30s Music: The Best Songs Of The 1930s

The Best Songs Of The 1930s

The 1930s were a decade in which the war also seriously impacted music. In Germany, the radio, which was so popular at the beginning Jazz music was forbidden. Swing was considered the music of the blacks and was therefore censored by the Nazis.

But the 1930s were also the decade of unforgettable Love songs. Many of the popular classics we know today were created during this period. The 1930s are also often described as the golden age of radio. Most people did not have a television, so the radio was the focal point in every home.

Radio was filled with entertainment of all kinds: stories, poetry, news, live music, and much more.

Songs in the 30s were often more famous than the artists themselves, and it was not uncommon for a song to be recorded by multiple performers.

Music from the USA was generally optimistic and sometimes very relaxing, and humor was an essential element in pop music. With the beginning of the censorship of American music in Germany, the radio played mainly German folk songs, home songs, and military marches.

These songs were chosen for their initial and enduring popularity and their impact and influence on music history. At this time, most of the songs were recorded by many different performers, so we’ve chosen the most popular version for each one.

(At the end of the article, we have created a Spotify playlist for you with all the songs listed here.)

The hits from the 1930s:

Each song is linked to its accompanying music video via its title.

1.With me you are beautifulAndrews Sisters
2.The Glory Of LoveBenny Goodman
3.My Prayer Ink Spots
4.I’m set on love from head to toeMarlene Dietrich
5.I Got RhythmRed Nichols
6.Star DustLouis Armstrong
7.King Porter (Stomp)Benny Goodman
8.Prisoner Of LoveRuss Columbo
9.I Can’t Get StartedBunny Berigan
10.Lullabye Of BroadwayDorsey Brothers (Bob Crosby)
11.A friend, a good friendComedian Harmonists
12.The Way You Look TonightFred Astaire
13.A Tisket, A TasketElla Fitzgerald with Chick Webb’s Orchestra
14.Sugar BluesClyde McCoy
15.The Last Round-UpGeorge Olsen (Joe Morrison)
16.In The MoodGlenn Miller
17.Organ Grinder’s SwingJimmie Lunceford
18.Once In A WhileTommy Dorsey
19.He’s Got The Whole World In His HandsMarian Anderson
20.Begin The BeguineArtie Shaw
21.Little Brown JugGlenn Miller
22.Puttin’ On The RitzHarry Richman With Earl Burtnett
23.The Very Thought Of YouRay Noble
24.Silent Night, Holy NightBing Crosby
25.Blue Yodel #9 (Standing On The Corner)Jimmie Rodgers & Louis Armstrong
26.And The Angels SingBenny Goodman (Martha Tilton)
27.Red Sails In The SunsetBing Crosby
28.These Foolish ThingsBenny Goodman
29.Minnie The Moocher Cab Calloway
30.Sittin’ On Top Of The World Mississippi Sheiks
31.MarieTommy Dorsey (Jack Leonard)
32.All Or Nothing At AllFrank Sinatra with Harry James
33.All Of MeLouis Armstrong
34.Over The Rainbow Judy Garland
35.Just A GigoloTed Lewis
36.Jumpin’ At The WoodsideCount Basie
37.I’m In The Mood For LoveLouis Armstrong
38.SummertimeBillie Holiday
39.Don’t Be That WayBenny Goodman
40.Thanks For The MemoryBob Hope & Shirley Ross
41.Strange FruitBillie Holiday
42.Cocktails For TwoDuke Ellington
43.Pennies From HeavenBing Crosby
44.CherokeeCharlie Barnet
45.Crossroads BluesRobert Johnson
46.In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town Ted Lewis
47.Indian Love CallJeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy
48.Sing, Sing, Sing (With A Swing)Benny Goodman
49.Goody-GoodyBenny Goodman
50.I’m Getting Sentimental Over YouTommy Dorsey
51.Body And SoulColeman Hawkins
52.Liebling mein Herz lässt dich grüssenLilian Harvey
53.Honeysuckle RoseFats Waller
54.Wenn die Elisabeth nicht so schöne Beine hätt’Siegfried Arno
55.Roll ‘Em Pete Pete Johnson & Joe Turner
56.Blue MoonGlen Gray
57.God Bless AmericaKate Smith
58.Night And DayFred Astaire & Leo Reisman
59.Goodnight, SweetheartWayne King
60.Heart And Soul Larry Clinton
61.Stormy WeatherEthel Waters
62.Until The Real Thing Comes AlongAndy Kirk
63.Tea For TwoArt Tatum
64.I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me WarmRay Noble
65.Moonlight SerenadeGlenn Miller
66.Smoke Gets In Your Eyes Paul Whiteman
67.HeartachesTed Weems
68.Der Wind hat mir ein Lied erzähltZarah Leander
69.Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?Bing Crosby
70.The Peanut VendorDon Azpiazu
71.Cheek To CheekFred Astaire
72.Did You Ever See A Dream WalkingEddy Duchin
73.If I Didn’t CareInk Spots
74.Stompin’ At The SavoyBenny Goodman
75.Deep PurpleLarry Clinton (Bea Wain)
76.It’s A Sin To Tell A LieFats Waller
77.Can The Circle Be Unbroken (Bye And Bye)Carter Family
78.My ReverieLarry Clinton
79.Back In The Saddle AgainGene Autry
80.Mood IndigoDuke Ellington
81.It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)Duke Ellington
82.Moon Glow Benny Goodman
83.Ich brech die Herzen der stolzesten Frau’nHeinz Rühmann
84.Happy Days Are Here AgainBen Selvin
85.Boogie WoogieTommy Dorsey
86.Beer Barrel Polka Will Glahe
87.Tumbling TumbleweedsSons Of The Pioneers
88.I’ve Got A Pocketful Of DreamsBing Crosby
89.Woodchopper’s BallWoody Herman
90.CarelesslyTeddy Wilson featuring Billie Holiday
91.Sweet LeilaniBing Crosby
92.One O’Clock JumpCount Basie
93.The Object Of My AffectionBoswell Sisters
94.CaravanDuke Ellington
95.Alexander’s Ragtime BandBing Crosby & Connee Boswell
96.Let’s Fall In LoveEddy Duchin
97.Flat Foot FloogeeSlim & Slam
98.Wabash Cannon BallRoy Acuff
99.Forty-Second Street Don Bestor
100.(Hep-Hep!) The Jumpin’ JiveCab Calloway
101.Tiger RagMills Brothers
102.You Must Have Been A Beautiful BabyBing Crosby
103.Stein Song (University Of Maine)Rudy Vallee
104.What A Little Moonlight Can Do Teddy Wilson featuring Billie Holiday
105.Inka Dinka DooJimmy Durante
106.Cheek to CheekElla Fitzgerald
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