Top Songs of the 1920s


Rank All Time Rank Artist Song Year
1
634
Louis Armstrong West End Blues 1928
2
937
Bessie Smith St. Louis Blues 1925
3
980
Jimmie Rodgers Blue Yodel (T for Texas) 1928
4
1385
Blind Willie Johnson Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground 1927
5
1405
Fats Waller Ain't Misbehavin' 1929
6
1583
Charley Patton Pony Blues 1929
7
1692
Duke Ellington Black and Tan Fantasy 1927
8
1697
Paul Whiteman & His Concert Orchestra with George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue 1924
9
1714
Mamie Smith Crazy Blues 1920
10
1742
The Carter Family Wildwood Flower 1929
11
1825
Ma Rainey See See Rider Blues 1925
12
1840
Frankie Trumbauer & His Orchestra with Bix Beiderbecke Singin' the Blues 1927
13
1949
Blind Willie McTell Statesboro Blues 1928
14
2225
Blind Lemon Jefferson Match Box Blues 1927
15
2282
Bix Beiderbecke In a Mist 1927
16
2297
Al Jolson Swanee 1920
17
2561
Clarence "Pine Top" Smith Pinetop's Boogie Woogie 1928
18
2631
The Carter Family Keep on the Sunny Side 1928
19
2669
Bessie Smith Empty Bed Blues 1928
20
2741
Louis Armstrong St. James Infirmary 1928
21
2778
Louis Armstrong Potato Head Blues 1927
22
2820
Blind Lemon Jefferson See That My Grave Is Kept Clean 1928
23
2839
Bessie Smith Downhearted Blues 1923
24
2850
King Oliver & His Jazz Band Dipper Mouth Blues 1923
25
3005
Louis Armstrong Struttin' with Some Barbeque 1928
26
3050
Mississippi John Hurt Stack O' Lee Blues 1928
27
3078
Leroy Carr How Long, How Long Blues 1928
28
3141
James P. Johnson Carolina Shout 1922
29
3358
Hoagy Carmichael Star Dust 1927
30
3453
Paul Robeson with Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra Ol' Man River 1928
31
3729
Meade Lux Lewis Honky Tonk Train Blues 1929
32
3823
Jelly Roll Morton Black Bottom Stomp 1926
33
3924
Louis Armstrong St. Louis Blues 1929
34
4104
Jelly Roll Morton King Porter Stomp 1924
35
4230
Eddie Cantor Makin' Whoopee 1929
36
4269
Duke Ellington East St. Louis Toodle-oo 1926
37
4374
Tampa Red & Georgia Tom It's Tight Like That 1928
38
4416
Paul Whiteman Whispering 1920
39
4602
Joseph Falcon Allons à Lafayette 1928
40
4613
Fats Waller Handful of Keys 1929
41
4623
Eck Robertson Sally Gooden 1922
42
4742
Fiddlin' John Carson Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane 1923
43
4985
Vernon Dalhart The Prisoner's Song 1924
44
5012
Blind Lemon Jefferson Black Snake Moan 1927
45
5138
Gene Austin My Blue Heaven 1927
46
5258
Fred and Adele Astaire Fascinating Rhythm 1926
47
5281
Louis Armstrong (What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue 1929
48
5318
Fanny Brice My Man (From Ziegfield Follies of 1921) 1922
49
5489
Louis Armstrong Ain't Misbehavin' 1929
50
5572
Bessie Smith Nobody Knows When You're Down and Out 1929
51
5948
Jimmie Rodgers In the Jailhouse Now 1928
52
5983
Blind Alfred Reed How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live 1929
53
6168
Al Jolson My Mammy 1928
54
6264
Memphis Jug Band Stealin' Stealin' 1929
55
6415
Mississippi John Hurt Frankie 1928
56
6505
Fletcher Henderson Copenhagen 1924
57
6526
Mistinguett Mon homme 1920
58
6734
Clarence "Tom" Ashley The Coo Coo Bird 1929
59
6958
Bertha "Chippie" Hill Trouble in Mind 1926
60
6975
Dock Boggs Country Blues 1927
61
7026
Louis Armstrong Heebie Jeebies 1926
62
7055
Blind Willie Johnson Mother's Children Have a Hard Time 1928
63
7387
Louis Armstrong Tight Like This 1929
64
7424
Mississippi John Hurt Candy Man Blues 1929
65
7600
Tommy Johnson Cool Drink of Water Blues 1928
66
7777
Louis Armstrong I Can't Give You Anything But Love 1929
67
7846
Tommy Johnson Big Road Blues 1928
68
7848
Jelly Roll Morton Grandpa's Spells 1923
69
7871
Jelly Roll Morton Doctor Jazz-Stomp 1927
70
7957
Berthe Sylva Les Roses Blanches 1926
71
8067
Richard "Rabbit" Brown James Alley-Blues 1927
72
8090
King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band Canal Street Blues 1923
73
8093
King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band Chimes Blues 1923
74
8149
New Orleans Rhythm Kings Tin Roof Blues 1923
75
8178
Emmett Miller & His Georgia Crackers Lovesick Blues 1928
76
8216
Jelly Roll Morton The Pearls 1924
77
8219
Fletcher Henderson The Stampede 1926
78
8225
Isham Jones Orchestra It Had to Be You 1924
79
8263
Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra South 1925
80
8275
Helen Kane I Wanna Be Loved By You 1928
81
8293
Ory's Sunshine Orchestra Ory's Creole Trombone 1922
82
8302
Clarence Williams' Blue Five Cake Walking Babies from Home 1925
83
8354
Jelly Roll Morton Kansas City Stomps 1929
84
8369
Ruth Etting Love Me or Leave Me 1929
85
8393
Louisiana Rhythm Kings Basin Street Blues 1929
86
8513
DeFord Bailey Pan American Blues 1927
87
8514
Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers Don't Let Your Deal Go Down 1925
88
8535
Joe Venuti Stringin' the Blues 1926
89
8539
Earl Hines Monday Date 1929
90
8540
Duke Ellington The Mooche 1928
91
8545
Ernest V. "Pop" Stoneman The Titanic 1925
92
8574
Bessie Smith T Ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do 1923
93
8658
Duke Ellington Creole Love Call 1928
94
8702
Clarence Williams' Blue Five Wild Cat Blues 1923
95
8767
Jelly Roll Morton Dead Man Blues 1926
96
8784
Furry Lewis Kassie Jones 1928
97
9074
Gene Austin Bye Bye Blackbird 1926
98
9138
Frankie Trumbauer I'm Coming Virginia 1927
99
9168
Bessie Smith Back-Water Blues 1927
100
9372
Al Jolson California, Here I Come 1924
101
9439
Ethel Waters Dinah 1925
102
9443
Ethel Waters Am I Blue? 1929
103
9562
Jelly Roll Morton Mr. Jelly Lord 1924

Songs "bubbling under" the all-time top 10,000:
Pawlo Humeniuk Tanec Pid Werbamy/Dance Under the Willows 1926
Harry McClintock The Big Rock Candy Mountains 1928
Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers Soldier's Joy 1929
Will Fyffe I Belong to Glasgow 1920
Trovadores Regionales Gregorio Cortez 1929
Jimmie Rodgers Waiting for a Train 1929
Victor Symphony Orchestra with George Gershwin An American in Paris 1929
Vernon Dalhart The Wreck of the Old 97 1924
Trio Matamoros Son de la Loma 1928
Trixie Smith My Man Rocks Me (With One Steady Roll) 1922
Rita Montaner El Manisero (The Peanut Vendor) 1928
Louis Armstrong Hotter Than That 1928
Ben Selvin's Novelty Orchestra Dardanella 1920
Uncle Dave Macon Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy 1924
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
King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band Snake Rag 1923
Jelly Roll Morton Jelly Roll Blues 1924
Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang Wild Cat 1927
Fletcher Henderson Whiteman Stomp 1927
Fletcher Henderson Sugar Foot Stomp 1925
Bix Beiderbecke The Jazz Me Blues 1927
Fletcher Henderson Variety Stomp 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
Paul Whiteman Valencia ( A Song of Spain) 1926
Associated Glee Clubs of America Adeste Fideles 1925
Dock Boggs Sugar Baby 1927
Handy's Memphis Blues Band St. Louis Blues 1922
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
Al Jolson Sonny Boy 1928
Michael Coleman The Boys of the Lough 1922
Michael Coleman The Humours of Ennistymon 1922
Louis Armstrong Basin Street Blues 1929
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
Billy Jones Yes We Have No Bananas 1923
Louis Armstrong Muggles 1929
Bascom Lamar Lunsford I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground 1928
Bessie Smith Careless Love Blues 1925
Frankie Trumbauer Riverboat Shuffle 1927
Henry Thomas John Henry 1927
James P. Johnson Keep Off the Grass 1922
Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang Doin' Things 1928
Ben Bernie Sweet Georgia Brown 1925
Blind Lemon Jefferson Jack O'Diamond Blues 1926
Eddie Cantor Yes! We Have No Bananas 1922
Gertrude Lawrence Someone to Watch over Me 1926
Bessie Smith Alexander's Ragtime Band 1927
Bessie Smith Young Woman's Blues 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
Eddie Cantor If You Knew Susie (Like I Know Susie) 1925
Sippie Wallace I'm a Mighty Tight Woman 1927