Songs from the Year 1937

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This page lists the top songs of 1937 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 1937 were:

1:Tommy Dorsey2:Guy Lombardo3:Bing Crosby4:Shep Fields & his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra5:Billie Holiday
6:Benny Goodman7:Duke Ellington8:Fats Waller9:Russ Morgan10:Fred Astaire
# Artist Song Title Year Chart Entries
1 Benny Goodman Sing, Sing, Sing (With A Swing) 1937 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1982 (1937), ASCAP song of 1936, US BB 3 of 1938, Peel list 3 of 1937, POP 3 of 1938, nuTsie 4 of 1930s, US Billboard 7 - 1938 (6 weeks), Music Imprint 16 of 1930s, Brazil 54 of 1939, RIAA 205, Acclaimed 526 (1937), WXPN 766
2 Count Basie One O'Clock Jump 1937 US BB 1 of 1937, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1979 (1937), POP 1 of 1937, Library of Congress artifact (1937), US Billboard 12 - Jun 1947 (2 weeks), nuTsie 12 of 1930s, Scrobulate 13 of swing, Music Imprint 18 of 1930s, RIAA 211, Acclaimed 824 (1937), RYM 21 of 1937
3 Bing Crosby Sweet Leilani 1937 US Billboard 1 - 1937 (25 weeks), Your Hit Parade 1 of 1937, Oscar in 1937 (film 'Waikiki Wedding'), US BB 7 of 1937, POP 7 of 1937, Europe 29 of the 1930s (1937), nuTsie 75 of 1930s
4 Fred Astaire They Can't Take That Away From Me 1937 US Billboard 1 - 1937 (11 weeks), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2005 (1937), Oscar in 1937 (film 'Shall We Dance') (Nominated), US BB 3 of 1937, POP 3 of 1937, Europe 89 of the 1930s (1937), Acclaimed 2182 (1937), RYM 34 of 1937
5 Duke Ellington Caravan 1937 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2009 (1937), US Billboard 4 - 1937 (18 weeks), US BB 9 of 1937, POP 9 of 1937, Jazz Standard 17, Brazil 57 of 1938, nuTsie 58 of 1930s, Scrobulate 88 of jazz, RYM 6 of 1937
6 Tommy Dorsey Marie 1937 US Billboard 1 - 1937 (8 weeks), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1937), nuTsie 36 of 1930s, Brazil 70 of 1937, Europe 70 of the 1930s (1937)
7 Ella Fitzgerald Goodnight, My Love 1937 US Billboard 1 - 1937 (13 weeks), Your Hit Parade 9 of 1937, US BB 10 of 1937, POP 10 of 1937, Brazil 67 of 1937, Europe 74 of the 1930s (1937), RYM 52 of 1937
8 Shep Fields & his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra That Old Feeling 1937 US Billboard 1 - 1937 (14 weeks), Oscar in 1937 (film 'Vogues of 1938') (Nominated), Your Hit Parade 7 of 1937, US BB 13 of 1937, POP 13 of 1937, Brazil 67 of 1938
9 Guy Lombardo It Looks Like Rain in Cherry Blossom Lane 1937 US Billboard 1 - 1937 (16 weeks), Your Hit Parade 4 of 1937, US BB 16 of 1937, POP 16 of 1937, Europe 50 of the 1930s (1937), RYM 107 of 1937
10 Guy Lombardo September in the Rain 1937 US Billboard 1 - 1937 (16 weeks), Your Hit Parade 6 of 1937, US BB 11 of 1937, POP 11 of 1937, Europe 46 of the 1930s (1937), RYM 87 of 1937
11 Tommy Dorsey The Dipsy Doodle 1937 US Billboard 1 - 1937 (15 weeks), Your Hit Parade 3 of 1937, US BB 14 of 1937, POP 14 of 1937, Europe 88 of the 1930s (1937)
12 Bob Crosby & his Orchestra Whispers in The Dark 1937 US Billboard 1 - 1937 (13 weeks), Oscar in 1937 (film 'Artists and Models') (Nominated), Your Hit Parade 8 of 1937, US BB 17 of 1937, POP 17 of 1937
13 Guy Lombardo Boo Hoo 1937 US Billboard 1 - 1937 (12 weeks), Your Hit Parade 5 of 1937, US BB 18 of 1937, POP 18 of 1937, Europe 51 of the 1930s (1937)
14 Bing Crosby The Moon Got in My Eyes 1937 US Billboard 1 - 1937 (11 weeks), Your Hit Parade 10 of 1937, US BB 12 of 1937, POP 12 of 1937, Europe 31 of the 1930s (1937)
15 Tommy Dorsey Once in a While 1937 US Billboard 1 - 1937 (14 weeks), Your Hit Parade 2 of 1937, nuTsie 50 of 1930s, Europe 68 of the 1930s (1937)
16 Eddy Duchin It's De-Lovely 1937 US Billboard 1 - Nov 1936 (13 weeks), US BB 4 of 1937, POP 4 of 1937, Europe 73 of the 1930s (1937)
17 Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy Indian Love Call 1937 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008 (1962), US Billboard 8 - Dec 1936 (6 weeks), nuTsie 53 of 1930s, Brazil 64 of 1937
18 Tommy Dorsey Satan takes a Holiday 1937 US Billboard 1 - 1937 (11 weeks), US BB 15 of 1937, POP 15 of 1937, Europe 64 of the 1930s (1937)
19 Margaret McCrae This Year's Kisses 1937 US Billboard 1 - 1937 (10 weeks), US BB 19 of 1937, POP 19 of 1937, Europe 58 of the 1930s (1937)
20 Bing Crosby Remember Me 1937 US Billboard 1 - 1937 (6 weeks), Oscar in 1937 (film 'Mr. Dodd Takes the Air') (Nominated), Europe 30 of the 1930s (1937)
21 Bing Crosby & Jimmy Dorsey Too Marvelous For Words 1937 US Billboard 1 - 1937 (10 weeks), Europe 28 of the 1930s (1937), Brazil 88 of 1937
22 Hal Kemp This Year's Kisses 1937 US Billboard 1 - 1937 (8 weeks), POP 19 of 1937, Europe 69 of the 1930s (1937)
23 Hal Kemp Where Or When 1937 US Billboard 1 - 1937 (16 weeks), Europe 63 of the 1930s (1937), nuTsie 98 of 1930s
24 Billie Holiday I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm 1937 US Billboard 4 - 1937 (10 weeks), US BB 6 of 1937, POP 6 of 1937, nuTsie 55 of 1930s, RYM 22 of 1937
25 Frances Langford Harbour Lights 1937 US BB 2 of 1937, POP 2 of 1937, US Billboard 6 - 1937 (6 weeks)
26 Russ Morgan The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down 1937 US Billboard 1 - 1937 (10 weeks), US BB 20 of 1937, POP 20 of 1937
27 Robert Johnson Hellhound on My Trail 1937 Peel list 4 of 1937, Acclaimed 630 (1937), Visconti song of 1937, RYM 1 of 1937, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
28 Orlando Silva Carinhoso 1937 Brazil 1 of 1937
29 Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys Steel Guitar Stomp 1937 Peel list 1 of 1937
30 Guy Lombardo So Rare 1937 US Billboard 1 - 1937 (8 weeks), Brazil 21 of 1938
31 Bing Crosby & Connee Boswell Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?) 1937 US Billboard 1 - 1937 (12 weeks), Europe 27 of the 1930s (1937)
32 Jimmie Lunceford For Dancers Only 1937 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1937), US Billboard 7 - 1937 (3 weeks), RYM 55 of 1937
33 Guy Lombardo A Sailboat In The Moonlight 1937 US Billboard 1 - 1937 (14 weeks), Europe 49 of the 1930s (1937)
34 Rudy Vallee & his Connecticut Yankees Vieni Vieni 1937 US Billboard 1 - 1937 (13 weeks), Europe 62 of the 1930s (1937)
35 Sammy Kaye Rosalie 1937 US Billboard 1 - Oct 1937 (15 weeks), Brazil 79 of 1938
36 Shep Fields & his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Thanks For the Memory 1937 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1937 (14 weeks), Europe 82 of the 1930s (1938)
37 Tommy Dorsey Song of India 1937 US Billboard 5 - 1937 (5 weeks), US BB 8 of 1937, POP 8 of 1937, Song of 1937
38 Mildred Bailey Rockin' Chair 1937 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011 (1937), US Billboard 13 - 1937 (2 weeks)
39 Shep Fields & his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down 1937 US Billboard 1 - 1937 (8 weeks), POP 20 of 1937
40 Billie Holiday Carelessly 1937 US Billboard 1 - 1937 (12 weeks), nuTsie 86 of 1930s
41 Tommy Dorsey The Lady is a Tramp 1937 US BB 5 of 1937, POP 5 of 1937, US Billboard 15 - 1937 (2 weeks)
42 Bing Crosby & Jimmy Dorsey Never in a Million Years 1937 US Billboard 2 - 1937 (12 weeks), Europe 53 of the 1930s (1937)
43 Slim & Slam The Flat Foot Floogie 1937 US Billboard 2 - 1938 (17 weeks), nuTsie 87 of 1930s, Song of 1937
44 Judy Garland (Dear Mr Gable) You Made Me Love You 1937 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1937), RYM 10 of 1937
45 Duke Ellington Crescendo in Blue 1937 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1956), RYM 14 of 1937
46 Claude Thornhill & his Orchestra Harbour Lights 1937 POP 2 of 1937, US Billboard 7 - 1937 (8 weeks)
47 Frances Langford Once in a While 1937 Peel list 2 of 1937
48 Silvio Caldas Chao de Estrelas 1937 Brazil 2 of 1937
49 Bing Crosby Blue Hawaii 1937 US Billboard 5 - 1937 (13 weeks), Brazil 74 of 1937
50 Eddy Duchin Moonlight & Shadows 1937 US Billboard 5 - 1937 (5 weeks), Brazil 93 of 1937
51 Gus Arnheim & his Orchestra So Rare 1937 US Billboard 2 - 1937 (8 weeks), Jazz Standard 946
52 Henry Busse & his Orchestra With Plenty of Money & You 1937 US Billboard 1 - 1937 (9 weeks)
53 Teddy Wilson (and his Orchestra) You Can't Stop Me from Dreaming 1937 US Billboard 1 - 1937 (7 weeks)
54 Horace Heidt Gone With the Wind 1937 US Billboard 1 - 1937 (9 weeks)
55 Tommy Dorsey Big Apple 1937 US Billboard 1 - 1937 (7 weeks)
56 Ray Noble I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm 1937 US Billboard 3 - 1937 (9 weeks), POP 6 of 1937
57 Fats Waller Smarty 1937 US Billboard 1 - 1937 (8 weeks)
58 Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers Let's Call the Whole Thing Off 1937 US Billboard 5 - 1937 (9 weeks), AFI 34, RYM 12 of 1937
59 Dircinha Batista Periquitinho Verde 1937 Brazil 3 of 1937
60 Duke Ellington Azure 1937 US Billboard 13 - 1937 (4 weeks), Jazz Standard 629, RYM 6 of 1937

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3 Sep 2013

top song of 1937- Wilma thompson


24 Mar 2013

# 48 & 59

These two songs were performed by Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers in the movie "Shall We Dance" but the studio recordings were solos by Fred just as # 3 which was also from that movie.

Strictly speaking you are correct. However the goal of this list is to consolidate information from various charts, so we want to credit the songs to do that. That is why the film and studio versions have both been assigned to the same artists. Our judgement was that for "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" and "Shall We Dance" the film version was more famous, so we assigned that to both, but for "They Can't Take That Away From Me" the studio version had more impact, so we assined that to Fred Astaire.

We realise this is not a perfact solution, but we feel it is good enough to give readers the best feel for the year's top songs, and to allow those who are interested to explore the detail.


14 Jan 2013

@13 & 59

These two are the same recording. It was issued as Victor 25461. I have found no record of Ella making a recording od this independent from the one she made with Goodman.

We are sure you're correct, the data has been fixed. Thanks for the info.


18 Jun 2012

Denny Farrell , I think your site is wonderful

I have been doing a radio show that covers all the great music of the 20's 30's and 40's for over 40 years now. We have listeners from the early teens up to 100 who tune in every week. Music was a big part of everyones life long before 1940. It did matter.

Big Band Hall of Fame Inductee, Denny Farrell


22 Feb 2012

i wish i'd never seen the sunshine ......who wrote it ????? ronnetts/darlene love + early to mid 1960's +phil spector / have a cd/ I WISH I NEVER SAW THE SUN SHINE did not know it was befoe that......+


28 Sep 2011

# 20 This Year's Kisses

This recording is by Benny Goodman with Margaret McCrae doing the vocal.

Songs from the 1930s are often assigned to different combinations of band leader, vocalist and band. We've tried to ensure consistency in our listing even where that conflicts with strict accuracy for a particular market.

In this case we figure it is more valuable to connect the European success with that in the US rather than list the exact name on the US record label.


2 Aug 2011

Goodnight My Love

I'm not as sure on this one, but I think #54 Ella Fitgerald - Goodnight My Love and #16 Benny Goodman - Goodnight My Love may be the same since Ella sang vocal on the Benny Goodman version in 1937.


2 Aug 2011

This Year's Kisses

Thanks for the great work and all the research on this project!

I think that #43 Benny Goodman - This Year's Kisses and #46 Margaret McCrae are the same song. Margaret sang the vocal on the Benny Goodman version in 1937.

We're pretty sure you are right. We've changed the data, thanks for the correction (fix, whatever)


30 Dec 2010

Love it! :)


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