Songs from the 1940s

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This page lists the top songs of the 1940s in the source charts. The way that the various charts are combined to reach this final list is described on the in the site generation page.

With a war on in Europe and the Pacific, and a musician's strike in the US, music was taking second place to other concerns. Radio made a few of the US "Big Bands", and the singers that fronted them popular all over the world. The top 40 acts of the 1940s were:

#1: Bing Crosby #2: Glenn Miller #3: Frank Sinatra #4: Jimmy Dorsey #5: Harry James
#6: Perry Como #7: Sammy Kaye #8: Dinah Shore #9: Vaughn Monroe #10: The Ink Spots
#11: The Andrews Sisters #12: Kay Kyser #13: Louis Jordan #14: Freddy Martin #15: Orlando Silva
#16: Benny Goodman #17: Dick Haymes #18: Tommy Dorsey & Frank Sinatra #19: Tommy Dorsey #20: Duke Ellington
#21: Francisco Alves #22: Nat King Cole #23: Guy Lombardo #24: Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters #25: Woody Herman
#26: Johnny Mercer #27: Nelson Goncalves #28: The Mills Brothers #29: Frankie Laine #30: Artie Shaw
#31: Peggy Lee #32: Gene Autry #33: Gilberto Alves #34: Joe Loss Orchestra #35: Billie Holiday
#36: Jo Stafford #37: Carlos Galhardo #38: Hank Williams #39: Sonny Boy Williamson #40: Russ Morgan
# Artist Song Title Year Chart Entries
1 Bing Crosby White Christmas 1942 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1946 (6 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Oct 1942 (47 weeks), US BB 1 of 1942, US 1 for 11 weeks - Oct 1942, Australia 1 for 5 months - Jun 1943, Oscar in 1942 (film 'Holiday Inn'), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1974 (1942), POP 1 of 1942, DMDB 1 (1942), nuTsie 1 of 1940s, DZE 1 of 1942, Music Imprint 1 of 1940s, Library of Congress artifact (1942), Europe 2 of the 1940s (1942), RIAA 2, Scrobulate 2 of christmas, UK 5 - Dec 1977 (20 weeks), AFI 5, Norway 6 - Dec 1959 (2 weeks), Brazil 54 of 1943, Switzerland 56 - Dec 2007 (2 weeks), US Radio 165 of 1961 (peak 20 1 week), Acclaimed 306 (1942), UK Silver (certified by BPI in Feb 1978), Visconti song of 1947, RYM 1 of 1942, Global 1 (50 M sold) - 1942, BBC Rich Song 2 (songwriter royalties $39.6M)
2 Glenn Miller In the Mood 1940 US Billboard 1 - Oct 1939 (30 weeks), Australia 1 for 5 months - Jan 1942, Europe 1 of the 1940s (1940), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1983 (1939), nuTsie 1 of 1930s, ASCAP song of 1940, Library of Congress artifact (1939), US BB 2 of 1940, POP 2 of 1940, Scrobulate 4 of swing, Music Imprint 4 of 1940s, Your Hit Parade 7 of 1940, RIAA 11, Brazil 12 of 1941, Holland 15 - Aug 1972 (7 weeks), Belgium 18 - Sep 1972 (2 weeks), DMDB 67 (1939), Acclaimed 477 (1939), RYM 4 of 1939, Song of 1938, Party 45 of 1999
3 Bing Crosby Swinging On a Star 1944 US Billboard 1 - May 1944 (28 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jun 1944 (20 weeks), US 1 for 9 weeks - Aug 1944, Australia 1 for 1 month - Apr 1945, Oscar in 1944 (film 'Going My Way'), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002 (1944), DZE 1 of 1944, ASCAP song of 1944, US BB 3 of 1944, POP 3 of 1944, Your Hit Parade 5 of 1944, nuTsie 6 of 1940s, Europe 14 of the 1940s (1944), AFI 37, Brazil 64 of 1945, Acclaimed 1619 (1944), RYM 44 of 1944
4 Vaughn Monroe Riders in the Sky 1949 US Billboard 1 - Apr 1949 (22 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Apr 1949 (20 weeks), US BB 1 of 1949, US 1 for 11 weeks - May 1949, Australia 1 for 5 weeks - Nov 1949, POP 1 of 1949, DZE 1 of 1949, DDD 6 of 1949, Your Hit Parade 12 of 1949, Brazil 12 of 1950, nuTsie 15 of 1940s, Music Imprint 20 of 1940s, Europe 33 of the 1940s (1949), RIAA 297, Acclaimed 1303 (1949)
5 The Mills Brothers Paper Doll 1943 US Billboard 1 - 1943 (36 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Aug 1943 (30 weeks), US 1 for 12 weeks - Nov 1943, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1943), DZE 2 of 1943, US BB 3 of 1943, Europe 3 of the 1940s (1943), POP 4 of 1943, nuTsie 10 of 1940s, Your Hit Parade 12 of 1943, Music Imprint 17 of 1940s, Brazil 58 of 1944, RIAA 272, Acclaimed 1486 (1943), RYM 42 of 1942, Global 7 (10 M sold) - 1943
6 Dinah Shore Buttons & Bows 1948 US Billboard 1 - Sep 1948 (25 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Oct 1948 (23 weeks), US 1 for 10 weeks - Nov 1948, Australia 1 for 12 weeks - Jan 1949, DZE 1 of 1948, US BB 3 of 1948, POP 3 of 1948, Your Hit Parade 5 of 1948, Brazil 27 of 1949, DDD 50 of 1948, nuTsie 57 of 1940s, Europe 91 of the 1940s (1948), RYM 102 of 1948
7 Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters Don't Fence Me In 1944 US Billboard 1 - Nov 1944 (21 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Nov 1944 (18 weeks), US 1 for 8 weeks - Dec 1944, Australia 1 for 3 months - Sep 1945, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1944), DZE 3 of 1944, US BB 4 of 1944, Europe 5 of the 1940s (1944), POP 9 of 1944, nuTsie 18 of 1940s, Your Hit Parade 22 of 1945, Brazil 55 of 1945, Acclaimed 1699 (1943), Song of 1944
8 Les Brown & Doris Day Sentimental Journey 1945 US Billboard 1 - Mar 1945 (28 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Apr 1945 (23 weeks), US BB 1 of 1945, US 1 for 9 weeks - May 1945, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1945), POP 1 of 1945, DZE 3 of 1945, nuTsie 12 of 1940s, Music Imprint 13 of 1940s, Your Hit Parade 23 of 1945, Europe 37 of the 1940s (1945), Brazil 44 of 1945, RIAA 77, Acclaimed 818 (1944), RYM 69 of 1945, Song of 1944
9 The Andrews Sisters Rum & Coca-Cola 1945 US Billboard 1 - Jan 1945 (20 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jan 1945 (16 weeks), US 1 for 7 weeks - Feb 1945, Australia 1 for 2 months - Feb 1946, DZE 1 of 1945, US BB 2 of 1945, POP 2 of 1945, Your Hit Parade 3 of 1945, Europe 6 of the 1940s (1944), Brazil 19 of 1945, nuTsie 51 of 1940s, RYM 3 of 1944
10 Al Dexter & his Troopers Pistol Packin' Mama 1943 US Billboard 1 - 1943 (34 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Aug 1943 (17 weeks), US 1 for 1 week - Oct 1943, US Country 1 for 3 weeks - Feb 1944, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000 (1943), DZE 3 of 1943, US BB 15 of 1943, POP 15 of 1943, Your Hit Parade 16 of 1943, nuTsie 44 of 1940s, Brazil 84 of 1944, Europe 86 of the 1940s (1943), Acclaimed 1658 (1943)
11 Dick Haymes You'll Never Know 1943 US Billboard 1 - 1943 (18 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jul 1943 (16 weeks), US 1 for 4 weeks - Jul 1943, Oscar in 1943 (film 'Hello, Frisco, Hello'), ASCAP song of 1943, Your Hit Parade 4 of 1943, DZE 4 of 1943, US BB 16 of 1943, POP 17 of 1943, Brazil 18 of 1944, nuTsie 45 of 1940s, Europe 60 of the 1940s (1943)
12 Nat King Cole Nature Boy 1948 US Billboard 1 - Apr 1948 (18 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Apr 1948 (15 weeks), US 1 for 7 weeks - May 1948, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1948), Your Hit Parade 2 of 1948, DDD 4 of 1948, DZE 4 of 1948, US BB 9 of 1948, Brazil 13 of 1948, POP 17 of 1948, nuTsie 21 of 1940s, Europe 90 of the 1940s (1948), Acclaimed 1793 (1947), Visconti song of 1948, RYM 9 of 1948
13 Gene Autry Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer 1949 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1949 (6 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Dec 1949 (13 weeks), US 1 for 1 week - Jan 1949, Radio Luxembourg sheet music 1 for 6 weeks - Nov 1950, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1985 (1949), ASCAP song of 1949, US CashBox 3 - Jan 1950 (7 weeks), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Nov 1969), Music Imprint 9 of 1940s, nuTsie 11 of 1940s, DMDB 22 (1949), DDD 29 of 1949, RIAA 31, Acclaimed 1051 (1949), RYM 4 of 1949, Global 33 (5 M sold) - 1949
14 Art Mooney I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover 1948 US Billboard 1 - Jan 1948 (18 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jan 1948 (16 weeks), US BB 1 of 1948, US 1 for 3 weeks - Feb 1948, Australia 1 for 1 month - Nov 1948, POP 1 of 1948, Brazil 7 of 1949, DZE 8 of 1948, Your Hit Parade 22 of 1948
15 Glenn Miller Chattanooga Choo Choo 1941 US Billboard 1 - 1941 (25 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Sep 1941 (23 weeks), US 1 for 9 weeks - Nov 1941, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1996 (1941), ASCAP song of 1941, Oscar in 1941 (film 'Sun Valley Serenade') (Nominated), DDD 4 of 1941, US BB 9 of 1941, nuTsie 9 of 1940s, Your Hit Parade 11 of 1941, Brazil 13 of 1942, POP 16 of 1941, Europe 54 of the 1940s (1941), RYM 2 of 1941, Song of 1941
16 Frankie Laine Mule Train 1949 US Billboard 1 - Nov 1949 (13 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Nov 1949 (13 weeks), US 1 for 6 weeks - Nov 1949, Your Hit Parade 1 of 1949, US CashBox 2 - Jan 1950 (8 weeks), Oscar in 1950 (film 'Singing Guns') (Nominated), DZE 5 of 1949, US BB 7 of 1949, DDD 7 of 1949, POP 12 of 1949, Europe 51 of the 1940s (1949), Italy 73 of 1955, nuTsie 96 of 1940s, RYM 38 of 1949
17 Perry Como Prisoner of Love 1946 US Billboard 1 - Mar 1946 (21 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Mar 1946 (19 weeks), US 1 for 3 weeks - May 1946, Australia 1 for 2 months - Feb 1947, Your Hit Parade 6 of 1946, DZE 9 of 1946, US BB 10 of 1946, POP 17 of 1946, nuTsie 67 of 1940s, Brazil 71 of 1946, Europe 93 of the 1940s (1946)
18 Glenn Miller (I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo 1942 US Billboard 1 - 1942 (20 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Aug 1942 (18 weeks), US 1 for 7 weeks - Sep 1942, ASCAP song of 1942, Oscar in 1942 (film 'Orchestra Wives') (Nominated), DZE 3 of 1942, US BB 10 of 1942, POP 10 of 1942, Your Hit Parade 17 of 1942, nuTsie 33 of 1940s, Europe 44 of the 1940s (1942), Brazil 64 of 1943, RYM 41 of 1942
19 Pee Wee Hunt Twelfth Street Rag 1948 US Billboard 1 - Jun 1948 (32 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jul 1948 (27 weeks), US 1 for 8 weeks - Aug 1948, Peel list 1 of 1948, DZE 3 of 1948, US BB 4 of 1948, POP 7 of 1948, Your Hit Parade 18 of 1948, Brazil 37 of 1948, RYM 20 of 1948
20 Bing Crosby I'll be seeing you 1944 US Billboard 1 - Apr 1944 (24 weeks), US 1940s 1 - May 1944 (19 weeks), US 1 for 4 weeks - Jul 1944, Australia 1 for 1 month - Aug 1945, Your Hit Parade 7 of 1944, nuTsie 13 of 1940s, US BB 15 of 1944, Europe 15 of the 1940s (1944), POP 15 of 1944, Brazil 83 of 1944, RYM 43 of 1944
21 Harry James I've Heard That Song Before 1943 US Billboard 1 - 1943 (25 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Dec 1942 (33 weeks), US 1 for 13 weeks - Mar 1943, DZE 1 of 1943, Oscar in 1942 (film 'Youth on Parade') (Nominated), US BB 7 of 1943, POP 7 of 1943, Your Hit Parade 8 of 1943, Brazil 52 of 1943, nuTsie 54 of 1940s, RYM 29 of 1943
22 Francis Craig Near You 1947 US Billboard 1 - Aug 1947 (25 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Sep 1947 (21 weeks), US 1 for 12 weeks - Sep 1947, DZE 1 of 1947, ASCAP song of 1947, US BB 6 of 1947, POP 14 of 1947, Your Hit Parade 16 of 1947, Brazil 24 of 1947, DDD 24 of 1947, Europe 85 of the 1940s (1947), RIAA 355
23 Frank Sinatra Five Minutes More 1946 US Billboard 1 - Aug 1946 (22 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Aug 1946 (18 weeks), US 1 for 2 weeks - Sep 1946, Australia 1 for 1 month - May 1947, DZE 8 of 1946, POP 10 of 1946, Europe 11 of the 1940s (1946), US BB 15 of 1946, Brazil 32 of 1946, RYM 43 of 1946
24 Peggy Lee Manana (Is Soon Enough For Me) 1948 US Billboard 1 - Jan 1948 (21 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jan 1948 (21 weeks), US 1 for 9 weeks - Mar 1948, DZE 2 of 1948, Your Hit Parade 7 of 1948, US BB 8 of 1948, POP 8 of 1948, Brazil 11 of 1948, DDD 37 of 1947, nuTsie 39 of 1940s, Europe 89 of the 1940s (1948), RYM 139 of 1948
25 Artie Shaw Frenesi 1940 US Billboard 1 - 1940 (30 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Aug 1940 (23 weeks), US 1 for 13 weeks - Dec 1940, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000 (1940), Your Hit Parade 3 of 1940, US BB 6 of 1940, POP 6 of 1940, DDD 7 of 1940, Brazil 10 of 1946, nuTsie 24 of 1940s, Scrobulate 48 of swing, Europe 71 of the 1940s (1940), Song of 1940
26 Perry Como Till The End of Time 1945 US Billboard 1 - Aug 1945 (19 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Aug 1945 (17 weeks), US 1 for 9 weeks - Sep 1945, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1945), DZE 2 of 1945, US BB 12 of 1945, Your Hit Parade 16 of 1945, POP 23 of 1945, nuTsie 25 of 1940s, Europe 30 of the 1940s (1945), Brazil 87 of 1946, RYM 85 of 1945
27 Frankie Laine That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day) 1949 US Billboard 1 - Aug 1949 (22 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Sep 1949 (19 weeks), US 1 for 8 weeks - Oct 1949, US BB 2 of 1949, DZE 2 of 1949, POP 10 of 1949, US CashBox 13 - Jan 1950 (6 weeks), Your Hit Parade 16 of 1949, DDD 23 of 1949, Brazil 24 of 1950, nuTsie 31 of 1940s, Europe 40 of the 1940s (1949), RYM 57 of 1949
28 Harry James I Had the Craziest Dream 1943 US Billboard 1 - Nov 1942 (22 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Dec 1942 (34 weeks), US 1 for 2 weeks - Feb 1943, Australia 1 for 1 month - Dec 1943, US BB 18 of 1943, POP 21 of 1943, Your Hit Parade 22 of 1943, Europe 53 of the 1940s (1943)
29 Tommy Dorsey & Frank Sinatra I'll Never Smile Again 1940 US Billboard 1 - 1940 (20 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jul 1940 (15 weeks), US 1 for 12 weeks - Jul 1940, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1982 (1940), Your Hit Parade 2 of 1940, DDD 3 of 1940, US BB 8 of 1940, POP 8 of 1940, nuTsie 14 of 1940s, Europe 17 of the 1940s (1940), Brazil 39 of 1941
30 Evelyn Knight A Little Bird Told Me 1949 US Billboard 1 - Nov 1948 (21 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Nov 1948 (20 weeks), US 1 for 7 weeks - Jan 1949, Australia 1 for 2 weeks - Dec 1949, DZE 4 of 1949, DDD 7 of 1948, US BB 8 of 1949, Brazil 54 of 1949, Europe 72 of the 1940s (1949)
31 Perry Como Chi-Baba, Chi-Baba (My Bambino Go to Sleep) 1947 US Billboard 1 - May 1947 (13 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jun 1947 (12 weeks), US 1 for 3 weeks - Jun 1947, Australia 1 for 1 month - May 1948, Your Hit Parade 5 of 1947, DZE 7 of 1947, US BB 13 of 1947, POP 21 of 1947, Brazil 80 of 1948
32 Sammy Kaye Daddy 1941 US Billboard 1 - 1941 (18 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jun 1941 (15 weeks), US 1 for 8 weeks - Jun 1941, Australia 1 for 1 month - Jun 1942, Your Hit Parade 9 of 1941, US BB 16 of 1941, POP 17 of 1941, DDD 31 of 1941, nuTsie 72 of 1940s, Brazil 82 of 1942
33 The Ink Spots To Each His Own 1946 US Billboard 1 - Aug 1946 (14 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Sep 1946 (11 weeks), US 1 for 1 week - Sep 1946, Australia 1 for 1 month - Apr 1947, US BB 8 of 1946, Your Hit Parade 11 of 1946, POP 24 of 1946, Europe 92 of the 1940s (1946)
34 Les Brown My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time 1945 US Billboard 1 - Mar 1945 (16 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Mar 1945 (12 weeks), US 1 for 7 weeks - Apr 1945, Australia 1 for 1 month - Jan 1946, Your Hit Parade 5 of 1945, DZE 5 of 1945, US BB 7 of 1945, POP 13 of 1945, RYM 70 of 1945
35 Jimmy Dorsey Tangerine 1942 US Billboard 1 - 1942 (16 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Apr 1942 (15 weeks), US 1 for 6 weeks - May 1942, Your Hit Parade 3 of 1942, US BB 4 of 1942, POP 4 of 1942, DZE 5 of 1942, Brazil 9 of 1943, nuTsie 56 of 1940s, Europe 82 of the 1940s (1942)
36 Freddy Martin Symphony 1946 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1945 (17 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Dec 1945 (15 weeks), US 1 for 2 weeks - Jan 1945, Australia 1 for 2 months - Oct 1946, US BB 9 of 1946, POP 15 of 1946, Your Hit Parade 17 of 1946, Brazil 53 of 1946
37 Vic Damone You're Breakin' My Heart 1949 US Billboard 1 - Jun 1949 (26 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jun 1949 (25 weeks), US 1 for 4 weeks - Sep 1949, Australia 1 for 3 weeks - May 1950, DZE 7 of 1949, US BB 9 of 1949, POP 11 of 1949, Brazil 26 of 1950, US CashBox 29 - Jan 1950 (2 weeks)
38 Edith Piaf La Vie En Rose 1949 Italy 1 of 1948, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1950), Scrobulate 3 of french, US CashBox 5 - Sep 1950 (19 weeks), Brazil 9 of 1949, France (Historical) 14 of the 1940s (1946), US Billboard 23 - Oct 1950 (3 weeks), Acclaimed 625 (1945), Visconti song of 1946, RYM 48 of 1950
39 Glenn Miller Moonlight Cocktail 1942 US Billboard 1 - 1942 (19 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Feb 1942 (15 weeks), US 1 for 10 weeks - Feb 1942, DZE 2 of 1942, US BB 6 of 1942, POP 6 of 1942, Your Hit Parade 23 of 1942, nuTsie 27 of 1940s, Brazil 50 of 1942, Europe 55 of the 1940s (1942), RYM 18 of 1942
40 Tommy Dorsey & Frank Sinatra There Are Such Things 1943 US Billboard 1 - Nov 1942 (26 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Nov 1942 (40 weeks), US 1 for 5 weeks - Jan 1943, DZE 6 of 1943, US BB 12 of 1943, Europe 20 of the 1940s (1943), POP 22 of 1943, Your Hit Parade 24 of 1942, Brazil 61 of 1943
41 Kay Kyser The Woody Woodpecker Song 1948 US Billboard 1 - Jun 1948 (15 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jun 1948 (14 weeks), US 1 for 6 weeks - Jul 1948, Oscar in 1948 (film 'Wet Blanket Policy') (Nominated), DZE 6 of 1948, US BB 13 of 1948, POP 21 of 1948, Europe 76 of the 1940s (1948), Brazil 80 of 1949, RYM 95 of 1948
42 Vaughn Monroe Ballerina 1947 US Billboard 1 - Nov 1947 (22 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Nov 1947 (21 weeks), US 1 for 10 weeks - Dec 1947, DZE 3 of 1947, US BB 7 of 1947, POP 7 of 1947, Brazil 14 of 1947, Your Hit Parade 17 of 1947, DDD 46 of 1947, Europe 56 of the 1940s (1947), nuTsie 93 of 1940s
43 Bing Crosby Now Is the Hour (Maori Farewell Song) 1948 US Billboard 1 - Jan 1948 (23 weeks), Australia 1 for 1 month - Oct 1948, US 1940s 2 - Jan 1948 (22 weeks), US BB 11 of 1948, POP 19 of 1948, Your Hit Parade 23 of 1948, Europe 23 of the 1940s (1948), Brazil 84 of 1948
44 Johnny Mercer On the Atchison, Topeka & the Santa Fe 1945 US Billboard 1 - Jul 1945 (19 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jul 1945 (16 weeks), US 1 for 7 weeks - Jul 1945, Your Hit Parade 1 of 1945, US BB 4 of 1945, DZE 4 of 1945, POP 11 of 1945, Brazil 58 of 1945, nuTsie 90 of 1940s, RYM 89 of 1945
45 Glenn Miller That Old Black Magic 1943 US Billboard 1 - 1943 (19 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Mar 1943 (14 weeks), US 1 for 1 week - May 1943, Oscar in 1943 (film 'Star Spangled Rhythm') (Nominated), US BB 8 of 1943, POP 8 of 1943, Your Hit Parade 14 of 1943, Brazil 77 of 1943, RYM 11 of 1943
46 Perry Como Some Enchanted Evening 1949 US Billboard 1 - Apr 1949 (26 weeks), US 1940s 1 - May 1949 (21 weeks), US 1 for 5 weeks - Jul 1949, US BB 6 of 1949, Your Hit Parade 6 of 1949, POP 6 of 1949, DZE 6 of 1949, Europe 36 of the 1940s (1949), Brazil 44 of 1950, nuTsie 88 of 1940s, NY Daily Love list 94
47 Cliff Edwards (Ukelele Ike) When You Wish Upon a Star 1940 Your Hit Parade 1 of 1940, Oscar in 1940 (film 'Pinocchio'), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002 (1940), Library of Congress artifact (1938), AFI 7, DDD 9 of 1940, US Billboard 10 - 1940 (6 weeks), Music Imprint 11 of 1940s, RIAA 55, nuTsie 80 of 1940s, Acclaimed 1090 (1940), RYM 20 of 1940
48 Bing Crosby Sunday, Monday or Always 1943 US Billboard 1 - 1943 (19 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Aug 1943 (18 weeks), US 1 for 7 weeks - Sep 1943, DZE 5 of 1943, Your Hit Parade 9 of 1943, Europe 13 of the 1940s (1943), US BB 14 of 1943, POP 14 of 1943, RYM 28 of 1943
49 Harry James Sleepy Lagoon 1942 US Billboard 1 - 1942 (21 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Apr 1942 (18 weeks), US 1 for 4 weeks - Jun 1942, DZE 7 of 1942, US BB 12 of 1942, POP 12 of 1942, Your Hit Parade 13 of 1942, Europe 45 of the 1940s (1941), nuTsie 68 of 1940s, Brazil 79 of 1944
50 Tex Williams & The Western Caravan Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) 1947 US Billboard 1 - Jul 1947 (17 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jul 1947 (12 weeks), US 1 for 6 weeks - Aug 1947, US Country 1 for 15 weeks - Jul 1947, DZE 5 of 1947, DDD 10 of 1947, US BB 17 of 1947, POP 19 of 1947, Brazil 20 of 1949, nuTsie 78 of 1940s
51 Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters Pistol Packin' Mama 1943 US Country 1 for 4 weeks - Jan 1944, Australia 1 for 1 month - Oct 1944, US Billboard 2 - 1943 (11 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Nov 1943 (9 weeks), Peel list 4 of 1943, Acclaimed 1924 (1944), RYM 6 of 1943
52 The Ink Spots The Gypsy 1946 US Billboard 1 - May 1946 (23 weeks), US 1940s 1 - May 1946 (18 weeks), US 1 for 10 weeks - May 1946, DZE 1 of 1946, US BB 7 of 1946, POP 9 of 1946, Your Hit Parade 20 of 1946, Brazil 30 of 1946, nuTsie 38 of 1940s
53 Jerry Murad's Harmonicats Peg o' My Heart 1947 US Billboard 1 - Apr 1947 (26 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Apr 1947 (21 weeks), US 1 for 4 weeks - Jun 1947, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1947), DZE 4 of 1947, Brazil 11 of 1947, POP 17 of 1947, DDD 26 of 1947, nuTsie 42 of 1940s, RYM 55 of 1947
54 Dinah Shore I'll Walk Alone 1944 US Billboard 1 - Aug 1944 (25 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Aug 1944 (20 weeks), US 1 for 4 weeks - Oct 1944, Oscar in 1944 (film 'Follow the Boys') (Nominated), US BB 13 of 1944, POP 13 of 1944, Brazil 57 of 1945, Europe 84 of the 1940s (1944), nuTsie 92 of 1940s
55 Vaughn Monroe Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! 1946 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1945 (14 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Dec 1945 (15 weeks), US 1 for 5 weeks - Jan 1946, US BB 4 of 1946, POP 4 of 1946, DZE 7 of 1946, Europe 48 of the 1940s (1946), Brazil 61 of 1946, nuTsie 73 of 1940s
56 Artie Shaw Stardust 1941 US BB 1 of 1941, Your Hit Parade 1 of 1941, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1988 (1940), DDD 1 of 1940, POP 1 of 1941, US Billboard 2 - 1941 (11 weeks), nuTsie 5 of 1940s, US 1940s 6 - Jan 1941 (3 weeks), RYM 30 of 1940
57 Kay Kyser (I Got Spurs That) Jingle, Jangle, Jingle 1942 US Billboard 1 - 1942 (13 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jul 1942 (13 weeks), US 1 for 8 weeks - Jul 1942, DZE 4 of 1942, Your Hit Parade 5 of 1942, US BB 13 of 1942, POP 21 of 1942, Europe 66 of the 1940s (1942), Brazil 69 of 1943
58 Freddy Martin To Each His Own 1946 US Billboard 1 - Aug 1946 (17 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Aug 1946 (12 weeks), US 1 for 2 weeks - Aug 1946, Australia 1 for 1 month - Apr 1947, POP 24 of 1946, Brazil 74 of 1947
59 Glenn Miller A String of Pearls 1942 US Billboard 1 - 1942 (21 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jan 1942 (18 weeks), US 1 for 2 weeks - Feb 1942, US BB 2 of 1941, DDD 8 of 1941, POP 13 of 1941, Your Hit Parade 20 of 1942, nuTsie 37 of 1940s, Brazil 44 of 1942, RYM 13 of 1941
60 Al Trace You Call Everybody Darlin' 1948 US Billboard 1 - Sep 1948 (24 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jun 1948 (21 weeks), US 1 for 2 weeks - Aug 1948, DZE 7 of 1948, Your Hit Parade 13 of 1948, US BB 14 of 1948, POP 23 of 1948, Brazil 68 of 1948, nuTsie 98 of 1940s
61 Margaret Whiting A Tree in the Meadow 1948 US Billboard 1 - Jul 1948 (23 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jul 1948 (23 weeks), US 1 for 2 weeks - Oct 1948, DZE 9 of 1948, US BB 15 of 1948, Your Hit Parade 21 of 1948, POP 25 of 1948, nuTsie 70 of 1940s, Brazil 79 of 1949
62 Spike Jones All I Want For Christmas is my Two Front Teeth 1948 US Billboard 1 - Nov 1948 (8 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Nov 1948 (9 weeks), US 1 for 1 week - Jan 1949, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007 (1948), US BB 10 of 1948, POP 10 of 1948, Norway 20 - Dec 2007 (1 week)
63 Johnny Mercer Personality 1946 US Billboard 1 - Jan 1946 (15 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jan 1946 (16 weeks), US BB 1 of 1946, US 1 for 1 week - Mar 1946, POP 2 of 1946, Your Hit Parade 7 of 1946, Brazil 79 of 1946, RYM 78 of 1945
64 Jimmy Dorsey Bosame Mucho (Kiss Me Much) 1944 US Billboard 1 - Jan 1944 (23 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jan 1944 (16 weeks), US 1 for 7 weeks - Mar 1944, Your Hit Parade 4 of 1944, US BB 10 of 1944, Brazil 10 of 1944, POP 10 of 1944, Europe 67 of the 1940s (1943)
65 Benny Goodman Taking A Chance On Love 1943 US Billboard 1 - 1943 (14 weeks), US 1940s 1 - May 1943 (11 weeks), US 1 for 3 weeks - Jun 1943, DZE 9 of 1943, Your Hit Parade 24 of 1943, Europe 40 of the 1930s (1937), Brazil 44 of 1943
66 Rudy Vallee & his Connecticut Yankees As Time Goes By 1943 US Billboard 1 - 1943 (16 weeks), ASCAP song of 1931, US 1940s 2 - Apr 1943 (10 weeks), US BB 6 of 1931, POP 6 of 1943, DZE 7 of 1943, DMDB 44 (1931), Brazil 46 of 1944
67 Billie Holiday God Bless the Child 1941 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1976 (1941), DDD 1 of 1941, US BB 3 of 1941, POP 3 of 1941, nuTsie 3 of 1940s, Your Hit Parade 17 of 1941, US Billboard 25 - 1941 (1 week), RIAA 58, Scrobulate 89 of jazz, Acclaimed 341 (1941), WXPN 814, Visconti song of 1941, RYM 5 of 1941, Song of 1941
68 Bing Crosby Only Forever 1940 US Billboard 1 - 1940 (20 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Sep 1940 (16 weeks), US 1 for 9 weeks - Oct 1940, Oscar in 1940 (film 'Rhythm on the River') (Nominated), US BB 15 of 1940, Your Hit Parade 15 of 1940, POP 15 of 1940, Europe 24 of the 1940s (1940), DDD 69 of 1940, RYM 87 of 1940
69 Harry James It's Been a Long, Long Time 1945 US Billboard 1 - Oct 1945 (17 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Oct 1945 (14 weeks), US 1 for 3 weeks - Nov 1945, Your Hit Parade 9 of 1945, DZE 9 of 1945, POP 17 of 1945, Brazil 47 of 1946, Europe 47 of the 1940s (1945)
70 Ted Weems Heartaches 1947 US Billboard 1 - Mar 1947 (20 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Mar 1947 (16 weeks), US 1 for 12 weeks - Mar 1947, DZE 2 of 1947, Your Hit Parade 10 of 1947, US BB 11 of 1947, POP 20 of 1947, nuTsie 26 of 1930s, Brazil 29 of 1947
71 Count Basie Open The Door, Richard! 1947 US Billboard 1 - Feb 1947 (7 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Feb 1947 (4 weeks), US 1 for 1 week - Feb 1947, Your Hit Parade 1 of 1947, DDD 5 of 1947, US BB 14 of 1947, POP 23 of 1947, Brazil 83 of 1947
72 Margaret Whiting & Jimmy Wakely Slippin' Around 1949 US Billboard 1 - Sep 1949 (23 weeks), US Country 1 for 9 weeks - Oct 1949, US 1940s 2 - Sep 1949 (21 weeks), US CashBox 4 - Jan 1950 (9 weeks), DZE 8 of 1949, US BB 12 of 1949, Your Hit Parade 14 of 1949, POP 25 of 1949, DDD 39 of 1949, Europe 99 of the 1940s (1949)
73 Frankie Carle Rumors Are Flying 1946 US Billboard 1 - Sep 1946 (18 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Sep 1946 (16 weeks), US 1 for 8 weeks - Oct 1946, Your Hit Parade 3 of 1946, DZE 3 of 1946, US BB 13 of 1946, POP 21 of 1946, Brazil 66 of 1947
74 Ella Fitzgerald & The Ink Spots Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall 1944 US Billboard 1 - Nov 1944 (17 weeks), Australia 1 for 1 month - Apr 1946, US 1940s 5 - Dec 1944 (5 weeks), US BB 18 of 1944, POP 21 of 1944, Brazil 56 of 1945, nuTsie 85 of 1940s, RYM 24 of 1944
75 Kay Kyser On a Slow Boat to China 1948 Australia 1 for 6 weeks - May 1949, US Billboard 2 - Oct 1948 (20 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Oct 1948 (17 weeks), Your Hit Parade 14 of 1948, Brazil 58 of 1949, Europe 69 of the 1940s (1948)
76 Nat King Cole The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) 1946 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1974 (1946), POP 1 of 1946, nuTsie 2 of 1940s, US Billboard 3 - Nov 1946 (7 weeks), Scrobulate 4 of christmas, US 1940s 7 - Dec 1946 (2 weeks), UK 51 - Dec 1991 (4 weeks), Acclaimed 1457 (1946), RYM 8 of 1946, BBC Rich Song 10 (songwriter royalties $20.6M)
77 Woody Herman Blues in the Night 1942 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1941 (18 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jan 1942 (11 weeks), US 1 for 1 week - Feb 1942, DDD 7 of 1941, POP 8 of 1942, DZE 8 of 1942, Brazil 69 of 1942, nuTsie 69 of 1940s
78 Bing Crosby & Carmen Cavallaro I Can't Begin to Tell You 1945 US Billboard 1 - Nov 1945 (20 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Nov 1945 (19 weeks), US 1 for 1 week - Jan 1946, DZE 6 of 1945, US BB 10 of 1945, Your Hit Parade 15 of 1945, POP 19 of 1945, Brazil 63 of 1946
79 Ella Fitzgerald & The Ink Spots I'm Making Believe 1944 US Billboard 1 - Nov 1944 (17 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Nov 1944 (12 weeks), US 1 for 2 weeks - Dec 1944, Oscar in 1944 (film 'Sweet and Low-Down') (Nominated), US BB 14 of 1944, POP 14 of 1944, Brazil 32 of 1945, RYM 23 of 1944
80 The Mills Brothers You Always Hurt the One You Love 1944 US Billboard 1 - Jun 1944 (33 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jul 1944 (20 weeks), US 1 for 5 weeks - Oct 1944, US BB 6 of 1944, Your Hit Parade 6 of 1944, POP 6 of 1944, nuTsie 7 of 1940s, DZE 7 of 1944

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14 Jul 2014

Daddy's little girls

Can anyone help with a song from 1940's or 1950's in which there was a line..........cos your daddy's little girls.

My dad use to sing it to my sister and I went we were little and I would love to know the title, if anyone can remember it please.

Try the song "Daddy's Little Girl" sung by The Mills Brothers (1950) on YouTube.

Less likely would be the Byron G Harlan (1906) version


2 Jul 2014

Little Old Secondhand Car

In the late 1940's or early 1950's, my parents would sing a song about asecond hand car....I think the title was Little Old Secondhand Car. +First verse: +It shone with new paint and the cushions were new, the engine was shiny and bright. +The clock on the dashboard read nine thousand miles and the price seemed to be about right. +Would very much like to find the rest of the lyrics.+


29 Jun 2014

I am looking for the first song called HOME that was in the 40s or 50s for a b-day present for my mom


3 Jun 2014

Find a song

"I'll walk beside you...". My Dad used to sing this in the early 1940s, when I was a child, but I've drawn a complete blank when I've tried to find its words on the net. I think it included the line "I'll look into your eyes". I remember the tune so well, but the words just will not come back. Can anyone help?


15 May 2014

Inquiry

One of the most popular songs, I thought, and one of the most iconic, during the years of WW2 was "Till We Meet Again." Did it not sell well in the U.S.? +I do realize it was English and made famous by Vera Lynn.

Peaked at number 29 in the US, and we don't have any good charts for the UK in the early 1940s


11 May 2014

Old song

Looking for lyrics from one of my Mom's old vinals that contained the lyrics"If you like that crazy beat, and you want to tap your feet, tell the taxi driver drop me off uptown!"

Can't recall the artist or title - anybody help?


15 Apr 2014

Find Song

I've been trying to recall the lyrics of a song called "Poor Girl". +It wentlike this: +"She was dreaming of a prince, a duke or earl, but she fell one night in summer for a checker-vested drummer, Oh the poor, poor girl." +Another verse went. +"Instead of gowns with fancy stitchin' she wears aprons in the kitchen, Oh the poor poor girl". +There also was these lines "Petals fall and roses die and dreams must say goodbye."


28 Mar 2014

question

There was a group in the 40's who sang the song DREAM.....I cannot find it on any site. +Can you help me?

The obvious candidates would be The Pied Pipers who had a number 1 hit in 1945 with "Dream", alternately both Freddy Martin and Jimmy Dorsey had hits with it in the same year.

You could have found that information by searching for "Dream" on the search box (top right) or looking up "Dream" in the site's index.


10 Feb 2014

Find a song

The words I remember are" I thought we'd have a friendly goodbye, No need to have a shoulder to cry upon, Now among my tear drops ,my darling am I, and where are you, you're gone."


25 Jan 2014

Find song

Would like to know if there was a song that had the words "It's a boy came the call down the hallway. +It's a boy, just think I am a father" +What was the title? +who sang it? and what the lyrics of the song? Thank you!


18 Nov 2013

find song

Some of the words are, your hair black as midnight lips like roses wild tell me are you an angle or the devils child


12 Nov 2013

Zaffifa

Waiter dont give me no red beans and rice. Ill take the Zaffifa on the side.

What song is this?

The short answer is we don't know. Steve remembers the line "Red Beans and Rice with XXXX on the side" from a Louis Armstrong song, and indeed Satchmo was famous for his liking of the traditional New Orlean's dish.


15 Sep 2013

Mystery song?

Was being played around 1944-46

Lady singer, started "Yippee-oree-ayoh, how my heart is singing ..."


18 Aug 2013

Oh Jonny

I was in high school in the early 40's. I went into the army in 1944. I remember "Oh Jonny" very well. We used to sing it a lot.

Oh Johnny! Oh Johnny! How you can love Oh Johnny! Oh Johnny! Heavens above. You make my sad heart jump with joy And when your near I just can't sit still a minute What makes me love you so? You're not handsome it's true But when I am near you , it's just- OH JOHNNY! OH JOHNNY +OH OOO

Frank


10 Aug 2013

through a long and lonely night wondering who was to blame


12 Jul 2013

Find song

I'm the jury and you're on trial My heart's the victim


6 Jul 2013

I think this from the 40s all I remember are the words Shoes to set my feet a dancing,dancing all the way we go. Can anyone help me

We think the song was from 1954 and called "The Little Shoemaker", it was a hit for Petula Clark, Hugo Winterhalter and The Gaylords


26 Jun 2013

Song

Back in early 40's I was a 6 yr old flower girl at a wedding. Apparently the name of the bridegroom was Johnny. I was on the stage to sing a song of which all I remember was "Oh Johnny, oh Johnny, how you can love. Oh Johnny, oh Johnny heavens above, you make my heart"

----and that is all I can remember. It would be so great to find the music and the rest of the lyrics. Perhaps it was called "Oh Johnny". Thank you in advance for your assistance.

We think the song you are after is "Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh!" which was a minor hit for Elizabeth Brice in 1917 revived by The Andrews Sisters and Orrin Tucker & his Orchestra in 1939/40.

The lyrics go:

Oh, Johnny! Oh, Johnny! How you can love Oh, Johnny! Oh, Johnny! Heavens above You make my sad heart jump with joy And when you're near I just can't sit still a minute I'm so, Oh, Johnny! Oh, Johnny! Please tell me dear What makes me love you so?


31 May 2013

you dont own me

Some time during the 1940 era my aunt Edith Schultz sent lyrics to a song to a publisher and it was set to music. I am trying to find info about this song. It was probably between 1945-1948. she called her song "you dont own me" any info you have would be very helpful.

thank You Nora conatser


28 May 2013

song with lyrics of "midnight and you"

puh-leeze help---i have heard a song that has that inimitable sound of the l940's that has the lyrics of "midnight and you" repeated throughout and i cannot find the title or all the lyrics. +can you help me locate both with the name of the recording artist? +i heard it in my slumber-y, sleepy state one evening on NPR radio as a filler between programs about ayear ago and its loveliness has haunted me since! +please help!


25 May 2013

Looking for a song.

Lyrics are "Cross ties on a railroad"...that's all I can remember.


20 May 2013

popular female singer

I think her first name was Jan. She had some bad publicity at the time concerning pot or drugs. She faded after that but she was quite popular for a while and had a very nice voice.

We can find three artists named Jan that were active around that time, Jan Garber, Jan Peerce and Jan Savitt. Unfortunately all three are men.


3 May 2013

LOOKING FOR A SONG

LYRICS ARE " NOW THAT I'VE ALMOST FORGOTTEN ABOUT YOU - THERE GOES THAT SONGAGAIN" - BANDLEADER LEIGHTON NOBLE SANG IT IN OLSEN & JOHNSON'S MOVIE 'CRAZY HOUSE' - BUT SOMEONE ELSE HAD A MILD RECORD HIT OF THE SONG.


18 Apr 2013

record buying guide / your hit parade / sheet music sales

who knows where i coud find these charts from 1940 and 1941? i mean the weekly charts of any of them or all of them ...

anyway, its great work done here!

The sources of all the charts are listed in the "Song Charts" page. Some of them don't have weekly entries available.


31 Mar 2013

Just wondered if any one knows the song with these words till you came along my life was empty as could be now its flowing over with the love you brought to me. +My mum used to sing this song to me when I was a little girl


26 Mar 2013

i love white christams!!! a lot of christmas songs were made in the 1940s


15 Mar 2013

a song from the past

"you never seem to want my romancing, the only time you hold me is when we'redancing" the name of the song is "i don't know why i love you like i do" from the 1940's...great song.

HOPE I GOT IT RIGHT.


10 Mar 2013

Anyone know who sang this song? It goes Keep your eyes on Spring, Run whenChurch Bells ring, It5 could happen to you

The song "It Could Happen to You" was a hit in 1944 for both Jo Stafford and Bing Crosby


26 Feb 2013

+ A song from the past ...

A song that was sung to me on my first date +with words, "my favourite song is the song that they play when we're dancing".. any one any ideas what the song is ?


25 Feb 2013

cool

cool but can u give a little more info on the songs


17 Jan 2013

Lost song

I remember seeing a black and white movie and they were all going out for the evening. The song was "tonight I'm on a special mission, just an intermission with the dawn, I'm gonna let let let my hair right down, the way its never been done before".

Anyone any ideas please?


11 Jan 2013

Lyrics

Not a song of the 40s but one that has evaded me for years. Can anyone help me? I recall "Do you remember that day in September when you and I played we were married" From Childhood Days?


9 Dec 2012

Take Me In Your Arms

The song was written by Paul Mann & Kim Gannon and Helen Forrest singing with the Harry James band recorded it in 1942.

Jo Stafford had a hit of it later.

Song: Make Love To Me.


1 Nov 2012

Looking for a song

40s Song, Nice to know you care, Nice to know your not pretending, nice to find you there when the lonely day is ending,


6 Feb 2012

Dance band tune "Home"

Looking for sheet music to a 1940-ish tune titled "Home". Only recording I've seen is by "Teddy Powell and his 1950 Orchestra".

We don't have sheet music on this site, just charts.

Teddy Powell & his Orchestra had four Billboard hits in the 1940s (1941 to 1942), maybe you should be looking a bit later?


29 Sep 2011

The incredible forties.

How can the 40's be beaten? surely the greatest decade in history, the war, the names, Churchill FDR, Hitler, Mussolini,Ike, Dunkirk, the blitz, Stalingrad, cities dominated by air raid shelters, sand bags, sirens,searchlights,barrage balloons, and so much more, a class of its own. The greatest decade with the greatest generation.

Eric Firth.


20 Apr 2011

Take me in your arms

In 1946 I sang with a band in the Adironcacks znd this song was popular --Ican't recall all the words - can anyone help me?

It starts "Take me in your arms before you take your love away"

The song "Take me in your arms" was a minor hit for both Paul Whiteman and Ruth Etting in 1932 and later for Doris Day in 1952. It was also recorded by Ray Conniff and Vic Damone. However no-one ever had a major hit with it.


5 May 2010

Full orchestra scores for the above 60 tunes.+

The Symphony of the Hills, located in Kerrville TX is planning a pops concertand would like to feature major 1940 instrumental artists with full orchestra background. We were thinking of inviting top University of North Texas Universities Jazz Band to act as performing soloist.

Where can we get full orchesta scores for the tunes listed above?

That's a really good question, we have no idea. This site lists the songs we don't have the sheet music (or the mp3s or photos...)

We would suggest that searching for specific songs might help, for example you could perhaps try searching for "In the Mood sheet music"