Wednesday, January 28, 2015

CAFFE` LATTE` TOP 2000 TRACKS
THE TOP 100
#53 PART TIME LOVER
STEVIE WONDER
(1985)
Writer: Stevie Wonder
1985 saw the release of 'In Square Circle'. That album contained the worldwide smash "Part Time Lover". The Motown genius wrote, arranged and produced the funky track. Wonder also contributed drums and synthesizers to the hit. The lead vocal is sung by Wonder and Luther Vandross. Philip Bailey (of the group Earth, Wind and Fire) and Syreeta Wright (Stevie's ex-wife) were among the background vocalists. 
According to Wonder, the song's melody was inspired by 2 hit singles by Motown's premier girl group, The Supremes. The 2 songs he was referring to are "You Can't Hurry Love" and "My World Is Empty Without You"; both Top 5 songs in 1965-66. 
Released as a single, "Part Time Lover" reached #1 Pop, R&B and Adult Contemporary in the USA. It also topped the charts in Canada, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Ireland and New Zealand. The disc peaked at #3 in Britain, France, Australia and Sweden.
This is a list made up of the songs I enjoy the most, ranked in order of preference: the higher we go, the more I cherish them. Some were released as singles, others as album tracks. Some are obscure; others were worldwide hits or have universal appeal. They aren't always the most famous or popular, but simply a personal choice. I have excluded songs from the last few years in order to get a better idea of a song's lasting impression. I hope you find some new tracks to love, or re-discover some past favourites.
A new song from the remaining Top 100 is added each weekday, while another 2 are also included from positions 1501-2000 daily. Check back here every 12 hours for an update of the 2000.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CAFFE` LATTE`TOP 2000 TRACKS {EXPANDED EDITION}

#1821 IF I COULD BUILD MY WORLD AROUND YOU Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
The duet "If I Could Build My World Around You" was another sweet collaboration by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. The 1967 song was written by Johnny Bristol, Harvey Fuqua and Vernon Bullock. The former 2 co-produced this American #2 R&B and 10 Pop hit on Motown.

#1822 I AIN'T GONNA CRY TONIGHT Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand's disco track "I Ain't Gonna Cry Tonight" from her 1979 album 'Wet', was written by Alan Gordon and produced by Gary Klein. The song appeared in between Streisand's 2 disco hits: "The Main Event" and (with Donna Summer-) "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)".

The list is a ranking made up of the songs I enjoy the most, ranked in order of preference: the higher we go, the more I cherish them. Some were released as singles, others as album tracks. Some are obscure; others were worldwide hits or have universal appeal. They aren't always the most famous or popular, but simply a personal choice.This expanded section now includes songs from the last few years. I hope you find some new tracks to love, or re-discover some past favourites.
Along with climbing among the remaining Top 100 each day, 2 new songs ranked in positions 1501-2000 will also be added daily.
CAFFE` LATTE` TOP 2000 TRACKS
THE TOP 100
#54 LAST DANCE
DONNA SUMMER
(1978)
Writer: Paul Jabara
When Donna Summer's "Last Dance" collected the Oscar for Best Original Song, its victory marked a turning point for the Academy Awards. Previously, voters gave preference to ballads from motion pictures. In 1978, the win was a nod to the disco genre. it was the dominant musical genre of the time and its mainstream acceptance was finally being recognized. Although the box office hit 'Grease' was also a contender in this category, only the ballad "Hopelessly Devoted To You" was nominated. The more upbeat "You're The One That I Want" and the title song were both ignored. Even more curious was that no songs from 'Saturday Night Fever' were nominated, despite it outselling any previous soundtrack album. Nevertheless, Summer's triumph was an attempt by the Academy to reflect contemporary musical tastes. The category was opened even further in 1980 when "Fame" won and was nominated against other pop hits. 
"Last Dance" was performed by Donna Summer in the forgettable film 'Thank God It's Friday'. She portrayed an aspiring singer. Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, regular collaborators with Summer, produced the track. In the US, the single reached #1 Disco, 3 Pop and 5 R&B. The disc made the Top 10 in Canada, New Zealand and the Netherlands.
This is a list made up of the songs I enjoy the most, ranked in order of preference: the higher we go, the more I cherish them. Some were released as singles, others as album tracks. Some are obscure; others were worldwide hits or have universal appeal. They aren't always the most famous or popular, but simply a personal choice. I have excluded songs from the last few years in order to get a better idea of a song's lasting impression. I hope you find some new tracks to love, or re-discover some past favourites.
A new song from the remaining Top 100 is added each weekday, while another 2 are also included from positions 1501-2000 daily. Check back here every 12 hours for an update of the 2000.

Monday, January 26, 2015

CAFFE` LATTE`TOP 2000 TRACKS {EXPANDED EDITION}

#1819 MAGIC MAN Heart
Heart broke through with the global hit "Magic Man" in 1975, from debut album 'Dreamboat Annie'. The rock song was written by the 2 groundbreaking sisters in the band, Ann and Nancy Wilson. The single made the US and Australian Top 10.

#1820 NEVER GOING BACK AGAIN Fleetwood Mac
"Never Going Back Again" is an understated cut from Fleetwood Mac's 1977 classic album 'Rumours'. Nestled among so many standout tracks, it is easy to miss its "less is more" appeal. Written by group member Lindsey Buckingham, the song features beautiful harmonies.

The list is a ranking made up of the songs I enjoy the most, ranked in order of preference: the higher we go, the more I cherish them. Some were released as singles, others as album tracks. Some are obscure; others were worldwide hits or have universal appeal. They aren't always the most famous or popular, but simply a personal choice.This expanded section now includes songs from the last few years. I hope you find some new tracks to love, or re-discover some past favourites.
Along with climbing among the remaining Top 100 each day, 2 new songs ranked in positions 1501-2000 will also be added daily.
CAFFE` LATTE` TOP 2000 TRACKS
THE TOP 100
#55 EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE
THE POLICE
(1983)
Writer: Sting
The precision and simplicity in the musicianship powers the often confused Police song "Every Breath You Take". It has been mistaken for a love song about total devotion. But Sting's deliberate lyrics are much more than that. It's a song about an obsessed protagonist who is keeping the object of his affection under surveillance. No doubt, the stalker is convinced this is an expression of love, but it is more sinister than that from the victim's perspective. 
"Every Breath..." was included on the group's 'Synchronicity' album, also issued in 1983. Hugh Padgham co-produced ithe track with the trio. The single was a global smash; topping the charts in Britain, America, Canada, Ireland and South Africa. In Europe, Australia and New Zealand, the disc reached the Top 10. The song also collected the 1983 Song of the Year Grammy. 
'Synchronicity' was to be the final studio album released by The Police. While on tour supporting the LP, tensions between the 3 became untenable and the members announced the group was going on a sabbatical. As the years apart sped by, there were rumours of a re-union; but, apart from one-off performances, the members focused their musical activities to individual pursuits. Of these, Sting's solo career proved by far the most lucrative. 
Finally, in 2007, The Police announced a world tour. Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers managed to put aside their differences and wowed audience members; some that weren't even born when the group had last toured the globe together.
This is a list made up of the songs I enjoy the most, ranked in order of preference: the higher we go, the more I cherish them. Some were released as singles, others as album tracks. Some are obscure; others were worldwide hits or have universal appeal. They aren't always the most famous or popular, but simply a personal choice. I have excluded songs from the last few years in order to get a better idea of a song's lasting impression. I hope you find some new tracks to love, or re-discover some past favourites.
A new song from the remaining Top 100 is added each weekday, while another 2 are also included from positions 1501-2000 daily. Check back here every 12 hours for an update of the 2000.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

TOP SONGS OF THE 1980s. Update: #170-161.
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THE ESSENTIAL 200 SONGS
OF THE
1980s
These are the songs that mattered most in terms of breaking new ground; changing the musical landscape and influencing the music that followed. These 200 songs helped shape the music of the present day and / or captured that timeless quality.
To be eligible for the list, a song had to have first appeared –on an album or single- between Jan. 1980 and Dec. 1989.
170 THE LOOK
ROXETTE -1989
Roxette broke through internationally with this song and its hook-laden blast of Swedish pop. It started a string of hits for the duo and set off the Swedish domination of pop that followed with the likes of Max Martin, Ace of Base and Agnes.

169 (I’VE HAD) THE TIME OF MY LIFE
BILL MEDLEY & JENNIFER WARNES - 1987
 
Benefitting from its use in the hit film ‘Dirty Dancing’, this duet has been played at countless events ever since and is an apt selection for a special occasion.

168 POWER AND THE PASSION
MIDNIGHT OIL -1982
 
This group managed to aplly biting lyrics into rock and dance songs. The song takes a shot at various issues of the 1980s.

167 CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC
VILLAGE PEOPLE - 1980
Just as the group had done with “Y.M.C.A.”, this movie hit’s choreography has encouraged audience participation at the Village People’s live shows and on dance floors since.
166 TRUE
SPANDAU BALLET - 1983
 
After finding an audience with the New Romantic sound, the group recorded this blue-eyed soul smooth track. Its lush production makes it a memorable and classy 80s cut.

165 STATE OF INDEPENDENCE
DONNA SUMMER - 1982
Donna Summer is miles away from the disco genre that made her a star in the preceding decade with this cover of a Jon &  Vangelis song. The music is ahead of its time and added an essence of soul and gospel. Most of the stellar choir on this track re-united for “We Are The World”. Quincy Jones produced this and it spawned the USA For Africa charity hit.   

164 BIRTHDAY
THE SUGARCUBES – 1987 
The world discovered Icelandic group The Sugarcubes via this song that introduced us to the vocals of Bjork and the band’s unique sound.
163 I LOVE ROCK ‘N ROLL
JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS - 1981
 
Jett’s belief in this song’s potential paid off, becoming a rock anthem and established its lead singer as one of the leading rock chicks of the 1980s.

162 STAY
OINGO BOINGO - 1985
With its novel approach to music, Oingo Boingo scored a lasting pop hit in “Stay”. It raised the group’s profile. Today, pivotal member Danny Elfman is widely respected for scoring films including ‘Batman’, ‘Beetlejuice’, ‘Edward Scissorhands, ‘Spider-man 1 & 2’, ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ and the theme from TV’s “The Simpsons”.    

161 BORN IN THE U.S.A.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - 1984
Mistaken for a patriotic song, Springsteen protests the futility of war. His band’s musicianship drives the message further. It’s an effective marriage of lyrics and pounding beat.

10 new songs will be added next Saturday & Sunday.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

TOP 200 SONGS OF THE 1980s. Update: #180-171.
THE ESSENTIAL 200 SONGS
OF THE
1980s
These are the songs that mattered most in terms of breaking new ground; changing the musical landscape and influencing the music that followed. These 200 songs helped shape the music of the present day and / or captured that timeless quality.
To be eligible for the list, a song first appeared –on an album or single- between Jan. 1980 and Dec. 1989.
180 SUMMER OF ‘69
BRYAN ADAMS -1984
 
A quintessential nostalgic look back and feel good summer rock song that has lost none of its appeal.

179 DON’T GIVE UP
PETER GABRIEL & KATE BUSH - 1986
Peter Gabriel’s raw and desperate vocal is augmented by Kate Bush on this song of support and encouragement. Few duets are as glorious as this; its beauty and strength lies is in its simplicity.  

178 JOHNNY AND MARY
ROBERT PALMER -1980
Prior to this song, Palmer had scored with the rock song “Bad Case Of Loving You”. He switched sounds and instruments with this synth-driven track which embraced the new decade’s emerging musical possibilities.
177 GOLDEN BROWN
THE STRANGLERS - 1981
“Golden Brown” remains one of the gems of the 1980s.Its almost surrealistic beauty paved the way for others to explore new sounds.

176 MASTER BLASTER (JAMMIN’)
STEVIE WONDER - 1980
There had been reggae songs before, including Wonder’s own “Boogie On Reggae Woman” in 1974. Six years later, Bob Marley had firmly been established as the genre’s superstar. Around the time of this tribute to Marley, reggae’s greatest ambassador was diagnosed with cancer. He died shortly after, but Marley remains a giant in popular culture. Wonder’s hit cleverly mixes reggae with funk and soul.

175 UNDER THE MILKY WAY
THE CHURCH - 1988
Australian indie/ alternative group The Church scored a crossover hit with this lush college radio song that evoked the music of the 1960s by acts such as The Byrds and The Doors.  

174 MISPLACED LOVE
RUPERT HINE - 1981
 
Clever arrangements and synth-pop form the foundation of this oft-overlooked pop song. Marianne Faithful’s guest vocal adds to its moody and haunting atmosphere.

173 FREE NELSON MANDELA
SPECIAL AKA - 1984
The Specials’ off-shoot project saw Jerry Dammers lead a charge to demand the release of anti-apartheid campaigner Nelson Mandela from incarceration in South Africa. The ska hit helped raise worldwide attention to the cause and, in February 1990, he was finally set free.

172 THE FINAL COUNTDOWN
EUROPE - 1986
Swedish group Europe dumped its prog-rock style and adapted to the new decade. Keyboards were added to the line-up to launch the new radio friendly pop/ metal sound.

171 SHIP OF FOOLS
WORLD PARTY - 1987
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Karl Wallinger’s foreboding lyrics created a watershed moment in raising awareness for the environmental cause. Greenpeace later used this song. As global warming and green issues gain more urgency in the future, this song’s importance will linger.

10 more songs will be added tomorrow, as they are every Saturday & Sunday.
TOP SONGS OF THE 1980s update: #190-181.
THE ESSENTIAL 200 SONGS
OF THE
1980s
These are the songs that mattered most in terms of breaking new ground; changing the musical landscape and influencing the music that followed. These 200 songs helped shape the music of the present day and / or captured that timeless quality.
To be eligible for the list, a song had to have first appeared –on an album or single- between Jan. 1980 and Dec. 1989.
Let’s go back to the decade that gave us Live Aid, Ronald Reagan, The Moonwalk, Margaret Thatcher, Princess Diana, Pac-Man, the compact disc, Tiananmen Square, AIDS, Gorbachev, MTV and when the Berlin Wall came down…
190 LITTLE RED CORVETTE
PRINCE -1982
By the end of this song, you were in no doubt that it was not about a car! Prince delivers his sexiest vocal on one of the most erotic of the decade; while maintaining his soul credentials.

189 IT’S RAINING MEN
THE WEATHER GIRLS - 1983
Instantly, this song became an anthem for women and, more particularly, gay men. Martha Wash is the vocal equivalent of a bulldozer here. She would become the voice of Black Box and C+C Music Factory by the end of the 1980s.

188 TAKE ON ME
A-HA -1985
Norway hadn’t ever produced a consistent chart act until A-Ha put the country on the pop music map. A creative music video helped launch this photogenic but equally talented trio.

187 RUSSIANS
STING - 1985
An early solo hit for The Police lead vocalist, this serves as a snapshot of the Cold War. In hindsight, we had little to worry about as countries sided with the USA or Russia. 30 years on, Putin is a very real concern; for Russians and the world in general.

186 ORIGINAL SIN
INXS - 1984
This song attracted controversy in the USA simply because it dealt with an interracial relationship. Nile Rodgers made INXS even funkier with this mighty song. Sadly, the division between black and white still exists.

185 LOVE SHACK
THE B-52s - 1989
 
Early releases from The B-52s were quirky but had an element of fun. The zany group struck gold with “Love Shack”; an irresistible floor filler and party favourite to this day.

184 O SUPERMAN
LAURIE ANDERSON - 1981
This song is still one of the most uniquely unusual singles ever recorded. The tones and beats are haunting and its quasi-spoken word edge encouraged musical experimentation.

183 I CAN’T GO FOR THAT (NO CAN DO)
HALL & OATES - 1981
Daryl Hall & John Oates had been perfecting their brand of blue-eyed soul since the 1970s with “She’s Gone” and “Rich Girl”, It came together best on this (their only) R&B chart #1. The duo enjoyed a string of pop hits in the ‘80s.

182 THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR
DIONNE (WARWICK) & FRIENDS (STEVIE WONDER, ELTON JOHN & GLADYS KNIGHT) - 1985
 
This song marked a shift in attitude towards the A.I,D.S. crisis that became a major global health issue during the 1980s. Thanks to efforts by celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Diana, the stigma of being HIV+ started eroding. This disc was a charity record to raise funds and awareness, from one of the hardest hit industries: the arts. President Reagan, who had previously sat idle as the virus spread, finally acknowledged A.I.D.S. in 1987, 6 years after the first reported cases in the gay communities of New York and California.   

181 HOLDING BACK THE YEARS
SIMPLY RED - 1985
 
Just as the UK had done during the 1960s, its blue-eyed soul acts exposed a younger generation to the joys of R&B and soul music. Mick Hucknall’s vocals enticed many to his interpretation of songs such as this, “Money’s Too Tight (To Mention)”, “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” and “Heaven”.

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