Top Songs of the 1940s


Rank All Time Rank Artist Song Year
1
257
Hank Williams I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry 1949
2
567
Édith Piaf La Vie en rose 1945
3
625
John Lee Hooker Boogie Chillen' 1948
4
655
Thelonious Monk 'Round Midnight 1948
5
867
Bing Crosby White Christmas 1942
6
1089
Charlie Parker Koko 1945
7
1194
Bill Monroe Blue Moon of Kentucky 1947
8
1203
Mahalia Jackson Move On Up a Little Higher 1947
9
1206
Billie Holiday God Bless the Child 1941
10
1247
Duke Ellington Take the "A" Train 1941
11
1268
T-Bone Walker Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday's Just As Bad) 1947
12
1398
Lionel Hampton Flying Home 1942
13
1419
Quintette du Hot Club de France avec Alix Combelle Nuages 1940
14
1494
Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five Caldonia (Boogie) (What Makes Your Big Head So Hard?) 1945
15
1650
Charles Trenet La Mer 1946
16
1654
Dizzy Gillespie Manteca 1947
17
1658
Duke Ellington Black, Brown and Beige/Come Sunday 1943
18
1665
Hank Williams Lovesick Blues 1949
19
1737
Nat King Cole (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 1946
20
1848
Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five Choo Choo Ch'Boogie 1946
21
1888
Hank Williams Move It On Over 1947
22
1974
Lena Horne Stormy Weather 1942
23
2022
Yves Montand Les Feuilles mortes 1949
24
2090
Wynonie Harris Good Rockin' Tonight 1948
25
2157
The Orioles It's Too Soon to Know 1948
26
2197
Les Brown & His Orchestra Sentimental Journey 1944
27
2316
Benny Goodman Orchestra feat. Charlie Christian Solo Flight 1943
28
2419
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys New San Antonio Rose 1940
29
2539
Roy Brown Good Rockin' Tonight 1947
30
2544
Nat King Cole Nature Boy 1947
31
2593
Charles Brown with Johnny Moore's Three Blazers Driftin' Blues 1945
32
2639
Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs Foggy Mountain Breakdown 1949
33
2716
Stan Kenton Artistry in Rhythm 1945
34
2770
Charlie Parker Ornithology 1946
35
2830
Dizzy Gillespie A Night in Tunisia 1946
36
2926
Duke Ellington Ko-Ko 1940
37
2962
Hank Williams Lost Highway 1949
38
3073
Billie Holiday The Man I Love 1940
39
3080
Jimmie Davis You Are My Sunshine 1940
40
3086
Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five Saturday Night Fish Fry 1949
41
3110
Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five Let the Good Times Roll 1946
42
3155
Nat King Cole The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You) 1946
43
3181
Muddy Waters I Can't Be Satisfied 1948
44
3208
Dizzy Gillespie Groovin' High 1945
45
3230
Charlie Parker Parker's Mood 1948
46
3246
Bill Monroe Mule Skinner Blues 1940
47
3345
Cliff Edwards When You Wish Upon a Star 1940
48
3502
Ernest Tubb Walking the Floor Over You 1941
49
3580
Big Bill Broonzy Key to the Highway 1941
50
3675
Amos Milburn Chicken-Shack Boogie 1948
51
3727
Nat King Cole Straighten Up and Fly Right 1944
52
3767
Gene Autry Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer 1949
53
3828
Artie Shaw Star Dust 1940
54
3884
The Andrews Sisters Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy 1941
55
3970
Spike Jones Der Fuehrer's Face 1942
56
3988
Dooley Wilson As Time Goes By 1942
57
4001
Harry James & His Orchestra feat. Frank Sinatra All or Nothing at All 1940
58
4082
Charles Trenet Que reste-t-il de nos amours? 1942
59
4148
Charlie Parker Now's the Time 1946
60
4195
Charlie Christian Swing to Bop [Topsy] 1941
61
4222
Billie Holiday Body and Soul 1940
62
4280
Woody Herman Four Brothers 1948
63
4309
Vaughn Monroe (Ghost) Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend) 1949
64
4561
Woody Herman Early Autumn 1949
65
4605
The Mills Brothers Paper Doll 1942
66
4659
Billie Holiday Gloomy Sunday 1941
67
4727
Judy Garland & Gene Kelly For Me and My Gal 1942
68
4734
Joe Liggins The Honeydripper 1945
69
4873
Tex Williams & His Western Caravan Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) 1947
70
4920
Stick McGhee Drinking Wine Spo-Dee O-Dee 1949
71
4983
Nat King Cole (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons 1946
72
5000
Big Maceo Worried Life Blues 1941
73
5040
Bing Crosby Swinging on a Star 1944
74
5044
Dizzy Gillespie Salt Peanuts 1945
75
5195
Frank Sinatra Someone to Watch Over Me 1946
76
5244
Charlie Parker A Night in Tunisia 1946
77
5260
Luiz Gonzaga Asa Branca 1947
78
5363
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra feat. Charlie Christian Seven Come Eleven 1940
79
5370
Harry Choates Jole Blon 1946
80
5385
Dizzy Gillespie Hot House 1945
81
5446
Spike Jones and His City Slickers Cocktails for Two 1945
82
5520
Sarah Vaughan Tenderly 1947
83
5526
Benny Goodman feat. Charlie Christian Good Enough to Keep/Air Mail Special 1941
84
5541
Artie Shaw Frenesi 1940
85
5571
Miles Davis Boplicity 1949
86
5688
Arthur Smith Guitar Boogie 1945
87
5737
Bing Crosby I'll Be Seeing You 1944
88
5772
Duke Ellington Cotton Tail 1940
89
5786
Duke Ellington Harlem Air-Shaft 1940
90
5788
Tommy Dorsey Opus No. 1 1944
91
5806
Ella Fitzgerald Oh, Lady Be Good! 1947
92
5875
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys Take Me Back to Tulsa 1941
93
5915
Francis Craig Orchestra Near You 1947
94
5919
Charlie Parker Lover Man 1946
95
5931
Duke Ellington Concerto for Cootie 1940
96
6069
Betty Hutton It Had to Be You 1944
97
6070
Charles Trenet La Folle complainte 1945
98
6355
Lead Belly Rock Island Line (Railroad Song) 1942
99
6478
Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters Don't Fence Me In 1944
100
6536
Frank Sinatra Night and Day 1942
101
6573
Billie Holiday Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?) 1945
102
6590
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup That's All Right 1947
103
6607
The Ink Spots The Gypsy 1946
104
6610
Gene Autry Deep in the Heart of Texas 1942
105
6637
Marlene Dietrich Lili Marlene 1945
106
6661
Anton Karas Harry Lime Theme 1949
107
6794
Coleman Hawkins The Man I Love 1944
108
6965
Eddy Arnold & His Tennessee Plowboys Bouquet of Roses 1948
109
7031
Lester Young These Foolish Things 1945
110
7157
Johnny Moore's Three Blazers Merry Christmas, Baby 1947
111
7275
Charlie Parker Embraceable You 1948
112
7314
Merle Travis Dark As a Dungeon 1947
113
7349
Charlie Parker Yardbird Suite 1946
114
7357
The Sons of the Pioneers Cool Water 1941
115
7448
Memphis Minnie Me and My Chaffeur Blues 1941
116
7497
Édith Piaf L'accordéoniste 1940
117
7553
Perry Como Till the End of Time 1945
118
7649
The Harmonicats Peg O' My Heart 1947
119
7740
Coleman Hawkins Picasso 1949
120
7817
Sidney Bechet Blues in Thirds 1940
121
7895
Glenn Miller A String of Pearls 1941
122
7925
Charlie Parker and His Re-Boppers Billie's Bounce 1946
123
7961
Glenn Miller Tuxedo Junction 1940
124
7969
Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra & The Pied Pipers I'll Never Smile Again 1940
125
7996
Kansas City Six [Lester Young] The Prez Got Rhythm/I Got Rhythm 1944
126
8021
Xavier Cugat Brazil 1942
127
8026
Glenn Miller That Old Black Magic 1943
128
8027
Lucienne Delyle Mon amant de Saint-Jean 1942
129
8054
Harry James & His Orchestra Sleepy Lagoon 1942
130
8056
Miles Davis Israel 1949
131
8167
Johnny Otis Harlem Nocturne 1945
132
8180
Tino Rossi Petit papa Noël 1946
133
8192
Glenn Miller Chattanooga Choo Choo 1941
134
8295
The Ink Spots and Ella Fitzgerald Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall 1944
135
8305
Lucky Millinder & His Orchestra (vocals Wynonie Harris) Who Threw the Whiskey in the Well 1945
136
8314
King Cole Trio Sweet Lorraine 1941
137
8324
Charlie Parker Relaxing at Camarillo 1947
138
8365
Duke Ellington Sepia Panorama 1940
139
8473
Sidney Bechet's Blue Note Jazz Men Blue Horizon 1945
140
8509
Lee Konitz & Lennie Tristano Subconscious-Lee 1949
141
8613
Sister Rosetta Tharpe Strange Things Happening Every Day 1945
142
8844
Johnny Mercer Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive 1944
143
8884
Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray The Chase 1948
144
8948
Duke Ellington I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good 1941
145
9002
Judy Garland The Trolley Song 1944
146
9113
Charles Trenet Douce France 1947
147
9134
Germaine Sablon Le Chant des partisans 1943
148
9154
Billie Holiday Solitude 1941
149
9159
Miles Davis Jeru 1949
150
9172
Dizzy Gillespie Things to Come 1947
151
9217
The King Cole Trio Embraceable You 1944
152
9389
St. Louis Jimmy Oden Going Down Slow 1941
153
9390
Robert Petway Catfish Blues 1941
154
9391
Erskine Hawkins After Hours 1940
155
9428
Al Dexter Pistol Packin' Mama 1943
156
9461
Woody Herman Apple Honey 1945
157
9502
Woody Guthrie Tom Joad 1940
158
9554
Concha Piquer Tatuaje 1941
159
9585
Chuck Wagon Gang I'll Fly Away 1949
160
9615
Dizzy Gillespie Cubana Be / Cubana Bop 1949
161
9641
Woody Herman Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol' Me) 1941
162
9694
Ella Fitzgerald How High the Moon 1948
163
9797
The Delmore Brothers Blues Stay Away from Me 1949
164
9914
Wynonie Harris All She Wants to Do Is Rock 1949

Songs "bubbling under" the all-time top 10,000:
The Andrews Sisters Rum and Coca-Cola 1944
Woody Herman Laura 1945
Francis Lemarque À Paris 1949
Thelonious Monk Off Minor 1948
Hank Williams I Saw the Light 1948
Jimmy Preston Rock the Joint 1949
Spike Jones and His City Slickers All I Want for Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth) 1948
Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five Ration Blues 1943
Thelonious Monk Thelonious 1948
Ted Daffan's Texans Born to Lose 1943
Doris Day It's Magic 1948
Benny Goodman Sextet feat. Charlie Christian Breakfast Feud 1941
Glenn Miller (I've Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo 1942
Dinah Washington Baby Get Lost 1949
The Ink Spots Don't Get Around Much Anymore 1943
Ivory Joe Hunter I Almost Lost My Mind 1949
Lightnin' Hopkins Baby Please Don't Go 1949
The Mills Brothers You Always Hurt the One You Love 1944
Peggy Lee Mañana (Is Soon Enough for Me) 1948
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan Baby, It's Cold Outside 1949
Stan Kenton with June Christy Tampico 1945
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
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
Margaret Whiting A Tree in the Meadow 1948
Woody Herman 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
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
Paul Williams and His Hucklebuckers The Huckle-Buck 1949
Ray Noble & His Orchestra Linda 1947
Floyd Tillman Slipping Around 1949
Dizzy Gillespie Anthropology 1946
Frank Yankovic Orchestra Just Because Polka 1948
Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys It's Mighty Dark to Travel 1948
The Ink Spots and Ella Fitzgerald I'm Making Believe 1944
Molly O'Day & The Cumberland Mountain Folks Tramp on the Street 1947
Duke Ellington Main Stem 1944
Frank Sinatra Nancy (With the Laughing Face) 1945
Johnny Mercer Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah 1946
Yves Montand A Paris 1948
Ella Fitzgerald & Delta Rhythm Boys It's Only a Paper Moon 1945
Perry Como Prisoner of Love 1946
Art Tatum Humoresque 1940
The Dixie Hummingbirds Amazing Graze 1946
Lina Margy Ah ! Le petit vin blanc 1943
Ezio Pinza Some Enchanted Evening 1949
Woody Guthrie Pretty Boy Floyd 1945
Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five G.I. Jive 1944
Les Brown & His Orchestra I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm 1948
Woody Guthrie Pastures of Plenty 1946
Harry James & His Orchestra You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It) 1941
Mary Lou Williams Zodiac Suite 1945
Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy Atmosphere 1947
The Stanley Brothers Little Maggie 1947
Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five What's the Use of Getting Sober (When You Gotta Get Drunk Again)? 1942
Iry LeJeune Love Bridge Waltz 1948
Thelonious Monk Humph 1949
Frank Sinatra If I Loved You 1945
Duke Ellington Never No Lament (Don't Get Around Much Anymore) 1940
Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters Pistol Packin' Mama 1944
Woody Herman Blue Flame 1941
Quintette du Hot Club de France Les Yeux noirs 1940
Gene Krupa and His Orchestra feat. Roy Eldridge After You've Gone 1941
Thelonious Monk Well You Needn’t 1948
David Rose Holiday for Strings 1942
Woody Guthrie Vigilante Man 1940
Duke Ellington The Clothed Woman 1948
Charlie Parker Cool Blues 1949
Thelonious Monk Ruby My Dear 1948
Billie Holiday All of Me 1941
Harry James & His Orchestra with Helen Forrest Skylark 1942
Bud Powell Dance of the Infidels 1949
Harry James & His Orchestra with Helen Forrest I've Heard That Song Before 1942
Lennie Tristano I Can't Get Started with You 1946
Jan Clayton & John Raitt If I Loved You 1945
Dorival Caymmi O Mar 1940
Machito & His Afro-Cubans with Charlie Parker Tangá 1949
Fats Waller The Jitterbug Waltz 1942
The Southern Sons Lift Every Voice and Sing 1942
Duke Ellington The "C" Jam Blues 1942
Alvino Rey Orchestra Deep in the Heart of Texas 1941
The Delmore Brothers Freight Train Boogie 1946
Paul Robeson Ballad for Americans 1940
Dick Haymes You'll Never Know 1943
Celina y Reutilio Santa Barbara 1948
Sister Rosetta Tharpe & Marie Knight Up Above My Head, I Hear Music in the Air 1948
Thelonious Monk I Should Care 1949
Glenn Miller Star Dust 1940
Woody Guthrie Do Re Mi 1940
Artie Shaw Summit Ridge Drive 1940
T-Bone Walker West Side Baby 1948
Artie Shaw Dancing in the Dark 1941
Nat King Cole It's Only a Paper Moon 1944
Sammy Kaye The Old Lamp-Lighter 1946
Evelyn Knight A Little Bird Told Me 1948
Judy Garland Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart 1943
Coleman Hawkins Yesterdays 1944
Charlie Parker Scrapple from the Apple 1948
Merle Travis Sixteen Tons 1947
Duke Ellington In a Mellotone 1940
Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens 1946
Lightnin' Hopkins Short Haired Woman 1947
Jack Guthrie & His Oklahomans Oklahoma Hills 1945
Bukka White Fixin' to Die Blues 1940
Bukka White Parchman Farm Blues 1940
Dinah Shore Buttons and Bows 1948
Tommy Dorsey On the Sunny Side of the Street 1945
Édith Piaf & Les Compagnons De La Chanson Les trois cloches 1946
Thelonious Monk Epistrophy 1948
Dizzy Gillespie with Sarah Vaughan Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be) 1945
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys New Spanish Two Step 1946
Sarah Vaughan with Tadd Dameron Orchestra If You Could See Me Know 1946
Dizzy Gillespie 'Round About Midnight 1946
Roy Acuff and The Smoky Mountain Boys Wreck on the Highway 1942
Mel Tormé Blue Moon 1949
Nathan Abshire Pine Grove Blues 1949
Glenn Miller Song of the Volga Boatmen 1941
Glenn Miller Moonlight Cocktail 1942
Jimmy Dorsey Green Eyes (Aquellos Ojos Verdes) 1941
Jimmy Dorsey Tangerine 1942
Tommy Dorsey feat. Frank Sinatra Without a Song 1941
Glenn Miller Pennsylvania Six-Five Thousand 1940
Freddie Slack & Ella Mae Morse The House of Blue Lights 1946
Benny Goodman Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye 1945
Bukka White Special Stream Line 1940
Charlie Barnet Skyliner 1945
Cecil Gant I Wonder 1944
Luis Mariano La belle de Cadix 1946
Count Basie with Jimmy Rushing Goin' to Chicago Blues 1941
Lil Green Why Don't You Do Right? 1941
Lonnie Johnson Tomorrow Night 1948
John Lee Hooker Crawlin' King Snake 1949
Josh White House of the Rising Sun 1944
Lead Belly In New Orleans 1944
Lowell Fulson Three O'Clock Blues 1948
Frank Sinatra These Foolish Things 1946
Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive 1945
Frank Sinatra All the Things You Are 1947
Frank Sinatra Body and Soul 1949
Lead Belly (Black Gal) Where Did You Sleep Last Night? 1944
Line Renaud Ma cabane au Canada 1947