1920 Ukulele Songs, TOP HITS (list)

Favorite old ukulele songs to play.

1920s ukulele songs are pretty much the reason this site exists. These are the epitome of beautiful sheet music covers, the songs were created by master craftsmen, and they almost alway include ukulele chords!

Here’s the list, according to Wikipedia, of the top “published” songs–this is to differentiate from the top recordings. I have the sheet music for a lot of these and they’ll be making they’re way into the club rotation.

As we expand the Ukulele “How-To” Song of the Month Club, I’ll be detailing a lot of these, and providing song sheets that include the uke chords as well as audio and video tips-n-tricks.

Got any favorites? Let me know, and I can move ’em to the top of the to-do list.

Why just read when you can be listening?
Here are top 1920s songs performed by the original artists:  CLICK HERE

1920 Ukulele Top Hits:

(Perfect for uke songs, since the uke was becoming quite the rage about this time).

  • “After You Get What You Want, You Don’t Want It” w.m. Irving Berlin
  • “All She’d Say Was “Umh Hum”” w.m. King Zany, Mac Emery, Gus Van & Joe Schenck
  • “All The Boys Love Mary” Gus Van & Joe Schenck
  • “Aunt Hagar’s Blues” w.m. W. C. Handy
  • “Avalon” w.m. B. G. DeSylva, Al Jolson & Vincent Rose
  • “Blue Jeans” w. Harry D. Kerr, m. Lou Traveller
  • “Bright Eyes” w. Harry B. Smith m. Otto Motzan & M. K. Jerome
  • “Broadway Rose” w. Eugene West m. Martin Fried & Otis Spencer
  • “Chanson” m. Rudolf Friml
  • “Chili Bean” w. Lew Brown m. Albert Von Tilzer
  • “Crazy Blues” w.m. Percy Bradford
  • “The Cuckoo Waltz” w. Arthur Kingsley m. J. E. Jonasson
  • “Daddy, You’ve Been A Mother To Me” w.m. Fred Fisher
  • “Do You Ever Think Of Me?” w. John Cooper & Harry D. Kerr m. Earl Burtnett
  • “Down By The O-HI-O (I’ve Got The Sweetest Little O, My ! O ! )” w. Jack Yellen m. Abe Olman
  • “Feather Your Nest” w.m. James Kendis, James Brockman & Howard Johnson
  • “The Gipsy Warned Me” w.m. R. P. Weston & Bert Lee
  • “Great Camp Meeting Day” w. Noble Sissle
  • “He Went In Like A Lion (And Came Out Like A Lamb)” w. Andrew B. Sterling m. Harry von Tilzer
  • “Home Again Blues” w.m. Harry Akst & Irving Berlin
  • “I Belong to Glasgow” w.m. Will Fyffe
  • “I Never Knew I Could Love Anybody Like I’m Loving You” w.m. Tom Pitts, Raymond B. Egan & Roy Marsh
  • “I Used To Love You, But It’s All Over Now” w. Lew Brown m. Albert Von Tilzer
  • “I’d Love To Fall Asleep And Wake Up In My Mammy’s Arms” w. Sam M. Lewis & Joe Young m. Fred E. Ahlert
  • “I’ll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time” w. Neville Fleason m. Albert Von Tilzer
  • “I’ll See You In C-U-B-A” w.m. Irving Berlin
  • “In A Persian Market” m. Albert William Ketèlbey
  • “The Japanese Sandman” w. Raymond B. Egan m. Richard A. Whiting
  • “Jellybean” by Jimmie Dupre, Sam Rosen, and Joe Verges
  • “Kalua” w. Anne Caldwell m. Jerome Kern
  • “Left All Alone Again Blues” w. Anne Caldwell m. Jerome Kern
  • “Little Town In The Ould County Down” w. Richard Pascoe m. Monte Carlo & Alma Saunders
  • “Look for the Silver Lining” w. B. G. DeSylva m. Jerome Kern
  • “The Love Boat” by Gene Buck
  • “Love Nest” w. Otto Harbach m. Louis A. Hirsch
  • “Margie” w. Benny Davis m. Con Conrad & J. Russel Robinson
  • “Mary” w. Otto Harbach m. Louis A. Hirsch
  • “My Little Bimbo Down On A Bamboo Isle” w. Grant Clarke w. Walter Donaldson
  • “My Mammy” w. Sam M. Lewis & Joe Young m. Walter Donaldson
  • “My Man” w. (Eng) Channing Pollock (Fr) Albert Willemetz & Jacques Charles m. Maurice Yvain
  • “O’er The Hills To Ardentinny” w.m. Harry Lauder
  • “Old Pal Why Don’t You Answer Me” w. Sam M. Lewis & Joe Young m. M. K. Jerome
  • “Pale Moon” w. Jesse Glick m. Frederick Knight Logan
  • “Palesteena” w.m. Con Conrad & J. Russell Robinson
  • “Polly” w. Leo Wood m. Jack Richmond
  • “Pretty Kitty Kelly” w. Harry Pease m. Ed G. Nelson
  • “Rose Of Washington Square” w. Ballard MacDonald m. James F. Hanley
  • “San” w.m. Lindsay McPhail & Walter Michels
  • “So Long, Oo Long” w. Bert Kalmar m. Harry Ruby
  • “Tell Me Little Gypsy” w.m. Irving Berlin
  • “That Old Irish Mother Of Mine” w. William Jerome m. Harry Von Tilzer
  • “La Veeda” w. Nat Vincent m. John Alden
  • “Wang Wang Blues” w. Leo Wood m. Gus Mueller, Buster Johnson & Henry Busse
  • “When My Baby Smiles At Me” w. Andrew B. Sterling m. Billy Munro
  • “Where Do They Go When They Row, Row, Row?” w. Bert Kalmar & George Jessel, m. Harry Ruby
  • “Whispering” w. Malvin Schonberger m. John Schonberger
  • “White Army, Black Baron” w. Pavel Grigor’ev, m. Samuel Pokrass
  • “Whose Baby Are You?” w. Anne Caldwell m. Jerome Kern
  • “Wild Rose” w. Clifford Grey m. Jerome Kern
  • “A Young Man’s Fancy” w. John Murray Anderson & Jack Yellen m. Milton Ager
Other Ukulele Sheet Music Resources

This page shows you all our ukulele sheet music resources. Downloads from this site, and some of the best libraries for songs around the internet.

7 thoughts on “1920 Ukulele Songs, TOP HITS (list)”

  1. I’m delighted to have just found your site! I love the tips and info, and your sense of humor.

    Some of the links have been disabled. Are you still a going concern?

    I signed up for your strumming class. I’d also like to get your recommendations for EASY 1920s uke songs. I’d like to learn 3 to 5 in the next couple of weeks.

    Thanks!

  2. Danno ~

    Love the site and the ideas behind it!

    Would also love to see the song “San” made avaiable, if you have it (I’ve been on a quest for sometime now).

    Keep on with this worthwhile project ~ this music & the uke, ah, a match made in heaven.
    K!T

        1. Somehow missed this till now (almost an exact year later!). Thanks so much for the link with the download for “San.” A new song to work on!

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