1931 songs

Posted Jan 12, 2012
Here are the songs of 1931. The good, the bad, the rock, the roll, the classical and the heavy. It's all about the music and it's all about what was around in 1931.
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  1. Morning Has Broken

    Morning Has Broken (1971)


    "Morning Has Broken" is a popular and well-known Christian hymn first published in 1931. It has words by English author Eleanor Farjeon and is set to a traditional Scottish Gaelic tune known as "Bunessan" (it shares this tune with the 19th century Christmas Carol "Child in the Manger"). It is often sung in children's services. English pop musician and folk singer Cat Stevens (known as Yusuf Islam since 1978 after becoming a Muslim in 1977) included a version on his 1971 album Teaser and the Firecat. The song became identified with Stevens when it reached number six on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the U.S. easy listening chart in 1972.

  2. Love Letters In The Sand

    Love Letters In The Sand (1957)


    "Love Letters in the Sand" is a popular song first published in 1931. The music was written by J. Fred Coots and the lyrics by Nick Kenny and Charles Kenny. The song was "inspired" by an 1881 composition, "The Spanish Cavalier" by William D. Hendrickson. Ted Black's orchestra had the first major hit.

  3. Heartaches

    Heartaches (1962)


    "Heartaches" is a popular song with music by Al Hoffman and lyrics by John Klenner. The song was published in 1931, was placed on all of the record labels of the time (Victor, Columbia, Brunswick and the many dime store labels), but it was not a particularly big hit at the time.

  4. As Time Goes By

    As Time Goes By (1978)


    "As Time Goes By" is a song written by Herman Hupfeld in 1931. It became most famous in 1942 when part of it was sung by the character Sam (Dooley Wilson) in the movie Casablanca. The song was voted No. 2 on the AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs special, commemorating the best songs in film. It has been used as a fanfare for Warner Bros. since 1999 and was the title and theme song of the 1990s British comedy series As Time Goes By.

  5. Prisoner Of Love

    Prisoner Of Love (1963)


    "Prisoner Of Love" is a 1931 popular song with music by Russ Columbo and Clarence Gaskill and lyrics by Leo Robin. The song was popularized by Columbo and later became a major hit for Billy Eckstine, Perry Como and The Ink Spots.

  6. I Surrender, Dear

    I Surrender, Dear (1954)


    "I Surrender Dear" is a song composed by Harry Barris with lyrics by Gordon Clifford. It was first performed by Bing Crosby and became his first solo hit. It has been covered by a large number of artists, making it a jazz and pop standard. The first jazz vocalist to record the song was Louis Armstrong in 1931.

  7. Dream A Little Dream Of Me

    Dream A Little Dream Of Me (1984)


    "Dream a Little Dream of Me" is a song, from c.1931, with music by Fabian Andre and Wilbur Schwandt and lyrics by Gus Kahn. It was first recorded in February 1931 by Ozzie Nelson and also by Wayne King and His Orchestra, with vocal by Ernie Birchill. A popular standard, more than 60 other versions have been recorded, but some of the highest chart ratings were in 1968 by Mama Cass Elliot with The Mamas & the Papas.

  8. Under The Bridges Of Paris

    Under The Bridges Of Paris (1953)


    "Under the Bridges of Paris" is a 1913 popular song with music written by Vincent Scotto, the original French lyrics (entitled "Sous les ponts de Paris") by Jean Rodor (1913), and English sections of lyrics added by Dorcas Cochran (1952) resulting in the released version (1954) containing both French and English sections.

  9. Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

    Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (1930)


    Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?, also sung as Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime?, is one of the best-known American songs of the Great Depression. Written in 1930 by lyricist E. Y. "Yip" Harburg and composer Jay Gorney, "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" was part of the 1932 musical Americana; the melody is based on a Russian-Jewish lullaby Gorney's mother had sung to him as a child. It was considered by Republicans to be anti-capitalist propaganda, and almost dropped from the show; attempts were made to ban it from the radio. The song became best known, however, through recordings by Bing Crosby, Al Jolson and Rudy Vallee. They were released right before Franklin Delano Roosevelt's election to the presidency and both became number one hits on the charts. The Brunswick Crosby recording became the best-selling record of its period, and came to be viewed as an anthem to the shattered dreams of the era.

  10. I Found A Million Dollar Baby

    I Found A Million Dollar Baby (1975)


    "I Found a Million Dollar Baby (in a Five and Ten Cent Store)" is a popular song.

  11. Dancing In The Dark

    Dancing In The Dark (1982)


    "Dancing in the Dark" is a popular song, with music by Arthur Schwartz and lyrics by Howard Dietz, that was first introduced by John Barker in the 1931 revue The Band Wagon. The song was first recorded by Bing Crosby in August 1931, staying on the pop charts for six weeks, peaking at #3, and helped make it a lasting standard. The 1941 recording by Artie Shaw and His Orchestra earned Shaw one of his eight gold records at the height of the Big Band era of the 1930s and 1940s.

  12. That's My Desire

    That's My Desire (1952)


    "That's My Desire" is a 1931 popular song with music by Helmy Kresa and lyrics by Carroll Loveday.

  13. Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries

    Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries (1956)


    "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries" is a popular song with music by Ray Henderson and lyrics by Lew Brown, published in 1931.

  14. All Of Me

    All Of Me (1978)


    "All of Me" is a popular song and jazz standard written by Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons in 1931.

  15. I've Got Five Dollars

    I've Got Five Dollars (1956)


    "I've Got Five Dollars" is a 1931 popular song composed by Richard Rodgers, with lyrics by Lorenz Hart for the musical America's Sweetheart (1931) where it was introduced by Harriette Lake (a/k/a/ Ann Sothern) and Jack Whiting.

  16. Who Cares? (George and Ira Gershwin song)

    Who Cares? (George and Ira Gershwin song) (1996)


    Who Cares or Who Cares? may refer to:

  17. It Don't Mean a Thing

    It Don't Mean a Thing


    "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" is a 1931 composition by Duke Ellington, with lyrics by Irving Mills, now accepted as a jazz standard, characterized by jazz historian Gunther Schuller as "now legendary", "a prophetic piece and a prophetic title."

  18. Minnie the Moocher

    Minnie the Moocher (1932)


    "Minnie the Moocher" is a jazz song first recorded in 1931 by Cab Calloway and His Orchestra, selling over a million copies. "Minnie the Moocher" is most famous for its nonsensical ad libbed ("scat") lyrics (for example, "Hi De Hi De Hi De Hi"). In performances, Calloway would have the audience participate by repeating each scat phrase in a form of call and response. Eventually Calloway's phrases would become so long and complex that the audience would laugh at their own failed attempts to repeat them.

  19. Burçak Tarlası

    Burçak Tarlası


    Burçak Tarlası (ilerally vetch field) is the arranged form of a Turkish folkloric tune (Türkü) and it is one of the pioneers in Turkish pop music. There are similar folkloric dance tunes known as Ka mi ispadnala moma Katerina in the Republic of Macedonia, and Στην Αγιά Μαρκέλλα in Greece. But Burçak Tarlası is based on a tragic real-life story.

  20. Guilty



    "Guilty" is a popular song published in 1931. The music was written by Richard A. Whiting and Harry Akst. The lyrics were written by Gus Kahn.

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