Friday, July 27, 2018

Top 100 Songs from 1900-1909

First posted on DMDB Facebook page on 4/4/2012, updated 7/27/2018.

These are the top 100 songs from the first decade (1900-1909) of the 20th century 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. You’re a Grand Old Flag (aka “The Grand Old Rag”)…Billy Murray (1906) DM, VF, PCM, SS, JW
2. Sweet Adeline (You’re the Flower of My Heart)…Haydn Quartet (1904) DM, VF, SS, JW
3. Take Me Out to the Ball Game…Haydn Quartet (1908) AG, DM, PCM, SS, JW
4. Give My Regards to Broadway…Billy Murray (1905) AG, DM, TS
5. Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis…Billy Murray (1904) PCM
6. In the Good Old Summertime…Haydn Quartet (1903) AG, DM, SS, TS, JW
7. Shine on, Harvest Moon…Harry MacDonough with Miss Walton (1909) DM, SS
8. Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home…Arthur Collins (1902) DM, SS
9. School Days (When We Were a Couple of Kids)…Byron Harlan (1907) AG, DM, EG, VF, JW
10. Yankee Doodle Boy…Billy Murray (1905) PCM, SS

11. My Gal Sal…Byron Harlan (1907)
12. Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie…Byron Harlan (1906)
13. I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now…Henry Burr (1909)
14. Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet…Haydn Quartet (1909) VF, PCM, JW
15. In My Merry Oldsmobile…Billy Murray (1905) AG
16. The Glow-Worm…Victor Orchestra (1908)
17. In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree…Henry Burr (1905) EG
18. Harrigan…Billy Murray (1907) PCM
19. Auld Lang Syne…Frank Stanley (1907) AG, TS
20. The Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)…Vess Ossman (1900) DM

21. The Preacher and the Bear…Arthur Collins (1905) VF,JW
22. A Bird in a Gilded Cage…Steve Porter (1900)
23. Nobody…Bert Williams (1906) TS
24. On a Sunday Afternoon…J.W. Myers (1902) EG
25. Bedelia…Haydn Quartet (1904)
26. Hello Central, Give Me Heaven…Byron Harlan (1901) DM
27. Listen to the Mocking Bird…Frank Stanley & Corrine Morgan (1904)
28. Hiawatha (His Song to Minnehaha)…Harry MacDonough (1903) AG
29. Tell Me, Pretty Maiden…Harry MacDonough with Grace Spencer (1901) VF, TS, JW
30. When You Were Sweet Sixteen…George J. Gaskin (1900) EG, VF, JW

31. Toyland…Haydn Quartet with Corrine Morgan (1904)
32. Maple Leaf Rag…U.S. Marine Band (1907) SS
33. Arkansaw Traveler…Len Spencer (1902) VF,JW
34. Under the Bamboo Tree…Arthur Collins (1902)
35. Love Me and the World Is Mine…Henry Burr (1906) EG
36. Pagliacci, Act I: Vesti La Giubba (On with the Play) (LEONCAVALLO)…Enrico Caruso (1907)
37. Cuddle Up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine…Billy Murray & Ada Jones (1908)
38. Blue Bell…Byron Harlan with Frank Stanley (1904) EG
39. Down Where the Wurzburger Flows…Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan (1903)
40. Silver Threads Among the Gold…Richard Jose (1904)

41. Sunbonnet Sue…Haydn Quartet (1908) EG
42. Mighty Like a Rose (aka “Mighty Lak a Rose”)…George Alexander (1903)
43. Navajo…Billy Murray (1904)
44. The Mansion of Aching Hearts…Harry MacDonough (1902)
45. I’ve Got Rings on My Fingers…Ada Jones (1909)
46. My Wild Irish Rose…Haydn Quartet with Harry MacDonough (1907)
47. I Love a Lassie (My Scotch Bluebell)…Harry Lauder (1907)
48. Come Down, Ma Evening Star…Mina Hickman (1903)
49. In the Sweet Bye and Bye…Harry MacDonough with John Bieling (1903)
50. Goodbye, Dolly Gray…Big Four Quartet (1901) EG

51. Ma Blushin’ Rosie…Albert Campbell (1900)
52. Come Take a Trip in My Air-Ship…Billy Murray (1905)
53. Everybody Works But Father…Billy Murray (1905)
54. Good Morning, Carrie…Bert Williams with George Walker (1902)
55. Dear Old Girl…J.W. Myers (1903)
56. Ma Tiger Lily…Arthur Collins (1900) TS
57. As Long As the World Rolls On…Alan Turner (1908) VF
58. How’d You Like to Spoon with Me?...Corrine Morgan with the Haydn Quartet (1906)
59. The Right Church But the Wrong Pew…Arthur Collins with Byron Harlan (1909)
60. Waiting at the Church (My Wife Won’t Let Me)…Ada Jones (1906)

61. Are You Sincere?...Elise Stevenson (1908)
62. The Yama Yama Man…Ada Jones with the Victor Light Orchestra Co. (1909)
63. The Good Old U.S.A….Byron Harlan (1906)
64. The Rosary…William H. Thompson (1902)
65. Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder…Harry MacDonough (1901)
66. Red Wing (An Indian Fable)…Frank Stanley with Henry Burr (1907)
67. A Coon Band Contest…Vess Ossman (1900) SS
68. So Long, Mary…Corrine Morgan (1906)
69. Any Old Place I Hang My Hat Is “Home Sweet Home”…Will Denny (1901)
70. Under the Anhauser Bush…Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan (1904)

71. Any Rags?...Arthur Collins (1903)
72. Anchors Aweigh…U.S. Naval Academy Band (1906)
73. The Entertainer…Scott Joplin (1902) AG
74. Let’s Take an Old-Fashioned Walk…Ada Jones with Billy Murray (1907)
75. I Can’t Tell You Why I Love You But I Do…Harry MacDonough (1900)
76. Always in the Way…Byron Harlan (1903) EG
77. When Chloe Sings a Song…George J. Gaskin (1900)
78. Where the Morning Glories Twine Around the Door…Byron Harlan (1905)
79. Good Evening, Caroline…Frank Stanley with Elise Stevenson (1909)
80. He’s a Cousin of Mine…Bert Williams (1907)

81. Alexander (Don’t You Love Your Baby No More?)…Billy Murray (1904)
82. Hurrah for Baffin’s Bay…Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan (1903)
83. Will You Love Me in December As You Do in May?...Haydn Quartet (1906)
84. Goodbye, Eliza Jane…Arthur Collins (1903)
85. I Just Can’t Make My Eyes Behave…Ada Jones (1903)
86. Teasing (I Was Only Teasing You)…Billy Murray (1904)
87. Way Down in Old Indiana…J.W. Myers (1902)
88. Honey Boy…Columbia Male Quartet (1907)
89. The Tale of a Bumble Bee…Harry MacDonough (1901)
90. Forty-Five Minutes from Broadway…Billy Murray (1906)

91. To the End of the World with You…Henry Burr (1909)
92. Dearie…Corrine Morgan with the Haydn Quartet (1905)
93. Mandy Lee…Arthur Collins (1900)
94. Waltz Me Around Again Willie (‘Round, ‘Round, ‘Round)…Billy Murray with the Haydn Quartet (1906)
95. Keep on the Sunny Side…Byron Harlan (1906)
96. When the Harvest Days Are Over, Jessie, Dear…Harry MacDonough (1901)
97. American Patrol…John Philip Sousa’s Band (1901)
98. Camp Meetin’ Time…Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan (1906)
99. No Wedding Bells for Me…Billy Murray (1907)
100. Grandfather’s Clock…Haydn Quartet (1905)

Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • Because…Evan Williams (1910) PCM
  • The Beer That Made Milwaukee Famous (1903) PCM
  • Creole Bells…Columbia Orchestra (1901) SS
  • Flight of the Bumblebee (1900) AG
  • Give Us Just Another Lincoln (1900) PCM
  • In the Good Old Summer Time…J.W. Myers (1902) VF
  • No News, or What Killed the Dog…Nat Wills (1908) TS
  • Pomp and Circumstance (1902) PCM
  • Stars and Stripes Forever…Sousa’s Band (1901) TS
  • Uncle Josh and the Insurance Company…Cal Stewart (1904) TS
  • Yale Boola! (March and Two Step) (1901) PCM

Key to the Codes: Click here for a full list of all year-end song awards.


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