Friday, July 27, 2018

Top 100 Songs from 1930-1939

First posted on DMDB Facebook page on 4/4/2012, updated 7/28/2018.

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) AG, DM, PCM, TS
2. Night and Day...Fred Astaire with Leo Reisman (1932) DM, PCM, TS, JW
3. In the Mood...Glenn Miller (1939) AG, VF, SS, TS, JW
4. Cheek to Cheek...Fred Astaire with Leo Reisman (1935) AG, 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) AG, DM, SS, TS
7. The Way You Look Tonight...Fred Astaire with Johnny Green (1936) DM, TS
8. All the Things You Are...Tommy Dorsey with Jack Leonard (1939)
9. Pennies from Heaven...Bing Crosby with George Stoll (1936) AG, HP, PCM, VF, JW
10. A-Tisket, A-Tasket...Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb (1938) VF, JW

11. Mood Indigo...Duke Ellington (1931) DM, SS
12. God Bless America...Kate Smith (1939)
13. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes…Paul Whiteman with Bob Lawrence (1933)
14. Blue Moon…Glen Gray with Kenny Sargent (1935)
15. I Got Rhythm...Red Nichols (1930)
16. Strange Fruit...Billie Holiday (1939)
17. Happy Days Are Here Again...Ben Selvin (1930) DM, PCM, TS
18. Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?...Rudy Vallee (1932)
19. On the Sunny Side of the Street...Ted Lewis & His Band (1930)
20. Deep Purple...Larry Clinton with Bea Wain (1939) JW

21. I’m in the Mood for Love...Little Jack Little (1935)
22. I’ve Got You Under My Skin...Ray Noble (1936)
23. Sophisticated Lady...Duke Ellington (1933)
24. Silent Night...Bing Crosby (1935)
25. I Can’t Get Started...Bunny Berigan (1938)
26. Summertime…Billie Holiday (1936)
27. September Song...Walter Huston (1939)
28. Puttin’ on the Ritz...Harry Richman with Earl Burtnett & His Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel Orchestra (1930) AG
29. All or Nothing at All...Harry James with Frank Sinatra (1939)
30. Honeysuckle Rose...Thomas “Fats” Waller (1935)

31. They Can’t Take That Away from Me...Fred Astaire with Johnny Green (1937) DM
32. Minnie the Moocher (The Ho De Ho Song)...Cab Calloway (1931) AG, TS
33. The Last Round-Up...George Olsen with Joe Morrison (1933) VF, JW
34. Sweet Leilani...Bing Crosby with Lani McIntire & His Hawaiians (1937) HP, VF, JW
35. If I Didn’t Care...The Ink Spots (1939)
36. Wabash Cannonball...Roy Acuff & the Smoky Mountain Boys (1938)
37. Lover…Paul Whiteman with Jack Fulton (1933)
38. Moonlight Serenade...Glenn Miller (1939) HP
39. The Peanut Vendor (El Manisero)...Don Azpiazu with Antonio Machin (1930) JW
40. Sing Sing Sing with a Swing...Benny Goodman (1938) AG

41. In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town...Ted Lewis & His Band (1932) EG, VF
42. Stein Song (University of Maine)...Rudy Vallee (1930) VF, JW
43. 42nd Street...Don Bestor with Dudley Mecum (1933)
44. Dinah…Bing Crosby & the Mills Brothers (1932)
45. Bei Mir Bist Du Schon (Means That You’re Grand)...The Andrews Sisters (1938)
46. Winter Wonderland...Guy Lombardo (1934) PCM, TS
47. Goodnight, Sweetheart…Wayne King with Ernie Birchill (1931) VF
48. All of Me...Louis Armstrong (1932) AG
49. The Very Thought of You...Ray Noble with Al Bowlly (1934)
50. One O’Clock Jump...Count Basie (1937) PCM, TS

51. That Old Feeling...Shep Fields with Bob Goday (1937)
52. How Deep Is the Ocean?...Guy Lombardo with Carmen Lombardo (1932)
53. These Foolish Things Remind Me of You...Benny Goodman with Helen Ward (1936)
54. It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing...Duke Ellington (1932)
55. Embraceable You...Red Nichols (1930)
56. What Is This Thing Called Love?...Leo Reisman (1930)
57. Let’s Fall in Love...Eddy Duchin with Lew Sherwood (1934)
58. Stars Fell on Alabama...Guy Lombardo with Carmen Lombardo (1934)
59. Where or When…Hal Kemp with Bob Allen (1937)
60. Just One of Those Things...Richard Himber (1935)

61. Tumbling Tumbleweeds...Sons of the Pioneers (1934) DM
62. When the Saints Go Marching In...Louis Armstrong (1939)
63. Jeepers Creepers...Al Donahue with Paula Kelly (1938)
64. Lullaby of Broadway...The Dorsey Brothers with Bob Crosby (1935)
65. Out of Nowhere...Bing Crosby with Victor Young (1931)
66. September in the Rain…Guy & Carmen Lombardo (1937)
67. I Get a Kick Out of You...Johnny Green with Ethel Merman (1934)
68. A Fine Romance (A Sarcastic Love Song)…Fred Astaire with Johnny Green & His Orchestra (1936)
69. Love for Sale…Libby Holman with Dick Robertson (1931)
70. Red Sails in the Sunset…Guy & Carmen Lombardo (1935)

71. Exactly Like You...Ruth Etting (1930)
72. Whistle While You Work...The Seven Dwarfs (1938) AG, PCM
73. Once in a While...Tommy Dorsey (1937)
74. Lazy Bones…Ted Lewis (1933)
75. South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)...Shep Fields with Hal Derwin (1939)
76. Willow Weep for Me…Paul Whiteman with Irene Taylor (1932)
77. The Continental (You Kiss While We’re Dancing)…Leo Reisman (1934)
78. Three Little Words...Duke Ellington (1930)
79. You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby…Bing Crosby (1938)
80. Marie...Tommy Dorsey (1937)

81. The Old Spinning Wheel...Ray Noble with Al Bowlly (1933) EG
82. My Reverie…Larry Clinton with Bea Wain (1938) EG 83. Paradise…Leo Reisman with Frances Maddux (1932)
84. Isle of Capri…Ray Noble with Al Bowlly (1934) VF
85. Too Marvelous for Words…Bing Crosby with Jimmy Dorsey’s Orchestra (1937)
86. Yesterdays…Leo Reisman with Frank Luther (1933)
87. June in January…Bing Crosby with George Stoll’s Orchestra (1934)
88. You’re the Top…Paul Whiteman with Peggy Healy & John Hauser (1934)
89. Beer Barrell Polka...Will Glahe (1939) EG
90. Dream a Little Dream of Me...Wayne King with Ernie Birchill (1931)

91. And the Angels Sing …Benny Goodman with Martha Tilton (1939)
92. The Carioca…Enric Madriguera with Patricia Gillmore (1934)
93. Shadow Waltz…Bing Crosby with Jimmy Grier’s Orchestra (1933)
94. Sweet and Lovely…Gus Arnheim with Donald Novis (1931)
95. Solitude…Duke Ellington (1934) SS
96. I Found a Million Dollar Baby in a Five and Ten Cent Store...Fred Waring with Clare Hanlon (1931)
97. You Go to My Head…Larry Clinton with Bea Wain (1938)
98. I’ve Got the World on a String…Cab Calloway (1932)
99. Music, Maestro, Please...Tommy Dorsey with Edythe Wright (1938)
100. Crossroad Blues…Robert Johnson (1936)

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) PCM
  • Hellhound on My Trail…Robert Johnson (1937) SS
  • 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) PCM
  • Moonglow…Benny Goodman (1934) AG
  • On the Good Ship Lollipop…Shirley Temple (1935) PCM
  • 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: Click here for a full list of all year-end song awards.


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