The Number One Hits of 1931
|Dec 30, 1930 – Jan 16, 1931
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
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
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
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
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 was a saxophonist and bandleader; “Star Dust” (later “Stardust”) is a popular jazz standard composed by Hoagy Carmichael.
|Apr 25, 1931 – May 15, 1931
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
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
(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
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
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
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
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
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
Good Night, Sweetheart
Guy Lombardo’s rendition of the romantic ballad showcases the smooth sound of his orchestra.
|Dec 19, 1931 – Jan 15, 1932
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:
Charts based on Billboard music charts.