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100 Greatest Popular Songs of the 1930s

Criteria: - These songs were chosen and ranked according to their initial and lasting popularity and also on their impact and influence on the course of musical history. At that time most songs were recorded by many different artists, so we have listed more than one version of each song on the majority of the entries. The most significant version of the song is the one by the first artist that is listed.

Edited By: Bruce
Last Updated: 08-27-2010

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100 Greatest Popular Songs of the 1930s
  1. In The Mood - Glenn Miller
  2. God Bless America - Kate Smith
  3. Over The Rainbow - Judy Garland / Glenn Miller
  4. Sing, Sing, Sing (With A Swing) - Benny Goodman
  5. Silent Night, Holy Night - Bing Crosby
  6. Minnie The Moocher - Cab Calloway
  7. Strange Fruit - Billie Holiday
  8. Crossroads Blues - Robert Johnson
  9. Moonlight Serenade - Glenn Miller
10. If I Didn't Care - Ink Spots
11. Mood Indigo - Duke Ellington
12. One O'Clock Jump - Count Basie / Benny Goodman / Harry James
13. Wabash Cannon Ball - Roy Acuff
14. Can The Circle Be Unbroken (Bye And Bye) - Carter Family
15. Stormy Weather - Ethel Waters / Leo Reisman (Harold Arlen)
16. Body And Soul - Coleman Hawkins / Paul Whiteman / Libby Holman
17. I'm In The Mood For Love - Louis Armstrong / Little Jack Little
18. Begin The Beguine - Artie Shaw
19. I Can't Get Started - Bunny Berigan
20. A Tisket, A Tasket - Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb's Orchestra
21. All Or Nothing At All - Frank Sinatra with Harry James
22. Don't Be That Way - Benny Goodman
23. Pennies From Heaven - Bing Crosby / Eddy Duchin / Teddy Wilson featuring Billie Holiday
24. Roll 'Em Pete - Pete Johnson & Joe Turner
25. Tea For Two - Art Tatum
26. Heartaches - Ted Weems
27. Cheek To Cheek - Fred Astaire / Eddy Duchin / Guy Lombardo
28. Deep Purple - Larry Clinton (Bea Wain) / Jimmy Dorsey
29. Boogie Woogie - Tommy Dorsey
30. Woodchopper's Ball - Woody Herman
31. Stein Song (University Of Maine) - Rudy Vallee
32. It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) - Duke Ellington (Ivie Anderson) / Mills Brothers
33. Brother, Can You Spare A Dime? - Bing Crosby / Rudy Vallee
34. Night And Day - Fred Astaire & Leo Reisman / Eddy Duchin
35. Cherokee - Charlie Barnet
36. Marie - Tommy Dorsey (Jack Leonard)
37. Puttin' On The Ritz - Harry Richman With Earl Burtnett
38. The Way You Look Tonight - Fred Astaire / Guy Lombardo / Teddy Wilson featuring Billie Holiday
39. Star Dust - Louis Armstrong / Benny Goodman / Tommy Dorsey
40. Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen - Andrews Sisters
41. And The Angels Sing - Benny Goodman (Martha Tilton)
42. All Of Me - Louis Armstrong / Paul Whiteman (Mildred Bailey)
43. Cocktails For Two - Duke Ellington
44. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You - Tommy Dorsey
45. Heart And Soul - Larry Clinton
46. Stompin' At The Savoy - Benny Goodman / Chick Webb
47. Back In The Saddle Again - Gene Autry
48. Tumbling Tumbleweeds - Sons Of The Pioneers
49. My Prayer - Ink Spots / Glenn Miller
50. Once In A While - Tommy Dorsey / Horace Heidt
51. These Foolish Things - Benny Goodman / Teddy Wilson featuring Billie Holiday
52. Thanks For The Memory - Bob Hope & Shirley Ross / Shep Fields
53. Indian Love Call - Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy
54. Blue Moon - Glen Gray / Benny Goodman
55. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm - Ray Noble (Howard Phillips) / Billie Holiday / Red Norvo (Mildred Bailey)
56. It's A Sin To Tell A Lie - Fats Waller
57. Happy Days Are Here Again - Ben Selvin / Benny Meroff / Leo Reisman
58. Caravan - Duke Ellington
59. (Hep-Hep!) The Jumpin' Jive - Cab Calloway
60. What A Little Moonlight Can Do - Teddy Wilson featuring Billie Holiday
61. My Reverie - Larry Clinton / Bing Crosby
62. Alexander's Ragtime Band - Bing Crosby & Connee Boswell / Boswell Sisters
63. Did You Ever See A Dream Walking - Eddy Duchin / Guy Lombardo / Bing Crosby
64. Honeysuckle Rose - Fats Waller / Red Norvo
65. Just A Gigolo - Ted Lewis / Ben Bernie / Bing Crosby 
66. Blue Yodel #9 (Standing On The Corner) - Jimmie Rodgers & Louis Armstrong
67. Sugar Blues - Clyde McCoy
68. King Porter (Stomp) - Benny Goodman
69. Red Sails In The Sunset - Bing Crosby / Guy Lombardo / Mantovani
70. Summertime - Billie Holiday / Sidney Bechet
71. Goody-Goody - Benny Goodman / Bob Crosby / Freddy Martin
72. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - Paul Whiteman / Leo Reisman / Emil Coleman
73. Moon Glow - Benny Goodman / Duke Ellington
74. Take My Hand, Precious Lord - Reverend Thomas A. Dorsey
75. Sweet Leilani - Bing Crosby
76. Tiger Rag - Mills Brothers
77. The Peanut Vendor - Don Azpiazu / California Ramblers / Red Nichols
78. I've Got A Pocketful Of Dreams - Bing Crosby / Russ Morgan
79. Until The Real Thing Comes Along - Andy Kirk / Fats Waller
80. In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town - Ted Lewis / Ted Black
81. The Last Round-Up - George Olsen (Joe Morrison) / Guy Lombardo / Don Bestor / Gene Autry
82. The Very Thought Of You - Ray Noble
83. Jumpin' At The Woodside - Count Basie
84. Goodnight, Sweetheart - Wayne King / Guy Lombardo / Bing Crosby
85. Beer Barrel Polka - Will Glahe / Andrews Sisters
86. Carelessly - Teddy Wilson featuring Billie Holiday
87. Flat Foot Floogee - Slim & Slam / Louis Armstrong & The Mills Brothers
88. Sittin' On Top Of The World - Mississippi Sheiks
89. He's Got The Whole World In His Hands - Marian Anderson
90. I Got Rhythm - Red Nichols / Ethel Waters / Louis Armstrong
91. Organ Grinder's Swing - Jimmie Lunceford / Benny Goodman
92. Little Brown Jug - Glenn Miller
93. The Object Of My Affection - Boswell Sisters / Jimmie Grier
94. Let's Fall In Love - Eddy Duchin
95. Lullabye Of Broadway - Dorsey Brothers (Bob Crosby)
96. The Glory Of Love - Benny Goodman
97. Forty-Second Street - Don Bestor / Hal Kemp
98. You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby - Bing Crosby
99. Prisoner Of Love - Russ Columbo
100. Inka Dinka Doo - Jimmy Durante
In The Mood


God Bless America


Over The Rainbow


Sing, Sing, Sing


Minnie The Moocher


Strange Fruit
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