1939 in music

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This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1939.

Events[edit]

Publications[edit]

Albums released[edit]

Biggest hit songs[edit]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the limited set of charts available for 1939.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Judy Garland Over the Rainbow 1939 United States US BB 1 of 1939, Oscar in 1939, AFI 1, RYM 1 of 1939, POP 1 of 1939, RIAA 1, Scrobulate 71 of vocal, Acclaimed 497
2 Glenn Miller Moonlight Serenade 1939 United States US BB 5 of 1939, RYM 5 of 1939, POP 5 of 1939, UK 12 - Mar 1954, Europe 12 of the 1930s, Scrobulate 53 of jazz, Italy 74 of 1954, Party 74 of 1999, Acclaimed 1202
3 Kate Smith God Bless America 1939 United States US BB 2 of 1939, POP 2 of 1939, US 1940s 5 - Aug 1940, Europe 18 of the 1930s, RIAA 19, RYM 33 of 1939, Acclaimed 568
4 Billie Holiday Strange Fruit 1939 United States RYM 2 of 1939, Scrobulate 25 of jazz, Europe 92 of the 1930s, Acclaimed 180, RIAA 273, WXPN 717
5 Louis Armstrong When the Saints Go Marching In 1939 United States US BB 4 of 1939, POP 4 of 1939, RIAA 13, RYM 18 of 1939, Scrobulate 33 of swing

Top hits on record[edit]

Top blues records[edit]

Published popular music[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Opera[edit]

Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Poster for The Wizard of Oz

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

References[edit]