogie Fever
Talk Talk / It’s My Life
R. Dean Taylor / Indiana Wants Me
Temple of the Dog / Hunger Strike
Temptations / Just My Imagination
Thin Lizzy / The Boys Are Back in Town
Pete Townsend / Let My Love Open the Door
The Trammps / Disco Inferno
Andrea True Connection / More, More, More
The Undisputed Truth / Smiling Faces Sometime
The Vapors / Turning Japanese
Village People / YMCA
The Waitresses / I Know What Boys Like
Anita Ward / Ring My Bell
Dione Warwick / Then Came You
Crystal Waters / Gypsy Woman
The Weather Girls / It’s Raining Men
When In Rome / The Promise
White Stripes / Seven Nation Army
Wild Cherry / Play That Funky Music
Kim Wilde / Kids in America
Pharrell Williams / Happy