Top Songs of the 1930s


Rank All Time Rank Artist Song Year
1
74
Billie Holiday Strange Fruit 1939
2
373
Judy Garland Over the Rainbow 1939
3
501
Robert Johnson Cross Road Blues 1936
4
715
Coleman Hawkins Body and Soul 1939
5
889
Cab Calloway & His Orchestra Minnie the Moocher 1931
6
1047
Robert Johnson Hellhound on My Trail 1937
7
1088
Glenn Miller In the Mood 1939
8
1169
Robert Johnson Love in Vain 1937
9
1238
Count Basie One O'Clock Jump 1937
10
1252
Lead Belly The Midnight Special 1934
11
1468
Duke Ellington Mood Indigo 1930
12
1517
Benny Goodman Sing, Sing, Sing 1937
13
1654
Glenn Miller Moonlight Serenade 1939
14
1878
The Carter Family Can the Circle Be Unbroken (Bye and Bye) 1935
15
2143
Robert Johnson Sweet Home Chicago 1936
16
2151
Lydia Mendoza Mal Hombre 1934
17
2166
Bunny Berigan I Can't Get Started 1936
18
2202
Artie Shaw Begin the Beguine 1938
19
2354
Robert Johnson Terraplane Blues 1936
20
2362
Don Azpiazu El Manisero (The Peanut Vendor) 1930
21
2366
Lead Belly Goodnight Irene 1936
22
2520
Duke Ellington Caravan 1937
23
2545
Bing Crosby Brother Can You Spare a Dime 1932
24
2641
Kate Smith God Bless America 1938
25
2758
Roy Acuff and The Smoky Mountain Boys Wabash Cannonball 1938
26
2905
Skip James Devil Got My Woman 1931
27
2947
Louis Armstrong with Earl Hines Weather Bird 1930
28
3012
Sidney Bechet Summertime 1939
29
3067
Duke Ellington In a Sentimental Mood 1935
30
3240
Fred Astaire They Can't Take That Away from Me 1937
31
3267
Count Basie's Kansas City Seven feat. Lester Young Lester Leaps In 1939
32
3283
Gene Autry Back in the Saddle Again 1939
33
3338
Chick Webb & His Orchestra with Ella Fitzgerald A-Tisket, A-Tasket 1938
34
3468
Patsy Montana I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart 1935
35
3570
Carlos Gardel El dia que me quieras 1935
36
3659
The Sons of the Pioneers Tumbling Tumbleweeds 1934
37
3777
Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Moten's Swing 1933
38
3780
The Ink Spots If I Didn't Care 1939
39
3825
Big Joe Williams Baby Please Don't Go 1935
40
3829
Quintette du Hot Club de France Minor's Swing 1937
41
3885
Solomon Linda Mbube 1939
42
3942
Leo Reisman & His Orchestra with Fred Astaire Night and Day 1932
43
3999
Louis Armstrong Star Dust 1931
44
4052
The Andrews Sisters Bei mir bist du schön 1937
45
4066
Carlos Gardel Volver 1935
46
4076
Sonny Boy Williamson (I) Good Morning (Little) School Girl 1937
47
4098
Jones-Smith, Incorporated [Count Basie] Oh, Lady Be Good 1936
48
4137
Louis Armstrong When the Saints Go Marching In 1938
49
4207
Fats Waller Honeysuckle Rose 1934
50
4296
Mississippi Sheiks Sitting on Top of the World 1930
51
4369
Fred Astaire with Leo Reisman and His Orchestra Cheek to Cheek 1935
52
4504
Duke Ellington It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing 1932
53
4507
Ethel Waters Stormy Weather 1933
54
4621
Tommy Dorsey I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You 1936
55
4807
Benny Goodman King Porter (Stomp) 1935
56
4874
Sister Rosetta Tharpe This Train 1939
57
4972
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra with Martha Tilton and Ziggy And the Angels Sing 1939
58
5028
Lucienne Boyer Parlez-moi d'amour 1930
59
5066
Max Steiner Tara's Theme 1939
60
5092
Billie Holiday Fine and Mellow 1939
61
5111
Ben Selvin Orchestra Happy Days Are Here Again 1930
62
5186
Robert Johnson Come On in My Kitchen 1936
63
5234
Joe Turner & Pete Johnson Roll 'Em Pete 1939
64
5404
Bing Crosby Pennies from Heaven 1936
65
5624
Duke Ellington Reminiscing in Tempo 1935
66
5687
Jimmie Rodgers Blue Yodel No. 9 (Standin' on the Corner) 1930
67
5735
Art Tatum Tea for Two 1939
68
5736
Trio Matamoros Lágrimas negras 1932
69
5802
Benny Goodman Don't Be That Way 1938
70
6091
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys San Antonio Rose 1939
71
6098
Walter Huston September Song 1938
72
6265
Ray Ventura et ses Collégiens Tout va très bien madame la marquise 1935
73
6311
Sidney Bechet Maple Leaf Rag 1932
74
6333
Ethel Merman I Got Rhythm 1930
75
6369
Fletcher Henderson Queer Notions 1933
76
6401
Bob Hope/Shirley Ross Thanks for the Memory 1938
77
6568
Lead Belly The Gallis Pole 1939
78
6591
Jimmie Lunceford Organ Grinder's Swing 1936
79
6643
Josephine Baker J'ai deux amours 1930
80
6882
Harry Richman Puttin' On the Ritz 1930
81
6977
W.H. Stepp Bonaparte's Retreat 1937
82
7101
Ray Noble & His Orchestra The Very Thought of You 1934
83
7202
Sol Hoopii Hula Girl 1933
84
7215
Art Tatum Tiger Rag 1933
85
7307
Roy Acuff and His Crazy Tennesseans Great Speckled Bird 1936
86
7366
The Boswell Sisters Alexander's Ragtime Band 1934
87
7623
Mary Lou Williams Night Life 1930
88
7669
Fred Astaire The Way You Look Tonight 1936
89
7691
Carmen Miranda O que é que a Bahiana tem 1939
90
7831
Marian Anderson He's Got the Whole World in His Hands 1932
91
7906
Jimmie Lunceford For Dancers Only 1937
92
7917
Fred Astaire A Fine Romance (A Sarcastic Love Song) 1936
93
7982
Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra Sunrise Serenade 1939
94
8039
The Golden Gate Quartet Rock My Soul 1938
95
8046
Billie Holiday He’s Funny That Way 1937
96
8142
Kokomo Arnold Milk Cow Blues 1934
97
8233
Blind Willie Johnson John the Revelator 1930
98
8324
Robert Johnson Me and the Devil Blues 1938
99
8335
Bessie Smith Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl 1931
100
8356
Tommy Dorsey Marie 1937
101
8564
The Carter Family Worried Man Blues 1930
102
8698
Mildred Bailey Rockin' Chair 1932
103
8723
Son House My Black Mama 1931
104
8824
Andy Kirk & His Twelve Clouds of Joy Until the Real Thing Comes Along 1936
105
8966
Carlos Gardel Mi Buenos Aires Querido 1934
106
8981
Fats Waller Viper's Drag 1935
107
9001
Tommy Dorsey feat. Edythe Wright Stardust 1936
108
9092
Damia Les Goélands 1937
109
9110
Red Norvo Dance of the Octopus 1934
110
9274
Benny Goodman Moonglow 1934
111
9275
Skip James Hard Time Killing Floor Blues 1931
112
9381
Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell Blues Before Sunrise 1934
113
9500
Count Basie Swinging the Blues 1938
114
9591
Duke Ellington Rockin' in Rhythm 1931
115
9724
Vera Lynn We'll Meet Again 1939
116
9951
Robert Johnson Stop Breakin' Down Blues 1938
117
9964
Count Basie Jumpin' at the Woodside 1938

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