Top 100 Artists 1890-1954

 
Bing Crosby #1 Artist 1890-1954

Bing Crosby #1 Artist 1890-1954

Knowing which songs that were the most popular during this period was great and it’s great information to know however, it is also equally as important to know which artist was the most popular as well. This is where the top 100 artists 1890-1954 will help.

The chart will provide a list of the artists that stood the test of their recorded music which is a lasting tribute not only to them, but also with the fans of their music with many of their songs still be recorded by others today.

There were a total of 889 singles that charted at #1. The year with the most #1 songs is 1937 with 31. The year of 1890 had the fewest with three.

Included in this chart listing are two artist achievements: most charted singles, and most #1 singles.

Source: “Top Pop Memories 1890-1954” by Joel Whitburn.

Paul Whiteman #2 Artist 1890-1954

Paul Whiteman #2 Artist 1890-1954

Point System Used

The artist’s points are calculated using the following formula:

  1. Each artist’s charted singles are given points based on their highest charted position (#1 = 30 points; #2 = 29 points, etc.).
  2. Bonus points are awarded to each single based upon its highest charted position (#1 = 25 points; #2-5 = 20 points; #6-10 = 15 points; #11-20 = 5 points).
  3. Total charted weeks are added in.
  4. Total weeks a single held the #1 position are also added in.

With this information we can rank the top 100 artists.

Top 100 Artists 1890-1954

Rank / Artist Points
1.     Bing Crosby 35,150
2.     Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra 25,484
3.     Guy Lombardo & His Orchestra 23,856
4.     Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra 20,439
5.     Billy Murray 19,772
6.     Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 17,280
7.     Glenn Miller & His Orchestra 14,482
8.     Henry Burr 13,607
9.     Peerless Quartet 12,542
10.   Harry MacDonough 12,074
11.   Ben Selvin & His Orchestra 11,751
12.   Ted Lewis & His Band 11,393
13.   Al Jolson 11,166
14.   Sammy Kaye & His Orchestra 11,144
15.   Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan 10,601
16.   Perry Como 10,589
17.   Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra 10,552
18.   Frank Sinatra 10,251
19.   Prince’s Orchestra 9,492
20.   Andrews Sisters 9,173
21.   Freddy Martin & His Orchestra 8,884
22.   Kay Kyser & His Orchestra 8,743
23.   John McCormack 8,616
24.   Leo Reisman & His Orchestra 8,443
25.   Isham Jones & His Orchestra 8,341
26.   Rudy Vallee 8,259
27.   Eddy Duchin & His Orchestra 8,256
28.   American Quartet 7,949
29.   Dinah Shore 7,852
30.   Harry James & His Orchestra 7,770
31.   Jo Stafford 7,616
32.   Haydn Quartet 7,600
33.   Ada Jones 7,496
34.   Duke Elllington & His Orchestra 7,052
35.   Louis Armstrong 6,931
36.   Vaughn Monore & His Orchestra 6,902
37.   Fats Waller 6,859
38.   Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra 6,791
39.   Jan Garber & His Orchestra 6,750
40.   Hal Kemp & His Orchestra 6,747
41.   Mills Brothers 6,682
42.   Ruth Etting 6,679
43.   Byron G. Harlan 6,600
44.   Gene Austin 6,296
45.   Ray Noble & His Orchestra 6,199
46.   Russ Morgan & His Orchestra 6,101
47.   Nat Shikret & The Victor Orchestra 5,943
48.   Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians 5,864
49.   Arthur Collins 5,846
50.   Nat “King” Cole 5,765
51.   Henry Burr & Albert Campbell 5,702
52.   Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 5,637
53.   George Olsen & His Orchestra 5,637
54.   Hoarce Heidt & His Orchestra 5,614
55.   Len Spencer 5,596
56.   Frankie Laine 5,455
57.   Ada jones & Billy Murray 5,265
58.   Enrico Caruso 5,255
59.   Woody Herman & His Orchestra 5,216
60.   Frank Stanley 5,185
61.   Marion Harris 5,099
62.   Cal Stewart 4,920
63.   Ink Spots 4,862
64.   Eddy Howard & His orchestra 4,853
65.   Ella Fitzgerald 4,797
66.   Ben Bernie & His Orchestra 4,742
67.   Dick Haymes 4,691
68.   Walter Van Brunt 4,618
69.   Patti page 4,532
70.   Nora Bayes 4,478
71.   Dan Quinn 4,392
72.   Eddie fisher 4,356
73.   Bob Crosby & His Orchestra 4,227
74.   Fred Astaire 4,216
75.   Larry Clinton & His Orchestra 4,201
76.   Cab Calloway & His Orchestra 4,154
77.   Shep Fields & His Orchestra 4,151
78.   Margaret Whiting 4,121
79.   George J. Gaskin 4,101
80.   Charles Harrison 4,095
81.   Doris Day 4,079
82.   Bert Williams 4,063
83.   Billie Holiday 4,024
84.   Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra 4,011
85.   Ozzie nelson & His Orchestra 4,005
86.   J.W. Myers 3,950
87.   Ted Weems & His Orchestra 3,842
88.   Wayne King & His Orchestra 3,780
89.   Tony Martin 3,528
90.   Vic Damone 3,498
91.   Lewis James 3,490
92.   Frank Crumit 3,411
93.   Peggy Lee 3,344
94.   Vincent Lopez & His Orchestra 3,209
95.   Cliff Edwards 3,194
96.   Sousa’s Band 3,180
97.   Vess Ossman 3,186
98.   Connee Boswell 3,119
99.   Kay Starr 3,094
100.  Johnny Mercer 3,090

Most Charted Singles

Rank Artist Number
1 Bing Crosby 317
2 Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra 220
3 Guy Lombardo & His Orchestra 218
4 Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra 186
5 Billy Murray 169
6 Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 164
7 Glenn Miller & His Orchestra 129
8 Henry Burr 116
9 Peerless Quartet 108
10 Ben Selvin & His Orchestra 107
11 Sammy Kaye & His Orchestra 103
12 Ted Lewis & His Band 102
13 Frank Sinatra 102
14 Perry Como 100
15 Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra 100
16 Harry MacDonough 99
17 Al Jolson 91
18 Andrews Sisters 90
19 Arthur Collins & Bryon Harlan 89
20 Freddy Martin & His Orchestra 85

Artists With The Most #1 Singles

Most #1 Singles
Rank Artist Number
1 Bing Crosby 36
2 Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra 32
3 Guy Lombardo & His Orchestra 26
4 Glenn Miller & His Orchestra 23
5 Al Jolson 23
6 George J. Gaskin 19
7 Billy Murray 18
8 Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra 17
9 Dan Quinn 17
10 Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 16
11 Henry Burr 16
12 Harry MacDonough 15
13 Len Spencer 15
14 Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra 12
15 Arthur Collins & Bryon Harlan 12
16 American Quartet 12
17 Haydn Quartet 12
18 Byron G. Harlan 12
19 Arthur Collins 12
20 Perry Como 11
21 Kaye Kyser & His Orchestra 11

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