Unofficial Philby Hot 100 Songs of 2023 Countdown, Update #3!!!

The Philby Award

The Philbys return this Wednesday with a kickoff of the Philby Best Albums of 2023 list!

For the uninformed, a Philby is my online digital award for brilliant musical achievement!

Therefore, it seems only proper to post another Philby Hot 100 Songs of 2023 update!

Each list will be inverted starting at #100 and then counting forward so that other songs and artists can receive some extra attention, since everyone on this list is a winner!

Also, at the end of each post, a section on submissions will be included!

So, here is the second “Unofficial Philby Hot 100 Songs Countdown, Update #2!!!:

100.Ride—Instynkt (Single)

99.Head Up—Talia Keys (Single)

98.Anything She Wants—Scott Waters (Vibes for Miles)

97.Is It You?—Li’l Ed and The Blues Imperials (The Big Sound of Li’l Ed and The Blues Imperials)

96.She’ll Never Know—The Needs (You Need The Needs)

95.Only Lovers Left—Taleen Kali (Single)

94.I’ve Just Got to Forget You—Boz Scaggs (Out of the Blues)

93.American Things—Ryan Sims (My Side of the Story)

92.Going On—Underwater Sunshine (Single)

91.Here’s the Situation–Bad Camper (What You Love Comes Along)

90.A Lot on the Line—Gregory Dwane (XX)

89.Set the Girl Free—The Slackers (Peculiar)

88.Me Shaped Hole—T.J. George with Bill Champlin (Heroes and Legends)

87.Ringworld—Vanderlust (Self Titled)

86.Lonesome for a Long Time—Pat Smillie (Lonesome for a Long Time)

85.Mona and Her Alpaca—Eve’s Twin Lover (Fable Bait)

84.Evening Train Blues—Victor V. Gurbo (Victor V. Gurbo and Co.)

83.Did You Ever Miss Someone?—Phil Lee (Phil Lee and Other Old Time Favorites)

82.This Guitar Prays—Keith Laurin with Tosha Owens and Detroit Strong (Single)

81.Take a Shot—SUIMAH (Sound Under Influence)

80.We Got Soul—Mike Watt and The Secondmissingmen (Single)

79.Timelessness—Valerie JanLois (No Drop of Love (Is Ever Wasted))

78.Lost in This Moment—Paul McCann (Single)

77.Snake Doctor—Johnny Mastro and Mama’s Boys (Never Trust The Living)

76.Moonage Daydream—Memoryfield with Robyn Cage (Lost to the Lake)

75.Raggle Taggle Gypsy—Bill Grogan’s Goat (Third Eye)

74.We’ll Take the Morning—Eric Harrison (Gratitude)

73.State Fair Rodeo Queen—Barker and Broski (The Coal Country Heartbreakers)

72.Delirious—Cindy Wilson (Realms)

71.A Shore Thing (My Jersey Shore)—Marian Mastrorilli (HarSingle)

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Here’s a section on submissions:

I am accepting entries for Philby consideration!

The album selections are made from a sliding four year pool of music.

The pool for 2024 is 2021-2024.

One of the reasons that I use a multiple year submission scale is that just getting music out to the world is sometimes difficult for an artist.

A lot of them are not really wired for self promotion.

Making music is totally different than drumming up interest in it, especially for independent musicians.

Yes, there are promoters that can help with that. And nothing against promoters because they have a role to play. But they cost money, and the artist already had to pay to record the music, and may not be prepared for the process of promoting it.

After looking at how some other independent awards are handled, I figured a four year window allows me enough time to serendipitously run across someone’s music.

I have told this story several times, but I try very hard to listen to everything that is submitted.

Although I work on my list, starting literally on January 1st, using a four year sliding window, I carry over some of what would qualify from the prior years.

So, if you’ve made some music dating back as far as 2020, I will accept that music for consideration.

If you have something older than 2019, send that, too, but identify the release date. I’m always looking for GREAT music.

For the Philbys, I’m looking for full albums.

However, if you only have a single, I’ll accept that, too. Don’t forget that I also have a Philby Hot Songs list, and more artists are releasing singles these days.

But please don’t send me an incomplete album if you have one.

So, please don’t edit for me.

I dislike that and I might not even check out the item. I don’t know why anyone would only send selected songs instead of their whole work of art for consideration.

Please don’t send me links to listen to music. That’s not how I listen to music.  And I probably won’t listen to it if you send me a link to stream it. Either send me the album to download or request my mailing address to send a physical copy.

Every year I say that if your item came out later than May, it may not end up on this year’s list. So it’s possible that submissions entered now may only be considered for 2021. (It sounds so good to think of 2020 being finished!)

However, this year will be totally different than other years. I have not received any where near the amount of releases that I normally do.

It might be an excellent year to send a submission.

I will accept any genre of music. I like a variety of styles, even on the same album!

So, please e-mail your mp3s, and please make sure it is an mp3 only, to

If you want a physical address or have other questions, please e-mail me at the same address. Because selections will be considered for more than a single year, there isn’t an expiration date at the present.

If you want someone who will actually listen to your music, I am that person.

If you want some recognition for working hard and baring your soul, that might be me, too. I can’t make any promises, but I will listen to your music.

If you are reading this and are not a musician but know someone who is, please forward this to them.

Good luck to all who participate!

My weekly radio show “Theme Attic,” can be heard Wednesdays, 12PM-4PM ET!

The show can be heard on WHFR 89.3 FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area of Michigan, or it can be streamed with this link:!

It almost always includes a weekly countdown of my favorite albums or songs  and some shows feature two countdowns!

There’s plenty of other musical things to browse!

A list that you might find interesting is my list for “The Most Awesomest Songs of the Day”:!

If you’d like to know what I think are even better than the awesome songs, have a look at “The Greatest Songs Ever Recorded”:! Occasionally, an “awesome song” crosses over to become a “Greatest Song!”

My somewhat unusual Hall of Fame can be explored here:!

Lastly, but most importantly, is my Philby Awards link! A Philby is my annual award for brilliant musical achievement!!


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