Songs from the Year 1936

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This page lists the top songs of 1936 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 1936 were:

1:Benny Goodman2:Fred Astaire3:Bing Crosby4:Tommy Dorsey5:Fats Waller
6:Jan Garber7:Hal Kemp8:Billie Holiday9:Eddy Duchin10:Shep Fields & his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra
# Artist Song Title Year Chart Entries
1 Bing Crosby Pennies From Heaven 1936 US Billboard 1 - 1936 (15 weeks), US BB 1 of 1936, Your Hit Parade 1 of 1936, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004 (1936), POP 1 of 1936, Oscar in 1936 (film 'Pennies from Heaven') (Nominated), Music Imprint 8 of 1930s, nuTsie 23 of 1930s, Europe 32 of the 1930s (1936), RIAA 129, Acclaimed 1222 (1936), RYM 41 of 1936
2 Fred Astaire The Way You Look Tonight 1936 US Billboard 1 - 1936 (17 weeks), Oscar in 1936 (film 'Swing Time'), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1936), US BB 2 of 1936, Your Hit Parade 2 of 1936, POP 2 of 1936, Brazil 26 of 1937, nuTsie 38 of 1930s, AFI 43, Europe 94 of the 1930s (1936), RYM 40 of 1936, Song of 1936
3 Benny Goodman Goody Goody 1936 US Billboard 1 - 1936 (13 weeks), Your Hit Parade 5 of 1936, US BB 6 of 1936, POP 6 of 1936, Brazil 32 of 1936, nuTsie 71 of 1930s, Song of 1936
4 Billie Holiday Summertime 1936 Europe 1 of the 1930s (1936), Jazz Standard 3, US Billboard 12 - 1936 (2 weeks), nuTsie 70 of 1930s, Scrobulate 84 of jazz, RYM 2 of 1936
5 Benny Goodman Glory of Love 1936 US Billboard 1 - 1936 (15 weeks), Your Hit Parade 3 of 1936, US BB 10 of 1936, POP 10 of 1936, Brazil 67 of 1936, nuTsie 96 of 1930s
6 Leadbelly Goodnight, Irene 1936 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002 (1936), Library of Congress artifact (1933), Music Imprint 12 of 1930s, RIAA 163, Acclaimed 885 (1936), RYM 2 of 1943
7 Robert Johnson Cross Road Blues 1936 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1936), nuTsie 8 of 1930s, Scrobulate 34 of blues, Acclaimed 224 (1936), RIAA 342, Visconti song of 1936, RYM 3 of 1937, Song of 1937, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
8 Shep Fields & his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Did I Remember? 1936 US Billboard 1 - 1936 (12 weeks), Oscar in 1936 (film 'Suzy') (Nominated), Your Hit Parade 8 of 1936, US BB 11 of 1936, POP 11 of 1936
9 Fats Waller It's a Sin to Tell a Lie 1936 US Billboard 1 - 1936 (12 weeks), US BB 7 of 1936, POP 7 of 1936, Your Hit Parade 9 of 1936, nuTsie 56 of 1930s, RYM 37 of 1935
10 Tommy Dorsey Alone 1936 US Billboard 1 - 1936 (14 weeks), US BB 3 of 1936, POP 3 of 1936, Your Hit Parade 4 of 1936
11 Tommy Dorsey The Music Goes Round & Round 1936 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1935 (9 weeks), US BB 4 of 1936, POP 4 of 1936, Your Hit Parade 7 of 1936, Song of 1935
12 Benny Goodman These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You) 1936 US Billboard 1 - 1936 (13 weeks), US BB 5 of 1936, POP 5 of 1936, Europe 90 of the 1930s (1936)
13 Jan Garber A Melody From the Sky 1936 US Billboard 1 - 1936 (12 weeks), Oscar in 1936 (film 'The Trail of the Lonesome Pine') (Nominated), US BB 14 of 1936, POP 14 of 1936
14 Fred Astaire A Fine Romance 1936 US Billboard 1 - 1936 (12 weeks), Your Hit Parade 6 of 1936, US BB 12 of 1936, POP 12 of 1936, RYM 6 of 1936
15 Marian Anderson He's Got the Whole World in His Hands 1936 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008 (1936), Library of Congress artifact (1936), nuTsie 89 of 1930s
16 Eddy Duchin Moon Over Miami 1936 US Billboard 1 - 1936 (11 weeks), US BB 16 of 1936, POP 16 of 1936, Europe 99 of the 1930s (1936)
17 Hal Kemp There's a Small Hotel 1936 US Billboard 1 - 1936 (15 weeks), US BB 19 of 1936, POP 19 of 1936, Europe 100 of the 1930s (1936)
18 Jimmy Dorsey Is it True What they Say About Dixie? 1936 US Billboard 1 - 1936 (10 weeks), Your Hit Parade 10 of 1936, US BB 13 of 1936, POP 13 of 1936
19 Guy Lombardo When Did You Leave Heaven? 1936 US Billboard 1 - 1936 (15 weeks), Oscar in 1936 (film 'Sing, Baby, Sing') (Nominated), Europe 52 of the 1930s (1936)
20 Tommy Dorsey I'm getting sentimental over you 1936 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1936), US Billboard 8 - 1936 (4 weeks), nuTsie 44 of 1930s, Acclaimed 1498 (1932)
21 Robert Johnson Sweet Home Chicago 1936 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2014 (1937), Scrobulate 26 of blues, Acclaimed 1582 (1936), RYM 2 of 1937, Song of 1936, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
22 Fred Astaire I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket 1936 US Billboard 1 - 1936 (10 weeks), US BB 15 of 1936, POP 15 of 1936, RYM 39 of 1936
23 Andy Kirk Until The Real Thing Comes Along 1936 US Billboard 1 - 1936 (13 weeks), US BB 18 of 1936, POP 18 of 1936, RYM 9 of 1936
24 Jan Garber A Beautiful Lady in Blue 1936 US Billboard 1 - 1936 (13 weeks), US BB 17 of 1936, POP 17 of 1936
25 Fats Waller All My Life 1936 US Billboard 1 - 1936 (11 weeks), US BB 20 of 1936, POP 20 of 1936
26 Ray Noble I've Got You Under My Skin 1936 Oscar in 1936 (film 'Born to Dance') (Nominated), US Billboard 3 - 1936 (13 weeks), Brazil 85 of 1937
27 Roy Acuff Great Speckled Bird 1936 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2009 (1936), US Billboard 13 - 1938 (3 weeks), RYM 91 of 1936, Song of 1936
28 Andy Kirk Lotta Sax Appeal 1936 Peel list 1 of 1936, RYM 24 of 1936
29 Hal Kemp When I'm With You 1936 US Billboard 1 - 1936 (13 weeks), Europe 72 of the 1930s (1936)
30 Eddy Duchin Take My Heart 1936 US Billboard 1 - 1936 (10 weeks), Europe 81 of the 1930s (1936)
31 Eddy Duchin I'll Sing You A Thousand Love Songs 1936 US Billboard 1 - 1936 (8 weeks), Europe 95 of the 1930s (1936)
32 Eddy Duchin Lights Out 1936 US Billboard 1 - 1936 (15 weeks), Europe 96 of the 1930s (1936)
33 Joel & Gaucho Pierro Apaixonado 1936 Brazil 1 of 1936
34 Benny Goodman Stompin' at the Savoy 1936 US Billboard 4 - 1937 (5 weeks), nuTsie 46 of 1930s, Scrobulate 50 of swing, RYM 5 of 1936
35 Billie Holiday These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You) 1936 US Billboard 5 - 1936 (5 weeks), nuTsie 51 of 1930s, Scrobulate 65 of hi fidelity, Song of 1936
36 Shep Fields & his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Easy to Love 1936 US BB 8 of 1936, POP 8 of 1936, US Billboard 13 - 1936 (2 weeks)
37 Bing Crosby I'm An Old Cowhand 1936 US Billboard 2 - 1936 (13 weeks), Europe 59 of the 1930s (1936)
38 Bing Crosby Robins & Roses 1936 US Billboard 2 - 1936 (10 weeks), Europe 76 of the 1930s (1936)
39 Eddy Duchin Pennies From Heaven 1936 US Billboard 2 - Dec 1936 (9 weeks), Brazil 87 of 1937
40 Jimmie Lunceford Organ Grinder's Swing 1936 US Billboard 2 - 1936 (8 weeks), nuTsie 91 of 1930s
41 Guy Lombardo Lost 1936 US Billboard 1 - 1936 (13 weeks)
42 Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys Steel Guitar Rag 1936 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011 (1936)
43 Benny Goodman It's Been So Long 1936 US Billboard 1 - 1936 (13 weeks)
44 Tommy Dorsey You 1936 US Billboard 1 - 1936 (10 weeks)
45 Benny Goodman You Turned the Tables on Me 1936 US Billboard 1 - 1936 (10 weeks)
46 Shep Fields & his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra In the Chapel in the Moonlight 1936 US Billboard 1 - 1936 (15 weeks)
47 Leslie A Hutchinson These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You) 1936 Peel list 2 of 1936
48 Vicente Celestino O ebrio 1936 Brazil 2 of 1936
49 Bing Crosby Would You? 1936 Europe 9 of the 1930s (1936), US Billboard 20 - 1936 (1 week)
50 Robert Johnson 32 20 Blues 1936 Peel list 3 of 1936, RYM 7 of 1937
51 Tommy Dorsey San Francisco 1936 US Billboard 10 - 1936 (5 weeks), Brazil 74 of 1936
52 Fats Waller Until The Real Thing Comes Along 1936 US Billboard 3 - 1936 (7 weeks), nuTsie 79 of 1930s
53 Billie Holiday A Fine Romance 1936 US Billboard 9 - 1936 (3 weeks), Scrobulate 59 of vocal, Song of 1936
54 Billie Holiday No Regrets 1936 US Billboard 9 - 1936 (5 weeks), Scrobulate 68 of female vocalist, RYM 16 of 1936
55 Hal Kemp I Can't Get Started 1936 Jazz Standard 5, US Billboard 14 - 1936 (2 weeks)
56 Duke Ellington Echoes of Harlem 1936 US Billboard 19 - 1936 (1 week), Jazz Standard 969, RYM 3 of 1936
57 Hal Kemp Gloomy Sunday 1936 US Billboard 4 - 1936 (4 weeks), Jazz Standard 674
58 Orlando Silva Magoas de Caboclo 1936 Brazil 3 of 1936
59 Andy Kirk Christopher Columbus 1936 US Billboard 2 - 1936 (14 weeks), RYM 49 of 1936
60 Andy Kirk What Will I Tell My Heart 1936 US Billboard 2 - 1937 (9 weeks), RYM 51 of 1936

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15 Aug 2014

Benny Goodman

There are (2) different recordings of Moonglow (#1 in 1934). This one and a 1936recording by Benny Goodman Quartet. The 1936 version was awarded the Grammy Hall of Fame, not this one.

Thanks for clarifying that, but we're not sure how to make that clear in the data (other than including this message on all the pages where this is mentioned)


16 Apr 2014

Song: When did yopu leave Heaven?

When did you leave Heaven?

The song "When Did You Leave Heaven?" was a minor hit for three acts in 1936, Guy Lombardo, Ben Bernie and Henry Allen & his Orchestra


25 Jan 2011

name of song and singer

a garden in italy. has lyrics "come to my garden in italy and sing to me theway you used to do".

(something like that anyway!) 1930's I think.

Thanks for your help


9 Nov 2010

DO YOU KNOW +THIS SONG 1937/38/36?

the song is called I WISH I'D NEVER SEEN SUNSHINE +- SINGER - JIMMIE DAVIS


11 May 2010

DO YOU KNOW +THIS SONG 1937/38/36?

I WISH THAT I'D NEVER SEEN SUNSHINE AND I WISH THAT I'D NEVER SEEN RAIN... I WISH THAT MY SOUL WOULD NEVER GROW OLD FOR THE TEARS THAT I SHED WERE IN VAIN????????? I WISH THAT SOMEONE HAD TOLD ME THAT THE LOVE THAT YOU GAVE WAS UNTRUE OH I WISH THAT I DIED IN MY CRADLE BEFORE I GREW UP TO LOVE YOU

No idea, never heard of it