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The 30s

The great depression ended in 1939, after 10 years of unemployment, and Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall opened during this decade. “Swing” music, a form of jazz music with dominant instrumentals, which developed in the early 1930s, gained popularity. Big bands such as Benny Goodman and Count Basie had couples swing dancing to their lively tunes. These big bands were popular throughout the 30s and Jazz composer Duke Ellington wrote the popular song; "It Don't Mean a Thing, If It Ain't Got That Swing."  

Do you remember your favorite songs of the 1930s? Here are some of the most popular songs from that decade, in alphabetical order.

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Popular Songs of the 1930s

A Tisket, A Tasket - Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb's Orchestra
Alexander's Ragtime Band - Bing Crosby & Connee Boswell / Boswell Sisters
All Of Me - Louis Armstrong / Paul Whiteman (Mildred Bailey)
All Or Nothing At All - Frank Sinatra with Harry James
And The Angels Sing - Benny Goodman (Martha Tilton)
At The Woodchoppers Ball - Woody Herman
Back In The Saddle Again - Gene Autry
Beer Barrel Polka - Will Glahe / Andrews Sisters
Begin The Beguine - Artie Shaw
Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen - Andrews Sisters
Blue Moon - Glen Gray / Benny Goodman
Blue Yodel #9 (Standing On The Corner) - Jimmie Rodgers & Louis Armstrong
Body And Soul - Coleman Hawkins / Paul Whiteman / Libby Holman
Boogie Woogie - Tommy Dorsey
Brother, Can You Spare A Dime? - Bing Crosby / Rudy Vallee
Can The Circle Be Unbroken (Bye And Bye) - Carter Family
Caravan - Duke Ellington
Carelessly - Teddy Wilson featuring Billie Holiday
Cheek To Cheek - Fred Astaire / Eddy Duchin / Guy Lombardo
Cherokee - Charlie Barnet
Cocktails For Two - Duke Ellington
Crossroads Blues - Robert Johnson
Deep Purple - Larry Clinton (Bea Wain) / Jimmy Dorsey
Did You Ever See A Dream Walking - Eddy Duchin / Guy Lombardo / Bing Crosby
Don't Be That Way - Benny Goodman
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Flat Foot Floogee - Slim & Slam / Louis Armstrong & The Mills Brothers
Forty-Second Street - Don Bestor / Hal Kemp
God Bless America - Kate Smith
Goodnight, Sweetheart - Wayne King / Guy Lombardo / Bing Crosby
Goody-Goody - Benny Goodman / Bob Crosby / Freddy Martin
Happy Days Are Here Again - Ben Selvin / Benny Meroff / Leo Reisman
Heart And Soul - Larry Clinton
Heartaches - Ted Weems
(Hep-Hep!) The Jumpin' Jive - Cab Calloway
He's Got The Whole World In His Hands - Marian Anderson
Honeysuckle Rose - Fats Waller / Red Norvo
I Can't Get Started - Bunny Berigan
I Got Rhythm - Red Nichols / Ethel Waters / Louis Armstrong
If I Didn't Care - Ink Spots
I'm Getting Sentimental Over You - Tommy Dorsey
I'm In The Mood For Love - Louis Armstrong / Little Jack Little
In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town - Ted Lewis / Ted Black
In The Mood - Glenn Miller
Indian Love Call - Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy
Inka Dinka Doo - Jimmy Durante
It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) - Duke Ellington (Ivie Anderson) / Mills Brothers
It's A Sin To Tell A Lie - Fats Waller
I've Got A Pocketful Of Dreams - Bing Crosby / Russ Morgan
I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm - Ray Noble (Howard Phillips) / Billie Holiday / Red Norvo (Mildred Bailey)
Jumpin' At The Woodside - Count Basie
Just A Gigolo - Ted Lewis / Ben Bernie / Bing Crosby
King Porter (Stomp) - Benny Goodman
Let's Fall In Love - Eddy Duchin
Little Brown Jug - Glenn Miller
Lullabye Of Broadway - Dorsey Brothers (Bob Crosby)
Marie - Tommy Dorsey (Jack Leonard)
Minnie The Moocher - Cab Calloway
Mood Indigo - Duke Ellington
Moon Glow - Benny Goodman / Duke Ellington
Moonlight Serenade - Glenn Miller
My Prayer - Ink Spots / Glenn Miller
My Reverie - Larry Clinton / Bing Crosby
Night And Day - Fred Astaire & Leo Reisman / Eddy Duchin
Once In A While - Tommy Dorsey / Horace Heidt
One O'Clock Jump - Count Basie / Benny Goodman / Harry James
Organ Grinder's Swing - Jimmie Lunceford / Benny Goodman
Over The Rainbow - Judy Garland / Glenn Miller
Pennies From Heaven - Bing Crosby / Eddy Duchin / Teddy Wilson featuring Billie Holiday
Prisoner Of Love - Russ Columbo
Puttin' On The Ritz - Harry Richman With Earl Burtnett
Red Sails In The Sunset - Bing Crosby / Guy Lombardo / Mantovani
Roll 'Em Pete - Pete Johnson & Joe Turner
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Silent Night, Holy Night - Bing Crosby
Sing, Sing, Sing (With A Swing) - Benny Goodman
Sittin' On Top Of The World - Mississippi Sheiks
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - Paul Whiteman / Leo Reisman / Emil Coleman
Star Dust - Louis Armstrong / Benny Goodman / Tommy Dorsey
Stein Song (University Of Maine) - Rudy Vallee
Stompin' At The Savoy - Benny Goodman / Chick Webb
Stormy Weather - Ethel Waters / Leo Reisman (Harold Arlen)
Strange Fruit - Billie Holiday
Sugar Blues - Clyde McCoy
Summertime - Billie Holiday / Sidney Bechet
Sweet Leilani - Bing Crosby
Take My Hand, Precious Lord - Reverend Thomas A. Dorsey
Tea For Two - Art Tatum
Thanks For The Memory - Bob Hope & Shirley Ross / Shep Fields
The Glory Of Love - Benny Goodman
The Last Round-Up - George Olsen (Joe Morrison) / Guy Lombardo / Don Bestor / Gene Autry
The Object Of My Affection - Boswell Sisters / Jimmie Grier
The Peanut Vendor - Don Azpiazu / California Ramblers / Red Nichols
The Very Thought Of You - Ray Noble
The Way You Look Tonight - Fred Astaire / Guy Lombardo / Teddy Wilson featuring Billie Holiday
These Foolish Things - Benny Goodman / Teddy Wilson featuring Billie Holiday
Tiger Rag - Mills Brothers
Tumbling Tumbleweeds - Sons Of The Pioneers
Until The Real Thing Comes Along - Andy Kirk / Fats Waller
Wabash Cannon Ball - Roy Acuff
What A Little Moonlight Can Do - Teddy Wilson featuring Billie Holiday
You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby - Bing Crosby
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