List of Your Hit Parade number-one singles of the 1930s

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This article is about the US number-one songs chart held during the 1930s.

Your Hit Parade was an American radio and television music program that was broadcast from 1935 to 1953 on radio, and seen from 1950 to 1959 on television. In 1935, they began publishing the earliest weekly music chart, preceding the Billboard number-one singles chart, which was updated weekly by the Billboard magazine, since July 27, 1940 and until the Billboard Hot 100 chart was established in 1958.

Before the Billboard era, the Your Hit Parade chart was established in April 1935, which operated under a proprietary formula to determine the sales rankings of 78 rpm singles. This listing runs from the beginning of Your Hit Parade, April 20, 1935, until July 20, 1940, the week before Billboard would publish its first chart.

Number ones[edit]

Contents
1935 • 1936 • 1937 • 1938 • 1939 • 1940 • 1940s →
Guy Lombardo replaced himself at the number-one slot seven times total, with a record five consecutive in 1937.
Reached
number one
Artist(s) Single Record label Weeks at
number one
Ref
1935
April 20,
1935
Bing Crosby "Soon"
Decca
1
[1]
April 27,
1935
Eddie Duchin "Lovely to Look At"
Victor
1
[1]
May 4,
1935
The Dorsey Brothers "Lullaby of Broadway"
2
[1]
May 18,
1935
Guy Lombardo "What's the Reason (I'm Not Pleasin' You)"
Decca
2
[1]
June 1,
1935
Ruth Etting "Life is a Song"
Columbia
2
[1]
June 15,
1935
Bob Crosby "In a Little Gypsy Tea Room"
Decca
1
[1]
June 22,
1935
The Dorsey Brothers "Chasing Shadows"
3
[1]
July 13,
1935
Bob Crosby "In a Little Gypsy Tea Room"
1
[1]
July 20,
1935
The Dorsey Brothers "Chasing Shadows"
1
[1]
July 27,
1935
Hal Kemp "In the Middle of A Kiss"
Brunswick
1
[1]
August 3,
1935
The Dorsey Brothers "Chasing Shadows"
Decca
1
[1]
August 10,
1935
Ray Noble "Paris in the Spring"
Victor
1
[1]
August 17,
1935
Ozzie Nelson "And Then Some"
Brunswick
1
[1]
August 24,
1935
Tom Coakley "East of the Sun (and West of the Moon)"
Victor
1
[1]
August 31,
1935
Eddie Duchin "You're All I Need"
1
[1]
September 7,
1935
Tom Coakley "East of the Sun (and West of the Moon)"
2
[1]
September 21,
1935
Little Jack Little "I'm in the Mood for Love"
Columbia
1
[1]
September 28,
1935
Fred Astaire "Cheek to Cheek"
Brunswick
5
[1]
November 2,
1935
Eddie Duchin "You Are My Lucky Star"
Victor
3
[1]
November 23,
1935
Guy Lombardo "Red Sails in the Sunset"
Decca
4
[1]
December 21,
1935
Tommy Dorsey "On Treasure Island"
1
[1]
December 28,
1935
Fats Waller "A Little Bit Independent"
Victor
2
[1]
1936
January 11,
1936
Tommy Dorsey "The Music Goes Round and Round"
Victor
3
[1]
February 1,
1936
Eddie Duchin "Moon Over Miami"
1
[1]
February 8,
1936
Tommy Dorsey "Alone"
4
[1]
March 7,
1936
Eddie Duchin "Lights Out"
1
[1]
March 14,
1936
Tommy Dorsey "Alone"
1
[1]
March 21,
1936
Eddie Duchin "Lights Out"
1
[1]
March 28,
1936
Benny Goodman "Goody Goody"
4
[1]
April 25,
1936
Guy Lombardo "Lost"
1
[1]
May 16,
1936
Jan Garber "Melody From The Sky"
Decca
1
[1]
May 30,
1936
Guy Lombardo "Lost"
Victor
1
[1]
June 6,
1936
Jimmy Dorsey "Is It True What They Say About Dixie?"
Decca
4
[1]
July 4,
1936
Benny Goodman "The Glory of Love"
Victor
1
[1]
July 11,
1936
Jimmy Dorsey "Is It True What They Say About Dixie?"
Decca
1
[1]
July 18,
1936
Eddy Duchin "Take My Heart"
Victor
2
[1]
August 1,
1936
Benny Goodman "These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)"
2
[1]
August 15,
1936
Hal Kemp "When I'm With You"
Brunswick
2
[1]
August 29,
1936
Shep Fields "Did I Remember"
Bluebird
6
[1]
October 10,
1936
Guy Lombardo "When Did You Leave Heaven"
Victor
2
[1]
October 24,
1936
Fred Astaire "The Way You Look Tonight"
Brunswick
6
[1]
December 5,
1936
Eddie Duchin "I'll Sing You A Thousand Love Songs"
Victor
1
[1]
December 12,
1936
Shep Fields "In the Chapel in the Moonlight"
Bluebird
1
[1]
December 19,
1936
Bing Crosby "Pennies from Heaven"
Decca
1
[1]
December 26,
1936
Shep Fields "In the Chapel in the Moonlight"
Bluebird
1
[1]
1937
January 9,
1937
Bing Crosby "Pennies from Heaven"
Decca
1
[1]
January 16,
1937
Eddie Duchin "It's De-Lovely"
Victor
1
[1]
January 23,
1937
Bing Crosby "Pennies from Heaven"
Decca
2
[1]
February 13,
1937
Benny Goodman "Goodnight My Love"
Victor
1
[1]
February 20,
1937
Henry Busse "With Plenty of Money and You"
Decca
1
[1]
February 27,
1937
Benny Goodman "Goodnight My Love"
Victor
2
[1]
March 13,
1937
Guy Lombardo "When My Dream Boat Comes Home"
1
[1]
March 20,
1937
Benny Goodman "This Year's Kisses"
2
[1]
April 3,
1937
Guy Lombardo "Boo-Hoo"
6
[1]
May 15,
1937
"September in the Rain"
1
[1]
May 22,
1937
Teddy Wilson and Billy Holiday "Carelessly"
Brunswick
2
[1]
June 5,
1937
Guy Lombardo "September in the Rain"
Victor
4
[1]
July 3,
1937
"It Looks Like Rain in Cherry Blossom Lane"
5
[1]
August 7,
1937
"A Sailboat in the Moonlight"
1
[1]
August 14,
1937
"It Looks Like Rain in Cherry Blossom Lane"
1
[1]
August 21,
1937
"A Sailboat in the Moonlight"
2
[1]
September 4,
1937
Bob Crosby "Whispers in the Dark"
Decca
1
[1]
September 11,
1937
Guy Lombardo "So Rare"
Victor
1
[1]
September 18,
1937
Bob Crosby "Whispers in the Dark"
Decca
3
[1]
October 9,
1937
Shep Fields "That Old Feeling"
Bluebird
4
[1]
November 6,
1937
Bing Crosby "Remember Me?"
Decca
1
[1]
November 13,
1937
Teddy Wilson "You Can't Stop Me From Dreaming"
Brunswick
1
[1]
November 20,
1937
Rudy Vallee "Vieni,
Vieni"
Bluebird
1
[1]
November 27,
1937
Tommy Dorsey "Once in a While"
Victor
8
[1]
1938
January 15,
1938
Sing and Sway with Sammy Kaye "Rosalie"
Vocalion
1
[1]
January 22,
1938
The Andrews Sisters "Bei Mir Bist Du Schön"
Decca
1
[1]
January 29,
1938
Dolly Dawn "You're a Sweetheart"
Vocalion
1
[1]
February 5,
1938
Sing and Sway with Sammy Kaye "Rosalie"
1
[1]
February 12,
1938
The Andrews Sisters "Bei Mir Bist Du Schön"
Decca
1
[1]
February 19,
1938
Dolly Dawn "You're a Sweetheart"
Vocalion
1
[1]
February 26,
1938
Russ Morgan "I Double Dare You"
Brunswick
1
[1]
March 5,
1938
Shep Fields "Thanks for the Memory"
Bluebird
3
[1]
March 26,
1938
Horace Heidt "Ti-Pin-Pin"
Brunswick
6
[1]
May 7,
1938
Red Norvo "Please Be Kind"
1
[1]
May 14,
1938
Sing and Sway with Sammy Kaye "Love Walked In"
Vocalion
4
[1]
June 11,
1938
Larry Clinton "Cry, Baby, Cry"
Victor
2
[1]
June 18,
1938
Red Norvo "Says My Heart"
Brunswick
4
[1]
July 16,
1938
Tommy Dorsey "Music, Maestro, Please"
Victor
2
[1]
July 30,
1938
Duke Ellington "I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart"
Brunswick
1
[1]
August 6,
1938
Tommy Dorsey "Music, Maestro, Please"
Victor
2
[1]
August 20,
1938
Chick Webb and Ella Fitzgerald "A-Tisket, A-Tasket"
Decca
6
[1]
October 1,
1938
Bing Crosby "I've Got a Pocketful of Dreams"
2
[1]
October 15,
1938
Fred Astaire "Change Partners"
Brunswick
1
[1]
October 22,
1938
Bing Crosby "I've Got a Pocketful of Dreams"
Decca
2
[1]
November 5,
1938
Fred Astaire "Change Partners"
Brunswick
1
[1]
November 12,
1938
Larry Clinton "My Reverie"
Victor
7
[1]
December 31,
1938
Bing Crosby "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby"
Decca
1
[1]
1939
January 7,
1939
Larry Clinton "My Reverie"
Victor
1
[1]
January 14,
1939
Bing Crosby "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby"
Decca
1
[1]
January 21,
1939
Al Donahue "Jeepers Creepers"
Vocalion
1
[1]
January 28,
1939
Bing Crosby "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby"
Decca
1
[1]
February 4,
1939
Al Donahue "Jeepers Creepers"
Vocalion
4
[1]
March 4,
1939
Larry Clinton "Deep Purple"
Victor
7
[1]
April 22,
1939
Glen Gray "Heaven Can Wait"
Decca
2
[1]
May 6,
1939
Tommy Dorsey "Our Love"
Victor
2
[1]
May 20,
1939
Benny Goodman "And the Angels Sing"
4
[1]
June 17,
1939
Glenn Miller "Wishing (Will Make It So)"
Bluebird
4
[1]
July 15,
1939
"Stairway to the Stars"
4
[1]
August 12,
1939
"Moon Love"
4
[1]
September 9,
1939
"Over the Rainbow"
6
[1]
October 21,
1939
Bob Crosby "Day In, Day Out"
Decca
1
[1]
October 28,
1939
Glenn Miller "Over the Rainbow"
Bluebird
1
[1]
November 4,
1939
"Blue Orchids"
1
[1]
November 11,
1939
Shep Fields "South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)"
3
[1]
December 2,
1939
Frankie Masters "Scatter-Brain"
Vocalion
1
[1]
December 9,
1939
Shep Fields "South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)"
Bluebird
1
[1]
December 16,
1939
Frankie Masters "Scatter-Brain"
Vocalion
1
[1]
December 23,
1939
Shep Fields "South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)"
Bluebird
1
[1]
December 30,
1939
Frankie Masters "Scatter-Brain"
Vocalion
4
[1]
1940
January 27,
1940
Tommy Dorsey "All the Things You Are"
Victor
1
[1]
February 3,
1940
Glenn Miller "Careless"
Bluebird
1
[1]
February 10,
1940
Tommy Dorsey "All the Things You Are"
Victor
1
[1]
February 17,
1940
Glenn Miller "Careless"
Bluebird
1
[1]
February 24,
1940
Tommy Dorsey "Indian Summer"
Victor
1
[1]
March 2,
1940
Glenn Miller "Careless"
Bluebird
2
[1]
March 16,
1940
Benny Goodman "Darn That Dream"
Columbia
1
[1]
March 23,
1940
Glenn Miller "Careless"
Bluebird
1
[1]
March 30,
1940
"When You Wish Upon a Star"
5
[1]
May 4,
1940
"The Woodpecker Song"
7
[1]
June 22,
1940
"Imagination"
1
[1]
June 29,
1940
Mitchell Ayres "Make Believe Island"
1
[1]
July 6,
1940
Glenn Miller "Imagination"
2
[1]
July 20,
1940
"Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)"
1
[1]

Statistics by decade[edit]

By artist[edit]

The following artists achieved five or more number-one hits during the period 1935–1940. A number of artists had number-one singles on their own as well as part of a collaboration.

Artist Number-one hits
Glenn Miller 10
Guy Lombardo
Tommy Dorsey
Eddie Duchin 8
Benny Goodman 7
Shep Fields 5
Bing Crosby

† Includes 2 number-one hits co-leading The Dorsey Brothers

Artists by total number of weeks at number-one[edit]

The following artists were featured in top of the chart for the highest total number of weeks during 1935–1940.

Artist Weeks at number-one
Glenn Miller 45
Guy Lombardo 33
Tommy Dorsey
32†
Shep Fields 20
Benny Goodman 17
Larry Clinton
Bing Crosby 13
Fred Astaire

† Includes 2 number-one hits co-leading The Dorsey Brothers

Songs by total number of weeks at number-one[edit]

The following songs were featured in top of the chart for the highest total number of weeks during 1935–1940.

Weeks at
number one
Song Artist(s)
8 "Once in a While" Tommy Dorsey
7 "My Reverie" Larry Clinton
"Deep Purple"
"The Woodpecker Song" Glenn Miller
6 "Did I Remember" Shep Fields
"The Way You Look Tonight" Fred Astaire
"Boo-Hoo" Guy Lombardo
"Ti-Pin-Pin" Horace Heidt
"A-Tisket, A-Tasket" Chick Webb and Ella Fitzgerald
"Over the Rainbow" Glenn Miller
"Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)"
5 "Cheek to Cheek" Fred Astaire
"It Looks Like Rain in Cherry Blossom Lane" Guy Lombardo
"When You Wish Upon a Star" Glenn Miller

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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