There are almost no charts from before 1920 so this list is heavily determined by very few entries.
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29 Mar 2020
A song, a long shot
Only have one line or maybe it's title but I've been searching all day. +Itwas being whistled by a great uncle in France 1916, the significance being his brother that he hadn't seen for 2 years heard it and started whistling too. +The brother was killed in action 3 days later. +"Where the devil are we", +Thanks Polly
8 Feb 2018
Thanks for the source!
I'm writing a story which involves popular music and culture of 1913. Though I'm more concerned with British music, I find this list very helpful. The references to Peelenium also helped direct me to another source. Does BBCmusic archive have a list of such songs?
The BBC doesn't AFAIK, but you might have a look at The Internet Archive (at https://archive.org/)
Tracking which songs were popular in the UK in 1913 is... rather hard (we've tried). If anyone knows of a reliable listing we would like to hear about it
15 May 2017
a song made in 1913
I have a song in a magazine called Memory of a rose. (this rose Ill alwayscherish). I wanted to hear what it sound like. is there a way to do that?
14 Apr 2013
I would like to get some audio from the top 10 from june 1913 and june 1963 to play for a high school reunion (50 years) for the class of 1963, which is to be held 26 october 2013. we are going to compare the 50 years before graduating to the 50 years since graduating.
We would normally suggest that the best source for audio files would be Amazon or iTunes, and that is true for 1963.
However while those two are good sources for the hits of 1963 they are not so good for 1913. Legal audio files for that era can be found from a number of sources. For example you could try http://archive.org/details/audio
29 Oct 2011
Queston for Chart
Hello, sorry if my english is not perfect!
With Google I found this very interesting site.
I would be very happy if you could help me!
At our library we have Billboard magazines in mikrofiche-format and I researched the issues from 1913 to 1921. In this page I readed that there was no chart before 1920 and I can remember that a few years ago I have found a website with weekly U.S. Top 10-charts beginning in 1920, but now I couldn't find it again.
Can you tell me please where or from which sources I can find weekly Top 10-lists (it don't matter if Sales-chart or Sheet-music-chart) since 1920?
In Billboard I have not found it, because there was only a list of "Popular songs" but no chart.
Would be very thankful if you could help me, please!
Much of this information is covered by the "Song Charts" listing for Billboard, if you look that page has a link to the source data you want.
From the 1890s (when the Billboard magazine started) until the 1950s (when the weekly song chart was initiated) there are, as you have mentioned, a number of occasional "Popular Song" charts. However these were not a regular feature and had a variety of different forms.
A researcher called Joel Whitburn analysed these various charts and created a retrospective chart that covers 1890 to the start of the regular charts. This information has been published in a range of books and other source. It has been consolidated, corrected and published by a group of researchers that call themselves "Bullfrog". This is the data that we use (and you can find listed on the "Song Charts" page)