Top Songs of the 1930s


Rank All Time Rank Artist Song Year
1
75
Billie Holiday Strange Fruit 1939
2
379
Judy Garland Over the Rainbow 1939
3
492
Robert Johnson Cross Road Blues 1936
4
713
Coleman Hawkins Body and Soul 1939
5
895
Cab Calloway & His Orchestra Minnie the Moocher 1931
6
1023
Robert Johnson Hellhound on My Trail 1937
7
1101
Glenn Miller In the Mood 1939
8
1145
Robert Johnson Love in Vain 1937
9
1256
Count Basie One O'Clock Jump 1937
10
1266
Lead Belly The Midnight Special 1934
11
1484
Duke Ellington Mood Indigo 1930
12
1536
Benny Goodman Sing, Sing, Sing 1937
13
1678
Glenn Miller Moonlight Serenade 1939
14
1881
The Carter Family Can the Circle Be Unbroken (Bye and Bye) 1935
15
2128
Robert Johnson Sweet Home Chicago 1936
16
2175
Lydia Mendoza Mal Hombre 1934
17
2206
Bunny Berigan I Can't Get Started 1936
18
2241
Artie Shaw Begin the Beguine 1938
19
2353
Robert Johnson Terraplane Blues 1936
20
2396
Lead Belly Goodnight Irene 1936
21
2433
Don Azpiazu El Manisero (The Peanut Vendor) 1930
22
2555
Duke Ellington Caravan 1937
23
2572
Bing Crosby Brother Can You Spare a Dime 1932
24
2666
Kate Smith God Bless America 1938
25
2803
Roy Acuff and The Smoky Mountain Boys Wabash Cannonball 1938
26
2924
Skip James Devil Got My Woman 1931
27
2999
Louis Armstrong with Earl Hines Weather Bird 1930
28
3057
Sidney Bechet Summertime 1939
29
3122
Leo Reisman & His Orchestra with Fred Astaire Night and Day 1932
30
3263
Fred Astaire They Can't Take That Away from Me 1937
31
3325
Count Basie's Kansas City Seven feat. Lester Young Lester Leaps In 1939
32
3332
Gene Autry Back in the Saddle Again 1939
33
3385
Chick Webb & His Orchestra with Ella Fitzgerald A-Tisket, A-Tasket 1938
34
3532
Patsy Montana I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart 1935
35
3714
The Sons of the Pioneers Tumbling Tumbleweeds 1934
36
3784
Carlos Gardel El dia que me quieras 1935
37
3787
Joe Turner & Pete Johnson Roll 'Em Pete 1939
38
3797
Big Joe Williams Baby Please Don't Go 1935
39
3835
Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Moten's Swing 1933
40
3837
The Ink Spots If I Didn't Care 1939
41
3880
Quintette du Hot Club de France Minor's Swing 1937
42
3891
Duke Ellington In a Sentimental Mood 1935
43
3940
Solomon Linda Mbube 1939
44
4049
Sonny Boy Williamson (I) Good Morning (Little) School Girl 1937
45
4074
Louis Armstrong Star Dust 1931
46
4123
The Andrews Sisters Bei mir bist du schön 1937
47
4155
Jones-Smith, Incorporated [Count Basie] Oh, Lady Be Good 1936
48
4187
Louis Armstrong When the Saints Go Marching In 1938
49
4237
Carlos Gardel Volver 1935
50
4274
Fats Waller Honeysuckle Rose 1934
51
4305
Mississippi Sheiks Sitting on Top of the World 1930
52
4450
Fred Astaire with Leo Reisman and His Orchestra Cheek to Cheek 1935
53
4586
Ethel Waters Stormy Weather 1933
54
4590
Duke Ellington It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing 1932
55
4697
Tommy Dorsey I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You 1936
56
4884
Benny Goodman King Porter (Stomp) 1935
57
4973
Sister Rosetta Tharpe This Train 1939
58
5034
Lucienne Boyer Parlez-moi d'amour 1930
59
5046
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra with Martha Tilton and Ziggy And the Angels Sing 1939
60
5096
Max Steiner Tara's Theme 1939
61
5157
Billie Holiday Fine and Mellow 1939
62
5179
Robert Johnson Come On in My Kitchen 1936
63
5192
Ben Selvin Orchestra Happy Days Are Here Again 1930
64
5462
Bing Crosby Pennies from Heaven 1936
65
5697
Duke Ellington Reminiscing in Tempo 1935
66
5801
Jimmie Rodgers Blue Yodel No. 9 (Standin' on the Corner) 1930
67
5802
Art Tatum Tea for Two 1939
68
5805
Trio Matamoros Lágrimas negras 1932
69
5906
Benny Goodman Don't Be That Way 1938
70
6196
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys San Antonio Rose 1939
71
6234
Walter Huston September Song 1938
72
6244
Ray Ventura et ses Collégiens Tout va très bien madame la marquise 1935
73
6398
Sidney Bechet Maple Leaf Rag 1932
74
6424
Ethel Merman I Got Rhythm 1930
75
6446
Fletcher Henderson Queer Notions 1933
76
6493
Bob Hope/Shirley Ross Thanks for the Memory 1938
77
6617
Lead Belly The Gallis Pole 1939
78
6662
Josephine Baker J'ai deux amours 1930
79
6683
Jimmie Lunceford Organ Grinder's Swing 1936
80
6986
Harry Richman Puttin' On the Ritz 1930
81
7099
W.H. Stepp Bonaparte's Retreat 1937
82
7218
Ray Noble & His Orchestra The Very Thought of You 1934
83
7246
Sol Hoopii Hula Girl 1933
84
7313
Art Tatum Tiger Rag 1933
85
7417
The Boswell Sisters Alexander's Ragtime Band 1934
86
7445
Roy Acuff and His Crazy Tennesseans Great Speckled Bird 1936
87
7663
Carmen Miranda O que é que a Bahiana tem 1939
88
7727
Mary Lou Williams Night Life 1930
89
7783
Fred Astaire The Way You Look Tonight 1936
90
7974
Marian Anderson He's Got the Whole World in His Hands 1932
91
7993
Fred Astaire A Fine Romance (A Sarcastic Love Song) 1936
92
8053
Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra Sunrise Serenade 1939
93
8061
Jimmie Lunceford For Dancers Only 1937
94
8137
Kokomo Arnold Milk Cow Blues 1934
95
8141
The Golden Gate Quartet Rock My Soul 1938
96
8157
Billie Holiday He’s Funny That Way 1937
97
8325
Blind Willie Johnson John the Revelator 1930
98
8389
Bessie Smith Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl 1931
99
8422
Robert Johnson Me and the Devil Blues 1938
100
8601
Tommy Dorsey Marie 1937
101
8691
The Carter Family Worried Man Blues 1930
102
8873
Mildred Bailey Rockin' Chair 1932
103
8874
Son House My Black Mama 1931
104
8909
Andy Kirk & His Twelve Clouds of Joy Until the Real Thing Comes Along 1936
105
9067
Tommy Dorsey feat. Edythe Wright Stardust 1936
106
9084
Damia Les Goélands 1937
107
9091
Carlos Gardel Mi Buenos Aires Querido 1934
108
9103
Fats Waller Viper's Drag 1935
109
9209
Red Norvo Dance of the Octopus 1934
110
9278
Skip James Hard Time Killing Floor Blues 1931
111
9388
Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell Blues Before Sunrise 1934
112
9420
Benny Goodman Moonglow 1934
113
9625
Count Basie Swinging the Blues 1938
114
9717
Duke Ellington Rockin' in Rhythm 1931
115
9916
Vera Lynn We'll Meet Again 1939

Songs "bubbling under" the all-time top 10,000:
Count Basie Jumpin' at the Woodside 1938
Robert Johnson Stop Breakin' Down Blues 1938
Benny Goodman & Charlie Christian Stompin' at the Savoy 1936
Glahe Musette Orchestra Beer Barrel-Polka 1939
Teddy Wilson/Billie Holiday What a Little Moonlight Can Do 1935
Woody Herman Woodchopper's Ball 1939
Rina Ketty J'attendrai 1938
Tino Rossi Marinella 1936
Robert Johnson Ramblin' on My Mind 1937
Johnny Hess Je suis swing 1938
Jean Sablon Vous qui passez sans me voir 1936
Fred Astaire Nice Work If You Can Get It 1937
Benny Goodman Goody-Goody 1936
Benny Goodman (with Ella Fitzgerald) Goodnight, My Love 1936
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
Artie Shaw They Say 1938
Horace Heidt and His Brigadiers Ti-Pi-Tin 1938
Larry Clinton & His Orchestra My Reverie 1938
Kay Kyser & His Orchestra Three Little Fishes (Itty Bitty Poo) 1939
Charles Trenet Le Soleil et la lune 1938
Jimmie Rodgers Blue Yodel no. 8 (Mule Skinner Blues) 1931
The Monroe Brothers What Would You Give in Exchange? 1936
Ruth Etting Ten Cents a Dance 1930
Agustín Lara Noche de ronda 1935
Benny Goodman Avalon 1937
Billie Holiday Summertime 1936
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys Ida Red 1939
Benny Goodman Body and Soul 1935
Lys Gauty Le Chaland qui passe 1933
Reverend Thomas A. Dorsey Take My Hand, Precious Lord 1932
Lead Belly The Buorgeois Blues 1939
Growling Tiger Money Is King 1935
Count Basie Oh Lady Be Good 1939
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys Steel Guitar Rag 1936
Sidney Bechet Shag 1932
Bessie Smith Gimmie a Pigfoot 1934
Charles Trenet Je chante 1938
Marie Dubas Le doux caboulot 1932
Cannon's Jug Stompers Walk Right In 1930
Duke Ellington Creole Rhapsody 1931
Benny Goodman After You've Gone 1935
Stéphane Grappelly and His Hot Four with Django Reinhardt Djangology 1936
Benny Goodman One O'Clock Jump 1938
Fernandel Félicie aussi 1939
Bing Crosby Dancing in the Dark 1931
Benny Goodman Sometimes I’m Happy 1935
Jimmie Lunceford White Heat 1934
Albert Ammons and His Rhythm Kings Boogie Woogie Stomp 1936
Jimmie Lunceford Rhythm Is Our Business 1935
Jean Sablon Ce petit chemin 1933
Louis Armstrong Lazy River 1932
Louis Armstrong Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen 1938
Louis Armstrong All of Me 1932
Django Reinhardt et Quintette du Hot Club de France Dinah 1935
The Charleston Chasers Basin Street Blues 1931
Count Basie Taxi War Dance 1939
Pete Steele Coal Creek March 1938
Ethel Merman You're the Top 1934
Duke Ellington Prelude to a Kiss 1938
Hoagy Carmichael Georgia on My Mind 1930
Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy Indian Love Call 1936
Marian Anderson Ave Maria 1936
Mary Martin My Heart Belongs to Daddy 1938
Skip James I'm So Glad 1931
Duke Ellington Sophisticated Lady 1933
Casa Loma Orchestra Casa Loma Stomp 1931
Tommy Dorsey Song of India 1937
Andy Kirk & His Twelve Clouds of Joy Walkin' and Swingin 1936
Gene Autry & Jimmy Long The Yellow Rose of Texas 1933
Hal Kemp Where or When 1937
Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet Golden Gate Gospel Train 1937
Leo Soileau La Valse Gueydan (Jolie Fille) 1935
Robert Johnson I Believe I'll Dust My Broom 1937
Chick Webb's Savoy Orchestra Stompin' at the Savoy 1934
George Formby With My Little Stick of Blackpool 1937
Gaston Ouvrard Je N'suis Pas Bien Portant 1934
Duke Ellington Daybreak Express 1934
Judy Garland Dear Mr. Gable: You Made Me Love You 1937
Charles Trenet Y'a d'la joie 1938
Mistinguett C'est vrai 1933
Benny Goodman Blue Skies 1935
Count Basie Doggin Around 1938
Charlie Barnet Cherokee 1939
Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Toby 1933
Lionel Hampton When Lights Are Low 1939
Rudy Vallée Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? 1932
Bing Crosby Just a Gigolo 1931
Ray Ventura et ses Collégiens Ca Vaut Mieux Que D'attraper La Scarlatine 1936
Fréhel La Java bleue 1939
Bing Crosby Temptation 1933
Charles Trenet Boum !!... 1938
Hoagy Carmichael Rockin' Chair 1930
Jimmie Rodgers Jimmie Rodgers' Last Blue Yodel 1933
Bing Crosby Out of Nowhere 1931
Bing Crosby Stardust 1931
Jimmie Rodgers Miss the Mississippi and You 1932
Leo Reisman & His Orchestra feat. Harold Arlen Stormy Weather 1933
Robert Johnson 32-20 Blues 1937
Fred Astaire Puttin' On the Ritz 1930
Jimmie Lunceford Stratosphere 1934
Washington Phillips A Mother's Last Word to Her Daughter 1930
Robert Johnson Kind Hearted Woman Blues 1937
Robert Johnson Walkin' Blues 1937
Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe Bumble Bee 1930
Kokomo Arnold Old Original Kokomo Blues 1934
Sonny Boy Williamson (I) Decoration Blues / Decoration Day Blues 1938