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THE 100 MOST-RECORDED SONGS 1890-1954 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Barry Kowal   
Sep 07, 2007 at 01:12 PM


  During the pre-rock era,one of the most important indicators of a song's enduring  musical greatness was the number of artists to record it.This list represents the most comprehensive survey ever made of the pre-1955 songs which have been recorded by the most artists (multiple versions by an artist do not count).It encompasses:Edison and Columbia cylinders:all 78s in the extensive collections of the Library of Congress,the New York Public Library and the Syracuse,Stanford and Yale University Libraries:and all new Recordaid listings from the 1950s to the 1980s. Songs written before 1955 but most popular later,such as "Misty" and "Autumn Leaves",are not included.The year published and the songwriters are shown after the title.

  2 ST.LOUIS BLUES (1914)-W.C. Handy
  3 STAR DUST (1929)-Hoagy Carmichael & Mitchell Parish
  4 BODY AND SOUL (1930)-Johnny Green,Ed Heyman,Robert Sauer & Frank Eyton
  5 SUMMERTIME (1935)-George Gershwin & Dubose Heyward
  6 THE OLD FOLKS AT HOME (SWANEE RIVER) (1851)-Stephen Foster
  7 TEA FOR TWO (1925)-Vincent Youmans & Irving Caesar
  8 WHITE CHRISTMAS (1942)-Irving Berlin
  9 ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE (1939)-Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein II
 10 NIGHT AND DAY (1932)-Cole Porter

 11 Begin The Beguine (1935)-Cole Porter
 12 Danny Boy (1913)-Traditional,adapted by Fred Weatherby
 13 Sweet Georgia Brown (1925)-Maceo Pinkard,Kenneth Casey & Ben Bernie
 14 The Man I Love (1924)-George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin
 15 Over The Rainbow (1939)-Harold Arlen & E.Y. Harburg
 16 Caravan (1937)-Duke Ellington,Juan Tizol & Irving Mills
 17 After You've Gone (1918)-Turner Layton & Harry Creamer
 18 Yesterdays (1933)-Jerome Kern & Otto Harbach
 19 Ain't Misbehavin' (1929)-Fats Waller,Harry Brooks & Oscar Hammerstein II 
 20 Lover,Come Back To Me (1928)-Sigmund Romberg & Oscar Hammerstein II 

 21 What Is This Thing Called Love? (1930)-Cole Porter
 22 I Can't Get Started (1936)-Vernon Duke & Ira Gershwin
 23 Jingle Bells (1857)-J.S. Pierpont
 24 I Can't Give You Anything But Love (1928)-Jimmy McHugh & Dorothy Fields
 25 My Old Kentucky Home (1853)-Stephen Foster
 26 When The Saints Go Marching In (1896)-James Black & Kathrine Purvis
 27 Tenderly (1947)-Walter Gross & Jack Lawrence
 28 Blue Skies (1927)-Irving Berlin
 29 September Song (1938)-Kurt Weill & Maxwell Anderson
 30 My Blue Heaven (1927)-Walter Donaldson & George Whiting

 31 Always (1925)-Irving Berlin
 32 Tiger Rag (1917)-Harry DeCosta & Original Dixieland Jazz Band
 33 The Rosary (1898)-Ethelbert Nevins & Robert Cameron Rogers
 34 Home,Sweet Home (1823)-Henry Bishop & John Howard Payne
 35 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (1933)-Jerome Kern & Otto Harbach
 36 These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You) (1936)-Jack Starchey,Harry Link & Holt Marvell
 37 Ol' Man River (1928)-Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein II 
 38 Limehouse Blues (1924)-Phillip Braham & Douglas Furber
 39 Sheik Of Araby (1923)-Ted Snyder,Harry B.Smith & Francis Wheeler
 40 Embraceable You (1930)-George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin

 41 My Funny Valentine (1937)-Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
 42 Stormy Weather (1933)-Harold Arlen & Ted Koehler
 43 12th Street Rag (1914)-Euday L.Brown
 44 Blue Moon (1935)-Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
 45 The Battle Hymn Of The Republic (1863)-Julia Ward Howe & William Steffe
 46 My Melancholy Baby (1913)-Ernie Burnett & George Norton
 47 I Got Rhythm (1930)-George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin
 48 Honeysuckle Rose (1929)-Fats Waller & Andy Razaf
 49 Love's Old Sweet Song (1884)-G.Clifton Bingham & James Mulloy
 50 The Stars And Stripes Forever (1896)-John Phillip Sousa

 51 Where Or When (1937)-Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
 52 Laura (1945)-David Raskin & Johnny Mercer
 53 Mood Indigo (1931)-Duke Ellington,Barney Bigard & Irving Mills
 54 The Christmas Song (1946)-Mel Torme & Robert Wells
 55 Love For Sale (1930)-Cole Porter
 56 Georgia On My Mind (1930)-Hoagy Carmichael & Stuart Gorrell
 57 San Antonio Rose (1939)-Bob Wills
 58 How High The Moon (1940)-Morgan Lewis & Nancy Hamilton
 59 Someone To Watch Over Me (1926)-George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin
 60 I Only Have Eyes For You (1934)-Harry Warren & Al Dubin

 61 Sweet Sue,Just You (1928)-Victor Young & Will Harris
 62 The Darktown Strutters' Ball (1917)-Shelton Brooks
 63 On The Sunny Side Of The Street (1930)-Jimmy McHugh & Dorothy Fields
 64 Silver Threads Among The Gold (1877)-Hart P.Danks & Eben Rexford
 65 I'm In The Mood For Love (1935)-Jimmy McHugh & Dorothy Fields
 66 Deep Purple (1939)-Peter DeRose & Mitchell Parish
 67 Sometimes I'm Happy (1925)-Vincent Youmans & Irving Caesar
 68 I've Got You Under My Skin (1934)-Cole Porter  
 69 The Star-Spangled Banner (1814)-Francis Scott Key
 70 Easy To Love (1936)-Cole Porter

 71 Avalon (1921)-B.G. DeSylva,Vincent Rose & Al Jolson
 72 Willow Weep For Me (1932)-Ann Ronell
 73 Dinah (1925)-Harry Aksi,Sam Lewis & Joe Young
 74 Moonglow (1934)-Will Hudson,Eddie DeLange & Irving Mills
 75 Auld Lang Syne (1711)-adapted by Robert Burns
 76 Carry Me Back To Old Virginny (1879)-James A.Bland
 77 Alexander's Ragtime Band (1911)-Irving Berlin
 78 Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town (1934)-J. Fred Coots & Haven Gillespie
 79 Basin Street Blues (1929)-Spencer Williams
 80 Sweet Lorraine (1935)-Clifford Burwell & Mitchell Parish

 81 I'll Remember April (1942)-Don Raye,Gene DePaul & Patricia Johnston
 82 Rudolph,The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1949)-Johnny Marks
 83 Solitude (1934)-Duke Ellington
 84 Some Of These Days (1910)-Shelton Brooks
 85 Stella By Starlight (1947)-Victor Young & Ned Washington
 86 Maple Leaf Rag (1899)-Scott Joplin
 87 Lover (1933)-Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
 88 The Way You Look Tonight (1936)-Jerome Kern & Dorothy Fields
 89 Pennies From Heaven (1936)-Arthur Johnston & John Burke
 90 Dancing In The Dark (1931)-Howard Dietz & Arthur Schwartz

 91 Indiana (1917)-James Hanley & Ballad MacDonald
 92 April In Paris (1932)-Vernon Duke
 93 As Time Goes By (1931)-Herman Hupfield
 94 Royal Garden Blues (1923)-Spencer Williams & Clarence Williams
 95 The Very Thought Of You (1934)-Ray Noble
 96 Lover Man (1942)-Jimmy Davis,Roger Ramirez & Jimmy Sherman
 97 'Round Midnight (1947)-Thelonious Monk & Cootie Williams
 98 Perdido (1942)-Juan Tizol,Ervin Drake & Hans Lengsfelder
 99 All Of Me (1931)-Seymour Simons & Gerald Marks
100 What's New? (1939)-Johnny Burke & Robert Haggart

  * This list was compiled by data from the book titled 
"Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954"(1986) by 
Billboard Publications,Inc.

Last Updated ( Sep 06, 2014 at 03:16 PM )

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