Top Ranking Albums of October 2013

Paul McCartneyNEW [Hear Music 2013]

Sly & Robbie present ShaggyOut of Many, One Music [Ranch Entertainment 2013]

GyptianSex, Love, and Reggae [VP Records 2013]

ChvrchesThe Bones of What You Believe [Glassnote 2013]

Arcade Fire Reflektor [Arcade Fire 2013]

Deltron 3030 Event II [Bulk Recordings 2013]

M.I.A.Matangi [Interscope 2013]

Tom BrosseauGrass Punks[Crossbill Records 2013]

The BlowThe Blow [Kanine Records 2013]

Blood Orange Chamakay [Domino 2013]

Gipsy KingsSavor Flamenco [Knitting Factory 2013]

Pearl JamLightning Bolt [Republic Records 2013]

LordePure Heroine [Lava Music 2013]

Luscious JacksonMagic Hour [City Song 2013]

Sleigh BellsBitter Rivals [Mom & Pop Music 2013]

The Head and the Heart Let’s Be Still [Sub Pop Records 2013]

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Top Ranking Albums of October 2013

Top Ranking Albums of June 2013

Jimmy CliffThe KCRW Sessions [Universal 2013]

SizzlaThe Messiah [VP Records 2013]

Bob Marley & the WailersLegend Remixed [Tuff Gong 2013]

Various ArtistsLove for Levon [Time 2013]

Various ArtistsLet Us In Americana [Reviver Records 2013]

Steve EarleThe Low Highway [New West 2013]

Sean NelsonMake Good Choices [Really Records 2013]

Slaid CleavesStill Fighting the War [Music Road Records 2013]

Bob SchneiderBurden of Proof [Kirtland Records 2013]

Dale Watson & His TroopersEl Rancho Azul [Red House Records 2013]

Shiny Ribs Gulf Coast Museum [Nine Mile Records 2013]

Patty GriffinAmerican Kid [New West Records 2013]

Billy BraggTooth and Nail [Essential Music 2013]

John FogertyWrote A Song For Everyone [Vanguard 2013]

Warren Hood BandWarren Hood Band [Red Parlor Records 2013]

The Carper FamilyOld-Fashioned Gal [The Carper Family 2013]

Mavis Staples One True Vine [Anti/Epitaph 2013]

Booker TSound the Alarm [Stax 2013]

Top Ranking Albums of June 2013

Top Ranking Albums of January 2013

FoxygenWe Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic [Jagjaguwar 2013]

McPullishBlack Metal White Reggae [Charlie’s Records 2013]

ProtojeThe 8 Year Affair [Don Corleon Records 2013]

La Santa CeciliaEl Valor [Rebeleon Entertainment 2012]

Various Artists Impossible Riddim [Bizzarri Records 2013]

Various Artists Queen of Queens Riddim [Larger Than Life Records 2012]

Various ArtistsWorld Wide Love Riddim [Flash Hit Records 2012]

Various ArtistsIndo Riddim [Jah Youth Productions 2013]

Tim TimebobLip Up Fatty [Hellcat Records 2013]

Ra Ra RiotBeta Love [Barsuk 2013]

Various ArtistsTropical Escape Riddim [Chimney Records 2012]

ChronixxAin’t No Giving In [Chimney Records 2012]

Various ArtistsCorner Shop Riddim [21st Hapilos 2012]

Ben Harper and Charlie MusselwhiteGet Up [Stax 2013]

BladzunHeavy Flowers [Krian 2013]

Oliver “Tuku” MtukudzoSarawoga [Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzo 2012]

Various ArtistsFrom France to Jamaica [Undisputed Records 2013]

A Tribe Called RedNorthern Cree – Red Skin Girl [Masalacism Records 2011]

Top Ranking Albums of January 2013

Top Ranking Albums of 2012

Top Ranking Albums of 2012

Busy SignalReggae Music Again [VP Records 2012]

RebelutionPeace of Mind [Controlled Substance Sound Labs 2012]

The Beach BoysThat’s Why God Made Radio [Capitol Records 2012]

SOJAStrength to Survive [ATO Records 2012]

Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball [Columbia 2012]

Slightly StoopidTop of the World [Stoopid Records 2012]

Jimmy CliffRebirth [Sunpower 2012]

Willie NelsonHeroes [Legacy Recordings 2012]

Various ArtistsReggae Gold 2012 [VP Records 2012]

Neil Young – Psychadelic Pill [Reprise Records 2012]

Bob DylanTempest [Columbia 2012]

Top Ranking Albums of 2012

Top Ranking Albums of August 2012

Slightly StoopidTop of the World [Stoopid Records 2012]

CultureNatty Dread Taking Over: Reggae Anthology [VP Records 2012]

Neneh Cherry & the ThingThe Cherry Thing [Smalltown Superound 2012]

Easy Star All StarsThrillah [Easy Star Records 2012]

Various ArtistsOut of Many: 50 Years of Reggae Music [VP Records 2012]

Brigadier JerryJamaica Jamaica [Sanctuary Records 2010]

Bost & Bim meet FabwizeTo Bring the Amazing Dub Monster Back to Life !!! [The Bombist Records 2012]

Django DjangoDjango Django [Ribbon Music 2012]

Adrian SherwoodSurvival & Resistance [On-U Sound 2012]

David Byrne & St. VincentLove This Giant [4AD Records 2012]

ConveyorConveyor [Paper Garden Records 2012]


Old Crow Medicine ShowCarry Me Back [ATO Records 2012]


Don WilliamsAnd So It Goes [Sugar Hill 2012]

Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do [Epic 2012]

Top Ranking Albums of August 2012

Top Ranking Songs of the Past – Table of Contents

Top Ranking Songs of the Past

The Top Ranking Songs of the Past is a series of the essential tracks selected from over the past 58 years. Beginning in 1955 and moving through to the present, the selector chooses musical discs from around the world in various genres, including jazz, blues, soul, rock and roll, reggae, and country and western. Please feel free to make song suggestions to the selector.

Table of Contents

1955

1956

1957

2009 

2010

2011

2012

Top Ranking Songs of the Past – Table of Contents

Top Ranking Songs of the Past: 1956

Top Ranking Singles of 1956

Fats DominoBlueberry Hill

Elvis Presley – Hound Dog

Shirley & LeeLet The Good Times Roll

Johnny Cash – I Walk The Line

Ivory Joe Hunter – Since I Met You Baby

Carl Perkins – Blue Suede Shoes

Little RichardLong Tall Sally

Elvis Presley – Heartbreak Hotel

Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers – Why Do Fools Fall In Love

Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps – Be-Bop-A-Lula

Ray Charles Hallelujah I Love Her So 

Johnny Cash – There You Go

Chuck BerryBrown Eyed Handsome Man

Eddie Cochran – Sweetie Pie

Howlin’ WolfSmokestack Lightnin’

Johnny Horton – Honky-Tonk Man

Ray Charles – Lonely Avenue

Johnny Burnette Trio – The Train Kept A Rollin

Fats DominoI’m Walkin’

Clarence “Frogman” HenryAin’t Got No Home

Chuck Berry – Roll Over Beethoven

Elvis Presley – Don’t Be Cruel

Mickey & Sylvia – Love Is Strange

Bill Haley & His Comets – See You Later, Alligator  

The Five Satins – In The Still of the Night  

Wanda Jackson – Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – I Put A Spell On You

Ray Price – Crazy Arms

James Brown – Please Please Please

Ray Charles – Mary Ann

Frank SinatraI’ve Got You Under My Skin

Fats DominoMy Blue Heaven

Webb Pierce – Why Baby Why

Harry Belafonte – Day-O (Banana Boat)

Elvis Presley – Love Me Tender

Fats Domino – Blue Monday

Paul AnkaDiana

Bo Diddley – Who Do You Love?

Elvis Presley – Blue Moon

Chuck Berry – Too Much Monkey Business

Marty Robbins – Singing The Blues

Little Richard Rip It Up 

Faron Young – Sweet Dreams

Harry Belafonte – Man Smart (Woman Smarter)

Patsy Cline – I Love You, Honey

Chuck Berry – You Can’t Catch Me

Little Willie John – Fever

Elvis Presley – Blue Suede Shoes

The Drifters – I Gotta Get Myself A Woman

Buck Owens – After the Dance

Fats Domino – When My Dreamboat Comes Home

Dean Martin – Memories Are Made Of This

The DellsOh, What A Night

George Jones – Just One More

Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers – The ABC’s of Love

Elvis Presley – I Want You, I Need You, I Love You

The Drifters – Ruby Baby

Buck Owens – Down on the Corner of Love

Little Richard – Ready Teddy

Johnnie RayJust Walking In The Rain

Clifford Brown and Max Roach – These Foolish Things

Roy Orbison – Ooby Dooby

The Platters – My Prayer

Wanda Jackson – I Gotta Know

Bo Diddley – Diddy Wah Diddy

Guy Mitchell – Singing The Blues

Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers – I’m Not a Juvenile Delinquent

Patsy Cline – I’ve Loved and Lost Again

The Valentines – The Woo Woo Train

Elvis PresleyOld Shep

Young Jessie – Don’t Happen No More

Johnny Burnette Trio – Tear It Up

Junior GordonBlow Wind Blow

John Lee Hooker – Dimples

Huey “Piano” Smith – Little Liza Jane

Warren Smith – Ubangi Stomp

Bill Doggett – Honky Tonk

Carl Perkins – Dixie Fried

LaVern Baker – Jim Dandy

Johnny Burnette Trio – Honey Hush

Ray Charles – What Would I Do Without You?

Dean Martin – Innamorata (Sweetheart)

The Drifters – Steamboat

Eddie Cochran – Skinny Jim

Bo Diddley –  Cops and Robbers

Bing Crosby & Grace KellyTrue Love [from High Society]

Little Willie John – Need Your Love So Bad

Let The Good Times Roll

Top Ranking Songs of the Past: 1956