Songs from the Year 1935

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This page lists the top songs of 1935 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.

During this era music was dominated by a number of "Big Bands" and songs could be attributed to the band leader, the band name, the lead singer or a combination of the them. It is common, for example, to see the same song listed with three different artists. And, just to stop us from getting bored, the success of a song was tied to the sales of sheet music, so a popular song would often be perfomed by many different combinations of singers and bands and the contemporary charts would list the song, without clarifying whose version was the major hit. Where we have found such issues we have attempted to consolidate the entries using the most widely accepted value for the artist in each case.

The top ten song artists of 1935 were:

1:Fred Astaire2:Fats Waller3:Benny Goodman4:Bing Crosby5:The Dorsey Brothers
6:Eddy Duchin7:Ray Noble8:Guy Lombardo9:Glen Gray10:Hal Kemp
# Artist Song Title Year Chart Entries
1 Fred Astaire Cheek to Cheek 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (18 weeks), Your Hit Parade 1 of 1935, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000 (1935), US invalid BB 2 of 1935, POP 2 of 1935, Oscar in 1935 (film 'Top Hat') (Nominated), AFI 15, Scrobulate 19 of vocal, nuTsie 27 of 1930s, Brazil 38 of 1936, RYM 1 of 1935
2 Eddy Duchin Lovely to Look At 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (14 weeks), Oscar in 1935 (film 'Roberta') (Nominated), Your Hit Parade 5 of 1935, US invalid BB 12 of 1935, POP 12 of 1935, Brazil 49 of 1935
3 The Carter Family Can the Circle be Unbroken (Bye & Bye) 1935 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1935), Music Imprint 13 of 1920s, nuTsie 14 of 1930s, US Billboard 17 - 1935 (1 week), RIAA 116, Acclaimed 735 (1935), Visconti song of 1935, RYM 5 of 1935, Song of 1935
4 Shirley Temple On The Good Ship Lollipop 1935 US invalid BB 1 of 1935, POP 1 of 1935, Music Imprint 9 of 1930s, AFI 69, RIAA 136, RYM 109 of 1935
5 Bing Crosby Silent Night, Holy Night 1935 Europe 2 of the 1930s (1935), nuTsie 5 of 1930s, US Billboard 6 - 1928 (3 weeks), UK 8 - Dec 1952 (2 weeks), DMDB 21 (1935), Global 4 (20 M sold) - 1935
6 Ray Noble Isle of Capri 1935 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1934 (16 weeks), Your Hit Parade 2 of 1935, US invalid BB 16 of 1935, POP 16 of 1935, Brazil 57 of 1935
7 Cole Porter You're the Top 1935 Library of Congress artifact added 2006 (1934), US invalid BB 4 of 1935, POP 4 of 1935, US Billboard 10 - 1935 (1 week), RIAA 281, RYM 11 of 1935
8 Patsy Montana & The Prairie Ramblers I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart 1935 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007 (1935), Library of Congress artifact added 2011 (1935), US Billboard 10 - 1936 (4 weeks), Acclaimed 1335 (1935), Song of 1935
9 Bing Crosby Red Sails in the Sunset 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (7 weeks), US invalid BB 6 of 1935, POP 6 of 1935, Europe 33 of the 1930s (1935), nuTsie 69 of 1930s
10 Fred Astaire Top Hat, White Tie & Tails 1935 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008 (1935), US Billboard 2 - 1935 (13 weeks), US invalid BB 7 of 1935, POP 7 of 1935, RYM 14 of 1935, Song of 1935
11 The Dorsey Brothers Lullaby of Broadway 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (11 weeks), US invalid BB 9 of 1935, POP 9 of 1935, Brazil 69 of 1935, nuTsie 95 of 1930s
12 Glen Gray Blue Moon 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (8 weeks), US invalid BB 3 of 1935, POP 3 of 1935, Brazil 30 of 1936
13 Carlos Gardel El Dia Que Me Quieras 1935 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2013 (1935), Latin Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001 (1935), Brazil 13 of 1935
14 Guy Lombardo Red Sails in the Sunset 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (16 weeks), Your Hit Parade 4 of 1935, POP 6 of 1935, Europe 57 of the 1930s (1935)
15 Fats Waller Truckin' 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (13 weeks), US invalid BB 8 of 1935, POP 8 of 1935, Your Hit Parade 9 of 1935, RYM 72 of 1935
16 Benny Goodman King Porter Stomp 1935 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008 (1935), US Billboard 10 - 1935 (4 weeks), Scrobulate 49 of swing, nuTsie 68 of 1930s, RYM 71 of 1935, Song of 1935
17 Victor Young She's a Latin From Manhattan 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (10 weeks), Your Hit Parade 6 of 1935, US invalid BB 15 of 1935, POP 15 of 1935
18 Bob Crosby & his Orchestra In a Little Gypsy's Tea Room 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (13 weeks), Your Hit Parade 10 of 1935, US invalid BB 14 of 1935, POP 14 of 1935
19 Bing Crosby It's Easy To Remember 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (9 weeks), Europe 35 of the 1930s (1935), Jazz Standard 527
20 Louis Armstrong I'm in the Mood For Love 1935 US Billboard 3 - 1935 (7 weeks), US invalid BB 11 of 1935, POP 11 of 1935, nuTsie 17 of 1930s, RYM 10 of 1935
21 Little Jack Little I'm in the Mood For Love 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (14 weeks), Your Hit Parade 7 of 1935, POP 11 of 1935
22 Nelson Eddy Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life 1935 US Billboard 5 - 1935 (6 weeks), US invalid BB 10 of 1935, POP 10 of 1935, Brazil 27 of 1935
23 The Dorsey Brothers Chasing Shadows 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (9 weeks), US invalid BB 13 of 1935, POP 13 of 1935
24 Ozzie Nelson & his Orchestra And Then Some 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (12 weeks), US invalid BB 17 of 1935, POP 17 of 1935
25 Eddy Duchin You Are My Lucky Star 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (9 weeks), US invalid BB 18 of 1935, POP 18 of 1935
26 Jimmie Lunceford Rhythm is Our Business 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (16 weeks), Peel list 3 of 1945
27 Glen Gray When I Grow Too Old to Dream 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (23 weeks), Your Hit Parade 3 of 1935
28 Bing Crosby Soon 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (11 weeks), Europe 34 of the 1930s (1935)
29 Dick Jurgens & his Orchestra Lullaby of Broadway 1935 Oscar in 1935 (film 'Gold Diggers of 1935'), UK 42 - Aug 1976 (4 weeks)
30 Guy Lombardo What's The Reason (I'm Not Pleasin' You) 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (15 weeks), Europe 56 of the 1930s (1935)
31 Eddy Duchin I Won't Dance 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (14 weeks), Your Hit Parade 8 of 1935
32 Xavier Cugat The Lady in Red 1935 US Billboard 3 - 1935 (12 weeks), POP 20 of 1935, Brazil 77 of 1936
33 Boston Pops Orchestra Jealousy (Jalousie) 1935 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008 (1935), US Billboard 13 - 1938 (3 weeks)
34 The Boswell Sisters The Object Of My Affection 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (10 weeks), nuTsie 93 of 1930s
35 Leo Reisman It Ain't Necessarily So 1935 US invalid BB 5 of 1935, POP 5 of 1935, US Billboard 16 - 1935 (2 weeks)
36 Duke Ellington In a Sentimental Mood 1935 US Billboard 14 - 1935 (3 weeks), Jazz Standard 19, Acclaimed 2237 (1962), RYM 4 of 1935
37 Richard Himber & his Orchestra Just One of Those Things 1935 US Billboard 10 - 1935 (5 weeks), Jazz Standard 74, Brazil 90 of 1936
38 Fats Waller A Little Bit Independent 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (7 weeks), RYM 30 of 1936
39 Dick Powell Lullaby of Broadway 1935 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2005 (1935), RYM 41 of 1935
40 Eddy Duchin Cheek to Cheek 1935 US Billboard 2 - 1935 (11 weeks), Brazil 54 of 1936
41 Fats Waller Lulu's Back in Town 1935 US Billboard 8 - 1935 (10 weeks), Jazz Standard 581, RYM 69 of 1935, Song of 1935
42 Benny Goodman Blue Moon 1935 US Billboard 2 - 1935 (8 weeks), nuTsie 54 of 1930s
43 Riley-Farley Orchestra The Music Goes Round & Round 1935 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1935 (11 weeks)
44 Ray Noble Paris in the Spring 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (11 weeks)
45 (unknown) Happy Birthday 1935 ASCAP song of 1935
46 Ruth Etting Life Is a Song 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (12 weeks)
47 Ray Noble Let's Swing It 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (7 weeks)
48 Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli Djangology 1935 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1935)
49 Tommy Dorsey On Treasure Island 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (14 weeks)
50 Tom Coakley & his Palace Hotel Orchestra East of the Sun, West of the Moon 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (15 weeks)
51 George Formby Fanlight Fanny 1935 Peel list 1 of 1935
52 Silvio Caldas Minha Palhoca 1935 Brazil 1 of 1935
53 Louis Prima The Lady in Red 1935 US Billboard 8 - 1935 (5 weeks), POP 20 of 1935, Song of 1935
54 Al Bowlly & Ray Noble Orchestra Blue Moon 1935 US Billboard 5 - 1935 (6 weeks), Brazil 60 of 1936
55 Little Jack Little Lullaby of Broadway 1935 US Billboard 5 - 1935 (8 weeks), POP 9 of 1935
56 Guy Lombardo I'm Sittin' High on a Hill Top 1935 US Billboard 6 - 1935 (9 weeks), Brazil 92 of 1936
57 Fred Astaire The Piccolino 1935 US Billboard 10 - 1935 (6 weeks), Brazil 49 of 1936
58 Ethel Merman I Get a Kick Out of You 1935 US Billboard 12 - 1935 (5 weeks), Brazil 71 of 1935
59 Xavier Cugat Begin the Beguine 1935 US Billboard 13 - 1935 (2 weeks), Brazil 59 of 1936
60 Bing Crosby I Wished on the Moon 1935 US Billboard 2 - 1935 (7 weeks), RYM 61 of 1935
61 Fats Waller I'm Gonna Sit Right Down & Write Myself a Letter 1935 US Billboard 5 - 1935 (9 weeks), RYM 3 of 1935, Song of 1935
62 The Boswell Sisters Cheek to Cheek 1935 US Billboard 10 - 1935 (4 weeks), Jazz Standard 187
63 Billie Holiday What a Little Moonlight Can Do 1935 US Billboard 12 - 1935 (4 weeks), nuTsie 60 of 1930s
64 Jack Jackson & his Orchestra Red Sails in the Sunset 1935 US Billboard 13 - 1935 (5 weeks), Jazz Standard 600
65 Chick Webb Don't Be That Way 1935 US Billboard 20 - 1935 (1 week), Jazz Standard 183
66 Chick Bullock & his Orchestra Lullaby of Broadway 1935 US Billboard 19 - 1935 (1 week), Jazz Standard 992
67 George Hall & his Orchestra I Won't Dance 1935 US Billboard 20 - 1935 (1 week), Jazz Standard 999
68 Fred Astaire Isn't This a Lovely Day? 1935 US Billboard 3 - 1935 (11 weeks), RYM 14 of 1935
69 Johnny Green & his Orchestra The Little Things You Used to Do 1935 US Billboard 2 - 1935 (9 weeks)
70 Hal Kemp In the Middle of a Kiss 1935 US Billboard 2 - 1935 (14 weeks)
71 The Dorsey Brothers You Are My Lucky Star 1935 US Billboard 2 - 1935 (5 weeks)
72 Guy Lombardo Cheek to Cheek 1935 US Billboard 2 - 1935 (10 weeks)
73 Eddy Duchin You're All I Need 1935 US Billboard 2 - 1935 (12 weeks)
74 Mantovani Red Sails in the Sunset 1935 US Billboard 2 - 1935 (7 weeks)
75 Freddy Martin Isle of Capri 1935 US Billboard 2 - 1935 (9 weeks)
76 Glen Gray Fare Thee Well, Annabelle 1935 US Billboard 2 - 1935 (9 weeks)
77 Jan Garber In a Little Gypsy's Tea Room 1935 US Billboard 2 - 1935 (8 weeks)
78 Carmen Miranda Sonho de Papel 1935 Brazil 2 of 1935
79 Sleepy John Estes Stop That Thing 1935 Peel list 2 of 1935
80 Duke Ellington Cotton 1935 US Billboard 4 - 1935 (6 weeks), RYM 32 of 1935
81 Benny Goodman Body & Soul 1935 US Billboard 5 - 1935 (8 weeks), RYM 12 of 1936
82 Bing Crosby & The Dorsey Brothers Without a Word of Warning 1935 US Billboard 5 - 1935 (10 weeks), RYM 97 of 1935
83 Duke Ellington Accent on Youth 1935 US Billboard 6 - 1935 (7 weeks), RYM 31 of 1935
84 Duke Ellington Merry Go-Round 1935 US Billboard 6 - 1935 (5 weeks), RYM 34 of 1935
85 Louis Armstrong You Are My Lucky Star 1935 US Billboard 6 - 1935 (5 weeks), RYM 38 of 1935
86 Bing Crosby & The Dorsey Brothers I Wish I Were Aladdin 1935 US Billboard 7 - 1935 (5 weeks), RYM 96 of 1935
87 Hal Kemp With All My Heart 1935 US Billboard 3 - Dec 1935 (8 weeks)
88 Victor Young About a Quarter to Nine 1935 US Billboard 3 - 1935 (6 weeks)
89 The Dorsey Brothers I've Got a Feelin' You're Foolin' 1935 US Billboard 3 - 1935 (11 weeks)
90 The Dorsey Brothers I Believe in Miracles 1935 US Billboard 3 - 1935 (7 weeks)
91 Enric Madriguera & his Orchestra I Found a Dream 1935 US Billboard 3 - 1935 (8 weeks)
92 Lew Stone & his Band Isle of Capri 1935 US Billboard 3 - 1935 (10 weeks)
93 Ozzie Nelson & his Orchestra About a Quarter to Nine 1935 US Billboard 3 - 1935 (12 weeks)
94 Freddy Martin A Little Bit Independent 1935 US Billboard 3 - 1935 (8 weeks)
95 The Boswell Sisters Dinah 1935 US Billboard 3 - 1935 (6 weeks)
96 Bert Ambrose & his Orchestra I'm on a See-Saw 1935 US Billboard 3 - 1935 (12 weeks)
97 Western Brothers We're Frightfully BBC 1935 Peel list 3 of 1935
98 Dircinha Batista Meu Moreno 1935 Brazil 3 of 1935
99 Fred Astaire No Strings 1935 US Billboard 9 - 1935 (6 weeks), RYM 1 of 1935
100 Fats Waller Rhythm & Romance 1935 US Billboard 8 - 1935 (6 weeks), RYM 74 of 1935

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29 Feb 2016

Arthur Fiedler & Boston Pops Orch-Jalousie

This recording should be in this Top 100 list. It made the US Billboard charts- #13 - 3 weeks. It was also selected for the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008. It is listed there under 'G' for 'Gade - Jalousie' which is probably why you don't have it listed.

It seems to have been missing, we've added it (but assigned it to "Boston Pops Orchestra" that should sort out the issue.


9 Feb 2016

#92 - Isle Of Capri

Per Joel Whitburn this should be Lew Stone & Orch (rather than Lew Holtz). Vocalist here was Al Bowlly.

You are correct, data fixed, thanks


23 Aug 2015

1935 was a very good year


29 Jun 2015

Popular Songs of 1935

Matilde Albano was born in 1935. Here is the music played in the year of her birth.


22 Aug 2014

Song 47

If songs of this era charted in part due to sheet music sales, and seeing howHappy Birthday To You was copyrighted in 1935 by Summy Co, then the song probably placed as a sheet music entry and not a popular recording. Just thought I'd share my musings.

That is true, quite a few charts don't list a performer so we've had to try and work out whose version was most popular


15 Aug 2014

Carlos Gardel

El Dia Que Me Quieras (#26) was elected to Grammy Hall of Fame in 2013.

We don't have any of the 2013 entries yet. We'll add them, thanks for the suggestion


10 Jun 2014

Patsy Montana-Duplicate listing

I want to Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart seems to be listed twice ( #17 and #49 ).

You are correct the data has been fixed thanks for the suggestion


7 Feb 2014

+Ozzie Nelson song

I recall an old 78 song called "quicker than you can say jack Robinson"but can find only a vague reference to an Ozzie nelson song in 1935. Where can I hear this tune again?


14 Feb 2013

I935 SONG

I935 SONG IN FRENCH WITH A MENTION OF GUADELOUPE, THE STORY OF A LITTLE BLACK BOY...IT STTARTS LIKE THIS: UN SOIR DANS SA SAVANNE, UN TOUT PETIT NEGRO ETC


3 Oct 2012

...old wedding ring

Not a lot of help, but "When Your Old Wedding Ring Was New" was a chart record in 1960 as part of a 6-song medley called "Sing With Bruce Hayes", performed by Mr, Hayes, Mary Mayo, and the Jerry Graff Singers. It peaked at No. 63 in the US publication "Music Vendor", during a 9 week chart run.


6 Sep 2012

Most popular song on 5th Aug.1935

I'm looking to arrange a brass quartet of the most popular song on 5th August 1935 (my friend's birthday)in both the U.S. and U.K. 'charts'. Can you oblige? Thankyou.

Before 1940 the charts are so sparse that selecting a specific date is rather difficult. Picking some entries from this page would be the easiest way to go (most entries have months and durations)


23 Apr 2012

first recording

Who was the artist who made the first recording of When Your Old Wedding Ring Was New.

We don't know who did it first but the only person to have a hit with it anywhere was Jimmy Roselli in 1983 (51 in the UK)


19 Jan 2012

#1 song in 1935

What was the #1 song on Dec. 12, 1935?

Before 1940 there were no "Number One" songs


2 Sep 2011

1 Cheek to Cheek

Fred and Ginger did this song together in the movie, but the commercial recording which was a # 1 Billboard Hit is a solo by Fred.

You are correct, most of the charts listed are of the record, which was just Fred. We've decided to change even the Oscar nomination to just Fred (which we realise is technically incorrect) so that all the entries stay together.

Thanks for the correction.


13 Aug 2011

Cheek to Cheek

Thanks again for this great musical reference guide!

Is it possible that the number one song Cheek to Cheek is the same one listedas a grammy nomination version at number 43?

We think you are correct, however we had already fixed the data before we got your message. Thanks for the input


27 May 2011

I'm looking for a song, sung my Gordon McRae, (Just One Girl) can you please help?

We don't have such a song listed, it must not have been a hit.


6 Feb 2011

music

i love these music from the old days


20 Dec 2010

Very nice and organized. Five stars!!


16 Dec 2010

yay+

YAY HIPPIES


14 Dec 2010

cool


10 Nov 2010

HELP WITH SONG - 7 Aug 2010

SONG YOU ARE AFTER IS - WHEN YOU'RE OLD WEDDING RING WAS NEW SUNG BY DAVID ALEXANDER - IF YOU WANT A COPY CONTACT ME PLEASE. MITZI - PERTH WEST AUST.


7 Aug 2010

help with song

I'm looking for a record or album to buy.. the name of song is: When your oldring was new. Writen by Charles McCarthy, Bert Douglas & Joe Solieri in 1935 I think. Please help Thanks

We think the full title is actually "When Your Old Wedding Ring Was New". If you search on iTunes or Amazon under that name you will find many examples of the song you can buy.


25 Jun 2010

August 18th 1935 number one songs

I am also looking for the number one songs for every year (75th birthday bash planned) on August 18th, staring 1935 to present.

As we have said many times, number 1 where? According to who?

If you are talking about the US, from 1940 to last year the best place to look would be:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billboard_number_1_hits


11 May 2010

number 1 hit

I need to find out the number 1 hit for the birthday of my husband which is November 5, 1935

First I am going to assume that you mean the number 1 record in the USA, other countries will be different of course.

Before 1939 there really was no regular charts anywhere, the closest were some occasional charts in the "Billboard" magazine. Our listing of Billboard hits assigns each song a peak position and year but, for 1935 at least, does not tell us which months the song was a hit.

However you may be in luck, the biggest US hit of 1935 was number 1 for 11 weeks and given that "Top Hat", the film it came from, was released during September it is most likely that it was the number 1 for the first week of November.

So we don't know for sure but we suspect that the answer is "Cheek to Cheek" by Fred Astair.