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100 Years, 100 Songs


As the first trivia contest of 2000-anything, we look fondly back at the 20th century: the time of Nazi Germany, atomic radiation, epidemics of killer disease, and of course, "Saved By the Bell." We of the millennial trivia team Make Room for Ducklings, Motherfucker have chosen to commemorate this happy time in song.

As soon as I shut up and go away, you'll be listening to a cassette containing 100 short music clips. Each excerpt represents one of the 100 years gone past, from 1900 to 1999, inclusive. Please give us the name of the song and when possible, the artist.

We say "when possible" because all of the songs are known today, but some of the performers have faded. Therefore, you are being asked to name all 100 song titles, and any 65 of the acts.

Although you might not THINK you know songs from back when William McKinley was President, you do. Take this one, for example.

("Hello My Baby" clip)

Yes, even cartoons about singing frogs might help you crack this bonus. Unfortunately for you, "Hello My Baby" is from 1899 and therefore does not count.

And now, we take you back to a time when America was blissfully unaware that there could ever be such a thing as trivia.....

1899Hello My Baby --Michigan J. Frog (from the cartoon "One Froggy Evening")
1900Bird in a Gilded Cage-- Harry Anthony
1901Stars and Stripes Forever-- The John Phillip Sousa Band
1902Home Sweet Home-- The Edison Mixed Quartette
1903In the Good Old Summertime-- Billy Murray
1904Meet Me In St. Louis, Louis-- Billy Murray
1905The Yankee Doodle Boy-- Billy Murray
1906The Grand Old Rag-- Billy Murray (later "You're a Grand Old Flag")
1907Harrigan-- Edward Meeker
1908Take Me Out to the Ballgame-- Edward Meeker
1909Shine On Harvest Moon-- Ada Jones & Billy Murray
1910By the Light of the Silvery Moon-- Ada Jones
1911Alexander's Ragtime Band-- Al Jolson
1912When Irish Eyes are Smiling-- Chauncey Olcott
1913You Made Me Love You-- Al Jolson
1914By the Beautiful Sea-- Spike Jones
1915Pack Up Your Troubles-- Reinald Wennerath
1916M-O-T-H-E-R-- Henry Burr
1917You're in the Army Now-- anonymous bugler
1918Rockabye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody-- Al Jolson
1919How You Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm?-- Nora Bayes
1920Swanee-- Al Jolson
1921April Showers -- Al Jolson
1922Toot Toot Tootsie-- Al Jolson
1923The Charleston-- The Paul Whiteman Orchestra
1924Rhapsody in Blue-- George Gershwin
1925If You Knew Susie-- Eddie Cantor
1926Dinah-- Benny Goodman
1927My Blue Heaven-- Nick Lucas
1928I Wanna Be Loved By You-- Helen Kane
1929Ain't Misbehavin'-- Louis Armstrong
1930Happy Days Are Here Again-- Ben Selvin
1931Minnie the Moocher-- Cab Calloway
1932It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing-- Duke Ellington
1933We're in the Money-- Ginger Rogers
1934I Only Have Eyes for You-- Dick Powell
1935Cheek to Cheek-- Fred Astaire
1936Pennies From Heaven-- Bing Crosby
1937Hooray for Hollywood-- "Hollywood Hotel" soundtrack
1938Sing, Sing, Sing -- The Benny Goodman Orchestra
1939Over the Rainbow-- Judy Garland
1940In the Mood-- The Glenn Miller Orchestra
1941Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy-- The Andrews Sisters
1942White Christmas-- Bing Crosby
1943That Old Black Magic-- Louis Prima & Keely Smith
1944You Always Hurt the One You Love-- The Mills Brothers
1945Laura-- Spike Jones
1946Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah-- James Baskett (from the "Song of the South"soundtrack)
1947Heartaches-- Ted Weems & His Orchestra
1948All I Want for Xmas is My Two Front Teeth-- Spike Jones
1949There is Nothing Like a Dame-- The "South Pacific" cast
1950Mona Lisa-- Nat "King" Cole
1951Hey, Good-Lookin'-- Hank Williams
1952You Belong to Me-- The Duprees
1953Dragnet-- Ray Anthony
1954Mr. Sandman-- The Chordettes
1955Rock Around the Clock-- Bill Haley & the Comets
1956I Put a Spell on You-- Screamin' Jay Hawkins
1957Peggy Sue-- Buddy Holly
1958Summertime Blues-- Eddie Cochran
1959Mack the Knife-- Bobby Darin
1960Are You Lonesome Tonight?-- Elvis Presley
1961Runaway-- Del Shannon
1962Misirlou-- Dick Dale
1963Surfin' Bird-- The Trashmen
1964You Really Got Me-- The Kinks
1965Cara Mia-- Jay & the Americans
1966Sunny-- Bobby Hebb
1967Strawberry Fields Forever-- The Beatles
1968Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay-- Otis Redding
1969Everybody's Talkin'-- Nilsson
1970Spirit in the Sky-- Norman Greenbaum
1971Won't Get Fooled Again-- The Who
1972Your Mama Don't Dance-- Loggins & Messina
1973Let's Get It On-- Marvin Gaye
1974Hooked on a Feeling-- Blue Swede
1975Sweet Transvestite-- Tim Curry
1976I Wish-- Stevie Wonder
1977God Save the Queen--Sex Pistols
1978Paradise By Dashboard Light-- Meat Loaf
1979Don't Bring Me Down-- Electric Light Orchestra
1980What I Like About You-- The Romantics
1981Endless Love-- Lionel Richie & Diana Ross
1982Pac-Man Fever-- Buckner & Garcia
1983Rock of Ages--Def Leppard
1984How Soon is Now?-- The Smiths
1985Land of 1,000 Dances-- The WWF Wrestlers (specifically, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper)
1986Livin' on a Prayer-- Bon Jovi
1987U Got the Look-- Prince
1988Fast Car-- Tracy Chapman
1989Monkey Gone to Heaven-- The Pixies
1990Everybody Everybody-- Black Box
1991Mama Said Knock You Out-- LL Cool J
1992Remember the Time-- Michael Jackson
1993No Rain-- Blind Melon
1994Black Hole Sun-- Soundgarden
1995Buddy Holly-- Weezer
1996Lovefool-- The Cardigans
1997MMMBop-- Hanson
1998Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)-- The Offspring
1999Mambo No. 5-- Lou Bega

Well, there you have it, THE 100 best songs of the century.... give or take 97. And again, because we are Ducklings who love, we say that 165 out of 200 is a perfect score. You may skip up to 35 of the artists, but we need every title.

100 Years, 100 Songs.... truly, we have lived la century loca.