Wednesday, February 24, 2021

USA: #1 Pop Songs, 1890-1899

First posted 2/24/2021.

USA’s #1 Pop Songs:

1890-1899

These are the #1 pop songs in the history of the United States pop charts from 1890 to 1899. These songs topped the pre-Hot 100 pop charts, which ran from 1890-1955. Click here to access a full list of #1 songs from 1890 to present.


1890:

  1. 8/2: U.S. Marine Band “Semper Fidelis” (2 weeks)
  2. 9/13: U.S. Marine Band “The Washington Post March” (6)
  3. 10/25: U.S. Marine Band “The Thunderer” (4)

1891:

  1. 3/7: Len Spencer “Little ‘Liza Loves You” (4)
  2. 4/4: George Washington Johnson “The Laughing Song” (10)
  3. 6/13: Russell Hunting “Michael Casey As a Physician” (4)
  4. 7;11: George Washington Johnson “The Whistling Coon” (5)
  5. 8/22: John Yorke Atlee “Listen to the Mocking Bird (aka ‘The Mocking Bird’)” (6)
  6. 9/19: Dan Kelly “Pat Kelly As a Police Justice” (4)
  7. 10/17: Billy Golden “Turkey in the Straw” (7)
  8. 12/5: George J. Gaskin “Drill, Ye Terriers, Drill” (5)


1892:

  1. 1/9: George J. Gaskin “Slide Kelly Slide” (3)
  2. 1/30: Len Spencer “Ta-Ra-Ra Boom-De-Ay” (8)
  3. 3/26: Manhansett Quartette “The Picture Turned to the Wall” (6)
  4. 5/7: Manhansett Quartette “Sally in Our Alley” (3)
  5. 5/28: Joe Natus “The Song That Reached My Heart” (3)
  6. 6/18: Charles Marsh “Throw Him Down, McCloskey” (3)
  7. 7/9: Russell Hunting “Michael Casey at the Telephone” (5)
  8. 8/13: Len Spencer “The Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)” (6)
  9. 9/24: Will Denny “The Pretty Red Rose” (2)
  10. 10/8: Russell Hunting “Michael Casey Taking the Census” (6)
  11. 11/19: Len Spencer “Near It” (2)
  12. 12/3: Thomas Bott “Love’s Old Sweet Song” (4)
  13. 12/31: Dan Quinn “Daddy Wouldn’t Buy Me a Bow Wow” (4)

1893:

  1. 1/28: Dan Quinn “The Bowery” (5)
  2. 3/4: George J. Gaskin “Oh Promise Me” (8)
  3. 4/29: George J. Gaskin “After the Ball” (10)
  4. 7/8: Jules Levy “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” (3)
  5. 7/29: Len Spencer “Mamie Come and Kiss Your Honey Boy” (3)
  6. 8/19: J.W. Myers “Two Little Girls in Blue” (4)
  7. 9/16: Dan Quinn “Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built for Two)” (9)
  8. 11/18: George J. Gaskin “The Fatal Wedding” (8)


1894:

  1. 1/13: Russell Hunting “Casey As Insurance Agent” (3)
  2. 2/3: George J. Gaskin “Sweet Marie” (5)
  3. 3/10: U.S. Marine Band “The Liberty Bell” (5)
  4. 4/14: Edward M. Favor “Say Au Revoir, But Not Goodbye” (7)
  5. 6/2: Vess Ossman “Yankee Doodle” (4)
  6. 6/30: Silas Leachman “Dem Golden Slippers” (4)
  7. 7/28: George J. Gaskin “We Were Sweethearts, Nell and I” (3)
  8. 8/18: Dan Quinn “Lindley, Does You Love Me?” (3)
  9. 10/6: Dan Quinn “My Pearl Is a Bowery Girl” (4)
  10. 11/3: Russell Hunting “Casey at Denny Murphy’s Wake” (3)
  11. 11/24: Dan Quinn “And Her Golden Hair Was Hanging Down Her Back” (6)

1895:

  1. 1/5: Len Spencer “Little Alabama Coon” (5)
  2. 2/9: Dan Quinn “The Sidewalks of New York” (9)
  3. 3/21: Edward M. Favor “My Best Girl’s a New Yorker” (5)
  4. 4/13: J.W. Myers “The Sidewalks of New York” (4)
  5. 4/25: Len Spencer “The Bully (aka ‘Dat New Bully’)” (5)
  6. 5/30: Vess Ossman “Cocoanut Dance” (3)
  7. 6/15: Sousa’s Band “El Capitan March” (7)
  8. 8/1: J.W. Myers “Just Tell Them That You Saw Me” (6)
  9. 8/3: Sousa’s Band “The Washington Post March” (3)
  10. 8/24: Dan Quinn “The Band Played On” (10)
  11. 11/2: Dan Quinn “Little Lost Child” (5)


1896:

  1. 1/4: George J. Gaskin “The Sunshine of Paradise Alley” (6)
  2. 2/15: George J. Gaskin “She May Have Seen Better Days” (5)
  3. 6/20: Len Spencer with Vess Ossman “A Hot Time on the Levee” (3)
  4. 9/12: George J. Gaskin “Down in Poverty Roy” (4)
  5. 10/10: George J. Gaskin “On the Benches in the Park” (4)
  6. 11/7: Dan Quinn “In the Baggage Coach Ahead” (5)
  7. 12/12: Dan Quinn “A Hot Time in the Old Town” (7)

1897:

  1. 1/30: Len Spencer “A Hot Time in the Old Town” (3)
  2. 2/20: Len Spencer “Oh, Mr. Johnson, Turn Me Loose” (4)
  3. 3/20: Len Spencer “My Gal Is a Highborn Lady” (4)
  4. 4/17: Dan Quinn “My Mother Was a Lady” (5)
  5. 5/22: George J. Gaskin “Sweet Rosie O’Grady” (8)
  6. 7/17: Sousa’s Band “The Stars and Stripes Forever” (8)
  7. 9/11: Dan Quinn “There’s a Little Star Shining for You” (4)
  8. 11/6: George J. Gaskin “On the Banks of the Wabash” (10)


1898:

  1. 1/15: Steve Porter “On the Banks of the Wabash” (4)
  2. 2/12: Edison Male Quartette “My Old Kentucky Home” (3)
  3. 4/2: George J. Gaskin “Break the News to Mother” (7)
  4. 5/21: Cal Stewart “Uncle Josh’s Arriva in New York” (5)
  5. 6/25: Len Spencer “I Don’t Like No Cheap Man” (3)
  6. 7/16: George J. Gaskin “She Was Bred in Old Kentucky” (6)
  7. 8/27: Steve Porter “She’s More to Be Pitied Than Censured” (4)
  8. 9/24: Cal Stewart “I’m Old But I’m Awfully Tough (Laughing Song)” (3)
  9. 10/15: Dan Quinn “She Was Happy Till She Met You” (4)
  10. 11/12: Dan Quinn “At a Georgia Camp Meeting” (4)
  11. 12/10: George J. Gaskin “My Old New Hampshire Home” (10)

1899:

  1. 2/18: Arthur Collins “Kiss Me, Honey, Do” (4)
  2. 3/18: Arthur Collins “When you Ain’t Go No More Money, Well, You Needn’t Come Around” (2)
  3. 4/1: Arthur Collins “I Guess I’ll Have to Telegraph My Baby” (4)
  4. 4/29: Arthur Collins “Hello, Ma Baby” (4)
  5. 5/27: Len Spencer “Hello! Ma Baby” (6)
  6. 7/8: George J. Gaskin “My Wild Irish Rose” (3)
  7. 7/29: George J. Gaskin “My Wild Irish Rose” (6)
  8. 9/9: William F. Hooley “Gypsy Love Song” (5)
  9. 10/14: Steve Porter “A Picture No Artist Can Paint” (2)
  10. 10/28: Dan Quinn “Curse of the Dreamer” (7)
  11. 12/16: Arthur Collins “I’d Leave My Happy Home for You” (7)


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