Friday, July 27, 2018

Top 100 Songs from 1920-1929

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

These are the top 100 songs from 1920-1929 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. My Blue Heaven...Gene Austin (1927) AG, DM, VF, SS, JW
2. Swanee...Al Jolson (1920) AG, PCM
3. St. Louis Blues...Bessie Smith with Louis Armstrong (1925) DM, SS
4. Whispering...Paul Whiteman (1920) DM, EG, VF, SS, TS
5. April Showers...Al Jolson (1922) AG, DM, VF, PCM, SS, JW
6. Ol’ Man River...Paul Whiteman with Bing Crosby (1928) DM, SS
7. Ain’t Misbehavin’...Thomas “Fats” Waller (1929) DM, SS
8. Tea for Two…Marion Harris (1925)
9. It Had to Be You...Isham Jones (1924) DM, JW
10. Dardanella...Ben Selvin (1920) JW

11. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love...Cliff Edwards (1928)
12. The Prisoner’s Song...Vernon Dalhart (1925) JW
13. Always...George Olsen with Fran Frey, Bob Rice & Edward Joyce (1926) DM, EG
14. Someone to Watch Over Me...Gertrude Lawrence (1927)
15. Blue Skies...Ben Selvin (1927)
16. Ain’t We Got Fun?...Van & Schenck (1921) AG, DM
17. Sonny Boy...Al Jolson (1928) VF, JW
18. Carolina in the Morning...Van & Schenck (1923) DM
19. My Melancholy Baby... Gene Austin (1928)
20. The Man I Love...Marion Harris (1928)

21. Rhapsody in Blue...Paul Whiteman with George Gershwin (1924) SS
22. Sweet Georgia Brown...Ben Bernie (1925) PCM, TS
23. Three O’Clock in the Morning...Paul Whiteman (1922) EG
24. California, Here I Come...Al Jolson with Isham Jones (1924) AG, PCM, TS
25. Yes! We Have No Bananas...Billy Jones (1923)
26. Makin’ Whoopee...Eddie Cantor (1929) TS
27. Singin’ in the Rain…Cliff Edwards (1929) AG
28. Blue Yodel #1 (T for Texas)...Jimmy Rodgers (1928)
29. Bye Bye, Blackbird...Gene Austin (1926)
30. Tip-Toe Thru the Tulips with Me...Nick Lucas (1929) VF, JW

31. Manhattan...Ben Selvin (1925)
32. Love Me or Leave Me...Ruth Etting (1929)
33. Yes Sir! That’s My Baby...Gene Austin with Billy Carpenter (1925) VF
34. Charleston...Arthur Gibbs & His Gang (1924)
35. My Mammy...Paul Whiteman (1921)
36. If You Knew Susie Like I Know Susie...Eddie Cantor (1925)
37. The Japanese Sandman...Paul Whiteman (1920)
38. Down Hearted Blues...Bessie Smith (1923) AG, SS, TS
39. What’ll I Do?...Paul Whiteman (1924) EG
40. Valencia (A Song of Spain)...Paul Whiteman with Franklyn Baur (1926) VF, JW

41. It Ain’t Gonna Rain No Mo’...Wendall Hall (1924) VF
42. Margie...Eddie Cantor (1921)
43. West End Blues...Louis Armstrong (1928) TS
44. My Buddy...Henry Burr (1922)
45. Somebody Loves Me...Paul Whiteman (1924)
46. Look for the Silver Lining...Marion Harris (1921)
47. I’ll See You in My Dreams...Isham Jones with Ray Miller & Frank Bessinger (1925)
48. Am I Blue?...Ethel Waters (1929)
49. The Sheik of Araby...Ray Miller & His Orchestra (1922)
50. The Birth of the Blues...Paul Whiteman with Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, & Austin Young (1926)

51. Me and My Shadow...Whisperin’ Jack Smith (1927)
52. Toot, Toot, Tootsie! (Goo’bye)...Al Jolson (1922)
53. Ain’t She Sweet...Ben Bernie with Scrappy Lambert & Billy Hillpot (1927)
54. Wildwood Flower...The Carter Family (1928)
55. Ramona...Gene Austin with Nat Shilkret & Viola Klaiss (1928) EG
56. I’ll Be with You in Apple Blossom Time...Charles Harrison (1920)
57. All Alone...Al Jolson (1925) EG
58. Baby Face...Jan Garber with Benny Davis (1926)
59. Second Hand Rose…Fanny Brice (1922)
60. I’m Sitting on Top of the World...Al Jolson (1926)

61. I’m Just Wild about Harry...Marion Harris (1922)
62. Crazy Blues...Mamie Smith & Her Jazz Hounds (1920)
63. Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life...Fred Waring with Tom Waring (1928)
64. Who?...George Olsen (1926)
65. Wabash Blues...Isham Jones (1921) VF
66. Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town)...Ben Selvin (1922)
67. Louise...Maurice Chevalier (1929)
68. I Cried for You…Benny Krueger (1923)
69. All by Myself…Ted Lewis (1921) EG
70. Somebody Stole My Gal…Ted Weems (1924)

71. When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin’ Along…Al Jolson (1926) AG, TS
72. Way Down Yonder in New Orleans…Peerless Quartet (1922)
73. Avalon...Al Jolson (1920)
74. When My Baby Smiles at Me...Ted Lewis & His Band (1920)
75. Sweet Sue, Just You...Ben Pollack with Franklyn Baur (1928)
76. America the Beautiful…Louise Homer (1925)
77. Lover, Come Back to Me...Paul Whiteman with Jack Fulton (1929)
78. Side by Side…Paul Whiteman with the Rhythm Boys (1927)
79. Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie…Clarence “Pinetop” Smith (1929)
80. Oh, Lady Be Good…Paul Whiteman (1925)

81. Everybody Loves My Baby…Aileen Stanley (1925)
82. My Man (Mon Homme)...Fanny Brice (1922)
83. Wang-Wang Blues...Paul Whiteman (1920) JW
84. Mr. Gallagher and Mr. Shean – “Positively, Mr. Gallagher?”...Ed Gallagher & Al Shean (1922)
85. With a Song in My Heart…Leo Reisman with Ran Weeks (1929)
86. The Best Things in Life Are Free…George Olsen with Bob Borger (1927)
87. I Want to Be Happy…Vincent Lopez (1924)
88. Charmaine!...Guy Lombardo with Weston Vaughan (1927) EG
89. The Love Nest...John Steel (1920)
90. That Old Gang of Mine…Billy Murray with Ed Smalle (1923) EG

91. Among My Souvenirs…Paul Whiteman with Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, & Austin Young (1928)
92. Fascinating Rhythm…Cliff Edwards (1925)
93. Say It with Music...Paul Whiteman (1921)
94. Rose of Washington Square…Kentucky Serenaders (1920)
95. Stumbling...Paul Whiteman (1922)
96. Hinky Dinky Parlay Voo (Mademoiselle from Armentieres)…Ernest Hare with Billy Jones (1924)
97. Honey…Rudy Vallee (1929)
98. Carolina Moon…Gene Austin (1929)
99. Great Day…Paul Whiteman with Bing Crosby (1929)
100. Swingin’ Down the Lane…Isham Jones (1923)


Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • All Alone…Paul Whiteman (1925) AG
  • Black and Tan Fantasy…Duke Ellington (1927) TS
  • Bolero…Maurice Ravel (1928) AG
  • I Ain’t Got Nobody...Marion Harris (1921) PCM, TS
  • I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise…Paul Whiteman (1922) PCM, TS
  • I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover…Nick Lucas (1927) PCM
  • Lost Your Head Blues…Bessie Smith (1926) SS
  • Mack the Knife…Bertolt Brecht (1928) PCM
  • Parade of the Wooden Soldiers…Paul Whiteman (1923) VF, JW
  • Show Me the Way to Go Home...Vincent Lopez (1926) PCM
  • Sounds of Africa…Eubie Blake (1921) SS
  • The Wedding of the Painted Doll…Leo Reisman with Lew Conrad (1929) EG
  • When You’re Smiling…Louis Armstrong (1929) PCM

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

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  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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