Songs from the Year 1944

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This page lists the top songs of 1944 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 1944.

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 1944 were:

1:Bing Crosby2:Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters3:Ella Fitzgerald & The Ink Spots4:Jimmy Dorsey5:Frank Sinatra
6:Louis Jordan7:Orlando Silva8:Guy Lombardo9:Stan Kenton10:The Mills Brothers
# Artist Song Title Year Chart Entries
1 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
2 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
3 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
4 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, DZE 4 of 1944, US BB 10 of 1944, Brazil 10 of 1944, POP 10 of 1944, nuTsie 58 of 1940s, Europe 67 of the 1940s (1943)
5 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
6 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
7 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
8 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
9 Bing Crosby Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ra 1944 US BB 1 of 1944, Australia 1 for 1 month - Dec 1945, POP 1 of 1944, US Billboard 4 - Oct 1944 (12 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Oct 1944 (9 weeks), RYM 50 of 1944
10 Bing Crosby I Love You 1944 US Billboard 1 - Apr 1944 (18 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Apr 1944 (14 weeks), US 1 for 5 weeks - May 1944, DZE 9 of 1944, US BB 19 of 1944, Europe 21 of the 1940s (1944), POP 23 of 1944, RYM 43 of 1944
11 Harry James & Dick Haymes I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You) 1944 US Billboard 1 - Apr 1944 (28 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Apr 1944 (21 weeks), US 1 for 4 weeks - Jun 1944, Your Hit Parade 2 of 1944, DZE 5 of 1944, Europe 41 of the 1940s (1944), Song of 1944
12 Guy Lombardo It's Love-Love-Love 1944 US Billboard 1 - Mar 1944 (19 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Apr 1944 (10 weeks), US 1 for 2 weeks - Apr 1944, Your Hit Parade 9 of 1944, US BB 20 of 1944, POP 25 of 1944, Brazil 66 of 1944
13 Nat King Cole Straighten Up & Fly Right 1944 US Country 1 for 7 weeks - Jun 1944, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1944), Library of Congress artifact (1943), US Billboard 9 - Jun 1944 (7 weeks), US 1940s 9 - Jun 1944 (2 weeks), Your Hit Parade 10 of 1944, POP 16 of 1944, RYM 5 of 1944
14 The Andrews Sisters Shoo-Shoo Baby 1944 US Billboard 1 - Jan 1944 (21 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Jan 1944 (15 weeks), DZE 2 of 1944, US BB 12 of 1944, Your Hit Parade 12 of 1944, POP 12 of 1944, Brazil 67 of 1944, nuTsie 83 of 1940s
15 Glen Gray My Heart Tells Me (Should I Believe My Heart) 1944 US Billboard 1 - Nov 1943 (21 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Nov 1943 (20 weeks), US 1 for 5 weeks - Jan 1944, US BB 9 of 1944, POP 19 of 1944, Brazil 72 of 1944
16 Judy Garland The Trolley Song 1944 Your Hit Parade 1 of 1944, US BB 2 of 1944, POP 2 of 1944, Oscar in 1944 (film 'Meet Me in St. Louis') (Nominated), US Billboard 4 - Nov 1944 (8 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Dec 1944 (4 weeks), AFI 26, RYM 12 of 1944
17 Stan Kenton Artistry in Rhythm 1944 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1985 (1945), Library of Congress artifact (1943), US BB 9 of 1943, POP 9 of 1943, Your Hit Parade 14 of 1944, US Billboard 16 - Nov 1944 (1 week), Acclaimed 1921 (1945), RYM 23 of 1945
18 Louis Jordan GI Jive 1944 US Billboard 1 - May 1944 (25 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Jun 1944 (15 weeks), Your Hit Parade 13 of 1944, US BB 16 of 1944, POP 18 of 1944, Brazil 74 of 1945, nuTsie 97 of 1940s, RYM 1 of 1944
19 Merry Macs Mairzy Doates 1944 US Billboard 1 - Feb 1944 (15 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Feb 1944 (9 weeks), Your Hit Parade 3 of 1944, US BB 5 of 1944, POP 5 of 1944, DZE 8 of 1944
20 Bing Crosby San Fernando Valley 1944 US Billboard 1 - Mar 1944 (22 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Apr 1944 (12 weeks), DZE 10 of 1944, US BB 11 of 1944, Your Hit Parade 11 of 1944, POP 11 of 1944, RYM 49 of 1944
21 Frank Sinatra A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening 1944 Australia 1 for 1 month - Dec 1944, US Billboard 11 - Mar 1944 (4 weeks), Europe 28 of the 1940s (1944), RYM 21 of 1944
22 Bing Crosby Amor, Amor 1944 Australia 1 for 2 months - Feb 1945, US Billboard 2 - Jul 1944 (16 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Jul 1944 (7 weeks)
23 Louis Jordan Is You Is or Is You Ain't (Ma' Baby) 1944 US Country 1 for 5 weeks - Jul 1944, US Billboard 2 - Jul 1944 (19 weeks), US 1940s 5 - Sep 1944 (3 weeks), Your Hit Parade 19 of 1944, nuTsie 82 of 1940s, RYM 1 of 1944
24 Bing Crosby Long Ago & Far Away 1944 Australia 1 for 1 month - May 1945, US Billboard 5 - Jul 1944 (9 weeks), US 1940s 5 - Jul 1944 (4 weeks)
25 Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters Vic'try Polka 1944 Australia 1 for 1 month - Sep 1944, US Billboard 5 - Jan 1944 (13 weeks), RYM 6 of 1943
26 Duke Ellington Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me 1944 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011 (1944), US Billboard 10 - Feb 1944 (6 weeks), US 1940s 10 - Feb 1944 (1 week), POP 20 of 1944, Your Hit Parade 22 of 1944
27 Frank Sinatra I Couldn't Sleep A Wink Last Night 1944 Oscar in 1944 (film 'Higher and Higher') (Nominated), US Billboard 4 - Aug 1944 (14 weeks), US 1940s 5 - Feb 1944 (8 weeks), Europe 27 of the 1940s (1944), RYM 21 of 1944
28 The Ink Spots A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening 1944 Australia 1 for 1 month - Dec 1944, US Billboard 16 - Mar 1944 (1 week)
29 Bing Crosby It Could Happen to You 1944 Australia 1 for 2 months - Jun 1945, US Billboard 18 - Dec 1944 (2 weeks)
30 David Rose Holiday for strings 1944 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004 (1943), US Billboard 2 - Feb 1944 (21 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Feb 1944 (19 weeks)
31 Frank Sinatra White Christmas 1944 US Billboard 5 - Dec 1945 (4 weeks), US 1940s 7 - Dec 1944 (3 weeks), Europe 18 of the 1940s (1944), Scrobulate 42 of christmas, RYM 105 of 1946
32 Stan Kenton And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine 1944 US Billboard 4 - Sep 1944 (18 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Oct 1944 (11 weeks), Your Hit Parade 18 of 1944, Brazil 84 of 1945
33 Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes Long Ago & Far Away 1944 US Billboard 2 - Apr 1944 (18 weeks), US 1940s 2 - May 1944 (11 weeks), Brazil 53 of 1945
34 Jo Stafford It Could Happen to You 1944 US BB 8 of 1944, POP 8 of 1944, US Billboard 10 - Sep 1944 (10 weeks), US 1940s 10 - Sep 1944 (1 week), Your Hit Parade 17 of 1944
35 Joe Loss Orchestra No Other Love 1944 Australia 1 for 1 month - Nov 1944
36 Vera Lynn You'll Never Know 1944 Australia 1 for 3 months - Feb 1944
37 Joe Loss Orchestra You'll Never Know 1944 Australia 1 for 3 months - Feb 1944
38 Orlando Silva Atire a Primeira Pedra 1944 Brazil 1 of 1944
39 Vera Lynn No Other Love 1944 Australia 1 for 1 month - Nov 1944
40 Harry James Cherry 1944 US Billboard 4 - Jan 1944 (10 weeks), US 1940s 10 - Jan 1944 (1 week), Your Hit Parade 20 of 1944, Brazil 100 of 1945
41 The Mills Brothers Till Then 1944 Peel list 4 of 1944, US Billboard 8 - Aug 1944 (16 weeks), US 1940s 8 - Sep 1944 (3 weeks)
42 Helen Forrest Time Waits For No One 1944 US Billboard 2 - Aug 1944 (18 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Aug 1944 (10 weeks), Your Hit Parade 16 of 1944
43 Charlie Barnet Skyliner 1944 Peel list 2 of 1944, US Billboard 19 - Mar 1945 (1 week)
44 Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes It Had to Be You 1944 US Billboard 4 - Sep 1944 (9 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Sep 1944 (5 weeks), Brazil 89 of 1945
45 Glen Gray My Shining Hour 1944 Oscar in 1943 (film 'The Sky's the Limit') (Nominated), US Billboard 4 - Jan 1944 (7 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Jan 1944 (4 weeks)
46 Mary Martin I'll Walk Alone 1944 US Billboard 6 - Oct 1944 (13 weeks), US 1940s 6 - Oct 1944 (7 weeks), Brazil 97 of 1945
47 Perry Como Long Ago & Far Away 1944 US Billboard 8 - May 1944 (7 weeks), US 1940s 8 - May 1944 (3 weeks), Europe 31 of the 1940s (1944)
48 Louis Jordan Ration Blues 1944 US Country 1 for 2 weeks - Feb 1944, US Billboard 11 - Feb 1944 (4 weeks), RYM 16 of 1943
49 Lawrence Welk Don't You Sweetheart Me 1944 US Billboard 2 - Mar 1944 (20 weeks), US 1940s 8 - May 1944 (2 weeks), Your Hit Parade 15 of 1944
50 Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters A Hot Time in the Town of Berlin 1944 US Billboard 1 - Sep 1944 (14 weeks), DZE 6 of 1944
51 Red Foley Smoke On the Water 1944 US Country 1 for 13 weeks - Sep 1944, US Billboard 7 - Sep 1944 (11 weeks)
52 Xavier Cugat Babelu 1944 Brazil 24 of 1944, US Billboard 27 - Apr 1944 (1 week), US CashBox 40 - Mar 1952 (4 weeks)
53 Tex Ritter I'm Wastin' My Tears On You 1944 US Country 1 for 6 weeks - Dec 1944, US Billboard 11 - Nov 1944 (4 weeks)
54 Ernest Tubb Soldier's Last Letter 1944 US Country 1 for 3 weeks - Sep 1944, US Billboard 16 - Aug 1944 (2 weeks)
55 Al Dexter & his Troopers Too Late To Worry, Too Blue To Cry 1944 US Country 1 for 10 weeks - Apr 1944, US Billboard 23 - Apr 1944 (1 week)
56 Al Dexter & his Troopers Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) 1944 US Country 1 for 1 week - Mar 1944, US Billboard 29 - Apr 1944 (1 week)
57 Duke Ellington Black, Brown & Beige 1944 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1990 (1944), Acclaimed 1269 (1944)
58 Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters Is You Is or Is You Ain't (Ma' Baby) 1944 US Billboard 2 - Sep 1944 (12 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Sep 1944 (10 weeks)
59 The Pied Pipers & Jo Stafford The Trolley Song 1944 US Billboard 2 - Oct 1944 (14 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Oct 1944 (12 weeks)
60 Guy Lombardo Speak Low (When You Speak, Love) 1944 US Billboard 5 - Jan 1944 (9 weeks), US 1940s 6 - Jan 1944 (8 weeks), Your Hit Parade 8 of 1944
61 Cyro Monteiro Falsa Baiana 1944 Brazil 2 of 1944
62 Les Brown Twilight Time 1944 US BB 7 of 1944, POP 7 of 1944, US Billboard 16 - Mar 1945 (1 week)
63 The Ink Spots I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You) 1944 US Billboard 7 - May 1944 (14 weeks), US 1940s 7 - May 1944 (3 weeks), nuTsie 60 of 1940s
64 Bing Crosby Poinciana (Song Of The Tree) 1944 US Billboard 3 - Feb 1944 (15 weeks), US 1940s 5 - Mar 1944 (5 weeks), RYM 49 of 1944
65 Spade Cooley Shame On You 1944 US Country 1 for 2 weeks - Mar 1945, Song of 1944
66 Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes Together 1944 US Billboard 3 - Oct 1944 (10 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Oct 1944 (10 weeks)
67 Russ Morgan Dance With A Dolly (With a Hole In Her Stocking) 1944 US Billboard 3 - Nov 1944 (12 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Nov 1944 (7 weeks)
68 Jimmy Dorsey Star Eyes 1944 US Billboard 3 - Jan 1944 (16 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Jan 1944 (13 weeks)
69 Xavier Cugat Amor 1944 US Billboard 10 - Jul 1944 (9 weeks), Brazil 30 of 1944
70 Francisco Alves Eu Brinco (Com Pandeiro ou Sem Pandeiro) 1944 Brazil 3 of 1944
71 Harry James Estrellita 1944 US Billboard 12 - Sep 1944 (3 weeks), Brazil 95 of 1945
72 King Sisters It's Love-Love-Love 1944 US Billboard 4 - Apr 1944 (11 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Apr 1944 (4 weeks)
73 Lester Young Just You, Just Me 1944 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1944)
74 Floyd Tillman They Took the Stars Out of Heaven 1944 US Country 1 for 1 week - Mar 1944
75 Jimmy Dorsey When They Ask About You 1944 US Billboard 4 - Feb 1944 (14 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Apr 1944 (5 weeks)
76 Al Dexter & his Troopers So Long Pal 1944 US Country 1 for 1 week - Mar 1944
77 Tommy Dorsey & Frank Sinatra I'll be seeing you 1944 US Billboard 4 - May 1944 (17 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Jun 1944 (11 weeks)
78 Billie Holiday Embraceble You 1944 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2005 (1944)
79 Sister Rosetta Tharpe Down by the Riverside 1944 Library of Congress artifact (1944)
80 Vaughn Monroe The Trolley Song 1944 US Billboard 4 - Dec 1944 (7 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Dec 1944 (4 weeks)

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17 Apr 2014

1940s song

Frank Sinatra; "Bloop, bloop, bleep,bleep- the faucet keeps a dripin' and I just can't sleep."


25 Oct 2013

1940s song

Can someone tell me the words and name of the song that had "drip drip drip" in it.


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


9 Mar 2012

individual song

My grandmother wrote and submitted a song "G.I.Joe" about her son. I remember hearing it on the radio about 1943 or'44. Appreciate all help. Thank you Vic Heater

There is a song by Louis Jordan and Johnny Mercer called "GI Jive". The song "Linda" was nominated for an Oscar from the film 'The Story of G.I. Joe'.

Those are the only two songs we have listed that even come close.


31 Jan 2012

Trying to find out a songs name

My grandfather was in the navy in WWII he has altimerz and he sings something like this all the time "curbside beauty mother"


30 Dec 2010

This is a great way for me to show my grandchildren what music was like when I was a kid. It brings back memories...


31 Jan 2010

song

The # 1 song and by whom of Dec. 30th. 1944

The first question is "where?", for example in Australia the number 1 song was "A Lovely Way to Spend An Evening" (with two versions by The Ink Spots and by Frank Sinatra).

We can see that you are from the USA so we suspect that you meant what was the number 1 song in the US.

So the next question would be "according to who?", there were no official charts published in the 1940s, the closest would be some occasional charts published by Billboard magazine. Billboard produced a variety of different charts starting in 1936 these were finally consolidated in 1958 into the "Hot 100" which has been published ever since (although the way they are calculated has changed of course).

In 1944 the "Best Sellers in Stores" chart is probably the most representative one. In that chart the number 1 record was:

"Don't Fence Me In" by Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters

in the entry for the song above it says "US 1 for 8 weeks - Dec 1944" that means it was the Billboard "Stores" number 1 for 8 weeks starting in December 1944.


5 Sep 2009

songs of the fortiies

June: Thanks for the list of songs. They are great! Will try to find them at the mall next to the DQ! Love you for thinking of us. Dad

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