Tuesday, September 30, 2014

CAFFE` LATTE`TOP 2000 TRACKS {EXPANDED EDITION}

#1591 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
In 1986 it was announced that Wham! was breaking up. George Michael launched his solo career with "A Different Corner", a UK #1 that year; that he wrote, produced, sang, arranged and performed all the instruments on.

#1592 I CAN'T STAND THE RAIN Eruption
Eruption scored an Australian #1 and global hit with a disco remake of the Ann Peebles 1973 R&B song "I Can't Stand The Rain" 4 years later. Precious Wilson performed lead vocals. Peebles co-wrote the song with Don Bryant and Bernard Miller. 

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.
THE ALL-TIME TOP 100 MUSIC VIDEOS
This update continues with #6... (There will be a detailed look back over the Top 10 videos with a new post daily). For the previous 90 music videos, please refer to the earlier post (#100-11).

6 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Queen 1975 [dir: Bruce Gowers]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irp8CNj9qBI    

There had been promotional videos made before, but Queen's film clip was revolutionary. From now on, videos were a sought after tool to promote a new release. This pioneering clip, with its groundbreaking effects, made everyone take notice. 
CAFFE` LATTE` TOP 2000 TRACKS

#155 BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
"Billie Jean", the mammoth hit track from Michael Jackson's best selling album 'Thriller', was almost entitled "Not My Lover". Producer Quincy Jones was concerned that the song's subject matter would be confused with tennis legend Billie Jean King! The original title "Billie Jean" prevailed and went on to be a massive success for the unique artist.
Jackson wrote the song himself. It was inspired by various women that had accused his brothers of fathering a child with them. Jackson's vocal was recorded in 1 take. It was while performing the song at the Motown 25th TV special taping that Jackson introduced the public to his 'Moonwalk'.  This watershed moment doubtlessly helped ship copies of 'Thriller'.
Released as the 2nd single from the album in 1983, "Billie Jean" reached #1 in the US on both the R&B (ruling for 9 weeks) and Pop (for a 7-week residency) charts. The disc also made #1 in the UK, Canada, Australia and Europe. The LP, of course, went on to make history.
 
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.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Caffe` Latte` presents a new countdown; starting today at #200...
The 200 MOST ESSENTIAL 
DISCO ERA songs
Updated twice weekly, here is a ranking of the 200 most essential disco songs, taking into consideration: influence, popularity, chart performance and enduring quality:
191 LOCOMOTION Ritz 1979
 192 QUE SERA MI VIDA Gibson Brothers 1980
 193 BABY I'M BURNIN' Dolly Parton 1978
 194 DANCE WITH ME Peter Brown 1978
 195 DA YA THINK I'M SEXY? Rod Stewart 1978
 196 MAKE LOVE TO ME Kelly Marie 1978
 197 D.I.S.C.O. Ottawan 1979
 198 GOTTA BE THE ONE Maxine Nightingale 1976
 199 HOTLINE The Sylvers 1976
 200 MAGIC NIGHTS Village People 1980

10 more songs will be added in a few days. Check out The Roots of Disco post here each week too.
CAFFE` LATTE`TOP 2000 TRACKS {EXPANDED EDITION}

#1589 NOW THAT WE FOUND LOVE Heavy D & The Boyz
In 1991, Heavy D & The Boyz scored a hit with a remake of Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff's "Now That We Found Love", originally recorded by The O'Jays in 1973.

#1590 ALL FOR LEYNA Billy Joel
"All For Leyna" is a self-penned album track from Billy Joel's 1980 album 'Glass Houses'.

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.
A new countdown begins THIS week...
As the look back over the Top 100 Music Videos of all-time draws to an end, here comes a new theme:
THE 200 MOST ESSENTIAL
DISCO ERA SONGS

Get ready to dance!
THE ALL-TIME TOP 100 MUSIC VIDEOS
This update continues with #7... (There will be a detailed look back over the Top 10 videos with a new post daily). For the previous 90 music videos, please refer to the earlier post (#100-11).

7 CAN YOU FEEL IT The Jacksons 1980 [dir: Bruce Gowers; Michael Gibson & Robert Abel]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc8yoHlKBm4   

No video had previously incorporated technology and special effects this way.Its stunning beauty raised the bar and heralded the dawn of the music video age.