After the "Great War" there was an explosion of popular music, especially in the US. The chart data for this period is sparse, and mostly focused on the USA, this is actually fair since that was where most music revenue was being generated. The top 30 acts of the 1920s were:
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1 Apr 2019
I'm looking for an old song for my 103 year old mother in law, with the words, pull up your legs [or dress] and show your pretty knees. I hope you can help me. Barb
27 Mar 2019
The train song
Also, want lyrics from a song about a young man on a train with a baby who iscrying and the people complain until he tells them the mother of the baby is dead and in the next car?? Grandma sang this one to us also.+
27 Mar 2019
My grandma used to sing us a song about a burglar who tried to rob an oldmaid's house. We are not sure if it was burglar "bold", "beau", or "bo"?? Can you help us?
16 Mar 2019
Does anyone know these song titles?
I am trying to find the titles of two songs that my parents sang to me. Thelyrics of the first are "I'm building a rainbow, to put on your finger" The second is a song that goes "He can mend any kind of shoe Popanicolini, he's your friend when your feeling blue, Popanicolini, people send all the troubles too, Popanicolini, he can mend all your heartaches and blues" I would love to know their title names if anyone has that info, thanks kindly, Debbie (New Zealand)
12 Sep 2018
I only know that some of the lyrics go "Well you do".
11 Dec 2017
Includes the words "when Madeline dances with me - holy g:
1 Oct 2017
saving my pennies to see my daddy ....
Does anyone know the song with the words ..."Saving all my pennies for the weekend to see my daddy again .......
21 Sep 2017
song title search
Looking for my granduncle Max's favourite song. +He was very little (born 1928) and all he can remember was the phrase "Mackie macadoo, summedai summedoo, everybody....." He sang it so much, was named "Max doo" Please help
We suspect this is "Johnny McEldoo" which we think is a traditional Irish song
5 Dec 2016
little orphan girl freezes to death at the rich man`s door
does anyone know this song? +I used to listen to it on anold victrola when Iwas very young.
18 Nov 2016
looking for song
trying to fine the title of a song from the 1920/30s, lyrics "Who'll bite yourneck when my lips are gone." the song is referenced in "The Last Flapper"
14 Oct 2016
Sunday. + Caise that's the one day when I'm with you.
24 Sep 2016
My dad used. To sing this song. + I know you will remember cos you've gotremembering eyes ,this world was mad for gladness & not for sad goodbyes , though seas may roll between us ,there's no need for tears or sighs , I know you will remember cos you've got remembring eyes .+ ++ ++ Shame if this song dies
23 Aug 2016
Silly Hobo Cooking Song from the 20s
My grandma used to sing a hobo cooking song with the lyrics, "so throw in somerags and some old paper bags" ... wish I could remember the rest. Anyone?
9 Jun 2016
Looking for lyrics to "Who'll bite your neck when my teeth are gone?" thissong is referenced in a book about F. Scott Fitzgerald.
This site is a list of chart entries, we have no lyrics here
20 May 2016
a boys mother who is dead comes to see him at night to comfort him. the first words are "When nurse has tucked the bedclothes in and stamped across the floor thesrs someone comes to see us then and stamped across the floor
6 Apr 2016
By the sea by the sea by the beautiful sea you and i you and I oh how happy we'll be.......
I would like to know all of the words please.
This site lists song charts, no lyrics here at all
12 Mar 2016
I Like You
Heard this sond last week...guessing it's from the 20-30 era...lyrics andother info, please
21 Dec 2015
I was hoping to get some sheet music and choregraphy for the song 67 singlesets of shop soiled sheets, can anyone help me out?
14 Sep 2015
I wish that they had a bigger list and some songs would still like of the1920s a song that would make kids say I wish people still listen to that and can the list have all genres please thanks
Did you look at the CSV file?
And no, the list cannot have all the genres (because we think there is no such thing) why don't you do that work and publish it?
11 Sep 2015
I'M dancing with tears in my eyes- who wrote it? or who ade it popular?
We have no data about who wrote it. In 1930 it was a minor hit for Ben Selvin, Regent Club Orchestra, and Ruth Etting, the biggest success (in 1930) was Nat Shilkret. Since then that title has been a hit for Mantovani, Ultravox, Don Caballero and Novaspace.
Wesley Tuttle and Uriah Heep have both had hits with songs called "Tears In My Eyes"
27 Aug 2015
love to know more words to "If you can't tell the world she's a good littlegirl then "Just say nothing at all." Don't tell the world what you know of her life. Some day she may make a wonderful wife.
27 Aug 2015
roll 'em girlies roll'em
+some of the words Don't let people tell you that it's shocking, put yousweeties picture in your stocking, roll 'em etc.
5 Jul 2015
A song I'm looking for +... If I could turn the clock back only just one year+
Been trying to find the words and who sang this song , our mother used to singit can you help me year must have been back in the 20/30/40 +thank you+
13 May 2015
song called Yvonne
Lyrics... Yvonne my Yvonne what am I to do now you're gone.......
21 Apr 2015
1920-30 + Not sure of title + - It's a+ fine thing to sing - are the beginning?
29 Jan 2015
Response to Jan 3
"Two Sleepy People" by Hoagy Carmichael
3 Jan 2015
Need title of an old song
Words: "Here we are, out of cigarettes ++ ++ +Holding hands and yawning ++ ++ +Look how late it gets... ++ ++ +Two sleepy, by dawn's early light ++ ++ +And too much in love to say "Good NIght!"
Not sure of era or composer..just know it is "old!" THanks, Mary
28 Sep 2014
Song not on the list
The name of the song is "It's the Boy" and my sister and I used to sing and dance to the music of that song. +Does anyone remember it? +We were about 6 at the tome so it had to be in 1927
15 Sep 2014
THIS IS ONLY 60!!!!
I looked up for them to give me 100 top songs of the 1920s and this website only gave me 60!! This is not ok!!
7 Sep 2014
Reply to 14 August email
18 Aug 2014
My father sings this song- Roll 'em roll 'em roll 'em down and show your pretty knees'.He is 100 years old, we would like to know the complete lyrics, if possible. Thank you.
14 Aug 2014
Please help me find the name of this song and who sings it+
Oh I loved her in the morning and I loved her at night Yes I loved Yes I loved When the stars shine so bright
Oh I loved her in the spring time And I loved her in the fall But last night on the back porch I loved her best of all
Oh I+ love my Marianna When she plays the grand piana She's a pusha she's a pumpa with the feet She's got lips that taste so finea Use to like Italian winea She's a dolly she's a dolly she's a sweet
Oh she calls me her papa When she starts a lovin there's no stoppin With eyes so big so bright But last night she got +cholic When she at a lot of garlic And I loved her best of all+
13 Aug 2014
name of song
trying to find a song but don't know the name of it. +some of the words in it are playmates won't you come out & play & sliding down the cellar door.
11 Jul 2014
songs children would sing
Can you tell me what song children or young persons might have sung in the1920's? My town is holding a special anniversary and as part of it would like to do a tribute to childhood having people of all ages perform. Thank you so much.
That is a good question, which we don't know the answer to.
"The Ovaltineys" started in 1930, try looking them up on YouTube
8 Jul 2014
I am looking for the title of a song my grandmom used to sing. I don't know ifit is from the 20's or 30's. It goes: Smile a while and kiss me sad adew, when the clouds roll by I'll come to you, when the sky turn to blue I'll meet you down in lovers lane my darling. This is all I remember. I hope you can help. Thank you
6 Apr 2014
13 Dec 2013
Responding to 12 Dec 2013, I believe those lyrics are from the light opera "The Vagabond King", sung by the second lead.
"Never try to bind me. Never make me stay. +Take me as you find me; love then go away. +All the loves you leave behind you die and fade away. +Never mind, you will be mine today."
Can't remember the name of the character. +Leif Ericson played the title role in the Hollywood Bowl production in 1950 or 1951.
Thanks for the suggestion
23 Mar 2014
llatin songs 1920s
Besides &* tea for two* can you tell me of other famous latin songs in this era?
2 Feb 2014
My mother sang this to me I would like to have the lyrics
We have no lyrics here, just listing of hits. The song "Betty Coed" was a hit for (in 1930) for Rudy Vallee & his Connecticut Yankees and Bob Haring & his Orchestra.
30 Jan 2014
There is a song from the 30's (tea for two) that the waring girls sang, Was that a one hit wonder? I tried to search them and I cannot find the girls anywhere on the internet!
The song "Tea for Two" was a hit for many people. Never heard of the Waring Sisters
13 Dec 2013
lover take me as you find me.....never try to bind me
lover take me as you find me.....never try to bind me
6 Oct 2013
Is there any old song that includes the words (My wife she fights with me all day) Thanks Mike
28 Jun 2013
When we build our little home
Hello, can you please help me locate a song of the 1920/30's when we build our little home, also when my ship comes in.
Many thanks. N.P.Ciccone
Neither song was a hit
15 Jun 2013
I'm surprised George Gershwin is not on this list
From what I had heard from various sources I thought he was very popular during this time, didn't you say in an earlier post that you also used the sales figures of sheet music.
In this list we have the peformer not the author, that matches the way music charts worked from the 1950s onward. Gershwin wrote a lot of hits in this period but didn't perform them
11 Jun 2013
The year Honey was written
When was the song... From the 1920's HONEY written?
27 Apr 2013
river stay away from my door
river stay away from my door
The song "River Stay 'Way From My Door" was a hit for Frank Sinatra in 1960 (in the UK, Canada and the US) and for Paul Robeson in 1931
27 Feb 2013
A Place To Do It
A friend of mine shared an old song with me about "finding a place to do it." He believes it dates to 1920-1926 but I have no luck finding the artist. Has anyone here ever heard of it?
9 Feb 2013
song # 57 by Louis Armstrong
You say it is the Muscrat Ramble.. But I believe the correct word is The MUSCAT ramble..Check it out..
26 Jan 2013
Song of 1920's Poss early 30's
The song was called 'Daddy' The lyrics started off "Put your head on my shoulder daddy" It was a young boy singing to his daddy after his mothers death. I remember it as a child and it was on a 78" record.
24 Oct 2012
#31 Tea for Two
The title of this song is simply Tea for Two. It was re-arranged in the 1950s to a Cha Cha tempo and was titled as such, but the 1925 version and the original title of the song is just Tea for Two.
Your assertion looks correct. We have changed the titles of all versions to just "Tea for Two" to make sure that people will find them all together. While this means that the 1950s versions "should" be "Tea for Two (Cha Cha)" we think that this will make it easiest for most users.
Thanks for the suggested fix.
8 Oct 2012
when june comes and the roses bloom again+
The only song that is close to your lyrics is by Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman "When the Roses Bloom Again". I hope that helps.
21 Sep 2012
Would you please send me the words and music of these songs or tell me where I can purchase them. I need it for a skit I am putting on for charity.
We don't have lyrics or actual music files here (either for sale or for download). All we have are chart positions.
We would suggest iTunes or Amazon (but other good sources are available)
25 Jun 2012
looking for the words to a song my mum used to sing to us in the 1960s It start susie green was sweet16 and never had been kissed what she never had she new she never missed. i think it was called i want a boy
9 Apr 2012
i am looking for a song i have only herd my family sing pre 40s ? words when june comes and the roses bloom again when june comes youl be in my arms and then we'll soon forget we parted in september as arm in arm we stroll down lovers lane when june comes and the roses bloom again
9 Apr 2012
when june comes and the roses bloom again
8 Sep 2011
I only remember part of the song: "How high's the water mama? 6 feet high and rising. How high's the water papa?" I've had this stuck in my head for years! Can you identify?
The song actually is "Five Feet High & Rising" which was written by Johnny Cash (apparently based on his childhood home in Arkansas which was flooded twice).
Cash had a minor hit with the song in 1959.
2 Sep 2011
Lost Song ... my Father used to sing
I am looking for a song that my father used to sing when I was a child in the 1950's. I believe the song may have been in the 1920's (or prior) or later to the 1940's.
The title, I do not know but the lyrics are along this line:
"I want to say hello, I want to see you smile, I want to hold you in my arms again ..... I want to do the little things we used to do before, Honey, I can't live without you anymore"
unfortunately, that is all that I can recollect
Please help me .... thank you
5 Apr 2011
missing Page yr1920.htm
Hi: I've tried to read yr1920.htm and can't find it.
Very good site -- Thanks.
We've checked the file "/music/yr1920.htm" and it looks OK to us.
5 Sep 2010
Who was the lady who sang "We'll meet again" in the early 1900s.
The most famous song with that title was written in 1939 (by Ross Parker & Hughie Charles) and was a hit for many including the Ink Spots, Guy Lombardo, Peggy Lee and (of course) Vera Lynn
We don't have any record of a hit from before 1939 with that title.