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Friday, August 1, 2014

Variety Magazine: Golden 100 Songs

Originally posted 8/1/14.

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Variety Magazine came up with a listing of what it called the “Golden 100.” The songs were listed in alphabetical order by title and no specific artist was noted. For this DMDB version of the list, the artist with the highest-ranked version of each song is noted and the songs have been ranked in order by their DMDB rating. There’s no indication when this list was done, but it covers songs from 1906-1959.

1. White Christmas… Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers (1942)
2. Over the Rainbow… Judy Garland (1939)
3. Alexander’s Ragtime Band…Arthur Collins with Byron Harlan (1911)
4. Night and Day…Fred Astaire with Leo Reisman’s Orchestra (1932)
5. My Blue Heaven…Gene Austin (1927)
6. Star Dust…Artie Shaw (1941)
7. Begin the Beguine…Artie Shaw (1938)
8. April Showers…Al Jolson (1922)
9. St. Louis Blues…Bessie Smith with Louis Armstrong (1925)
10. Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin’ All the Time)…Ethel Waters (1933)

11. Swanee…Al Jolson (1920)
12. As Time Goes By…Dooley Wilson (1943)
13. Let Me Call You Sweetheart…Peerless Quartet (1911)
14. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer…Gene Autry with the Pinafores (1949)
15. Body and Soul…Coleman Hawkins (1940)
16. Pennies from Heaven…Bing Crosby with George Stoll’s Orchestra (1936)
17. Take Me Out to the Ball Game…Billy Murray with the Haydn Quartet (1908)
18. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes…Paul Whiteman with Bob Lawrence (1933)
19. Peg O’ My Heart…The Harmonicats (1947)
20. All the Things You Are…Tommy Dorsey with Jack Leonard (1939)

21. School Days (When We Were a Couple of Kids)…Byron Harlan (1907)
22. You Made Me Love You, I Didn’t Want to Do It…Al Jolson (1913)
23. Tiger Rag…Original Dixieland Jazz Band (1918)
24. Ol’ Man River…Paul Robeson (1928)
25. Happy Days Are Here Again…Ben Selvin (1930)
26. I’ll Be Seeing You…Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter’s Orchestra (1944)
27. After You’ve Gone…Marion Harris (1919)
28. How High the Moon…Les Paul with Mary Ford (1951)
29. God Bless America…Kate Smith (1939)
30. Shine on, Harvest Moon…Harry MacDonough with Elise Stevenson (as Miss Walton) (1909)

31. Some of These Days…Sophie Tucker (1911)
32. Tea for Two…Marion Harris (1925)
33. The Man I Love...Marion Harris (1928)
34. For Me and My Gal…Judy Garland with Gene Kelly (1942)
35. Summertime…Billie Holiday (1936)
36. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love…Cliff Edwards (1928)
37. Always…George Olsen with Fran Frey, Bob Rice, & Edward Joyce (1926)
38. Waiting for the Robert E. Lee…Heidelberg Quintet (1912)
39. Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie…Byron Harlan (1906)
40. April in Paris…Count Basie (1956)

41. Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol’ Me…Woody Herman (1941)
42. Heartaches…Ted Weems with Elmo Tanner (1947)
43. I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now…Henry Burr (1909)
44. Darktown Strutters’ Ball…Arthur Collins with Byron Harlan (1918)
45. Blue Moon…Glen Gray with Kenny Sargent (1935)
46. I Got Rhythm…Red Nichols (1930)
47. Tenderly…Rosemary Clooney (1952)
48. Some Enchanted Evening…Perry Como (1949)
49. I’m in the Mood for Love…Little Jack Little (1935)
50. September Song…Walter Huston (1939)

51. On the Sunny Side of the Street…Ted Lewis (1930)
52. That Old Black Magic…Glenn Miller with Skip Nelson (1943)
53. My Melancholy Baby…Gene Austin (1928)
54. I’ve Got You Nder My Skin…Ray Noble (1936)
55. Love Me Or Leave Me…Ruth Etting (1929)
56. Dinah…Bing Crosby with the Mills Brothers (1932)
57. Lover…Paul Whiteman with Jack Fulton (1933)
58. Goodnight Sweetheart…Wayne King with Ernie Birchill (1931)
59. Poor Butterfly…The Victory Military Band (1917)
60. Ballin’ the Jack…Prince’s Orchestra (1914)

61. What a Diff’rence a Day Makes…Dinah Washington (1959)
62. A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody…John Steel (1919)
63. Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered…Bill Snyder (1950)
64. Dancing in the Dark…Artie Shaw (1941)
65. Somebody Loves Me…Paul Whiteman (1924)
66. The Birth of the Blues…Paul Whiteman with Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, & Austin Young (1926)
67. It Might As Well Be Spring…Dick Haymes (1945)
68. These Foolish Things Remind Me of You…Benny Goodman with Helen Ward (1936)
69. Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life…Fred & Tom Waring (1928)
70. What Is This Thing Called Love?...Leo Reisman (1930)

71. All Alone…Al Jolson (1925)
72. Who?...George Olsen (1926)
73. I Get a Kick Out of You…Ethel Merman (1935)
74. How Deep Is the Ocean?...Guy & Carmen Lombardo (1932)
75. Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town)…Ben Selvin (1922)
76. I’ll See You in My Dreams…Isham Jones with Ray Miller & Frank Bessinger (1925)
77. Marie…Tommy Dorsey with Jack Leonard (1937)
78. Sweet Sue, Just You…Ben Pollack with Franklyn Baur (1928)
79. Lover Come Back to Me…Paul Whiteman with Jack Fulton (1929)
80. Exactly Like You…Ruth Etting (1930)

81. Just One of Those Things…Richard Himber with Stuart Allen (1935)
82. La Vie En Rose…Edith Piaf (1950)
83. You’ll Never Walk Alone…Frank Sinatra (1945)
84. My Funny Valentine…Hal McIntyre (1945)
85. Come Rain or Come Shine…Margaret Whiting (1946)
86. Easter Parade…Leo Reisman with Clifton Webb (1933)
87. Sometimes I’m Happy…Roger Wolfe Kahn (1927)
88. You Go to My Head…Larry Clinton with Bea Wain (1938)
89. My Heart Stood Still…Paul Whiteman with Al Rinker, Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, & Austin Young (1928)
90. I’ve Got the World on a String…Cab Calloway (1932)

91. I Believe…Frankie Laine (1953)
92. Without a Song…Paul Whiteman with Bing Crosby (1929)
93. Great Day…Paul Whiteman with Bing Crosby (1929)
94. With a Song in My Heart…Leo Reisman with Ran Weeks (1929)
95. The Nearness of You..Glenn Miller (1940)
96. S’ Wonderful…Sarah Vaughn (1927)
97. I Could Have Danced All Night…Julie Andrews (1956)
98. Kiss Me Again…Olive Kline (1916)
99. Get Happy…Nat Shilkret with Phil Dewey, Frank Luter, & Leo O’Rourke (1930)
100. Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart…Judy Garland (1943)


Resources and Related Links:
  • Mattfeld, Julius (1971). Variety Music Cavalcade. Prentice-Hall, Inc: Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

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