Tuesday, March 3, 2015

CAFFE` LATTE`TOP 2000 TRACKS {EXPANDED EDITION}

#1869 YOU GOTTA BE Des'ree
The smooth vocals of Des'ree create a special ambiance on her 1994 single "You Gotta Be". She co-wrote the lush track with its producer Ashley Ingram. This remains 1 of her signature pop/ soul songs.

#1870 FOREVER AUTUMN Jeff Wayne featuring Justin Hayward & Richard Burton
The touching ballad from the phenomenal 1978 musical adaptation of the H.G. Wells classic "The War of the Worlds" features Justin Hayward (from The Moody Blues) and narration from Richard Burton. The song was written by Wayne with Gary Osborne and Paul Vigrass.

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, 2 new songs ranked in positions 1501-2000 will also be added each other weekday.

Monday, March 2, 2015

CAFFE` LATTE` TOP 2000 TRACKS
THE TOP 100
#30 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD
ELTON JOHN
(1973)
Writers: Elton John & Bernie Taupin
Beautifully constructed, "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" is a wonderful song that serves as the title track to 1 of Elton John's best albums. Like the single, that LP was unleashed in 1973. Vocally, this is 1 of John's most difficult to deliver, with all the high notes. Members of his studio band (and touring musicians) assist on backing vocals.
The 1st track lifted off the album as a single was the rock song "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting". Its follow-up was "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road". This single reached #1 in Canada. On the British chart, it peaked at #6. The disc proved more popular in the US, where it made the runner-up position. The single also made the Top 10 in Australia, Ireland, Norway and South Africa.
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. 
Each week, 2 new songs from the remaining Top 100 are added, while another 2 are also included from positions 1501-2000 on the other weekdays. Check back here  for an update of the 2000.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

THE ESSENTIAL 80s SONGS updated: #70-61.
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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.
70 BLISTER IN THE SUN
VIOLENT FEMMES - 1983
 
In the years since, "Blister in the Sun" has grown in stature; embraced first by alternative rock audiences and now the mainstream as a key 1980s song.

69 CONTROVERSY
PRINCE - 1981
 
Prince continued crafting his own brand of funk. On "Controversy", he redefines his sound while also dealing with social issues. A preview of what his blooming talent would offer.

68 I'M SO EXCITED
POINTER SISTERS -1982
 
The trio of sisters co-wrote this floor-filler with Trevor Lawrence; creating one of the most influential dance hits of the 1980s. "I'm So Excited" not only led the siblings towards a new market and sound; but helped re-define the genre in the post-disco years.

67 PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE)
PRINCE & THE REVOLUTION - 1984
U2 shine here: Bono's vocals stir our emotions while The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. fill this track with a beautiful strength. Dealing with the heroic efforts of Martin Luther King, U2 show how to turn a song into a special occasion. 

66 DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF HER SHOES
PAUL SIMON - 1986
 
Paul Simon had been integrating music from an array of cultures throughout his solo career and was best exemplified on the landmark 'Graceland' album. "Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes" remains the best marriage of African sounds with Western rock music.

65 ROCK THE CASBAH
THE CLASH - 1982
 
This bouncy crossover hit exposed the group to a mainstream audience. It has remained an enduring favourite from the important group's catalogue. On this, the new wave band added some dance-punk into the mix and created a fun track.

64 I FEEL FOR YOU
CHAKA KHAN – 1984
 
The Prince composition "I Feel For You" was given a makeover; retaining its funk and groove while incorporating a rap courtesy of Melle Mel and with Stevie Wonder guesting on harmonica, it helped introduce mainstream audiences to rap and sampling.  

63 LOVE MY WAY
PSYCHEDELIC FURS – 1982
 
This early 80s hit set The Psychedelic Furs apart from other British New Wave acts. On this the band -and producer Todd Rundgren- create an entrancing combination of sounds that float around Richard Butler's tempered vocal. 

62 PHOTOGRAPH
DEF LEPPARD - 1983
 
Pop-metal dominated in the 1980s and it was spearheaded by "Photograph". Def Leppard would create other chart hits, but this was where it began.

61 LOVE SONG
SIMPLE MINDS - 1981
Simple Minds' major breakthrough came via this synth pop/ New Wave hit single that swiftly gained the public's attention. The group went on to craft a string of chart entries during the decade.

Another 10 songs added next weekend.
MOST ESSENTIAL 80s SONGS updated: #80-71.
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
80 RELAX
FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD -1983
 
Producer Trevor Horn pulls out all the stops on this influential camp dance pop hit from FGTH. It was a watershed moment in 80s pop culture.

79 WALKING ON THIN ICE
YOKO ONO - 1981
 
It was walking home from the studio after recording this song by Ono that John Lennon was gunned down in December 1980. The track was years ahead of its time and the avant garde artist's experimental catalogue paved the way for the likes of Bjork, The B-52s and Sia as well as punk / new wave.

78 DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE
PUBLIC ENEMY -1988
 
The anthemic track from the group that shook up hip-hop forever.

77 TO CUT A LONG STORY SHORT
SPANDAU BALLET - 1980
 
"To Cut A Long Story Short" was one of the early synth pop hits of the 1980s and announced the emergence of the "New Romantic" sub-genre.

76 LOVE MISSILE F1-11
SIGUE SIGUE SPUTNIK - 1986
 
Most of "Love Missile F1-11" centres around assorted sound effects and hints of influences from rock's past (such as "Summertime Blues", Elton Motello and glam). It certainly was a unique recording; vastly different from other singles produced by Giorgio Moroder. 

75 THE ONE I LOVE
R.E.M. - 1987
 
With "The One I Love", R.E.M. crossed over to the mainstream. Its simplicity is its endearing strength, although the lyrics reveal a more sinister theme. Finally, this fine group had arrived.

74 WITH OR WITHOUT YOU
U2 - 1987
 
Bono's dreamy vocals soar, matching the stunning power of The Edge's guitar skill on this majestic track.

73 BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE
TALKING HEADS - 1983
 
Talking Heads proved they were still evolving as a band with this hit. The inventive song kept the group relevant during the 1980s.

72 (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT (TO PARTY)
BEASTIE BOYS - 1986
 
An early crossover rap hit when the genre was a long way from being as popular as it would become in the 1990s and beyond. The Beastie Boys would prove to be one of the leading influences on hip-hop.

71 JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH
DEPECHE MODE - 1981
 
Before Vince Clarke left Depeche Mode to form Yazoo (aka Yaz) and, later, Erasure; he constructed a synth pop classic that bounces its way into your brain. An unforgettable early 80s party favourite from the era.

Another 10 songs added tomorrow.
THE ICONS GALLERY - ANTHEMS
Each month a song will be featured as the Icons Gallery salutes the GLBTI Anthems. Feel free to nominate a song for March.


THE ANTHEMS 

2015
 FEBRUARY       
OVER THE RAINBOW Judy Garland




Judy Garland Over the Rainbow 2.jpgThis song was the original gay anthem, embraced by "Friends of Dorothy"the world over. Judy became the gay community's premier icon. It was famously used in the 1939 classic film 'The Wizard of Oz'.

JANUARY          I AM WHAT I AM - Gloria Gaynor



Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Caffe` Latte` Top 10 Tracks this week:

1 I Still Love You JENNIFER HUDSON    1wk                                                                           2 5

2 All You Need Is A Spark DANNY SAUCEDO                                                                       3 3

3 Cosby Sweater HILLTOP HOODS                                                                                    1 5

4 You Can Have It All STONEBRIDGE with LUV GUNZ & KOKO LAROO                     6 2

5 Changing SIGMA featuring PALOMA FAITH                                                                     NEW

6 Blame It On Me GEORGE EZRA                                                                       9 2

7 One Last Night VAULTS                                                                                                 NEW

8 Earned It THE WEEKND                                                                           NEW

9 Therapy MARY J  BLIGE                                                                                                  5 3

10 Time Of Our Lives NE-YO featuring PITBULL                                                                    4 3

THE CAFFE` LATTE`
TOP 10 ALBUMS – FEBRUARY 2015
1 JHUD Jennifer Hudson 2 2
2 REBEL HEART Madonna NEW
3 FIFTY SHADES OF GREY Motion Picture Soundtrack NEW               
4 THE COMPLETE GREATEST HITS Eagles NEW
5 UPTOWN SPECIAL Mark Ronson 1 2
6 X Ed Sheeran NEW           
7 SELECTED WORKS 1972-1999 Eagles NEW
8 BRIT AWARDS 2015 Various Artists NEW
9 IN THE LONELY HOUR Sam Smith NEW
10 HOZIER Hozier NEW

Friday, February 27, 2015

CAFFE` LATTE`TOP 2000 TRACKS {EXPANDED EDITION}

#1867 MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston rediscovered her R&B roots with her 1998 album 'My Love Is Your Love'. The title track, written by Wyclef Jean and Jerry Duplessis, reached #1 in Europe and New Zealand. In the US, it climbed to #2 R&B and 4 Pop. It also peaked at #2 in the UK.

#1868 LULLABY FOR MYSELF Barbra Streisand
The ballad "Lullaby For Myself" was written by Rupert Holmes and originally intended for use in the Barbra Streisand film 'A Star Is Born'. Instead, it was included on her 1977 album 'Streisand Superwoman'- an apt home for the song's theme of empowerment.

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, 2 new songs ranked in positions 1501-2000 will also be added each weekday.
CAFFE` LATTE` TOP 2000 TRACKS
THE TOP 100
#31 YOU ARE THE SUNSHINE OF MY LIFE
STEVIE WONDER
(1972)
Writers: Stevie Wonder
In the hands of a lesser talent, a song like "You Are the Sunshine of my Life" could have ended up a hackneyed and cheesy ballad; but Stevie Wonder manages to inject it with a sincerity built around an easy groove. It's an irresistible love song with a hint of jazz and lots of soul.
"You Are The Sunshine..." was the 2nd single lifted off Wonder's hit 1972 album 'Talking Book', and the follow-up to the US Pop and R&B #1 song "Superstition". Issued in the following year, it too proved a popular addition to Wonder's repertoire. In America, the disc reached #1 on both the Pop & Adult Contemporary charts and 3 R&B. The single also made the British, Australian and Canadian Top 10. 
The idea for the song came to Wonder 3 years before he recorded "You Are The Sunshine...". Along with the talented singer/ songwriter on lead vocals, some lyrics are sung by Jim Gilstrap and Gloria Barley. Lani Groves also contributed backing vocals on the recording. Wonder produced the cut.
The love song collected the Best Pop Vocal Performance Grammy Award. It was also nominated in both the Song and Record of the Year categories; losing to Roberta Flack's hit record "Killing Me Softly With His Song". 
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. 
Each weekday, a new song from the remaining Top 100 is added, while another 2 are also included from positions 1501-2000. Check back here  for an update of the 2000.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

CAFFE` LATTE`TOP 2000 TRACKS {EXPANDED EDITION}

#1865 IS IT A CRIME Sade
The group Sade dropped the glorious love song "Is It A Crime" in 1985. It was the opening track on the group's album 'Promise'. The smooth soul / jazz ballad was written by group members Sade Adu, Gordon Matthewman and Andrew Hale. It was released as a single the following year.

#1866 TOKYO Danny Saucedo
Swedish rising star Danny Saucedo scored a homegrown #1 hit with "Tokyo" in 2007. The catchy dance/ pop song served as a preview of the versatility in his music. It was written by Jonas & Niclas von der Burg with Anoo Bhagavan. The former also produced the track.

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, 2 new songs ranked in positions 1501-2000 will also be added each weekday.


The Icons Gallery

The segment where a musical act is highlighted is being rested during 2015, but will resume in the future.  
In the meantime, each month a song will be featured as the Icons Gallery salutes the GLBTI Anthems. Starting January 2015. Feel free to nominate a song for February.
THE ANTHEMS
LaCagePoster.JPGI AM WHAT I AM - Gloria Gaynor
Originally featured in the musical "La Cage Aux Folles", Gloria Gaynor released her disco remake in 1983. It reached #3 on the Billboard Dance Chart. Jerry Herman wrote the lyrics and the music. 


  This is a hall of fame for performers whose music has meant a great deal to the gay & lesbian community. Below are the 96 musical acts already in the Icons Gallery.

BARBRA STREISAND DUSTY SPRINGFIELD THE CARPENTERS ABBA
JIMMY SOMERVILLE SHIRLEY BASSEY MARCIA HINES GEORGE MICHAEL KATE BUSH ELTON JOHN DAVID BOWIE RENEE GEYER BETTE MIDLER
PET SHOP BOYS K D LANG ANTHONY CALLEA DONNA SUMMER CHER
KYLIE MINOGUE ANNIE LENNOX FREDDIE MERCURY HUMAN NATURE
TINA TURNER MADONNA ALISON MOYET DIANA ROSS OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN
VILLAGE PEOPLE TRACY CHAPMAN KATE CEBERANO SUZI QUATRO
WHITNEY HOUSTON MICHAEL JACKSON DEBBIE HARRY LIZA MINELLI
JUDY GARLAND DOLLY PARTON SADE CLIFF RICHARD TINA ARENA
HELEN REDDY CYNDI LAUPER SUPREMES MAMA CASS PAT BENATAR
BOY GEORGE PETER ALLEN SPICE GIRLS
BEYONCE` QUEEN STEVIE NICKS
GLORIA GAYNOR MELISSA ETHERIDGE
LADY GAGA ROXETTE GRACE JONES
MARTHA WASH
CHRISSIE AMPHLETT POINTER SISTERS BONEY M ERASURE BANANARAMA BEE GEES MARY J. BLIGE DARREN HAYES JOAN ARMATRADING
SCISSOR SISTERS MORRISEY EARTHA KITT RUFUS WAINWRIGHT KIM WILDE CHRISTINA AGUILERA RICKY MARTIN CHRISSIE HYNDE DIONNE WARWICK PATSY CLINE BARRY MANILOW PETULA CLARK PINK ARETHA FRANKLIN DORIS DAY SYLVESTER STEPS BRITNEY SPEARS JANIS IAN SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR ALCAZAR LULU WHAM! MARIAH CAREY BRONSKI BEAT THE B-52s JANET JACKSON HOLLY JOHNSON PATTI LABELLE DIVINE