30s Music: The Best Songs Of The 1930s

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The 1930s were a decade in which the war also had a serious impact on 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. It was not uncommon for a song to be recorded by multiple performers.

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

These songs were chosen for their initial and enduring popularity and for their impact and influence on the course of 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.

№: Song: Performer: Listen:
1. With me you are beautiful Andrews Sisters
2. The Glory Of Love Benny Goodman
3. My Prayer Ink Spots
4. I’m set on love from head to toe Marlene Dietrich
5. I Got Rhythm Red Nichols
6. Star Dust Louis Armstrong
7. King Porter (Stomp) Benny Goodman
8. Prisoner Of Love Russ Columbo
9. I Can’t Get Started Bunny Berigan
10. Lullabye Of Broadway Dorsey Brothers (Bob Crosby)
11. A friend, a good friend Comedian Harmonists
12. The Way You Look Tonight Fred Astaire
13. A Tisket, A Tasket Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb’s Orchestra
14. Sugar Blues Clyde McCoy
15. The Last Round-Up George Olsen (Joe Morrison)
16. In The Mood Glenn Miller
17. Organ Grinder’s Swing Jimmie Lunceford
18. Once In A While Tommy Dorsey
19. He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands Marian Anderson
20. Begin The Beguine Artie Shaw
21. Little Brown Jug Glenn Miller
22. Puttin’ On The Ritz Harry Richman With Earl Burtnett
23. The Very Thought Of You Ray Noble
24. Silent Night, Holy Night Bing Crosby
25. Blue Yodel #9 (Standing On The Corner) Jimmie Rodgers & Louis Armstrong
26. And The Angels Sing Benny Goodman (Martha Tilton)
27. Red Sails In The Sunset Bing Crosby
28. These Foolish Things Benny Goodman
29. Minnie The Moocher Cab Calloway
30. Sittin’ On Top Of The World Mississippi Sheiks
31. Marie Tommy Dorsey (Jack Leonard)
32. All Or Nothing At All Frank Sinatra with Harry James
33. All Of Me Louis Armstrong
34. Over The Rainbow Judy Garland
35. Just A Gigolo Ted Lewis
36. Jumpin’ At The Woodside Count Basie
37. I’m In The Mood For Love Louis Armstrong
38. Summertime Billie Holiday
39. Don’t Be That Way Benny Goodman
40. Thanks For The Memory Bob Hope & Shirley Ross
41. Strange Fruit Billie Holiday
42. Cocktails For Two Duke Ellington
43. Pennies From Heaven Bing Crosby
44. Cherokee Charlie Barnet
45. Crossroads Blues Robert Johnson
46. In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town Ted Lewis
47. Indian Love Call Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy
48. Sing, Sing, Sing (With A Swing) Benny Goodman
49. Goody-Goody Benny Goodman
50. I’m Getting Sentimental Over You Tommy Dorsey
51. Body And Soul Coleman Hawkins
52. Liebling mein Herz lässt dich grüssen Lilian Harvey
53. Honeysuckle Rose Fats Waller
54. Wenn die Elisabeth nicht so schöne Beine hätt’ Siegfried Arno
55. Roll ‘Em Pete Pete Johnson & Joe Turner
56. Blue Moon Glen Gray
57. God Bless America Kate Smith
58. Night And Day Fred Astaire & Leo Reisman
59. Goodnight, Sweetheart Wayne King
60. Heart And Soul Larry Clinton
61. Stormy Weather Ethel Waters
62. Until The Real Thing Comes Along Andy Kirk
63. Tea For Two Art Tatum
64. I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm Ray Noble
65. Moonlight Serenade Glenn Miller
66. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes Paul Whiteman
67. Heartaches Ted Weems
68. Der Wind hat mir ein Lied erzählt Zarah Leander
69. Brother, Can You Spare A Dime? Bing Crosby
70. The Peanut Vendor Don Azpiazu
71. Cheek To Cheek Fred Astaire
72. Did You Ever See A Dream Walking Eddy Duchin
73. If I Didn’t Care Ink Spots
74. Stompin’ At The Savoy Benny Goodman
75. Deep Purple Larry Clinton (Bea Wain)
76. It’s A Sin To Tell A Lie Fats Waller
77. Can The Circle Be Unbroken (Bye And Bye) Carter Family
78. My Reverie Larry Clinton
79. Back In The Saddle Again Gene Autry
80. Mood Indigo Duke 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’n Heinz Rühmann
84. Happy Days Are Here Again Ben Selvin
85. Boogie Woogie Tommy Dorsey
86. Beer Barrel Polka Will Glahe
87. Tumbling Tumbleweeds Sons Of The Pioneers
88. I’ve Got A Pocketful Of Dreams Bing Crosby
89. Woodchopper’s Ball Woody Herman
90. Carelessly Teddy Wilson featuring Billie Holiday
91. Sweet Leilani Bing Crosby
92. One O’Clock Jump Count Basie
93. The Object Of My Affection Boswell Sisters
94. Caravan Duke Ellington
95. Alexander’s Ragtime Band Bing Crosby & Connee Boswell
96. Let’s Fall In Love Eddy Duchin
97. Flat Foot Floogee Slim & Slam
98. Wabash Cannon Ball Roy Acuff
99. Forty-Second Street Don Bestor
100. (Hep-Hep!) The Jumpin’ Jive Cab Calloway
101. Tiger Rag Mills Brothers
102. You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby Bing Crosby
103. Stein Song (University Of Maine) Rudy Vallee
104. What A Little Moonlight Can Do Teddy Wilson featuring Billie Holiday
105. Inka Dinka Doo Jimmy Durante
106. Cheek to Cheek Ella Fitzgerald

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