Top Songs of the 1920s


Rank All Time Rank Artist Song Year
1
631
Louis Armstrong West End Blues 1928
2
930
Bessie Smith St. Louis Blues 1925
3
973
Jimmie Rodgers Blue Yodel (T for Texas) 1928
4
1378
Fats Waller Ain't Misbehavin' 1929
5
1406
Blind Willie Johnson Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground 1927
6
1599
Charley Patton Pony Blues 1929
7
1667
Duke Ellington Black and Tan Fantasy 1927
8
1677
Paul Whiteman & His Concert Orchestra with George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue 1924
9
1716
The Carter Family Wildwood Flower 1929
10
1725
Mamie Smith Crazy Blues 1920
11
1810
Frankie Trumbauer & His Orchestra with Bix Beiderbecke Singin' the Blues 1927
12
1964
Blind Willie McTell Statesboro Blues 1928
13
2163
Ma Rainey See See Rider Blues 1925
14
2245
Blind Lemon Jefferson Match Box Blues 1927
15
2249
Bix Beiderbecke In a Mist 1927
16
2276
Al Jolson Swanee 1920
17
2589
Clarence "Pine Top" Smith Pinetop's Boogie Woogie 1928
18
2590
The Carter Family Keep on the Sunny Side 1928
19
2634
Bessie Smith Empty Bed Blues 1928
20
2702
Louis Armstrong St. James Infirmary 1928
21
2740
Louis Armstrong Potato Head Blues 1927
22
2788
Blind Lemon Jefferson See That My Grave Is Kept Clean 1928
23
2790
King Oliver & His Jazz Band Dipper Mouth Blues 1923
24
2801
Bessie Smith Downhearted Blues 1923
25
2973
Louis Armstrong Struttin' with Some Barbeque 1928
26
3007
Mississippi John Hurt Stack O' Lee Blues 1928
27
3084
Leroy Carr How Long, How Long Blues 1928
28
3089
James P. Johnson Carolina Shout 1922
29
3307
Hoagy Carmichael Star Dust 1927
30
3396
Paul Robeson with Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra Ol' Man River 1928
31
3680
Meade Lux Lewis Honky Tonk Train Blues 1929
32
3775
Jelly Roll Morton Black Bottom Stomp 1926
33
3850
Louis Armstrong St. Louis Blues 1929
34
4046
Jelly Roll Morton King Porter Stomp 1924
35
4194
Eddie Cantor Makin' Whoopee 1929
36
4225
Duke Ellington East St. Louis Toodle-oo 1926
37
4346
Paul Whiteman Whispering 1920
38
4407
Tampa Red & Georgia Tom It's Tight Like That 1928
39
4543
Fats Waller Handful of Keys 1929
40
4556
Eck Robertson Sally Gooden 1922
41
4559
Joseph Falcon Allons à Lafayette 1928
42
4655
Fiddlin' John Carson Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane 1923
43
4888
Vernon Dalhart The Prisoner's Song 1924
44
4943
Blind Lemon Jefferson Black Snake Moan 1927
45
5061
Gene Austin My Blue Heaven 1927
46
5174
Fred and Adele Astaire Fascinating Rhythm 1926
47
5208
Louis Armstrong (What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue 1929
48
5220
Fanny Brice My Man (From Ziegfield Follies of 1921) 1922
49
5431
Louis Armstrong Ain't Misbehavin' 1929
50
5511
Bessie Smith Nobody Knows When You're Down and Out 1929
51
5855
Jimmie Rodgers In the Jailhouse Now 1928
52
5922
Blind Alfred Reed How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live 1929
53
6055
Al Jolson My Mammy 1928
54
6155
Memphis Jug Band Stealin' Stealin' 1929
55
6309
Mississippi John Hurt Frankie 1928
56
6409
Fletcher Henderson Copenhagen 1924
57
6520
Mistinguett Mon homme 1920
58
6640
Clarence "Tom" Ashley The Coo Coo Bird 1929
59
6890
Bertha "Chippie" Hill Trouble in Mind 1926
60
6897
Dock Boggs Country Blues 1927
61
6915
Louis Armstrong Heebie Jeebies 1926
62
6987
Blind Willie Johnson Mother's Children Have a Hard Time 1928
63
7308
Louis Armstrong Tight Like This 1929
64
7347
Mississippi John Hurt Candy Man Blues 1929
65
7495
Tommy Johnson Cool Drink of Water Blues 1928
66
7697
Louis Armstrong I Can't Give You Anything But Love 1929
67
7770
Jelly Roll Morton Grandpa's Spells 1923
68
7791
Jelly Roll Morton Doctor Jazz-Stomp 1927
69
7869
Tommy Johnson Big Road Blues 1928
70
7935
King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band Chimes Blues 1923
71
7965
King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band Canal Street Blues 1923
72
7971
Richard "Rabbit" Brown James Alley-Blues 1927
73
7976
Berthe Sylva Les Roses Blanches 1926
74
8012
Emmett Miller & His Georgia Crackers Lovesick Blues 1928
75
8052
New Orleans Rhythm Kings Tin Roof Blues 1923
76
8096
Isham Jones Orchestra It Had to Be You 1924
77
8107
Jelly Roll Morton The Pearls 1924
78
8128
Fletcher Henderson The Stampede 1926
79
8148
Helen Kane I Wanna Be Loved By You 1928
80
8169
Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra South 1925
81
8189
Jelly Roll Morton Kansas City Stomps 1929
82
8190
Ory's Sunshine Orchestra Ory's Creole Trombone 1922
83
8208
Clarence Williams' Blue Five Cake Walking Babies from Home 1925
84
8235
Ruth Etting Love Me or Leave Me 1929
85
8266
Louisiana Rhythm Kings Basin Street Blues 1929
86
8350
DeFord Bailey Pan American Blues 1927
87
8351
Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers Don't Let Your Deal Go Down 1925
88
8377
Ernest V. "Pop" Stoneman The Titanic 1925
89
8422
Joe Venuti Stringin' the Blues 1926
90
8428
Duke Ellington The Mooche 1928
91
8429
Earl Hines Monday Date 1929
92
8462
Bessie Smith T Ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do 1923
93
8572
Duke Ellington Creole Love Call 1928
94
8596
Clarence Williams' Blue Five Wild Cat Blues 1923
95
8625
Furry Lewis Kassie Jones 1928
96
8668
Jelly Roll Morton Dead Man Blues 1926
97
8940
Gene Austin Bye Bye Blackbird 1926
98
9025
Frankie Trumbauer I'm Coming Virginia 1927
99
9189
Bessie Smith Back-Water Blues 1927
100
9226
Al Jolson California, Here I Come 1924
101
9295
Ethel Waters Dinah 1925
102
9303
Ethel Waters Am I Blue? 1929
103
9437
Jelly Roll Morton Mr. Jelly Lord 1924
104
9992
Pawlo Humeniuk Tanec Pid Werbamy/Dance Under the Willows 1926

Songs "bubbling under" the all-time top 10,000:
Harry McClintock The Big Rock Candy Mountains 1928
Trio Matamoros Son de la Loma 1928
Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers Soldier's Joy 1929
Trovadores Regionales Gregorio Cortez 1929
Jimmie Rodgers Waiting for a Train 1929
Victor Symphony Orchestra with George Gershwin An American in Paris 1929
Will Fyffe I Belong to Glasgow 1920
Vernon Dalhart The Wreck of the Old 97 1924
Rita Montaner El Manisero (The Peanut Vendor) 1928
Trixie Smith My Man Rocks Me (With One Steady Roll) 1922
Louis Armstrong Hotter Than That 1928
Uncle Dave Macon Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy 1924
Ben Selvin's Novelty Orchestra Dardanella 1920
Fanny Brice Second Hand Rose 1922
Ma Rainey & Her Tub Jug Washboard Band Prove It on Me Blues 1928
Arthur Gibbs & His Gang Charleston 1924
Maurice Chevalier Dans la vie faut pas s'en faire 1921
Al Jolson April Showers 1921
Louis Armstrong Cornet Shop Suey 1926
Louis Armstrong with Jack Teagarden Knockin' a Jug 1929
Jelly Roll Morton Jelly Roll Blues 1924
King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band Snake Rag 1923
Fletcher Henderson Sugar Foot Stomp 1925
Bix Beiderbecke The Jazz Me Blues 1927
Fletcher Henderson Variety Stomp 1927
Fletcher Henderson Whiteman Stomp 1927
Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang Wild Cat 1927
Ethel Waters Sweet Georgia Brown 1925
Sam Mayo Things Are Worse in Russia 1922
King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band Froggie Moore 1923
Golden Gate Orchestra Charleston 1925
Washington Phillips Denomination Blues 1928
Associated Glee Clubs of America Adeste Fideles 1925
Paul Whiteman Valencia ( A Song of Spain) 1926
Al Jolson Sonny Boy 1928
Dock Boggs Sugar Baby 1927
Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers Sail Away Ladies 1927
Bascom Lamar Lunsford (Good Old) Mountain Dew 1928
The Carter Family Single Girl, Married Girl 1927
Handy's Memphis Blues Band St. Louis Blues 1922
Louis Armstrong Basin Street Blues 1929
Michael Coleman The Boys of the Lough 1922
Michael Coleman The Humours of Ennistymon 1922
The Carter Family I'm Thinking To-Night of My Blue Eyes 1929
Louis Armstrong Wild Man Blues 1927
Lonnie Johnson Careless Love Blues 1928
Jelly Roll Morton Wolverine Blues (Joys) 1923
Sylvester Weaver Guitar Rag 1923
Bascom Lamar Lunsford I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground 1928
Louis Armstrong Muggles 1929
Billy Jones Yes We Have No Bananas 1923
Bessie Smith Careless Love Blues 1925
Frankie Trumbauer Riverboat Shuffle 1927
James P. Johnson Keep Off the Grass 1922
Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang Doin' Things 1928
Henry Thomas John Henry 1927
Ben Bernie Sweet Georgia Brown 1925
Blind Lemon Jefferson Jack O'Diamond Blues 1926
Gertrude Lawrence Someone to Watch over Me 1926
Eddie Cantor Yes! We Have No Bananas 1922
Bessie Smith Young Woman's Blues 1927
Bessie Smith Alexander's Ragtime Band 1927
Ted Lewis When My Baby Smiles at Me 1920
Paul Whiteman Three O'Clock in the Morning 1922
Isham Jones Orchestra I'll See You in My Dreams 1925
Rudy Vallee and His Connecticut Yankees Deep Night 1929
Charley Patton A Spoonful Blues 1929
Hambone Willie Newbern Roll and Tumble Blues 1929
Sippie Wallace I'm a Mighty Tight Woman 1927
Eddie Cantor If You Knew Susie (Like I Know Susie) 1925