Cheek to Cheek

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
"Cheek to Cheek"
Published1935 by Irving Berlin, Inc.
Songwriter(s)Irving Berlin

"Cheek to Cheek" is a song written by Irving Berlin in 1935,[1] for the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers movie Top Hat (1935).[2] In the movie, Astaire sings the song to Rogers as they dance. The song was nominated for the Best Song Oscar for 1936, which it lost to "Lullaby of Broadway".[3] The song spent five weeks at #1 on Your Hit Parade and was named the #1 song of 1935.[2] Astaire's 1935 recording with the Leo Reisman Orchestra was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000.[4] In 2004, Astaire's version finished at No. 15 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.

Recorded versions[edit]

Popular culture[edit]

  • A sequence from Top Hatwith Fred Astaire singing the song while dancing is shown on an outdoor moviescreen in the Oscar-winning 1996 film The English Patient.
  • It was also heard in the 1999 film The Green Mile
  • The song was heard in the 2017 animated film The Boss Baby.
  • A rendition was also heard at the work Christmas party in the 2020 film Godmothered.


  1. ^ Irving Berlin Collection description from the Library of Congress's online Performing Arts Encyclopedia; retrieved 2012-03-07.
  2. ^ a b c "Cheek to Cheek" by Fred Astaire, 1935 Archived 2014-10-12 at the Wayback Machine; from the University of Virginia's American Studies website, subsection "Manufacturing Memory Archived 2014-10-14 at the Wayback Machine: 1935-1939"; retrieved 2012-03-07.
  3. ^ The 8th Academy Awards (1936) Nominees and Winners, from the website of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science (; retrieved 2012-03-07.
  4. ^ Grammy Hall of Fame page from; retrieved 2012-04-07.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 484. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.

External links[edit]