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 1 for 11 weeks - Oct 1942, UK Sheet Music 1 for 2 weeks - Nov 1942, UK 40s Sheet Music 1 - Sep 1942 (8 weeks), Australia 1 for 5 months - Jun 1943, US invalid BB 1 of 1942, Oscar in 1942 (film 'Holiday Inn'), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1974 (1942), DDD 1 of 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 added 2002 (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 Vaughn Monroe (Ghost) Riders in the Sky 1949 US Billboard 1 - Apr 1949 (22 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Apr 1949 (20 weeks), US 1 for 11 weeks - May 1949, UK Sheet Music 1 for 9 weeks - Aug 1949, UK 40s Sheet Music 1 - Jun 1949 (23 weeks), Australia 1 for 5 weeks - Nov 1949, US invalid BB 1 of 1949, Peel list 1 of 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)
3 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 added 2004 (1939), US invalid 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
4 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, DDD 2 of 1944, US invalid BB 3 of 1944, POP 3 of 1944, UK 40s Sheet Music 5 - Oct 1944 (3 weeks), 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
5 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, UK Sheet Music 1 for 2 weeks - Jul 1945, UK 40s Sheet Music 1 - May 1945 (14 weeks), Australia 1 for 3 months - Sep 1945, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1944), DDD 3 of 1944, DZE 3 of 1944, US invalid 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
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, UK Sheet Music 1 for 11 weeks - Nov 1948, UK 40s Sheet Music 1 - Oct 1948 (32 weeks), Australia 1 for 12 weeks - Jan 1949, DZE 1 of 1948, US invalid 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 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), UK 40s Sheet Music 2 - Mar 1944 (5 weeks), DDD 2 of 1942, DZE 2 of 1943, Europe 3 of the 1940s (1943), US invalid BB 3 of 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
8 Les Brown & Doris Day Sentimental Journey 1945 US Billboard 1 - Mar 1945 (28 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Apr 1945 (23 weeks), US 1 for 9 weeks - May 1945, US invalid BB 1 of 1945, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1945), POP 1 of 1945, DZE 3 of 1945, DDD 7 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 invalid BB 2 of 1945, POP 2 of 1945, Your Hit Parade 3 of 1945, DDD 4 of 1944, Europe 6 of the 1940s (1944), Brazil 19 of 1945, nuTsie 51 of 1940s, RYM 3 of 1944
10 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, UK 40s Sheet Music 3 - Aug 1943 (12 weeks), Your Hit Parade 4 of 1943, DZE 4 of 1943, DDD 8 of 1943, US invalid BB 16 of 1943, POP 17 of 1943, Brazil 18 of 1944, nuTsie 45 of 1940s, Europe 60 of the 1940s (1943)
11 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
12 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, UK Sheet Music 1 for 10 weeks - Dec 1946, UK 40s Sheet Music 1 - Nov 1946 (24 weeks), Australia 1 for 1 month - May 1947, DZE 8 of 1946, POP 10 of 1946, Europe 11 of the 1940s (1946), US invalid BB 15 of 1946, Brazil 32 of 1946, DDD 45 of 1946, RYM 43 of 1946
13 Pee Wee Hunt 12th Street Rag 1948 US Billboard 1 - Jun 1948 (32 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jul 1948 (27 weeks), US 1 for 8 weeks - Aug 1948, UK Sheet Music 1 for 7 weeks - Apr 1949, UK 40s Sheet Music 1 - Mar 1949 (33 weeks), Peel list 1 of 1948, DZE 3 of 1948, US invalid BB 4 of 1948, POP 7 of 1948, Your Hit Parade 18 of 1948, Brazil 37 of 1948, RYM 20 of 1948
14 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), DDD 1 of 1943, DZE 3 of 1943, US invalid 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)
15 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 invalid 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
16 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, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2013 (1947), DZE 1 of 1947, ASCAP song of 1947, US invalid 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
17 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 invalid 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
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, DDD 8 of 1942, US invalid 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 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 1 for 3 weeks - Feb 1948, Australia 1 for 1 month - Nov 1948, US invalid BB 1 of 1948, POP 1 of 1948, Brazil 7 of 1949, DZE 8 of 1948, Your Hit Parade 22 of 1948
20 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 invalid 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
21 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 invalid BB 4 of 1942, POP 4 of 1942, DZE 5 of 1942, Brazil 9 of 1943, DDD 9 of 1942, UK 40s Sheet Music 12 - Jul 1942 (1 week), nuTsie 56 of 1940s, Europe 82 of the 1940s (1942)
22 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 invalid BB 6 of 1942, POP 6 of 1942, DDD 10 of 1942, UK 40s Sheet Music 11 - Aug 1942 (3 weeks), Your Hit Parade 23 of 1942, nuTsie 27 of 1940s, Brazil 50 of 1942, Europe 55 of the 1940s (1942), RYM 18 of 1942
23 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 invalid 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
24 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 invalid BB 12 of 1945, DDD 13 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
25 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 invalid BB 10 of 1946, DDD 13 of 1946, POP 17 of 1946, nuTsie 67 of 1940s, Brazil 71 of 1946, Europe 93 of the 1940s (1946)
26 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, UK 40s Sheet Music 2 - Jul 1948 (18 weeks), Oscar in 1948 (film 'Wet Blanket Policy') (Nominated), DZE 6 of 1948, US invalid BB 13 of 1948, POP 21 of 1948, Europe 76 of the 1940s (1948), Brazil 80 of 1949, RYM 95 of 1948
27 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, DDD 8 of 1944, nuTsie 13 of 1940s, Europe 15 of the 1940s (1944), US invalid BB 15 of 1944, POP 15 of 1944, Brazil 83 of 1944, RYM 43 of 1944
28 Jimmy Dorsey Besame Mucho 1944 US Billboard 1 - Jan 1944 (23 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jan 1944 (16 weeks), US 1 for 7 weeks - Mar 1944, UK 40s Sheet Music 3 - Mar 1944 (4 weeks), Your Hit Parade 4 of 1944, DZE 4 of 1944, DDD 6 of 1943, Brazil 10 of 1944, US invalid BB 10 of 1944, POP 10 of 1944, nuTsie 58 of 1940s, Europe 67 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 invalid 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, Your Hit Parade 7 of 1949, DDD 7 of 1948, US invalid BB 8 of 1949, Brazil 54 of 1949, Europe 72 of the 1940s (1949)
31 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 invalid 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
32 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, UK 40s Sheet Music 10 - Jan 1940 (2 weeks), US invalid BB 12 of 1942, DDD 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
33 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 invalid 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
34 Kay Kyser On a Slow Boat to China 1948 UK Sheet Music 1 for 7 weeks - Feb 1949, UK 40s Sheet Music 1 - Jan 1949 (19 weeks), 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)
35 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 invalid BB 7 of 1943, POP 7 of 1943, Your Hit Parade 8 of 1943, DDD 16 of 1942, Brazil 52 of 1943, nuTsie 54 of 1940s, RYM 29 of 1943
36 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 invalid BB 4 of 1945, DDD 4 of 1945, DZE 4 of 1945, POP 11 of 1945, Brazil 58 of 1945, nuTsie 90 of 1940s, RYM 89 of 1945
37 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 invalid 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
38 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 invalid BB 16 of 1941, POP 17 of 1941, DDD 31 of 1941, nuTsie 72 of 1940s, Brazil 82 of 1942
39 The Ink Spots We Three (My Echo, My Shadow & Me) 1941 US Billboard 1 - Oct 1940 (15 weeks), UK Sheet Music 1 for 1 week - Mar 1941, UK 40s Sheet Music 1 - Mar 1941 (3 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Oct 1940 (14 weeks), Your Hit Parade 5 of 1940, POP 5 of 1941, DDD 6 of 1940, US invalid BB 11 of 1941, nuTsie 53 of 1940s, Brazil 94 of 1941
40 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, UK 40s Sheet Music 3 - Nov 1943 (3 weeks), DZE 5 of 1943, Your Hit Parade 9 of 1943, DDD 11 of 1943, Europe 13 of the 1940s (1943), US invalid BB 14 of 1943, POP 14 of 1943, RYM 28 of 1943
41 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 invalid BB 9 of 1949, POP 11 of 1949, Brazil 26 of 1950, US CashBox 29 - Jan 1950 (2 weeks)
42 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), UK 40s Sheet Music 8 - Jul 1943 (5 weeks), US invalid BB 8 of 1943, POP 8 of 1943, DDD 13 of 1943, Your Hit Parade 14 of 1943, Brazil 77 of 1943, RYM 11 of 1943
43 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 invalid BB 13 of 1947, POP 21 of 1947, Brazil 80 of 1948
44 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, Your Hit Parade 6 of 1949, US invalid BB 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
45 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, DDD 1 of 1944, UK 40s Sheet Music 3 - Jul 1946 (32 weeks), Your Hit Parade 6 of 1944, US invalid BB 6 of 1944, POP 6 of 1944, nuTsie 7 of 1940s, DZE 7 of 1944
46 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, DDD 6 of 1942, US invalid BB 13 of 1942, POP 21 of 1942, Europe 66 of the 1940s (1942), Brazil 69 of 1943
47 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 invalid BB 18 of 1943, POP 21 of 1943, Your Hit Parade 22 of 1943, DDD 50 of 1942, Europe 53 of the 1940s (1943)
48 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 invalid BB 7 of 1945, POP 13 of 1945, DDD 21 of 1945, RYM 70 of 1945
49 Bing Crosby & Les Paul It's Been a Long, Long Time 1945 US Billboard 1 - Oct 1945 (16 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Oct 1945 (12 weeks), US 1 for 1 week - Dec 1945, UK Sheet Music 1 for 2 weeks - Jan 1946, UK 40s Sheet Music 1 - Dec 1945 (18 weeks), US invalid BB 9 of 1945, DDD 15 of 1945, POP 17 of 1945
50 Nat King Cole (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons 1946 US Billboard 1 - Nov 1946 (25 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Nov 1946 (12 weeks), US 1 for 1 week - Feb 1947, US invalid BB 3 of 1946, UK 40s Sheet Music 4 - Jan 1947 (18 weeks), DZE 6 of 1946, DDD 11 of 1946, POP 13 of 1946, Brazil 22 of 1947, nuTsie 32 of 1940s, RYM 15 of 1946
51 Jimmy Dorsey Maria Elena 1941 US Billboard 1 - 1941 (18 weeks), US 1940s 1 - May 1941 (17 weeks), US 1 for 2 weeks - Jun 1941, UK 40s Sheet Music 6 - Nov 1941 (3 weeks), Your Hit Parade 19 of 1941, Brazil 20 of 1942, DDD 25 of 1941, nuTsie 36 of 1940s, Europe 73 of the 1940s (1941)
52 The Song Spinners Comin' in on a Wing & a Prayer 1943 US Billboard 1 - 1943 (12 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jun 1943 (11 weeks), US 1 for 3 weeks - Jul 1943, UK Sheet Music 1 for 3 weeks - Oct 1943, UK 40s Sheet Music 1 - Aug 1943 (11 weeks), Your Hit Parade 7 of 1943, DDD 7 of 1943, nuTsie 77 of 1940s
53 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 added 2009 (1940), 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
54 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 invalid BB 17 of 1947, POP 19 of 1947, Brazil 20 of 1949, nuTsie 78 of 1940s
55 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 invalid BB 8 of 1946, DDD 9 of 1946, Your Hit Parade 11 of 1946, POP 24 of 1946, Europe 92 of the 1940s (1946)
56 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, DDD 3 of 1945, US invalid 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
57 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 invalid BB 9 of 1946, POP 15 of 1946, Your Hit Parade 17 of 1946, DDD 40 of 1945, Brazil 53 of 1946
58 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 invalid BB 12 of 1943, Europe 20 of the 1940s (1943), POP 22 of 1943, Your Hit Parade 24 of 1942, DDD 37 of 1942, Brazil 61 of 1943
59 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 invalid BB 13 of 1944, POP 13 of 1944, DDD 21 of 1944, Brazil 57 of 1945, Europe 84 of the 1940s (1944), nuTsie 92 of 1940s
60 Nat King Cole The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) 1946 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1974 (1946), DDD 1 of 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)
61 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
62 Jimmy Dorsey Green Eyes 1941 US Billboard 1 - 1941 (24 weeks), US 1940s 1 - May 1941 (21 weeks), US 1 for 4 weeks - Aug 1941, Your Hit Parade 2 of 1941, US invalid BB 12 of 1941, POP 12 of 1941, DDD 13 of 1941, Brazil 22 of 1941, Europe 62 of the 1940s (1941)
63 Vaughn Monroe There! I've Said it Again 1945 US Billboard 1 - Mar 1945 (29 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Apr 1945 (20 weeks), UK 40s Sheet Music 2 - Sep 1945 (15 weeks), Your Hit Parade 6 of 1945, US invalid BB 6 of 1945, DZE 7 of 1945, DDD 8 of 1945, POP 9 of 1945, Europe 46 of the 1940s (1945), nuTsie 76 of 1940s, Song of 1944
64 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, DDD 4 of 1946, US invalid BB 7 of 1946, POP 9 of 1946, Your Hit Parade 20 of 1946, Brazil 30 of 1946, nuTsie 38 of 1940s
65 Artie Shaw Stardust 1941 Your Hit Parade 1 of 1941, US invalid BB 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
66 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, DDD 15 of 1945, POP 17 of 1945, Brazil 47 of 1946, Europe 47 of the 1940s (1945)
67 Johnny Mercer Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive 1945 US Billboard 1 - Jan 1945 (16 weeks), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1945), Library of Congress artifact added 2014 (1944), US 1940s 2 - Jan 1945 (13 weeks), POP 6 of 1945, DDD 7 of 1944, DZE 10 of 1945, Your Hit Parade 18 of 1945, Brazil 79 of 1945, RYM 22 of 1945
68 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 invalid BB 11 of 1948, POP 19 of 1948, Your Hit Parade 23 of 1948, Europe 23 of the 1940s (1948), Brazil 84 of 1948
69 Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters Pistol Packin' Mama 1943 US Country 1 for 4 weeks - Jan 1944, Australia 1 for 1 month - Oct 1944, DDD 1 of 1943, US Billboard 2 - 1943 (11 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Nov 1943 (9 weeks), Peel list 4 of 1943, UK 40s Sheet Music 7 - Mar 1944 (1 week), Acclaimed 1924 (1944), RYM 6 of 1943
70 Jimmy Dorsey Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy) 1941 US Billboard 1 - 1941 (17 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Mar 1941 (14 weeks), US 1 for 10 weeks - Mar 1941, Your Hit Parade 3 of 1941, Brazil 16 of 1941, US invalid BB 18 of 1941, POP 21 of 1941, nuTsie 41 of 1940s, Europe 75 of the 1940s (1941)
71 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), Your Hit Parade 15 of 1940, US invalid BB 15 of 1940, POP 15 of 1940, Europe 24 of the 1940s (1940), DDD 69 of 1940, RYM 87 of 1940
72 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
73 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 invalid 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
74 Billie Holiday God Bless the Child 1941 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1976 (1941), DDD 1 of 1941, US invalid 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
75 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 invalid BB 14 of 1948, POP 23 of 1948, Brazil 68 of 1948, nuTsie 98 of 1940s
76 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 invalid BB 15 of 1948, Your Hit Parade 21 of 1948, POP 25 of 1948, nuTsie 70 of 1940s, Brazil 79 of 1949
77 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 invalid BB 10 of 1948, POP 10 of 1948, Norway 20 - Dec 2007 (1 week)
78 Johnny Mercer Personality 1946 US Billboard 1 - Jan 1946 (15 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jan 1946 (16 weeks), US 1 for 1 week - Mar 1946, US invalid BB 1 of 1946, POP 2 of 1946, Your Hit Parade 7 of 1946, DDD 22 of 1945, Brazil 79 of 1946, RYM 78 of 1945
79 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 invalid BB 14 of 1947, POP 23 of 1947, Brazil 83 of 1947
80 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 invalid BB 11 of 1947, POP 20 of 1947, nuTsie 26 of 1930s, Brazil 29 of 1947
81 Doris Day It's Magic 1948 Your Hit Parade 1 of 1948, US Billboard 2 - Jul 1948 (21 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Jul 1948 (19 weeks), Oscar in 1948 (film 'Romance on the High Seas') (Nominated), US invalid BB 7 of 1948, UK 40s Sheet Music 8 - Feb 1949 (29 weeks), POP 15 of 1948, Brazil 31 of 1948, RYM 51 of 1948
82 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 invalid BB 12 of 1949, Your Hit Parade 14 of 1949, POP 25 of 1949, DDD 39 of 1949, Europe 99 of the 1940s (1949)
83 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, DDD 9 of 1946, POP 24 of 1946, Brazil 74 of 1947
84 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, UK 40s Sheet Music 4 - May 1946 (20 weeks), US 1940s 5 - Dec 1944 (5 weeks), DDD 11 of 1944, US invalid BB 18 of 1944, POP 21 of 1944, Brazil 56 of 1945, nuTsie 85 of 1940s, RYM 24 of 1944
85 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 invalid BB 10 of 1945, Your Hit Parade 15 of 1945, DDD 18 of 1945, POP 19 of 1945, Brazil 63 of 1946
86 Woody Guthrie This Land is Your Land 1944 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1989 (1947), DDD 1 of 1947, Library of Congress artifact added 2002 (1944), RIAA 3, Music Imprint 3 of 1940s, nuTsie 29 of 1940s, Acclaimed 204 (1947), WXPN 258, Visconti song of 1944, RYM 2 of 1947, Guardian Folk/ World 15, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
87 Frankie Laine That's My Desire 1947 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1947), US Billboard 4 - Mar 1947 (26 weeks), US 1940s 7 - Jul 1947 (4 weeks), Your Hit Parade 7 of 1947, DDD 7 of 1947, UK 40s Sheet Music 11 - Oct 1947 (13 weeks), nuTsie 17 of 1940s, Europe 43 of the 1940s (1947), Brazil 89 of 1948, RYM 40 of 1946
88 Benny Goodman Jersey Bounce 1942 US Billboard 1 - 1942 (21 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Apr 1942 (20 weeks), DZE 6 of 1942, US invalid BB 11 of 1942, POP 11 of 1942, DDD 13 of 1942, Your Hit Parade 15 of 1942, Brazil 37 of 1942, Europe 79 of the 1940s (1942), nuTsie 95 of 1940s, RYM 86 of 1942
89 Glenn Miller When You Wish Upon a Star 1940 US Billboard 1 - 1940 (16 weeks), US invalid BB 1 of 1940, POP 1 of 1940, UK 40s Sheet Music 2 - Apr 1940 (3 weeks), DDD 9 of 1940, Brazil 55 of 1940, RYM 15 of 1940
90 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 invalid BB 13 of 1946, POP 21 of 1946, DDD 22 of 1946, Brazil 66 of 1947
91 Eddy Howard To Each His Own 1946 US Billboard 1 - Jun 1946 (24 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jul 1946 (19 weeks), US 1 for 5 weeks - Aug 1946, DZE 4 of 1946, DDD 9 of 1946, nuTsie 46 of 1940s, Brazil 56 of 1946, Europe 95 of the 1940s (1946)
92 Louis Jordan Caldonia Boogie (What Makes Your Big Head So Hard) 1945 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1945), DDD 1 of 1945, Library of Congress artifact added 2013 (1945), US Billboard 6 - May 1945 (8 weeks), US 1940s 6 - Jun 1945 (6 weeks), POP 8 of 1945, Your Hit Parade 19 of 1945, Scrobulate 64 of swing, Acclaimed 934 (1945), RYM 1 of 1945, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
93 Glenn Miller Elmer's Tune 1941 US Billboard 1 - 1941 (20 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Nov 1941 (15 weeks), US 1 for 1 week - Dec 1941, Your Hit Parade 5 of 1941, DDD 33 of 1941, Brazil 53 of 1942, Europe 59 of the 1940s (1941), RYM 91 of 1941
94 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 invalid BB 6 of 1931, POP 6 of 1943, DZE 7 of 1943, DDD 9 of 1943, DMDB 44 (1931), Brazil 46 of 1944
95 Sammy Kaye Chickery Chick 1945 US Billboard 1 - Oct 1945 (16 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Oct 1945 (13 weeks), US 1 for 3 weeks - Nov 1945, US invalid BB 8 of 1945, DZE 8 of 1945, POP 12 of 1945, DDD 16 of 1945, Brazil 73 of 1946
96 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), DDD 9 of 1944, US invalid BB 14 of 1944, POP 14 of 1944, Brazil 32 of 1945, RYM 23 of 1944
97 Bing Crosby Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ra 1944 Australia 1 for 1 month - Dec 1945, US invalid BB 1 of 1944, POP 1 of 1944, US Billboard 4 - Oct 1944 (12 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Oct 1944 (9 weeks), UK 40s Sheet Music 4 - Jan 1945 (9 weeks), DDD 35 of 1944, RYM 50 of 1944
98 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
99 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
100 Sammy Kaye The Old Lamplighter 1946 US Billboard 1 - Nov 1946 (17 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Nov 1946 (14 weeks), US 1 for 7 weeks - Dec 1946, DZE 5 of 1946, DDD 12 of 1946, POP 14 of 1946, Your Hit Parade 24 of 1946, Brazil 46 of 1947, nuTsie 79 of 1940s

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20 Jan 2016

love song "How much do I love you...

..I'll tell you no lie; how deep is the ocean, how high is the sky; how manytimes a day do I think of you; how many roses are sprinkled with dew; how far would I travel to be where you are? how far is the journey from here to a star; and if I ever lost you, how much would I cry; how deep is the ocean, how high is the sky." +I believe Perry Como recorded it.


10 Dec 2015

I found It!

Yesterday I asked for help finding a song. I had the line wrong. The song is"I Want to Thank Your Folks". I hope I didn't cause any unnecessary work.


9 Dec 2015

Song sung at a Wedding in 1946

My father sang a song to my mother at their wedding in 1947. One of the lines was "I want to Thank your parents". He sang it unaccompanied. They are aging now. Close to 89 years old and he does not sing anymore. I am looking for a copy of the song so that I can give it to them as a gift. They will be married 70 years and we are planning a celebration. Can you help me? I would be very much appreciated.


27 Nov 2015

line in a military song

I am looking for a song with this line in it: "arms for the army, ships for the navy"

Did you try Google?


24 Nov 2015

lost record .

looking for a 78 rpm that was about 3 children being asked what they wantedfor christmas , one wanted a dolly that shut its eyes and said mama, one wanted a baby sister and johnny said i wanna train, cant remember who it was by . been searching for years please help.


19 Nov 2015

Looking for a love song with these lyrics, "How much do I love you, I'll tellyou no lies, how deep is the ocean, how high is the sky, how many times day do I think of you". Can you tell me who made the recording? +Savtaflo@aol.com


21 Sep 2015

june 3, 2014 question

Could it be "I'll walk Alone"title. +Words.. 'til I'm walking beside you--'til I look into you eyes, I'll walk alone.


21 Sep 2015

song title and lyrics

All I can remember at the moment is: "Who knows how much I love you,- you do--- who takes December and turns it into May, and then December comes back again when you're away. It's a slow romantic ballad type song I believe is from an old movie.


14 Sep 2015

1940'S SONGS

I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THERE ARE ONLY 80 SONGS OF THE 40'S AS LISTED ABOVE.

I WANT TO MAKE SOME RECORDINGS FROM THE 4O'S, 50'S, AND 60'S THANKS FOR YOUR FEED-BACK


12 Sep 2015

sshoes to set my feet a dancing


7 Sep 2015

What singer in the late 1940s till the end of 1945 wang the song {ersonality"+

The CSV file can answer that question


31 Aug 2015

Song my Grandpa sings

My Grandpa sings this song that I would like to play at my wedding but I can't find it online. Below are the few lyrics I know - any help is appreciated! Cause you're so sweet dear ...Just want to hold you ...down to my toes ...you're such a thrill Buffalo Bill


26 Aug 2015

Brushy Mountain Prison Song 1940s

The song began...."I'm in for life at Brushy Mountain". It is about BrushyMountain Prison in TN.+


4 Aug 2015

I wanta Kiss Momma Goodbye

Looking for a+ song for my father. + "While the tears filled the eyes of theFather and fell on the child's golden hair... ++ He silently hugged and caressed her... +Daddy tell me why momma had to die. ++ Daddy I wanna kiss momma goodbye. ++


25 Jul 2015

Help

My mother is 99 very soon and has been remembering a song - something aboutbeing like Aphrodite only with arms ._ any help gratefully received-


22 Jul 2015

Penguins on 78...

I have this memory of playing a 78 record in the late 60's... An instrumentaltrack called (I think...) Pixellated Penguin. I would love to locate this track, any clues anyone can give me would be appreciated. thanks

"Pixellated Penguin" by Russ Conway was the B Side of "Side Saddle" (1959).

It is available from Amazon at least (and probably iTunes as well)


10 Jul 2015

Song Lyrics

I am trying to identify the name of the song with the following lyrics:

I'd be lost without you, maybe lose my mind, I'd be wasted away, lose my appetite.

Can't remember any more of the lyric. +Anybody recognize this song?


19 Jun 2015

Song

Looking for a song for my dad he'd love to hear again before his time on earth ends, +I've been trying for a long time but can't find it, he says it's called Vagabond, +1940s song about a gypsy girl, +Irish singer, first line says, When I first saw you walking down the road+


4 May 2015

weekly movement of songs from the 40s

This is a great site... bravo. I've been trying to locate US weekly Billboard charts during the 40's. I can imagine that it is tough to find. I like seeing where songs entered the charts and how quickly they rose or dropped from the weekly survey. Is there anything available from what you have seen? or maybe I am not going through this site thoroughly enough... Thanks for your help

Mike

For the Billboard singles charts the "Bullfrog" spreadsheet is the best resource available. Look on the "Song Charts" page to see where to get it from


11 Apr 2015

Thank YOU!

I'm writing a historical fiction novel and use song titles for my characters to set the mood of each chapter. They're jitterbugs, of course, but this is a wonderful resource for me. Thank you for this list and info on the songs. I've bookmarked your site and will return many times. I think I'm going with Pistol Packing Mama for this next chapter, though I'm heading off to you tube to hear which version I like the best!

~ Tam Francis~ www.girlinthejitterbugdress.com


6 Apr 2015

Trying to find a song my Mother liked during WW2 1943-1946 in Ca. Some of the lyrics... Every now and then I wonder are you happy where you are+


22 Mar 2015

Looking for a song I listened to as. Child

Some of the words I remember ( if you should ever stray ten millions miles away, I'll find you ) and ( you know God in His heaven knew I loved you from the start, if my eyes tell you I'm crying, it's joy that fills my heart) Please if anyone knows the title of this song and who sang it, please answer.


16 Feb 2015

trying to find a song with lyrics there,s a danserette in paris in a smokey cabinway dancing for a living for a few dollars pay chorus is something like dance away the night my little danserette may be 40s or 50s or even earlier


12 Feb 2015

'I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter'

Reply to query of 31 July, 2014.

You got the title. It continues "and make believe it came from you."

Written by Fred E. Ahlert and Joe Young (1935 actually). Recorded by many artistes and bandleaders, +including: Fats Waller, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole. Even Bill Haley and the Comets did a rock 'n' roll version of it in 1956. It was featured in the 1978 Broadway musical "'Ain't Misbehavin' " +(which included a lot of Fats Waller's original songs and music (including the title song of course) as well as that of other swing and popular jazz artistes of the 1930s and 1940s. + Hope this helps?


12 Feb 2015

Song Title: 'I Can't Remember Her Name'

Hi. Trying to locate lyrics and composer: Song title: 'I Can't Remember Her Name'. +Popular song. +Ballad. +Later recorded (melody only) in a piano medley by Charlie Kunz ('oldies') - but that doesn't help me. I know the melody. +Any clues?


17 Jan 2015

Looking for a song from the 1940's+

I'm trying to find a song from the 1940's that has the lyric's (you are goingaway but not to stay for just how long I can not say but I pray that some happy day you'll come home again dear and say here I am I'm here to stay)? it would of been more likely an military song


30 Dec 2014

Hotdog Stand Song

I am looking for a song from the '40s about a "hotdog stand on the highway to Mexico City... Run by José Gonzales whose family all hollers to customers passing their way..." I believe the song may have been called José Gonzales. I have searched for years to no avail. Any help is much appreciated.+


8 Sep 2014

larry

vomit


11 Aug 2014

Name of this song think from 40-50 s

some of the word : I want to be kissed only by your lips dear, For your the only one that will ever be


31 Jul 2014

song with words im going to sit down and write my self a letter

Who sang it and title of it

You could type the song title into the search bar?


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"