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.
Popular Songs 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

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Last Updated: 2010-08-27
Newly added names are in Red