Songs from the Year 1928

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This page lists the top songs of 1928 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 1928 were:

1:Paul Whiteman2:Al Jolson3:Jimmie Rodgers4:Gene Austin5:Louis Armstrong
6:Ruth Etting7:Fred Waring & the Pennsylvanians8:Duke Ellington9:The Carter Family10:Bing Crosby
# Artist Song Title Year Chart Entries
1 Jimmie Rodgers T For Texas (Blue Yodel No 1) 1928 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1985 (1928), Library of Congress artifact (1927), US Billboard 2 - 1928 (11 weeks), nuTsie 5 of 1920s, US BB 11 of 1928, POP 11 of 1928, Music Imprint 12 of 1920s, Brazil 62 of 1928, RIAA 331, Acclaimed 600 (1928), RYM 4 of 1928
2 Helen Kane I Wanna Be Loved By You 1928 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2009 (1928), US Billboard 2 - 1928 (11 weeks), US BB 6 of 1928, POP 6 of 1928, Music Imprint 15 of 1920s, nuTsie 58 of 1920s, Brazil 80 of 1929, RIAA 128
3 Duke Ellington Black & Tan Fantasy 1928 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1981 (1928), Peel list 2 of 1927, US BB 8 of 1928, POP 8 of 1928, US Billboard 15 - 1928 (3 weeks), nuTsie 21 of 1920s, Acclaimed 1268 (1927), RYM 2 of 1927
4 Paul Robeson Ol' Man River 1928 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2006 (1928), US BB 3 of 1928, POP 3 of 1928, US Billboard 7 - 1928 (4 weeks), nuTsie 9 of 1920s, AFI 24, Brazil 86 of 1929, Song of 1932
5 Al Jolson Sonny Boy 1928 US Billboard 1 - 1928 (19 weeks), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002 (1928), US BB 7 of 1928, POP 7 of 1928, nuTsie 13 of 1920s, Brazil 29 of 1929, RYM 19 of 1928
6 Louis Armstrong West End Blues 1928 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1974 (1928), nuTsie 2 of 1920s, US Billboard 8 - 1928 (6 weeks), US BB 14 of 1928, POP 14 of 1928, Acclaimed 479 (1928), Jazz Standard 648, RYM 1 of 1928, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
7 The Carter Family Wildwood Flower 1928 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1929), Library of Congress artifact (1928), US Billboard 3 - 1928 (10 weeks), nuTsie 48 of 1920s, Acclaimed 906 (1929), RYM 6 of 1928
8 Pinetop Smith Pinetop's Boogie Woogie 1928 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1983 (1928), POP 9 of 1928, US BB 15 of 1929, nuTsie 16 of 1920s, US Billboard 20 - 1929 (1 week), Jazz Standard 965, Acclaimed 1478 (1928), RYM 12 of 1928, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
9 Al Jolson My Mammy 1928 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011 (1927), US Billboard 2 - 1928 (7 weeks), US BB 4 of 1930, nuTsie 18 of 1920s, Brazil 35 of 1922, RYM 61 of 1928
10 Bertolt Brecht Mack the Knife 1928 US BB 1 of 1928, POP 1 of 1928, ASCAP song of 1928
11 Ruth Etting Love Me Or Leave Me 1928 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2005 (1928), US Billboard 2 - 1929 (11 weeks), Brazil 71 of 1929, nuTsie 75 of 1920s, RYM 63 of 1928
12 Paul Whiteman Among My Souvenirs 1928 US Billboard 1 - 1928 (13 weeks), US BB 15 of 1928, POP 15 of 1928, Brazil 81 of 1928, nuTsie 95 of 1920s
13 Joe & Cleoma Falcon Allons a Lafayette 1928 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2013 (1928), Library of Congress artifact (1928), Visconti song of 1928
14 Al Jolson There's a Rainbow Round My Shoulder 1928 US Billboard 1 - 1928 (13 weeks), US BB 19 of 1928, POP 19 of 1928, Brazil 38 of 1929, RYM 19 of 1928
15 Gene Austin Jeannine (I Dream of Lilac Time) 1928 US Billboard 1 - 1928 (15 weeks), US BB 18 of 1928, POP 18 of 1928, Brazil 52 of 1929, RYM 60 of 1928
16 Fred Waring & the Pennsylvanians Laugh, Clown, Laugh! 1928 US Billboard 1 - 1928 (12 weeks), US BB 17 of 1928, POP 17 of 1928, Brazil 94 of 1928, RYM 94 of 1928
17 Cliff Edwards (Ukelele Ike) I Can't Give You Anything But Love (Dear) 1928 US Billboard 1 - 1928 (11 weeks), US BB 10 of 1928, POP 10 of 1928, Brazil 31 of 1929
18 The Carter Family Keep on the Sunny Side 1928 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2006 (1928), US Billboard 9 - 1928 (5 weeks), Scrobulate 93 of best mouth in rock, Acclaimed 1648 (1928), RYM 21 of 1928
19 Paul Whiteman Ramona 1928 US Billboard 1 - 1928 (12 weeks), US BB 13 of 1928, POP 13 of 1928, Brazil 72 of 1928
20 Paul Whiteman Together 1928 US Billboard 1 - 1928 (12 weeks), US BB 16 of 1928, POP 16 of 1928, Brazil 85 of 1928
21 Louis Armstrong Struttin' With Some Barbecue 1928 Peel list 1 of 1927, US Billboard 14 - 1928 (3 weeks), Jazz Standard 556, RYM 39 of 1928
22 Helen Morgan Bill 1928 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1928), US Billboard 4 - 1928 (7 weeks), nuTsie 59 of 1920s, RYM 34 of 1928, Song of 1932
23 Marion Harris The Man I Love 1928 US Billboard 4 - 1928 (7 weeks), US BB 4 of 1928, POP 4 of 1928, Brazil 56 of 1928, RYM 114 of 1928
24 Fred Waring & the Pennsylvanians I Scream-You Scream-We All Scream For Ice Cream 1928 US BB 2 of 1928, POP 2 of 1928, US Billboard 3 - 1928 (6 weeks), RYM 112 of 1928
25 Jimmie Rodgers In the Jailhouse Now 1928 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007 (1928), nuTsie 6 of 1920s, US Billboard 14 - 1928 (3 weeks), RYM 18 of 1928
26 Gene Austin My Melancholy Baby 1928 US Billboard 3 - 1928 (8 weeks), US BB 9 of 1928, POP 20 of 1928, Brazil 82 of 1928, RYM 93 of 1928
27 Gene Austin Ramona 1928 US Billboard 1 - 1928 (17 weeks), POP 13 of 1928, Brazil 21 of 1928
28 Bessie Smith Empty Bed Blues 1928 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1983 (1928), US Billboard 20 - 1928 (1 week), nuTsie 74 of 1920s, RYM 2 of 1928
29 Ben Bernie Let's Misbehave 1928 US BB 5 of 1928, POP 5 of 1928, US Billboard 18 - 1928 (1 week), Brazil 69 of 1928
30 Blind Willie McTell Statesboro Blues 1928 Peel list 4 of 1928, nuTsie 23 of 1920s, Acclaimed 1233 (1928), RYM 7 of 1928, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
31 Leroy Carr How Long, How Long Blues 1928 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2012 (1928), Jazz Standard 559, RYM 14 of 1928
32 Bing Crosby Ol' Man River 1928 US Billboard 1 - 1928 (11 weeks), Brazil 52 of 1928
33 Paul Whiteman My Angel 1928 US Billboard 1 - 1928 (16 weeks), Brazil 90 of 1928
34 Mississippi John Hurt Frankie 1928 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011 (1928), Scrobulate 65 of blues
35 Emmett Miller & his Georgia Crackers Lovesick Blues 1928 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007 (1928), nuTsie 76 of 1920s
36 George Metaxa Sweet Sue, Just You 1928 Peel list 1 of 1928
37 Aracy Cortes Jura 1928 Brazil 1 of 1928
38 Ruth Etting The Song is Ended (But The Melody Lingers on) 1928 US Billboard 7 - 1928 (6 weeks), US BB 12 of 1928, POP 12 of 1928
39 Louis Armstrong Weather Bird 1928 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008 (1928), RYM 6 of 1930
40 Cliff Edwards (Ukelele Ike) Just Like a Melody Out of The Sky 1928 Peel list 3 of 1928, US Billboard 14 - 1928 (2 weeks)
41 Maurice Ravel Bolero 1928 France (Historical) 5 of the 1920s (1928), Scrobulate 93 of classic, RYM 127 of 1960
42 Nat Shilkret The Sidewalks of New York 1928 US Billboard 2 - 1928 (7 weeks), nuTsie 87 of 1920s
43 Furry Lewis Casey Jones 1928 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2012 (1928)
44 Memphis Jug Band Stealin', Stealin' 1928 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2013 (1928)
45 Earl Burtnett & his Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel Orchestra Sweet Sue, Just You 1928 US Billboard 3 - 1928 (9 weeks), Brazil 92 of 1928
46 Helen Kane That's My Weakness Now 1928 US Billboard 5 - 1928 (6 weeks), Brazil 87 of 1929
47 Jimmie Rodgers Brakeman's Blues 1928 US Billboard 7 - 1928 (7 weeks), nuTsie 96 of 1920s, RYM 89 of 1928
48 Harold Collins & his Orchestra Fashionette 1928 Peel list 2 of 1928
49 Turunas da Mauriceia Piniao 1928 Brazil 2 of 1928
50 Ted Lewis & his Orchestra Is Everybody Happy Now? 1928 US Billboard 10 - 1928 (3 weeks), Brazil 49 of 1928

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1 Sep 2014

Cleoma & Joe Falcon-Duplicate Listing

#35 and #45 are the same recording.

That looks right, the data has been corrected, thanks


27 Aug 2011

7 Ol' Man River

In addition to the credits you have listed for this song, it was also a # 7 Billboard Hit. Robeson was accompanied by the Whiteman band and it was issued on Victor 35912.


9 Dec 2010

"Softly,______Morning Sunrise"

The song "Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise" was a hit in 1929 for Nat Shilkret. It didn't get high enough to be one of the top songs of the year, but if you'd looked up "Softly" or "Sunrise" in the index it would have taken you to Nat Shilkret's page.