Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Top 100 Songs from 1950-1959

First posted on DMDB Facebook page on 5/3/11, updated 7/30/14.

These are the top 100 songs from 1950-1959 according to Dave’s Music Database. 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. (We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock…Bill Haley & His Comets (1954) DM, HP, PC, VF
2. Heartbreak Hotel…Elvis Presley (1956) DM, MJ, NME, RS
3. Don’t Be Cruel…Elvis Presley (1956) PC, JW
4. Mack the Knife…Bobby Darin (1959) CB, DM, G-R, VF, PC, JW
5. Jailhouse Rock…Elvis Presley (1957) DM, VF, PC
6. Johnny B. Goode…Chuck Berry (1958) DM, MJ, NME, RS
7. Hound Dog…Elvis Presley (1956) PC, JW
8. Tennessee Waltz…Patti Page (1950) DM, JW
9. Goodnight Irene…The Weavers with Gordon Jenkins’ Orchestra (1950) SS
10. That’ll Be the Day…Buddy Holly & the Crickets (1957) MJ, NME, RS

11. All Shook Up…Elvis Presley (1957) CB, JW
12. You Belong to Me…Jo Stafford (1952) DM, VF, JW
13. All I Have to Do Is Dream…The Everly Brothers (1958)
14. What’d I Say…Ray Charles (1959) MJ, NME, Q, RS
15. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On…Jerry Lee Lewis (1957)
16. Great Balls of Fire…Jerry Lee Lewis (1957)
17. Mona Lisa…Nat “King” Cole (1950) VF
18. Blue Suede Shoes…Carl Perkins (1956)
19. How High the Moon…Les Paul & Mary Ford (1951) DM, HP, SS
20. Peggy Sue…Buddy Holly & the Crickets (1957)

21. Why Do Fools Fall in Love?...Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers (1956)
22. Sixteen Tons…Tennessee Ernie Ford (1955) PC
23. Maybellene…Chuck Berry (1955) DM
24. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)…The Penguins (1954)
25. Love Me Tender…Elvis Presley (1956)
26. Diana…Paul Anka (1957)
27. Cry…Johnnie Ray & the Four Lads (1951) JW
28. Blueberry Hill…Fats Domino (1956)
29. Tutti Frutti…Little Richard (1955) MJ, NME
30. I Only Have Eyes for You…The Flamingos (1959)

31. You Send Me…Sam Cooke (1957)
32. Only You (And You Alone)…The Platters (1955)
33. In the Still of the Nite…The Five Satins (1956)
34. Vaya Con Dios (May God Be with You)…Les Paul & Mary Ford (1953) VF, JW
35. The Third Man Theme…Anton Karas (1950) CB
36. Secret Love…Doris Day (1954)
37. At the Hop…Danny & the Juniors (1957) JW
38. I Walk the Line…Johnny Cash (1956)
39. The Little Drummer Boy…Harry Simeone Chorale (1958)
40. The Battle of New Orleans…Johnny Horton (1959) BB, G-S

41. Your Cheatin’ Heart…Hank Williams (1953) DM, RS, SS
42. April in Paris…Count Basie (1955)
43. Summertime Blues…Eddie Cochran (1958)
44. Bye Bye Love…The Everly Brothers (1957)
45. Ain’t That a Shame…Fats Domino (1955) Q
46. The Great Pretender…The Platters (1955)
47. La Bamba…Ritchie Valens (1958)
48. Tequila…The Champs (1958) PC
49. Singing the Blues…Guy Mitchell (1956) CB
50. Mr. Sandman…The Chordettes (1954) VF

51. Wheel of Fortune…Kay Starr (1952)
52. Tenderly…Rosemary Clooney (1952) SS
53. Where Is Your Heart (Song from “Moulin Rouge”)…Percy Faith with Felicia Sanders (1953) CB
54. Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blue)…Domenico Modugno (1958) BB, G-R, G-S
55. Wake Up Little Susie…The Everly Brothers (1957)
56. Tom Dooley…The Kingston Trio (1958) VF
57. Take Five…Dave Brubeck (1959)
58. The Yellow Rose of Texas…Mitch Miller Chorus (1955)
59. Shake, Rattle and Roll…Big Joe Turner (1954) NME
60. Because of You…Tony Bennett (1951)

61. El Paso…Marty Robbins (1959)
62. It’s All in the Game…Tommy Edwards (1951) CB, PC
63. Sincerely…The McGuire Sisters (1954)
64. Long Tall Sally…Little Richard (1956)
65. Be-Bop-A-Lula…Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps (1958)
66. Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear…Elvis Presley (1957)
67. Bo Diddley…Bo Diddley (1955)
68. Cold, Cold Heart…Hank Williams (1951)
69. Hey There…Rosemary Clooney (1954)
70. That’s All Right, Mama…Elvis Presley (1954) Q, RS

71. Love Letters in the Sand (1957)
72. Chances Are…Johnny Mathis (1957)
73. Little Things Mean a Lot…Kitty Kallen (1954) JW
74. Crying in the Chapel…The Orioles (1953) NME
75. Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing…The Four Aces (1955)
76. Kansas City…Wibert Harrison (1959)
77. Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)…Doris Day (1956) VF
78. Sh-Boom…The Chords (1954)
79. Too Young…Nat “King” Cole (1951)
80. What a Diff’rence a Day Makes…Dinah Washington (1959)

81. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered…Bill Snyder (1950)
82. He’ll Have to Go…Jim Reeves (1959)
83. Fever…Peggy Lee (1957)
84. Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White…Perez “Prez” Prado (1955) JW
85. The Ballad of Davy Crocket…Bill Hayes (1955) CB
86. Jambalaya (On the Bayou)…Hank Williams (1952)
87. Who’s Sorry Now?...Connie Francis (1958)
88. Shout (Parts 1 and 2)…The Isley Brothers (1959)
89. Autumn Leaves…Roger Williams (1955)
90. Twilight Time…The Platters (1958)
91. One for My Baby and One More for the Road…Frank Sinatra (1958)
92. Good Golly Miss Molly…Little Richard (1958)
93. Honky Tonk…Bill Doggett (1956)
94. Misty…Johnny Mathis (1959) SS
95. There Goes My Baby…The Drifters (1959)
96. The Doggie in the Window…Patti Page (1953)
97. Foggy Mountain Breakdown…Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs (1950)
98. Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart…Vera Lynn (1952) CB
99. I’m Moving On…Hank Snow (1950)
100. Come Go with Me…The Del-Vikings (1957)

Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol’ Me)…Frank Sinatra (1958) SS
  • Everyday I Have the Blues…Count Basie with Joe Williams (1955) SS
  • The Glow-Worm…The Mills Brothers (1952) HP
  • I Get a Kick Out of You…Frank Sinatra (1954) SS
  • I’ve Got You Under My Skin…Frank Sinatra (1956) SS
  • Lawdy Miss Clawdy…Lloyd Price (1952) RS
  • Move It…Cliff Richard & the Drifters (1958) Q
  • Mystery Train…Elvis Presley (1955) RS
  • Rocket 88…Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats (1951) RS
  • Rockin’ at the 2 I’s…Wee Willie Harris (1957) Q
  • Rock Island Line…Lonnie Donegan (1956) Q
  • Rolling Stone…Muddy Waters (1950) RS
  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes…The Platters (1958) CB
  • Star Dust…Nat “King” Cole (1957) SS
  • This Ole House…Rosemary Clooney (1954) HP
  • Unforgettable…Nat “King” Cole (1951) VF
  • Wanted…Perry Como (1954) CB

Key to the Codes:
  • BB: Billboard magazine song of the year
  • CB: Cashbox song of the year, 1950-1996
  • DM: Dave’s Music Database
  • G-R: Grammy for Record of the Year
  • G-S: Grammy for Song of the Year
  • HP: Hit Parade 1935-1959
  • MJ: Mojo magazine song of the year, 1955-2005. Based on aggregated Mojo lists.
  • VF:
  • NME: NME magazine song of the year, 1953-2008. Based on aggregation of NME lists and year-end lists.
  • Q: Q magazine, 1954-2013. Determined by year-end polls and highest-ranked song on aggregate of Q lists.
  • RS: Rolling Stone magazine, determined by year-end polls and highest-ranked song on aggregate of RS lists.
  • SS: Sullivan, Steve. Top 100 Songs from 1897-1956
  • JW: Whitburn, Joel. A Century of Pop Music, 1900-1999 (book)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Top 100 Songs from 1940-1949

First posted on DMDB Facebook page on 4/4/12, updated 7/29/14.

These are the top 100 songs from 1940-1949 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. White Christmas...Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers (1942) DM, PC, SS, TS, JW
2. Star Dust...Artie Shaw (1941) DM, HP, PC
3. Paper Doll...The Mills Brothers (1943) EG, TS
4. Sentimental Journey...Les Brown with Doris Day (1945) DM, EG, PC, SS
5. I’ll Never Smile Again...Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra & The Pied Pipers (1940) DM
6. As Time Goes By…Dooley Wilson (1943) DM, SS
7. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer...Gene Autry (1949) DM
8. Body and Soul...Coleman Hawkins (1940) SS
9. Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)...Vaughn Monroe (1949) VF, PC, TS, JW
10. Near You...Francis Craig with Bob Lamm (1947) DM, VF, JW

11. Frenesi...Artie Shaw (1940)
12. The Christmas Song...Nat “King” Cole (1946) DM, PC, SS
13. Peg O’ My Heart...The Harmonicats (1947) EG
14. Chattanooga Choo Choo...Glenn Miller with Tex Beneke & the Four Modernaires (1941) TS
15. Buttons and Bows...Dinah Shore and Her Harper Valley Boys (1948) DM, VF, JW
16. I’ll Be Seeing You...Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter’s Orchestra (1944) DM
17. Swinging on a Star...Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter’s Orchestra & the Williams Brothers Quartet (1944) TS, JW
18. I’ve Heard That Song Before...Harry James with Helen Forrest (1943) JW
19. The Gypsy...The Ink Spots (1946) EG, VF, JW
20. Take the “A” Train...Duke Ellington (1941) SS

21. Till the End of Time...Perry Como (1945)
22. Don’t Fence Me In...Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters (1944)
23. When You Wish Upon a Star...Cliff Edwards (1940) HP
24. Nature Boy...Nat “King” Cole with Frank DeVol (1948)
25. Ac-Cent-Tchu-ate the Positive...Johnny Mercer with the Pied Pipers (1945)
26. For Me and My Gal…Judy Garland & Gene Kelly (1942)
27. This Land Is Your Land...Woody Guthrie (1944) SS
28. Ballerina...Vaughn Monroe (1947) TS
29. Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol’ Me)...Woody Herman (1941)
30. Twelfth Street Rag...Pee Wee Hunt (1948) TS

31. Heartaches...Ted Weems with Elmo Tanner (1947)
32. You’ll Never Know...Dick Haymes with the Song Spinners (1943)
33. Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy)...Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly & Helen O’Connell (1941) JW
34. Some Enchanted Evening...Perry Como (1949) EG
35. A String of Pearls...Glenn Miller (1942)
36. Move on Up a Little Higher...Mahalia Jackson (1948)
37. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry...Hank Williams (1949) RS, SS
38. Rum and Coca-Cola...The Andrews Sisters (1945) VF, TS, JW
39. Cruising Down the River...Blue Barron & His Orchestra (1949)
40. That Old Black Magic...Glenn Miller with Skip Nelson (1943)

41. Tuxedo Junction...Glenn Miller (1940) VF
42. Besame Mucho (Kiss Me Much)...Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly & Kitty Kallen (1944)
43. Oh! What It Seemed to Be...Frankie Carle with Marjorie Hughes (1946)
44. Pistol Packin’ Mama...Al Dexter (1943) VF
45. On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe...Johnny Mercer with the Pied Pipers (1945) HP
46. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy...The Andrews Sisters (1941)
47. You’re Breaking My Heart...Vic Damone (1949)
48. Manana Is Soon Enough for Me...Peggy Lee (1948)
49. Moonlight Cocktail...Glenn Miller with Ray Eberle & The Modernaires (1942) VF
50. Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree with Anyone Else But Me...Glenn Miller with Tex Beneke & the Modernaires (1942) HP

51. The Trolley Song...Judy Garland (1944) HP
52. God Bless the Child...Billie Holiday (1941)
53. Jingle, Jangle, Jingle...Kay Kyser with Harry Babbitt & Julie Conway (1942)
54. I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover...Art Mooney (1948) PC
55. Dream (When You’re Feeling Blue)...The Pied Pipers with Paul Weston (1945)
56. There! I’ve Said It Again...Vaughn Monroe (1945)
57. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!...Vaughn Monroe (1945)
58. Now Is the Hour (Māori Farewell Song)…Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers (1948)
59. I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm…Les Brown (1948)
60. That Lucky Old Sun...Frankie Laine with Judd Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Harry Geller’s Orchestra, & Carl Fischer Orchestra (1949)

61. Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! That Cigarette...Tex Williams (1947) VF
62. Laura...Woody Herman (1945)
63. Round Midnight...Thelonious Monk (1944)
64. There Are Such Things...Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra & The Pied Pipers (1942)
65. Lovesick Blues...Hank Williams (1949)
66. Choo Choo Ch’Boogie…Louis Jordan (1946)
67. Sunday, Monday or Always...Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers (1943)
68. Dancing in the Dark...Artie Shaw (1941)
69. You Are My Sunshine...Jimmie Davis (1940)
70. Long Ago and Far Away...Helen Forrest with Dick Haymes (1944)

71. It’s Been a Long, Long Time...Bing Crosby with the Les Brown Trio (1945)
72. It Might As Well Be Spring...Dick Haymes (1945)
73. New San Antonio Rose...Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys (1944)
74. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town…Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters (1947)
75. I’ll Walk Alone...Dinah Shore (1944) EG
76. To Each His Own...Eddy Howard (1946)
77. I Love You for Sentimental Reasons...The Nat “King” Cole Trio (1946)
78. That’s My Desire...Frankie Laine (1947)
79. Fools Rush in Where Angels Fear to Tread…Glenn Miller (1940)
80. I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo...Glenn Miller with Tex Beneke & Marion Hutton (1942)

81. I’ll Get By As Long As I Have You...Harry James with Dick Haymes (1944)
82. Call It Stormy Monday…T-Bone Walker (1948) SS
83. A Tree in the Meadow...Margaret Whiting (1948)
84. Slippin’ Around…Margaret Whiting with Jimmy Wakely (1949)
85. Green Eyes (Aquellos Ojos Verdes)...Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly & Helen O’Connell (1941)
86. Linda...Ray Noble with Buddy Clark (1947)
87. Ole Buttermilk Sky...Kay Kyser with Michael Douglas (1946)
88. Shoo-Shoo Baby…The Andrews Sisters (1943)
89. Taking a Chance on Love…Benny Goodman with Helen Forrest (1940)
90. You Always Hurt the One You Love…The Mills Brothers (1944) VF

91. I Had the Craziest Dream…Harry James with Helen Forrest (1943)
92. Candy…Johnny Mercer with Jo Stafford & the Pied Pipers (1945)
93. Forever and Ever…Russ Morgan with the Skylarks (1949)
94. Baby, It’s Cold Outside…Johnny Mercer with Margaret Whiting (1949)
95. It’s Magic...Doris Day (1948) HP
96. People Will Say We’re In Love...Bing Crosby with Trudy Erwin (1943)
97. Caldonia Boogie...Louis Jordan (1945)
98. The Anniversary Song…Al Jolson (1947)
99. There’ll Be Some Changes Made…Benny Goodman with Louise Tobim (1941)
100. A – You’re Adorable (The Alphabet Song)…Perry Como with the Fontane Sisters & Mitchell Ayres’ Orchestra (1949)

Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • Maria Elena...Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly (1941) EG
  • Mule Train…Frankie Laine & the Muleskinners (1949) HP
  • My Happiness…Jon & Sandra Steele (1948) EG
  • La Bamba…Andres Huesca con Junto (1947) SS
  • Oklahoma!...Alfred Drake with the Oklahoma Cast (1943) PC
  • Open the Door, Richard…Count Basie with Harry Edison & Bill Johnson (1947) HP
  • Personality…Johnny Mercer (1946) TS
  • Sioux City Sue…Bing Crosby with the Jesters (1946) HP
  • Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That’s an Irish Lullaby)…Bing Crosby (1944) PC
  • When the Lights Go on Again All Over the World…Vaughn Monroe (1942) EG
  • When You Wish Upon a Star…Glenn Miller (1940) PC
  • Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart…Judy Garland (1943) HP

Key to the Codes:

Monday, July 28, 2014

Top 100 Songs from 1930-1939

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

These are the top 100 songs from 1930-1939 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. Over the Rainbow...Judy Garland (1939) DM, PC, TS
2. In the Mood...Glenn Miller (1939) VF, SS, TS, JW
3. Night and Day...Fred Astaire with Leo Reisman (1932) DM, PC, TS, JW
4. Cheek to Cheek...Fred Astaire with Ginger Rogers & Leo Reisman (1935) DM, HP, VF, SS, TS, JW
5. Begin the Beguine...Artie Shaw (1938) DM, HP, SS, TS
6. Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin’ All the Time)...Ethel Waters (1933) DM, SS, TS
7. The Way You Look Tonight...Fred Astaire with Johnny Green (1936) DM, TS
8. Pennies from Heaven...Bing Crosby with George Stoll (1936) HP, PC, VF, JW
9. Mood Indigo...Duke Ellington (1931) DM, SS
10. A-Tisket, A-Tasket...Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb (1938) VF, JW

11. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes…Paul Whiteman with Bob Lawrence (1933)
12. All the Things You Are...Tommy Dorsey with Jack Leonard (1939)
13. If I Didn’t Care...The Ink Spots (1939)
14. Happy Days Are Here Again...Ben Selvin (1930) DM, PC, TS
15. Silent Night...Bing Crosby (1935)
16. Strange Fruit...Billie Holiday (1939)
17. God Bless America...Kate Smith (1939)
18. Minnie the Moocher (The Ho De Ho Song)...Cab Calloway (1931) TS
19. Deep Purple...Larry Clinton with Bea Wain (1939) JW
20. I Can’t Get Started...Bunny Berigan (1938)

21. Wabash Cannonball...Roy Acuff & the Smoky Mountain Boys (1938)
22. Summertime…Billie Holiday (1936)
23. Moonlight Serenade...Glenn Miller (1939) HP
24. Sweet Leilani...Bing Crosby with Lani McIntire & His Hawaiians (1937) DM, HP, VF, JW
25. They Can’t Take That Away from Me...Fred Astaire with Johnny Green (1937)
26. Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)...Benny Goodman (1938)
27. The Peanut Vendor (El Manisero)...Don Azpiazu with Antonio Machin (1930) JW
28. Honeysuckle Rose...Thomas “Fats” Waller (1935)
29. In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town...Ted Lewis & His Band (1932) EG, VF
30. All or Nothing at All...Harry James with Frank Sinatra (1939)

31. Blue Moon…Glen Gray with Kenny Sargent (1935)
32. I Got Rhythm...Red Nichols (1930)
33. Stein Song (University of Maine)...Rudy Vallee (1930) VF, JW
34. I’m in the Mood for Love...Little Jack Little (1935)
35. The Last Round-Up...George Olsen with Joe Morrison (1933) VF, JW
36. September Song...Walter Huston (1939)
37. On the Sunny Side of the Street...Ted Lewis & His Band (1930)
38. Puttin’ on the Ritz...Harry Richman with Earl Burtnett & His Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel Orchestra (1930)
39. Sophisticated Lady...Duke Ellington (1933)
40. Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?...Rudy Vallee (1932)

41. One O’Clock Jump...Count Basie (1937) PC, TS
42. Bei Mir Bist Du Schon (Means That You’re Grand)...The Andrews Sisters (1938)
43. Tumbling Tumbleweeds...Sons of the Pioneers (1934) DM
44. And the Angels Sing …Benny Goodman with Martha Tilton (1939)
45. Dinah…Bing Crosby & the Mills Brothers (1932)
46. I’ve Got You Under My Skin...Ray Noble (1936)
47. The Very Thought of You...Ray Noble with Al Bowlly (1934)
48. That Old Feeling...Shep Fields with Bob Goday (1937)
49. Lover…Paul Whiteman with Jack Fulton (1933)
50. Goodnight, Sweetheart…Wayne King with Ernie Birchill (1931) VF

51. South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)...Shep Fields with Hal Derwin (1939)
52. Don’t Be That Way…Benny Goodman… (1938)
53. 42nd Street...Don Bestor with Dudley Mecum (1933)
54. Winter Wonderland...Guy Lombardo (1934) PC, TS
55. Solitude…Duke Ellington (1934) SS
56. It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing...Duke Ellington (1932)
57. Jeepers Creepers...Al Donahue with Paula Kelly (1938)
58. These Foolish Things Remind Me of You...Benny Goodman with Helen Ward (1936)
59. Let’s Fall in Love...Eddy Duchin with Lew Sherwood (1934)
60. Can the Circle Be Unbroken (Bye and Bye)...The Carter Family (1935)

61. When the Saints Go Marching In...Louis Armstrong (1939)
62. Beer Barrell Polka...Will Glahe (1939) EG
63. Red Sails in the Sunset…Guy & Carmen Lombardo (1935)
64. Crossroad Blues…Robert Johnson (1936)
65. The Old Spinning Wheel...Ray Noble with Al Bowlly (1933) EG
66. Once in a While...Tommy Dorsey (1937)
67. What Is This Thing Called Love?...Leo Reisman (1930)
68. All of Me...Louis Armstrong (1932)
69. September in the Rain…Guy & Carmen Lombardo (1937)
70. Alone...Tommy Dorsey with Cliff Weston (1936)

71. The Music Goes ’Round and ’Round...Tommy Dorsey with Edythe Wright (1935)
72. Paradise…Leo Reisman with Frances Maddux (1932)
73. A Fine Romance (A Sarcastic Love Song)…Fred Astaire with Johnny Green & His Orchestra (1936)
74. Stars Fell on Alabama...Guy Lombardo with Carmen Lombardo (1934)
75. I Get a Kick Out of You...Johnny Green with Ethel Merman (1934)
76. Lullaby of Broadway...The Dorsey Brothers with Bob Crosby (1935)
77. How Deep Is the Ocean?...Guy Lombardo with Carmen Lombardo (1932)
78. Music, Maestro, Please...Tommy Dorsey with Edythe Wright (1938)
79. Marie...Tommy Dorsey (1937)
80. Isle of Capri…Ray Noble with Al Bowlly (1934) VF

81. Is It True What They Say about Dixie...Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberle (1936)
82. Caravan…Duke Ellington (1937)
83. Dream a Little Dream of Me...Wayne King with Ernie Birchill (1931)
84. Three Little Words...Duke Ellington (1930)
85. Out of Nowhere...Bing Crosby with Victor Young (1931)
86. Whistle While You Work...The Seven Dwarfs (1938) PC
87. Embraceable You...Red Nichols (1930)
88. Hellhound on My Trail…Robert Johnson (1937) SS
89. Little White Lies…Fred Waring with Clare Hanlon (1930)
90. I Found a Million Dollar Baby in a Five and Ten Cent Store...Fred Waring with Clare Hanlon (1931)

91. Goody Goody…Benny Goodman with Helen Ward (1936)
92. It Looks Like Rain in Cherry Blossom Lane…Guy & Lebert Lombardo (1937)
93. My Reverie…Larry Clinton with Bea Wain (1938) EG 94. You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby…Bing Crosby (1938)
95. Love in Bloom...Bing Crosby with Irving Aaronson & His Commanders (1934)
96. Exactly Like You...Ruth Etting (1930)
97. Just One of Those Things...Richard Himber (1935)
98. Sunrise Serenade…Glen Gray (1939)
99. Indian Summer…Tommy Dorsey with Jack Leonard (1939)
100. Thanks for the Memory...Shep Fields with Bob Goday (1937)

Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?...Bing Crosby (1932) SS
  • The Gold Diggers’ Song…Dick Powell (1933) PC
  • In the Chapel in the Moonlight…Shep Fields (1936) EG
  • In the Valley of the Moon…Joe Green’s Novelty Orchestra (1933) EG
  • Just a Gigolo…Ted Lewis (1931) PC
  • On the Good Ship Lollipop…Shirley Temple (1935) PC
  • St. Louis Blues…Louis Armstrong (1930) SS
  • Summertime…Billie Holiday (1936) SS
  • When It’s Springtime in the Rockies…Ben Selvin (1930) EG
  • When I Grow Too Old to Dream…Glen Gray with Kenny Sargent (1935) EG
  • When My Dream Boat Comes Home…Guy Lombardo (1936) EG
  • When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain...Kate Smith (1931) EG
  • The Woodpecker Song…Glenn Miller with Marion Hutton (1940) EG

Key to the Codes:

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:

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Top 100 Songs from 1910-1919

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

These are the top 100 songs from 1910-1919 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. Alexander’s Ragtime Band...Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan (1911) DM, EG, VF, SS, JW
2. Over There...American Quartet (1917) DM, EG, VF, SS, TS, JW
3. Let Me Call You Sweetheart...Peerless Quartet (1911) TS
4. By the Light of the Silvery Moon...Billy Murray with the Haydn Quartet (1910) DM, EG, VF
5. You Made Me Love You, I Didn’t Want to Do It...Al Jolson (1913) DM, EG, SS
6. Tiger Rag...Original Dixieland Jazz Band (1918) DM, SS, TS
7. Moonlight Bay...American Quartet (1912) DM, VF, JW
8. Casey Jones...American Quartet with Billy Murray (1910) SS, JW
9. After You’ve Gone...Marion Harris (1919) DM, SS
10. Some of These Days…Sophie Tucker (1911)

11. Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody...Al Jolson (1918)
12. Till We Meet Again...Henry Burr & Albert Campbell (1919) VF, TS, JW
13. Down by the Old Mill Stream...Harry MacDonough (1911)
14. It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary…John McCormack (1915) DM, PC, JW
15. Waiting for the Robert E. Lee...Heidelberg Quintet (1912) EG, SS
16. They Didn’t Believe Me...Harry MacDonough with Olive Kline (1915) DM, SS
17. When Irish Eyes Are Smiling...Chauncey Olcott (1913) VF, PC, TS, JW
18. Dark Town Strutters’ Ball...Original Dixieland Jazz Band (1917)
19. Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning...Arthur Fields (1918)
20. I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier...Peerless Quartet (1915)

21. Just a Baby’s Prayer at Twilight (For Her Daddy Over There)...Henry Burr (1918) VF, JW
22. Oh, You Beautiful Doll...Billy Murray with the American Quartet (1911)
23. I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles...Ben Selvin (1919)
24. The Aba Daba Honeymoon...Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan (1914) DM
25. Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile…Knickerbocker Quartet (1917)
26. Beautiful Ohio...Henry Burr (1919)
27. Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That’s an Irish Lullaby)...Chauncey Olcott (1913)
28. Poor Butterfly...Victor Military Band (1917)
29. Carry Me Back to Old Virginny...Alma Gluck (1915)
30. I’m Always Chasing Rainbows...Charles Harrison (1918)

31. A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody...John Steel (1919)
32. The Missouri Waltz (Hush-a-Bye Ma Baby)...Elsie Baker (1917)
33. Ballin' the Jack...Prince's Orchestra (1914)
34. By the Beautiful Sea...Heidelberg Quintet (1914)
35. Come, Josephine, in My Flying Machine...Billy Murray & Ada Jones with American Quartet (1911)
36. I Love You Truly...Elsie Baker (1912) TS
37. A Little Bit of Heaven (“Shure, They Call It Ireland”)...George MacFarlane (1915) EG, VF
38. The Memphis Blues...Prince’s Orchestra (1914)
39. M-O-T-H-E-R (A Word That Means the World to Me)...Henry Burr (1916) DM, VF, JW
40. Danny Boy (adaption of “Londonberry Air”)...Ernestine Schumann-Heink (1918) PC

41. When I Lost You...Henry Burr (1913)
42. Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh!...American Quartet (1917)
43. Hail! Hail! The Gang’s All Here...Irving Kaufman with the Columbia Quartet (1918)
44. How ‘Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm after They've Seen Paree?...Nora Bayes (1919)
45. Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland...Henry Burr (1910) EG
46. Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey...Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan (1911)
47. Smiles…Joseph C. Smith’s Orchestra with Harry MacDonough (1918) EG
48. Ragtime Cowboy Joe...Bob Roberts (1912)
49. Be My Little Baby Bumble Bee...Billy Murray & Ada Jones (1912)
50. Goodbye Broadway, Hello France...American Quartet (1917)

51. Pretty Baby...Billy Murray (1916) EG
52. Oh! What a Pal Was Mary...Henry Burr (1919)
53. K-K-K-Katy (The Stammering Song)...Billy Murray (1918)
54. The Trail of the Lonesome Pine...Henry Burr & Albert Campbell (1913)
55. Till the Clouds Roll By...Anna Wheaton with James Harrod (1917)
56. Keep the Home Fires Burning...James F. Harrison (1915)
57. I Want a Girl Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad...Peerless Quartet (1911)
58. The Battle Hymn of the Republic…Charles Harrison with the Columbia Stellar Quartet (1918)
59. Indiana...Conway’s Band (1917)
60. Livery Stable Blues…Original Dixieland Jazz Band (1917)

61. When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose...American Quartet (1915)
62. Where the River Shannon Flows...Harry MacDonough (1910)
63. Mother Machree...John McCormack (1911)
64. When the Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam’...Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan (1913)
65. I’m Falling in Love with Someone...John McCormack (1911)
66. Goodbye, Good Luck, God Bless You (Is All That I Can Say)...Henry Burr (1916)
67. Play That Barber-Shop Chord...Bert Williams (1910)
68. That Haunting Melody...Al Jolson (1912)
69. I’ll Say She Does...Al Jolson (1919)
70. There’s a Long, Long Trail...James F. Harrison with James Reed (1915)

71. Beale Street Blues...Prince’s Orchestra (1917)
72. Hello Central, Give Me No Man’s Land...Al Jolson (1918)
73. Chinatown, My Chinatown...American Quartet (1915)
74. Down Home Rag…Europe’s Societiy Orchestra (1914)
75. Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly?...Nora Bayes (1910)
76. Row! Row! Row!...Ada Jones (1913)
77. A Perfect Day...Cecil Fanning (1911)
78. Hello Frisco!...Olive Kline with Edward Hamilton (1915) TS
79. The Spaniard That Blighted My Life...Al Jolson (1913)
80. Play a Simple Melody…Billy Murray with Edna Brown (1916)

81. A Good Man Is Hard to Find...Marion Harris (1919)
82. Home, Sweet Home...Alice Nielsen (1915)
83. The Star Spangled Banner…Prince’s Orchestra (1916)
84. Silver Bell...Peerless Quartet (1910)
85. My Hero...Lucy Isabelle Marsh (1910)
86. Hindustan…Henry Burr with Albert Campbell (1919)
87. I Love the Ladies…Arthur Collins with Byron Harlan (1914) TS
88. Under the Yum Yum Tree…Arthur Collins with Byron Harlan (1911)
89. I’m Sorry I Made You Cry…Henry Burr (1918)
90. Everybody Two-Step...American Quartet (1912)

91. He’d Have to Get Under, Get Out and Get Under, to Fix Up His Automobile…Billy Murray (1914) EG
92. Roses of Picardy...Lambert Murphy (1918)
93. The Curse of an Aching Heart…Will Oakland (1913)
94. Keep the Home Fires Burning…James F. Harrison with James Reed (1916)
95. Kiss Me Again...Olive Kline (1916)
96. On the Mississippi…American Quartet (1913)
97. The Daughter of Rosie O’Grady…Lewis James (as Robert Lewis) (1918)
98. When I Was Twenty-One and You Were Sweet Sixteen…Henry Burr & Albert Campbell (1912)
99. Madelon (I’ll Be True to the Whole Regiment)…The Victor Military Band with Marcel Journet (1919)
100. On the Road to Mandalay...Frank Coxton (1913)

Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • The Bells of St. Mary’s (1917) PC
  • Colonel Bogey March (1914) PC
  • I Love a Piano…Billy Murray (1916) SS
  • I’m Going Back to Dixie…Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan (1912) PC
  • I’m Shy, Mary Ellen, I’m Shy…Jack Pleasants (1910) TS
  • It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary...American Quartet (1914) SS
  • March of the Toys…Victor Herbert (1911) PC
  • Somehwere a Voice Is Calling…John McCormack (1916) TS
  • The Song That Stole My Heart Away…Henry Burr (1914) JW
  • St. Louis Blues (1919) PC
  • You Belong to Me (1916) PC

Key to the Codes:

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Top 100 Songs from 1900-1909

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

These are the top 100 songs from the first decade (1900-1909) of the 20th century 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. You’re a Grand Old Flag (aka “The Grand Old Rag”)…Billy Murray (1906) DM, VF, PC, SS, JW
2. Sweet Adeline (You’re the Flower of My Heart)…Haydn Quartet (1904) DM, VF, SS, JW
3. Take Me Out to the Ball Game…Haydn Quartet (1908) DM, PC, SS, JW
4. Give My Regards to Broadway…Billy Murray (1905) DM, TS
5. School Days (When We Were a Couple of Kids)…Byron Harlan (1907) DM, EG, VF, JW
6. Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis…Billy Murray (1904) PC
7. Yankee Doodle Boy…Billy Murray (1905) PC, SS
8. In the Good Old Summertime…Haydn Quartet (1903) DM, SS, TS, JW
9. Shine on, Harvest Moon…Harry MacDonough with Miss Walton (1909) DM, SS
10. Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home…Arthur Collins (1902) DM, SS

11. Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie…Byron Harlan (1906)
12. My Gal Sal…Byron Harlan (1907)
13. In My Merry Oldsmobile…Billy Murray (1905)
14. I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now…Henry Burr (1909)
15. Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet…Haydn Quartet (1909) VF, PC, JW
16. Maple Leaf Rag…U.S. Marine Band (1907) SS
17. Nobody…Bert Williams (1906) TS
18. The Glow-Worm…Victor Orchestra (1908)
19. The Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)…Vess Ossman (1900) DM
20. Listen to the Mocking Bird…Frank Stanley & Corrine Morgan (1904)

21. The Preacher and the Bear…Arthur Collins (1905) VF,JW
22. Harrigan…Billy Murray (1907) PC
23. In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree…Henry Burr (1905) EG
24. On a Sunday Afternoon…J.W. Myers (1902) EG
25. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot…Fisk University Jubilee Quartet (1909) TS
26. Hello Central, Give Me Heaven…Byron Harlan (1901) DM
27. A Bird in a Gilded Cage…Steve Porter (1900)
28. Bedelia…Haydn Quartet (1904)
29. Arkansaw Traveler…Len Spencer (1902) VF,JW
30. Hiawatha (His Song to Minnehaha)…Harry MacDonough (1903)

31. Auld Lang Syne…Frank Stanley (1907) TS
32. Cuddle Up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine…Billy Murray & Ada Jones (1908)
33. Pagliacci, Act I: Vesti La Giubba (On with the Play) (LEONCAVALLO)…Enrico Caruso (1907)
34. Toyland…Haydn Quartet with Corrine Morgan (1904)
35. Under the Bamboo Tree…Arthur Collins (1902)
36. A Coon Band Contest…Vess Ossman (1900) SS
37. Tell Me, Pretty Maiden…Harry MacDonough with Grace Spencer (1901) VF, TS, JW
38. Down Where the Wurzburger Flows…Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan (1903)
39. Blue Bell…Byron Harlan with Frank Stanley (1904) EG
40. Mighty Like a Rose (aka “Mighty Lak a Rose”)…George Alexander (1903)

41. Navajo…Billy Murray (1904)
42. Come Take a Trip in My Air-Ship…Billy Murray (1905)
43. My Wild Irish Rose…Haydn Quartet with Harry MacDonough (1907)
44. Sunbonnet Sue…Haydn Quartet (1908) EG
45. Silver Threads Among the Gold…Richard Jose (1904)
46. Goodbye, Dolly Gray…Big Four Quartet (1901) EG
47. Everybody Works But Father…Billy Murray (1905)
48. Ma Blushin’ Rosie…Albert Campbell (1900)
49. When You Were Sweet Sixteen…George J. Gaskin (1900) EG, VF, JW
50. The Mansion of Aching Hearts…Harry MacDonough (1902)

51. Good Morning, Carrie…Bert Williams with George Walker (1902)
52. The Yama Yama Man…Ada Jones with the Victor Light Orchestra Co. (1909)
53. I’ve Got Rings on My Fingers…Ada Jones (1909)
54. The Entertainer…Scott Joplin (1902)
55. Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder…Harry MacDonough (1901)
56. Love Me and the World Is Mine…Henry Burr (1906) EG
57. I Love a Lassie (My Scotch Bluebell)…Harry Lauder (1907)
58. In the Sweet Bye and Bye…Harry MacDonough with John Bieling (1903)
59. How’d You Like to Spoon with Me?...Corrine Morgan with the Haydn Quartet (1906)
60. The Right Church But the Wrong Pew…Arthur Collins with Byron Harlan (1909)

61. Red Wing (An Indian Fable)…Frank Stanley with Henry Burr (1907)
62. Come Down, Ma Evening Star…Mina Hickman (1903)
63. Are You Sincere?...Elise Stevenson (1908)
64. Honey Boy…Columbia Male Quartet (1907)
65. Dear Old Girl…J.W. Myers (1903)
66. Mary’s a Grand Old Name…? (1906)
67. Anchors Aweigh…U.S. Naval Academy Band (1906)
68. St. Louis Tickle…Vess Ossman (1906)
69. Any Rags?...Arthur Collins (1903)
70. Any Old Place I Hang My Hat Is “Home Sweet Home”…Will Denny (1901)

71. Goodbye, My Lady Love…Henry Burr (1904)
72. Forty-Five Minutes from Broadway…Billy Murray (1906)
73. Under the Anhauser Bush…Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan (1904)
74. My Pony Boy…Ada Jones (1909)
75. When Chloe Sings a Song…George J. Gaskin (1900)
76. Alexander (Don’t You Love Your Baby No More?)…Billy Murray (1904)
77. Will You Love Me in December As You Do in May?...Haydn Quartet (1906)
78. He’s a Cousin of Mine…Bert Williams (1907)
79. Waiting at the Church (My Wife Won’t Let Me)…Ada Jones (1906)
80. Teasing (I Was Only Teasing You)…Billy Murray (1904)

81. Waltz Me Around Again Willie (‘Round, ‘Round, ‘Round)…Billy Murray with the Haydn Quartet (1906)
82. As Long As the World Rolls On…Alan Turner (1908) VF
83. Down in Jungle Town…Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan (1908)
84. Ma Tiger Lily…Arthur Collins (1900) TS
85. I Can’t Tell You Why I Love You But I Do…Harry MacDonough (1900)
86. The Bird on Nellie’s Hat…Helen Trix (1907)
87. So Long, Mary…Corrine Morgan (1906)
88. Camp Meetin’ Time…Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan (1906)
89. Mandy Lee…Arthur Collins (1900)
90. Where the Morning Glories Twine Around the Door…Byron Harlan (1905)

91. Home Sweet Home…Harry MacDonough (1902)
92. The Rosary…William H. Thompson (1902)
93. Way Down in Old Indiana…J.W. Myers (1902)
94. Hurrah for Baffin’s Bay…Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan (1903)
95. The Good Old U.S.A….Byron Harlan (1906)
96. Would You Care?...Byron Harlan (1905)
97. What You Goin’ to Do When the Rent Comes ‘Round? (Rufus Rastas Johnson Brown)…Arthur Collins (1905)
98. When It’s All Goin’ Out and Nothin’ Comin’ In…Bert Williams (1902)
99. Keep on the Sunny Side…Byron Harlan (1906)
100. Daddy’s Little Girl…Byron Harlan (1906)

Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • Always in the Way…Byron Harlan (1903) EG
  • Because…Evan Williams (1910) PC
  • The Beer That Made Milwaukee Famous (1903) PC
  • Creole Bells…Columbia Orchestra (1901) SS
  • Give Us Just Another Lincoln (1900) PC
  • In the Good Old Summer Time…J.W. Myers (1902) VF
  • No News, or What Killed the Dog…Nat Wills (1908) TS
  • Pomp and Circumstance (1902) PC
  • Stars and Stripes Forever…Sousa’s Band (1901) TS
  • Uncle Josh and the Insurance Company…Cal Stewart (1904) TS
  • Yale Boola! (March and Two Step) (1901) PC

Key to the Codes:

Arthur Collins hit #1 with “Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home”: July 26, 1902

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Arthur Collins “Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home”

Writer(s): Hughie Cannon/ Johnnie Queen (see lyrics here)

First charted: 7/12/1902

Peak: 18 US, -- UK (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, -- world (includes US and UK)

Radio Airplay (in millions): -- Video Airplay (in millions): --

Review: This “early ragtime classic” RCG and “favorite of Dixie jazz bands” JA-22 became a “sing-along standard” RCG thanks to the ease with which it could be adapted to jazz or played on honky-tonk piano or banjo. RCG John Queen, a minstrel and songwriter introduced this instant hit. Arthur Collins, Dan Quinn, and Silas Leachman each took the song to the top 5 in 1902, but Collins’ version was the biggest. PM-477 He was no stranger to the top, having landed there seven times before. This, however, was his biggest hit yet.

Over the years, the song was recorded by a number of other big-name artists. Jimmy Durante and his sidekick Eddie Jackson often used it in their act. JA-22 Bobby Darin took it to number 19 in 1960. Others who recorded the song included Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Della Reese. PS The song also spawned numerous parodies, including Tom Lehrer’s “(Won’t You Come Home) Disraeli?” JA-22 As with many “coon songs”, as such racially deragotory songs from the early 20th century have come to be known, later recordings were often “sanitized.” PS

Several people have claimed to be the original Bill Bailey, JA-22 but according to Tin Pan Alley folklore, RCG the Detroit-born Hughie Cannon was an alcoholic living in a flophouse. One night he supposedly met a real Bill Bailey, an African American vaudeville singer. Bailey’s wife had thrown him out of the house because she’d had it with his late-night partying. PS Cannon gave Bailey money for a room for the night, but was sure the wife would soon beg for him to return.

Cannon then wrote a song about a wife hanging laundry and singing about her hopes that her husband would soon come home. She confesses that she drove him away with “nothing but a fine tooth comb,” but Bailey returns with a fancy car. RCG The song’s popularity led to spin-off tunes “I Wonder Why Bill Bailey Won’t Come Home” and “Since Bill Bailey Came Back Home.” PS

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Steve Sullivan’s Top 100 from 1897-1956

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Steve Sullivan’s Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings is as good as it gets when it comes to music writing. In his two-volume set, he explores more than 1000 songs in detail. In the lead-up to the book, however, he also published two lists on his personal Facebook page – “The 200 Greatest Song Recordings: 1889-1953” and “Traditional Pop: The All-Time Top 200+Classic Performances.” The list below is an average of the three lists, with the top 70 appearing on all three lists. In the event of ties, songs were ranked based on most points in Dave’s Music Database.

The Top 100 Songs from 1897-1956 According to Steve Sullivan

1. Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers…White Christmas (1942)
2. Paul Whiteman with George Gershwin…Rhapsody in Blue (1924)
3. Glenn Miller…In the Mood (1939)
4. Judy Garland…Over the Rainbow (1939)
5. Coleman Hawkins…Body and Soul (1940)
6. Bessie Smith with Louis Armstrong…St. Louis Blues (1925)
7. Les Paul with Mary Ford…How High the Moon (1951)
8. Duke Ellington…Take the “A” Train (1941)
9. Lena Horne…Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin’ All the Time) (1942)
10. Paul Robeson…Ol’ Man River (1928)

11. Artie Shaw…Begin the Beguine (1938)
12. Arthur Collins with Byron Harlan…Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1911)
13. Sophie Tucker…Some of These Days (1911)
14. Duke Ellington…Mood Indigo (1931)
15. Artie Shaw…Star Dust (1941)
16. Bing Crosby…Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (1932)
17. Nat “King” Cole…The Christmas Song (1946)
18. Billy Murray…You’re a Grand Old Flag (aka “The Grand Old Rag”) (1906)
19. Billy Murray with the Haydn Quartet…Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1908)
20. American Quartet with Billy Murray…Casey Jones (1910)

21. John Philip Sousa…The Stars and Stripes Forever…(1897)
22. Fred Astaire with Leo Reisman’s Orchestra…Night and Day (1932)
23. Marion Harris…The Man I Love (/1928)
24. Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra…I Can’t Get Started (1938)
25. Ethel Waters…Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin’ All the Time) (1933)
26. Vess Ossman…Maple Leaf Rag (1907)
27. Fred Astaire with Ginger Rogers & Leo Reisman’s Orchestra…Cheek to Cheek (1935)
28. The Weavers with Gordon Jenkins…Goodnight Irene (1950)
29. Glenn Miller Orchestra…Moonlight Serenade (1939)
30. Paul Whiteman…Whispering (1920)

31. Louis Armstrong…Star Dust (1931)
32. American Quartet…Over There (1917)
33. Billie Holiday…Summertime (1936)
34. Rosemary Clooney…Tenderly (1952)
35. Marion Harris…After You’ve Gone (1919)
36. Louis Jordan…Choo Choo Ch’Boogie (1946)
37. Ben Selvin…Dardanella (1920)
38. Dooley Wilson…As Time Goes By (1943)
39. Gene Austin…My Blue Heaven (1927)
40. Fred Astaire with Johnny Green & His Orcestra…The Way You Look Tonight (1936)

41. American Quartet…It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary (1914)
42. Artie Shaw…Frenesi (1940)
43. Jo Stafford…You Belong to Me (1952)
44. Louis Armstrong…St. Louis Blues (1930)
45. Frank Sinatra…I Get a Kick Out of You (1954)
46. Louis Armstrong…Ain’t Misbehavin’ (1929)
47. Byron Harlan…School Days (When We Were a Couple of Kids) (1907)
48. Les Brown with Doris Day…Sentimental Journey (1945)
49. Gene Kelly…Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
50. Duke Ellington with Ivie Anderson…I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good (1941)

51. The Ink Spots…If I Didn’t Care (1939)
52. Nat “King” Cole…Embraceable You (1943)
53. Billy Murray with Haydn Quartet…By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1910)
54. Benny Goodman…Don’t Be That Way (1938)
55. Billy Murray…Yankee Doodle Boy (1905)
56. Original Dixieland Jazz Band…Tiger Rag (1918)
57. Billy Murray…Give My Regards to Broadway (1905)
58. Cab Calloway…Minnie the Moocher (The Ho De Ho Song) (1931)
59. Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra…I’ll Never Smile Again (1940)
60. Ben Selvin…Happy Days Are Here Again (1930)

61. Bert Williams…Nobody (1906)
62. Benny Goodman with Martha Tilton…And the Angels Sing (1939)
63. Al Jolson…April Showers (1922)
64. Haydn Quartet…Sweet Adeline (You’re the Flower of My Heart) (1904)
65. Harry MacDonough with Olive Kline…They Didn’t Believe Me (1915)
66. Vernon Dalhart…The Prisoner’s Song (1925)
67. Peerless Quartet…Let Me Call You Sweetheart (1911)
68. Billie Holiday…Body and Soul (1940)
69. Glenn Miller…A String of Pearls (1942)
70. Heidelberg Quintet…Waiting for the Robert E. Lee (1912)

71. Louis Armstrong…West End Blues (1928)
72. Woody Guthrie…This Land Is Your Land (1944)
73. Benny Goodman…Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing) (1938)
74. Billie Holiday…Strange Fruit (1939)
75. T-Bone Walker…Call It Stormy Monday (1948)
76. Bessie Smith…Down Hearted Blues (1923)
77. Jimmie Rodgers…Blue Yodel #1 (T for Texas) (1928)
78. Duke Ellington…Ko-Ko (1940)
79. Charlie Parker…Parker’s Mood (1948)
80. Flatt & Scruggs…Foggy Mountain Breakdown (1950)

81. Victor Symphony Orchestra with Nat Shilkret & George Gerswhin…An American in Paris (1929)
82. The Carter Family…Can the Circle Be Unbroken (Bye and Bye) (1935)
83. Charlie Parker with Miles Davis & Dizzy Gillespie…Ko-Ko (1945)
84. Roy Acuff…Wabash Cannonball (1936)
85. Frank Sinatra…I’ve Got You Under My Skin (1956)
86. Robert Johnson…Crossroad Blues (1936)
87. Clarence Ashley…The Coo Coo Bird (1929)
88. Mamie Smith…Crazy Blues (1920)
89. Blind Willie Johnson…Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground (1927)
90. Geeshie Wiley…Last Kind Word Blues (1930)

91. Cotton Top Mountain Sanctified Singers with Frankie “Half-Pint” Jaxon…Christ Was Born on Christmas Morn (1929)
92. Judy Garland with Ray Heindorf…The Man That Got Away (1954)
93. Mahalia Jackson…Move on Up a Little Higher (1948)
94. The Carter Family…Wildwood Flower (1928)
95. Billie Holiday…God Bless the Child (1941)
96. Louis Armstrong…Hotter Than That (1928)
97. Don Azpiazu with Arturo Machin…The Peanut Vendor (El Manicero) (1930)
98. Clarence “Pinetop” Smith…Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie (1929)
99. Bessie Smith…Lost Your Head Blues (1926)
100. Europe’s Society Orchestra…Down Home Rag (1914)

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Top 100 Songs According to Gardner’s Popular Songs of the Twentieth Century, 1900-1949

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Edward Foote Gardner’s book, Popular Songs of the Twentieth Century tackled the task of crafting charts for the popular songs of the pre-rock era. He developed a top 20 chart for each month of every year from 1900-1949. The charts also listed only song titles and not particular performers as it was common in the pre-rock era for multiple artists to have recordings of the same hit songs.

This chart was created by first sorting songs based on total months at #1. The artist with the top-ranked version of the song is the one listed. Because there were multiple ties, songs were then listed in order of overall DMDB rank. An additional 64 songs which didn’t make this list were at #1 for 2 months.

The Top 100 Songs According to Gardner's Popular Songs

5 months at #1:

1. American Quartet…Over There (1917)
2. Byron Harlan…School Days (When We Were a Couple of Kids) (1907)

4 months at #1:

3. Arthur Collins with Byron Harlan…Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1911)
4. Henry Burr…In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree (1905)
5. Ben Selvin…I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles (1919)
6. Ray Noble with Al Bowlly…The Old Spinning Wheel (1933)
7. Haydn Quartet with Harry MacDonough…Sunbonnet Sue (1908)
8. Byron G. Harlan…The Blue and the Gray (1900)

3 months at #1:

9. The Mills Brothers…Paper Doll (1942)
10. Francis Craig with Bob Lamm…Near You (1947)
11. The Harmonicats…Peg O’ My Heart (1947)
12. Billy Murray with the Haydn Quartet…By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1910)
13. Al Jolson…You Made Me Love You, I Didn’t Want to Do It (1913)
14. American Quartet…Moonlight Bay (1912)
15. Dinah Shore & Her Harper Valley Boys…Buttons and Bows (1948)
16. Harry MacDonough with Elise Stevenson (as Miss Walton)…Shine on, Harvest Moon (1909)
17. Sophie Tucker…Some of These Days (1911)
18. The Ink Spots…The Gypsy (1946)
19. Henry Burr with Albert Campbell…Till We Meet Again (1919)
20. Byron Harlan…Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie (1906)

21. George Olsen with Fran Frey, Bob Rice, & Edward Joyce…Always (1926)
22. Harry MacDonough…Down by the Old Mill Stream (1911)
23. Haydn Quartet…Put on Your Old Gray Bonnet (1909)
24. Heidelberg Quintet…Waiting for the Robert E.Lee (1912)
25. Paul Whiteman…Three O’Clock in the Morning (1922)
26. Billy Murray with the American Quartet…Oh, You Beautiful Doll (1911)
27. J.W. Myers…On a Sunday Afternoon (1902)
28. Byron G. Harlan…Hello Central, Give Me Heaven (1901)
29. Gene Austin…Ramona (1928)
30. Paul Whiteman…What’ll I Do? (1924)

31. Harry MacDonough…Hiawatha (His Song to Minnehaha) (1903)
32. The Victor Military Band…Poor Butterfly (1917)
33. Wayne King with Ernie Birchill…Goodnight Sweetheart (1931)
34. Haydn Quartet with Harry MacDonough…Bedelia (1904)
35. Heidelberg Quintet…By the Beautiful Sea (1914)
36. George MacFarlane…A Little Bit of Heaven (Shure, They Call It Ireland) (1915)
37. Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers…Now Is the Hour (Maori Farewell Song) (1948)
38. Leo Reisman with Frances Maddux…Paradise (1932)
39. Arthur Collins…Under the Bamboo Tree (1902)
40. Joseph Smith with Harry MacDonough…Smiles (1918)

41. Al Jolson…I Wonder What’s Become of Sally (1924)
42. Dinah Shore…I’ll Walk Alone (1944)
43. Henry Burr…Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland (1910)
44. Billy Murray…Pretty Baby (1916)
45. Byron G. Harlan with Frank Stanley…Blue Bell (1904)
46. Fred Waring with Clare Hanlon…Little White Lies (1930)
47. Big Four Quartet…Goodbye Dolly Gray (1901)
48. Elizabeth Spencer with Charles Hart…Let the Rest of the World Go By (1920)
49. Metropolitan Orchestra…Creole Belles (1902)

2 months at #1:

50. Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers…White Christmas (1942)
51. Judy Garland…Over the Rainbow (1939)
52. Gene Austin…My Blue Heaven (1927)
53. Paul Whiteman…Whispering (1920)
54. Billy Murray…You’re a Grand Old Flag (aka “The Grand Old Rag”) (1906)
55. Vernon Dalhart…The Prisoner’s Song (1925)
56. Peerless Quartet…Let Me Call You Sweetheart (1911)
57. Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra…I’ll Never Smile Again (1940)
58. Les Brown with Doris Day…Sentimental Journey (1945)
59. Billy Murray with the Haydn Quartet…Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1908)
60. Artie Shaw…Frenesi (1940)

61. Dooley Wilson…As Time Goes By (1943)
62. Vaughn Monroe…Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend) (1949)
63. Billy Murray…Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis (1904)
64. Glenn Miller with Tex Beneke & the Four Modernaires…Chattanooga Choo Choo (1941)
65. Billy Murray…Yankee Doodle Boy (1905)
66. Al Jolson…Sonny Boy (1928)
67. Harry James with Helen Forrest…I’ve Heard That Song Before (1943)
68. Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter’s Orchestra…I’ll Be Seeing You (1944)
69. Larry Clinton with Bea Wain…Deep Purple (1939)
70. J.W. Myers…In the Good Old Summertime (1902)

71. Perry Como…Till the End of Time (1945)
72. John McCormack…It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary (1915)
73. Van & Schenck…Carolina in the Morning (1923)
74. Nick Lucas…Tip Toe Through the Tulips (1929)
75. Henry Burr…I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now (1909)
76. Johnny Mercer with the Pied Pipers “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive” (1945)
77. Ben Selvin…Blue Skies (1927)
78. Arthur Collins with Byron Harlan…The Darktown Strutter’s Ball (1918)
79. Ted Lewis…In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town (1932)
80. Victor Orchestra…The Glow-Worm (1908)

81. Rudy Vallee…Stein Song (University of Maine) (1930)
82. Billy Jones…Yes! We Have No Bananas (1923)
83. Eddie Cantor…If You Knew Susie Like I Know Susie (1925)
84. Wendell Hall…It Ain’t Gonna Rain No Mo’ (1924)
85. Dick Haymes with the Song Spinners…You’ll Never Know (1943)
86. Paul Whiteman with Franklyn Baur…Valencia (A Song of Spain) (1926)
87. Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly & Helen O’Connell…Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy) (1941)
88. George Olsen with Joe Morrison…The Last Round-Up (1933)
89. Paul Whiteman…My Mammy (1921)
90. Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly & Kitty Kallen…Besame Mucho (Kiss Me Much) (1944)

91. Eddie Cantor…Margie (1921)
92. Johnny Mercer & the Pied Pipers…On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe (1945)
93. Peerless Quartet…I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier (1915)
94. Blue Barron & His Orchestra…Cruising Down the River on a Sunday Afternoon (1949)
95. Frankie Carle with Marjorie Hughes…Oh, What It Seemed to Be (1946)
96. Billy Murray…Harrigan (1907)
97. Henry Burr…Just a Baby’s Prayer at Twilight (1918)
98. Ethel Waters…Am I Blue? (1929)
99. Vic Damone…You’re Breaking My Heart (1949)
100. Steve Porter…A Bird in a Gilded Cage (1900)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Your Hit Parade: Top 100+ Songs

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Your Hit Parade was a radio, and then television, program which counted down the top music hits from 1935 to 1955. The chart, however, did not focus on specific versions of songs which meant there could be multiple versions of a song and all were credited as #1.

This DMDB-exclusive list ranks the songs by most weeks at #1, but only features the highest-ranking version of each song. In addition, in the event of ties, the top-ranked DMDB songs are ranked highest and so on. All songs which peaked at #1 for 4 weeks or more are listed, making for a top 100+ songs of all-time according to Your Hit Parade:

Your Hit Parade – Top 100+

12 weeks:

1. Nat “King” Cole “Too Young” (1951)

11 weeks:

2. Tony Bennett “Because of You” (1951)

10 weeks:

3. Bing Crosby “White Christmas” (1942)
4. The Harmonicats “Peg O’ My Heart” (1947)
5. Dinah Shore “Buttons and Bows” (1948)
6. Bing Crosby “I’ll Be Seeng You” (1944)
7. Perry Como “Some Enchanted Evening” (1949)
8. Rosemary Clooney “Hey There” (1954)
9. Bing Crosby “Now Is the Hour” (1948)
10. Margaret Whiting “A Tree in the Meadow” (1948)
11. Perry Como “If (They Made Me a King)” (1951)
12. Jimmy Dorsey “I Hear a Rhapsody” (1941)

9 weeks:

13. Jo Stafford “You Belong to Me” (1952)
14. Dick Haymes “You’ll Never Know” (1943)
15. Mitch Miller “The Yellow Rose of Texas” (1955)
16. Bill Hayes “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” (1955)
17. Gordon Jenkins “My Foolish Heart” (1950)
18. Pee Wee King “Slow Poke” (1951)
19. Glen Gray “My Heart Tells Me (Should I Believe My Heart?)” (1943)

8 weeks:

20. Nat “King” Cole “Mona Lisa” (1950)
21. The Ink Spots “The Gypsy” (1946)
22. Bing Crosby & the Andrews Sisters “Don’t Fence Me In” (1944)
23. Percy Faith “Where Is Your Heart? (Song from ‘Moulin Rouge’)” (1953)
24. The Chordettes “Mr. Sandman” (1954)
25. Blue Barron & His Orchestra “Cruising Down the River on a Sunday Afternoon” (1946)
26. Frankie Carle “Oh! What It Seemed to Be” (1946)
27. Eddy Howard “To Each His Own” (1946)
28. Dinah Shore “I’ll Walk Alone” (1944)
29. Larry Clinton & Bea Wain “My Reverie” (1938)

7 weeks:

30. Judy Garland “Over the Rainbow” (1939)
31. Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra “I’ll Never Smile Again” (1940)
32. Larry Clinton with Bea Wain “Deep Purple” (1939)
33. Perry Como “Till the End of Time” (1945)
34. Doris Day “Secret Love” (1954)
35. Nat “King” Cole “I Love You for Sentimental Reasons” (1946)
36. Tommy Dorsey “Once in a While” (1937)
37. Perry Como “Wanted” (1954)
38. Eddy Howard “Sin (It’s No Sin)” (1951)
39. Freddy Martin “Symphony” (1945)
40. Glenn Miller “The Woodpecker Song” (1940)
41. Georgia Gibbs “Kiss of Fire” (1952)
42. Bing Crosby “Dear Hearts and Gentle People” (1949)

6 weeks:

43. Patti Page “Tennessee Waltz” (1950)
44. Fred Astaire “The Way You Look Tonight” (1936)
45. Ella Fitzgerald “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” (1938)
46. Francis Craig with Bob Lamm “Near You” (1947)
47. Nat “King” Cole “Nature Boy” (1948)
48. Kay Starr “Wheel of Fortune” (1952)
49. Jimmy Dorsey “Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy)” (1941)
50. Kitty Kallen “Little Things Mean a Lot” (1954)
51. The Pied Pipers “Dream (When You’re Feeling Blue)” (1945)
52. Vic Damon “You’re Breaking My Heart” (1949)
53. Helen Forrest with Dick Haymes “Long Ago and Far Away” (1944)
54. Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra “There Are Such Things” (1942)
55. Bing Crosby “Sunday, Monday or Always” (1943)
56. Al Jolson “The Anniversary Song” (1947)
57. Kay Kyser & Michael Douglas “Ole Buttermilk Sky” (1946)
58. Red Foley “Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy” (1950)
59. Sammy Kaye “Daddy” (1941)
60. Tony Bennett “Stranger in Paradise” (1953)
61. Guy & Lebert Lombardo “It Looks Like Rain in Cherry Blossom Lane” (1937)
62. Shep Fields with Charles Chester “Did I Remember?” (1936)
63. Frankie Masters “Scatter-Brain” (1939)
64. Kay Kyser “There’ll Be Bluebirds Over the Cliffs of Dover” (1941)
65. Horace Heidt with Lysbeth Hughes & Larry Cotton “Ti-Pi-Tin” (1938)
66. Billy Vaughn “Melody of Love” (1954)
67. Guy Lombardo “Boo Hoo” (1937)

5 weeks:

68. Tennessee Ernie Ford “Sixteen Tons” (1955)
69. Johnnie Ray & the Four Lads “Cry” (1951)
70. Cliff Edwards “When You Wish Upon a Star” (1940)
71. Les Paul & Mary Ford “Vaya Con Dios (May God Be with You)” (1953)
72. Glenn Miller “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree with Anyone Else But Me” (1942)
73. Judy Garland “The Trolley Song” (1944)
74. Kay Kyser with Harry Babbitt & Julie Conway “Jingle, Jangle, Jingle” (1942)
75. Bill Snyder “Bewitched, Bothered, & Bewildered” (1950)
76. Shep Fields with Hal Derwin “South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)” (1939)
77. Bing Crosby with the Les Paul Trio “It’s Been a Long, Long Time” (1945)
78. Al Donahue with Paula Kelly “Jeepers Creepers” (1938)
79. Guy & Carmen Lombardo “September in the Rain” (1937)
80. Tommy Dorsey with Cliff Weston “Alone” (1936)
81. Perry Como & the Ramblers “Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes” (1952)
82. Alvino Rey with Bill Schallen & Skeets Herfurt “Deep in the Heart of Texas” (1942)
83. Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly “Is It True What They Say About Dixie” (1936)
84. Joni James “Why Don’t You Believe Me” (1952)
85. Glenn Miller “You and I” (1941)
86. Frank Chacksfield “Ebb Tide” (1953)
87. Glenn Miller with Ray Eberle “Careless” (1940)
88. Dorsey Brothers with Bob Eberly “Chasing Shadows” (1935)

4 weeks:

89. The Weavers “Goodnight Irene” (1950)
90. Les Brown with Doris Day “Sentimental Journey” (1945)
91. Bing Crosby “Pennies from Heaven” (1936)
92. Dooley Wilson “As Time Goes By” (1943)
93. Harry James with Helen Forest “I’ve Heard That Song Before” (1943)
94. Vaughn Monroe “Ballerina” (1947)
95. Johnny Mercer with the Pied Pipers “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive” (1945)
96. Shep Fields with Bob Goday “That Old Feeling” (1937)
97. Benny Goodman with Martha Tilton “And the Angels Sing” (1939)
98. Guy & Carmen Lombardo “Red Sails in the Sunset” (1935)
99. Ray Noble with Buddy Clark “Linda” 1947)
100. Johnny Mercer with Jo Stafford & the Pied Pipers “Candy” (1945)
101. Horace Heidt with Larry Cotton, Donna Wood, & Don Juans “I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire” (1941)
102. Frank Sinatra “Five Minutes More” (1946)
103. Tommy Dorsey with Edythe Wright “Music, Maestro, Please” (1938)
104. The Four Aces “Three Coins in the Fountain” (1954)
105. Teresa Brewer “Till I Waltz Again with You” (1952)
106. Benny Goodman with Helen Ward “Goody Goody” (1936)
107. The Ames Brothers “You, You, You” (1953)
108. Benny Goodman with Ella Fitzgerald “Goodnight My Love” (1937)
109. Glenn Miller with Ray Eberle “Wishing Will Make It So” (1939)
110. Glenn Miller with Ray Eberle “Stairway to the Stars” (1939)
111. Sammy Kaye with Tommy Ryan “Love Walked In” (1938)
112. Bing Crosby “I’ve Got a Pocketful of Dreams” (1938)
113. Red Norvo with Mildred Bailey “Says My Heart” (1938)
114. Glenn Miller with Ray Eberle “Moon Love” (1939)
115. Bob Crosby with Kay Weber “Whispers in the Dark” (1937)
116. Frank Sinatra “They Say It’s Wonderful” (1946)
117. Vaughn Monroe “There I Go” (1940)
118. Tony Martin “Tonight We Love (Concerto No. 1, B Flat Minor)” (1941)
119. Vaughn Monroe “My Devotion” (1942)
120. Kay Kyser with Harry Babbitt “He Wears a Pair of Silver Wings” (1942)
121. Guy & Carmen Lombardo “Lost” (1936)

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  • Your Hit Parade (database of every song to hit the chart from 1935-55. Includes peak position, weeks at #1, and weeks total on the chart.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

“Give My Regards to Broadway” goes to #1: July 15, 1905

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Billy Murray “Give My Regards to Broadway”

Writer(s): George M. Cohan (see lyrics here)

First charted: 6/17/1905

Peak: 15 US, -- UK (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, -- world (includes US and UK)

Radio Airplay (in millions): -- Video Airplay (in millions): --

Review: George M. Cohan “virtually invented musical comedy” LW-16 by pioneering the idea that a show could maintain “a proper narrative structure interspersed with songs.” LW-16 Cohan was an untrained musician who “professed to write only simple songs with simple harmonies and limited ranges” PS “and a melody line that rarely exceeded four beats.” LW-16 His brilliance was in making them attractive and memorable.” LW-16

He was “the dominant force on Broadway during its heyday,” LW-16 predating future musical theatre greats like Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, and Richard Rodgers. “His best work, like Irving Berlin’s, synthesized the idea of American-ness, useful in a country of so many young immigrants.” LW-16

In 1904, he wrote, composed, produced, acted, and danced in his first Broadway musical, Little Johnny Jones, inspired by real-life jockey Tod Sloan. In addition to “Yankee Doodle Boy”, the show featured “Give My Regards to Broadway”. The song “could only have been sung by an opinionated, cocky young man with a very high opinion of his own worth.” LW-16 Cohan was a natural.

With “music and melody [that] seem to fit any era and transcend fads and styles” PS “Regards” is “arguably…the most memorable and greatest hit from the 1900 – 1910 decade.” PS It has proved to be “one of those enduring favorites that never gets old or outdated.” PS Billy Murray and S.H. Dudley both charted with the song in 1905, taking it to #1 and 4 respectively. Eddie Buzzell sang the song in its first screen appearance for the 1929 film version of Little Johnny Jones. It was also used in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1941), Give My Regards to Broadway (1948), Jolson Sings Again (1948) and With a Song in My Heart (1952). The 1968 play George M! featured Joel Grey singing it in his portrayal of Cohan.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sophie Tucker charted for the first time with “Some of These Days”: July 8, 1911

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Sophie Tucker “Some of These Days”

Writer(s): Shelton Brooks (see lyrics here)

First charted: 7/8/1911

Peak: 2 US (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 1.0 (sheet music) US

Radio Airplay (in millions): -- Video Airplay (in millions): --

Review: This has been called “the most important turning point in Tin Pan Alley history” because it was completely different than other popular music of the day. RCG Canadian songwriter Shelton Brooks originally composed this blues number as a waltz, but integrated jazz into the song’s loose structure. As such, jazz musicians had a wide-open pallet on which to improvise. RCG

The song served as a signature for Sophie Tucker, a vaudeville singer and comedienne known as “The Last of the Red-Hot Mamas.” Born Sonia Kalish in Russia in 1884, she got started as a singing waitress at her father’s Connecticut restaurant and became a star on Broadway, in movies, with her own radio show, and via TV appearances as part of her nearly fifty-year recording career. SS

She introduced “Days” in 1910 at Chicago’s White City Park. It became her lifelong theme song, PM showcasing “emotional poser that matched her volume and visceral stage presence.” SS Tucker had chart success with “Some of These Days” twice. Her 1911 version hit #2 and then in 1927, her rerecorded version with Ted Lewis & His Band went to the top of the charts and became a million seller. PM

Three other acts charted with the song – the American Quartet (#3 – 1911), the Original Dixieland Jazz Band (#5 – 1923), and Bing Crosby (#16 – 1932). PM Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Bobby Darin, Judy Garland, and Paul Whiteman are among the others to record the song. It has also been performed in numerous movies and Broadway revues. RCG

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

American Quartet's "Casey Jones" hit #1 for the first of 11 weeks: July 2, 1910

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American Quartet with Billy Murray “Casey Jones”

Writer(s): Wallace Saunders/ T. Lawrence Seibert/ Eddie Newton (see lyrics here)

First charted: 6/18/1910

Peak: 111 US (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 2.0 US

Radio Airplay (in millions): -- Video Airplay (in millions): --

Review: Folk ballads about railroad tragedies became their own musical genre in the five centuries following the Civil War. With more than 40 versions, the song “Casey Jones” came to make its subject matter a mythological figure on par with Pecos Bill or Paul Bunyan. SS It has been called “the most notable railroad song ever” JA and, according to Pulitzer-prize-winning poet Carl Sandburg, “the greatest ballad ever composed on the North American continent.” SS

John Luther “Casey” Jones ran the Illinois “Cannon Ball Express.” His promptness was so well known that some folks set their watches by his runs. Of course, his obsession with being on time had also got him cited for numerous infractions – and was likely a factor in his fateful final run. SS On April 30, 1900, Jones was at the helm when “Old No. 3” left Memphis en route to Canton, Mississippi. Despite signs warning trains to slow down, Jones was going full speed when they pulled into Vaughn, Mississippi, and realized there were still cars on the main track. Not able to stop in time, Jones pushed a brakeman out of the cab and to safety. Then he grabbed the brakes with all his might to try to avert disaster. He couldn’t safe himself, but he spared the lives of many of the passengers.

Railroader Wallace Saunders, who knew Casey, adapted a song called “Jimmie Jones” about another railroad accident. SS Vaudeville performer Tallifero Lawrence Seibert heard the song, which had been popularized on the vaudeville circuit by the Leighton Brothers, and wrote a sketch into his act about Jones. When Seibert met Eddie Walter Newton, a ragtime piano player, the two streamlined the lyrics, reset the song in the Far West, and added a catchier rhythm. SS They published it and gained all rights to the sheet music.

With fifteen #1 songs already to his name, Billy Murray was already a superstar when he joined the American Quartet. However, it was their recording of “Casey Jones” that became the biggest of Murray’s career. It was also the biggest hit of 1910 WHC and, if the likely-inflated figure of two million sales is to be believed, the biggest American seller up to that point, passing Murray’s own “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” SS

Resources and Related Links:

  • American Quartet’s DMDB Encyclopedia entry
  • Billy Murray’s DMDB Encyclopedia entry
  • JA Jasen, David A. (2002). A Century of American Popular Music: 2000 Best-Loved and Rememberd Songs (1899-1999). Routledge: Taylor & Francis, Inc. Page 33.
  • SS Sullivan, Steve. (2013). Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes I & II). Scarecrow Press: Lanham, Maryland. Page 7.
  • WHC Whitburn, Joel. (1999). A Century of Pop Music. Record Research, Inc.: Menomonee Falls, WI. Page 21.
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