Wednesday, April 1, 2020

1890-1899: Top 100 Songs

First posted 7/27/2018; last updated 4/1/2020.

Top 100 Songs of the Decade:

1890-1899

These are the songs which essentially kicked off the recorded music era and the debut of charts to track the popularity of songs. Often a song’s popularity in this era had more to do with sheet music than specific recorded performances by individual artists. As such, there are many songs which are repeated here.

Rankings are figured by combining sales figures, chart data, airplay, awards, and appearances on best-of lists.

1. “After the Ball” George J. Gaskin (1893)
2. “The Stars and Stripes Forever” John Philip Sousa (1897)
3. “The Band Played On” Dan Quinn (1895)
4. “Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built for Two)” Dan Quinn (1893)
5. “On the Banks of the Wabash” George J. Gaaskin (1897)
6. “Love’s Old Sweet Song” Thomas Bott (1892)
7. “The Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)” Len Spencer (1892)
8. “Listen to the Mocking Bird (aka ‘The Mocking Bird’)” John Yorke Atlee (1891)
9. “The Sidewalks of New York” Dan Quinn (1895)
10. “Hello Ma Baby” Arthur Collins (1899)

11. “The Laughing Song” George Washington Johnson (1891)
12. “Ta-Ra-Ra Boom-De-Ay” Len Spencer (1892)
13. “My Old Kentucky Home” Edison Male Quartette (1898)
14. “My Old New Hampshire Home” George J. Gaskin (1898)
15. “Turkey in the Straw” Billy Golden (1891)
16. “Oh Promise Me” George J. Gaskin (1893)
17. “A Hot Time in the Old Town” Len Spencer (1897)
18. “Sweet Rosie O’Grady” George J. Gaskin (1897)
19. “I’d Leave My Happy Home for You” Arthur Collins (1899)
20. “Daddy Wouldn’t Buy Me a Bow Wow” Dan Quinn (1892)

21. “Liberty Bell March” U.S. Marine Band (1894)
22. “The Fatal Wedding” George J. Gaskin (1893)
23. “Say Au Revoir, But Not Goodbye” Edward M. Favor (1894)
24. “A Hot Time in the Old Town” Dan Quinn (1896)
25. “El Capitan March” Sousa’s Band (1895)
26. “The Sunshine of Paradise Valley” George J. Gaskin (1896)
27. “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” Jules Levy (1893)
28. “The Washington Post March” U.S. Marine Band (1890)
29. “The Thunderer” U.S. Marine Band (1890)
30. “She Was Bred in Old Kentucky” George J. Gaskin (1898)

31. “Drill, Ye Terriers, Drill” George J. Gaskin (1891)
32. “After the Ball” John Yorke Atlee (1893)
33. “Prelude in C# Minor” Sergei Rachmaninoff (1893)
34. “Throw Him Down, McCloskey” Charles Marsh (1892)
35. “The Whistling Coon” George Washington Johnson (1891)
36. “And Her Golden Hair Was Hanging Down Her Back” Dan Quinn (1894)
37. “On the Banks of the Wabash” Steve Porter (1898)
38. “The Picture Turned to the Wall” Manhansett Quartette (1892)
39. “Michael Casey Taking the Census” Russell Hunting (1892)
40. “The Sidewalks of New York” J.W. Myers (1895)

41. “You’ve Been a Good Old Wagon But You've Done Broke Down” Len Spencer (1896)
42. “Yankee Doodle” Vess Ossman (1894)
43. “Michael Casey at the Telephone” Russell Hunting (1892)
44. “My Mother Was a Lady” Dan Quinn (1897)
45. “Uncle Josh’s Arrival in New York” Cal Stewart (1898)
46. “Sweet Marie” George J. Gaskin (1894)
47. “Goodbye Dolly Gray” J.W. Myers (1897)
48. “Little Lost Child” Dan Quinn (1895)
49. “Little Alabama Coon” Len Spencer (1895)
50. “Break the News to Mother” George J. Gaskin (1898)

51. “In the Baggage Coach Ahead” Dan Quinn (1896)
52. “Sally in Our Alley” Manhansett Quartette (1892)
53. “She May Have Seen Better Days’ George J. Gaskin (1896)
54. “Dem Golden Slippers” Silas Leachman (1894)
55. “My Best Girl’s a New Yorker” Edward M. Favor (1895)
56. “Just Tell Them That You Saw Me” J.W. Myers (1895)
57. “Hello Ma Baby” Len Spencer (1899)
58. “The Washington Post March” Sousa’s Band (1895)
59. “At a Georgia Camp Meeting” Dan Quinn (1898)
60. “Down in Poverty Row” George J. Gaskin (1896)

61. “My Gal Is a High-Born Lady” Len Spencer (1897)
62. “Oh Mr. Johnson, Turn Me Loose” Len Spencer (1897)
63. “King Cotton March” Sousa’s Band (1895)
64. “Pat Kelly As a Police Justice” Dan Kelly (1891)
65. “She Was Happy Till She Met You” Dan Quinn (1898)
66. “Little ‘Liza Loves You” Len Spencer (1891)
67. “Michael Casey As a Physician” Russell Hunting (1891)
68. “There’s a Little Star Shining for You” Dan Quinn (1897)
69. “Two Little Girls in Blue” J.W. Myers (1893)
70. “My Pearl Is a Bowery Girl” Dan Quinn (1894)

71. “The Bowery” Dan Quinn (1893)
72. “On the Beaches in the Park” George J. Gaskin (1896)
73. “Bye Bye My Honey” Billy Golden (1898)
74. “Uncle Josh in Society” Cal Stewart (1899)
75. “The Bully (aka ‘Dat New Bully’)” Len Spencer (1895)
76. “She’s More to Be Pitied Than Censured” Steve Porter (1898)
77. “My Wild Irish Rose” Albert Campbell (1899)
78. “Slide Kelly Slide” George J. Gaskin (1892)
79. “I’m Old But I’m Awfully Tough (Laughing Song)” Cal Stewart (1898)
80. “I Don’t Like No Cheap Man” Len Spencer (1898)

81. “Carry Me Back to Old Virginny” Len Spencer (1893)
82. “Mamie Come and Kiss Your Honey Boy” Len Spencer (1893)
83. “Lindley, Does You Love Me?” Dan Quinn (1894)
84. “We Were Sweethearts, Nell and I” George J. Gaskin (1894)
85. “Casey As Insurance Agent” Russell Hunting (1894)
86. “Casey at Denny Murphy’s Wake” Russell Hunting (1894)
87. “Cocoanut Dance” Vess Ossman (1895)
88. “Hot Time on the Levee” Len Spencer & Vess Ossman (1896)
89. “The Song That Reached My Heart” Joe Natus (1892)
90. “The Sidewalks of New York” George J. Gaskin (1895)

91. “A Hot Time in the Old Town” George J. Gaskin (1897)
92. “Semper Fidelis” U.S. Marine Band (1890)
93. “The Pretty Red Rose” Will Denny (1892)
94. “Near It” Len Spencer (1892)
95. “The Old Oaken Bucket” Manhansett Quartette (1894)
96. “Stay in Your Own Backyard” Louise Dresser (1899)
97. “Home Sweet Home” John Yorke Atlee (1891)
98. “A Bunch of Rags” Vess Ossman (1899)
99. “The Star-Spangled Banner” Gilmore’s Band
100. “Just As the Sun Went Down” Harry MacDonough & John Bieling (1899)

3 comments:

  1. Thank you for using the video I uploaded! Great list!

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  2. Thank you for using my video! This was an excellent list.

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