Songs from the Year 1934

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This page lists the top songs of 1934 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 1934 were:

1:Bing Crosby2:Guy Lombardo3:Paul Whiteman4:Eddy Duchin5:Duke Ellington
6:Ray Noble7:Leo Reisman8:Glen Gray9:Freddy Martin10:Fats Waller
# Artist Song Title Year Chart Entries
1 Benny Goodman Moon Glow 1934 US Billboard 1 - 1934 (15 weeks), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1936), US BB 4 of 1934, POP 4 of 1934, Europe 15 of the 1930s (1934), nuTsie 73 of 1930s, RYM 8 of 1934, Song of 1936
2 Leo Reisman Continental (you Kiss While You're Dancing) 1934 US Billboard 1 - 1934 (7 weeks), Oscar in 1934 (film 'The Gay Divorcee'), US BB 7 of 1934, POP 7 of 1934, Brazil 51 of 1936, Europe 71 of the 1930s (1934)
3 The Sons of the Pioneers Tumbling Tumbleweeds 1934 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002 (1934), Library of Congress artifact (1934), US Billboard 13 - 1934 (2 weeks), Music Imprint 17 of 1930s, nuTsie 48 of 1930s, RIAA 207, Acclaimed 860 (1934)
4 Paul Whiteman Smoke Gets in Your Eyes 1934 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1933 (15 weeks), US BB 2 of 1934, POP 2 of 1934, Brazil 51 of 1935, nuTsie 72 of 1930s, Europe 80 of the 1930s (1934), RYM 15 of 1934
5 Duke Ellington Cocktails For Two 1934 US Billboard 1 - 1934 (15 weeks), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007 (1934), US BB 8 of 1934, POP 8 of 1934, Brazil 22 of 1934, nuTsie 43 of 1930s
6 Ray Noble The Very Thought of You 1934 US Billboard 1 - 1934 (14 weeks), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2005 (1934), US BB 10 of 1934, POP 10 of 1934, Brazil 37 of 1934, nuTsie 82 of 1930s
7 Bing Crosby Love in Bloom 1934 US Billboard 1 - 1934 (15 weeks), Oscar in 1934 (film 'She Loves Me Not') (Nominated), US BB 19 of 1934, POP 19 of 1934, Europe 37 of the 1930s (1934), Brazil 46 of 1934, RYM 60 of 1934
8 Guy Lombardo Winter Wonderland 1934 US BB 1 of 1934, POP 1 of 1934, US Billboard 2 - 1934 (9 weeks), Europe 4 of the 1930s (1934)
9 Bing Crosby June in January 1934 US Billboard 1 - 1934 (12 weeks), Europe 8 of the 1930s (1934), US BB 15 of 1934, POP 15 of 1934, Brazil 44 of 1935, RYM 64 of 1934
10 Fats Waller Honeysuckle Rose 1934 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1934), US Billboard 4 - 1937 (4 weeks), Jazz Standard 15, nuTsie 64 of 1930s, Acclaimed 1483 (1934), RYM 2 of 1935, Song of 1936
11 Eddy Duchin Let's Fall in Love 1934 US Billboard 1 - 1934 (11 weeks), US BB 13 of 1934, POP 13 of 1934, Brazil 26 of 1934, nuTsie 94 of 1930s
12 Guy Lombardo Stars Fell on Alabama 1934 US Billboard 1 - 1934 (9 weeks), US BB 12 of 1934, POP 12 of 1934, Europe 66 of the 1930s (1934)
13 Don Bestor & his Orchestra 42nd Street 1934 US Billboard 1 - 1933 (12 weeks), US BB 6 of 1934, POP 6 of 1934, nuTsie 97 of 1930s
14 Enric Madriguera & his Orchestra The Carioca 1934 US Billboard 1 - 1934 (10 weeks), US BB 20 of 1934, POP 20 of 1934, Brazil 25 of 1934
15 Scott Wood & his Orchestra I Only Have Eyes For You 1934 ASCAP song of 1934, Peel list 2 of 1934
16 Lucienne Boyer Speak to Me of Love (Parlez-Moi D'amour) 1934 France (Historical) 2 of the 1930s (1930), US Billboard 5 - 1934 (5 weeks), Brazil 91 of 1935
17 Ray Noble Old Spinning Wheel 1934 US Billboard 1 - Oct 1933 (22 weeks), US BB 11 of 1934, POP 11 of 1934
18 Ben Selvin I Only Have Eyes For You 1934 US Billboard 2 - 1934 (8 weeks), US BB 3 of 1934, POP 3 of 1934
19 Ted Fio Rito My Little Grass shack in Kealakekua, Hawaii 1934 US Billboard 1 - 1934 (14 weeks), US BB 14 of 1934, POP 14 of 1934
20 Freddy Martin I Saw Stars 1934 US Billboard 1 - 1934 (11 weeks), US BB 17 of 1934, POP 17 of 1934
21 Harry Sosnik & his Edgewater Beach Hotel Orchestra The Carioca 1934 US Billboard 2 - 1934 (8 weeks), Oscar in 1934 (film 'Flying Down to Rio') (Nominated), Brazil 57 of 1934
22 Ethel Merman You're the Top 1934 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008 (1934), US Billboard 4 - Nov 1934 (9 weeks), Song of 1934
23 Eddy Duchin I Only Have Eyes For You 1934 POP 3 of 1934, US Billboard 4 - 1934 (12 weeks), Brazil 23 of 1935
24 Grace Moore One Night of Love 1934 US Billboard 1 - 1934 (10 weeks), Brazil 32 of 1935
25 Bing Crosby Little Dutch Mill 1934 US Billboard 1 - 1934 (11 weeks), Europe 36 of the 1930s (1934)
26 Ted Fio Rito I'll String Along With You 1934 US Billboard 1 - 1934 (14 weeks), Brazil 40 of 1934
27 Paul Whiteman Wagon Wheels 1934 US Billboard 1 - 1934 (12 weeks), Europe 84 of the 1930s (1934)
28 Chick Webb Stompin' at the Savoy 1934 US BB 5 of 1934, POP 5 of 1934, US Billboard 10 - 1934 (7 weeks), Song of 1934
29 Jimmy Durante Inka Dinka Doo 1934 US Billboard 6 - 1934 (4 weeks), Brazil 80 of 1934, nuTsie 100 of 1930s, Song of 1934
30 Aurora Miranda & Andre Filho Cidade Maravilhosa 1934 Brazil 1 of 1934
31 Gid Tanner Hawkin's Rag 1934 Peel list 1 of 1934
32 Lydia Mendoza Mal Hombre 1934 Library of Congress artifact (1934), Visconti song of 1934
33 Freddy Martin April in Paris 1934 US Billboard 5 - Dec 1933 (7 weeks), US BB 9 of 1934, POP 9 of 1934
34 Rudy Vallee & his Connecticut Yankees You Oughta Be in Pictures 1934 US Billboard 5 - 1934 (6 weeks), US BB 18 of 1934, POP 18 of 1934
35 Lucienne Boyer Hands Across the Table 1934 US Billboard 2 - 1934 (10 weeks), Brazil 99 of 1935
36 Richard Himber & his Orchestra Stars Fell on Alabama 1934 US Billboard 2 - 1934 (7 weeks), Jazz Standard 238
37 Jimmie Grier & his Orchestra Stay as Sweet as You Are 1934 US Billboard 1 - 1934 (8 weeks)
38 Jimmie Grier & his Orchestra The Object Of My Affection 1934 US Billboard 1 - 1934 (13 weeks)
39 Tommy Dorsey If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again 1934 Library of Congress artifact (1934)
40 Jan Garber All I Do Is Dream Of You 1934 US Billboard 1 - 1934 (14 weeks)
41 Duke Ellington Solitude 1934 US Billboard 2 - Oct 1934 (16 weeks), RYM 1 of 1934, Song of 1934
42 Jane Froman I Only Have Eyes For You 1934 POP 3 of 1934, US Billboard 20 - 1934 (1 week)
43 Carmen Miranda Na Batucada da Vida 1934 Brazil 2 of 1934
44 Fred Astaire Flying Down to Rio 1934 US Billboard 6 - 1934 (4 weeks), Brazil 82 of 1935
45 Glen Gray Champagne Waltz 1934 US Billboard 7 - 1934 (8 weeks), Brazil 90 of 1934
46 Bing Crosby Love Is Just Around the Corner 1934 US Billboard 8 - Dec 1934 (9 weeks), Jazz Standard 821, RYM 64 of 1934
47 Emil Velasco Old Spinning Wheel 1934 US Billboard 9 - 1934 (3 weeks), Brazil 67 of 1934
48 Paul Whiteman You're the Top 1934 US Billboard 2 - 1934 (10 weeks), RYM 34 of 1934
49 Guy Lombardo My Old Flame 1934 US Billboard 7 - 1934 (5 weeks), Jazz Standard 101
50 Mario Reis Agora & Cinza 1934 Brazil 3 of 1934
51 Chick Webb What a Shuffle 1934 Peel list 3 of 1934
52 Chick Webb I Got Ants In My Pants 1934 POP 16 of 1934, US Billboard 20 - 1934 (1 week)
53 Freddy Martin Then I'll Be Tired of You 1934 US Billboard 12 - 1934 (4 weeks), Jazz Standard 551
54 Will Osborne & his Orchestra Cocktails For Two 1934 US Billboard 15 - 1934 (2 weeks), Jazz Standard 585
55 Jan Garber Blame it On My Youth 1934 US Billboard 17 - 1935 (2 weeks), Jazz Standard 857
56 The Dorsey Brothers You're the Top 1934 US Billboard 17 - 1934 (2 weeks), Jazz Standard 940
57 Paul Whiteman I Get a Kick Out of You 1934 US Billboard 3 - Dec 1934 (11 weeks), RYM 34 of 1934
58 Francisco Alves O Correio Ja Chegou 1934 Brazil 4 of 1934
59 Jimmie Lunceford Stratosphere 1934 Peel list 4 of 1934
60 Duke Ellington The Saddest Tale 1934 US Billboard 9 - 1934 (3 weeks), RYM 10 of 1934, Song of 1934

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2 Dec 2013

DOES THIS HELP??


19 Jun 2013

Real estate Papa, you ain't gonna subdivide me

by West and Perillo, revived by Janet Kline (Paradise Wobble cd) I'm looking for the lyrics. thanks!


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.


30 Sep 2012

Songs for Nana

My Grandmother graduated from High School in 1934. I'm using your list to make her a playlist to listen to and tell me her memories

Thank you!


23 Feb 2012

The Very Thought of You

Shouldn't the artist of no. 6 songs "The Very thought of you" be listed as Al Bowlly instead of Ray Noble. Because Ray Noble is doing the orchestration for the songs and the vocal is by Al Bowlly.

If you list this song under Ray Noble, then Bing crosby's June in January should be listed under Georgie Stoll...

Of coz, Bing Crosby command more attention compare to Al Bowlly. But Al Bowlly is a crooner in his own right...what do you think?

During the 1930s and 1940s the charts were normally based on the sales of sheet music, so it was the song that was a hit NOT the recording. When people like Whitburn (in the USA) and Kent (in Australia) retrospectively calculated charts for the period they tried to assign an artist to each song (to make these charts comparable with the ones from the 1950s and after). The way the artists have been assigned are inconsistent (sometimes the singer, sometimes the band leader and sometimes the band). Of course this is further complicated for us because we enforce consistency between charts from different countries.

So, yes, you have a good point. What we've tried to achieve is, firstly consistency across all the various input charts, and secondly being as close to the interpretation of the most notable charts as possible. Unfortunately these goals conflict with each other and the result is a compromise.

In the particular case you mention Ray Noble is better known than Al Bowlly and Bing Crosby better known than Georgie Stoll. So following the original sources leads to a result that is just about OK. We hope that there is enough detail here for those who are interested to track the originals on sites like discogs, musicbrainz and rateyourmusic where the full details can be examined.

We believe that our unique contribution is the consolidation of data from many different sources, requiring a level of simplification that an expert, such as yourself, might balk at. We feel that the result, while imperfect, is good enough to justify the approach.


22 Jan 2012

love all the music from the big band era that was music!!


31 Dec 2011

# 34 Carioca

This was also a #2 US Billboard Hit.

Thanks for the info, the title AND the artist were different, but we see that your correction is justified.

Thanks for the suggestion


30 Aug 2011

1934

great to see songs from the year my Dad was born. I like many of them too. Very detailed.


30 Dec 2010

This is a great way for me to show my grandchildren what music was like when I was a kid. It brings back memories...


30 Dec 2010

Love it! :)


30 Dec 2010

This is great!

What an amazing way to bring back all my old memories. I still have my records.


20 Dec 2010

Very nice and organized. Five stars!!


7 Dec 2010

Dancing to unforgetable songs

They just don't write song lyrics nowadays like these anymore, it's a shame young people won't have the remantic memories of slow dancing to most of these.

Most of these songs' lyrics are instilled in my head. I still remember the words to most of them. Will our children be able to say that of the songs of today? Don't think so!