Thursday, December 18, 2014

CAFFE` LATTE`TOP 2000 TRACKS {EXPANDED EDITION}

#1749 FOR MY LADY Moody Blues
"For My Lady" had an unusual, almost medieval  sound from a pop/ rock group, but The Moody Blues' catalogue featured some distinctive tracks such as "For My Lady". Group member Ray Thomas penned the love song for the band's 1972 album 'Seventh Sojourn'.

#1750 NOW I CAN DANCE {Pee Wee's 7" Dance Mix} Tina Arena
The original version of "Now I Can Dance" was included on Tina Arena's 'In Deep' album. The remix listed here was issued in 1998. Arena co-wrote the track with David Tyson. The latter co-produced, with additional input from remixer Pee Wee Ferris.

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
#82 TRULY
LIONEL RICHIE
(1982)
Writer: Lionel Richie
 
Lionel Richie had tested the water without his bandmates in 1981 with "Endless Love", an international #1 hit duet recorded with Diana Ross. Its success proved a solo career could be lucrative for him. He quit The Commodores and set to work on his solo debut album. Its lead single was the ballad "Truly". 
The Commodores had, by the late 1970s, scored its biggest hits with love songs such as the US #1 singles "Three Times A Lady" and "Still". Richie had written both chart toppers. He launched his solo career with another ballad, the self-penned 1982 "Truly". The Commodores' producer James Anthony Carmichael continued working with Richie in this new phase. The 2 co-produced "Truly".     
Lifted off Richie's self-titled LP, the single reached #1 on both the US Pop and AC charts. It peaked at #2 on the R&B listing. In Britain, the disc made #6. It also climbed to #7 on the Australian Top 40. Follow-up singles "You Are" and "My Love" both reached the Top 5 in America. Richie's solo career was off to a promising start. 
By the mid-80s, the singer / songwriter had accumulated another 3 #1 singles in the USA. Richie also co-/ wrote the charity #1 song "We Are The World" (by USA for Africa) and a #1 ballad for Kenny Rogers ("Lady"). Over the years, he has seen 9 of his songs reach #1 in America. 
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.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

TOP 100 SONGS OF 2014 update: #80-76. Each day, 5 new songs will be added.

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TOP 100 SONGS OF
2014
#80 CLICHE LOVE SONG Basim
2014 saw the Eurovision Song Contest held in Denmark. The host country's entry was a catchy tune from the group Basim reminiscent of Bruno Mars that finished in 9th place. 

#79 SOMEWHERE Barbra Streisand & Josh Groban
Barbra Streisand revisited "Somewhere" for her 2014 album 'Partners'; this time as a duet with Josh Groban. The anthemic tune comes from the musical "West Side Story". Streisand originally recorded it in the 1980s for 'The Broadway Album'.  
#78 CONTROVENTO Arisa
Italian pop star Arisa was an award winner at the 2014 Sanremo Music Festival."Controvento" became her 3rd #1 single in Italy. 

#77 LOVERS ON THE SUN David Guetta featuring Sam Martin
French producer David Guetta scored a UK and European #1 hit with "Lovers on the Sun", which saw him collaborate with American songwriter Sam Smith. The latter co-wrote this hit and performed lead vocals. 

#76 STAY WITH ME Sam Smith featuring Mary J. Blige
British vocalist Sam Smith enjoyed worldwide success with the ballad "Stay With Me". His solo version is a Grammy nominee in the Record and Song of the Year categories. This duet version features American R&B star Mary J. Blige sharing vocal duties.
 
CAFFE` LATTE`TOP 2000 TRACKS {EXPANDED EDITION}

#1747 FOR YOUR BABIES Simply Red
Mick Hucknall delivered a tender vocal on "For Your Babies", the 3rd single lifted off Simply Red's #1 1991 album 'Stars' . He penned the ballad. The underrated single reached the British Top 10 the following year. 

#1748 PASH Kate Ceberano
Australian sultry genre-hopping vocalist Kate Ceberano released the cheeky and fun pop song "Pash" in 1997. She co-wrote the Australian Top 10 hit with Mark Goldenberg. It was the title track from her album issued in the same year. 

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 200 DISCO SONGS update > #1
Here is a ranking of the 200 most essential disco songs, taking into consideration: influence, popularity, chart performance and enduring quality:
The 200 MOST ESSENTIAL 
DISCO ERA SONGS
10 Y.M.C.A. Village People 1978
 
This camp classic has remained a party favourite and is 1 of the instantly recognized disco hits all over the world. 
9 GET DOWN TONIGHT KC & The Sunshine Band 1975
 
This is the song that saw the funky / disco group break through internationally, becoming the 1st of 5 US #1 singles on the Pop chart for the band.
8 DANCING QUEEN Abba 1976
  
ABBA drew inspiration from George McCrae's early disco hit "Rock Your Baby" to create a perennial floorfiller for dancefloors around the globe.
7 SUPERNATURE Cerrone 1977
 
French producer Cerrone was a major influence on the sound of Euro-disco. His "Supernature" was an aural treat years ahead of its time. Only Giorgio Moroder had a more profound impact as a disco producer. 
6 LE FREAK Chic 1978
 
 The Chic nucleus of songwriter/ producers Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards created its own brand of disco funk that was not only widely imitated, but has been sampled numerous times in subsequent decades. "Le Freak" was 1 of disco's best sellers.
5 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Donna Summer 1975
 
No other song injected sex into disco the way Donna Summer's "Love To Love You Baby" did. The recording took the genre down uncharted territory in terms of subject matter and her orgasmic delivery made it the "Je T' Aime (Moi Non Plus)" of a new generation. This was 1 of disco's biggest early hits.
4 I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor 1978
 Arguably the best known disco song, "I Will Survive" has shown that a dancefloor favourite can become a timeless anthem. Gloria Gaynor's song resonates especially with the women's movement and the GLBT community, but also on a personal level for anyone facing a challenge.
3 STAYIN' ALIVE Bee Gees 1977
  
"Stayin' Alive" is synonymous with disco. From when we first saw John Travolta strutting to its legendary beat in the opening scene of the genre's box office hit 'Saturday Night Fever', the Bee Gees' track has entrenched itself into our memories. By the time the film exploded in cinemas, disco was running out of steam. Its soundtrack album changed everything. 'SNF' injected the genre with a mighty force. Disco's dwindling record sales not only reversed, but surpassed expectations. This song was the principal factor behind disco's metamorphosis from a niche` genre to crossing over to the mainstream of popular culture.
2 NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor 1974 
Gloria Gaynor became disco's 1st star. "Never Can Say Goodbye" was the 1st #1 on Billboard's Disco Chart, launched in October 1974. This remake of the Jackson 5's 1971 smash proved a remake with a dance beat could be lucrative. Many imitations soon followed, but few matched its thrill factor.
1 I FEEL LOVE Donna Summer 1977
 
Few disco stars wrote their own hits. Fewer still helped create seminal and influential songs the way Donna Summer did. She co-wrote "I Feel Love". Her vocals are perfectly suited to the song's innovative beat. Its other 2 writers and producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte are the other stars on this track. Their electronic Euro-disco production led disco down a radical path that has inspired dance music to this day. It is because of "I Feel Love" that the genes of disco music will continue to live on in the various dance sub-genres.
This concludes the special countdown. You can find past posts for this countdown too.

CAFFE` LATTE` TOP 2000 TRACKS
THE TOP 100
#83 IT'S A SHAME
THE SPINNERS
(1970)
Writers: Stevie Wonder, Lee Garrett & Syreeta Wright
The Spinners had been languishing on the Motown label for some years before finally cracking the US Pop Top 20 with "It's A Shame". Having formed back in the 1950s, the vocal group was finally reaping the rewards of their persistence.  
Around the time of this release, Stevie Wonder married 1 of its co-writers, Syreeta Wright. They remained a couple until 1972. Wonder also collaborated with the other composer, Lee Garrett, to create his 1970 hit "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours". They would later write Jermaine Jackson's solo 1980 smash, "Let's Get Serious". 
Wonder produced "It's A Shame". The track begins with a typically Motown intro but gradually builds into a soulful vocal delivery that gives the recording its indelible quality. In the USA, the single reached #14 Pop and 4 R&B. It peaked at #20 in Britain.    
Sadly, Motown neglected the group, even after its success with the aptly titled "It's A Shame". As was the case with The Isley Brothers and Gladys Knight & The Pips, the label treated these legendary groups as a low priority. At the time, Motown was moving to the West Coast and focusing on Diana Ross' post-Supremes solo career. The Spinners, like the Isleys and Knight & The Pips, had to leave Motown to gain greater success. In 1972, the group changed record labels. The Spinners enjoyed an impressive string of hits for Atlantic and worked closely with producer Thom Bell. New vocalist Philippe Wynne's recruitment contributed to their new sound.  
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, December 16, 2014

CAFFE` LATTE` TOP SONGS OF 2014 update #85-81 with 5 new songs added daily.

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TOP 100 SONGS OF
2014
#85 SO BE IT Lisa Stansfield
TWith "So Be It", Lisa Stansfield transports us back to 1989-1990, when the world fell in love with her voice via the songs "All Around The World" and "Live Together".

#84 TIMBER Pitbull featuring Ke$ha
Pitbull's "Timber" proved to be 1 of the biggest global hits of 2014, reaching #1 in the USA, UK, Canada and parts of Europe. 

#83 LET IT GO Idina Menzel
"let It Go" was the big hit song from the box office animated Disney hit 'Frozen'. Menzel was the voice for the film's Queen Elsa.

#82 ME AND MY BROKEN HEART  Rixton
British group Rixton reached #1 in the UK with its debut single "Me and my Broken Heart" during 2014.

#81 CAR RADIO Twenty One Pilots
The indie rap duo Twenty One Pilots hails from Ohio, USA and came to wider attention with "Car Radio" from the 2013 album 'Vessel'.