Top Songs of the 1940s



Rank All Time RankArtistSongYear
1 176 Hank Williams
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
1949
2 451 Thelonious Monk
Round Midnight
1946
3 545 John Lee Hooker
Boogie Chillen
1948
4 608 Bing Crosby
White Christmas
1942
5 751 Bill Monroe
Blue Moon of Kentucky
1947
6 781 Edith Piaf
La Vie en rose
1945
7 861 Charlie Parker
Koko
1945
8 863 Billie Holiday
God Bless the Child
1941
9 893 Duke Ellington
Take the "A" Train
1941
10 981 Mahalia Jackson
Move On Up a Little Higher
1947
11 1058 T-Bone Walker
Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday's Just As Bad)
1947
12 1066 Hank Williams
Lovesick Blues
1949
13 1086 Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five
Caldonia (Boogie) (What Makes Your Big Head So Hard?)
1945
14 1109 Hank Williams
Move It On Over
1947
15 1285 Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five
Choo Choo Ch'Boogie
1946
16 1332 Dizzy Gillespie
Manteca
1947
17 1336 Wynonie Harris
Good Rockin' Tonight
1948
18 1337 Lena Horne
Stormy Weather
1942
19 1390 Les Brown & His Orchestra
Sentimental Journey
1944
20 1397 The Orioles
It's Too Soon to Know
1948
21 1444 Nat King Cole
(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66
1946
22 1506 Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs
Foggy Mountain Breakdown
1949
23 1583 Quintette du Hot Club de France avec Alix Combelle
Nuages
1940
24 1779 Lionel Hampton
Flying Home
1942
25 1788 Jimmie Davis
You Are My Sunshine
1940
26 1878 Nat King Cole
Nature Boy
1947
27 1913 Bill Monroe
Mule Skinner Blues
1940
28 1950 Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
New San Antonio Rose
1940
29 2079 Cliff Edwards
When You Wish Upon a Star
1940
30 2139 Charlie Christian with the Benny Goodman Orchestra
Solo Flight
1941
31 2208 Nat King Cole
Straighten Up and Fly Right
1944
32 2211 Yves Montand
Les Feuilles mortes
1949
33 2216 Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five
Saturday Night Fish Fry
1949
34 2218 Nat King Cole
The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)
1946
35 2239 Roy Brown
Good Rockin' Tonight
1947
36 2274 Duke Ellington
Ko-Ko
1940
37 2291 Hank Williams
Lost Highway
1949
38 2301 Charles Trenet
La Mer
1946
39 2451 Ernest Tubb
Walking the Floor Over You
1941
40 2520 Duke Ellington
Black, Brown and Beige
1943
41 2542 Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
Star Dust
1940
42 2572 Dizzy Gillespie
A Night in Tunisia
1946
43 2598 The Andrews Sisters
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
1941
44 2600 Muddy Waters
I Can't Be Satisfied
1948
45 2721 Stan Kenton
Artistry in Rhythm
1945
46 2726 Duke Ellington
In a Sentimental Mood
1945
47 2803 Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five
Let the Good Times Roll
1946
48 2806 Gene Autry
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
1949
49 2813 Charles Trenet
Que reste-t-il de nos amours?
1942
50 2824 Spike Jones
Der Fuehrer's Face
1942
51 2932 Charles Brown with Johnny Moore's Three Blazers
Driftin' Blues
1945
52 2962 Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
Frenesi
1940
53 3276 Vaughn Monroe
(Ghost) Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)
1949
54 3419 Frank Sinatra
All or Nothing at All
1940
55 3426 Dooley Wilson
As Time Goes By
1942
56 3538 Tommy Dorsey
Opus No. 1
1944
57 3576 Charlie Parker
Ornithology
1946
58 3582 The Sons of the Pioneers
Cool Water
1941
59 3680 Stick McGhee
Drinking Wine Spo-Dee O-Dee
1949
60 3765 Harry Choates
Jole Blon
1946
61 3834 Spike Jones and His City Slickers
Cocktails for Two
1945
62 3845 Billie Holiday
Body and Soul
1940
63 3905 Arthur Smith
Guitar Boogie
1945
64 3907 Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
Don't Fence Me In
1944
65 3914 The Mills Brothers
Paper Doll
1942
66 3915 Sarah Vaughan
Tenderly
1947
67 4005 Big Bill Broonzy
Key to the Highway
1941
68 4020 Betty Hutton
It Had to Be You
1944
69 4055 Bing Crosby
Swinging on a Star
1944
70 4200 Glenn Miller
A String of Pearls
1941
71 4235 Anton Karas
Harry Lime Theme
1949
72 4257 Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra & The Pied Pipers
I'll Never Smile Again
1940
73 4357 Glenn Miller
Tuxedo Junction
1940
74 4376 Joe Liggins
The Honeydripper
1945
75 4386 Eddy Arnold & His Tennessee Plowboys
Bouquet of Roses
1948
76 4467 Francis Craig Orchestra
Near You
1947
77 4534 Amos Milburn
Chicken-Shack Boogie
1948
78 4553 Glenn Miller
Chattanooga Choo Choo
1941
79 4780 Duke Ellington
Come Sunday
1943
80 4796 Charlie Christian
Swing to Bop
1941
81 4879 Charles Trenet
La Folle complainte
1945
82 4964 Charlie Parker
Lover Man
1946
83 5045 Billie Holiday
Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)
1945
84 5061 Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Strange Things Happening Every Day
1945
85 5182 Judy Garland & Gene Kelly
For Me and My Gal
1942
86 5239 Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
Take Me Back to Tulsa
1941
87 5271 Ted Daffan's Texans
Born to Lose
1943
88 5346 Billie Holiday
Gloomy Sunday
1941
89 5518 Aaron Copland
Fanfare for the Common Man
1943
90 5555 Lightnin' Hopkins
Baby Please Don't Go
1949
91 5600 Bing Crosby
I'll Be Seeing You
1944
92 5636 Perry Como
Till the End of Time
1945
93 5695 The Harmonicats
Peg O' My Heart
1947
94 5859 Lester Young
These Foolish Things
1945
95 5927 Tex Williams & His Western Caravan
Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)
1947


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
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan
Baby, It's Cold Outside
1949
The Stanley Brothers
Little Maggie
1947
Ivory Joe Hunter
I Almost Lost My Mind
1949
Big Maceo
Worried Life Blues
1941
The Ink Spots and Ella Fitzgerald
Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall
1944
Dizzy Gillespie
Groovin' High
1945
Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys
It's Mighty Dark to Travel
1948
Nat King Cole
(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
1946
Frank Yankovic Orchestra
Just Because Polka
1948
The Ink Spots
The Gypsy
1946
Gene Autry
Deep in the Heart of Texas
1942
Charlie Parker
Now's the Time
1946
Harry James & His Orchestra
You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It)
1941
Johnny Mercer
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
1946
Lucky Millinder & His Orchestra (vocals Wynonie Harris)
Who Threw the Whiskey in the Well
1945
Molly O'Day & The Cumberland Mountain Folks
Tramp on the Street
1947
Charlie Parker
Yardbird Suite
1946
Charlie Parker and His Re-Boppers
Billie's Bounce
1946
Duke Ellington
I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good
1941
Frank Sinatra
Someone to Watch Over Me
1945
The Dixie Hummingbirds
Amazing Graze
1946
Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
Pistol Packin' Mama
1944
Al Dexter
Pistol Packin' Mama
1943
Les Brown & His Orchestra
I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
1948
Ezio Pinza
Some Enchanted Evening
1949
The Delmore Brothers
Freight Train Boogie
1946
Johnny Otis
Harlem Nocturne
1945
Woody Herman & His Orchestra
Early Autumn
1949
The Delmore Brothers
Blues Stay Away from Me
1949
Harry James & His Orchestra with Helen Forrest
Skylark
1942
Wynonie Harris
All She Wants to Do Is Rock
1949
Woody Herman & His Orchestra
Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol' Me)
1941
David Rose
Holiday for Strings
1942
Iry LeJeune
Love Bridge Waltz
1948
Harry James & His Orchestra with Helen Forrest
I've Heard That Song Before
1942
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
Billie Holiday
The Man I Love
1940
Dick Haymes
You'll Never Know
1943
Doris Day
It's Magic
1948
Sister Rosetta Tharpe & Marie Knight
Up Above My Head, I Hear Music in the Air
1948
Woody Herman & His Orchestra
Laura
1945
Dinah Shore
Buttons and Bows
1948
Alvino Rey Orchestra
Deep in the Heart of Texas
1941
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
Xavier Cugat
Brazil
1942
Stan Kenton with June Christy
Tampico
1945
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
Dinah Washington
Baby Get Lost
1949
Freddie Slack & Ella Mae Morse
The House of Blue Lights
1946
Ray Noble & His Orchestra
Linda
1947
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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