Thursday, September 18, 2014

CAFFE` LATTE`TOP 2000 TRACKS {EXPANDED EDITION}

#1567 MAN ON THE MOON R.E.M.
The R.E.M. hit song "Man on the Moon" is credited to the band members- as was its custom. This tribute to comedian Andy Kaufman was lifted off the 1992 'Automatic for the People' album.

#1568 ROCKET TO URANUS The Vengaboys featuring Perez Hilton
The camp, tongue-in- cheek "Rocket To Uranus"  was a hit in The Netherlands. The Dutch group reached the Top 10 there in 2010. They co-wrote it with Danski, DJ Delmundo, Mattias Lindblom and Anders Wollbeck.

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 Top 200 each day, 2 new songs ranked in positions 1501-2000 will also be added daily.
CAFFE` LATTE` TOP 2000 TRACKS

#167 TRUE Spandau Ballet
When Spandau Ballet released "True" in 1983, it was the band's 1st hit ballad. I asked lead singer Tony Hadley in an interview in 2012 what his approach was at the time of recording the track: "I've got to say, it's a hard song to sing, "True"...  it sounds... easy but there's lots of little nuances. It was a tough thing to record, that one". 
"True" was penned by group member Gary Kemp. The band co-produced the track with Tony Swain and Steve Jolley. The single became their biggest hit, reaching #1 in the UK and Ireland. It also peaked in the Top 10 on the charts in America, Australia, Europe, New Zealand and Canada. The song sounded miles away musically from the New Romantic sound of breakthrough hit "To Cut A Long Story Short". 
As the 1980s came to an end, Spandau Ballet's chart run had wound down. The group split in 1989. Brothers Gary and Martin Kemp pursued acting. The former even landed a role in the box office hit film 'The Bodyguard'. Hadley released a solo album in 1993 and continues to perform to this day. Litigation between the band members soured relations; but all was resolved in 2009 when the group re-formed. 'Once More' was an album that contained 2 new songs.
 
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 Top 200 is added each day, while another 2 are also included from positions 1501-2000 daily. Check back here every 12 hours for an update of the 2000.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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CAFFE` LATTE`TOP 2000 TRACKS {EXPANDED EDITION}

#1565 THE SAXOPHONE SONG Kate Bush
Anyone who investigated into the mysterious woman from "Wuthering Heights" and played her 1978 debut LP 'The Kick Inside' would have been in awe of the young songwriter's immense talent, as evidenced on tracks such as "The Saxophone Song".

#1566 LANA Roy Orbison
Unusually upbeat for 'The Big O', "Lana" became a #5 hit in Australia and reached #15 in Britain in 1966. The love song, penned by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson, was originally released in 1961.

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 Top 200 each day, 2 new songs ranked in positions 1501-2000 will also be added daily.
CAFFE` LATTE` TOP 2000 TRACKS

#168 FALL ON ME R.E.M.
Released just prior to R.E.M. crossing over to the mainstream. "Fall On Me" was an early track from the band. Dropped as the lead single from their 1986 album 'Life's Rich Pageant', the track tackled social issues; in this case, the environment. 
Its creation is credited to the band members. Don Gehman produced the LP. "Radio Free Europe" had announced the group's arrival earlier that decade, but "Fall On Me" saw R.E.M. make further inroads on charts outside of the USA as well as being their biggest success to date domestically on the Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart. 
Everything changed for R.E.M. the following year. "The One I Love" made pop and rock audiences aware of the band and propelled it into the Top 10 at home and internationally. After years of brilliant songs, the group disbanded in 2011.
 
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 Top 200 is added each day, while another 2 are also included from positions 1501-2000 daily. Check back here every 12 hours for an update of the 2000.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CAFFE` LATTE`TOP 2000 TRACKS {EXPANDED EDITION}

#1563 EVERY LITTLE STEP [CJ's 7" MIx] Bobby Brown
"Every Little Step" was a single lifted off Bobby Brown's 1988 'Don't Be Cruel' album. Written by L.A. Reid & Babyface, the version here is a 1995 remix by C.J. Mackintosh. 

#1564 TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS Otis Redding
When Otis Redding's voice took on "Try A Little Tenderness", it transformed the song into a soul classic that obliterated all of its previous versions. Harry Woods, Jimmy Campbell and Reginald Connelly wrote the song back in the 1930s; Otis released his take in 1966. The rest is history.

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 Top 200 each day, 2 new songs ranked in positions 1501-2000 will also be added daily.
Caffe` Latte` presents...
THE ALL-TIME TOP 100 MUSIC VIDEOS
This update continues with #25-21:

21 ADDICTED TO LOVE Robert Palmer 1986 [dir: Terence Donovan]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcATvu5f9vE    

22 RADIO GAGA Queen 1984 [dir: David Mallet]
http://vimeo.com/66763749    

23 STAYIN' ALIVE Bee Gees 1977
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_izvAbhExY     

24 ASHES TO ASHES David Bowie 1980 [dir: David Mallet & David Bowie]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMThz7eQ6K0    

25 SWEET DREAMS (ARE MADE OF THIS) Eurythmics 1983 [dir: Dave Stewart & Chris Ashbrook]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeMFqkcPYcg         

26 SHE BANGS Ricky Martin 2000 [dir: Wayne Isham]
http://www.metrolyrics.com/she-bangs-english-ricky-martin-ml-video-e82.html   

27 I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen 1984 [dir: David Mallet]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEKVLjXO2Fk     

28 GIRLS ON FILM Duran Duran 1981 [dir: Godley & Creme]
http://vimeo.com/97471561    

29 SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat 1984 [dir: Bernard Rose]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6bjUYy8zVI      

30 CLOSE TO ME The Cure 1985 [dir: Tim Pope]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjvfIJstWeg    

31 TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes to Hollywood 1984 [dir: Godley & Creme]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9hMgr16bUE       

32 TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART Bonnie Tyler 1983 [dir: Russell Mulcahy]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQPp-cWumJM        

33 ALL I WANT IS YOU U2 1989 [dir: Meiert Avis]
http://vimeo.com/64413168    
        
34 BEAT IT Michael Jackson 1983 [dir: Bob Giraldi]
http://vimeo.com/25457248    

35 VIRTUAL INSANITY Jamiroquai 1996 [dir: Jonathan Glazer]
http://vimeo.com/58139812       

36 ALL THE LOVERS Kylie Minogue 2010 [dir: Joseph Kahn]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iu411Pf8Kb8   

 37 HYPERBALLAD Bjork 1996 [dir: Michel Gondry]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0Pv-UkoRC4 
 
 38 CRY Godley & Creme 1985 [dir: Godley & Creme]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxtPRF6NG7I    

 39 SINGLE LADIES (PUT A RING ON IT) Beyonce' 2008 [dir: Jake Nava]
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x74puc_beyonce-single-ladies-official-musi_music        
   
40 SMOOTH CRIMINAL Michael Jackson 1987 [dir: Colin Chilvers]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sj4zNWW2nvY     

41 ELTON'S SONG Elton John 1981 [dir: Russell Mulcahy]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qkd6iEL1Jw     

42 COME INTO MY WORLD Kylie Minogue 2002 [dir: Michel Gondry]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Fe1Scu5fdw    

43 RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood 1983 [dir: Bernard Rose- (explicit video)]
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x12zxk_frankie-goes-to-hollywood-relax_music     

44 DA FUNK Daft Punk 1995 [dir: Spike Jonze]
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x104oj_daft-punk-da-funk_music   
  
45 ONE U2 1991 [dir: Mark Pellington]
http://videosift.com/video/U2-One-Buffalo-version    

46 G.U.Y. Lady Gaga 2014 [dir: Lady Gaga]
http://vevo.ly/PQ4N4F
     
 47 I'M STILL STANDING Elton John 1983 [dir: Russell Mulcahy]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHwVBirqD2s 

   48 MIRRORS Justin Timberlake 2013 [dir: Floria Sigismondi]
http://www.jukebo.com/justin-timberlake/music-clip,mirrors,x5zlxk.html 

  49 WILD BOYS Duran Duran 1984 [dir: Russell Mulcahy]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYLesOsve2I      

50 CAN'T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD Kylie Minogue 2001 [dir: Dawn Shadforth]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFx3WX4DES0     

51 LEAVE ME ALONE Michael Jackson 1989 [dir: Jim Blashfield]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uEIvzbmwG0     

52 LOVESTONED/ I THINK SHE KNOWS INTERLUDE  Justin Timberlake 2007 [dir: Robert Hales]
http://www.jukebo.com/justin-timberlake/music-clip,lovestoned-i-think-she-knows-interlude,5l5mk.html    

53 DANCING ON THE CEILING Lionel Richie 1986 [dir: Stanley Donen]
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1w9m1_lionel-richie-dancing-on-the-ceilin_music        

54 WE DIDN'T START THE FIRE Billy Joel 1989 [dir: Chris Blum]
http://www.billyjoel.com/we-didnt-start-the-fire-video      

55 ROCKARIA! Electric Light Orchestra 1977
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfK8t4j7I64         

56 ROCK YOUR BODY Justin Timberlake 2003 [dir: Francis Lawrence]
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x18wig_justin-timberlake-rock-your-body_music       

57 WE MADE YOU Eminem 2009 [dir: Joseph Kahn]
http://www.jukebo.com/justin-timberlake/music-clip,cry-me-a-river,s0ksx.html

58 CALIFORNICATION Red Hot Chili Peppers 2000 [dir: Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris]
http://redhotchilipeppers.com/videos/9-californication     

59 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 1989 [dir: Mary Lambert]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79fzeNUqQbQ     

60 HEY YA Outkast 2003 [dir: Bryan Barber]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWgvGjAhvIw    

61 TONIGHT, TONIGHT Smashing Pumpkins 1996 [dir: Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOG3eus4ZSo      

62 CRY ME A RIVER Justin Timberlake 2002 [dir: Francis Lawrence]
http://www.jukebo.com/justin-timberlake/music-clip,cry-me-a-river,s0ksx.html
    
63 BAD Michael Jackson 1987 [dir: Martin Scorsese]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsUXAEzaC3Q     

64 JEREMY Pearl Jam 1992 [dir: Mark Pellington]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MS91knuzoOA    

65 FAST CAR Tracy Chapman 1988 [dir: Matt Mahurin]
http://vimeo.com/66531862     
     
66 CLOSER Nine Inch Nails 1994 [dir: Mark Romanek]* uncensored version
http://vimeo.com/3554226   

67 HUMAN BEHAVIOUR Bjork 1993 [dir: Michael Gondry]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WEtxJ4-sh4&feature=kp      

68 ROCKIT Herbie Hancock 1983 [dir: Godley & Creme]
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xzcuqj_herbie-hancock-rockit_music     

69 SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT Nirvana 1991 [dir: Samuel Bayer]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTWKbfoikeg&feature=kp   

70 DON'T COME AROUND HERE NO MORE Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 1985 [dir: Jeff Stein]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0JvF9vpqx8&feature=kp      

71 WATERFALLS TLC 1995 [dir: F. Gary Gray]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WEtxJ4-sh4&feature=kp      

72 VERTIGO U2 2004 [dir: Alex (Courtes) & Martin (Fougerol)]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98W9QuMq-2k&feature=kp     

73 COMING UP Paul McCartney 1980 [dir: Keith McMillan]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnHu-WLvY5U&feature=kp       
  
74 BETTE DAVIS EYES Kim Carnes 1981 [dir: Russell Mulcahy]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPOIS5taqA8&feature=kp    
              
75 TOXIC Britney Spears 2004 [dir: Joseph Khan]
http://vimeo.com/6997840     
     
76 STAN Eminem 2000 [dir: Philip Atwell & Dre]
http://vimeo.com/70199508         

77 OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul 1989 [dir: Candace Reckinger & Michael Patterson]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xweiQukBM_k&feature=kp    

78 EPIC Faith No More 1990 [dir: Ralph Ziman]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZG_k5CSYKhg&feature=kp   

79 WEAPON OF CHOICE Fatboy Slim 2001 [dir: Spike Jonz]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZM1fkHQP_Pw    

80 WAKE ME UP WHEN SEPTEMBER ENDS Green Day 2005 [dir: Samuel Bayer]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjNJmwwf7QA&feature=kp    

81 NOVEMBER RAIN Guns N' Roses 1992 [dir: Andrew Morahan]
http://www.gunsnroses.com/media/videos/19832/27902     

82 MONEY, MONEY, MONEY Abba 1976 [dir: Lasse Hallstrom]
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x22rmr_abba-money-money-money_music           

83 WICKED GAME Chris Isaak 1991 [dir: Herb Ritts]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5D3Nl1GZzuw  

84 SCREAM Michael & Janet Jackson 1995 [dir: Mark Romanek]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P4A1K4lXDo&feature=kp     

85 OUTSIDE George Michael 1998 [dir: Vaughan Arnell]
http://www.contactmusic.com/video/george-michael-outside  

86 AROUND THE WORLD Daft Punk 1997 [dir: Michel Gondry]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9MszVE7aR4&feature=kp  

87 PRAISE YOU Fatboy Slim 1998 [dir: Spike Jonze]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ex1qzIggZnA     

88 THE STORY OF MY LIFE One Direction 2013 [dir: Ben Winston]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-TE_Ys4iwM      

89 WUTHERING HEIGHTS Kate Bush 1978 [dir: Keith McMillian]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BW3gKKiTvjs&feature=kp   

90 BEAUTIFUL Christina Aguilera 2002 [dir: Jonas Akerlund]
http://www.christinaaguilera.com/us/videos/beautiful  

91 AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK Godley & Creme 1979 [dir: Godley & Creme]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veLC6gpNsSQ    

92 TRUE FAITH New Order 1987 [dir: Philippe Decoufle']
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfI1S0PKJR8   
   
    93 IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher 1989 [dir: Marty Callner]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AldUzWWq8iQ      
 
 94 REMEMBER THE TIME Michael Jackson 1992 [dir: John Singleton]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hSC7pPzMRs  
   
 95 ORINOCO FLOW (SAIL AWAY) Enya 1988 [dir: Michael Geoghegan]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTrk4X9ACtw&feature=kp     

96 WRECKING BALL Miley Cyrus 2013 [dir: Terry Richardson]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My2FRPA3Gf8&list=RDMy2FRPA3Gf8#t=0  

97 CALL ME MAYBE Carly Rae Jepsen 2011 [dir: Ben Knetchtel]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWNaR-rxAic&feature=kp   

98 SURVIVOR Destiny's Child 2001 [dir: Darren Grant]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wmc8bQoL-J0&feature=kp   

99 RASPBERRY BERET Prince 1985 [dir: Prince]
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/8305118/prince_raspberry_beret/   

100 VIVA LA VIDA Coldplay 2008 [dir: Hype Williams]
http://vimeo.com/18445538

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