Songs from the Year 1932

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This page lists the top songs of 1932 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 1932 were:

1:Bing Crosby2:Louis Armstrong3:Guy Lombardo4:Paul Whiteman5:George Olsen
6:Rudy Vallee & his Connecticut Yankees7:Fred Astaire & Leo Reisman8:Duke Ellington9:Cab Calloway & his Cotton Club Orchestra10:The Mills Brothers
# Artist Song Title Year Chart Entries
1 Fred Astaire & Leo Reisman Night & Day 1932 US Billboard 1 - 1932 (18 weeks), US BB 1 of 1932, POP 1 of 1932, ASCAP song of 1932, Music Imprint 14 of 1930s, Brazil 21 of 1933, nuTsie 34 of 1930s, DMDB 52 (1932), RIAA 195, Acclaimed 1369 (1932), RYM 4 of 1932
2 Bing Crosby Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? 1932 US Billboard 1 - 1932 (8 weeks), Library of Congress artifact (1932), POP 4 of 1932, US BB 7 of 1932, nuTsie 33 of 1930s, Europe 44 of the 1930s (1932), Visconti song of 1932
3 Rudy Vallee & his Connecticut Yankees Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? 1932 US Billboard 1 - 1932 (8 weeks), Library of Congress artifact (1932), POP 4 of 1932, Music Imprint 15 of 1930s, Brazil 60 of 1933, RIAA 196, RYM 6 of 1932
4 Louis Armstrong All of Me 1932 US Billboard 1 - 1932 (18 weeks), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2005 (1932), US BB 8 of 1932, POP 8 of 1932, Brazil 19 of 1932, nuTsie 42 of 1930s, RYM 5 of 1932
5 Bing Crosby & The Mills Brothers Dinah 1932 US Billboard 1 - 1932 (9 weeks), US BB 5 of 1932, POP 5 of 1932, Brazil 27 of 1932, Europe 47 of the 1930s (1931)
6 Bing Crosby Please 1932 US Billboard 1 - 1932 (16 weeks), US BB 9 of 1932, Europe 11 of the 1930s (1932), POP 12 of 1932, Brazil 53 of 1932
7 Ted Lewis & his Orchestra In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town 1932 US Billboard 1 - 1932 (22 weeks), US BB 3 of 1932, POP 3 of 1932, nuTsie 80 of 1930s
8 Duke Ellington It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) 1932 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008 (1932), US Billboard 6 - 1932 (6 weeks), Scrobulate 31 of swing, nuTsie 32 of 1930s, RYM 1 of 1932, Song of 1932
9 George Olsen Lullaby of the Leaves 1932 US Billboard 1 - 1932 (10 weeks), US BB 13 of 1932, POP 20 of 1932, Brazil 84 of 1933
10 Guy Lombardo Paradise 1932 US Billboard 1 - 1932 (10 weeks), US BB 6 of 1932, POP 6 of 1932
11 Paul Whiteman All of Me 1932 US Billboard 1 - 1932 (10 weeks), POP 8 of 1932, Brazil 66 of 1932
12 Guy Lombardo We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye 1932 US Billboard 1 - 1932 (8 weeks), US BB 10 of 1932, POP 10 of 1932
13 Kate Smith River, Stay 'Way from My Door 1932 US Billboard 1 - 1932 (8 weeks), US BB 11 of 1932, POP 16 of 1932
14 Guy Lombardo Too Many Tears 1932 US Billboard 1 - 1932 (9 weeks), US BB 12 of 1932, POP 18 of 1932
15 Bing Crosby Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day) 1932 US Billboard 4 - 1932 (7 weeks), Europe 13 of the 1930s (1931), US BB 15 of 1932, POP 15 of 1932
16 Cab Calloway & his Cotton Club Orchestra I've Got the World On a String 1932 US BB 2 of 1932, POP 2 of 1932, US Billboard 18 - 1932 (1 week)
17 Tommy Dorsey Take My Hand, Precious Lord 1932 Music Imprint 19 of 1930s, nuTsie 74 of 1930s, RIAA 223, Acclaimed 1301 (1932), RYM 33 of 1932
18 Leo Reisman Paradise 1932 US Billboard 1 - 1932 (17 weeks), POP 6 of 1932
19 George Olsen Say it Isn't So 1932 US Billboard 1 - 1932 (9 weeks), POP 9 of 1932
20 Guy Lombardo How Deep Is the Ocean 1932 US Billboard 4 - 1932 (6 weeks), POP 17 of 1932, Brazil 42 of 1933
21 Ted Fio Rito Willow Weep For Me 1932 US BB 4 of 1932, POP 11 of 1932, US Billboard 17 - 1932 (2 weeks)
22 Pat O'Malley Goopy Geer 1932 Peel list 1 of 1932
23 Castro Barbosa & O Grupo da Velha Guarda O Teu Cabelo Nao Nega 1932 Brazil 1 of 1932
24 Paul Whiteman Willow Weep For Me 1932 US Billboard 2 - Dec 1932 (7 weeks), Jazz Standard 13, RYM 75 of 1932
25 Maurice Chevalier MiMi 1932 US Billboard 9 - 1932 (6 weeks), US BB 14 of 1932, POP 14 of 1932
26 Bing Crosby Love Me Tonight 1932 US Billboard 4 - 1932 (6 weeks), POP 13 of 1932
27 Joe Rines & his Orchestra Underneath the Harlem Moon 1932 US Billboard 6 - 1932 (6 weeks), POP 7 of 1932
28 Louis Armstrong I Got Rhythm 1932 US Billboard 17 - 1932 (2 weeks), nuTsie 90 of 1930s, RYM 16 of 1932
29 Kate Smith Too Late 1932 US Billboard 9 - 1932 (4 weeks), Brazil 73 of 1932
30 Gus Arnheim & his Orchestra You're Blase 1932 US Billboard 5 - 1932 (5 weeks), Jazz Standard 640
31 Paul Whiteman Let's Put Out the Lights 1932 US Billboard 2 - 1932 (6 weeks), RYM 74 of 1932
32 Gastao Formenti Maringa 1932 Brazil 2 of 1932
33 Ray Noble Try a Little Tenderness 1932 Peel list 2 of 1932
34 Leo Reisman Alone Together 1932 US Billboard 9 - 1932 (5 weeks), Jazz Standard 89
35 Russ Columbo Prisoner of Love 1932 US Billboard 16 - 1932 (1 week), nuTsie 99 of 1930s
36 Fred Waring & the Pennsylvanians You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me 1932 US Billboard 15 - 1933 (2 weeks), Jazz Standard 770
37 Paul Whiteman We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye 1932 US Billboard 3 - 1932 (6 weeks), RYM 51 of 1932
38 Paul Whiteman Three on a Match 1932 US Billboard 3 - 1932 (5 weeks), RYM 72 of 1932
39 Maurice Chevalier & Jeanette MacDonald Isn't It Romantic 1932 AFI 73, Jazz Standard 337
40 The Mills Brothers Bugle Call Rag 1932 US Billboard 2 - 1932 (5 weeks)
41 Jack Hylton & his Orchestra You're Blase 1932 US Billboard 2 - 1932 (6 weeks)
42 Jimmie Grier & his Orchestra One Hour with You 1932 US Billboard 2 - 1932 (11 weeks)
43 Art Kassel & his Kassels-in-the-Air Hell's Bells 1932 US Billboard 2 - 1932 (21 weeks)
44 The Mills Brothers St Louis Blues 1932 US Billboard 2 - 1932 (8 weeks)
45 Rudy Vallee & his Connecticut Yankees Let's Put Out the Lights 1932 US Billboard 2 - 1932 (8 weeks)
46 Ted Black & his Orchestra In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town 1932 US Billboard 2 - 1932 (7 weeks)
47 Rudy Vallee & his Connecticut Yankees I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plans 1932 US Billboard 2 - 1932 (10 weeks)
48 Bing Crosby Sweet Georgia Brown 1932 US Billboard 2 - 1932 (8 weeks)
49 Bert Ambrose & his Orchestra The Clouds Will Soon Roll By 1932 Peel list 3 of 1932
50 Francisco Alves Para Me Livrar do Mal 1932 Brazil 3 of 1932
51 Louis Armstrong Love, You Funny Thing 1932 US Billboard 4 - 1932 (6 weeks), RYM 14 of 1932
52 Louis Armstrong You Can Depend On Me 1932 US Billboard 4 - 1932 (16 weeks), RYM 16 of 1932
53 Louis Armstrong Chinatown, My Chinatown 1932 US Billboard 5 - 1932 (7 weeks), RYM 24 of 1932
54 Paul Whiteman How Deep Is the Ocean 1932 US Billboard 5 - 1932 (5 weeks), RYM 27 of 1932
55 Charlie Kunz Lovely to Look At 1932 Peel list 4 of 1932
56 Breno Ferreira Andorinha Preta 1932 Brazil 4 of 1932
57 Charlie Kunz Smoke Gets in Your Eyes 1932 Peel list 4 of 1932
58 Charlie Kunz Night & Day 1932 Peel list 4 of 1932
59 Louis Armstrong Sweethearts On Parade 1932 US Billboard 6 - 1932 (9 weeks), RYM 37 of 1932
60 Louis Armstrong Body & Soul 1932 US Billboard 7 - 1932 (5 weeks), RYM 15 of 1932

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4 Dec 2013

Poor Butterfly

There was a version perhaps a little later than 32 of Poor Butterfly with a Shanty Town type of patter course. It started with "That chick was high like a big fat butterfly ....."

Any body know more?

Three versions made the charts after 1932. Benny Goodman in 1942, Oscar Peterson in 1947 and the biggest hit was The Hilltoppers in 1954 which reached 12 in Billboard and 14 in Cashbox


11 Nov 2012

I Don't Know why I Love You Like I do

wasn't "I Don't Know Why I Love You Like I Do" a big hit in 1931 along with "Guilty" and Prisoner of Love?

Tommy

There is a song "I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)" by Wayne King that was number 2 in the US in 1931. Also two songs called "I Don't Know Why" were hits in 1931 one by Benny Krueger the other by Kate Smith (we guess they are both the same song). None make it to the year list.

We don't have a song called "I Don't Know Why I Love You Like I Do" in our listings. Of course different versions would have had variations on the names.

"Guilty" was a hit in 1931 for Ruth Etting (peak 4), Wayne King (peak 11) and Russ Columbo (peak 13). None of them high enough to reach the year list.

"Prisoner of Love" was a hit in 1932 (and is listed there)


5 Nov 2012

TAT

THIS IS JUST JAY STUFF OLD BOARING FINGS


26 Feb 2012

Looking for a song

The words are "Women do get weary" is it called "Try a little tenderness". I love the songs of this period as they have words which make sense and tunes that have great harmonies.

Thank You, Bernard Bloch.

In the Otis Redding (1966) version the words are "young girls they do get weary". According to Wikipedia the song was written in 1932 and first recorded by Ray Nobel.

We have entries for Ray Noble (Peel list 2 of 1932), Ted Lewis & his Orchestra (US Billboard 6 - 1933 (10 weeks)), Ruth Etting (US Billboard 16 - 1933 (2 weeks)), Frank Sinatra (Peel list 2 of 1947, RYM 64 of 1945) and Aretha Franklin (US Billboard 100 - Sep 1962 (1 week)) that predate Otis Redding's 1966 version.


28 Sep 2011

# 15 Take My Hand, Precious Lord

This song was written be Rev. Thoamas A. Dorsey - not to be confused with bandleader Tommy Dorsey.

Indeed see the Tommy Dorsey page.


20 Sep 2011

Take My Hand

I think the gospel song "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" is by Thomas A. Dorsey and not Tommy Dorsey as described by the reference link.

Yes, there is already a comment about that on the Tommy Dorsey page


13 Aug 2011

Possible duplicate

#1 and #45 Fred Astaire "Night and Day"

Thanks for the correction, we'd already made it before we saw your post, but its good to get it confirmed.


4 Jan 2011

Take my hand, precious Lord

Hi, The song Take my hand, precious Lord is not by band leader Tommy Dorsey (1905-1956). It was however written by Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey (1899-1993). According to wikipedia the first recorded version is by The Heavenly Gospel Singers in 1937.

Best regards,

Martijn

You are right about there being two artists listed here. We've added some text to the page to clarify.

The song was written in 1932 (on the death of his wife and son). That is presumably why the majority of sources have assigned that year to it.


4 Nov 2010

"Songs From The Tear 1933"

The lists for 1932 and 1933 look. Need I say more?

We've looked. The lists have a limited number of sources, but the page does mention that.

So yes, you do need to say more, we don't understand what point you are trying to make.