The Number One Hits of 1931

Dec 30, 1930 – Jan 16, 1931
Guy Lombardo
You’re Driving Me Crazy (What Did I Do?)
Guy was also a composer and created the New Year’s Eve tradition of playing “Auld Lang Syne.”
Jan 17, 1931 – Feb 13, 1931
Don Azpiazu
The Peanut Vendor
Don was a Cuban bandleader; the song, also known as “El Manisero,” is one of the most famous Cuban songs and helped popularize Cuban music in the U.S.
Feb 14, 1931 – Mar 20, 1931
Ted Lewis
Just A Gigolo
Ted was a jazz clarinetist and bandleader; the song tells the story of a male escort who has fallen on hard times.
Mar 21, 1931 – Apr 3, 1931
Guy Lombardo
By The River St. Marie
This song is a romantic ballad that evokes the beauty and charm of the St. Marie River.
Apr 4, 1931 – Apr 17, 1931
Cab Calloway
Minnie The Moocher
Cab was a jazz singer and bandleader; the song became his signature tune and is notable for its “hi-de-hi-de-ho” scat chorus.
Apr 18, 1931 – Apr 24, 1931
Isham Jones
Star Dust
Isham was a saxophonist and bandleader; “Star Dust” (later “Stardust”) is a popular jazz standard composed by Hoagy Carmichael.
Apr 25, 1931 – May 15, 1931
Wayne King
Dream a Little Dream Of Me
Wayne was known as the “Waltz King” for his popular waltzes; the song is a classic jazz standard with music by Fabian Andre and Wilbur Schwandt and lyrics by Gus Kahn.
May 16, 1931 – Jun 5, 1931
Bing Crosby
Out Of Nowhere
This song became one of Bing’s first big hits; it was composed by Johnny Green with lyrics by Edward Heyman.
Jun 6, 1931 – Jun 26, 1931
Guy Lombardo
(There Ought To Be A) Moonlight Saving Time
This song is a playful and romantic tune about adjusting the clocks to allow for more moonlit evenings.
Jun 27, 1931 – Jul 10, 1931
Bing Crosby
Just One More Time
This song, about a plea for one more chance at love, features music by Jimmy McHugh and lyrics by Dorothy Fields.
Jul 11, 1931 – Aug 7, 1931
Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians
I Found A Million Dollar Baby (In A Five And Ten Cent Store)
The song is a whimsical tale of finding true love in an unexpected place; music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Mort Dixon, and Billy Rose.
Aug 8, 1931 – Aug 21, 1931
Bing Crosby
At Your Command
The song has music by Harry Barris and lyrics by Bing Crosby and Harry Tobias, and it showcases Bing’s smooth vocal style.
Aug 22, 1931 – Oct 2, 1931
Gus Arnheim
Sweet And Lovely
Gus was a pianist and bandleader; the song is a popular jazz standard with music by Gus Arnheim, Harry Tobias, and Jules Lemare and lyrics by Charles N. Daniels.
Oct 3, 1931 – Oct 16, 1931
Kate Smith
When The Moon Comes Over The Mountain
Kate was a popular singer known as the “First Lady of Radio”; the song, co-written by Kate Smith, Howard Johnson, and Harry M. Woods, became her signature song.
Oct 17, 1931 – Dec 4, 1931
Wayne King
Good Night, Sweetheart
This song is a romantic ballad with music by Ray Noble and lyrics by Jimmy Campbell and Reg Connelly.
Dec 5, 1931 – Dec 18, 1931
Guy Lombardo
Good Night, Sweetheart
Guy Lombardo’s rendition of the romantic ballad showcases the smooth sound of his orchestra.
Dec 19, 1931 – Jan 15, 1932
Mills Brothers
Tiger Rag
The Mills Brothers were a vocal quartet known for their four-part harmonies and imitations of instruments; “Tiger Rag” is a lively jazz standard originally recorded by the Original Dixieland Jass Band in 1917.

The Biggest Pop Artists of 1931 include:
Louis Armstrong, Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra, Fred Astaire, Smith Ballew and His Orchestra, Ben Bernie and His Orchestra, Boswell Sisters, Cab Calloway, Maurice Chevalier, Russ Columbo, Bing Crosby, Duke Ellington, Ruth Etting, Glen Gray, Johnny Hamp, Hal Kemp, Wayne King, Ted Lewis and His Band, Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, Bert Lown, The Mills Brothers, Red Nichols and His Five Pennies, Leo Reisman, Ben Selvin, Kate Smith, Rudy Vallee and His Connecticut Yankees, Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians, Ethel Waters, Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra

Charts based on Billboard music charts.


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