Friday, July 27, 2018

Pre-1900s: Top 100 Songs

First posted on 7/27/2018.

These are the top 100 songs prior to 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. In other cases, no particular artist is noted.

1. After the Ball…George J. Gaskin (1893)
2. The Stars and Stripes Forever…John Philip Sousa (1897)
3. Arthur Collins…Hello Ma Baby (1899)
4. The Band Played On…Dan Quinn (1895)
5. Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built for Two)…Dan Quinn (1893)
6. On the Banks of the Wabash…George J. Gaaskin (1897)
7. The Sidewalks of New York…Dan Quinn (1895)
8. Love’s Old Sweet Song…Thomas Bott (1892)
9. My Old Kentucky Home…Edison Male Quartette (1898)
10. A Hot Time in the Old Town…Len Spencer (1897)

11. The Laughing Song…George Washington Johnson (1891)
12. Ta-Ra-Ra Boom-De-Ay…Len Spencer (1892)
13. Turkey in the Straw…Billy Golden (1891)
14. Oh Promise Me…George J. Gaskin (1893)
15. My Old New Hampshire Home…George J. Gaskin (1898)
16. Oh Susanna (1846)
17. Beautiful Dreamer (1864)
18. When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again (1863)
19. We Gather Together (Thanksgiving Prayer) (1630)
20. Dem Golden Slippers (1879)

21. Sweet Rosie O’Grady…George J. Gaskin (1897)
22. Billy Boy (1800)
23. I’ve Been Working on the Railroad (1894)
24. Buffalo Gals (Buffalo Girls Will You Come Out Tonight) (1844)
25. Gypsy Love Song (Slumber on, My Little Gypsy Sweetheart)…Eugene Cowles (1898)
26. The Washington Post March…Sousa’s Band (1895)
27. A Froggie Went A-Courtin’ (1700)
28. Dixie (aka “Dixie Land”) (1860)
29. I Gave My Love a Cherry (The Riddle) (1785)
30. Red River Valley (1896)

31. Barbara Allen (1622)
32. Skip to My Lou (1832)
33. Polly Wolly Doodle (All the Day) (1855)
34. Daddy Wouldn’t Buy Me a Bow Wow…Dan Quinn (1892)
35. She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain (1870)
36. Wedding March from ‘Midsummer’s Night Dream’ (1858)
37. While Strolling Through the Park One Day (The Fountain in the Park) (1884)
38. You've Been a Good Old Wagon But You've Done Broke Down…Len Spencer (1896)
39. I'd Leave My Happy Home for You…Arthur Collins (1899)
40. Vive la Compagnie (Vive l'Amour) (1844)

41. Pop Goes the Weasel (1853)
42. The Fatal Wedding…George J. Gaskin (1893)
43. Liberty Bell March…U.S. Marine Band (1894)
44. Death and the Lady (1500)
45. The Robber (1500)
46. What Can We Do with a Drunken Sailor? (1740)
47. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star…Emile Berliner (1890) 48. Alouette (1879)
49. Rock-a-Bye Baby (1884)
50. Happy Birthday to You (aka “Good Morning to All”) (1893)

51. El Capitan March…Sousa’s Band (1895)
52. Hail Columbia (1798)
53. Funicili Funicula (1880)
54. Greensleeves (1620)
55. Shoo Fly Don’t Bother Me (1869)
56. Away in a Manger (1887)
57. Believe Me, if All Those Endearing Young Charms (1810)
58. Onward Christian Soldiers (1871)
59. Oh, Dear, What Can the Matter Be? (1795)
60. Mary Had a Little Lamb (1889)

61. The Wayfaring Stranger (1807)
62. Au Clair de la Lune (1811)
63. The Blue Bells of Scotland (1815)
64. My Country ‘Tis of Thee…Jules Levy (1893)
65. Alphabet Song (1834)
66. Drill, Ye Terriers, Drill…George J. Gaskin (1891)
67. Charlie Is My Darling (1830)
68. Goodnight Ladies (1853)
69. Old Dan Tucker…Daniel Decatur Emmett (1843)
70. The Thunderer…U.S. Marine Band (1890)

71. Massa's in the Cold, Cold Ground (From Parlor Songs folio) (1852)
72. The Campbells Are Comin’ (1847)
73. Blow the Man Down (1849)
74. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (1850)
75. Sweet Betsy from Pike (1851)
76. The Stars and Stripes Forever…Military Band (1897)
77. Say Au Revoir, But Not Goodbye…Edward M. Favor (1894)
78. Oh My Darling Clementine (1863)
79. O Where, O Where Has My Little Dog Gone (1864)
80. Good King Wenceslas (1860)

81. Aura Lea (tune later used for "Love Me Tender") (1860)
82. Gimme That Old Time Religion (1865)
83. Baa Baa Black Sheep (1865)
84. O Little Town of Bethlehem (1868)
85. The Cat Came Back (1893)
86. Prelude in C# Minor…Sergei Rachmaninoff (1893)
87. The Wearing of the Green (1867)
88. She Was Bred in Old Kentucky…George J. Gaskin (1898)
89. Row Row Row Your Boat (1881)
90. The Sunshine of Paradise Valley…George J. Gaskin (1896)

91. There Is a Tavern in the Town (1883)
92. Bye Bye My Honey…Billy Golden (1898)
93. Git Along Little Dogies (Whoopee, Ti Yi Yo) (1893)
94. Uncle Josh in Society…Cal Stewart (1899)
95. King Cotton March…Sousa’s Band (1895)
96. Yankee Doodle (1754)
97. Down in Alabam' (Ain't I Glad I Got Out de Wilderness) (1858)
98. Maryland, My Maryland (1862)
99. I Don’t Want to Play in Your Yard (1894)
100. Lttle Annie Rooney (1889)


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