Top Songs of the 1930s



Rank All Time RankArtistSongYear
1 72 Billie Holiday
Strange Fruit
1939
2 319 Judy Garland
Over the Rainbow
1939
3 432 Robert Johnson
Cross Road Blues
1936
4 665 Coleman Hawkins
Body and Soul
1939
5 752 Glenn Miller
In the Mood
1939
6 869 Robert Johnson
Hellhound on My Trail
1937
7 904 Leadbelly
The Midnight Special
1934
8 949 Cab Calloway & His Orchestra
Minnie the Moocher
1931
9 977 Robert Johnson
Love in Vain
1937
10 1016 Count Basie
One O'Clock Jump
1937
11 1057 Benny Goodman
Sing, Sing, Sing
1937
12 1061 Duke Ellington
Mood Indigo
1930
13 1126 Glenn Miller
Moonlight Serenade
1939
14 1260 The Carter Family
Can the Circle Be Unbroken (Bye and Bye)
1935
15 1286 Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
Begin the Beguine
1938
16 1505 Skip James
Devil Got My Woman
1931
17 1557 Roy Acuff and The Smoky Mountain Boys
Wabash Cannonball
1938
18 1610 Bing Crosby
Brother Can You Spare a Dime
1932
19 1653 Bunny Berigan
I Can't Get Started
1936
20 1661 Don Azpiazu
El Manisero (The Peanut Vendor)
1930
21 1670 Leadbelly
Goodnight Irene
1936
22 1789 Patsy Montana
I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart
1935
23 1793 Robert Johnson
Terraplane Blues
1936
24 1815 Gene Autry
Back in the Saddle Again
1939
25 1890 Lydia Mendoza
Mal Hombre
1934
26 2005 The Sons of the Pioneers
Tumbling Tumbleweeds
1934
27 2105 The Ink Spots
If I Didn't Care
1939
28 2137 Robert Johnson
Sweet Home Chicago
1936
29 2145 Kate Smith
God Bless America
1938
30 2224 Fred Astaire with Leo Reisman and His Orchestra
Cheek to Cheek
1935
31 2226 Fred Astaire
They Can't Take That Away from Me
1937
32 2392 Ethel Waters
Stormy Weather
1933
33 2517 Louis Armstrong
Star Dust
1931
34 2624 Duke Ellington
Caravan
1937
35 2685 Fats Waller
Honeysuckle Rose
1934
36 2775 Ben Selvin Orchestra
Happy Days Are Here Again
1930
37 2839 Mississippi Sheiks
Sitting on Top of the World
1930
38 2857 Solomon Linda
Mbube
1939
39 2888 The Andrews Sisters
Bei mir bist du schön
1937
40 2895 Duke Ellington
It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
1932
41 3002 Leo Reisman & His Orchestra with Fred Astaire
Night and Day
1932
42 3043 Chick Webb & His Orchestra with Ella Fitzgerald
A-Tisket, A-Tasket
1938
43 3066 Bing Crosby
Pennies from Heaven
1936
44 3098 Louis Armstrong
When the Saints Go Marching In
1938
45 3311 Art Tatum
Tea for Two
1939
46 3371 Big Joe Williams
Baby Please Don't Go
1935
47 3401 Benny Goodman & His Orchestra with Martha Tilton and Ziggy
And the Angels Sing
1939
48 3406 Trio Matamoros
Lágrimas negras
1932
49 3498 Max Steiner
Tara's Theme
1939
50 3510 Jimmie Rodgers
Blue Yodel No. 9 (Standin' on the Corner)
1930
51 3546 Louis Armstrong with Earl Hines
Weather Bird
1930
52 3693 Tommy Dorsey
I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
1932
53 3694 Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
San Antonio Rose
1939
54 3749 Roy Acuff and His Crazy Tennesseans
Great Speckled Bird
1936
55 3910 Sidney Bechet
Summertime
1939
56 4038 Benny Goodman
Don't Be That Way
1938
57 4040 Walter Huston
September Song
1938
58 4042 Fred Astaire
The Way You Look Tonight
1936
59 4173 Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra
Moten's Swing
1933
60 4296 Carlos Gardel
El dia que me quieras
1935
61 4565 Sister Rosetta Tharpe
This Train
1939
62 4644 Bob Hope/Shirley Ross
Thanks for the Memory
1938
63 4705 Joe Turner & Pete Johnson
Roll 'Em Pete
1939
64 4850 Ethel Merman
I Got Rhythm
1930
65 5165 Sonny Boy Williamson (I)
Good Morning (Little) School Girl
1937
66 5255 Count Basie's Kansas City Seven
Lester Leaps In
1939
67 5450 Vera Lynn
We'll Meet Again
1939
68 5640 Count Basie
Jumpin' at the Woodside
1938
69 5752 Lucienne Boyer
Parlez-moi d'amour
1930
70 5767 Teddy Wilson/Billie Holiday
What a Little Moonlight Can Do
1935


Some songs "bubbling under" the all-time top 6000:
Reverend Thomas A. Dorsey
Take My Hand, Precious Lord
1932
Josephine Baker
J'ai deux amours
1930
Billie Holiday
Fine and Mellow
1939
Ruth Etting
Ten Cents a Dance
1930
Marian Anderson
He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
1932
The Monroe Brothers
What Would You Give in Exchange?
1936
Billie Holiday
Summertime
1936
Sol Hoopii
Hula Girl
1933
Robert Johnson
Come On in My Kitchen
1936
Jimmie Rodgers
Blue Yodel no. 8 (Mule Skinner Blues)
1931
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
Ida Red
1939
Harry Richman
Puttin' On the Ritz
1930
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
Steel Guitar Rag
1936
Tommy Dorsey
Marie
1937
The Carter Family
Worried Man Blues
1930
Blind Willie Johnson
John the Revelator
1930
W.H. Stepp
Bonaparte's Retreat
1937
Cannon's Jug Stompers
Walk Right In
1930
Louis Armstrong
All of Me
1932
Son House
My Black Mama
1931
Ethel Merman
You're the Top
1934
Bing Crosby
Dancing in the Dark
1931
Hoagy Carmichael and His Orchestra
Georgia on My Mind
1930
Benny Goodman
Moonglow
1934
Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy
Indian Love Call
1936
Carlos Gardel
Volver
1935
Mary Martin
My Heart Belongs to Daddy
1938
Ray Noble & His Orchestra
The Very Thought of You
1934
The Boswell Sisters
Alexander's Ragtime Band
1934
Growling Tiger
Money Is King
1935
Glahe Musette Orchestra
Beer Barrel-Polka
1939
Bing Crosby
Just a Gigolo
1931
Fred Astaire
A Fine Romance (A Sarcastic Love Song)
1936
Fred Astaire
Nice Work If You Can Get It
1937
Fats Waller
It's a Sin to Tell a Lie
1936
Fats Waller
Two Sleepy People
1938
Rudy Vallée
Stein Song (University of Maine Fighting Song)
1930
Ted Weems & His Orchestra
Heartaches
1933
Eddy Duchin & His Orchestra
Lovely to Look At
1935
Andy Kirk & His Twelve Clouds of Joy
Until the Real Thing Comes Along
1936
Benny Goodman
Goody-Goody
1936
Benny Goodman (with Ella Fitzgerald)
Goodnight, My Love
1936
Hal Kemp
Where or When
1937
Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
They Say
1938
Horace Heidt and His Brigadiers
Ti-Pi-Tin
1938
Larry Clinton & His Orchestra
My Reverie
1938
Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra
Sunrise Serenade
1939
Kay Kyser & His Orchestra
Three Little Fishes (Itty Bitty Poo)
1939

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