Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Top 100 Songs from 1920-1929

First posted 4/4/2012; last updated 3/25/2020.

Top 100 Songs of the Decade:

1920-1929

These are the top 100 songs from the 1920s according to Dave’s Music Database. Rankings are figured by combining sales figures, chart data, radio airplay, video airplay, streaming figures, awards, and appearances on best-of lists.

1. Swanee...Al Jolson (1920)
2. My Blue Heaven...Gene Austin (1927)
3. Whispering...Paul Whiteman (1920)
4. April Showers...Al Jolson (1922)
5. St. Louis Blues...Bessie Smith with Louis Armstrong (1925)
6. It Had to Be You...Isham Jones (1924)
7. The Prisoner’s Song...Vernon Dalhart (1925)
8. Dardanella...Ben Selvin (1920)
9. Tea for Two…Marion Harris (1925)
10. Ol’ Man River...Paul Whiteman with Bing Crosby (1928)

11. Ain’t Misbehavin’...Thomas “Fats” Waller (1929)
12. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love...Cliff Edwards (1928)
13. Always...George Olsen with Fran Frey, Bob Rice & Edward Joyce (1926)
14. Sonny Boy...Al Jolson (1928)
15. Blue Skies...Ben Selvin (1927)
16. Ain’t We Got Fun?...Van & Schenck (1921)
17. Someone to Watch Over Me...Gertrude Lawrence (1927)
18. Three O’Clock in the Morning...Paul Whiteman (1922)
19. Sweet Georgia Brown...Ben Bernie (1925)
20. Tip-Toe Thru the Tulips with Me...Nick Lucas (1929)

21. Rhapsody in Blue...Paul Whiteman with George Gershwin (1924)
22. Carolina in the Morning...Van & Schenck (1923)
23. My Melancholy Baby... Gene Austin (1928)
24. California, Here I Come...Al Jolson with Isham Jones (1924)
25. Down Hearted Blues...Bessie Smith (1923)
26. Bye Bye, Blackbird...Gene Austin (1926)
27. Yes Sir! That’s My Baby...Gene Austin with Billy Carpenter (1925)
28. The Man I Love...Marion Harris (1928)
29. My Mammy...Paul Whiteman (1921)
30. Singin’ in the Rain…Cliff Edwards (1929)

31. Yes! We Have No Bananas...Billy Jones (1923)
32. If You Knew Susie Like I Know Susie...Eddie Cantor (1925)
33. It Ain’t Gonna Rain No Mo’...Wendall Hall (1924)
34. Valencia (A Song of Spain)...Paul Whiteman with Franklyn Baur (1926)
35. Manhattan...Ben Selvin (1925)
36. What’ll I Do?...Paul Whiteman (1924)
37. Makin’ Whoopee...Eddie Cantor (1929)
38. Margie...Eddie Cantor (1921)
39. The Japanese Sandman...Paul Whiteman (1920)
40. I’ll See You in My Dreams...Isham Jones with Ray Miller & Frank Bessinger (1925)

41. Ain’t She Sweet...Ben Bernie with Scrappy Lambert & Billy Hillpot (1927)
42. Somebody Loves Me...Paul Whiteman (1924)
43. Charleston...Arthur Gibbs & His Gang (1924)
44. My Man (Mon Homme)...Fanny Brice (1922)
45. Ramona...Gene Austin with Nat Shilkret & Viola Klaiss (1928)
46. All Alone...Al Jolson (1925)
47. The Birth of the Blues...Paul Whiteman with Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, & Austin Young (1926)
48. Toot, Toot, Tootsie! (Goo’bye)...Al Jolson (1922)
49. Look for the Silver Lining...Marion Harris (1921)
50. Me and My Shadow...Whisperin’ Jack Smith (1927)

51. Who?...George Olsen (1926)
52. Baby Face...Jan Garber with Benny Davis (1926)
53. Love Me or Leave Me...Ruth Etting (1929)
54. My Buddy...Henry Burr (1922)
55. Wabash Blues...Isham Jones (1921)
56. When My Baby Smiles at Me...Ted Lewis & His Band (1920)
57. Am I Blue?...Ethel Waters (1929)
58. Blue Yodel #1 (T for Texas)...Jimmy Rodgers (1928)
59. The Sheik of Araby...Ray Miller & His Orchestra (1922)
60. All by Myself…Ted Lewis (1921)

61. I’m Sitting on Top of the World...Al Jolson (1926)
62. Wang Wang Blues…Paul Whiteman (1920)
63. Somebody Stole My Gal…Ted Weems (1924)
64. Crazy Blues...Mamie Smith & Her Jazz Hounds (1920)
65. Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town)...Ben Selvin (1922)
66. Mr. Gallagher and Mr. Shean – “Positively, Mr. Gallagher?”...Ed Gallagher & Al Shean (1922)
67. Charmaine!...Guy Lombardo with Weston Vaughan (1927)
68. West End Blues...Louis Armstrong (1928)
69. That Old Gang of Mine…Billy Murray with Ed Smalle (1923)
70. Second Hand Rose…Fanny Brice (1922)

71. I’ll Be with You in Apple Blossom Time...Charles Harrison (1920)
72. Parade of the Wooden Soldiers…Paul Whiteman (1923)
73. Stumbling...Paul Whiteman (1922)
74. Honey…Rudy Vallee (1929)
75. Say It with Music...Paul Whiteman (1921)
76. Carolina Moon…Gene Austin (1929)
77. Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life...Fred Waring with Tom Waring (1928)
78. Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue…Gene Austinwith Nat Shilkret’s Orchestra (1926)
79. Swingin’ Down the Lane…Isham Jones (1923)
80. I’m Just Wild about Harry...Marion Harris (1922)

81. Among My Souvenirs…Paul Whiteman with Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, & Austin Young (1928)
82. When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin’ Along…Al Jolson (1926)
83. Sleepy Time Gal…Ben Bernie with Arthur Fields (1926)
84. The Love Nest...John Steel (1920)
85. Wildwood Flower...The Carter Family (1928)
86. America the Beautiful…Louise Homer (1925)
87. Louise...Maurice Chevalier (1929)
88. I Cried for You…Benny Krueger (1923)
89. Side by Side…Paul Whiteman with the Rhythm Boys (1927)
90. Linger Awhile…Paul Whiteman (1924)

91. Hot Lips (He's Got Hot Lips When He Plays Jazz)…Paul Whiteman (1922)
92. I Wanna Be Loved by You…Helen Kane with Leonard Joy’s Orchestra (1928)
93. I Want to Be Happy…Vincent Lopez (1924)
94. Avalon...Al Jolson (1920)
95. Way Down Yonder in New Orleans…Peerless Quartet (1922)
96. Sweet Sue, Just You...Ben Pollack with Franklyn Baur (1928)
97. Lover, Come Back to Me...Paul Whiteman with Jack Fulton (1929)
98. Oh, Lady Be Good…Paul Whiteman (1925)
99. Everybody Loves My Baby…Aileen Stanley (1925)
100. With a Song in My Heart…Leo Reisman with Ran Weeks (1929)

2 comments:

  1. I'm looking for an old song, think the name is "Beautiful Katie". When our first grandchild was born, my husband started singing "K K Katie, beautiful Katie". Any help?

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    1. My guess is you're referring to "K-K-K-Katy (Stammering Song)," a #3 hit for Billy Murray in 1918. Check it out here: https://youtu.be/SAAkrI-aaOE

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