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.
Previous Comments (newest first)
20 Mar 2016
she lived down by the firehouse
by Pie Plant
22 Feb 2016
Charlie Kunz - Medley
Per John Peel & YouTube, the following (3) recordings should be combined into(1) as they are a medley. #90 - Lovely To Look At & #91 - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes & #88 - Night & Day (in that order).
Data fixed, thanks
15 Dec 2015
What Happened? Brother Can You Spare A Dime
I noticed that your Top 1000 Song Title List & Song Artist List have changeddramatically over the last few weeks e.g. this song was #326 in November and is now completely out of the Top 1000! There are dozens more examples like this. Was curious what new data or new formulas you are now using?
You will also have noticed that the major version number changed (2.5 to 2.6). The basic data has not changed (much), its the algorithm we use that is new.
The first thing to say is that the "Overall Top 1000 Songs" list depends strongly on how much you emphasise one year over another. If we counted up all the entries in charts then all the top songs would come from 1995-2005 (where we have most chart data). So we've applied some clever maths to overcome that bias.
The yearly charts are much more accurate because they compare songs from the same era and therefore from consistent sets of charts. We'd be relatively confident that Bing Crosby's "Brother, can you spare a dime?" was the second most successful song of 1932. Whether it was the 326th,, 1012th or 1696th song or of all time is much harder to judge.
The various things we do to overcome these issues are described in the FAQ "How is the site is generated?". The latest version change came because we found the "year adjustment factors" were slipping out of sync with the source data available (as we added more charts). So we have instituted a new scheme where we can validate the results (by looking at the songs that end up in positions 1000-2000) and use those results to tweak the year factors. This has the advantage that the factors better match the data but the disadvantage that we have to keep changing them.
In order that our more observant readers (such as yourself) can keep track and ensure we don't add an new unconscious biases we have made the year factors we use and the scores of the top 3000 songs (and top 2000 albums) available as CSV files. The final section on the FAQ explains the details. Have a play, see if you can find anything interesting (tell us if you do).
15 May 2015
#2-Bing Crosby-Brother Can You Spare A Dime
This recording was also selected for Grammy Hall of Fame in 2005.
Data fixed, thanks
15 Aug 2014
Fred Astaiire & Leo Reisman
Night and Day (#1) was also elected to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004.
It is not listed on the Wikipedia page listing the awards but is on the listing of the 2004 awards. We'll assume you are right and fix the data
Thanks for the suggestion
In addition the Wiki page also seems to be missing "A Night In Tunisia" by Dizzy Gillespie, "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye and the album "Ellington at Newport"
4 Dec 2013
There was a version perhaps a little later than 32 of Poor Butterfly with a Shanty Town type of patter course. It started with "That chick was high like a big fat butterfly ....."
Any body know more?
Three versions made the charts after 1932. Benny Goodman in 1942, Oscar Peterson in 1947 and the biggest hit was The Hilltoppers in 1954 which reached 12 in Billboard and 14 in Cashbox
11 Nov 2012
I Don't Know why I Love You Like I do
wasn't "I Don't Know Why I Love You Like I Do" a big hit in 1931 along with "Guilty" and Prisoner of Love?
There is a song "I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)" by Wayne King that was number 2 in the US in 1931. Also two songs called "I Don't Know Why" were hits in 1931 one by Benny Krueger the other by Kate Smith (we guess they are both the same song). None make it to the year list.
We don't have a song called "I Don't Know Why I Love You Like I Do" in our listings. Of course different versions would have had variations on the names.
"Guilty" was a hit in 1931 for Ruth Etting (peak 4), Wayne King (peak 11) and Russ Columbo (peak 13). None of them high enough to reach the year list.
"Prisoner of Love" was a hit in 1932 (and is listed there)
5 Nov 2012
THIS IS JUST JAY STUFF OLD BOARING FINGS
26 Feb 2012
Looking for a song
The words are "Women do get weary" is it called "Try a little tenderness". I love the songs of this period as they have words which make sense and tunes that have great harmonies.
Thank You, Bernard Bloch.
In the Otis Redding (1966) version the words are "young girls they do get weary". According to Wikipedia the song was written in 1932 and first recorded by Ray Nobel.
We have entries for Ray Noble (Peel list 2 of 1932), Ted Lewis & his Orchestra (US Billboard 6 - 1933 (10 weeks)), Ruth Etting (US Billboard 16 - 1933 (2 weeks)), Frank Sinatra (Peel list 2 of 1947, RYM 64 of 1945) and Aretha Franklin (US Billboard 100 - Sep 1962 (1 week)) that predate Otis Redding's 1966 version.
28 Sep 2011
# 15 Take My Hand, Precious Lord
This song was written be Rev. Thoamas A. Dorsey - not to be confused with bandleader Tommy Dorsey.
Indeed see the Tommy Dorsey page.
20 Sep 2011
Take My Hand
I think the gospel song "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" is by Thomas A. Dorsey and not Tommy Dorsey as described by the reference link.
Yes, there is already a comment about that on the Tommy Dorsey page
13 Aug 2011
#1 and #45 Fred Astaire "Night and Day"
Thanks for the correction, we'd already made it before we saw your post, but its good to get it confirmed.
4 Jan 2011
Take my hand, precious Lord
Hi, The song Take my hand, precious Lord is not by band leader Tommy Dorsey (1905-1956). It was however written by Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey (1899-1993). According to wikipedia the first recorded version is by The Heavenly Gospel Singers in 1937.
You are right about there being two artists listed here. We've added some text to the page to clarify.
The song was written in 1932 (on the death of his wife and son). That is presumably why the majority of sources have assigned that year to it.
4 Nov 2010
"Songs From The Tear 1933"
The lists for 1932 and 1933 look. Need I say more?
We've looked. The lists have a limited number of sources, but the page does mention that.
So yes, you do need to say more, we don't understand what point you are trying to make.