Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Top 100 Songs from 1940-1949

First posted 4/4/2012; last updated 3/25/2020.

Top 100 Songs of the Decade:

1940-1949

These are the top 100 songs from the 1940s according to Dave’s Music Database. Rankings are figured by combining sales figures, chart data, radio airplay, video airplay, streaming figures, awards, and appearances on best-of lists.

1. White Christmas...Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers (1942)
2. Stardust...Artie Shaw (1941)
3. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer...Gene Autry (1949)
4. Sentimental Journey...Les Brown with Doris Day (1945)
5. Paper Doll...The Mills Brothers (1943)
6. Near You...Francis Craig with Bob Lamm (1947)
7. Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)...Vaughn Monroe (1949)
8. Chattanooga Choo Choo...Glenn Miller with Tex Beneke & the Four Modernaires (1941)
9. As Time Goes By…Dooley Wilson (1942)
10. When You Wish Upon a Star...Cliff Edwards (1940)

11. I’ll Never Smile Again...Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra & The Pied Pipers (1940)
12. Swinging on a Star...Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter’s Orchestra & the Williams Brothers Quartet (1944)
13. Buttons and Bows...Dinah Shore and Her Harper Valley Boys (1948)
14. Peg O’ My Heart...The Harmonicats (1947)
15. The Gypsy...The Ink Spots (1946)
16. Body and Soul...Coleman Hawkins (1940)
17. Frenesi...Artie Shaw (1940)
18. I’ll Be Seeing You...Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter’s Orchestra (1944)
19. Some Enchanted Evening...Perry Como (1949)
20. I’ve Heard That Song Before...Harry James with Helen Forrest (1943)

21. The Christmas Song...Nat “King” Cole (1946)
22. Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol’ Me)...Woody Herman (1941)
23. Don’t Fence Me In...Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters (1944)
24. For Me and My Gal…Judy Garland & Gene Kelly (1942)
25. Nature Boy...Nat “King” Cole with Frank DeVol (1948)
26. Twelfth Street Rag...Pee Wee Hunt (1948)
27. Till the End of Time...Perry Como (1945)
28. Take the “A” Train...Duke Ellington (1941)
29. You’ll Never Know...Dick Haymes with the Song Spinners (1943)
30. Rum and Coca-Cola...The Andrews Sisters (1945)

31. Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy)...Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly & Helen O’Connell (1941)
32. Heartaches...Ted Weems with Elmo Tanner (1947)
33. Pistol Packin’ Mama...Al Dexter (1943)
34. That Old Black Magic...Glenn Miller with Skip Nelson (1943)
35. Besame Mucho (Kiss Me Much)...Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly & Kitty Kallen (1944)
36. Ballerina...Vaughn Monroe (1947)
37. Ac-Cent-Tchu-ate the Positive...Johnny Mercer with the Pied Pipers (1945)
38. I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover...Art Mooney (1948)
39. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!...Vaughn Monroe (1945)
40. This Land Is Your Land...Woody Guthrie (1944)

41. Sunday, Monday or Always...Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers (1943)
42. I’ll Get By As Long As I Have You...Harry James with Dick Haymes (1944)
43. Cruising Down the River...Blue Barron & His Orchestra (1949)
44. On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe...Johnny Mercer with the Pied Pipers (1945)
45. Jingle, Jangle, Jingle...Kay Kyser with Harry Babbitt & Julie Conway (1942)
46. Moonlight Cocktail...Glenn Miller with Ray Eberle & The Modernaires (1942)
47. I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo...Glenn Miller with Tex Beneke & Marion Hutton (1942)
48. People Will Say We’re In Love...Bing Crosby with Trudy Erwin (1943)
49. Oh What It Seemed to Be…Frankie Carle with Marjorie Hughes (1946)
50. There! I’ve Said It Again...Vaughn Monroe (1945)

51. That Lucky Old Sun...Frankie Laine with Judd Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Harry Geller’s Orchestra, & Carl Fischer Orchestra (1949)
52. I Love You for Sentimental Reasons...The Nat “King” Cole Trio (1946)
53. Tangerine…Jimmy Dorsey’s Orchestra with Bob Eberly & Helen O’Connell (1942)
54. Daddy…Sammy Kaye (1941)
55. Tuxedo Junction...Glenn Miller (1940)
56. The Trolley Song...Judy Garland (1944)
57. Fools Rush in Where Angels Fear to Tread…Glenn Miller (1940)
58. The Woodpecker Song… Glenn Miller with Marion Hutton (1940)
59. It Might As Well Be Spring...Dick Haymes (1945)
60. There Are Such Things...Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra & The Pied Pipers (1942)

61. Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree with Anyone Else But Me...Glenn Miller with Tex Beneke & the Modernaires (1942)
62. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry...Hank Williams (1949)
63. Manana Is Soon Enough for Me...Peggy Lee (1948)
64. To Each His Own...Eddy Howard (1946)
65. Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! That Cigarette...Tex Williams (1947)
66. Taking a Chance on Love…Benny Goodman with Helen Forrest (1940)
67. Now Is the Hour (Māori Farewell Song)…Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers (1948)
68. Long Ago and Far Away...Helen Forrest with Dick Haymes (1944)
69. You’re Breaking My Heart...Vic Damone (1949)
70. If I Loved You…Perry Como (1945)

71. Dream (When You’re Feeling Blue)...The Pied Pipers with Paul Weston (1945)
72. Shoo-Shoo Baby…The Andrews Sisters (1943)
73. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy...The Andrews Sisters (1941)
74. I Can Dream, Can’t I?...The Andrews Sisters (1949)
75. There’ll Be Some Changes Made…Benny Goodman with Louise Tobim (1941)
76. Mule Train…Frankie Laine & the Muleskinners (1949)
77. Laura...Woody Herman (1945)
78. Move on Up a Little Higher...Mahalia Jackson (1948)
79. I’ll Walk Alone...Dinah Shore (1944)
80. Imagination…Glenn Miller (1940)

81. You Always Hurt the One You Love…The Mills Brothers (1944)
82. God Bless the Child...Billie Holiday (1941)
83. It’s Been a Long, Long Time...Bing Crosby with the Les Brown Trio (1945)
84. I’ll Be Home for Christmas…Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter’s Orchestra (1943)
85. A Tree in the Meadow…Margaret Whiting (1948)
86. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore…The Ink Spots (1943)
87. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town…Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters (1947)
88. A Little Bird Told Me…Evelyn Knight & Stardusters (1948)
89. On a Slow Boat to China…Kay Kyser with Harry Babbitt & Gloria Wood (1948)
90. I Had the Craziest Dream…Harry James with Helen Forrest (1943)

91. Green Eyes (Aquellos Ojos Verdes)...Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly & Helen O’Connell (1941)
92. Maria Elena…Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly (1941)
93. A String of Pearls...Glenn Miller (1942)
94. Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition ...Kay Kyser with Glee Club (1942)
95. Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’…Bing Crosby with Trudy Erwin & the Sportsment Glee Club (1943)
96. I’m Beginning to See the Light…Harry James with Kitty Kallen (1945)
97. I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm…Les Brown (1948)
98. Baby, It’s Cold Outside…Johnny Mercer with Margaret Whiting (1949)
99. My Funny Valentine…Hal McIntyre with Ruth Gaylor (1945)
100. You Are My Sunshine...Jimmie Davis (1940)

1 comment:

  1. Hi. Thanks for this list. What would be the easiest way to buy say the top 50 songs from the 40's? I need them for my mom. She was born in 1925 and has Alzheimers and I'm hoping to help....

    Thanks,
    DeeDee

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