Acclaimed Music - The Top Songs from the 1940s
The Top Songs from the 1940s

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Rank All Time
Rank
ArtistSongYearSample
1 168 Hank Williams
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
1949
2 237 Woody Guthrie
This Land Is Your Land
1945
3 438 Thelonious Monk
'Round Midnight
1946 Listen
4 514 Bing Crosby
White Christmas
1942
5 537 John Lee Hooker
Boogie Chillen
1948
6 704 Billie Holiday
God Bless the Child
1941
7 724 Edith Piaf
La Vie en rose
1945
8 738 Duke Ellington
Take the "A" Train
1941
9 780 Bill Monroe
Blue Moon of Kentucky
1947
10 885 Leadbelly
The Midnight Special
1940
11 909 Mahalia Jackson
Move On Up a Little Higher
1947
12 956 Hank Williams
Lovesick Blues
1949
13 1046 Charlie Parker
Koko
1945
14 1102 T-Bone Walker
Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday's Just As Bad)
1947
15 1113 Lena Horne
Stormy Weather
1942
16 1165 Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five
Choo Choo Ch'Boogie
1946
17 1218 Les Brown & His Orchestra
Sentimental Journey
1944
18 1282 Hank Williams
Move It On Over
1947
19 1292 Nat King Cole
(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66
1946
20 1308 Wynonie Harris
Good Rockin' Tonight
1948
21 1321 The Orioles
It's Too Soon to Know
1948
22 1418 Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs
Foggy Mountain Breakdown
1949
23 1475 Jimmie Davis
You Are My Sunshine
1940
24 1597 Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five
Caldonia (Boogie) (What Makes Your Big Head So Hard?)
1945
25 1685 Cliff Edwards
When You Wish Upon a Star
1940
26 1706 Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
New San Antonio Rose
1940
27 1735 Dizzy Gillespie
Manteca
1947
28 1752 Nat King Cole
Nature Boy
1947
29 1825 Bill Monroe
Mule Skinner Blues
1940
30 1991 Yves Montand
Les Feuilles mortes
1949
31 2044 Roy Brown
Good Rockin' Tonight
1947
32 2066 Charles Trenet
La Mer
1946
33 2074 Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five
Saturday Night Fish Fry
1949
34 2091 Nat King Cole
Straighten Up and Fly Right
1944
35 2092 Django Reinhardt & Stephanie Grappelli
Nuages
1946
36 2106 Nat King Cole
The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)
1946
37 2113 Lionel Hampton
Flying Home
1942
38 2192 The Andrews Sisters
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
1941
39 2265 Gene Autry
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
1949
40 2559 Charles Trenet
Que reste-t-il de nos amours?
1942
41 2701 Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
Frenesi
1940
42 2709 Muddy Waters
I Can't Be Satisfied
1948
43 2751 Duke Ellington
In a Sentimental Mood
1945 Listen
44 2774 Charles Brown with Johnny Moore's Three Blazers
Driftin' Blues
1945
45 2784 Duke Ellington
Ko-Ko
1940
46 2819 Vaughn Monroe
(Ghost) Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)
1949
47 2870 Spike Jones
Der Fuehrer's Face
1942
48 3021 Ernest Tubb
Walking the Floor Over You
1941
49 3027 Dooley Wilson
As Time Goes By
1942
50 3048 The Mills Brothers
Paper Doll
1942
51 3137 Duke Ellington
Black, Brown and Beige
1943
52 3142 Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
Star Dust
1940
53 3187 Hank Williams
Lost Highway
1949
54 3314 Dizzy Gillespie
A Night in Tunisia
1946
55 3359 Frank Sinatra
All or Nothing at All
1940
56 3374 The Sons of the Pioneers
Cool Water
1941
57 3397 Charlie Parker
Ornithology
1946
58 3453 Spike Jones and His City Slickers
Cocktails for Two
1945
59 3482 Charlie Christian with the Benny Goodman Orchestra
Solo Flight
1941
60 3501 Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
Don't Fence Me In
1944
61 3506 Stan Kenton
Artistry in Rhythm
1945
62 3565 Stick McGhee
Drinking Wine Spo-Dee O-Dee
1949
63 3602 Harry Choates
Jole Blon
1946
64 3634 Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five
Let the Good Times Roll
1946
65 3666 Francis Craig Orchestra
Near You
1947
66 3785 Sarah Vaughan
Tenderly
1947
67 3792 Bing Crosby
Swinging on a Star
1944
68 3838 Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra & The Pied Pipers
I'll Never Smile Again
1940
69 3841 Betty Hutton
It Had to Be You
1944
70 3862 Glenn Miller
A String of Pearls
1941
71 3913 Billie Holiday
Body and Soul
1940
72 4019 Anton Karas
Harry Lime Theme
1949
73 4040 Glenn Miller
Tuxedo Junction
1940
74 4148 Glenn Miller
Chattanooga Choo Choo
1941
75 4209 Joe Liggins
The Honeydripper
1945
76 4342 Amos Milburn
Chicken-Shack Boogie
1948
77 4400 Eddy Arnold & His Tennessee Plowboys
Bouquet of Roses
1948
78 4453 Tommy Dorsey
Opus No. 1
1944
79 4491 Charlie Christian
Swing to Bop
1941
80 4607 Judy Garland & Gene Kelly
For Me and My Gal
1942
81 4785 Charles Trenet
La Folle complainte
1945
82 4936 Billie Holiday
Gloomy Sunday
1941
83 4966 Duke Ellington
Come Sunday
1943
84 5031 Bing Crosby
I'll Be Seeing You
1944
85 5072 Ted Daffan's Texans
Born to Lose
1943
86 5103 Perry Como
Till the End of Time
1945
87 5172 Charlie Parker
Lover Man
1946
88 5196 The Harmonicats
Peg O' My Heart
1947
89 5295 Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
Take Me Back to Tulsa
1941
90 5364 Aaron Copland
Fanfare for the Common Man
1943
91 5398 Tex Williams & His Western Caravan
Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)
1947
92 5692 Johnny Mercer
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
1946
93 5719 The Ink Spots and Ella Fitzgerald
Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall
1944
94 5723 Ivory Joe Hunter
I Almost Lost My Mind
1949
95 5772 Nat King Cole
(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
1946
96 5811 The Ink Spots
The Gypsy
1946
97 5821 Lightnin' Hopkins
Baby Please Don't Go
1949
98 5879 Lester Young
These Foolish Things
1945
Some songs "bubbling under" the all-time top 6000:
Merle Travis
Dark As a Dungeon
1947
Benny Goodman
Good Enough to Keep/Air Mail Special
1941
Big Maceo
Worried Life Blues
1941
Frank Yankovic Orchestra
Just Because Polka
1948
Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys
It's Mighty Dark to Travel
1948
Charlie Parker
Now's the Time
1946
The Stanley Brothers
Little Maggie
1947
Duke Ellington
I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good
1941
Gene Autry
Deep in the Heart of Texas
1942
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan
Baby, It's Cold Outside
1949
Lucky Millinder & His Orchestra (vocals Wynonie Harris)
Who Threw the Whiskey in the Well
1945
Charlie Parker
Yardbird Suite
1946
Dizzy Gillespie
Groovin' High
1945 Listen
Ezio Pinza
Some Enchanted Evening
1949
Molly O'Day & The Cumberland Mountain Folks
Tramp on the Street
1947
Frank Sinatra
Someone to Watch Over Me
1945
Harry James & His Orchestra
You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It)
1941
Charlie Parker and His Re-Boppers
Billie's Bounce
1946
The Dixie Hummingbirds
Amazing Graze
1946
Big Bill Broonzy
Key to the Highway
1941
Al Dexter
Pistol Packin' Mama
1943
Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
Pistol Packin' Mama
1944
Les Brown & His Orchestra
I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
1948
The Delmore Brothers
Freight Train Boogie
1946
Johnny Otis
Harlem Nocturne
1945
Harry James & His Orchestra with Helen Forrest
Skylark
1942
Alvino Rey Orchestra
Deep in the Heart of Texas
1941
Harry James & His Orchestra with Helen Forrest
I've Heard That Song Before
1942
Woody Herman & His Orchestra
Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol' Me)
1941
Dick Haymes
You'll Never Know
1943
Woody Herman & His Orchestra
Early Autumn
1949
The Delmore Brothers
Blues Stay Away from Me
1949
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Strange Things Happening Every Day
1945
David Rose
Holiday for Strings
1942
Arthur Smith
Guitar Boogie
1945
Wynonie Harris
All She Wants to Do Is Rock
1949
Iry LeJeune
Love Bridge Waltz
1948
Billie Holiday
The Man I Love
1940
Glenn Miller
(I've Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo
1942
Glenn Miller
That Old Black Magic
1943
Harry James & His Orchestra
Sleepy Lagoon
1942
The Ink Spots
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
1943
Spike Jones and His City Slickers
All I Want for Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)
1948
Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five
Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens
1946
Xavier Cugat
Brazil
1942
Doris Day
It's Magic
1948
Billie Holiday
Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)
1945
Dinah Shore
Buttons and Bows
1948
Woody Herman & His Orchestra
Laura
1945
Stan Kenton with June Christy
Tampico
1945
Sister Rosetta Tharpe & Marie Knight
Up Above My Head, I Hear Music in the Air
1948
Peggy Lee
Mañana (Is Soon Enough for Me)
1948
The Pied Pipers
Dream
1945
Vaughn Monroe
There! I've Said It Again
1945
Al Jolson
Anniversary Song
1946
Eddy Howard & His Orchestra
To Each His Own
1946
Frankie Carle & His Orchestra
Rumors Are Flying
1946
Hoagy Carmichael
Ole Buttermilk Sky
1946
Sammy Kaye
The Old Lamp-Lighter
1946
Vaughn Monroe
Ballerina
1947
Art Mooney & His Orchestra
I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover
1948
Doris Day and Buddy Clark
Love Somebody
1948
Evelyn Knight
A Little Bird Told Me
1948
Margaret Whiting
A Tree in the Meadow
1948
Woody Herman & His Orchestra
Sabre Dance
1948
Frankie Laine
Mule Train
1949
Frankie Laine
That Lucky Old Sun
1949
The Mills Brothers
Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You)
1949
Russ Morgan & His Orchestra
Cruising Down the River
1949
Vic Damone
You're Breaking My Heart
1949
Ray Noble & His Orchestra
Linda
1947
Dinah Washington
Baby Get Lost
1949
Freddie Slack & Ella Mae Morse
The House of Blue Lights
1946
Frank Sinatra
Nancy (With the Laughing Face)
1945
Jack McVea & His All Stars
Open the Door Richard!
1946
Pee Wee Hunt & His Orchestra
Twelfth Street Rag
1948
Russ Morgan & His Orchestra
So Tired
1948
Jo Stafford & Gordon MacRae
"A" You're Adorable
1949
Leadbelly
(Black Gal) Where Did You Sleep Last Night?
1944


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