Songs from the Year 1929

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This page lists the top songs of 1929 in the source charts. The way that the various charts are combined to reach this final list is described on the in the site generation page.

Between 1920 and 1940 there are few available charts (at least that we can find). These results should be treated with some caution since, with few exceptions, they are based on fairly subjective charts and biased towards the USA.

The top ten song artists of 1929 were:

1:Rudy Vallee & his Connecticut Yankees2:Gene Austin3:Louis Armstrong4:Paul Whiteman5:Fats Waller
6:Mario Reis7:Nat Shilkret8:Guy Lombardo9:Eddie Cantor10:Ben Selvin
# Artist Song Title Year Chart Entries
1 Eddie Cantor Makin' Whoopee 1929 ASCAP song of 1929, US Billboard 2 - 1929 (10 weeks), US BB 2 of 1929, POP 2 of 1929, nuTsie 10 of 1920s, Music Imprint 14 of 1920s, Brazil 16 of 1929, RIAA 126, Acclaimed 1362 (1928), RYM 8 of 1928
2 Fats Waller Ain't Misbehavin' 1929 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1984 (1929), Library of Congress artifact (1929), nuTsie 4 of 1920s, Music Imprint 16 of 1920s, US Billboard 17 - 1929 (1 week), RIAA 41, Acclaimed 778 (1929), RYM 1 of 1929, Song of 1936
3 Ethel Waters Am I Blue? 1929 US Billboard 1 - 1929 (15 weeks), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007 (1929), US BB 8 of 1929, POP 8 of 1929, Brazil 19 of 1930, nuTsie 41 of 1920s
4 Cliff Edwards (Ukelele Ike) Singin' in the Rain 1929 US Billboard 1 - 1929 (12 weeks), US BB 3 of 1929, POP 3 of 1929, Brazil 8 of 1930, nuTsie 54 of 1920s
5 Charley Patton Pony Blues 1929 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1929), Library of Congress artifact (1929), nuTsie 51 of 1920s, Acclaimed 903 (1929), RYM 10 of 1929
6 Nick Lucas Tip Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me 1929 US Billboard 1 - 1929 (19 weeks), US BB 4 of 1929, Brazil 17 of 1930, POP 17 of 1929, nuTsie 55 of 1920s
7 Louis Armstrong When You're Smiling 1929 US BB 1 of 1929, POP 1 of 1929, US Billboard 15 - 1929 (2 weeks), RYM 35 of 1929, Song of 1932
8 Rudy Vallee & his Connecticut Yankees Honey 1929 US Billboard 1 - 1929 (15 weeks), US BB 7 of 1929, POP 7 of 1929, Brazil 43 of 1930, nuTsie 89 of 1920s
9 Bob Haring & his Orchestra Pagan Love Song 1929 US Billboard 1 - 1929 (11 weeks), US BB 5 of 1929, POP 5 of 1929, Brazil 37 of 1930
10 Guy Lombardo Sweethearts On Parade 1929 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1928 (12 weeks), US BB 9 of 1929, POP 9 of 1929, Brazil 11 of 1929
11 Maurice Chevalier Louise 1929 US Billboard 3 - 1929 (10 weeks), US BB 6 of 1929, POP 6 of 1929, nuTsie 30 of 1920s, Brazil 87 of 1930
12 Gene Austin Carolina Moon 1929 US Billboard 1 - 1929 (14 weeks), US BB 12 of 1929, POP 12 of 1929, Brazil 44 of 1929
13 George Olsen A Precious Little Thing Called Love 1929 US Billboard 1 - 1929 (11 weeks), US BB 13 of 1929, POP 13 of 1929, Brazil 62 of 1930
14 Al Jolson Little Pal 1929 US Billboard 1 - 1929 (10 weeks), US BB 16 of 1929, POP 18 of 1929, nuTsie 71 of 1920s
15 Paul Whiteman Great Day 1929 US Billboard 1 - 1929 (9 weeks), US BB 10 of 1929, POP 10 of 1929
16 Leo Reisman The Wedding of the Painted Doll 1929 US Billboard 1 - 1929 (12 weeks), US BB 14 of 1929, POP 14 of 1929
17 Jimmie Rodgers Waiting For the Train 1929 US Billboard 14 - 1929 (3 weeks), nuTsie 29 of 1920s, Scrobulate 69 of americana, RYM 3 of 1929
18 Peter Dawson The Admiral's Broom 1929 Peel list 1 of 1929
19 Mario Reis Gosto Que Me Enrosco 1929 Brazil 1 of 1929
20 Coon-Sanders Orchestra Little Orphan Annie 1929 US Billboard 16 - 1929 (2 weeks), US BB 17 of 1929, POP 20 of 1929
21 Leo Reisman With a Song In My Heart 1929 US Billboard 3 - 1929 (9 weeks), Brazil 40 of 1930
22 Guy Lombardo College Medley Fox Trot 1929 POP 4 of 1929, US Billboard 6 - 1929 (5 weeks)
23 Bessie Smith Nobody Knows You When You're Down & Out 1929 US Billboard 15 - 1929 (2 weeks), nuTsie 50 of 1920s, RYM 2 of 1929
24 Louis Armstrong St James Infirmary 1929 US Billboard 15 - 1929 (3 weeks), Visconti song of 1929, RYM 9 of 1929
25 Duke Ellington The Mooche 1929 US Billboard 16 - Dec 1928 (2 weeks), Jazz Standard 714, RYM 7 of 1934
26 Al Jolson Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away) 1929 US Billboard 9 - 1929 (4 weeks), Europe 21 of the 1930s (1929)
27 The Kentuckey Serenaders If I Had a Talking Picture of You 1929 US BB 11 of 1929, POP 11 of 1929
28 Bert Ambrose & his Orchestra Tip Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me 1929 Peel list 2 of 1929
29 Patricio Teixeira Trepa no Coqueiro 1929 Brazil 2 of 1929
30 Ruth Etting Exactly Like You 1929 US Billboard 11 - 1930 (3 weeks), POP 15 of 1929
31 Rudy Vallee & his Connecticut Yankees Coquette 1929 US Billboard 10 - 1929 (3 weeks), POP 19 of 1929
32 Arnold Johnson & his Orchestra Breakaway 1929 US Billboard 20 - 1929 (1 week), Brazil 95 of 1930
33 Cliff Edwards (Ukelele Ike) Just You, Just Me 1929 US Billboard 13 - 1929 (2 weeks), Jazz Standard 90
34 Arden-Ohman Orchestra Strike Up the Band 1929 US Billboard 12 - 1930 (3 weeks), Jazz Standard 320
35 Rudy Vallee & his Connecticut Yankees Lonely Troubador 1929 US Billboard 2 - 1929 (8 weeks)
36 Al Jolson I'm in Seventh Heaven 1929 US Billboard 2 - 1929 (6 weeks)
37 Nick Lucas Painting the Clouds with Sunshine 1929 US Billboard 2 - 1929 (15 weeks)
38 Rudy Vallee & his Connecticut Yankees Deep Night 1929 US Billboard 2 - 1929 (10 weeks)
39 Leo Reisman Ain't Misbehavin' 1929 US Billboard 2 - 1929 (7 weeks)
40 Ben Selvin My Sin 1929 US Billboard 2 - 1929 (10 weeks)
41 Nat Shilkret You Were Meant for Me 1929 US Billboard 2 - 1929 (12 weeks)
42 Rudy Vallee & his Connecticut Yankees Marie 1929 US Billboard 2 - 1929 (8 weeks)
43 Gus Arnheim & his Orchestra Sleepy Valley 1929 US Billboard 2 - 1929 (9 weeks)
44 Ted Weems Piccolo Pete 1929 US Billboard 2 - 1929 (15 weeks)
45 Ted Lewis & his Orchestra Farewell Blues 1929 US Billboard 2 - 1929 (7 weeks)
46 Rudy Vallee & his Connecticut Yankees Weary River 1929 US Billboard 2 - 1929 (10 weeks)
47 Stanley Lupino I Lift Up My Finger & I Say Tweet Tweet 1929 Peel list 3 of 1929
48 Mario Reis Dorinha, Meu Amor 1929 Brazil 3 of 1929
49 King Oliver's Jazz Band New Orleans Shout 1929 Peel list 4 of 1929
50 Mario Reis Jura 1929 Brazil 4 of 1929

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23 Apr 2014

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Was the song Charmain released in 1929

The earliest hit entries with the song "Charmaine" that we have are Guy Lombardo and Lewis James who both had hits with the song in 1927


22 Jan 2014

Tune In On Heaven

Have you heard of the song Tune In On Heaven by Charles Fisher? It was written in 1929 for the great revival of 1930 in Portland.


22 Mar 2013

#31 If I Had a Talking Picture of You

This also a # 5 Billboard hit and just like Back Bottom, #15 in 1926)it is by Johnny Hamp and his Kentucky Serenaders. They were later billed as Johnny Hamp and his Orchestra.

The name has also been standardised. But according to our source the original credited artist was "Johnny Hamp & His Orchestra" not "Johnny Hamp and his Kentucky Serenaders"


11 Nov 2012

Garden In The Rain

Gene Austin recorded a beautiful rendition of Garden In The Rain in 1929. I have the 78rpm record of this, and it's included on at least two CD's of his early recordings. Wonder why it is not listed for 1929. It's one of the most beautiful recordings I've ever heard of a song.

Tommy

It peaked at number 15, so not enough success to make it to this page. However if you'd looked on Gene Austin's page you'd have seen that it is listed there.


13 Oct 2011

Tip Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me

All the references I have found on the song "Tip-Toe Through The Tulips" (Wikipedia quotes Chart-Toppers of the Twenties, 1998 ASV Ltd) state that the "Crooning Troubadour" Nick Lucas was the hit maker of the song in 1929. I have yet to see a version of referenced by Bert Ambrose (unless Nick was the vocalist for Ambrose and the vocalist got the billing).

Bert Ambrose was active in London in 1929, Nick Lucas was in the USA. Most of the charts credit Nick Lucas with the song, but most of the charts are US based. The single chart that mentions Bert Ambrose was the one assembled by John Peel. Obviously the Margrave of the Marshes preferred Bert Ambrose's version.


27 Aug 2011

18 & 23 Pagan Love Song

These two items are the same recording since Bob Haring's Orchestra was in fact the Copley Plaza Orchestra.

Thanks for the correction, the data has been changed as you suggest


14 Aug 2011

Pinetop's Boogie Woogie

#20 artist is actually Clarence "Pinetop" Smith performing his Pinetop's Boogie Woogie. You have previously listed this at #9 in 1928 and the 2 entries should probably be combined.

Keep up the great work! I love this site!

That particular artist was credited as "Clarence 'Pinetop' Smith", "Clarence Smith", "Pinetop Smith" and "Pine Top Smith". Since we have more sources calling him "Pinetop Smith" than any other name that's what we'll call him.

You were right, we needed to fix the inconsistency. Thanks for the suggestion


30 Jul 2011

Looking for a Song

This 1929 song has the initials S A L H. Can you help?

The obvious one would be "Spread a Little Happiness" but we don't know of anyone who had a hit with it in 1929


4 Jul 2011

Was there a song "Me at home"?

We don't have any listing for a song with that name.

Of course we have a limited number of charts from 1929