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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:

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