Songs from the 1900s

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This page lists the top songs of the 1900s in the source charts. The way that the various charts are combined to reach this final list is described on the in the site generation page.

The years before 1920 have very few song charts and (obviously) no album charts. The list here are really selected from the Billboard Charts (as supplied in the Bullfrog set) and the picks from John Peel. The top 10 acts of the 1900s are:

#1: Billy Murray #2: Harry MacDonough #3: Haydn Quartet #4: Byron G Harlan #5: Arthur Collins
#6: Arthur Collins & Byron G Harlan #7: JW Myers #8: Henry Burr #9: Banda da Casa Edison #10: Ada Jones & Billy Murray
# Artist Song Title Year Chart Entries
1 Sousa's Band Stars & Stripes Forever 1901 US Billboard 1 - Feb 1901 (8 weeks), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1900), Library of Congress artifact added 2002 (1900), Music Imprint 3 of 1900s, RIAA 20, Brazil 23 of 1903
2 Fisk University Jubilee Quartet Swing Low, Sweet Chariot 1909 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015 (1909), Library of Congress artifact added 2002 (1909), Music Imprint 4 of 1900s, US Billboard 7 - Jun 1910 (3 weeks), RIAA 35, Acclaimed 893 (1909)
3 Enrico Caruso Vesti La Giubba (On With The Play) (1907) 1907 US Billboard 1 - Aug 1907 (9 weeks), Library of Congress artifact added 2002 (1907), Brazil 7 of 1908
4 Bert Williams Nobody 1906 US Billboard 1 - Jul 1906 (14 weeks), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1981 (1906), Brazil 10 of 1907
5 Billy Murray Give My Regards to Broadway 1905 US Billboard 1 - Jun 1905 (11 weeks), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008 (1905), Brazil 21 of 1906
6 Byron G Harlan, Joe Belmont & the Florodra Girls Tell Me Pretty Maiden 1902 US Billboard 1 - Jun 1901 (6 weeks), Peel list 2 of 1902, Brazil 34 of 1902
7 Enrico Caruso Vesti La Giubba (On With The Play) 1905 US Billboard 2 - May 1904 (6 weeks), Brazil 2 of 1905, Music Imprint 9 of 1910s, RIAA 329
8 Frank Stanley Auld Lang Syne 1907 Music Imprint 1 of 1900s, US Billboard 2 - Dec 1907 (3 weeks), RIAA 73
9 Billy Murray Yankee Doodle (Song) 1905 US Billboard 1 - Feb 1905 (14 weeks), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2006 (1905)
10 Billy Murray The Grand Old Rag 1906 US Billboard 1 - May 1906 (15 weeks), Library of Congress artifact added 2003 (1906)
11 Billy Murray & Haydn Quartet Take Me Out To The Ball Game 1908 US Billboard 1 - Oct 1908 (16 weeks), RIAA 8, Brazil 20 of 1909
12 Arthur Collins Bill Bailey (Won't You Please Come Home) 1902 US Billboard 1 - Jul 1902 (13 weeks), Peel list 4 of 1902
13 Harry Lauder Stop Your Tickling Jock 1906 Peel list 1 of 1906, US Billboard 4 - Apr 1910 (3 weeks)
14 Haydn Quartet Bedelia 1904 US Billboard 1 - Jan 1904 (11 weeks), Brazil 7 of 1905
15 Blanche Ring I've Got Rings on My Fingers 1909 US Billboard 1 - Oct 1909 (5 weeks), Brazil 7 of 1910
16 Cal Stewart Uncle Josh & the Insurance Company 1904 Library of Congress artifact added 2006 (1904), US Billboard 3 - Nov 1904 (3 weeks)
17 DeWolf Hopper Casey at the Bat 1906 Library of Congress artifact added 2002 (1915), US Billboard 3 - Oct 1906 (6 weeks)
18 Bert Williams Good Morning, Carrie 1902 US Billboard 1 - Jan 1902 (10 weeks), Brazil 11 of 1903
19 Victor Orchestra The Glow-Worm 1908 US Billboard 1 - May 1908 (9 weeks), Brazil 12 of 1909
20 Haydn Quartet Sweet Adeline (You're the Flower of My Heart) 1904 US Billboard 1 - Oct 1904 (17 weeks), Brazil 13 of 1905
21 Ada Jones & Victor Light Opera Co The Yama Yama Man 1909 US Billboard 1 - Jul 1909 (9 weeks), Brazil 13 of 1910
22 Billy Murray In My Merry Oldsmobile 1905 US Billboard 1 - Oct 1905 (10 weeks), Brazil 15 of 1906
23 Henry Burr I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now 1909 US Billboard 1 - Sep 1909 (13 weeks), Brazil 15 of 1910
24 Haydn Quartet In the Good Old Summer Time 1903 US Billboard 1 - Feb 1903 (12 weeks), Brazil 16 of 1904
25 Ada Jones I've Got Rings on My Fingers 1909 US Billboard 1 - Nov 1909 (12 weeks), Brazil 16 of 1910
26 Lucy Isabelle Marsh The Glow-Worm 1908 US Billboard 1 - Jun 1908 (10 weeks), Brazil 18 of 1909
27 Haydn Quartet Put on Your Old Gray Bonnet 1909 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1909 (17 weeks), Brazil 19 of 1910
28 Arthur Collins The Preacher & the Bear 1905 US Billboard 1 - Aug 1905 (14 weeks), Brazil 20 of 1906
29 Elise Stevenson Are You Sincere? 1908 US Billboard 1 - Jul 1908 (10 weeks), Brazil 21 of 1909
30 Nat Wills No News, Or What Killed the Dog 1908 Library of Congress artifact added 2008 (1908), US Billboard 4 - Jan 1909 (1 week)
31 Bert Williams Let it Alone 1906 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1906 (5 weeks), Brazil 22 of 1907
32 Billy Murray Bedelia 1904 US Billboard 1 - Jan 1904 (10 weeks), Brazil 22 of 1905
33 Harry MacDonough & Elise Stevenson Because You're You 1907 US Billboard 1 - Apr 1907 (7 weeks), Brazil 23 of 1909
34 Richard Jose Silver Threads Among the Gold 1904 US Billboard 1 - Feb 1904 (11 weeks), Brazil 25 of 1905
35 Corrine Morgan So Long, Mary 1906 US Billboard 1 - Apr 1906 (6 weeks), Brazil 26 of 1907
36 Harry Tally Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie 1906 US Billboard 1 - Feb 1906 (8 weeks), Brazil 26 of 1909
37 Billy Murray Come Take a Trip in My Air-Ship 1905 US Billboard 1 - Jan 1905 (9 weeks), Brazil 29 of 1906
38 Bert Williams He's a Cousin of Mine 1907 US Billboard 1 - Jan 1907 (7 weeks), Brazil 30 of 1909
39 Byron G Harlan My Gal Sal 1907 US Billboard 1 - Feb 1907 (13 weeks), Brazil 31 of 1909
40 Corrine Morgan Toyland 1904 US Billboard 1 - Jun 1904 (8 weeks), Brazil 32 of 1907
41 Henry Burr In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree 1905 US Billboard 1 - Apr 1905 (12 weeks), Brazil 32 of 1906
42 Harry MacDonough My Dear 1907 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1907 (12 weeks), Brazil 33 of 1909
43 Edward Meeker Take Me Out To The Ball Game 1908 Library of Congress artifact added 2010 (1908), US Billboard 5 - Oct 1908 (1 week)
44 Scott Joplin The Entertainer 1902 Daily Deuce 4, RIAA 10, Acclaimed 1113 (1902), Guardian Jazz 1
45 Sousa's Band American Patrol 1901 US Billboard 3 - Mar 1901 (3 weeks), Brazil 4 of 1902
46 Emilio DeGogorza O Sole Mio 1908 US Billboard 3 - Aug 1908 (3 weeks), Brazil 4 of 1909
47 Antonio Scotti La Forza Del Destino - Solenne in Quest' Ora 1906 US Billboard 2 - Jun 1906 (6 weeks), Brazil 13 of 1907
48 Bert Williams When It's All Going Out & Nothing Coming In 1902 US Billboard 2 - Jan 1902 (5 weeks), Brazil 35 of 1904
49 Sousa's Band Semper Fidelis 1902 US Billboard 3 - Apr 1902 (1 week), Brazil 7 of 1903
50 George M Cohan The Small Town Gal 1908 Peel list 3 of 1908, US Billboard 8 - Dec 1911 (2 weeks)
51 Enrico Caruso Aida - Celeste Aida 1904 US Billboard 3 - Jun 1904 (3 weeks), Brazil 16 of 1905
52 Richard Jose Home Sweet Home 1906 US Billboard 3 - Aug 1906 (3 weeks), Brazil 17 of 1907
53 Richard Jose The Day That You Grew Colder 1905 US Billboard 3 - Apr 1905 (4 weeks), Brazil 18 of 1906
54 Cal Stewart Uncle Josh On an Automobile 1903 US Billboard 1 - Aug 1903 (8 weeks)
55 Arthur Collins & Byron G Harlan The Right Church, but the Wrong Pew 1909 US Billboard 1 - Feb 1909 (11 weeks)
56 Billy Murray Alexander 1904 US Billboard 1 - Sep 1904 (9 weeks)
57 Byron G Harlan The Good Old USA 1906 US Billboard 1 - Sep 1906 (7 weeks)
58 Steve Porter A Bird in a Gilded Cage 1900 US Billboard 1 - May 1900 (11 weeks)
59 Arthur Collins Goodbye Liza Jane 1903 US Billboard 1 - Oct 1903 (7 weeks)
60 Harry MacDonough & John Bieling In the Sweet Bye & Bye 1903 US Billboard 1 - Apr 1903 (11 weeks)
61 Byron G Harlan Nobody's Little girl 1907 US Billboard 1 - Jul 1907 (7 weeks)
62 Harry MacDonough & Grace Spencer Tell Me Pretty Maiden 1901 US Billboard 1 - Apr 1901 (11 weeks)
63 Cal Stewart Uncle Josh's Huskin' Bee Dance 1901 US Billboard 1 - Aug 1901 (8 weeks)
64 Cal Stewart Jim Lawson's Horse Trade with Deacon Witherspoon 1901 US Billboard 1 - Jul 1901 (5 weeks)
65 JW Myers On a Sunday Afternoon 1902 US Billboard 1 - Apr 1902 (10 weeks)
66 Sousa's Band In the Good Old Summer Time 1903 US Billboard 1 - Mar 1903 (13 weeks)
67 Arthur Collins & Byron G Harlan Down Where the Wurzburger Flows 1902 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1902 (11 weeks)
68 Arthur Collins Mandy Lee 1900 US Billboard 1 - Feb 1900 (8 weeks)
69 Byron G Harlan Where the Morning Glories Twine Around the Door 1905 US Billboard 1 - Nov 1905 (11 weeks)
70 Billy Murray Under Any Old Flag at All 1908 US Billboard 1 - Feb 1908 (11 weeks)
71 Albert Campbell Ma Blushin' Rosie 1900 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1900 (11 weeks)
72 Arthur Collins & Byron G Harlan Hurrah for Baffin's Bay 1903 US Billboard 1 - Sep 1903 (10 weeks)
73 JW Myers Way Down in Old Indiana 1902 US Billboard 1 - May 1902 (12 weeks)
74 Len Spencer Arkansas Traveler 1902 US Billboard 1 - Mar 1902 (14 weeks)
75 Byron G Harlan Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie 1906 US Billboard 1 - Feb 1906 (17 weeks)
76 Arthur Collins & Byron G Harlan Camp Meetin' Time 1906 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1906 (9 weeks)
77 Byron G Harlan The Mansion of Aching Hearts 1902 US Billboard 1 - Aug 1902 (10 weeks)
78 Alan Turner As Long as the World Rolls On 1908 US Billboard 1 - Feb 1908 (14 weeks)
79 Ada Jones & Billy Murray Wouldn't You Like to Have Me for a Sweetheart? 1908 US Billboard 1 - Apr 1908 (8 weeks)
80 George J Gaskin When Cloe Sings a Song 1900 US Billboard 1 - Mar 1900 (7 weeks)
81 Harry MacDonough & Elise Stevenson Shine on Harvest Moon 1909 US Billboard 1 - Apr 1909 (14 weeks)
82 Harry MacDonough The Tale of the Bumble Bee 1901 US Billboard 1 - Oct 1901 (7 weeks)
83 Big Four Quartet Good-Bye, Dolly Gray 1901 US Billboard 1 - Mar 1901 (8 weeks)
84 Arthur Collins Ma Tiger Lily 1900 US Billboard 1 - Aug 1900 (11 weeks)
85 Frank Stanley & Elise Stevenson Good Evening, Caroline 1909 US Billboard 1 - Jan 1909 (11 weeks)
86 George J Gaskin When You Were Sweet Sixteen 1900 US Billboard 1 - Nov 1900 (10 weeks)
87 Henry Burr Love Me & the World is Mine 1906 US Billboard 1 - Nov 1906 (11 weeks)
88 Henry Burr Come Down, Ma Ev'ning Star 1903 US Billboard 1 - Jul 1903 (9 weeks)
89 Ada Jones I Just Can't Make My Eyes Behave 1907 US Billboard 1 - Apr 1907 (6 weeks)
90 Ada Jones & Billy Murray Let's Take an Old-Fashioned Walk 1907 US Billboard 1 - Nov 1907 (12 weeks)
91 Dan Quinn Good Evening, Carrie 1901 US Billboard 1 - Nov 1901 (8 weeks)
92 Will Denny Any Old Place I Hang My Hat is Home, Sweet Home To Me 1901 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1901 (7 weeks)
93 Byron G Harlan School Days (When We Were a Couple of Kids) 1907 US Billboard 1 - May 1907 (16 weeks)
94 Peerless Quartet Sweet Adeline (You're the Flower of My Heart) 1904 US Billboard 1 - Nov 1904 (10 weeks)
95 Corrine Morgan How'd You Like to Spoon with Me? 1906 US Billboard 1 - Jan 1906 (6 weeks)
96 Haydn Quartet Sunbonnet Sue 1908 US Billboard 1 - Oct 1908 (14 weeks)
97 Arthur Collins Any Rags? 1903 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1903 (8 weeks)
98 Frank Stanley & Byron G Harlan Blue Bell 1904 US Billboard 1 - May 1904 (7 weeks)
99 Arthur Collins Under the Bamboo Tree 1902 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1902 (8 weeks)
100 Jere Mahoney When You Were Sweet Sixteen 1900 US Billboard 1 - Mar 1900 (11 weeks)

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8 Nov 2016

looking for song

song title is LITTLE MARY +it was written +in the early 1900's +up to maybethe 30's + please help+


3 Nov 2016

did you ever hear of the old song, Fal der al dal--about an old man whothought that he knew her, and he fellow his ear in the sewer--Fal der al dal od y odi--?


25 Oct 2016

1900's song Carolina Brown?

This is a song my mother used to sing to me. +She had done a performance of it as a child in Scotland and would entertain me with it when I was a small child.


25 Oct 2016

Looking for the name of the song

My great grandfather sang the following to me and I really want to know the title of the song. +The lyrics I remember go like this I've got an F.O.R.D. ford made out of T.I.N tin board and I will take you on an R.I.D.E. ride to the P.A.R.K. park where it is D.A.R.K. dark and I will K.I.double S. kiss you all the T.I.M.E. time.


19 Oct 2016

old song

Looking for a song we had on a phonograph record back in 1934. The lyrics Iremember are: I fell in love with a pretty girl, she was a perfect date. Wasn't long before I found she was the mother of eight. Then my love began to wane, yes, my love betgan to wane. I had to have another on rebound to fall in love again. +There are many +stanzes- all very cute.


12 May 2016

Song lyrics: with someone like you, a pal so good and true

My grandpa used to sing a song to me that I am looking for: with someone likeyou, a pal so good and true, I'd like to leave it all behind and go and find - someplace that's known, to God alone - just a spot to call our own. +We'll find perfect peace - where joys will never cease - out there beneath the western sky. +We'll build a sweet little nest - somewhere out in the west - and let the rest of the world go by.


13 Feb 2016

Party song

if you want something good you've got to spend your jack I gaurntee you will never want your money back but i'll keep sitting on it before i give it away


12 Jan 2016

Lyrics

Looking for the lyrics to an early 1900's song called "Freckles" First stanzais: "Freckles was his name, he always used to +get the blame, for every broken window pane, oh how they'd yank him, and spank him"


30 Dec 2015

Song lyrics

Looking for lyrics to a song with these or similar partial lyrics "In the heart of a rose there's a story sweet. If you listen I'll tell it to you. It will tell of the love that is in my heart...."


10 Dec 2015

Old old song lyrics

Looking for the lyrics to a song that began "When you wore a tulip, a bright yellow tulip and I wore a big red rose, when you caress me it's like heaven blessed me. +What a blessing no one knows. +I know most of it but think there is more.

Also looking for "Margie, I'm always thinkin' of you Margie. +I tell the worldI love you..." +That's about all I know and maybe that isn't even right. + Help please


30 Oct 2015

song lyric

Refrain: I'm going there in a bamboo chair 'cause I've got my fare from here to Hong Kong. It was on an old '78 that we played on a Victrola. I didn't seeit on your list, as it probably wasn't a big hit.


17 Aug 2015

Old song, who sang this.(lyrics like this I remember)

In a quaint little house, by the old village church, an old lady lives alone,she's just a grey haired lady, Her eyes are filled with tears, her smile always makes you welcome, there can only be one mother, she's all the world to me.


13 Jul 2015

Have this?

Do you have" last kiss"by Wayne Cochran? If you do am I able to listen to it?+

We just list charts we have no music here


28 Jun 2015

basket of flowers

can you find any details of an old song called a basket of flowers

We have no hit called "basket of flowers"


4 Apr 2015

song/ "Lucky Lindie"

when I was a teen my father me some old 78s that my mother threw away. These are the only ones I can remember the titles to

Vernon Dalhart's 1927 song "Lucky Lindy" was a tribute to the aviator Charles Lindbergh. Later events such as his child's kidnapping, his enthusiasm for Eugenics and his pro-German stance before Pearl Harbor made him seem less Lucky.


31 Mar 2015

Helene

Word: the brook gently playing the lilac tree swaying one word they keep saying Helene


27 Feb 2015

The song, Oh lord its hard to be humble, when you perfect in every way.+


4 Jan 2015

song title

There was a song, I believe from early 1900's about a man and his "faithful hound". +They were homeward bound from hunting. The man falls in water and the dog saves him.


29 Dec 2014

old song about a baby that die

my grand mother sang that song, something about a littlie bootie .it could of been in the late 1800 that the song was wrote.the song said that the baby die and they saved her little bootie+


19 Sep 2014

THERE WERE NO BILLBOARD CHARTS IN 1909

IN 1909 there was no Billboard Hot 100, or any other Billboard Chart, until 1944!

There were a variety of charts published at different times


14 Aug 2014

'SO TIRED OF DREAMING OF YOU'


11 May 2014

Give her a bunch of roses

To the woman in her 70s looking for the song about roses and mother's day. It's Al Jolson "Remember Mother's Day" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBrd6CVyU1A


13 Apr 2014

We go dancing in the park

My dad used to sing this song to me, and I can't find the name of it or the lyrics on-line. It went like this "We go dancing in the park is nice. Is nice. You like. I like. I like it to."

It seemed like the singer/lyricist spoke English as a second language and my dad would sing it with an accent. He came from a Polish immigrant family in Chicago.

Do you know this song?


16 Mar 2014

Beware When Bright Eyes Glance

This song was mentioned as The Eisteddfod Song in the program of the first Maryborough (Queensland, Australia) Eisteddfod which was held in 1903. Any assistance with the words or music would be most appreciated. Thank you


16 Jan 2014

Little rose in a garden of weeds+

Hi I am trying to track down a song that my Grans dad used to sing to her as a child . I have looked all over n found snippets of different versions but would like to know what the real version would have been in the 1940s probably of " just a rose in a garden of weeds, when the night sheds it's few there's a year she's for you little rose in a garden of weeds" . Thanks+


1 Jan 2014

Part of a song from late 1800's

I don't know the title but part of the lyrics are as follows: the night was dark and fearful, the blast whaling by, a watcher pale and tearful, looked forth with anxious eye.

(My grandfather and his sister sang this song in late 1800's)

"The Watcher" by Sarah Josepha Hale


30 Sep 2013

song my mother is looking for+

Hello I am looking for a song that is like tell Laura I love her. But it was done in early 1900's my mother says is call my mother or tell mother . Her mother use to sing it to her. I have search she also said Hank Williams sang it. it was to a son and her mother changed it to a daughter. Thank you for your time+


31 Jul 2013

Trumpet music

Anybody heard of +Bob The Trumpeter music or Relic of the Cornfields ,from the early 1900'


16 Jul 2013

Not sure of year, it was a song my Mother and Aunt sang to us when we were children. A way upon the mou-oui wount tain there did dwell a pretty little maaaaiden I loved so well. Come tyru tyru tyray. Have no idea the spelling of this but tried to kind of sound it out. I seem to remember hearing it in an old western movie.+


28 Apr 2013

Song "fascination" first song


23 Apr 2013

from Lanna Hartley

I have partial lyrics, +"I see the moon and the moon sees me, down in the hollow by the old oak tree" +I am sure there is more and I would like to find them, +another, "My moon shining thru the pine while Mohawk sleeps, let her leep thru the dell, your cowboy lover" +again I know there is more. + thank you


17 Dec 2012

Songs+

These people are driving me crazy


10 Nov 2012

In my 70s and remember these words my mother used to sing

Just a rose in a garden of weeds no one knows just who just planted you there,although your alone,how sweet you have grown,with know one to tend you or care.never mind little rose never mind,though your lonesome ........

Re just a Rose,I hope this helps!

Can some one help me, +i too am looking for the words of another old song....give her a bunch of Roses,Mum loves Roses,give her a small bouquet ..love on Mothers day..?


13 Oct 2012

#4 Tell Me Pretty Maiden

According to Joel Whitburn, this recording features Byron G Harlan, Frank C Stanley, Joe Belmont and the Folorodora Girls.

You will notice that it is also listed in other sources (from different countries), they give the entry we have.

Most music from before about 1940 has a range of different ways the artists can be assigned, we try and ensure consistency rather than worry about exactly matching a single source.


20 Feb 2012

JUST A ROSE IN A GARDEN OF WEEDS

I'm looking for the the lyrics and melody to "JUST A ROSE IN A GARDEN OF WEEDS" No one believes me that there is an old song out there with this title

We think that the song is the one listed here as "Garden of Weeds". Which was a minor hit for Paul Whiteman in 1935. You could have found it by searching for "Garden of Weeds" in the search box at the top of this page.

We, of course, do not have any lyrics here.


14 Feb 2012

Thank you

I would just like to thank you for this invaluable website. This is the most consice chart archive access I have ever come across.


14 Jan 2012

lyrics to " a rose in a garden of weeds "

I am trying to find the lyrics for " just a rose in a garden of weeds. Can you help ???

Kindest regards

Doug Burgess


20 Feb 2011

I'm looking for the song "You'll Never Know the Good Fellow I've Been"

We don't have any music files here, just a listing of chart positions


4 Nov 2010

Holy Ancient! These are over 100 years old!