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.
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10 Dec 2020
39 Tommy Dorsey+
Hey guys, i m making a big playlist, thank you for all the good work. HIT 39it s not tommy dorsey but thomas a. dorsey. sadly though so far i cant seem to find a good audio on the internet. now u giving me a headache cause i m gonna have to go through the few hits i have to make sure they belong to the right dorsey. lots of bioux
10 Aug 2015
Chick Web - I Got Ants In My Pants - correct: I Can't Dance (I Got Ants in My Pants)
You need to read the FAQ about song titles.
5 Jul 2015
Benny Goodman - Moonglow
I would suggest that you list it the same way you have listed Enrico Caruso'stwo recordings of Vesti La Giubba of 1905 and 1907 - two separate listings.
The entries have been split. Thanks
30 Jun 2015
You've left out Russ Columbo, who along with Bing, was the greatest crooner ofthe early 30's. Only his tragic death in September of that year precluded a star that would have paralleled Bing's career.
However unfairly we only list acts with lots of hits.
Even then we have four of his 11 hits listed on the site
15 Aug 2014
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)
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
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
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!