1930 in music

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The following songs achieved the highest sales in 1930 on the major record labels in the United States (i.e. Victor, Brunswick and Columbia). Record sales continued at 1929 levels up until July 1930. In the autumn 1930 the Great Depression began in earnest for the majority of the public who finally began to feel the economic downturn. This caused record sales to plummet in August and they would remain low for the remainder of the year.

Month Artist Title Record Label Country Notes
January Helen Morgan Why Was I Born? and Don't Ever Leave Me Victor United States Helen Morgan sings her songs from the hit show Sweet Adeline.
January Dick Robertson (singer) Singin' in the Bathtub and Lady Luck Brunswick United States From the film The Show of Shows.
January Leo Reisman Orchestra Why Was I Born? and Here I Am Victor United States Written by Jerome Kern for the show Sweet Adeline.
January Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra Why Was I Born? and Here I Am Brunswick United States Written by Jerome Kern for the show Sweet Adeline.
January Nat Shilkret Orchestra Don't Ever Leave Me and Twas Not Long Ago Victor United States Written by Jerome Kern for the show Sweet Adeline.
January Paul Whiteman Orchestra Great Day and Without a Song Columbia United States From the Broadway show Great Day.
January Victor Arden and Phil Ohman Orchestra Why? and It's You I Love Victor United States From the 1929-30 Broadway musical Sons o' Guns.
January Rudy Vallee Orchestra A Little Kiss Each Morning and I'll Be Reminded of You Victor United States From the musical film starring Rudy Vallee: The Vagabond Lover.
January Meyer Davis and Earl Burtnett Orchestras My Fate Is In Your Hands and Look What You've Done to Me Brunswick United States
January Guy Lombardo Orchestra My Fate Is In Your Hands and A Little Kiss Each Morning Columbia United States Second song from the musical film: The Vagabond Lover.
February The Revelers Chant of the Jungle and Waiting at the End of the Road Victor United States From the musical films: Untamed and Hallelujah.
February Marion Harris Nobody's Using It Now and Funny, Dear, What Love Can Do Brunswick United States First song from the musical film: Playboy of Paris.
February Marion Harris Nobody's Sweetheart and My Fate Is in Your Hands Brunswick United States
February Leo Reisman Orchestra Shepherd's Serenade and Charming Victor United States From the musical film: Devil-May-Care.
February Leo Reisman Orchestra I'll See You Again and If Love Were All Victor United States From Noël Coward's musical comedy Bitter Sweet.
February Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra Don't Ever Leave Me and Twas Not Long Ago Victor United States Written by Jerome Kern for the show Sweet Adeline.
February Leo Reisman Orchestra You Do Something to Me and You've Got That Thing Victor United States Written by Cole Porter for the show Fifty Million Frenchmen.
February A. & P. Gypsies Orchestra South Sea Rose and Only The Girl Brunswick United States Orchestra conducted by Harry Horlick.
February Nat Shilkret Orchestra Rogue Song and When I'm Looking At You Victor United States From the musical film: The Rogue Song.
February Ben Bernie Orchestra Crying for the Carolines and Have a Little Faith in Me Brunswick United States From the musical film: Spring Is Here.
February Waring's Pennsylvanians Crying for the Carolines and Have a Little Faith in Me Victor United States From the musical film: Spring Is Here.
February Guy Lombardo Orchestra Crying for the Carolines and Have a Little Faith in Me Columbia United States From the musical film: Spring Is Here.
February Victor Arden and Phil Ohman Orchestra Should I? and A Bundle of Old Love Letters Victor United States From the musical film: Lord Byron of Broadway.
February Jesse Stafford Orchestra The Woman in the Shoe and A Bundle of Old Love Letters Brunswick United States From the musical film: Lord Byron of Broadway.
February Paul Specht Orchestra I'm Following You and I'm Sailing on a Sunbeam Columbia United States From the musical film: It's a Great Life.
February Rudy Vallee Orchestra Gypsy Dream Rose and Mary, I Love Y-O-U Victor United States
March Lawrence Tibbett The White Dove and When I'm Looking at You Victor United States Lawrence Tibbett sings his songs from the musical film: The Rogue Song; both songs accompanied orchestra directed Nathaniel (Nat) Shillkret .
March Lawrence Tibbett The Rogue Song and The Narrative Victor United States Lawrence Tibbett sings his songs from the musical film: The Rogue Song; both songs accompanied orchestra directed Nathaniel (Nat) Shilkret .
March Ruth Etting If He Cared and Crying for the Carolines Columbia United States From the musical films: Devil-May-Care and Spring Is Here.
March Paul Whiteman Song of India and Liebestraum Columbia United States Modern "up to date" versions of oldtime classics.
March Ipana Troubadours I Want to be Happy and Tea for Two Columbia United States From the musical film: No No Nanette.
March Victor Arden and Phil Ohman Orchestra Strike Up the Band and Soon Victor United States Composed by George Gershwin for the musical: Strike Up the Band.
March Leo Reisman Orchestra What Is This Thing Called Love? and She's Such a Comfort to Me Victor United States From the musical: Wake Up and Dream.
March Ben Selvin Orchestra Why? and Cross Your Fingers Columbia United States From the Broadway musical Sons o' Guns.
March George Olsen Orchestra T'aint No Sin and Can't You Understand? Victor United States First composed by Walter Donaldson.
April John McCormack A Pair of Blue Eyes and I Feel You Near Me Victor United States From the musical film Song o' My Heart.
April John McCormack The Rose of Tralee and Ireland, Mother Ireland Victor United States From the musical film Song o' My Heart; both songs accompanied orchestra directed Nathaniel (Nat Shilkret).
April Al Jolson To My Mammy and When the Little Red Roses Get the Blues for You Brunswick United States From the musical films Mammy and Hold Everything.
April Al Jolson Looking at You and Let Me Sing and I'm Happy Brunswick United States From the musical film Mammy.
April Brevities Male Quartet The Woman in the Shoe and Wrapped in a Red, Red Rose Brunswick United States From the musical films Lord Byron of Broadway and Blaze o' Glory.
April Chester Gaylord Under a Texas Moon and When I'm Looking at You Brunswick United States From the musical films Under a Texas Moon and The Rogue Song.
April Fannie Brice Cooking Breakfast for the One I Love and When a Woman Loves a Man Victor United States From the musical film Be Yourself!.
April Tom Gerun Orchestra Sing, You Sinners and In My Little Hope Chest Brunswick United States From the musical film Honey.
April Bernie Cummins Orchestra Everybody Tap and Lucky Little Devil Victor United States First song from the musical film Chasing Rainbows.
April Ben Bernie Orchestra Song of the Bayou and Black Eyes Victor United States First song won the Victor Company's $5,000 prize for best short jazz composition.
April Ben Bernie Orchestra Thank Your Father and Good for You, Bad for Me Victor United States From the Musical Comedy Flying High.
April Guy Lombardo Orchestra Lazy Lou'siana Moon and The Moon is Low Columbia United States Second song from the musical film Montana Moon.
April Ipana Troubadours Orchestra Kickin' a Hole in the Sky and Cooking Breakfast for the One I Love Columbia United States Second song from the musical film Be Yourself!.
May Ruth Etting Ten Cents a Dance and Funny, Dear, What Love Can Do Columbia United States
May The Rondoliers Lazy Lou'siana Moon and Should I? Columbia United States Second song from the musical film Lord Byron of Broadway.
May The High Hatters Send for Me and Ten Cents a Dance Victor United States Orchestra conducted by Leonard Joy. RCA Victor's best selling record for May 1930.
May George Olsen Orchestra It Happened in Monterey and Song of the Dawn Victor United States From the musical film The King of Jazz.
May Ben Bernie Orchestra To My Mammy and Looking at You Brunswick United States From the musical film Mammy.
May Waring's Pennsylvanians Thank Your Father and Good for You, Bad for Me Victor United States From the musical comedy Flying High.
June Ruth Etting Let Me Sing and I'm Happy and A Cottage for Sale Columbia United States First song from the musical film Mammy.
June Grace Hayes My Lover and I Like to Do Things for You Victor United States From the musical film The King of Jazz.
June Harry Richman Thank Your Father and Without Love[disambiguation needed] Brunswick United States From the musical Flying High.
June Wayne King Orchestra On a Blue and Moonless Night and Promises Victor United States RCA Victor's best selling record for June 1930.
June Paul Whiteman Orchestra You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me and Livin' in the Sunlight Columbia United States From the musical film The Big Pond.
June George Olsen Orchestra Montana Call and The Moon is Low Victor United States From the musical film Montana Moon.
June Abe Lyman Orchestra You Will Come Back to Me and Worryin' Over You Brunswick United States
June Ipana Troubadours Blue Is the Night and Whippoorwill Columbia United States Fist song from the musical film Their Own Desire.
June Leo Reisman Orchestra Happy Feet and I Like to Do Things for You Victor United States From the musical film The King of Jazz.
July The Revelers Sing, You Sinners and Across the Breakfast Table Looking at You Victor United States From the musical films Honey and Mammy.
July Grace Hayes On the Sunny Side of the Street and Exactly Like You Victor United States From Lew Leslie's International Revue.
July Ruth Etting On the Sunny Side of the Street and It Happened in Monterey Columbia United States From Lew Leslie's International Revue and the musical film The King Of Jazz.
July Harry Richman Ro-Ro-Rollin' Along and Dream Avenue Columbia United States The second song was composed by Harry Richman himself.
July Leo Reisman Orchestra Rollin' down the River and Mia Cara Victor United States RCA Victor's best selling record for July 1930. Second song from the musical film The Big Pond.
July Victor Arden and Phil Ohman Orchestra Ro-Ro-Rollin' Along and Kiss Me With Your Eyes Victor United States Second tune played by Nat Shilkret Orchestra.
July Fred Rich Orchestra For You and Dream Avenue Columbia United States
July Isham Jones Orchestra What's The Use? and The Song Without a Name Brunswick United States
July Lloyd Huntley and his Isle o' Blues Orchestra On a Blue and Moonless Night and Promises Brunswick United States
July Ben Selvin Orchestra Kiss Me With Your Eyes and You Darlin' Columbia United States
August Noah Beery One Little Drink and The Whip Brunswick United States From the musical films Song of the Flame and Golden Dawn.
August Ethel Waters You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me and My Kind of a Man Columbia United States From the musical films The Big Pond and Floradora Girl.
August Colonial Club Orchestra Out of Breath and I Am Only Human After All Brunswick United States From the Garrick Gaieties. Orchestra conducted by Bob Haring.
August Rudy Vallee Orchestra Old New England Moon and How Come You Do Me Like You Do? Victor United States
August Henry Thies Orchestra June Kisses and Under Vesuvian Skies Victor United States
August Leo Reisman Orchestra Around the Corner and Bye-Bye Blues Victor United States
September Richard Crooks L'Amour, Toujours, L'Amour and Serenade Victor United States From The Student Prince
September Bob Haring Orchestra All Through the Night and Swingin' in a Hammock Brunswick United States
September Bert Lown Orchestra Under the Sun It's Anyone Under the Moon It's You and Bye Bye Blues Brunswick United States
September Waring's Pennsylvanians Little White Lies and Gee, But I'd Like to Make You Happy Victor United States Second song from the musical film Good News
October Ruth Etting Don't Tell Her What's Happened to Me and The Kiss Waltz Columbia United States Second song from the musical film Dancing Sweeties.
October Guy Lombardo Orchestra Go Home and Tell Your Mother and I'm Doin' That Thing Victor United States From the musical film Love in the Rough
October Hilo Hawaiian Orchestra On a Little Street in Honolulu and All Through the Night Victor United States Orchestra conducted by Nat Shilkret. RCA Victor's best selling record for October 1930.
October Paul Whiteman Orchestra Nola and New Tiger Rag Columbia United States
October Tom Gerun Orchestra A Big Bouquet for You and If I Could Be with You Brunswick United States
October Ozzie Nelson Orchestra I Still Get a Thrill and Don't Mind Walking in the Rain Brunswick United States
November Libby Holman Body and Soul and Something to Remember You By Brunswick United States From the musical Three's a Crowd.
November Aileen Stanley Wasn't it Nice? and I'll Be Blue Just Thinking of You Victor United States
November Jacques Renard Orchestra Sing Something Simple and Lucky Seven Brunswick United States From the musical The Little Show.
November Victor Arden and Phil Ohman Orchestra Fine and Dandy and Can This Be Love? Victor United States From Joe Cook's musical show Fine and Dandy.
November Leo Reisman Orchestra Body and Soul and Something to Remember You By Victor United States From the Libby Holman musical Three's a Crowd.
November Nat Shilkret Orchestra Moonlight on the Colorado and Don't Tell Her What's Happened to Me Victor United States RCA Victor's best selling record for November 1930.
December The Revelers Sing Something Simple and Happy Feet Victor United States Second song from the musical film King of Jazz.
December Jack Hylton Orchestra Body and Soul and With a Song in My Heart Victor United Kingdom Second song from the musical film Spring Is Here. First from the Libby Holman musical Three's a Crowd.
December Victor Arden and Phil Ohman Orchestra Embraceable You and I Got Rhythm Victor United States From the George Gershwin musical Girl Crazy.
December Ipana Troubadours Can This Be Love? and Three Little Words Columbia United States Second song from the musical film Check and Double Check. First from the musical Fine and Dandy.
December Tom Gerun Orchestra What a Fool I've Been and After All, You're All I'm After Victor United States
December Nat Shilkret Orchestra Bolero and La Seduccion Brunswick United States RCA Victor's best selling record for December 1930.

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  1. ^ "Body and Soul". Jazz Standards.com. Retrieved 2011-08-20.