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:Eddie Cantor5:Marion Harris
6:Ben Selvin7:Billy Jones8:Os Oito Batutas9:King Oliver's Jazz Band10:Fiddlin' John Carson
# 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 added 2002 (1923), Music Imprint 2 of 1920s, US invalid BB 6 of 1923, POP 8 of 1923, Daily Deuce 16, nuTsie 19 of 1920s, Brazil 33 of 1925, RIAA 315, Acclaimed 852 (1923), 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 invalid 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 invalid 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 invalid BB 2 of 1923, POP 2 of 1923, Brazil 8 of 1924, nuTsie 91 of 1920s, RYM 40 of 1923
5 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), Daily Deuce 18, aceterrier.com 34 of the 1920s (1923), Acclaimed 874 (1923), RYM 4 of 1923
6 Eddie Cantor No, No Nora 1923 US Billboard 1 - Nov 1923 (9 weeks), US invalid BB 10 of 1923, Brazil 16 of 1924, POP 16 of 1923, RYM 69 of 1923
7 Paul Whiteman Bambalina 1923 US Billboard 1 - Jun 1923 (8 weeks), US invalid BB 11 of 1923, Brazil 13 of 1924, POP 18 of 1923, RYM 67 of 1923
8 Art Landry & his Orchestra Dreamy Melody 1923 US Billboard 1 - May 1923 (10 weeks), US invalid BB 7 of 1923, POP 10 of 1923, Brazil 15 of 1924
9 Van & Schenck Carolina in the Morning 1923 US Billboard 1 - Jan 1923 (14 weeks), US invalid BB 8 of 1923, POP 12 of 1923, Brazil 31 of 1923
10 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
11 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
12 Billy Murray & Ed Smalle That Old Gang of Mine 1923 US Billboard 1 - Sep 1923 (14 weeks), US invalid BB 4 of 1923, POP 4 of 1923
13 Carl Fenton Love Sends a Little Gift of Roses 1923 US Billboard 1 - Apr 1923 (10 weeks), US invalid 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 Bessie Smith T'ain't Nobody's Business If I Do 1923 US Billboard 9 - Oct 1923 (1 week), Daily Deuce 24, nuTsie 61 of 1920s, RYM 2 of 1923
17 Jelly Roll Morton Kansas City Stomp 1923 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010 (1928), RYM 30 of 1923
18 King Oliver's Jazz Band Canal Street Blues 1923 Library of Congress artifact added 2009 (1923), RYM 33 of 1923
19 King Oliver's Jazz Band Chimes Blues 1923 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1996 (1923), RYM 56 of 1923
20 Paul Whiteman Carolina in the Morning 1923 US Billboard 5 - Feb 1923 (4 weeks), Brazil 19 of 1924, RYM 39 of 1922
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 Melville Gideon Horsey Keep Your Tail Up 1923 Peel list 1 of 1923
24 Orquestra Brasil-America Tristezas do Jeca 1923 Brazil 1 of 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 Aggravatin' Papa 1923 US Billboard 12 - Aug 1923 (1 week), nuTsie 73 of 1920s, RYM 12 of 1923
32 Marion Harris Carolina in the Morning 1923 US Billboard 4 - Jan 1923 (4 weeks), nuTsie 68 of 1920s
33 Blossom Seeley Way Down Yonder in New Orleans 1923 US Billboard 5 - Feb 1923 (3 weeks), nuTsie 99 of 1920s
34 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
35 Eddie Cantor I've Got the Yes We Have No Bananas Blues 1923 US Billboard 2 - Nov 1923 (6 weeks), RYM 69 of 1923
36 Paul Specht & his Orchestra Goodbye 1923 US Billboard 10 - Jan 1923 (1 week), POP 19 of 1923
37 The Georgians (I Wish I Could) Shimmy Like My Sister Kate 1923 US Billboard 11 - Mar 1923 (1 week), POP 17 of 1923
38 Gene Rodemich & his Orchestra Wolverine Blues 1923 US Billboard 7 - Nov 1923 (2 weeks), Jazz Standard 669
39 Ted Lewis & his Orchestra Tin Roof Blues 1923 US Billboard 14 - Dec 1925 (1 week), Jazz Standard 614
40 Paul Whiteman Last Night On the Back Porch 1923 US Billboard 3 - Dec 1923 (8 weeks), RYM 89 of 1923
41 Paul Whiteman Wonderful One 1923 US Billboard 3 - May 1923 (5 weeks), RYM 108 of 1923
42 Paul Whiteman I Love You 1923 US Billboard 3 - Jan 1924 (5 weeks), RYM 111 of 1923
43 Isham Jones Broken Hearted Melody 1923 US Billboard 2 - Mar 1923 (7 weeks)
44 Ben Bernie Swingin' Down the Lane 1923 US Billboard 2 - Aug 1923 (8 weeks)
45 Ernest Hare & Billy Jones Barney Google 1923 US Billboard 2 - Jul 1923 (7 weeks)
46 Ben Selvin Indiana Moon 1923 US Billboard 2 - Sep 1923 (9 weeks)
47 Felix Mayol Elle Vendait Des P'tits Gateaux 1923 France (Historical) 2 of the 1920s (1923)
48 Will Fyffe I Belong to Glasgow 1923 Peel list 2 of 1923
49 Bahiano Borboleta Nao & Ave 1923 Brazil 2 of 1923
50 Paul Whiteman Dearest (You're the Nearest to My Heart) 1923 US Billboard 4 - Jun 1923 (5 weeks), RYM 87 of 1923
51 Paul Whiteman Chansonette 1923 US Billboard 4 - Dec 1923 (6 weeks), RYM 90 of 1923
52 Bessie Smith Gulf Coast Blues 1923 US Billboard 5 - Jul 1923 (4 weeks), RYM 1 of 1923
53 Isham Jones Saw Mill River Road 1923 US Billboard 5 - May 1923 (5 weeks), RYM 65 of 1923
54 Marion Harris Who's Sorry Now? 1923 US Billboard 5 - Sep 1923 (4 weeks), RYM 79 of 1923
55 Paul Whiteman An Orange Grove in California 1923 US Billboard 5 - Jan 1924 (3 weeks), RYM 82 of 1923
56 Paul Whiteman Way Down Yonder in New Orleans 1923 US Billboard 5 - Jun 1923 (3 weeks), RYM 87 of 1923
57 Paul Whiteman Underneath the Mellow Moon 1923 US Billboard 5 - May 1923 (3 weeks), RYM 108 of 1923
58 Marion Harris Beside a Babbling Brook 1923 US Billboard 7 - Jul 1923 (4 weeks), RYM 77 of 1923
59 Great Whiteway Orchestra Yes! We Have No Bananas 1923 US Billboard 3 - Aug 1923 (6 weeks)
60 Henry Burr Just a Girl That Men Forget 1923 US Billboard 3 - Nov 1923 (6 weeks)
61 Benny Krueger & his Orchestra That Old Gang of Mine 1923 US Billboard 3 - Dec 1923 (5 weeks)
62 Ben Bernie Wildflower 1923 US Billboard 3 - Jul 1923 (5 weeks)
63 Orquestra de Eduardo Souto So Teu Amor 1923 Brazil 3 of 1923
64 Ben Selvin Three O'Clock in The Morning 1923 US Billboard 8 - Mar 1923 (1 week), RYM 84 of 1923
65 Isham Jones Marcheta 1923 US Billboard 8 - Aug 1923 (2 weeks), RYM 99 of 1923
66 Paul Whiteman Lady of the Evening 1923 US Billboard 11 - May 1923 (1 week), RYM 86 of 1923
67 Paul Whiteman Raggedy Ann 1923 US Billboard 12 - Feb 1924 (1 week), RYM 93 of 1923
68 Jelly Roll Morton Grandpa's Spells (A Stomp) 1923 US Billboard 17 - 1927 (2 weeks), RYM 30 of 1923
69 Al Jolson Lost (A Wonderful Girl) 1923 US Billboard 4 - Feb 1923 (3 weeks)
70 Al Jolson Who Cares 1923 US Billboard 4 - Mar 1923 (4 weeks)
71 Isham Jones When You Walked Out, Someone Else Walked Right In 1923 US Billboard 4 - Sep 1923 (7 weeks)
72 Al Jolson Stella 1923 US Billboard 4 - Sep 1923 (5 weeks)
73 Al Jolson Coal Black Mammy 1923 US Billboard 4 - Jun 1923 (3 weeks)
74 Os Oito Batutas Ba-Ta-Cla 1923 Brazil 4 of 1923
75 King Oliver's Jazz Band Workingman's Blues 1923 aceterrier.com 35 of the 1920s (1923), RYM 31 of 1923
76 Dolly Kay You've Gotta See Mama Every Night (Or You Can't See Mama At All) 1923 US Billboard 5 - Apr 1923 (4 weeks)
77 Van & Schenck You Can Have Him, I Don't Want Him 1923 US Billboard 5 - Feb 1923 (4 weeks)
78 Henry Burr You Know You Belong to Somebody Else (So Why Don't You Leave Me Alone) 1923 US Billboard 5 - May 1923 (3 weeks)
79 Van & Schenck You Tell Her - I Stutter 1923 US Billboard 5 - Apr 1923 (3 weeks)
80 Clyde Doerr & his Orchestra Suez 1923 US Billboard 5 - Jan 1923 (3 weeks)
81 Al Jolson Morning Will Come 1923 US Billboard 5 - Aug 1923 (5 weeks)
82 Original Dixieland Jazz Band Some of These Days 1923 US Billboard 5 - Apr 1923 (3 weeks)
83 Ted Lewis & his Orchestra Bees' Knees 1923 US Billboard 5 - Feb 1923 (3 weeks)
84 Abe Lyman & his California Orchestra Midnight Rose 1923 US Billboard 5 - Nov 1923 (5 weeks)
85 Ted Lewis & his Orchestra Cut Yourself a Piece of Cake 1923 US Billboard 5 - Oct 1923 (3 weeks)
86 Bahiano Tatu Subiu no Pau 1923 Brazil 5 of 1923
87 Ernest Hare & Billy Jones That Old Gang of Mine 1923 US Billboard 6 - Dec 1923 (3 weeks)
88 Irving Kaufman Dirty Hands! Dirty Face! 1923 US Billboard 6 - Sep 1923 (3 weeks)
89 Sophie Tucker You've Gotta See Mama Every Night (Or You Can't See Mama At All) 1923 US Billboard 6 - Jul 1923 (3 weeks)
90 Paul Specht & his Orchestra Roses of Picardy 1923 US Billboard 6 - Jul 1923 (2 weeks)
91 Great Whiteway Orchestra You Gave Me Your Heart (So I Gave You Mine) 1923 US Billboard 6 - Apr 1923 (3 weeks)
92 Benson Orchestra of Chicago That Old Gang of Mine 1923 US Billboard 6 - Nov 1923 (3 weeks)
93 Carl Fenton Indiana Moon 1923 US Billboard 6 - Nov 1923 (3 weeks)
94 Eddie Cantor Oh! Gee, Oh! Gosh, Oh! Golly, I'm in Love 1923 US Billboard 7 - Oct 1923 (3 weeks)
95 Paul Specht & his Orchestra When Hearts Are Young 1923 US Billboard 7 - Mar 1923 (2 weeks)
96 Arthur Gibbs & his Gang Louisville Lou 1923 US Billboard 7 - Aug 1923 (3 weeks)
97 Al Jolson You've Simply Got Me Cuckoo 1923 US Billboard 7 - Dec 1923 (2 weeks)
98 Bar Harbor Society Orchestra Love Sends a Little Gift of Roses 1923 US Billboard 7 - May 1923 (2 weeks)
99 Nora Bayes Dearest 1923 US Billboard 7 - Jun 1923 (3 weeks)
100 American Quartet Nellie Kelly, I Love You 1923 US Billboard 7 - Jan 1923 (3 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.