This page lists the top songs of 1945 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 1945.
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.
Previous Comments (newest first)
1 May 2019
lyrics to 'Gotta be This or That' 1945 Benny Goodman
27 Oct 2017
FAVORITE SONGS I HEARD DURING WWII
24 Jul 2017
post war song about soldier losing his "job."
looking for "oh, mom ,dear mom, i lost my job again. i'm a poor old slob again cause i lost my job again..." it's about a guy who was a soldier, and now the war is over.
btw: re: linda "when i go to sleep, i never count sheep, i count all thecharms about linda. and lately it seems, in all of my dreams, i [have] my arms around linda."
1 Mar 2016
REMEMNER ME song (1945/1950) ???
Looking for lyrics to this song: REMEMBER ME....hope u can help
20 Jul 2015
#64 - Carmen Cavallaro - Chopin
This song was also on the Europe 1940's Decade list (#88).
We have Carmen Cavallaro's song "Till The End of Time" at 87 in that chart
20 Jul 2015
#61 - Woody Herman - Caldonia
Song title should be Caldonia (not Caledonia). This is a cover version of Louis Jordan's Caldonia Boogie (currently #11).
Data fixed, thanks
9 Mar 2015
song in the 1940s
My wifes name is linda and we heard a song listening to the radio, sirus 40s music. All I can tell you that Linda was in the song. Is there chance it could be found so I could get it possibly bought thru I tunes and put on my I pod. Thank you Mark
If you search for "Linda" (text entry top right on this page) you will find 15 hits called "Linda" (from 1947 to 1985). Maybe it was one of them?
If you download the CSV file (from the versions page) you will find even more "Linda Themed" songs, such as Conway Twitty's "Linda On My Mind", Grass Roots' "Bella Linda" and possibly (but this is a bit of a reach) Solomon Linda & The Evening Birds' original version of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" from 1939. I'm sure you could find a hour's worth of reasonable "Linda Themed" hit songs from that lot.
29 Dec 2014
70 th birthday
I was wanting to compile a playlist of songs on the hit parade from '45 the year a friend was born. It was part of a 70th birthday gift. Thanks for the help provided on this website
Glad to be of service
11 Oct 2014
looking for song
I wonder if you could help me trying to find a 1945 song called Together (stroll the lane} don,t know artist first name but i belive its something Mc Crae if don.t know do you know any where else i could try and find it thanks
28 Aug 2014
#22 & #46 are duplicates
You are right, the data has been corrected, thanks
28 Aug 2014
#22-Caldonia was also elected to Library of Congress (NRR) in 2013.
That entry was added when we extended the Library of Congress chart, it should be there now.
24 Jul 2014
#32 Bing Crosby - Amor, Amor
The Studio Recordings Title is "Amor, Amor" (Accoring to this Link). So the entry in 1944 is not excisting.
Your suggestion looks correct, we have adjusted the entries, thanks
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
31 Aug 2012
Saratoga Trunk Theme Song played by Max Steiner
The name of this 1945 song is called, As long as I live. I can't find it on youtube. do you know where I might find it on the computer so I can download it to my windows player.
20 Feb 2012
list all covers of , don't fence me in
Please help me find the complete list of singers who covered, Don't Fence Me In. My friend passed away and her Sister can't remember the female that did the song as she wanted it played at her service, thank you
There is a page here (at http://tsort.info/music/rxkke9.htm ) that lists everyone who had a hit with the song.
You could have found that by searching on the "Songs" page, using the "Song Titles" page, looking in the index or tracking the hits of Bing Crosby.
5 Jan 2012
top song November 10 1945
Could you pls. advise the top song in australia on November 10 1945 or November 1945. This is for a tribute pls. could you help?
According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_number-one_singles_in_Australia_during_the_1940s#1945 it was Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters - "Don't Fence Me In"
31 Dec 2011
#32 Amor, Amor
The lyric repeats Amor. I Belive that is the confusion over the correct title.
27 Nov 2011
# 24 A Frined of Yours
Both Crosby and Sinatra recorded this song individually, but I can find no evidence of a duet. I suspect that both recordings achieved popularity in Australia, and thus both oof their names are on the credit. But since they are two separate recordings, I'm wondering if they shouldn't have separate listings.
You are almost certainly correct. Before the late 1950s it was common to list the "top 10 songs" without crediting them to any particular artist, when charts are retrospectively calculated (as the Kent chart was for Australia) the compiler might list the most popular versions. When we are faced with an artist entry of "Bing Crosby & Frank Sinatra" we can't tell if that is a duet or two different versions.
Anyway we've seperated these two out, thanks for the suggestion.
15 Nov 2011
Order of songs?!
1. "Meaningless" seems a harsh term to me while in that song is obviously about 3 cities (Atchison - Kansas, Topeka - Kansas and Santa Fe - New Mexico).
2. Meanwhile the correction for No. 77 is a ghost, because that song is not existing anymore in the list for 1945. In fact, the order is radically changend.
All the best Marius
We apologise, when we looked at your suggested change of title we thought you were pointing out that the title did not have an ampersand (which, indeed we would have claimed was a meaningless fix) we failed to notice that you had also corrected the spelling of the cities.
We often get corrections that say "this particular label had this exact title so that's how you should list the song". Of course our goal here is to link entries so we'd rather have a common name (or artist assignment) than one that exactly matches a particular label.
In this case the song was apparently labeled "On The Atcheson, Topeka, and the Santa Fe" on Tommy Tucker's record (Columbia 36829). However, as you suggest, most versions used the same spelling as the city's names.
We have fixed now fixed the title. Thanks for suggesting the correction and persisting to point out our mistake.
As you say the Gene Autry song is no longer number 77 on this list. This is because there was a radical adjustment in our scoring mechanism that overcame some significant discrepancies for results from the 1980s and 1990s, that is why the version number changed from 1.10 to 2.0. The corrected song is, of course, still listed on the "Gene Autry songs" page.
We are sure that this new scoring provides a better ordering for the songs from the 1960s and later. However we also suspect (but are not certain) that the ordering of songs for 1920-1959 is also improved. Of course the lack of charts for the 1940s makes any "overall" chart suspect, especially beyond the top 20 or so songs.
3 Nov 2011
# 31 Amor, Amor
This was also a # 2 Billboard Hit.
According to the Bullfrog list the Billboard song was "Amor". It does seem likely that the same song was a hit in Australia six months later, and that the Kent listing of "Amor, Amor" is a mistake. But we don't see enough evidence to change the data.
An interesting case, we'll keep looking.
23 Oct 2011
2 small corrections
# 3 - The correct title is "On The Atchison, Topeka And Sante Fe" # 77 - The correct title: "At Mail Call Today"
For the song "On the Atcheson, Topeka & the Sante Fe" the term "Correct Title" is fairly meaningless, this song had various different titles when sung by different artists (and when published in different countries). In these lists we have decided to standardise the titles in order to make it easier to find connections (for example linking the Oscar winning version of the song with the two hits in Australia).
If you want compare the exact string published on the Australian record labels or listed in the credits to "The Harvey Girls" we provide you with the references to allow you to do that. However that level of detail doesn't interest us, we find it hard enough to keep track of the more than 100,000 standardised titles without worrying about the exact sequence of commas, ampersands and apostrophes that each printing of the label had.
For the song "At Mail Call Today" your correction is clearly correct, we have modified the data. Thanks for the fix
17 Oct 2011
Unitl (Til) the End of Time
# 5 and 35 are the same recording.
You are right, the data has been corrected, thanks for the input.
21 May 2011
Was there any song released on April 22, 1945
Yes, almost certainly, but we don't list music that way. Have you tried Discogs or RateYourMusic?
19 May 2011
Who was the original singer of dark moon
We only list entries in music charts, not all the records released. The song "Dark Moon" was not a hit until 1957, when three different acts had success with it:
Gale Storm - "Dark Moon" (1957) - Canada 3 - May 1957 (9 weeks), US Billboard 5 - Apr 1957 (23 weeks), US CashBox 31 of 1957
Bonnie Guitar - "Dark Moon" (1957) - US Billboard 8 - Apr 1957 (22 weeks)
Tony Brent - "Dark Moon" (1957) - UK 17 - Jun 1957 (14 weeks)
27 Mar 2011
There Will Be a Change in Me
Greg: Re "Songs from 1945."
The song you are looking for is "There'll Be Some Changes Made."
It contains the line "From now on there'll be a change in me." The first line of the song is "For there's a change in the weather and a change in the sea."
Joel Alderman, Milford, CT
25 May 2010
Songs from 1945
Heard a song on the radio, said it was from 1945: There Will Be A Change In Me
Can't find it. I'd really like it! Heard of it? Got it?
It was not a hit in 1945. The only two things we can find that are close would be: "A Change in Me" from Beauty & the Beast "There's Been A Change In Me" by Eddy Arnold
2 Feb 2010
#1 Song on Birthday
What was the #1 song on September 13, 1945?
he first question is "where?", for example in Australia the number 1 song was "Don't Fence Me In" by Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
You didn't specify a location, 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 1945 the "Best Sellers in Stores" chart is probably the most representative one. In that chart the number 1 record was:
"On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" by Johnny Mercer
in the entry for the song above it says "US 1 for 7 weeks - Jul 1945" that means it was the Billboard "Stores" number 1 for 7 weeks starting in July 1945.
27 Dec 2009
Double Entry in song list 1945 !?
Positions 5 and 35 say: Perry Como - Until the end of time and Perry Como - Till the end of time respectively. Same song here on different positions ?
That looks correct, the fix has been made
Thank you for the correction