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:Fats Waller2:Fred Astaire3: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 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 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
3 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 BB 12 of 1935, POP 12 of 1935, Brazil 49 of 1935
4 Shirley Temple On The Good Ship Lollipop 1935 US BB 1 of 1935, POP 1 of 1935, Music Imprint 9 of 1930s, AFI 69, RIAA 136, RYM 109 of 1935
5 Ray Noble Isle of Capri 1935 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1934 (16 weeks), Your Hit Parade 2 of 1935, US BB 16 of 1935, POP 16 of 1935, Brazil 57 of 1935
6 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
7 Cole Porter You're the Top 1935 Library of Congress artifact (1934), US 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 (1935), US Billboard 10 - 1936 (4 weeks), Acclaimed 1335 (1935), Song of 1935
9 Fred Astaire Top Hat, White Tie & Tails 1935 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008 (1935), US Billboard 2 - 1935 (13 weeks), US BB 7 of 1935, POP 7 of 1935, RYM 14 of 1935, Song of 1935
10 Bing Crosby Red Sails in the Sunset 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (7 weeks), US BB 6 of 1935, POP 6 of 1935, Europe 33 of the 1930s (1935), nuTsie 69 of 1930s
11 The Dorsey Brothers Lullaby of Broadway 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (11 weeks), US 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 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 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 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 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 BB 11 of 1935, POP 11 of 1935, nuTsie 17 of 1930s, RYM 10 of 1935
21 Jimmie Lunceford Rhythm is Our Business 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (16 weeks), Peel list 3 of 1945
22 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
23 Nelson Eddy Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life 1935 US Billboard 5 - 1935 (6 weeks), US BB 10 of 1935, POP 10 of 1935, Brazil 27 of 1935
24 The Dorsey Brothers Chasing Shadows 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (9 weeks), US BB 13 of 1935, POP 13 of 1935
25 Ozzie Nelson & his Orchestra And Then Some 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (12 weeks), US BB 17 of 1935, POP 17 of 1935
26 Eddy Duchin You Are My Lucky Star 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (9 weeks), US BB 18 of 1935, POP 18 of 1935
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 Silvio Caldas Minha Palhoca 1935 Brazil 1 of 1935
32 George Formby Fanlight Fanny 1935 Peel list 1 of 1935
33 Xavier Cugat The Lady in Red 1935 US Billboard 3 - 1935 (12 weeks), POP 20 of 1935, Brazil 77 of 1936
34 Eddy Duchin I Won't Dance 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (14 weeks), Your Hit Parade 8 of 1935
35 The Boswell Sisters The Object Of My Affection 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (10 weeks), nuTsie 93 of 1930s
36 Leo Reisman It Ain't Necessarily So 1935 US BB 5 of 1935, POP 5 of 1935, US Billboard 16 - 1935 (2 weeks)
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 Duke Ellington In a Sentimental Mood 1935 US Billboard 14 - 1935 (3 weeks), Jazz Standard 19, Acclaimed 2237 (1962), RYM 4 of 1935
39 Eddy Duchin Cheek to Cheek 1935 US Billboard 2 - 1935 (11 weeks), Brazil 54 of 1936
40 Fats Waller A Little Bit Independent 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (7 weeks), RYM 30 of 1936
41 Dick Powell Lullaby of Broadway 1935 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2005 (1935), RYM 41 of 1935
42 Fats Waller Lulu's Back in Town 1935 US Billboard 8 - 1935 (10 weeks), Jazz Standard 581, RYM 69 of 1935, Song of 1935
43 Benny Goodman Blue Moon 1935 US Billboard 2 - 1935 (8 weeks), nuTsie 54 of 1930s
44 Sleepy John Estes Stop That Thing 1935 Peel list 2 of 1935
45 Carmen Miranda Sonho de Papel 1935 Brazil 2 of 1935
46 Tommy Dorsey On Treasure Island 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (14 weeks)
47 (unknown) Happy Birthday 1935 ASCAP song of 1935
48 Huey P Long Every Man a King 1935 Library of Congress artifact (1935)
49 Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli Djangology 1935 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1935)
50 Ray Noble Let's Swing It 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (7 weeks)
51 Riley-Farley Orchestra The Music Goes Round & Round 1935 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1935 (11 weeks)
52 Tom Coakley & his Palace Hotel Orchestra East of the Sun, West of the Moon 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (15 weeks)
53 Ruth Etting Life Is a Song 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (12 weeks)
54 Ray Noble Paris in the Spring 1935 US Billboard 1 - 1935 (11 weeks)
55 Al Bowlly & Ray Noble Orchestra Blue Moon 1935 US Billboard 5 - 1935 (6 weeks), Brazil 60 of 1936
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 Louis Prima The Lady in Red 1935 US Billboard 8 - 1935 (5 weeks), POP 20 of 1935, Song of 1935
59 Ethel Merman I Get a Kick Out of You 1935 US Billboard 12 - 1935 (5 weeks), Brazil 71 of 1935
60 Xavier Cugat Begin the Beguine 1935 US Billboard 13 - 1935 (2 weeks), Brazil 59 of 1936

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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.