Songs from the Year 1946

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This page lists the top songs of 1946 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 1946.

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 1946 were:

1:Frank Sinatra2:Perry Como3:Freddy Martin4:The Ink Spots5:Sammy Kaye
6:Nat King Cole7:Frankie Carle8:Dinah Shore9:Bing Crosby10:Johnny Mercer
# Artist Song Title Year Chart Entries
1 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)
2 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
3 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)
4 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
5 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
6 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
7 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
8 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
9 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
10 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)
11 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, POP 14 of 1946, Your Hit Parade 24 of 1946, Brazil 46 of 1947, nuTsie 79 of 1940s
12 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, nuTsie 46 of 1940s, Brazil 56 of 1946, Europe 95 of the 1940s (1946)
13 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 BB 3 of 1946, POP 13 of 1946, Brazil 22 of 1947, nuTsie 32 of 1940s, RYM 15 of 1946
14 Betty Hutton Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief 1946 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1945 (20 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Dec 1945 (19 weeks), US 1 for 1 week - Mar 1946, US BB 11 of 1946, Your Hit Parade 18 of 1946, POP 22 of 1946, Brazil 59 of 1946
15 Sammy Kaye I'm a Big Girl Now 1946 US Billboard 1 - Mar 1946 (15 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Apr 1946 (11 weeks), US 1 for 1 week - Apr 1946, US BB 12 of 1946, Your Hit Parade 16 of 1946, POP 19 of 1946, Brazil 92 of 1946
16 Kay Kyser Ole Buttermilk Sky 1946 US Billboard 1 - Sep 1946 (19 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Nov 1946 (12 weeks), US 1 for 2 weeks - Dec 1946, Your Hit Parade 4 of 1946, DZE 10 of 1946, US BB 14 of 1946, POP 23 of 1946
17 Frankie Carle Oh! What it Seemed to Be 1946 US Billboard 1 - Jan 1946 (20 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Feb 1946 (17 weeks), US 1 for 6 weeks - Mar 1946, DZE 2 of 1946, Your Hit Parade 10 of 1946, POP 18 of 1946
18 Perry Como They Say It's Wonderful 1946 Australia 1 for 2 months - Jul 1947, US Billboard 4 - Jun 1946 (13 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Jun 1946 (8 weeks), Your Hit Parade 22 of 1946, Europe 29 of the 1940s (1946)
19 Bing Crosby & The Jesters Sioux City Sue 1946 Your Hit Parade 1 of 1946, Australia 1 for 1 month - Dec 1946, US Billboard 3 - Apr 1946 (16 weeks), US 1940s 6 - Apr 1946 (6 weeks)
20 Frank Sinatra Oh! What it Seemed to Be 1946 US Billboard 1 - Feb 1946 (17 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Mar 1946 (11 weeks), US BB 2 of 1946, POP 18 of 1946, nuTsie 74 of 1940s, Brazil 78 of 1946, RYM 78 of 1946
21 Perry Como Surrender 1946 US Billboard 1 - Jun 1946 (17 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jul 1946 (16 weeks), US 1 for 1 week - Aug 1946, Your Hit Parade 13 of 1946
22 Charles Trenet La Mer (Beyond the Sea) 1946 ASCAP song of 1945, Italy 3 of 1948, France (Historical) 10 of the 1940s (1947), Visconti song of 1946
23 Bing Crosby Symphony 1946 Australia 1 for 2 months - Oct 1946, US Billboard 3 - Jan 1946 (12 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Dec 1945 (12 weeks)
24 Bing Crosby You Keep Coming Back Like a Song 1946 Australia 1 for 1 month - Jun 1947, Oscar in 1946 (film 'Blue Skies') (Nominated), US Billboard 12 - Nov 1946 (6 weeks)
25 Sammy Kaye Laughing On The Outside (Crying On the Inside) 1946 Australia 1 for 1 month - Jan 1947, US Billboard 3 - May 1946 (11 weeks), US 1940s 7 - May 1946 (4 weeks)
26 Tex Beneke Five Minutes More 1946 Australia 1 for 1 month - May 1947, US Billboard 4 - Aug 1946 (18 weeks), US 1940s 6 - Sep 1946 (12 weeks)
27 Dinah Shore You Keep Coming Back Like a Song 1946 Australia 1 for 1 month - Jun 1947, US Billboard 5 - Nov 1946 (3 weeks), Your Hit Parade 5 of 1946
28 Thelonious Monk Round About Midnight 1946 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1993 (1948), Music Imprint 10 of 1940s, RIAA 37, nuTsie 59 of 1940s, Scrobulate 100 of jazz, Acclaimed 281 (1946), RYM 18 of 1948
29 The Ink Spots Prisoner of Love 1946 Australia 1 for 2 months - Feb 1947, US Billboard 9 - Jun 1946 (11 weeks), US 1940s 10 - Jun 1946 (1 week)
30 Hoagy Carmichael & Cass Daley Ole Buttermilk Sky 1946 US Billboard 2 - Oct 1946 (19 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Nov 1946 (12 weeks), Oscar in 1946 (film 'Canyon Passage') (Nominated), Brazil 58 of 1947
31 Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters South America, Take It Away 1946 US Billboard 2 - Aug 1946 (19 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Aug 1946 (17 weeks), Your Hit Parade 14 of 1946, Europe 22 of the 1940s (1946)
32 Louis Jordan Choo Choo Ch'Boogie 1946 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008 (1946), POP 5 of 1946, US Billboard 7 - Aug 1946 (16 weeks), US 1940s 8 - Aug 1946 (5 weeks), RYM 1 of 1946
33 Bing Crosby They Say It's Wonderful 1946 Australia 1 for 2 months - Jul 1947, US Billboard 12 - Jun 1946 (4 weeks)
34 Hoagy Carmichael Huggin' & Chalkin' 1946 US Billboard 1 - Nov 1946 (15 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Dec 1946 (13 weeks), DZE 10 of 1947, Your Hit Parade 21 of 1947
35 Dinah Shore The Gypsy 1946 US Billboard 1 - Apr 1946 (21 weeks), US 1940s 2 - May 1946 (15 weeks), Brazil 38 of 1946
36 Johnny Mercer Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah 1946 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010 (1946), US Billboard 8 - Dec 1946 (8 weeks), Music Imprint 12 of 1940s, RIAA 67, RYM 99 of 1946
37 Nat King Cole (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 1946 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002 (1946), US Billboard 11 - Aug 1946 (8 weeks), Acclaimed 1456 (1946), Visconti song of 1946, RYM 3 of 1946
38 Freddy Martin Bumble Boogie 1946 US BB 2 of 1948, POP 2 of 1948, US Billboard 7 - May 1946 (6 weeks), US 1940s 7 - May 1946 (2 weeks)
39 Harry James I Can't Begin to Tell You 1946 Oscar in 1946 (film 'The Dolly Sisters') (Nominated), US Billboard 5 - Dec 1945 (12 weeks), US 1940s 9 - Jan 1946 (2 weeks), Brazil 69 of 1946
40 Stan Kenton Shoo-Fly Pie & Apple Pan Dowdy 1946 US BB 5 of 1946, US Billboard 6 - Mar 1946 (11 weeks), US 1940s 8 - Mar 1946 (4 weeks), Your Hit Parade 12 of 1946, POP 16 of 1946
41 Tino Rossi Petit Papa Noel 1946 France (Historical) 1 of the 1940s (1946), Global 33 (5 M sold) - 1946
42 Bing Crosby & The Jesters McNamara's Band 1946 US BB 6 of 1946, POP 6 of 1946, US Billboard 10 - Mar 1946 (4 weeks), Europe 16 of the 1940s (1945)
43 Louis Jordan Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens 1946 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2013 (1946), POP 5 of 1947, US Billboard 6 - Jan 1947 (6 weeks), RYM 2 of 1946
44 Dizzy Gillespie Night in Tunisia 1946 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004 (1946), nuTsie 64 of 1940s, Acclaimed 1463 (1946), RYM 13 of 1948, Song of 1946
45 Isaura Garcia & Os Namorados da Lua De Conversa em Conversa 1946 Brazil 1 of 1946
46 Benny Goodman Symphony 1946 US Billboard 2 - Dec 1945 (14 weeks), US 1940s 5 - Jan 1946 (10 weeks), Europe 88 of the 1940s (1946)
47 Frank Sinatra The Coffee Song 1946 US Billboard 6 - Sep 1946 (12 weeks), US 1940s 10 - Oct 1946 (1 week), UK 39 - Nov 1961 (3 weeks), RYM 38 of 1946
48 Charlie Parker Ornithology 1946 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1989 (1946), Scrobulate 49 of jazz, Acclaimed 1591 (1946)
49 The Modernaires & Paula Kelly To Each His Own 1946 US Billboard 3 - Aug 1946 (14 weeks), US 1940s 5 - Aug 1946 (6 weeks), Brazil 94 of 1947
50 Perry Como I'm Always Chasing Rainbows 1946 US Billboard 5 - Feb 1946 (8 weeks), US 1940s 7 - Feb 1946 (7 weeks), Europe 34 of the 1940s (1945)
51 Les Brown You Won't Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart) 1946 US Billboard 4 - Jan 1946 (15 weeks), US 1940s 5 - Mar 1946 (8 weeks), Brazil 100 of 1946
52 Frank Sinatra They Say It's Wonderful 1946 US Billboard 2 - May 1946 (14 weeks), US 1940s 8 - Jun 1946 (6 weeks), POP 20 of 1946, RYM 79 of 1946
53 Freddy Martin Doin' What Comes Naturally 1946 US Billboard 2 - Jun 1946 (13 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Jul 1946 (8 weeks), Your Hit Parade 9 of 1946
54 Frank Sinatra The House I Live In 1946 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1946), US Billboard 22 - Jan 1946 (1 week), RYM 4 of 1945
55 Lionel Hampton Hamp's Walkin' Boogie 1946 Peel list 2 of 1946, RYM 30 of 1946
56 Xavier Cugat South America, Take It Away 1946 US Billboard 6 - Aug 1946 (13 weeks), US 1940s 9 - Sep 1946 (3 weeks), Brazil 93 of 1947
57 Dinah Shore Laughing On The Outside (Crying On the Inside) 1946 US Billboard 3 - Apr 1946 (12 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Apr 1946 (9 weeks), Your Hit Parade 15 of 1946
58 Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 1946 ASCAP song of 1946, US Billboard 14 - Aug 1946 (2 weeks)
59 Al Dexter & his Troopers Guitar Polka 1946 US Country 1 for 15 weeks - Feb 1946, US Billboard 16 - Mar 1946 (1 week)
60 Lionel Hampton Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop 1946 POP 8 of 1946, US Billboard 9 - Mar 1946 (8 weeks), US 1940s 9 - Apr 1946 (3 weeks), RYM 4 of 1946
61 Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys New Spanish Two-Step 1946 US Country 1 for 17 weeks - May 1946, US Billboard 20 - Jul 1946 (1 week)
62 Merle Travis Divorce Me COD 1946 US Country 1 for 14 weeks - Oct 1946, US Billboard 25 - Nov 1946 (1 week)
63 Spike Jones Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai) 1946 US Billboard 8 - Aug 1946 (1 week), US 1940s 8 - Aug 1946 (1 week), POP 12 of 1946, RYM 37 of 1946
64 Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan Stone Cold Dead in the Market (He Had It Coming) 1946 US Billboard 7 - Jul 1946 (6 weeks), US 1940s 9 - Jul 1946 (2 weeks), Your Hit Parade 19 of 1946, RYM 5 of 1946
65 Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli Nuages 1946 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000 (1946), Acclaimed 1872 (1946)
66 4 Ases & Um Coringa Baiao 1946 Brazil 2 of 1946
67 Dinah Shore Doin' What Comes Naturally 1946 US Billboard 3 - Jun 1946 (14 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Jun 1946 (11 weeks), Song of 1946
68 Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup That's Alright Mama 1946 Peel list 4 of 1946, RYM 8 of 1947
69 Guy Lombardo & The Andrews Sisters Christmas Island 1946 US Billboard 7 - Dec 1946 (4 weeks), Europe 32 of the 1940s (1946)
70 Louis Jordan Let the Good Times Roll 1946 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2009 (1946), RYM 2 of 1946
71 Carroll Gibbons Chickery Chick 1946 Peel list 3 of 1946
72 Harry Choates Jole Blon 1946 Library of Congress artifact (1946), RYM 16 of 1946
73 Dixie Hummingbirds Amazing Grace 1946 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000 (1946), RYM 20 of 1946
74 Sarah Vaughan If You Could See Me Now 1946 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1946), RYM 21 of 1946
75 Tony Martin To Each His Own 1946 US Billboard 4 - Jul 1946 (16 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Aug 1946 (12 weeks), RYM 94 of 1946
76 Eddy Howard (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons 1946 US Billboard 2 - Nov 1946 (20 weeks), US 1940s 6 - Jan 1947 (5 weeks)
77 Kay Kyser The Old Lamplighter 1946 US Billboard 3 - Nov 1946 (13 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Nov 1946 (11 weeks)
78 Les Brown I Got the Sun in the Morning 1946 Your Hit Parade 2 of 1946, US Billboard 10 - Jun 1946 (5 weeks)
79 Sammy Kaye The Gypsy 1946 US Billboard 3 - May 1946 (17 weeks), US 1940s 4 - May 1946 (10 weeks)
80 Isaura Garcia Mensagem 1946 Brazil 3 of 1946

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8 Jul 2014

1946 0r 47 Popular in juke boxes

I am as restless as a willow in a windstorm... As nervous??'''

Not nervous, "I'm as jumpy as puppet on a string"

The song is "It might as well be spring", Dick Haymes had the biggest hit with it in 1945


28 Apr 2014

Tino Rossi

Number 41-Petite Papa Noel is ranked number 1 on the "Europe Decade" list of the 1940's that you use. www.apcchart.com

It wasn't at the time we got the data.


23 Apr 2014

Tino Rossi

Number 41- Petite Papa Noel is also ranked number 1 on the Europe list of the 1940's.

That's good to know but we can't add single entries, only complete charts. Where is this "Europe list of the 1940's" available?


15 Mar 2014

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1 Apr 2013

# 73 I Can't Begin to Tell You

This was also a # 5 Billboard Hit. If features a vocal by Betty Grablerecorded under the name of Ruth Haag. It was issued as Columbia 36867.

You are right, we've fixed the data thanks for the input


1 Apr 2013

# 70 Symphony

This was also a # 2 Billboard Hit. It was released as Columbia 36874.

Well spotted, we've fixed the data thanks for the input


1 Apr 2013

# 30 Five Minutes More

This was also a # 4 Billboard Hit. It was released as RCA Victor 1922.

You are correct, the data has been fixed, thanks for the input.


25 Jan 2013

A 40's song I can't find anywhere

All the Bees are buzzing 'round my cousin Luella


16 May 2012

1946 child, both parents did war service

Quote...special because of the war, husband's, sons, brothers, fathers, boy friends all going away, some never returning,... another who sadly forgets the sacrifice of women, who also went away, and some never returned..... Of course there were more men in active service, but why do people totally discount the suffering of women and the service given 50% of the population? Yes the music of this time in history was special. WWII caused suffering to almost everyone on the planet and people created beauty where they could - though music and celebration of the end of war and rebirth.


5 Jan 2012

A song is forever!

Maybe I should not be surprised at how many of those songs from 1946 are alive today. A lot of them have become standards.


12 Nov 2011

All decades and their songs are special, but songs from the 40's have to be extra special because of the war, husband's, sons, brothers, fathers, boy friends all going away, some never returning, and the joy saved for they who did return, was, well, like nothing in history. The songs and music had also to inspire people, and fill them with hope,incredible times, incredible music.


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