Saturday, April 11, 2020

Standards of the American Songbook: Top 100

First posted 4/11/2020.

American Songbook Standards:

Top 100 Songs

Songs which have become known as standards or those comprising the great American songbook are generally popular songs from the early 20th century. These are songs from an era when songwriters were more at the forefront, penning songs for theater and film that were often recorded by multiple artists and spawned multiple chart versions.

This list has been created by aggregating multiple lists (see sources at the bottom of the page) which focused on 20th century song titles not recorded by any specific artist. Songs are ranked by their number of list appearances with ties being broken by overall points those songs amassed on those lists. Here are the top 100 songs listed with their songwriters:

  1. Stardust” by Hoagy Carmichael and Mitchell Parish
  2. Alexander’s Ragtime Band” by Irving Berlin
  3. Night and Day” by Cole Porter
  4. St. Louis Blues” by W.C. Handy
  5. White Christmas” by Irving Berlin
  6. All the Things You Are” by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II
  7. I Got Rhythm” by George and Ira Gershwin
  8. Over the Rainbow” by Harold Arlen and E.Y. “Yip” Harburg
  9. Begin the Beguine” by Cole Porter
  10. Tea for Two” by Vincent Youmans and Irving Caesar

  11. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields
  12. My Melancholy Baby” by Ernie Burnett and George A. Norton
  13. On the Sunny Side of the Street” by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields
  14. “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” by Cole Porter
  15. As Time Goes By” by Herman Hupfield
  16. Blue Moon” by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
  17. Ain’t Misbehavin’” by Fats Waller
  18. Ol’ Man River” by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II
  19. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” by Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach
  20. Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time)” by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler

  21. Darktown Strutters’ Ball” by Shelton Brooks
  22. Body and Soul” by Johnny Green, Eddie Heyman, Robert Sour, and Frank Eyton
  23. Blue Skies” by Irving Berlin
  24. “April in Paris” by Vernon Duke and E.Y. “Yip” Harburg
  25. Always” by Irving Berlin
  26. You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It)” by Jimmy Monaco and Joseph McCarthy
  27. Someone to Watch Over Me” by George & Ira Gershwin
  28. The Way You Look Tonight” by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields
  29. Swanee” by George Gershwin and Irving Caesar
  30. “I Only Have Eyes for You” by Harry Warren and Al Dubin

  31. My Blue Heaven” by Walter Donaldson and George A. Whiting
  32. Give My Regards to Broadway” by George M. Cohan
  33. It Had to Be You” by Isham Jones and Gus Kahn
  34. Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home” by Hughie Cannon and Johnnie Queen
  35. After You’ve Gone” by Turner Layton and Henry Creamer
  36. Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol’ Me)” by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer
  37. I’m in the Mood for Love” by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields
  38. Ain’t We Got Fun?” by Gus Kahn, Raymond B. Egan, and Richard Whiting
  39. Cheek to Cheek” by Irving Berlin
  40. For Me and My Gal” by George Meyer, Edgar Leslie, and E. Ray Goetz

  41. Carolina in the Morning” by Gus Kahn and Walter Donaldson
  42. “Danny Boy” – traditional, adapted by Fred Weatherly
  43. Mood Indigo” by Duke Ellington
  44. “September Song” by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson
  45. Over There” by George M. Cohan
  46. God Bless America” by Irving Berlin
  47. The Man I Love” by George & Ira Gershwin
  48. “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” by George & Ira Gershwin
  49. “Lover” by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
  50. “Sophisticated Lady” by Duke Ellington, Mitchell Parish, and Irving Mills

  51. Peg O’ My Heart” by Alfred Bryan and Fred Fisher
  52. The Christmas Song” by Mel TormĂ© and Robert Wells
  53. Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” by Jay Gorney and E.Y. “Yip” Harburg
  54. How High the Moon” by Morgan Lewis and Nancy Hamilton
  55. Georgia on My Mind” by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell
  56. April Showers” by Buddy DeSylva and Louis Silvers
  57. “Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town)” by Fred Fisher
  58. Sweet Adeline (You’re the Flower of My Heart)” by Richard H. Gerard and Harry Armstrong
  59. Let Me Call You Sweetheart” by Leo Friedman and Beth Slater Whitson
  60. Moonlight Bay” by Edward Madden and Percy Wenrich

  61. Take Me Out to the Ball Game” by Jack Norworth and Albert von Tilzer
  62. Summertime” by George & Ira Gershwin
  63. Some of These Days” by Shelton Brooks
  64. “That Old Black Magic” by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer
  65. “Tenderly” by Walter Gross and Jack Lawrence
  66. “My Funny Valentine” by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
  67. ““I Can’t Get Started”” by Vernon Duke and Ira Gershwin
  68. “Manhattan” by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
  69. They Didn't Believe Me” by Jerome Kern and P.G. Wodehouse
  70. “What Is This Thing Called Love?” by Cole Porter

  71. “Just One of Those Things” by Cole Porter
  72. “Honeysuckle Rose” by Fats Waller
  73. Happy Days Are Here Again” by Milton Ager and Jack Yellen
  74. “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
  75. “Embraceable You” by George & Ira Gershwin
  76. “Dinah” by Harry Akst, Sam M. Lewis, and Joe Young
  77. “Dancing in the Dark” by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz
  78. “How Deep Is the Ocean?” by Irving Berlin
  79. Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis” by Arthur B Sterling and Kerry Mills
  80. Mack the Knife” by Kurt Weill, Mark Blitzstein, and Berthold Brecht

  81. You’re a Grand Old Flag (aka “The Grand Old Rag”)” by George M. Cohan
  82. In the Good Old Summertime” by Ren Shields and George Evans
  83. Shine on, Harvest Moon” by Jack Norworth and Nora Bayes
  84. “In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree” by Harry H. Williams and Egbert Van Alstyne
  85. “Oh You Beautiful Doll” by Nat D. Ayer and Seymour Brown
  86. I’ll Be Seeing You” by Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal
  87. Till We Meet Again” by Richard A. Whiting and Raymond B. Egan
  88. “Singin’ in the Rain” by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed
  89. “Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning” by Irving Berlin
  90. Whispering” by John Schonberger, Richard Coburn, and Vincent Rose

  91. “Love Me or Leave Me” by Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn
  92. “The Sheik of Araby” by Ted Snyder, Harry B. Smith, and Francis Wheeler
  93. By the Light of the Silvery Moon” by Edward Madden and Gus Edwards
  94. “The Japanese Sandman” by Richard Whiting
  95. “Ballin’ the Jack” by James Henry Burris and Chris Smith
  96. “My Buddy” by Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn
  97. “The Aba Daba Honeymoon” by Walter Donaldson and Arthur Fields
  98. “42nd Street” by Harry Warren and Al Dubin
  99. Dardanella” by Johnny S. Black, Felix Bernard, and Fred Fisher
  100. “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive” by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer

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