Songs from the Year 1925

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This page lists the top songs of 1925 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 1925 were:

1:Paul Whiteman2:Bessie Smith3:Ben Bernie4:Isham Jones5:Ben Selvin
6:Vernon Dalhart7:John McCormack8:Marion Harris9:Cliff Edwards (Ukelele Ike)10:Gene Austin
# Artist Song Title Year Chart Entries
1 Ben Bernie Sweet Georgia Brown 1925 US Billboard 1 - Jun 1925 (13 weeks), US BB 1 of 1925, POP 1 of 1925, ASCAP song of 1925, Music Imprint 7 of 1920s, Brazil 17 of 1926, nuTsie 35 of 1920s, RIAA 54, RYM 7 of 1925
2 Vernon Dalhart The Prisoner's Song 1925 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1925 (12 weeks), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1925), US BB 4 of 1926, POP 4 of 1926, Brazil 7 of 1925, nuTsie 7 of 1920s, Music Imprint 8 of 1920s, DMDB 91 (1925), RIAA 345, Acclaimed 1048 (1925), RYM 9 of 1926, Global 33 (5 M sold) - 1924
3 Bessie Smith St Louis Blues 1925 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1993 (1925), US Billboard 3 - Jun 1925 (6 weeks), Brazil 5 of 1926, POP 6 of 1925, nuTsie 8 of 1920s, Jazz Standard 20, Acclaimed 1036 (1925), Visconti song of 1925, RYM 1 of 1925
4 Ma Rainey See See Rider Blues 1925 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004 (1925), Library of Congress artifact (1923), US Billboard 14 - Jan 1925 (1 week), nuTsie 22 of 1920s, Acclaimed 1475 (1925), RYM 2 of 1925
5 Marion Harris Tea For Two 1925 US Billboard 1 - Jan 1925 (11 weeks), US BB 2 of 1925, POP 2 of 1925, Brazil 6 of 1925, RYM 30 of 1924
6 Eddie Cantor If You Knew Susie (Like I Know Susie) 1925 US Billboard 1 - Jul 1925 (12 weeks), US BB 4 of 1925, POP 4 of 1925, Brazil 12 of 1926, nuTsie 70 of 1920s, RYM 12 of 1925
7 Al Jolson All Alone 1925 US Billboard 1 - Jan 1925 (9 weeks), US BB 10 of 1925, POP 10 of 1925, Brazil 21 of 1925, nuTsie 93 of 1920s
8 Ernest Van Stoneman The Titanic 1925 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2013 (1924), US Billboard 3 - May 1925 (10 weeks), US BB 9 of 1925, POP 9 of 1925, RYM 39 of 1925
9 Gene Austin Yes Sir! That's My Baby 1925 US Billboard 1 - Aug 1925 (17 weeks), US BB 13 of 1925, POP 14 of 1925, Brazil 34 of 1926, RYM 37 of 1925
10 Isham Jones Remember 1925 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1925 (8 weeks), US BB 16 of 1925, POP 20 of 1925, Brazil 50 of 1927, RYM 72 of 1925
11 Ethel Waters Dinah 1925 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1925), US Billboard 2 - Jan 1926 (8 weeks), Brazil 23 of 1926, RYM 16 of 1925
12 Isham Jones & Ray Miller I'll See You in My Dreams 1925 US Billboard 1 - Mar 1925 (16 weeks), US BB 11 of 1925, POP 11 of 1925, Brazil 18 of 1925
13 Paul Whiteman All Alone 1925 US Billboard 1 - Jan 1925 (9 weeks), POP 10 of 1925, Brazil 22 of 1925, RYM 71 of 1924
14 John McCormack All Alone 1925 US Billboard 1 - Feb 1925 (8 weeks), POP 10 of 1925, Brazil 53 of 1927, RYM 38 of 1925
15 Paul Whiteman Charleston 1925 US Billboard 5 - Oct 1925 (4 weeks), US BB 5 of 1925, POP 5 of 1925, nuTsie 20 of 1920s, RYM 14 of 1925
16 Fred Waring & the Pennsylvanians Collegiate 1925 US Billboard 3 - Jul 1925 (6 weeks), US BB 7 of 1925, POP 7 of 1925, Brazil 34 of 1927
17 Cliff Edwards (Ukelele Ike) Paddlin' Madelin' Home 1925 Peel list 1 of 1942, US Billboard 3 - Nov 1925 (6 weeks)
18 Ben Selvin Oh, How I Miss You Tonight 1925 US Billboard 1 - Sep 1925 (12 weeks), US BB 14 of 1925, POP 16 of 1925
19 Ted Lewis & his Orchestra O! Katharina 1925 US Billboard 1 - Apr 1925 (9 weeks), US BB 15 of 1925, POP 18 of 1925
20 Ben Selvin Manhattan 1925 US Billboard 1 - Oct 1925 (10 weeks), POP 12 of 1925, RYM 36 of 1925
21 Marian Anderson Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen 1925 US BB 3 of 1925, POP 3 of 1925, US Billboard 15 - Aug 1925 (1 week)
22 John McCormack When You & I Were Seventeen 1925 US Billboard 5 - Aug 1925 (3 weeks), US BB 8 of 1925, POP 8 of 1925, RYM 74 of 1925
23 Bessie Smith I Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle 1925 US BB 6 of 1925, US Billboard 8 - Nov 1925 (3 weeks), POP 13 of 1925, RYM 3 of 1925
24 Berthe Sylva Les Roses Blanches 1925 France (Historical) 1 of the 1920s (1925)
25 Aracy Cortes A Casinha (A Casinha da Colina) 1925 Brazil 1 of 1925
26 Cyril Norman When Sergeant Major's On Parade 1925 Peel list 1 of 1925
27 Ben Selvin Sentimental Me 1925 US Billboard 2 - Nov 1925 (6 weeks), POP 15 of 1925, RYM 73 of 1925
28 Paul Whiteman Oh, Lady Be Good 1925 US Billboard 2 - Apr 1925 (7 weeks), Brazil 31 of 1925
29 John McCormack Moonlight & Roses 1925 US Billboard 3 - Aug 1925 (5 weeks), POP 17 of 1925, RYM 75 of 1925
30 Blossom Seeley Yes Sir! That's My Baby 1925 US Billboard 2 - Sep 1925 (6 weeks), nuTsie 33 of 1920s
31 The Golden Gate Orchestra Charleston 1925 Library of Congress artifact (1925)
32 Charlie Poole Don't Let Your Deal Go Down 1925 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007 (1925)
33 Paul Whiteman Manhattan 1925 US Billboard 3 - Dec 1925 (6 weeks), Brazil 26 of 1926
34 Carl Fenton Alone At Last 1925 US Billboard 3 - Nov 1925 (5 weeks), POP 19 of 1925
35 Isham Jones Manhattan 1925 US BB 12 of 1925, POP 12 of 1925, RYM 71 of 1925
36 Paul Robeson Steal Away 1925 US Billboard 13 - Dec 1925 (1 week), Brazil 18 of 1926
37 Ethel Waters Sweet Georgia Brown 1925 US Billboard 6 - Sep 1925 (2 weeks), Jazz Standard 16
38 Savoy Havana Band Ogo-Pogo 1925 Peel list 2 of 1925
39 Harry Lauder Keep Right On to The End of The Road 1925 Peel list 3 of 1925
40 Fernando Nosso Ranchinho 1925 Brazil 3 of 1925
41 Blossom Seeley Alabamy Bound 1925 US Billboard 2 - May 1925 (7 weeks)
42 Gene Austin Yearning (Just for You) 1925 US Billboard 2 - Jun 1925 (8 weeks)
43 Nick Lucas Brown Eyes, Why are You Blue? 1925 US Billboard 2 - Dec 1925 (6 weeks)
44 The Revelers Dinah 1925 US Billboard 4 - Jan 1926 (6 weeks), RYM 4 of 1925
45 Paul Whiteman Honey, I'm in Love With You 1925 US Billboard 4 - Sep 1925 (4 weeks), RYM 14 of 1925
46 Savoy Orpheans Charleston 1925 Peel list 4 of 1925
47 Maurice Chevalier Valentine 1925 France (Historical) 4 of the 1920s (1925)
48 Aracy Cortes Petropolitana 1925 Brazil 4 of 1925
49 Bessie Smith Careless Love Blues 1925 US Billboard 5 - Oct 1925 (3 weeks), RYM 40 of 1925
50 Vicente Celestino Saudade do Sertao 1925 Brazil 5 of 1925

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21 Aug 2014

Song #33

If You Knew Susie (Like I Know Susie) sung by Eddie Cantor

Sounds convincing, thanks


3 Jun 2014

Ma Rainey

#13 See See Rider Blues was also a Library of Congress Artifact (NRR). For some reason you have that data on your 1923 list (as #24).

The system was failing to match "Gertrude 'Ma' Rainey" with "Ma Rainey". It has now been fixed, thanks for the suggestion

The reason for the difference in year is beacuse the Library of Congress lists when it was recorded and the Grammy list is when it became a hit


18 Apr 2013

Vernon's aliases

Here's some info to get you started:

Columbia 15046D Al Craver (Vernon Dalhart) DREAM OF A MINER'S CHILD W141152 - - 1925/10/17 Andrew Jenkins Columbia 15049D Al Craver (Vernon Dalhart) Letter Edged In Black W141239 - - 1925/11/04 - Columbia 15044D Al Craver (Vernon Dalhart) LITTLE BIRDIE W141018 - - 1925/09/19 - Columbia 15031D Al Craver (Vernon Dalhart) LITTLE MARY PHAGAN 140628 - - 1925/05/27 - Columbia 15056D Al Craver (Vernon Dalhart) MY LITTLE HOME IN TENNESSEE W141312 - - 1925/11/24 - Columbia 15053D Al Craver (Vernon Dalhart) NAOMI WISE W141313 - - 1925/11/24 - Columbia 15034D Al Craver (Vernon Dalhart) ROVING GAMBLER W140656 - - 1925/06/06 - Columbia 15060D Al Craver (Vernon Dalhart) SENTENCED TO LIFE BEHIND THESE GREY WALLS W141311 - - 1925/11/24 - Columbia 15044D Al Craver (Vernon Dalhart) SINKING OF SUBMARINE S51 W141099 - - 1925/10/09 - Columbia 15046D Al Craver (Vernon Dalhart) THE CONVICT AND THE ROSE W141151 - - 1925/10/17 Betty Chapin Columbia 15031D Al Craver (Vernon Dalhart) The Death Of Floyd Collins 140627 - - 1925/05/27 Andrew Jenkins-Irene Spain Columbia 15256D Al Craver (Vernon Dalhart) THE SIDEWALKS OF NEW YORK(east side, west side) W140795 - - 1925/07/30 - Columbia 15034D Al Craver (Vernon Dalhart) The Wreck of the 1256 W140708 - - 1925/06/22 Carson Robison Columbia 15053D Al Craver (Vernon Dalhart) THOMAS E WATSON W141314 - - 1925/11/24 - Columbia 15056D Al Craver (Vernon Dalhart) UNKNOWN SOLDIERS GRAVE W141363 - - 1925/12/08 - Columbia 15049D Al Craver (Vernon Dalhart) ZEB TURNEY'S GAL W141240 - - 1925/11/04 Maggie Andrews;Lamkin Okeh 45090 Tobe Little (Vernon Dalhart) BARBARA ALLEN 80451 - - 1927/02/01 Vernon Dalhart Okeh 40532A Tobe Little (Vernon Dalhart) BEHIND THESE GREY WALLS 73826=A - S 1925/12/01 Carson Robison Okeh 40328 Tobe Little (Vernon Dalhart) CHAIN GANG SONG (vvd) 73222=A - S73222 1925/03/01 Guy Massey Okeh 40488 Tobe Little (Vernon Dalhart) DREAMS OF THE SOUTHLAND 73668 - S 1925/09/01 Andrew Jenkins Okeh 40568 Tobe Little (Vernon Dalhart) LITTLE MARY PHAGAN 74000=B - S 1926/02/01 - Okeh 40488 Tobe Little (Vernon Dalhart) Little Rosewood Casket 73669 - S 1925/09/01 SLOVER O.E. Okeh 45090 Tobe Little (Vernon Dalhart) PEARL BRYAN 80373 - - 1927/02/01 - Okeh 40479 Tobe Little (Vernon Dalhart) STONE MOUNTAIN MEMORIAL 73610 - S 1925/09/01 Andrew Jenkins Okeh 40459 Tobe Little (Vernon Dalhart) THE FATE OF THE SHENANDOAH 73606=B - S 1925/09/01 - Okeh 40459 Tobe Little (Vernon Dalhart) THE PICTURE THAT IS TURNED TO THE WALL 73609=B - S 1925/09/01 Charles Graham Okeh 40328 Tobe Little (Vernon Dalhart) The Prisoner's Song 73221=B - S73221 1925/03/01 Guy Massey Okeh 40460 Tobe Little (Vernon Dalhart) THE RESCUE OF THE PN-9 73607=B - S 1925/09/01 - Okeh 40479 Tobe Little (Vernon Dalhart) THE ROVIN' GAMBLER 73611 - S 1925/09/01 CLAUDE MOYE Okeh 40532B Tobe Little (Vernon Dalhart) THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER'S GRAVE 73827=A - S 1925/12/01 Anabelle Lee Okeh 40460 Tobe Little (Vernon Dalhart) The Wreck of the Shenandoah 73608=A - S 1925/09/01 Vernon Dalhart-Carson Robison


3 Oct 2011

Vernon Dalhart

Thought your readers might be seeing multiple names for the Prisoner's Song. Vernon Dalhart used over 100 pseudonyms to record over 5,000 78 rpm singles; among the names he adopted were Frank Evans, Vernon Dale, Tobe Little, Bob White, Hugh Lattimer, Sid Turner, and Al Craver - often attributed to the Prisoner's Song.

Interesting.

We have some entries from Frank Evans but since they are from 1981 (and in Belgium) we're quite certain its not the same person.

None of the other aliases occur in any of the charts we have.


4 Aug 2011

Dances from the 30s