Music Lists Are Us: Favorite 1920s Songs by Year, with brief comments

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Best "Songs" of the 1920's

1920

St. Louis Blues by Marion Harris



1921

Ain't We Got Fun by Van and Schenk



1922

Sheik of Araby by Ray Miller

Downhearted Blues by Bessie Smith

I'm Just Wild About Harry by Marion Harris




1923

Yes We Have No Bananas by Billy Jones or Ben Selvin

I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate by The Georgians or Eva Taylor




1924

Wreck of the Old 97 by Vernon Dalhart 

Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin and The Paul Whiteman Orchestra

Fascinating Rhythm by George and Ira Gershwin, sung by Cliff (Ukulele Ike) Edwards


                                                                       

1925


Sweet Georgia Brown by Ben Bernie or Ethel Waters

Yes Sir, That's My Baby by Gene Austin

Tea for Two by Marion Davis



1926

Heebie Jeebies by Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five

Bye Bye Blackbird by Gene Austin

Black Bottom Stomp by Jelly Roll Morton

St. James Infirmary by Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five

Gimme a Little Kiss, Will Ya Huh? by Jack Smith

Big Butter and Egg Man by Louis Armstrong

Dinah by Ethel Waters



1927

Me and My Shadow by Jack Smith

Stardust by Hoagy Carmichael

My Blue Heaven by Gene Austin (the 2nd biggest selling non-holiday record of the pre-rock era)

East St. Louis Toodle-oo by Duke Ellington (covered by Steely Dan on their 1974 album Pretzel Logic)

Ain't She Sweet by Ben Bernie

'Deed I Do by Ruth Etting

Blue Skies by Irving Berlin, performed by Ben Selvin & his Orchestra




1928

Ol Man River by Paul Robeson

I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby by Cliff (Ukulele Ike) Edwards

Statesboro Blues by Blind Willie McTell




1929

When You're Smiling by Louis Armstrong

If I Had You by Rudy Vallee

Makin' Whoopee by Eddie Cantor

Am I Blue? by Ethel Waters

An American in Paris by George Gershwin

Ain't Misbehavin' by Fats Waller

Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out by Bessie Smith


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Level 61
Aug 11, 2021
er... what's the meaning of this blog?
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Level 62
Aug 12, 2021
It's just a list of my favorite '20s music
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Level 38
Aug 11, 2021
please make this a longer and more organized blog
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Level 62
Aug 12, 2021
why? What organization is required for a list of my favorite '20s songs? It's organized by year
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Level 61
Aug 12, 2021
for example: a table
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Level 44
Aug 12, 2021
Tables are hard to make tbf
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Level 62
Aug 12, 2021
I don't know if you're being serious or sarcastic, but I don't know how to make a table, and I think the organization is fine as it is. Thanks
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Level 44
Aug 12, 2021
They mean a table like in this blog. This blog might help with making the table.
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Level 62
Aug 13, 2021
I was pretty sure he didn't mean a dinner table.
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Level 44
Aug 13, 2021
Me too
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Level 62
Aug 13, 2021
I don't have any issue with using a table format except it's more work with diminishing returns; I just don't think it's needed
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Level 62
Aug 12, 2021
I did complete it now, so it is longer
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Level 71
Aug 15, 2021
Informative blog! I never realized that Statesboro Blues by the Allman Brothers was a cover of a 1928 song. My music education from my father begins in the 1930s. Many of these 1920s songs are familiar but the performers are not so. I associate Jimmy Durante with "Yes We Have No Bananas" and the Harlem Globetrotters with "Sweet Georgia Brown". Thanks for the history lesson.
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Level 71
Aug 15, 2021
Interesting fact: In 1948 "I'm Just Wild About Harry" underwent a revival when Harry S. Truman selected it as his campaign song for the presidency of the United States.
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Level 62
Aug 16, 2021
Thank you. The more music I listen to, the more music I find. Every new artist is influenced by someone else