Top Songs of the 1920s



Rank All Time RankArtistSongYear
1 431 Louis Armstrong
West End Blues
1928
2 598 Jimmie Rodgers
Blue Yodel (T for Texas)
1928
3 727 Bessie Smith
St. Louis Blues
1925
4 996 The Carter Family
Wildwood Flower
1929
5 1098 Blind Willie Johnson
Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground
1927
6 1281 George Gershwin
Rhapsody in Blue
1924
7 1290 Mamie Smith
Crazy Blues
1920
8 1307 Charley Patton
Pony Blues
1929
9 1314 Fats Waller
Ain't Misbehavin'
1929
10 1567 Ma Rainey
See See Rider Blues
1925
11 1599 Al Jolson
Swanee
1920
12 1607 Duke Ellington
Black and Tan Fantasy
1927
13 1635 Bessie Smith
Downhearted Blues
1923
14 1647 Frankie Trumbauer & His Orchestra with Bix Beiderbecke
Singin' the Blues
1927
15 1679 Blind Lemon Jefferson
Matchbox Blues
1927
16 1687 Louis Armstrong
St. James Infirmary
1928
17 1722 Hoagy Carmichael and His Pals
Star Dust
1927
18 1723 Bix Beiderbecke
In a Mist
1927
19 1984 The Carter Family
Keep on the Sunny Side
1928
20 2013 Eck Robertson
Sally Gooden
1922
21 2159 Fiddlin' John Carson
Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane
1923
22 2231 Clarence "Pine Top" Smith
Pinetop's Boogie Woogie
1928
23 2465 Leroy Carr
How Long, How Long Blues
1928
24 2478 Mississippi John Hurt
Stack O' Lee Blues
1928
25 2481 Jelly Roll Morton
Black Bottom Stomp
1926
26 2592 Paul Robeson with Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
Ol' Man River
1928
27 2615 Blind Willie McTell
Statesboro Blues
1928
28 2640 Louis Armstrong
Struttin' with Some Barbeque
1928
29 2655 Eddie Cantor
Makin' Whoopee
1929
30 2682 Bessie Smith
Empty Bed Blues
1928
31 2734 Fats Waller
Handful of Keys
1929
32 2879 Clarence "Tom" Ashley
The Coo Coo Bird
1929
33 2885 Fred and Adele Astaire
Fascinating Rhythm
1926
34 2890 Vernon Dalhart
The Prisoner's Song
1925
35 3003 Al Jolson
My Mammy
1928
36 3070 Louis Armstrong
Potato Head Blues
1927
37 3116 Joseph Falcon
Allons à Lafayette
1928
38 3123 Blind Lemon Jefferson
See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
1928
39 3145 Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
Whispering
1920
40 3373 Dock Boggs
Country Blues
1927
41 3407 King Oliver & His Jazz Band
Dipper Mouth Blues
1923
42 3601 Fanny Brice
My Man (From Ziegfield Follies of 1921)
1922
43 3936 Jelly Roll Morton
King Porter Stomp
1924
44 3985 James P. Johnson
Carolina Shout
1922
45 4104 Gene Austin
My Blue Heaven
1927
46 4304 Richard "Rabbit" Brown
James Alley-Blues
1927
47 4449 Helen Kane
I Wanna Be Loved By You
1928
48 4527 Duke Ellington
East St. Louis Toodle-oo
1926
49 4890 Ernest V. "Pop" Stoneman
The Titanic
1925
50 5133 Bessie Smith
Nobody Knows When You're Down and Out
1929
51 5163 Blind Willie Johnson
Mother's Children Have a Hard Time
1928
52 5472 Tommy Johnson
Cool Drink of Water Blues
1928
53 5579 Pawlo Humeniuk
Tanec Pid Werbamy/Dance Under the Willows
1926
54 5623 Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers
Soldier's Joy
1929
55 5675 Jimmie Rodgers
Waiting for a Train
1929
56 5845 Victor Symphony Orchestra with George Gershwin
An American in Paris
1929
57 5864 Jimmie Rodgers
In the Jailhouse Now
1928
58 5945 Emmett Miller & His Georgia Crackers
Lovesick Blues
1928
59 5950 Louis Armstrong
St. Louis Blues
1929
60 5960 Blind Alfred Reed
How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live
1929


Some songs "bubbling under" the all-time top 6000:
Vernon Dalhart
The Wreck of the Old 97
1924
Bessie Smith
T Ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do
1923
DeFord Bailey
Pan American Blues
1927
Uncle Dave Macon
Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy
1924
Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers
Don't Let Your Deal Go Down
1925
Isham Jones Orchestra
It Had to Be You
1924
Memphis Jug Band
Stealin' Stealin'
1929
Trovadores Regionales
Gregorio Cortez
1929
Ben Selvin's Novelty Orchestra
Dardanella
1920
Fanny Brice
Second Hand Rose
1922
Louis Armstrong
Ain't Misbehavin'
1929
Tommy Johnson
Big Road Blues
1928
Al Jolson
April Showers
1921
Gene Austin
Bye Bye Blackbird
1926
Furry Lewis
Kassie Jones
1928
Mississippi John Hurt
Frankie
1928
King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band
Chimes Blues
1923
Al Jolson
California, Here I Come
1924
Al Jolson
Sonny Boy
1928
Ethel Waters
Dinah
1925
Ethel Waters
Am I Blue?
1929
Ruth Etting
Love Me or Leave Me
1929
Ethel Waters
Sweet Georgia Brown
1925
Harry McClintock
The Big Rock Candy Mountains
1928
Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
Valencia ( A Song of Spain)
1926
Billy Jones
Yes We Have No Bananas
1923

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