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Monday, July 28, 2014

Top 100 Songs of 1930-1939

First posted on DMDB Facebook page on 4/4/12, updated 7/28/14.

These are the top 100 songs from 1930-1939 according to Dave’s Music Database. Note: during this era, songs were recorded often by multiple artists. Only the top-ranked version is listed here.

When a title was recognized as the Song of the Year, it is noted with a code following the song. A key to the codes is at the bottom of the page.

1. Over the Rainbow...Judy Garland (1939) DM, PC, TS
2. In the Mood...Glenn Miller (1939) VF, SS, TS, JW
3. Night and Day...Fred Astaire with Leo Reisman (1932) DM, PC, TS, JW
4. Cheek to Cheek...Fred Astaire with Ginger Rogers & Leo Reisman (1935) DM, HP, VF, SS, TS, JW
5. Begin the Beguine...Artie Shaw (1938) DM, HP, SS, TS
6. Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin’ All the Time)...Ethel Waters (1933) DM, SS, TS
7. The Way You Look Tonight...Fred Astaire with Johnny Green (1936) DM, TS
8. Pennies from Heaven...Bing Crosby with George Stoll (1936) HP, PC, VF, JW
9. Mood Indigo...Duke Ellington (1931) DM, SS
10. A-Tisket, A-Tasket...Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb (1938) VF, JW

11. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes…Paul Whiteman with Bob Lawrence (1933)
12. All the Things You Are...Tommy Dorsey with Jack Leonard (1939)
13. If I Didn’t Care...The Ink Spots (1939)
14. Happy Days Are Here Again...Ben Selvin (1930) DM, PC, TS
15. Silent Night...Bing Crosby (1935)
16. Strange Fruit...Billie Holiday (1939)
17. God Bless America...Kate Smith (1939)
18. Minnie the Moocher (The Ho De Ho Song)...Cab Calloway (1931) TS
19. Deep Purple...Larry Clinton with Bea Wain (1939) JW
20. I Can’t Get Started...Bunny Berigan (1938)

21. Wabash Cannonball...Roy Acuff & the Smoky Mountain Boys (1938)
22. Summertime…Billie Holiday (1936)
23. Moonlight Serenade...Glenn Miller (1939) HP
24. Sweet Leilani...Bing Crosby with Lani McIntire & His Hawaiians (1937) DM, HP, VF, JW
25. They Can’t Take That Away from Me...Fred Astaire with Johnny Green (1937)
26. Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)...Benny Goodman (1938)
27. The Peanut Vendor (El Manisero)...Don Azpiazu with Antonio Machin (1930) JW
28. Honeysuckle Rose...Thomas “Fats” Waller (1935)
29. In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town...Ted Lewis & His Band (1932) EG, VF
30. All or Nothing at All...Harry James with Frank Sinatra (1939)

31. Blue Moon…Glen Gray with Kenny Sargent (1935)
32. I Got Rhythm...Red Nichols (1930)
33. Stein Song (University of Maine)...Rudy Vallee (1930) VF, JW
34. I’m in the Mood for Love...Little Jack Little (1935)
35. The Last Round-Up...George Olsen with Joe Morrison (1933) VF, JW
36. September Song...Walter Huston (1939)
37. On the Sunny Side of the Street...Ted Lewis & His Band (1930)
38. Puttin’ on the Ritz...Harry Richman with Earl Burtnett & His Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel Orchestra (1930)
39. Sophisticated Lady...Duke Ellington (1933)
40. Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?...Rudy Vallee (1932)

41. One O’Clock Jump...Count Basie (1937) PC, TS
42. Bei Mir Bist Du Schon (Means That You’re Grand)...The Andrews Sisters (1938)
43. Tumbling Tumbleweeds...Sons of the Pioneers (1934) DM
44. And the Angels Sing …Benny Goodman with Martha Tilton (1939)
45. Dinah…Bing Crosby & the Mills Brothers (1932)
46. I’ve Got You Under My Skin...Ray Noble (1936)
47. The Very Thought of You...Ray Noble with Al Bowlly (1934)
48. That Old Feeling...Shep Fields with Bob Goday (1937)
49. Lover…Paul Whiteman with Jack Fulton (1933)
50. Goodnight, Sweetheart…Wayne King with Ernie Birchill (1931) VF

51. South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)...Shep Fields with Hal Derwin (1939)
52. Don’t Be That Way…Benny Goodman… (1938)
53. 42nd Street...Don Bestor with Dudley Mecum (1933)
54. Winter Wonderland...Guy Lombardo (1934) PC, TS
55. Solitude…Duke Ellington (1934) SS
56. It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing...Duke Ellington (1932)
57. Jeepers Creepers...Al Donahue with Paula Kelly (1938)
58. These Foolish Things Remind Me of You...Benny Goodman with Helen Ward (1936)
59. Let’s Fall in Love...Eddy Duchin with Lew Sherwood (1934)
60. Can the Circle Be Unbroken (Bye and Bye)...The Carter Family (1935)

61. When the Saints Go Marching In...Louis Armstrong (1939)
62. Beer Barrell Polka...Will Glahe (1939) EG
63. Red Sails in the Sunset…Guy & Carmen Lombardo (1935)
64. Crossroad Blues…Robert Johnson (1936)
65. The Old Spinning Wheel...Ray Noble with Al Bowlly (1933) EG
66. Once in a While...Tommy Dorsey (1937)
67. What Is This Thing Called Love?...Leo Reisman (1930)
68. All of Me...Louis Armstrong (1932)
69. September in the Rain…Guy & Carmen Lombardo (1937)
70. Alone...Tommy Dorsey with Cliff Weston (1936)

71. The Music Goes ’Round and ’Round...Tommy Dorsey with Edythe Wright (1935)
72. Paradise…Leo Reisman with Frances Maddux (1932)
73. A Fine Romance (A Sarcastic Love Song)…Fred Astaire with Johnny Green & His Orchestra (1936)
74. Stars Fell on Alabama...Guy Lombardo with Carmen Lombardo (1934)
75. I Get a Kick Out of You...Johnny Green with Ethel Merman (1934)
76. Lullaby of Broadway...The Dorsey Brothers with Bob Crosby (1935)
77. How Deep Is the Ocean?...Guy Lombardo with Carmen Lombardo (1932)
78. Music, Maestro, Please...Tommy Dorsey with Edythe Wright (1938)
79. Marie...Tommy Dorsey (1937)
80. Isle of Capri…Ray Noble with Al Bowlly (1934) VF

81. Is It True What They Say about Dixie...Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberle (1936)
82. Caravan…Duke Ellington (1937)
83. Dream a Little Dream of Me...Wayne King with Ernie Birchill (1931)
84. Three Little Words...Duke Ellington (1930)
85. Out of Nowhere...Bing Crosby with Victor Young (1931)
86. Whistle While You Work...The Seven Dwarfs (1938) PC
87. Embraceable You...Red Nichols (1930)
88. Hellhound on My Trail…Robert Johnson (1937) SS
89. Little White Lies…Fred Waring with Clare Hanlon (1930)
90. I Found a Million Dollar Baby in a Five and Ten Cent Store...Fred Waring with Clare Hanlon (1931)

91. Goody Goody…Benny Goodman with Helen Ward (1936)
92. It Looks Like Rain in Cherry Blossom Lane…Guy & Lebert Lombardo (1937)
93. My Reverie…Larry Clinton with Bea Wain (1938) EG 94. You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby…Bing Crosby (1938)
95. Love in Bloom...Bing Crosby with Irving Aaronson & His Commanders (1934)
96. Exactly Like You...Ruth Etting (1930)
97. Just One of Those Things...Richard Himber (1935)
98. Sunrise Serenade…Glen Gray (1939)
99. Indian Summer…Tommy Dorsey with Jack Leonard (1939)
100. Thanks for the Memory...Shep Fields with Bob Goday (1937)


Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?...Bing Crosby (1932) SS
  • The Gold Diggers’ Song…Dick Powell (1933) PC
  • In the Chapel in the Moonlight…Shep Fields (1936) EG
  • In the Valley of the Moon…Joe Green’s Novelty Orchestra (1933) EG
  • Just a Gigolo…Ted Lewis (1931) PC
  • On the Good Ship Lollipop…Shirley Temple (1935) PC
  • St. Louis Blues…Louis Armstrong (1930) SS
  • Summertime…Billie Holiday (1936) SS
  • When It’s Springtime in the Rockies…Ben Selvin (1930) EG
  • When I Grow Too Old to Dream…Glen Gray with Kenny Sargent (1935) EG
  • When My Dream Boat Comes Home…Guy Lombardo (1936) EG
  • When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain...Kate Smith (1931) EG
  • The Woodpecker Song…Glenn Miller with Marion Hutton (1940) EG

Key to the Codes: