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Monday, July 28, 2014

Top 100 Songs from 1920-1929

First posted on DMDB Facebook page on 4/4/12, updated 7/28/14.

These are the top 100 songs from 1920-1929 according to Dave’s Music Database. Note: during this era, songs were recorded often by multiple artists. Only the top-ranked version is listed here.

When a title was recognized as the Song of the Year, it is noted with a code following the song. A key to the codes is at the bottom of the page.

1. My Blue Heaven...Gene Austin (1927) DM, VF, SS, JW
2. Whispering...Paul Whiteman (1920) DM, EG, VF, SS, TS
3. April Showers...Al Jolson (1922) DM, VF, PC, SS, JW
4. St. Louis Blues...Bessie Smith with Louis Armstrong (1925) DM, SS
5. Swanee...Al Jolson (1920) PC
6. The Prisoner’s Song...Vernon Dalhart (1925) JW
7. Dardanella...Ben Selvin (1920) JW
8. Ain’t Misbehavin’...Thomas “Fats” Waller (1929) DM, SS
9. Ol’ Man River...Paul Whiteman with Bing Crosby (1928) DM, SS
10. It Had to Be You...Isham Jones (1924) DM, JW

11. Sonny Boy...Al Jolson (1928) VF, JW
12. Rhapsody in Blue...Paul Whiteman with George Gershwin (1924) SS
13. Tea for Two…Marion Harris (1925)
14. The Man I Love...Marion Harris (1928)
15. West End Blues...Louis Armstrong (1928) TS
16. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love...Cliff Edwards (1928)
17. Blue Yodel #1 (T for Texas)...Jimmy Rodgers (1928)
18. Always...George Olsen with Fran Frey, Bob Rice & Edward Joyce (1926) DM, EG
19. Tip-Toe Thru the Tulips with Me...Nick Lucas (1929) VF, JW
20. Carolina in the Morning...Van & Schenck (1923) DM

21. Down Hearted Blues...Bessie Smith (1923) SS, TS
22. Ain’t We Got Fun?...Van & Schenck (1921) DM
23. Valencia (A Song of Spain)...Paul Whiteman with Franklyn Baur (1926) VF, JW
24. Sweet Georgia Brown...Ben Bernie (1925) PC, TS
25. It Ain’t Gonna Rain No Mo’...Wendall Hall (1924) VF
26. Bye Bye, Blackbird...Gene Austin (1926)
27. Blue Skies...Ben Selvin (1927)
28. California, Here I Come...Al Jolson with Isham Jones (1924) PC, TS
29. Yes, We Have No Bananas...Billy Jones (1923)
30. If You Knew Susie Like I Know Susie...Eddie Cantor (1925)

31. My Man (Mon Homme)...Fanny Brice (1922)
32. Three O’Clock in the Morning...Paul Whiteman (1922) EG
33. Crazy Blues...Mamie Smith & Her Jazz Hounds (1920)
34. My Mammy...Paul Whiteman (1921)
35. My Melancholy Baby... Gene Austin (1928)
36. Margie...Eddie Cantor (1921)
37. Someone to Watch Over Me...Gertrude Lawrence (1927)
38. Makin’ Whoopee...Eddie Cantor (1929) TS
39. Wildwood Flower...The Carter Family (1928)
40. Singin’ in the Rain…Cliff Edwards (1929)

41. The Japanese Sandman...Paul Whiteman (1920)
42. Am I Blue?...Ethel Waters (1929)
43. Yes Sir, That’s My Baby...Gene Austin with Billy Carpenter (1925) VF
44. Love Me or Leave Me...Ruth Etting (1929)
45. Wabash Blues...Isham Jones (1921) VF
46. Charleston...Arthur Gibbs & His Gang (1924)
47. Ramona...Gene Austin with Nat Shilkret & Viola Klaiss (1928) EG
48. What’ll I Do?...Paul Whiteman (1924) EG
49. I Wanna Be Loved by You...Helen Kane with Leonard Joy (1928)
50. Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie…Clarence “Pinetop” Smith (1929)

51. Baby Face...Jan Garber with Benny Davis (1926)
52. Ain’t She Sweet...Ben Bernie with Scrappy Lambert & Billy Hillpot (1927)
53. In a Mist…Bix Beiderbecke (1927)
54. Manhattan...Ben Selvin (1925)
55. Wang-Wang Blues...Paul Whiteman (1920) JW
56. Toot, Toot, Tootsie! (Goo’bye)...Al Jolson (1922)
57. I’ll Be with You in Apple Blossom Time...Charles Harrison (1920)
58. I Ain’t Got Nobody...Marion Harris (1921) PC, TS
59. Somebody Loves Me...Paul Whiteman (1924)
60. The Birth of the Blues...Paul Whiteman with Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, & Austin Young (1926)

61. The Sheik of Araby...Ray Miller & His Orchestra (1922)
62. My Buddy...Henry Burr (1922)
63. Look for the Silver Lining...Marion Harris (1921)
64. Me and My Shadow...Whisperin’ Jack Smith (1927)
65. Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life...Fred Waring with Tom Waring (1928)
66. Second Hand Rose…Fanny Brice (1922)
67. I’m Sitting on Top of the World...Al Jolson (1926)
68. Who?...George Olsen (1926)
69. Singin’ the Blues…Frankie Trumbauer with Bix Beiderbecke (1927)
70. Somebody Stole My Gal…Ted Weems (1924)

71. Honey…Rudy Vallee (1929)
72. All Alone...Al Jolson (1925) EG
73. I Wonder What’s Become of Sally?...Al Jolson (1924)
74. Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town)...Ben Selvin (1922)
75. Black and Tan Fantasy…Duke Ellington (1927) TS
76. I’ll See You in My Dreams...Isham Jones with Ray Miller & Frank Bessinger (1925)
77. The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane…Fiddlin’ John Carson (1923)
78. Sweet Sue, Just You...Ben Pollack with Franklyn Baur (1928)
79. Say It with Music...Paul Whiteman (1921)
80. Louise...Maurice Chevalier (1929)

81. Avalon...Al Jolson (1920)
82. Hot Lips (He’s Got Hot Lips When He Plays Jazz)...Paul Whiteman (1922)
83. When My Baby Smiles at Me...Ted Lewis & His Band (1920)
84. When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin’ Along…Al Jolson (1926) TS
85. The Love Nest...John Steel (1920)
86. Way Down Yonder in New Orleans (1922)…Peerless Quartet
87. Mr. Gallagher and Mr. Shean – “Positively, Mr. Gallagher?”...Ed Gallagher & Al Shean (1922)
88. Stumbling...Paul Whiteman (1922)
89. Lover, Come Back to Me...Paul Whiteman with Jack Fulton (1929)
90. Fascinating Rhythm…Cliff Edwards (1925)

91. That Old Gang of Mine…Billy Murray with Ed Smalle (1923) EG
92. Linger Awhile...Paul Whiteman (1924)
93. Pagan Love Song…Bob Haring (1929)
94. Charmaine!...Guy Lombardo with Weston Vaughan (1927) EG
95. Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground… Blind Willie Johnson (1927)
96. Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue...Gene Austin with Nat Shilkret (1926)
97. Alice Blue Gown...Edith Day (1920)
98. Rose of Washington Square…Kentucky Serenaders (1920)
99. I’m Just Wild about Harry...Marion Harris (1922)
100. Side by Side…Paul Whiteman with the Rhythm Boys (1927)


Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • All by Myself…Ted Lewis (1921) EG
  • I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise…Paul Whiteman (1922) PC, TS
  • I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover…Nick Lucas (1927) PC
  • Lost Your Head Blues…Bessie Smith (1926) SS
  • Mack the Knife…Bertolt Brecht (1928) PC
  • Parade of the Wooden Soldiers…Paul Whiteman (1923) VF, JW
  • Show Me the Way to Go Home...Vincent Lopez (1926) PC
  • Sounds of Africa…Eubie Blake (1921) SS
  • The Wedding of the Painted Doll…Leo Reisman with Lew Conrad (1929) EG
  • When You’re Smiling…Louis Armstrong (1929) PC

Key to the Codes: