You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me

"You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me" is a 1932 popular song with music by Harry Warren and the lyrics by Al Dubin,[1] which became a standard.[2] The lyrics of the song were noted for its references to addiction.[3]

"You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me"
Composer(s)Harry Warren
Lyricist(s)Al Dubin

It appears in the Warner Brothers musical film 42nd Street for which Warren and Dubin wrote three songs together.[2] The song was inspired by one of the women working at the Warner Brothers studio, who when asked why she was still dating a certain man, said that he was getting to be a habit with her.[4] In the movie, it is sung by the leading lady Dorothy Brock, played by Bebe Daniels.[1]

The song was recorded by Guy Lombardo with Bing Crosby on vocals on January 12, 1933[5] and reached #1 in the charts.[6] Crosby also included the song in the short film Please (1933). Another hit recording of the song in 1933 was by Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians.[7]
The song was again performed by Doris Day in the musical Lullaby of Broadway in 1951.[8] Since then it has been performed by a large number of artists.

Recorded versionsEdit



Julie Stevens, a British actress, sings it in The Avengers television series. The episode, titled "The Decapod", first aired in 1962. She sings it in a lounge scene with a jazz combo accompanying her (piano, drums & upright bass).`

Uses in pop cultureEdit

In 1989, the song by Al Dubin was used in the Season One episode of the TV series Midnight Caller entitled "Blame it on Midnight".


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  8. ^ Tyler, Don (2007-04-02). Hit Songs, 1900-1955: American Popular Music of the Pre-Rock Era. McFarland. p. 193. ISBN 9780786429462.
  9. ^ O'Dwyer, Sean. "Jackie Paris - Discography". Retrieved 2016-04-07.