Sunday, November 26, 2017

Bing Crosby: Top 100 Songs

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Bing Crosby ranks as the #1 act of all time according to Dave’s Music Database (see the top 100 here). He’s landed 19 songs in the DMDB’s list of the top 1000 songs of all time (see here), including the #1 song of all time, “White Christmas.” He’s had 41 #1 songs (noted below with #1 after the song title) on the Billboard pop charts, more than double the Beatles’ 20 chart-toppers in the rock era.

Here are his top 100 songs according to Dave’s Music Database, which compiles sales, chart performance, radio airplay, and best-of lists. Note: AS = Andrews Sisters, GA = Gus Arnheim’s Orchestra, GS = George Stoll Orchestra, JST = John Scott Trotter Orchestra, LH = Lennie Hayton’s Orchestra, PW = Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra, RB = Rhythm Boys (Bing Crosby, Al Rinker, & Harry Barris), VS = Vic Schoen Orchestra, VY = Victor Young’s Orchestra

1. White Christmas (1942, with the Ken Darby Singers & JST) #1
2. Pennies from Heaven (1936, with GS) #1
3. I’ll Be Seeing You (1944, with the JST) #1
4. Swinging on a Star (1944, with the Williams Brothers Quartet & JST) #1
5. Silent Night (1935, with the Guardsmen Quartette)
6. Don’t Fence Me In (1944, with AS & VS) #1
7. Sweet Leilani (1937, with Lani McIntyre & His Hawaiians) #1
8. Dinah (1932, with the Mills Brothers) #1
9. People Will Say We’re in Love (1943, with Trudy Erwin & the Sportsmen Glee Club)
10. Sunday, Monday or Always (1943, with the Ken Darby Singers) #1

11. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (1947, with AS & VS)
12. Out of Nowhere (1931, with VY) #1
13. Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ (1943, with Trudy Erwin & the Sportsmen Glee Club)
14. It’s Been a Long, Long Time (1945, with the Les Paul Trio) #1
15. I’ll Be Home for Christmas (1943, with JST)
16. Now Is the Hour (1948, with the Ken Darby Singers) #1
17. June in January (1934, with GS) #1
18. Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1938, with Connee Boswell & JST) #1
19. Shadow Waltz (1933, with Jimmy Grier’s Orchestra) #1
20. You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby (1938, with Bob Crosby) #1

21. Three Little Words (1930, Duke Ellington with RB) #1
22. Without a Song (1929, with PW)
23. I Love You (1944, with JST) #1
24. Only Forever (1940) #1
25. Great Day (1929, with PW) #1
26. Jingle Bells (1943, with AS & VS)
27. I’ve Got a Pocketful of Dreams (1938, with JST) #1
28. Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (1932, with LH) #1
29. What’s New? (1939)
30. Side by Side (1927, PW with RB)

31. Too Marvelous for Words (1937, with Jimmy Dorsey’s Orchestra) #1
32. Love in Bloom (1934< with Irving Aaronson’s Orchestra) #1
33. You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me (1933, with Guy Lombardo’s Orchestra) #1
34. Moonlight Becomes You (1942, with JST) #1
35. Where the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day (1932)
36. I Can’t Begin to Tell You (1945, with Carmen Cavallaro’s Orchestra) #1
37. I Surrender Dear (1931, with GA)
38. Ol’ Man River (1928, with PW) #1
39. Please (1932, with Anson Weeks’ Orchestra) #1
40. The Whiffenpoof Song (1947, with Fred Waring’s Glee Club)

41. Star Dust (1931)
42. Home on the Range (1933, with LH)
43. I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You (1933)
44. Sierra Sue (1940, with JST) #1
45. You Took Advantage of Me (1928, with PW, Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, and Austin Young)
46. Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1947, with Al Jolson & Morris Stoloff’s Orchestra)
47. South America, Take It Away (1945, with AS & VS)
48. Night and Day (1946)
49. McNamara’s Band (1946, with the Jesters & Bob Haggart’s Orchestra)
50. Just One More Chance (1931, with VY) #1

51. The Moon Got in My Eyes (1937, with JST) #1
52. Sioux City Sue (1946, with the Jesters & Bob Haggart’s Orchestra)
53. Galway Bay (1949, with VY)
54. It’s Easy to Remember (1935, with GS) #1
55. Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?) (1937, with Connee Boswell & JST) #1
56. Soon (1935, with GS) #1
57. Just an Echo in the Valley (1933)
58. True Love (1956, with Grace Kelly)
59. San Fernando Valley (1944, with JST) #1
60. I’m an Old Cowhand from the Rio Grande (1936, with Jimmy Dorsey’s Orchestra)

61. Little Dutch Mill (1934, with Jimmy Grier’s Orchestra) #1
62. Trade Winds (1940, with Dick McIntyre’s Orchestra) #1
63. Some Enchanted Evening (1949)
64. At Your Command (1931) #1
65. Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That’s an Irish Lullaby) (1944, with JST)
66. An Apple for the Teacher (1939, with Connee Boswell)
67. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive (1945, with AS & VS)
68. In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening (1951, with Jane Wyman)
69. Dear Hearts and Gentle People (1949, with Perry Botkin’s Orchestra)
70. I’m Coming Virginia (1927, PW with RB)

71. You Belong to My Heart (1945, with Xavier Cugat’s Orchestra)
72. Mexicali Rose (1938, with JST)
73. My Melancholy Baby (1939)
74. Small Fry (1938, with Johnny Mercer & VY)
75. Be Careful, It’s My Heart (1942, with JST)
76. You Made Me Love You (I Didn’t Want to Do It) (1940, with the Merry Macs & VY)
77. Silver Bells (1952, with Carol Richards)
78. God Bless America (1939)
79. Dancing in the Dark (1931)
80. Love Thy Neighbor (1934, with Nat Finston’s Orchestra)

81. Pistol Packin’ Mama (1943, with AS & VS)
82. Long Ago and Far Away (1944, with JST)
83. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (1931, with GA)
84. Amor (1944, with JST)
85. Red Sails in the Sunset (1935, with VY) #1
86. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1950, with JST)
87. Remember Me? (1937, with JST) #1
88. If I Loved You (1945, with JST)
89. Moonlight Bay (1951, with Gary Crosby)
90. Make Believe (1928, with PW)

91. Like Someone in Love (1945, with JST)
92. There’ll Be a Hot Time in the Town of Berlin When the Yanks Go Marching In (1944, with AS & VS) #1
93. There’s No Business Like Show Business (1947, with AS & VS)
94. Ol’ Man River (1956, with the Buddy Cole Trio)
95. Deep Purple (1939, with Matty Malneck’s Orchestra)
96. Some of These Days (1932, with LH)
97. After You’ve Gone (1930, with PW)
98. Robins and Roses (1936)
99. Love Me Tonight (1932)
100. On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe (1945, with Six Hits and a Miss & JST)


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