Songs from the Year 1923

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This page lists the top songs of 1923 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.

Between 1920 and 1940 there are few available charts (at least that we can find). These results should be treated with some caution since, with few exceptions, they are based on fairly subjective charts and biased towards the USA.

The top ten song artists of 1923 were:

1:Paul Whiteman2:Bessie Smith3:Isham Jones4:Os Oito Batutas5:Eddie Cantor
6:Marion Harris7:Ben Selvin8:Billy Jones9:King Oliver's Jazz Band10:Ted Lewis & his Orchestra
# Artist Song Title Year Chart Entries
1 Bessie Smith Down Hearted Blues 1923 US Billboard 1 - Jun 1923 (12 weeks), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2006 (1923), Library of Congress artifact (1923), Music Imprint 2 of 1920s, US BB 6 of 1923, POP 8 of 1923, nuTsie 19 of 1920s, Brazil 33 of 1925, RIAA 315, RYM 1 of 1923, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
2 Isham Jones Swingin' Down the Lane 1923 US Billboard 1 - Aug 1923 (15 weeks), ASCAP song of 1923, US BB 9 of 1923, Brazil 11 of 1924, POP 14 of 1923, nuTsie 81 of 1920s, RYM 68 of 1923
3 Billy Jones Yes! We Have No Bananas 1923 US Billboard 1 - Jul 1923 (13 weeks), Music Imprint 4 of 1920s, US BB 5 of 1923, POP 6 of 1923, Brazil 18 of 1924, nuTsie 32 of 1920s, RIAA 304
4 Paul Whiteman Parade of the Wooden Soldiers 1923 US Billboard 1 - Apr 1923 (13 weeks), US BB 2 of 1923, POP 2 of 1923, Brazil 8 of 1924, nuTsie 91 of 1920s, RYM 40 of 1923
5 Paul Whiteman Bambalina 1923 US Billboard 1 - Jun 1923 (8 weeks), US BB 11 of 1923, Brazil 13 of 1924, POP 18 of 1923, RYM 67 of 1923
6 Eddie Cantor No, No Nora 1923 US Billboard 1 - Nov 1923 (9 weeks), US BB 10 of 1923, Brazil 16 of 1924, POP 16 of 1923, RYM 69 of 1923
7 Art Landry & his Orchestra Dreamy Melody 1923 US Billboard 1 - May 1923 (10 weeks), US BB 7 of 1923, POP 10 of 1923, Brazil 15 of 1924
8 Van & Schenck Carolina in the Morning 1923 US Billboard 1 - Jan 1923 (14 weeks), US BB 8 of 1923, POP 12 of 1923, Brazil 31 of 1923
9 Louis Armstrong Dippermouth Blues 1923 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010 (1923), Peel list 4 of 1923, US Billboard 9 - Jan 1924 (1 week), RYM 10 of 1923
10 Ben Selvin Yes! We Have No Bananas 1923 US Billboard 1 - Sep 1923 (12 weeks), POP 6 of 1923, Brazil 10 of 1924, RYM 103 of 1923
11 Billy Murray & Ed Smalle That Old Gang of Mine 1923 US Billboard 1 - Sep 1923 (14 weeks), US BB 4 of 1923, POP 4 of 1923
12 Fiddlin' John Carson Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane 1923 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1923), US Billboard 9 - Dec 1923 (2 weeks), Acclaimed 874 (1923), RYM 4 of 1923
13 Carl Fenton Love Sends a Little Gift of Roses 1923 US Billboard 1 - Apr 1923 (10 weeks), US BB 12 of 1923, POP 20 of 1923
14 Isham Jones Who's Sorry Now? 1923 US Billboard 3 - Aug 1923 (8 weeks), Brazil 17 of 1924, nuTsie 86 of 1920s, RYM 68 of 1923
15 WC Handy St Louis Blues 1923 Music Imprint 6 of 1910s, US Billboard 9 - Nov 1923 (1 week), RIAA 69, RYM 19 of 1923
16 Orquestra Brasil-America Tristezas do Jeca 1923 Brazil 1 of 1923
17 Melville Gideon Horsey Keep Your Tail Up 1923 Peel list 1 of 1923
18 Jelly Roll Morton Kansas City Stomp 1923 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010 (1928), RYM 30 of 1923
19 King Oliver's Jazz Band Canal Street Blues 1923 Library of Congress artifact (1923), RYM 33 of 1923
20 King Oliver's Jazz Band Chimes Blues 1923 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1996 (1923), RYM 56 of 1923
21 Marion Harris Dirty Hands! Dirty Face! 1923 POP 5 of 1923, US Billboard 6 - Oct 1923 (3 weeks), RYM 11 of 1923
22 Benny Krueger & his Orchestra I Cried For You 1923 US Billboard 2 - Sep 1923 (10 weeks), POP 15 of 1923
23 Paul Whiteman Carolina in the Morning 1923 US Billboard 5 - Feb 1923 (4 weeks), Brazil 19 of 1924, RYM 39 of 1922
24 Kid Ory Orly's Creole Trombone 1923 Library of Congress artifact (1923)
25 Henry Burr Faded Love Letters 1923 US Billboard 3 - May 1923 (5 weeks), POP 7 of 1923
26 Isham Jones Farewell Blues 1923 US Billboard 8 - Jun 1923 (1 week), POP 9 of 1923, RYM 65 of 1923
27 Ethel Waters Georgia Blues 1923 US Billboard 10 - Nov 1923 (1 week), POP 11 of 1923, RYM 13 of 1922
28 Virginians (I Wish I Could) Shimmy Like My Sister Kate 1923 US Billboard 3 - Feb 1923 (7 weeks), POP 17 of 1923
29 Bessie Smith Baby Won't You Please Come Home 1923 US Billboard 6 - Sep 1923 (4 weeks), Scrobulate 47 of hi fidelity, RYM 13 of 1923
30 Eddie Cantor He Loves It 1923 US Billboard 9 - Mar 1923 (1 week), POP 13 of 1923, RYM 34 of 1922
31 Bessie Smith T'ain't Nobody's Business If I Do 1923 US Billboard 9 - Oct 1923 (1 week), nuTsie 61 of 1920s, RYM 2 of 1923
32 Bessie Smith Aggravatin' Papa 1923 US Billboard 12 - Aug 1923 (1 week), nuTsie 73 of 1920s, RYM 12 of 1923
33 Marion Harris Carolina in the Morning 1923 US Billboard 4 - Jan 1923 (4 weeks), nuTsie 68 of 1920s
34 Blossom Seeley Way Down Yonder in New Orleans 1923 US Billboard 5 - Feb 1923 (3 weeks), nuTsie 99 of 1920s
35 Fiddlin' John Carson You'll Never Miss Your Mother Until She's Gone 1923 US Billboard 2 - Mar 1924 (8 weeks), RYM 6 of 1923
36 Bahiano Borboleta Nao & Ave 1923 Brazil 2 of 1923
37 Will Fyffe I Belong to Glasgow 1923 Peel list 2 of 1923
38 Felix Mayol Elle Vendait Des P'tits Gateaux 1923 France (Historical) 2 of the 1920s (1923)
39 Eddie Cantor I've Got the Yes We Have No Bananas Blues 1923 US Billboard 2 - Nov 1923 (6 weeks), RYM 69 of 1923
40 Paul Specht & his Orchestra Goodbye 1923 US Billboard 10 - Jan 1923 (1 week), POP 19 of 1923
41 The Georgians (I Wish I Could) Shimmy Like My Sister Kate 1923 US Billboard 11 - Mar 1923 (1 week), POP 17 of 1923
42 Gene Rodemich & his Orchestra Wolverine Blues 1923 US Billboard 7 - Nov 1923 (2 weeks), Jazz Standard 669
43 Ted Lewis & his Orchestra Tin Roof Blues 1923 US Billboard 14 - Dec 1925 (1 week), Jazz Standard 614
44 Paul Whiteman Last Night On the Back Porch 1923 US Billboard 3 - Dec 1923 (8 weeks), RYM 89 of 1923
45 Paul Whiteman Wonderful One 1923 US Billboard 3 - May 1923 (5 weeks), RYM 108 of 1923
46 Paul Whiteman I Love You 1923 US Billboard 3 - Jan 1924 (5 weeks), RYM 111 of 1923
47 Orquestra de Eduardo Souto So Teu Amor 1923 Brazil 3 of 1923
48 Isham Jones Broken Hearted Melody 1923 US Billboard 2 - Mar 1923 (7 weeks)
49 Ernest Hare & Billy Jones Barney Google 1923 US Billboard 2 - Jul 1923 (7 weeks)
50 Ben Bernie Swingin' Down the Lane 1923 US Billboard 2 - Aug 1923 (8 weeks)

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12 Aug 2014

Bessie Smith #25

"Jealous Hearted Blues"- I can find no record of this being elected to theNRR(Library of Congress).I think maybe this should be added to "Down Hearted Blues"(#1)which was elected to Library of Congress in 2002.

The original data says the song "Hearted Blues" was selected, we knew that must be wrong but selected the wrong Bessie Smith song. Thanks for the correction


10 Jan 2014

#7 Dippermouth Blues

Oliver recorded Dippermouth Blues twice in 1923. First for Gennett 5132-A (King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band) and second for OKeh 4918-A (King Oliver's Jazz Band). It is the OKeh recording which charted at #9 on Billboard. Armstrong performs on both recordings, but only as a member of the band. However, many listings credit Armstrong because his historical prominence overshadows Oliver's.

Thanks for the details


27 Nov 2013

1923

You have Dippermouth Blues for both King Oliver's Jazz Band and Louis Armstrong - these are one and the same (?) and should not be speratae entries.

Cheers, Piaras

Dippermouth Blues was first recorded by King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band in 1923, it is most often attributed to Joe "King" Oliver, but we think you (and John Peel) have it right so we've credited Louis Armstrong

Thanks for the suggestion


24 Feb 2013

song./ three oclock in the morning

looking for words to this song


19 Aug 2011

Wolverine Blues

The #32 listing for Wolverine Blues you have attributed to Jelly Roll Morton should probably be attributed to Gene Rodemich AHO. Morton's version was a hit in 1928 while Rodemich's was a hit in 1923.

Keep up the great work! This is a fabulous website!

You are clearly right to suggest that there is something wrong with that entry. The Billboard listing has the 1923 version of "Wolverine Blues" from Gene Rodemich and the 1926 version from Jelly Roll Morton, just as you suggest.

The issue is with the entry from the RYM web site, it states that the 1923 song was by Jelly Roll Morton, which doesn't seem right. However the original entry says that the B-side was "King Porter Stomp" which was by Morton, not Gene Rodemich.

So we think that the issue is that the RYM web site incorrectly lists the year and it should be 1926. We've changed the data to fix the issue, thanks for drawing it to our attention.