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.
Previous Comments (newest first)
2 Sep 2019
January 15th, 1937, America
I don't care what position on the charts, or which chart you use (As long asit's a real chart list, not RYM or DDD) Just has to be started charting on or Near-before that day. +Great site you got here, It's helped me with some Documentaries I have done.+
Have a look at the 1937 year chart. Any of the top 20 there would fit your criteria. The listing of which charts should give you enough info to select. For example, Count Basie's "One O'Clock Jump" would be a valid candidate except you may reject it because it relies on recent assessments (such as the "Grammy Hall of Fame" and "Library of Congress" listings). Of course you may see those as supporting it.
13 Nov 2017
Number ones decmeber 1937
What was number one on second December 1937
2 Sep 2017
What was the No.1 record on 8th September 1947
Bing Crosby "Anniversary Song" was number one in Australia for the whole of Sept 1947 (read the FAQ)
1 Aug 2017
What was number one 10 th October 1937
18 Feb 2017
song on the day
what was the number one song on 5th march 1937
9 Feb 2017
#46 - W H Stepp - Bonaparte's Retreat
This was selected for Library Of Congress (National Recording Registry) in 2015.
7 Aug 2015
Wonder which of these was "top of the chart" today in 1937?
19 Apr 2015
1st September 1937
Ron O'Neal, Al Geiberger and Allen Jones?
26 Feb 2015
What was the number 1 song on feb9 1937
2 Aug 2014
1937 & 1939
What was the popular song for Nov. 1937 & Feb. 1939. +Thank you, +Nola
That is an impossible question to answer. See the "Number Ones" listing to see why
10 Jun 2014
I'm not sure #45 (Crescendo in Blue) should make this 1937 list. There is a1956 recording titled "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue " that was awarded a Grammy Hall of Fame as well as being on the "Acclaimed" list. Perhaps this recording should be moved to 1956?
We don't set the year, that is calculated from the data. In this case the RYM entry for 1937 seems questionable, so we've fixed the Grammy Hall of Fame and "Acclaimed" data. The song should therefore move to 1956
Thanks for the suggestion
14 Apr 2014
Lyrics for "Let's Merry-Go-Round"
I was only a child when I heard this song and always referred to it as "Let's Merry-Go-Round". Some of the lyrics as I remember them are, Let's merry-go-round on the merry-go merry-go round, you you by my side while the merry-go merry-goes round. I haven't a thing but you'll know that we're honeymoon bugs, when I give you the ring that I went on the merry-go merry-go round ......
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