Songs from the Year 1908

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This page lists the top songs of 1908 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.

There are almost no charts from before 1920 so this list is heavily determined by very few entries.

The top ten song artists of 1908 were:

1:Ada Jones & Billy Murray2:Billy Murray3:Billy Murray & Haydn Quartet4:Arthur Collins & Byron G Harlan5:Haydn Quartet
6:Mario Pinheiro7:Henry Burr8:Peerless Quartet9:Elise Stevenson10:Victor Orchestra
# Artist Song Title Year Chart Entries
1 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
2 Victor Orchestra The Glow-Worm 1908 US Billboard 1 - May 1908 (9 weeks), Brazil 12 of 1909
3 Lucy Isabelle Marsh The Glow-Worm 1908 US Billboard 1 - Jun 1908 (10 weeks), Brazil 18 of 1909
4 Elise Stevenson Are You Sincere? 1908 US Billboard 1 - Jul 1908 (10 weeks), Brazil 21 of 1909
5 Nat Wills No News, Or What Killed the Dog 1908 Library of Congress artifact added 2008 (1908), US Billboard 4 - Jan 1909 (1 week)
6 Edward Meeker Take Me Out To The Ball Game 1908 Library of Congress artifact added 2010 (1908), US Billboard 5 - Oct 1908 (1 week)
7 Emilio DeGogorza O Sole Mio 1908 US Billboard 3 - Aug 1908 (3 weeks), Brazil 4 of 1909
8 George M Cohan The Small Town Gal 1908 Peel list 3 of 1908, US Billboard 8 - Dec 1911 (2 weeks)
9 Billy Murray Under Any Old Flag at All 1908 US Billboard 1 - Feb 1908 (11 weeks)
10 Ada Jones & Billy Murray When We Are M-A-Double-R-I-E-D 1908 US Billboard 1 - Aug 1908 (9 weeks)
11 Haydn Quartet Sunbonnet Sue 1908 US Billboard 1 - Oct 1908 (14 weeks)
12 Alan Turner As Long as the World Rolls On 1908 US Billboard 1 - Feb 1908 (14 weeks)
13 Ada Jones & Billy Murray Wouldn't You Like to Have Me for a Sweetheart? 1908 US Billboard 1 - Apr 1908 (8 weeks)
14 Ada Jones & Billy Murray Cuddle Up a Little Closer 1908 US Billboard 1 - Sep 1908 (10 weeks)
15 Grace Cameron Adam & Eve 1908 Peel list 1 of 1908
16 Mario Pinheiro Os Namorados da Lua 1908 Brazil 1 of 1908
17 Enrico Caruso & Geraldine Farrar Madama Butterfly - Finale Act I: O Quantiocchi Fisi (O Kindly Heavens) 1908 US Billboard 4 - Jul 1908 (2 weeks), Brazil 10 of 1909
18 Maude Raymond The Dusky Salome 1908 Peel list 4 of 1908, Brazil 35 of 1917
19 Enrico Caruso Rigoletto - La Donna E' Mobile (Woman is Fickle) 1908 US Billboard 5 - Jul 1908 (1 week), Brazil 19 of 1909
20 Enrico Caruso & Louise Homer Il Trovatore - Ai Nostri Monti (Home to Our Mountains) 1908 US Billboard 8 - Aug 1908 (1 week), Brazil 13 of 1909
21 Will Oakland When You & I Were Young, Maggie 1908 US Billboard 7 - Dec 1908 (1 week), Brazil 31 of 1914
22 Jack Norworth Take Me Out To The Ball Game 1908 Music Imprint 2 of 1900s
23 Ada Jones & Billy Murray I've Taken Quite a Fancy to You 1908 US Billboard 2 - Sep 1908 (6 weeks)
24 Frank Stanley Any Old Port in a Storm 1908 US Billboard 2 - Oct 1908 (4 weeks)
25 Ada Jones & Billy Murray Smarty 1908 US Billboard 2 - Aug 1908 (5 weeks)
26 Frank Stanley & Henry Burr She's the Fairest Little Flower Old Dixie Ever Grew 1908 US Billboard 2 - Jun 1908 (8 weeks)
27 Haydn Quartet Keep On Smiling 1908 US Billboard 2 - Apr 1908 (4 weeks)
28 Harry MacDonough & John Bieling Over the Hills & Far Away 1908 US Billboard 2 - Sep 1908 (5 weeks)
29 Arthur Collins & Byron G Harlan My Gal Irene 1908 US Billboard 2 - May 1908 (6 weeks)
30 Reinald Werrenrath As Long as the World Rolls On 1908 US Billboard 2 - Jan 1908 (5 weeks)
31 Maude Raymond Goodbye Molly Brown 1908 Peel list 2 of 1908
32 Mario Pinheiro O Que Tu es 1908 Brazil 2 of 1908
33 Byron G Harlan There Never was a Girl Like You 1908 US Billboard 3 - Apr 1908 (4 weeks)
34 Ada Jones & Billy Murray There's No Moon Like the Honeymoon 1908 US Billboard 3 - Dec 1908 (6 weeks)
35 Henry Burr You Have Always Been the Same Old Pal 1908 US Billboard 3 - Nov 1908 (4 weeks)
36 Harvey Hindermyer Take Me Out To The Ball Game 1908 US Billboard 3 - Nov 1908 (4 weeks)
37 Billy Murray It Looks Like a Big Night To-Night 1908 US Billboard 3 - Nov 1908 (3 weeks)
38 Ada Jones & Billy Murray Make Believe 1908 US Billboard 3 - Jan 1908 (6 weeks)
39 Harry MacDonough & Elise Stevenson I Love You So 1908 US Billboard 3 - Feb 1908 (6 weeks)
40 Albert Campbell School Day 1908 US Billboard 3 - Mar 1908 (3 weeks)
41 Henry Burr I Love, & the World is Mine 1908 US Billboard 3 - Aug 1908 (3 weeks)
42 Billy Murray I'm Afraid to Come Home in the Dark 1908 US Billboard 3 - Mar 1908 (3 weeks)
43 Elise Stevenson The Vilia Song 1908 US Billboard 3 - May 1908 (3 weeks)
44 Harry MacDonough & Elise Stevenson Kiss Duet (Sweetest Maid of All) 1908 US Billboard 3 - Jun 1908 (5 weeks)
45 Aristide Bruant Nini Peau D'chien 1908 France (Historical) 3 of the 1900s & 1910s (1908)
46 Eduardo das Neves Bolim Bolacho 1908 Brazil 3 of 1908
47 Cal Stewart Uncle Josh's Letter from Home 1908 US Billboard 4 - Aug 1908 (2 weeks)
48 Arthur Collins The Old-Time Rag 1908 US Billboard 4 - Nov 1908 (2 weeks)
49 Harry MacDonough Sweetheart Days 1908 US Billboard 4 - Jun 1908 (2 weeks)
50 Alan Turner Toreador's Song 1908 US Billboard 4 - May 1908 (2 weeks)
51 Eddie Morton The Right Church, but the Wrong Pew 1908 US Billboard 4 - Oct 1908 (1 week)
52 Frank Stanley & Harry MacDonough Some Day You'll Come Back to Me 1908 US Billboard 4 - Mar 1908 (1 week)
53 Harry MacDonough Maxim's 1908 US Billboard 4 - May 1908 (2 weeks)
54 Peerless Quartet Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming 1908 US Billboard 4 - Aug 1908 (2 weeks)
55 Arthur Pryor's Band Red Wing Medley 1908 US Billboard 4 - Aug 1908 (2 weeks)
56 Billy Murray I'm Glad I'm Married 1908 US Billboard 4 - Dec 1908 (2 weeks)
57 Byron G Harlan Sunbonnet Sue 1908 US Billboard 4 - Nov 1908 (2 weeks)
58 Frank Stanley & Elise Stevenson Cavaliere 1908 US Billboard 4 - May 1908 (2 weeks)
59 Arthur Collins & Byron G Harlan Down in Jungle Town 1908 US Billboard 4 - Oct 1908 (2 weeks)
60 Arthur Pryor's Band International March 1908 US Billboard 4 - Feb 1908 (5 weeks)
61 Arthur Collins Dixie Dan 1908 US Billboard 4 - Jan 1908 (2 weeks)
62 Eddie Morton Don't Take Me Home 1908 US Billboard 4 - Oct 1908 (2 weeks)
63 Geraldine Farrar & Antonio Scotti La Boheme - Quartetto: Addio, Dolce Svegliare (Farewell, Sweet Love) 1908 US Billboard 4 - Aug 1908 (2 weeks)
64 Enrico Caruso Dorn Sebastian - In Terra Solo (On Earth Alone) 1908 US Billboard 4 - Apr 1908 (3 weeks)
65 Frank Stanley & Henry Burr Rainbow 1908 US Billboard 4 - Dec 1908 (2 weeks)
66 Haydn Quartet When It's Moonlight on the Prairie 1908 US Billboard 5 - Jul 1908 (1 week)
67 Arthur Collins & Byron G Harlan Come on & Kiss Yo' Baby 1908 US Billboard 5 - Mar 1908 (1 week)
68 Len Spencer & Ada Jones Jimmie & Maggie at The Merry Widow 1908 US Billboard 5 - May 1908 (2 weeks)
69 Alan Turner Good-Bye, Sweetheart, Good-Bye 1908 US Billboard 5 - Apr 1908 (1 week)
70 Alan Turner & Haydn Quartet Here's to the Girl! 1908 US Billboard 5 - Dec 1908 (1 week)
71 Frederic Rose If You Cared for Me 1908 US Billboard 5 - Dec 1908 (1 week)
72 Victor Orchestra The Dream Waltz 1908 US Billboard 5 - May 1908 (1 week)
73 George Stehl, Marshall Lufsky & Paul Surth The Herd Girl's Dream 1908 US Billboard 5 - Dec 1908 (1 week)
74 Banda do num 1 Regimento da Forca Policial Sonho das Flores 1908 Brazil 5 of 1908
75 Bob Roberts I've Got a Tickling Sensation 'Round My Heart for You 1908 US Billboard 6 - Apr 1908 (1 week)

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4 Jun 2015

#1 Billy Murry & Hayden Quartet

Over the years numerous discographies have attributed this recording to BillyMurray and the Haydn Quartet. However, the record label as well as the Victor catalog only list the Hayden Quartet. Billy Murray had a very distinctive tenor voice and it is quite easy for anyone familiar with it to determine that it is not Murray on this recording. Several articles have been written on this subject and the general consensus is that it is Harry MacDonough. He had a less distinctive voice than Murray, but the voice on the recording sounds like it could be him. Both he and Murray made numerous recordings with the Haydn Quartet around that time.

We are sure your information is correct, but in this case we have to follow the Billboard chart (even when it is probably incorrect).

We've posted this message on the pages of all those you mention so any users will be able to see your information.


11 Jan 2013

Lost Somg

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 did to do before, Honey I can't live without you anymore, I won't be satisfied until you're by my side, I'm yearning for that moment when, I'll say hello,I'll see you smile, I'll hold you in my arms again.

My memory of of it being sung Louis Armstrong style.


30 Sep 2011

Lost song found

I believe it's "I WANNA SAY HELLO". It has been sung by Pee Wee King, The Four Knights, and Chas & Dave. I believe many other people sing it as well. Memories like those are the greatest. I hope I helped

:D


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