Songs from the Year 1943

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This page lists the top songs of 1943 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. There is also a set of monthly tables showing the various number ones on any date during 1943.

Between 1920 and 1940 there are few available charts (at least that we can find). These results should be treated with some caution since, with few exceptions, they are based on fairly subjective charts and biased towards the USA.

During this era music was dominated by a number of "Big Bands" and songs could be attributed to the band leader, the band name, the lead singer or a combination of the them. It is common, for example, to see the same song listed with three different artists. And, just to stop us from getting bored, the success of a song was tied to the sales of sheet music, so a popular song would often be perfomed by many different combinations of singers and bands and the contemporary charts would list the song, without clarifying whose version was the major hit. Where we have found such issues we have attempted to consolidate the entries using the most widely accepted value for the artist in each case.

The top ten song artists of 1943 were:

1:Harry James2:Dick Haymes3:Tommy Dorsey & Frank Sinatra4:Bing Crosby5:Frank Sinatra
6:The Mills Brothers7:Al Dexter & his Troopers8:Glenn Miller9:Benny Goodman10:The Song Spinners
# Artist Song Title Year Chart Entries
1 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
2 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)
3 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)
4 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
5 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)
6 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
7 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
8 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
9 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
10 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
11 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
12 Lena Horne Stormy Weather 1943 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000 (1942), Music Imprint 8 of 1940s, Your Hit Parade 13 of 1943, US Billboard 21 - 1943 (1 week), RIAA 26, nuTsie 28 of 1940s, AFI 30, Acclaimed 1039 (1942), Visconti song of 1943, RYM 10 of 1942, Song of 1941
13 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, Your Hit Parade 7 of 1943, nuTsie 77 of 1940s
14 Frank Sinatra All or Nothing at All 1943 US Billboard 1 - 1943 (21 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Jun 1943 (18 weeks), DDD 10 of 1940, nuTsie 21 of 1930s, Europe 25 of the 1940s (1943), Brazil 29 of 1944
15 Tommy Dorsey & Frank Sinatra In the Blues of the Evening 1943 US Billboard 1 - 1943 (19 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jul 1943 (17 weeks), US 1 for 3 weeks - Aug 1943, DZE 10 of 1943, RYM 109 of 1942
16 Vaughn Monroe When The Lights Go On Again (All Over The World) 1943 US Billboard 1 - Oct 1942 (15 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Nov 1942 (31 weeks), Your Hit Parade 2 of 1943, DZE 8 of 1943, US BB 19 of 1943, POP 23 of 1943
17 Dooley Wilson As Time Goes By 1943 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010 (1944), AFI 2, Your Hit Parade 3 of 1943, UK 15 - Dec 1977 (9 weeks), nuTsie 49 of 1940s
18 Harry James Mister Five By Five 1943 US Billboard 1 - Nov 1942 (13 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Nov 1942 (12 weeks), US BB 17 of 1943, POP 19 of 1943, Brazil 85 of 1943, RYM 30 of 1943
19 Judy Garland & Gene Kelly For Me & My Gal 1943 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010 (1942), US Billboard 3 - 1943 (21 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Mar 1943 (9 weeks), Your Hit Parade 11 of 1942, Brazil 49 of 1943
20 Dinah Shore You'd Be So Nice to Come Home to 1943 Oscar in 1943 (film 'Something to Shout About') (Nominated), US Billboard 3 - 1943 (18 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Feb 1943 (11 weeks), US BB 5 of 1943, Your Hit Parade 10 of 1943, POP 20 of 1943, RYM 13 of 1943
21 Bing Crosby & Trudy Erwin Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' 1943 US BB 2 of 1943, POP 2 of 1943, US Billboard 4 - Oct 1943 (13 weeks), US 1940s 5 - Nov 1943 (9 weeks), Europe 8 of the 1940s (1943)
22 Dinah Shore (As Long As You're Not in Love with Anyone Else) Why Don't You Fall In Love With Me? 1943 Australia 1 for 1 month - Nov 1943, US Billboard 3 - 1943 (12 weeks), US 1940s 5 - Dec 1942 (19 weeks)
23 Xavier Cugat Brazil (Aquarela do Brasil) 1943 US Billboard 2 - 1943 (24 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Dec 1942 (32 weeks), Your Hit Parade 15 of 1943, Brazil 18 of 1943, nuTsie 22 of 1940s
24 Frank Sinatra Sunday, Monday or Always 1943 Australia 1 for 2 months - May 1944, US Billboard 9 - 1943 (11 weeks), US 1940s 9 - Sep 1943 (4 weeks), RYM 18 of 1943
25 Duke Ellington Don't Get Around Much Anymore 1943 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010 (1940), POP 5 of 1943, US Billboard 8 - 1943 (14 weeks), US 1940s 8 - Jul 1943 (2 weeks), RYM 7 of 1940, Song of 1949
26 Bing Crosby & Trudy Erwin People Will Say We're in Love 1943 US Billboard 2 - 1943 (17 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Oct 1943 (14 weeks), Europe 9 of the 1940s (1943), Your Hit Parade 11 of 1943
27 Dick Haymes It Can't Be Wrong 1943 US Billboard 1 - 1943 (15 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Jul 1943 (11 weeks), Brazil 41 of 1944
28 The Ink Spots Don't Get Around Much Anymore 1943 US Billboard 2 - 1943 (28 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Feb 1943 (16 weeks), Your Hit Parade 6 of 1943, nuTsie 71 of 1940s, RYM 44 of 1942
29 Bing Crosby Oklahoma! 1943 US BB 1 of 1943, POP 1 of 1943, RYM 19 of 1943
30 Jacques Renard & his Orchestra As Time Goes By 1943 US Billboard 3 - 1943 (16 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Mar 1943 (16 weeks), POP 6 of 1931, Brazil 81 of 1944
31 Benny Goodman Why Don't You Do Right 1943 US Billboard 4 - 1943 (19 weeks), US 1940s 5 - Dec 1942 (22 weeks), Your Hit Parade 21 of 1943, Brazil 86 of 1943, RYM 37 of 1942
32 Bing Crosby I'll Be Home For Christmas 1943 US Billboard 3 - 1943 (7 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Dec 1943 (5 weeks), Europe 10 of the 1940s (1943), RYM 41 of 1943
33 Jimmy Dorsey They're Either Too Young Or Too Old 1943 US Billboard 2 - Dec 1943 (12 weeks), Oscar in 1943 (film 'Thank Your Lucky Stars') (Nominated), US 1940s 3 - Dec 1943 (9 weeks)
34 Vaughn Monroe Let's Get Lost 1943 US Billboard 1 - 1943 (14 weeks), US 1940s 8 - Jun 1943 (2 weeks), Your Hit Parade 17 of 1943
35 Gene Autry Deep in the Heart of Texas 1943 Australia 1 for 2 months - Dec 1943
36 Vera Lynn I Had the Craziest Dream 1943 Australia 1 for 1 month - Dec 1943
37 Kate Smith I Don't Want to Walk Without You 1943 Australia 1 for 4 months - Feb 1943
38 Mayfair Dance Orchestra Pedro The Fisherman 1943 Peel list 1 of 1943
39 Francisco Alves A Dama de Vermelho 1943 Brazil 1 of 1943
40 Dick Haymes Put Your Arms Around Me Honey 1943 US Billboard 5 - 1943 (7 weeks), US 1940s 5 - Oct 1943 (6 weeks), Brazil 91 of 1944
41 Judy Garland Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart 1943 Your Hit Parade 1 of 1943, US Billboard 22 - 1943 (1 week), RYM 15 of 1943
42 Frank Sinatra You'll Never Know 1943 US Billboard 2 - 1943 (16 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Jul 1943 (13 weeks), RYM 17 of 1943
43 Harry James Two O'Clock Jump 1943 US BB 4 of 1943, POP 12 of 1943, US Billboard 19 - 1943 (1 week), RYM 20 of 1943
44 Ella Mae Morse Shoo-Shoo Baby 1943 US Billboard 4 - Dec 1943 (18 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Dec 1943 (15 weeks), POP 24 of 1943
45 Harry James Velvet Moon 1943 US Billboard 2 - 1943 (16 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Apr 1943 (13 weeks)
46 Charles Trenet Douce France 1943 France (Historical) 8 of the 1940s (1943), Italy 25 of 1950
47 Duke Ellington Perdido 1943 US BB 11 of 1943, POP 11 of 1943, US Billboard 21 - 1943 (1 week), RYM 4 of 1942
48 Harry James I Heard You Cried Last Night 1943 US Billboard 2 - 1943 (21 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Jul 1943 (18 weeks)
49 Jimmy Wakely There's a Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere 1943 US BB 13 of 1943, POP 13 of 1943, US Billboard 14 - 1943 (2 weeks)
50 Frank Sinatra People Will Say We're in Love 1943 US Billboard 3 - 1943 (18 weeks), US 1940s 6 - Oct 1943 (9 weeks), RYM 12 of 1943
51 Tommy Dorsey & Frank Sinatra It's Always You 1943 US Billboard 3 - 1943 (13 weeks), US 1940s 6 - Jul 1943 (7 weeks), Song of 1941
52 Anne Shelton You'd Be So Nice to Come Home to 1943 Peel list 2 of 1943
53 Orlando Silva Sempre em Meu Coracao 1943 Brazil 2 of 1943
54 Dinah Washington Evil Gal Blues 1943 Peel list 3 of 1943, RYM 26 of 1944
55 Duke Ellington Sentimental Lady 1943 POP 3 of 1943, US Billboard 19 - 1943 (1 week), RYM 7 of 1943
56 Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters Jingle Bells 1943 Europe 12 of the 1940s (1943), US Billboard 19 - 1943 (1 week), Global 33 (5 M sold) - 1943
57 Glenn Miller Rhapsody in Blue 1943 US Billboard 13 - 1943 (7 weeks), Italy 18 of 1947
58 Tommy Dorsey & Frank Sinatra It Started All Over Again 1943 US Billboard 4 - 1943 (17 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Feb 1943 (12 weeks)
59 The Song Spinners You'll Never Know 1943 US 1940s 1 - Jul 1943 (16 weeks)
60 Kay Kyser Let's Get Lost 1943 US Billboard 4 - 1943 (11 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Jun 1943 (5 weeks)
61 Dick Haymes In My Arms 1943 US Billboard 3 - 1943 (13 weeks), US 1940s 7 - Jul 1943 (7 weeks)
62 Glenn Miller Blue Rain 1943 US Billboard 8 - Nov 1943 (14 weeks), US 1940s 9 - Nov 1943 (3 weeks), RYM 93 of 1939
63 Heleninha Costa Exaltacao a Bahia 1943 Brazil 3 of 1943
64 Frank Sinatra Close to You 1943 US Billboard 10 - 1943 (9 weeks), US 1940s 10 - Oct 1943 (1 week), RYM 17 of 1943
65 Dinah Shore Murder, He Says 1943 US Billboard 5 - 1943 (11 weeks), US 1940s 5 - May 1943 (2 weeks)
66 The Song Spinners Johnny Zero 1943 US Billboard 4 - 1943 (9 weeks), US 1940s 7 - Jul 1943 (4 weeks)
67 Dick Kuhn & his Orchestra Put Your Arms Around Me Honey 1943 US Billboard 4 - 1943 (10 weeks), US 1940s 8 - Oct 1943 (3 weeks)
68 Willie Kelly & his Orchestra You'll Never Know 1943 US Billboard 6 - 1943 (5 weeks), US 1940s 6 - Jun 1943 (4 weeks)
69 Glen Gray Don't Get Around Much Anymore 1943 US Billboard 7 - 1943 (16 weeks), US 1940s 7 - May 1943 (8 weeks)
70 4 Ases & Um Coringa Terra Seca 1943 Brazil 4 of 1943
71 Original Cast Oklahoma! 1943 US Billboard 9 - 1943 (4 weeks), US 1940s 9 - Dec 1943 (2 weeks)
72 Freddie Slack That Old Black Magic 1943 US Billboard 10 - 1943 (8 weeks), US 1940s 10 - Mar 1943 (1 week)
73 Erskine Hawkins Don't Cry, Baby 1943 POP 10 of 1943, US Billboard 11 - 1943 (14 weeks)
74 Silvio Caldas Meus Vinte Anos 1943 Brazil 5 of 1943
75 Carmen Costa So Vendo Que Beleza (Marambaia) 1943 Brazil 6 of 1943
76 Nat King Cole All For You 1943 US Billboard 18 - 1943 (1 week), POP 18 of 1943
77 Fred Astaire I'm Old Fashioned 1943 Your Hit Parade 20 of 1943, US Billboard 23 - 1943 (1 week)
78 Tommy Dorsey In the Blues of the Evening 1943 Your Hit Parade 23 of 1943, nuTsie 66 of 1940s
79 Isaura Garcia Aperto de Mao 1943 Brazil 8 of 1943
80 Osny Silva Alza Manolita (As Cartas Nao Mentem Jamais) 1943 Brazil 10 of 1943

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Previous Comments (newest first)

26 Feb 2014

Need hit song for 6-11-43

Look at the FAQ "What song was number 1 on the day I was born?"


17 Dec 2013

Looking for the song my ideal from the 40 s


17 Nov 2013

You'll Never Know

Not sure, but the two versions "You'll Never Know" by Dick Haymes (3) & by The Song Spinners (63) might be the same release.

The original source credited "Dick Haymes & The Song Spinners". We assumed this was listing two versions, so Dick Haymes is already credited. We think your assertion is correct but changing all the other charts to "Dick Haymes & The Song Spinners" would be too much of a modification. So, despite the fact you're probably right we're going to keep the two entries so people searching can find the song either way.

Thanks for the clarification


5 Oct 2013

chart list help

Dear Reader,

I am hoping you can help me. I am putting together a list of songs for my father's 70th Birthday. The songs are on the 17th October 1943. Is there any chance of obtaining a list of the top ten songs in the UK and US on that date? Thank you so much for the time responding to my email and i hope to hear from you soon,

best regards

Mr Robert Black

There were no regular charts before the 1950s. Your two choices are the "Number One" listings (which were retrospective and only cover the US and Australia) and the year's hits.


5 Mar 2013

the "New Look" in fashion in the 1940's

Elderly woman at an assisted living facility would like to hear a song the NEW LOOK about the new look in fashion for women in the 40's. +I can't seem to locate anything.

She wasn't certain about the title. Could you point me in a direction for searching further? She also mentioned A Slow Boat to China which I did find.

The song "The New Look" was a minor hit for Freddy Martin in 1948, it peaked at number 21 in the Billboard chart. As it happens you could have found it in the site index (under "New Look, The") or by entering "new look" in the search box on the top of the page.

"On a Slow Boat to China" has its own page (which you have found, of course) it was also a big hit in 1948.


31 Dec 2011

# 33 I Don't Want to Walk Without You

Both Bing Crosby and Kate Smith recorded this song indivaiually but I have found no evidence. Also, Bing was under contract to Decca while Kate recorded for Columbia, so a joint recording session would have been highly unlikely.

Charts from this era list artists in a variety of ways. We've accepted your suggested fix, thanks.


12 Jun 2011

Taking a Chance on Love

Song 15 and 51 might be one and the same. Benny Goodman's "Taking a Chance onLove" was sung by Helen Forrest.

That does sound reasonable, we've made the change, thanks for the correction.


13 Mar 2011

Rudy Vallee - As Time Goes By

Rudy's "As Time Goes By" was also on the charts in 1953. I haven't been able to find which version charted, or if it was a different one than the '32, '43 or '46 versions I have found. Do you have any info about the '53 song?

Thanks for any help, Mary

We don't have any indication of a 1953 version by Rudy Vallee. These the versions that we have listed

Rudy Vallee & His Connecticut Yankees - 1943 - US Billboard 1 - 1943 (16 weeks), 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

Jacques Renard & His Orchestra - 1943 - US Billboard 3 - 1943 (16 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Mar 1943 (16 weeks), POP 6 of 1931, Brazil 81 of 1944

Dooley Wilson - 1942 - AFI 2, UK 15 - Dec 1977 (9 weeks), nuTsie 49 of 1940s

Ray Anthony - 1952 - US Billboard 10 - Jun 1952 (4 weeks), Brazil 70 of 1953

Johnny Nash - 1959 - Canada 25 - Mar 1959 (7 weeks), US Billboard 43 - Mar 1959 (11 weeks)

Jason Donovan - 1992 - UK 26 - Nov 1992 (6 weeks)

Johnnie Ray - 1955 - US CashBox 35 - Jan 1955 (3 weeks)

Funkapolitan - 1981 - UK 41 - Aug 1981 (7 weeks)

Richard Allan - 1960 - UK 43 - Mar 1960 (1 week)

Bryan Ferry - 1999 - Japan (Tokyo) 53 - Nov 1999 (4 weeks)

Harry Nilsson - 1973 - US Billboard 86 - Sep 1973 (5 weeks)

Jimmy Durante - unknown year


23 Aug 2010

17 - Bing Crosby - Oklahoma!

I don't think there is any song called "Oklahoma!". Please read the explanation below:

http://www.answers.com/topic/the-chronological-bing-crosby-vol-34-1942-43-2004-album-by-bing-crosby

The web page you list talks about albums by Bing Crosby, it mentions that he sang at least one of the songs from the musical so its reasonable to assume that he sang the title song a few times as well.

If Bing Crosby never recorded the song it is a bit strange that three apparently independant sources list the song.

The source you provide is not enough for us to doubt the three charts, so we're going to keep the entry.