Songs from the Year 1933

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This page lists the top songs of 1933 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 1933 were:

1:Bing Crosby2:Guy Lombardo3:Duke Ellington4:Eddy Duchin5:Paul Whiteman
6:Leo Reisman7:Ted Lewis & his Orchestra8:Ethel Waters9:Don Bestor & his Orchestra10:Rudy Vallee & his Connecticut Yankees
# Artist Song Title Year Chart Entries
1 Ethel Waters Stormy Weather 1933 US Billboard 1 - 1933 (11 weeks), Library of Congress artifact (1933), US BB 3 of 1933, POP 4 of 1933, nuTsie 15 of 1930s, Brazil 37 of 1933, Acclaimed 1896 (1933), RYM 8 of 1933
2 Duke Ellington Sophisticated Lady 1933 ASCAP song of 1933, US BB 2 of 1933, US Billboard 3 - 1933 (16 weeks), POP 3 of 1933, Brazil 78 of 1934, RYM 1 of 1933, Song of 1940
3 Dick Powell Gold Digger's Song (We're in The Money) 1933 US BB 1 of 1933, POP 1 of 1933, US Billboard 18 - 1933 (1 week)
4 Bing Crosby Shadow Waltz 1933 US Billboard 1 - 1933 (8 weeks), POP 9 of 1933, Europe 39 of the 1930s (1933), Brazil 64 of 1933, RYM 80 of 1933
5 Bing Crosby You're Getting to Be a Habit 1933 US Billboard 1 - 1933 (14 weeks), US BB 10 of 1933, POP 16 of 1933, Europe 42 of the 1930s (1933)
6 Paul Whiteman Lover 1933 US Billboard 3 - 1933 (7 weeks), US BB 8 of 1933, POP 12 of 1933, Brazil 98 of 1933, RYM 74 of 1933
7 Eddy Duchin Did You Ever See a Dream Walking? 1933 US Billboard 1 - 1933 (6 weeks), US BB 12 of 1933, POP 20 of 1933, RYM 51 of 1933
8 Ray Noble Love Is The Sweetest Thing 1933 US Billboard 1 - 1933 (16 weeks), US BB 4 of 1933, POP 17 of 1933
9 George Olsen The Last Round-Up 1933 US Billboard 1 - 1933 (24 weeks), US BB 6 of 1933, POP 8 of 1933
10 Guy Lombardo The Last Round-Up 1933 US Billboard 1 - 1933 (8 weeks), POP 8 of 1933, Europe 77 of the 1930s (1933)
11 Leo Reisman Stormy Weather 1933 US Billboard 1 - 1933 (19 weeks), Brazil 46 of 1935, Europe 97 of the 1930s (1933)
12 Ted Lewis & his Orchestra Lazybones 1933 US Billboard 1 - 1933 (11 weeks), US BB 11 of 1933, POP 18 of 1933
13 Eddy Duchin Night & Day 1933 US Billboard 2 - 1933 (8 weeks), POP 6 of 1933, Brazil 17 of 1936, RYM 25 of 1933
14 Ted Lewis & his Orchestra Gold Digger's Song (We're in The Money) 1933 POP 1 of 1933, US Billboard 5 - 1933 (7 weeks)
15 Leo Reisman Yesterdays 1933 US Billboard 3 - 1933 (8 weeks), US BB 7 of 1933, POP 10 of 1933
16 Don Bestor & his Orchestra Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? 1933 US Billboard 2 - 1933 (8 weeks), POP 2 of 1933
17 Eddy Duchin Hold Me 1933 US BB 5 of 1933, US Billboard 11 - 1933 (3 weeks), POP 11 of 1933
18 Bing Crosby Just an Echo in the Valley 1933 US Billboard 2 - 1933 (11 weeks), POP 7 of 1933, RYM 81 of 1933
19 BBC Dance Orchestra The Wedding of Mister Mickey Mouse 1933 Peel list 1 of 1933
20 Carmen Miranda & Mario Reis Alo Alo 1933 Brazil 1 of 1933
21 Guy Lombardo Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time) 1933 US Billboard 2 - 1933 (10 weeks), Jazz Standard 106
22 Victor Young The Last Round-Up 1933 US Billboard 3 - 1933 (12 weeks), Brazil 88 of 1934
23 Leo Reisman Easter Parade 1933 US Billboard 5 - 1933 (12 weeks), POP 5 of 1933
24 Bing Crosby I've Got to Sing a Torch Song 1933 US Billboard 9 - 1933 (4 weeks), POP 13 of 1933, RYM 80 of 1933
25 Mae West I Like a Guy What Takes His Time 1933 US Billboard 5 - 1933 (5 weeks), Brazil 74 of 1934
26 Gene Autry The Last Round-Up 1933 US Billboard 12 - 1933 (2 weeks), nuTsie 81 of 1930s, RYM 62 of 1933
27 Bing Crosby Did You Ever See a Dream Walking? 1933 US Billboard 5 - 1933 (5 weeks), nuTsie 63 of 1930s
28 Guy Lombardo Lover 1933 US Billboard 8 - 1933 (5 weeks), POP 12 of 1933
29 Bing Crosby Thanks 1933 US Billboard 2 - 1933 (7 weeks), RYM 82 of 1933
30 Henry King & his Orchestra April in Paris 1933 POP 9 of 1934, US Billboard 14 - Dec 1933 (2 weeks)
31 Ted Fio Rito Hold Me 1933 POP 11 of 1933, US Billboard 12 - 1933 (3 weeks)
32 Art Kassel & his Kassels-in-the-Air Moon Song (That Wasn't Meant for Me) 1933 US Billboard 6 - 1933 (4 weeks), Jazz Standard 776
33 Frances Langford Stormy Weather 1933 Peel list 2 of 1933
34 Mario Reis & Lamartine Babo Linda Morena 1933 Brazil 2 of 1933
35 Greta Keller Lover 1933 POP 12 of 1933, US Billboard 15 - 1933 (2 weeks)
36 Ben Bernie Let's All Sing Like The Birdies Sing 1933 US Billboard 18 - 1933 (1 week), POP 19 of 1933
37 Fletcher Henderson & his Orchestra It's the Talk of the Town 1933 US Billboard 20 - 1933 (1 week), Jazz Standard 255
38 Bing Crosby Temptation 1933 US Billboard 3 - Dec 1933 (12 weeks), RYM 26 of 1933
39 Bing Crosby The Day You Came Along 1933 US Billboard 3 - 1933 (9 weeks), RYM 83 of 1933
40 Guy Lombardo Did You Ever See a Dream Walking? 1933 US Billboard 2 - 1933 (7 weeks)
41 Bing Crosby The Last Round-Up 1933 US Billboard 2 - 1933 (5 weeks)
42 Don Bestor & his Orchestra Shuffle Off to Buffalo 1933 US Billboard 2 - 1933 (8 weeks)
43 Don Bestor & his Orchestra The Last Round-Up 1933 US Billboard 2 - 1933 (10 weeks)
44 Hal Kemp Shuffle Off to Buffalo 1933 US Billboard 2 - 1933 (12 weeks)
45 Bing Crosby Young & Healthy 1933 US Billboard 2 - 1933 (7 weeks)
46 Duke Ellington Stormy Weather 1933 US Billboard 4 - 1933 (16 weeks), RYM 1 of 1933
47 Louis Armstrong That's My Home 1933 US Billboard 17 - 1933 (2 weeks), RYM 2 of 1933, Song of 1932
48 Almirante O Orvalho Vem Caindo 1933 Brazil 3 of 1933
49 Spike Hughes & his All American Orchestra How Come You Do Me Like You Do 1933 Peel list 3 of 1933
50 Paul Whiteman A Farewell To Arms 1933 US Billboard 4 - 1933 (8 weeks), RYM 73 of 1933
51 Joe Venuti & his Blue Six Jazz Me Blues 1933 Peel list 4 of 1933
52 Francisco Alves Nao Tem Traducao 1933 Brazil 4 of 1933
53 Wayne King The Moon Song 1933 US Billboard 3 - 1933 (5 weeks)
54 Victor Young Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? 1933 US Billboard 3 - 1933 (8 weeks)
55 Eddy Duchin I Cover the Waterfront 1933 US Billboard 3 - 1933 (6 weeks)
56 Rudy Vallee & his Connecticut Yankees Just an Echo in the Valley 1933 US Billboard 3 - 1933 (6 weeks)
57 Bing Crosby Learn To Croon 1933 US Billboard 3 - 1933 (6 weeks)
58 Hotel Commodore Orchestra Hold Me 1933 US Billboard 3 - 1933 (7 weeks)
59 Eddy Duchin Isn't It Heavenly? 1933 US Billboard 3 - 1933 (6 weeks)
60 Bing Crosby We'll Make Hay While the Sun Shines 1933 US Billboard 8 - 1934 (6 weeks), RYM 26 of 1933

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30 Jul 2013

Very good thank you.


18 Jun 2013

Paul whiteman+

There are also similar issues to Paul whiteman's ranking on this page compared to the actual year pages.like 1920 and 1933 for example

Yes. Different versions of the input data and a range of ways of calculating.

We see this as a strength (getting a range of different views)


3 Mar 2013

U dont have Henry hall

We have not found any UK based charts from the 1930s. So he doesn't have enough entries to make the list.

The two songs that we do have are "Bird Song At Eventide" in 1926 and "Play to Me, Gypsy" from 1934.


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.


2 Nov 2011

# +43 Lazybones

I wonder if this is actually # 26. I have no idea who this Ted Williams could be.

Looking at the evidence it looks like you are right. We can't find definitive evidence that the entry is wrong, but it looks likely to us.

So we've fixed the data. Thanks for the suggestion


2 Nov 2011

# 28 Easter Parade

This recording features a vocal by Clifton Webb who sang the song in the Broadway show "As Thousands Cheer".

You are correct, however assigning the song to just Leo Reisman makes it easier to find connected tracks.


2 Nov 2011

# 9 Stormy Weather

This recording features the song's composer Harold Arlen singing the vocal.

It does indeed, however the way we list song artists means that the assignment here stays as Leo Reisman.


13 Aug 2011

Gold Digger's song

I'm in cocurrance with the above poster about the #25 Ted Weems listing. I've looked through everything that I have on Ted Weems and can't find a version of the Gold Digger's song by him.

I also agree that this is a GREAT website! Thanks for all your hard work!

On re-looking at it you do seem to be correct, our earlier comment does seem to be a mistake. Thanks for correcting us.


4 Jan 2011

Gold digger's song

I guess #25 is by Ted Lewis & his Orchestra instead of Ted Weems. Could you check this?

You have a very nice website by the way! :-)

"Gold Digger's Song (We're in The Money)" was a hit for Dick Powell, Hal Kemp, Ted Lewis & His Orchestra and Ted Weems in 1933. Only the first and the last acts did well enough with it to be included on this list.

Ted Lewis reached number 5 in the billboard chart but didn't get into any other charts.


20 Dec 2010

Very nice and organized. Five stars!!


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.