Wednesday, June 30, 2021

The Top 100 Songs of Pre-Recorded Music History

Pre-Recorded Music History:

Top 100 Songs

The history of recorded music is generally marked as beginning with the introduction of the phonograph by Thomas Edison in 1877. With a few exceptions, this list focuses on music written before that era. These are songs which have been around 150 years or more and have entered the public conscience because of the song itself instead of its performance by a specific artist. This list consists of Christmas songs, children’s songs and nursery rhymes, hymns, and patriotic songs. Song titles are followed by their years of publication.

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1. “Jingle Bells” (1857)
2. “Dixie” (1860)
3. “Listen to the Mocking Bird (aka “The Mocking Bird”)” (1856)
4. “The Battle Hymn of the Repubic (aka ‘Glory! Glory! Hallelujah)” (1861)
5. “The Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)” (1851)
6. “Away in a Manger” (1887)
7. “Camptown Races (Gwine to Run All Night)” (1850)
8. “O Holy Night (Minuit, Chrétiens)” (1847)
9. “Oh Susanna” (1846)
10. “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” (1806)

11. “The Star-Spangled Banner” (1814)
12. “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again” (1863)
13. “Shoo Fly Don’t Bother Me” (1869)
14. “Onward Christian Soldiers” (1871)
15. “Auld Lang Syne” (1799)
16. “Home on the Range” (1873)
17. “Clementine (aka ‘Oh My Darling Clementine’)” (1863)
18. “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” (1850)
19. “O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)” (1744)
20. “O Little Town of Bethlehem” (1868)

21. “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” (1855)
22. “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” (1706)
23. “The First Noel” (1823)
24. “America (God Shed His Grace on Thee)” (1832)
25. “Amazing Grace” (1779)
26. “Joy to the World” (1719)
27. “Pop Goes the Weasel” (1852)
28. “Home Sweet Home” (1823)
29. “Rock-a-Bye Baby” (1884)
30. “She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain” (1870)

31. “The Yellow Rose of Texas” (1858)
32. “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” (1873)
33. “O Where, O Where Has My Little Dog Gone” (1864)
34. “My Old Kentucky Home” (1853)
35. “Mary Had a Little Lamb” (1830)
36. “Alphabet Song (The ABC Song)” (1761)
37. “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean” (1881)
38. “Row Row Row Your Boat” (1852)
39. “Rock of Ages” (1763)
40. “Greensleeves” (1580)

41. “Skip to My Lou” (1832)
42. “We Three Kings of Orient Are” (1857)
43. “Ave Maria” (1859)
44. “I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen” (1875)
45. “Baa Baa Black Sheep” (1744)
46. “Grandfather’s Clock” (1876)
47. “Jimmy Crack Corn (The Blue Tail Fly)” (1848)
48. “Chopsticks” (1877)
49. “Silent Night, Holy Night (Stille Nacht, Heilge Nacht)” (1818)
50. “Alouette” (1879)

51. “The Man on the Flying Trapeze” (1868)
52. “Polly Wolly Doodle (All the Day)” (1843)
53. “Buffalo Gals (Buffalo Girls Will You Come Out Tonight)” (1844)
54. “William Tell Overture” (1829)
55. “Old Dan Tucker” (1843)
56. “Beautiful Dreamer” (1864)
57. “I Dream of Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair” (1854)
58. “How Great Thou Art” (1885)
59. “Michael Row the Boat Ashore” (1867)
60. “Vive la Compagnie (Vive l'Amour)” (1844)

61. “Long Long Ago” (1843)
62. “Nearer My God to Thee” (1859)
63. “Hail to the Chief” (1820)
64. “Brahm’s Lullaby (Wiegenlied) (aka ‘Cradle Song’)” (1868)
65. “The Little Brown Jug” (1869)
66. “Dem Golden Slippers” (1879)
67. “The Blue Danube (An Der Schoenen Blauen Donau)” (1867)
68. “The Battle Cry of Freedom” (1862)
69. “My Country ‘Tis of Thee (America) (aka ‘God Save the King’)” (1740)
70. “Au Clair de la Lune” (1811)

71. “Yankee Doodle” (1754)
72. “Goodnight Ladies” (1847)
73. “Funicili Funicala” (1880)
74. “Wedding March from ‘Midsummer’s Night Dream’” (1858)
75. “A Froggie Went A-Courtin’” (1700)
76. “Shall We Gather at the River?” (1864)
77. “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” (1876)
78. “Billy Boy” (1800)
79. “On Top of Old Smoky” (1841)
80. “Old Black Joe” (1860)

81. “While Strolling Through the Park One Day (The Fountain in the Park)” (1884)
82. “We Gather Together (Thanksgiving Prayer)” (1630)
83. “Semper Fidelis” (1888)
84. “London Bridge Is Falling Down” (1744)
85. “Blow the Man Down” (1849)
86. “In the Sweet Bye and Bye” (1849)
87. “Frère Jacques (Are You Sleeping?)” (1780)
88. “I Gave My Love a Cherry (The Riddle)” (1785)
89. “Three Blind Mice” (1609)
90. “The Farmer in the Dell” (1883)

91. “Bingo (B-I-N-G-O)” (1780)
92. “This Old Man (Nick Nack Paddiwak)” (1842)
93. “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” (1757)
94. “Believe Me, if All Those Endearing Young Charms” (1810)
95. “Barbara Allen” (1622)
96. “The Wayfaring Stranger” (1807)
97. “The Blue Bells of Scotland” (1815)
98. “Gimme That Old Time Religion” (1865)
99. “Silver Threads Among the Gold” (1873)
100. “Old King Cole” (1708)


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First posted 6/30/2021.

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