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Top Songs of the 1940s

1930s <-1940-> 1950s
      

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1.08/1943

 ①  Pistol Packin' Mama by Al Dexter

 

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395

US ✫1
US country ✫1
US R&B 5
as Al Dexter and His Troopers
[Okeh 6708]
written by Al Dexter
2.08/1943

 ②  Paper Doll by The Mills Brothers

 

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386

US ✫1
US R&B 2
written by Johnny Black (as Johnny S. Black)
3.01/1943

 ③  I've Heard That Song Before by Harry James and His Orchestra

 

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380

US ✫1
US R&B ✫1
[Columbia 36668]
written by Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn
4.07/1943

 ④  You'll Never Know by Dick Haymes

 

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375

US ✫1
US R&B ✫1
[Decca 18556]
written by Harry Warren, Mack Gordon & Dorothy Fern Norris
5.08/1943

 ⑤  Sunday, Monday or Always by Bing Crosby

 

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369

US ✫1
US R&B 3
[Decca 18561]
written by Jimmy Van Heusen & Johnny Burke
6.11/1943

My Heart Tells Me (Should I Believe My Heart?) by Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra

 

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364

US ✫1
US R&B 7
vocals by Eugenie Baird
[Decca 18567]
written by Harry Warren & Mack Gordon
7.07/1943

In the Blue of Evening by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra

 

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357

US ✫1
US R&B 10
vocals by Frank Sinatra
written by Tom Adair (as Thomas Montgomery Adair) & Alfonso D'Artega
8.05/1943

Taking a Chance on Love by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

 

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350

US ✫1
US R&B 10
vocals by Helen Forrest
written by Vernon Duke, John La Touche (as John Latouche) & Ted Fetter
9.1942

Moonlight Cocktail by The Glenn Miller Orchestra

 

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340

US ✫1[Bluebird 11401]
written by Kim Gannon & Lucky Roberts
10.06/1943

Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer by Song Spinners

 

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337

US ✫1[Decca 18553]
written by Harold Adamson & Jimmy McHugh
11.01/1943

(As Long As You're Not in Love with Anyone Else) Why Don't You Fall in Love with Me? by Johnny Long and His Orchestra

 

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336

US ✫1vocals by Bob Houston & Helen Young
written by Mabel Wayne & Al Lewis
12.11/1943

Pistol Packin' Mama by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters

 

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325

US 2
US country ✫1
US R&B 3
[Decca 23277]
written by Al Dexter
13.1942

(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo by The Glenn Miller Orchestra

 

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323

US ✫1[Victor 27934]
written by Mack Gordon & Harry Warren
14.02/1943

Don't Get Around Much Anymore by The Ink Spots

 

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312

US 2
US R&B ✫1
written by Duke Ellington & Bob Russell
15.11/1942

There Are Such Things by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra

 

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307

US ✫1
US R&B 2
vocals by Frank Sinatra & The Pied Pipers
written by Stanley Adams, Abel Baer & George W. Meyer
16.10/1942

White Christmas by Bing Crosby

 

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303

US ✫1
US R&B ✫1
[Academy Award for Best Original Song 1942]
[Decca 23778]
written by Irving Berlin
17.07/1943

It Can't Be Wrong by Dick Haymes

 

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302

US 2
US R&B 2
[Decca 18557]
written by Kim Gannon & Max Steiner
18.12/1942

I Had the Craziest Dream by Harry James and His Orchestra

 

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297

US ✫1
US R&B 4
vocals by Helen Forrest
[Columbia 36659]
written by Harry Warren & Mack Gordon
19.06/1943

All or Nothing at All by Frank Sinatra and Harry James

 

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296

US 2
US R&B 8
as Frank Sinatra & Harry James & His Orchestra
[Columbia 35587]
written by Arthur Altman & Jack Lawrence
20.01/1943

Brazil (Aquarela Do Brasil) by Xavier Cugat and His Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra

 

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296

US 2
US R&B 9
[instrumental]
[Columbia 36651]
written by Ary Barroso & Bob Russell
21.06/1948

Twelfth Street Rag by Pee Wee Hunt and His Orchestra

 

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288

US ✫1hit for Earl Fuller in 1917
[Capitol 15105]
written by Euday L. Bowman
22.04/1942

Sleepy Lagoon by Harry James and His Orchestra

 

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279

US ✫1written by Eric Coates & Jack Lawrence
23.10/1943

People Will Say We're in Love by Bing Crosby and Trudy Erwin

 

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277

US 2written by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II
24.04/1942

Tangerine by Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra

 

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276

US ✫1vocals by Bob Eberly & Helen O'Connell
written by Victor Schertzinger & Johnny Mercer
25.07/1943

You'll Never Know by Frank Sinatra

 

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276

US 2 [Academy Award for Best Original Song 1943]
[Columbia 36678]
written by Harry Warren, Mack Gordon & Dorothy Fern Norris
26.07/1942

Jingle Jangle Jingle by Kay Kyser and His Orchestra

 

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274

US ✫1vocals by Harry Babbitt
written by Frank Loesser & Joseph J. Lilley
27.01/1942

Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol' Me) by Woody Herman and His Orchestra

 

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273

US ✫1written by Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer
28.12/1943

They're Either Too Young or Too Old by Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra

 

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271

US 2vocals by Kitty Kallen
written by Arthur Schwartz & Frank Loesser
29.12/1943

Shoo-Shoo Baby by Ella Mae Morse

 

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271

US 4
US R&B ✫1
[Capitol 143]
written by Phil Moore
30.1942

A String of Pearls by The Glenn Miller Orchestra

 

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270

US ✫1[Bluebird 11382]
written by Jerry Gray
31.1942

Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone else But Me) by The Glenn Miller Orchestra

 

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266

US ✫1[Bluebird 11474]
written by Charles Tobias (as Charlie Tobias), Lew Brown & Sam H. Stept (as Sam Stept)
32.03/1943

As Time Goes By by Jacques Renard and His Orchestra

 

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265

US 3
US R&B 8
vocal by Frank Munn; originally from 1931
written by Herman Hupfeld
33.02/1943

It Started All Over Again by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra

 

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264

US 4
US R&B 2
vocals by Frank Sinatra & The Pied Pipers
written by Bill Carey & Carl Fisher
34.06/1944

You Always Hurt the One You Love by The Mills Brothers

 

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263

US ✫1
US R&B 5
B side to Till Then
written by Allan Roberts & Doris Fisher
35.09/1949

Slipping Around by Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely

 

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263

US ✫1
US country ✫1
written by Floyd Tillman
36.04/1948

Nature Boy by Nat King Cole

 

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261

US ✫1
US R&B 2
as King Cole
[Capitol 15054]
written by Eden Ahbez
37.11/1944

Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall by The Ink Spots and Ella Fitzgerald

 

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261

US ✫1
US R&B ✫1
written by Doris Fisher & Allan Roberts
38.04/1949

Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend) by Vaughn Monroe

 

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260

US ✫1
US country 2
written by Stan Jones
39.01/1943

Why Don't You Do Right by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

 

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257

US 4
US R&B 4
vocals by Peggy Lee
written by Kansas Joe McCoy
40.11/1944

I'm Making Believe by The Ink Spots and Ella Fitzgerald

 

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257

US ✫1
US R&B 2
B side to Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall
written by James V. Monaco & Mack Gordon
41.05/1944

G.I. Jive by Louis Jordan

 

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256

US ✫1
US R&B ✫1
as Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
[Decca 8659]
written by Johnny Mercer
42.12/1943

I'll Be Home for Christmas (If Only in My Dreams) by Bing Crosby

 

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253

US 3
US R&B 8
[Christmas]
[Decca 18570]
written by Buck Ram, Kim Gannon & Walter Kent
43.05/1946

The Gypsy by The Ink Spots

 

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252

US ✫1
US R&B ✫1
written by Billy Reid
44.08/1944

I'll Walk Alone by Dinah Shore

 

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251

US ✫1
US R&B 10
[Victor 1586]
written by Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn
45.11/1944

Don't Fence Me In by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters

 

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250

US ✫1
US R&B 9
[Decca 23364]
written by Cole Porter & Robert Fletcher
46.12/1949

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Gene Autry

 

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248

US ✫1
US country ✫1
as Gene Autry & The Pinafores
[Christmas]
[Columbia 38610]
written by Johnny Marks
47.11/1946

(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons by The King Cole Trio

 

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247

US ✫1
US R&B 3
[Capitol 304]
written by Pat Best (as William Best) & Deek Watson
48.02/1943

You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To by Dinah Shore

 

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247

US 4
US R&B 10
[Victor 1519]
written by Cole Porter
49.09/1948

Buttons and Bows by Dinah Shore

 

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246

US ✫1dinah shore & her happy valley boys
[Columbia 38284]
written by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
50.04/1944

I'll Get by (As Long As I Have You) by Harry James and His Orchestra

 

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245

US ✫1vocals by Dick Haymes
written by Fred E. Ahlert & Roy Turk
51.06/1948

You Call Everybody Darlin' by Al Trace and His Orchestra

 

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245

US ✫1as Al Trace & his new orchestra
written by Sam Martin, Ben Trace & Al Trace (as Clem Watts)
52.05/1948

Love Somebody by Doris Day and Buddy Clark

 

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245

US ✫1written by Joan Whitney & Alex Kramer
53.05/1944

Swinging on a Star by Bing Crosby

 

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245

US ✫1 [Academy Award for Best Original Song 1944]
[Decca 18597]
written by Jimmy Van Heusen & Johnny Burke
54.04/1948

You Can't Be True, Dear by Ken Griffin

 

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245

US ✫1as Ken Griffin at the Organ
vocals by Jerry Wayne (added later)
written by Hans Otten, Gerhard Ebeler & Hal Cotten
55.01/1948

Now Is the Hour (Maori Farewell Song) by Bing Crosby

 

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245

US ✫1written by Clement Scott, Maewa Kaihau & Dorothy Stewart
56.07/1948

A Tree in the Meadow by Margaret Whiting

 

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245

US ✫1[Capitol 15122]
written by Billy Reid
57.01/1943

Moonlight Becomes You by Bing Crosby

 

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245

US 3[Decca 18513]
written by Jimmy Van Heusen & Johnny Burke
58.06/1949

You're Breaking My Heart by Vic Damone

 

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244

US ✫1[Mercury 5271]
written by Pat Genaro, Sunny Skylar & Ruggero Leoncavallo
59.04/1949

Some Enchanted Evening by Perry Como

 

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244

US ✫1[RCA 47-2896]
written by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II
60.03/1949

Forever and Ever by Russ Morgan

 

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244

US ✫1[Decca 24569]
written by Franz Winkler & Malia Rosa
61.01/1943

For Me and My Gal by Judy Garland and Gene Kelly

 

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243

US 3written by George W. Meyer, Edgar Leslie & E. Ray Goetz
62.04/1944

I'll Be Seeing You by Bing Crosby

 

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243

US ✫1[Decca 18595]
written by Sammy Fain & Irving Kahal
63.09/1949

I Can Dream, Can't I by The Andrews Sisters

 

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243

US ✫1hit for Tommy Dorsey in 1938
[Decca 24705]
written by Sammy Fain & Irving Kahal
64.01/1948

Mañana (Is Soon Enough for Me) by Peggy Lee

 

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243

US ✫1written by Peggy Lee & Dave Barbour
65.11/1948

A Little Bird Told Me by Evelyn Knight

 

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243

US ✫1written by Harvey O. Brooks
66.12/1948

Powder Your Face with Sunshine (Smile! Smile! Smile!) by Evelyn Knight

 

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242

US ✫1written by Carmen Lombardo & Stanley Rochinski
67.01/1944

Besame Mucho (Kiss Me Much) by Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra

 

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242

US ✫1vocals by Bob Eberly & Kitty Kallen
written by Consuelo Velázquez & Sunny Skylar
68.1941

Chattanooga Choo Choo by The Glenn Miller Orchestra

 

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241

US ✫1[Bluebird 11230]
written by Harry Warren & Mack Gordon
69.01/1943

(As Long As You're Not in Love with Anyone Else) Why Don't You Fall in Love with Me by Dinah Shore

 

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241

US 3written by Mabel Wayne & Al Lewis
70.07/1943

I Heard You Cried Last Night by Harry James and His Orchestra

 

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241

US 4vocals by Helen Forrest
written by Joseph Kruger & Ted Grouya (as Theodor Grouya)
71.03/1944

The San Fernando Valley by Bing Crosby

 

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241

US ✫1written by Gordon Jenkins
72.08/1949

That Lucky Old Sun by Frankie Laine

 

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241

US ✫1[Mercury 5316]
written by Beasley Smith & Haven Gillespie
73.02/1949

Cruising Down the River by Russ Morgan

 

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241

US ✫1[Decca 24568]
written by Eily Beadell & Nell Tollerton
74.01/1948

I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover by Art Mooney

 

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241

US ✫1written by Harry M. Woods & Mort Dixon
75.11/1948

My Darling, My Darling by Jo Stafford and Gordon MacRae

 

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240

US ✫1written by Frank Loesser
76.12/1948

I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm by Les Brown and His Orchestra

 

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240

US ✫1hit for Ray Noble in 1937
written by Irving Berlin
77.08/1946

To Each His Own by The Ink Spots

 

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240

US ✫1
US R&B 3
written by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
78.01/1949

Cruising Down the River by Blue Barron and His Orchestra

 

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239

US ✫1written by Eily Beadell & Nell Tollerton
79.01/1944

Shoo-Shoo Baby by The Andrews Sisters

 

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239

US ✫1[from the movie Three Cheers for the Boys]
written by Phil Moore
80.03/1944

It's Love-Love-Love by Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians

 

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239

US ✫1vocals by Skip Nelson
written by Joan Whitney, Alex Kramer & Mack David
81.06/1948

Woody Woodpecker by Kay Kyser and His Orchestra

 

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238

US ✫1vocals by Gloria Wood
written by George Tibbles & Ramey Idriss
82.04/1944

I Love You by Bing Crosby

 

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238

US ✫1[Decca 18595]
written by Cole Porter
83.08/1949

Someday by Vaughn Monroe

 

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238

US ✫1written by Jimmie Hodges
84.07/1947

Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) by Tex Williams

 

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238

US ✫1
US country ✫1
written by Merle Travis & Tex Williams
85.01/1945

Rum and Coca-Cola by The Andrews Sisters

 

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236

US ✫1
US R&B 3
[Decca 18636]
written by Lord Invader & Lionel Belasco
86.02/1944

Mairzy Doats by The Merry Macs

 

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235

US ✫1written by Milton Drake, Al Hoffman & Jerry Livingston
87.04/1949

A-You're Adorable by Perry Como

 

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235

US ✫1written by Sid Lippman, Buddy Kaye & Fred Wise
88.09/1944

(There'll Be a) Hot Time in the Town of Berlin (When the Yanks Go Marching In) by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters

 

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235

US ✫1written by Sgt. Joe Bushkin & Pvt. John De Vries
89.11/1949

Mule Train by Frankie Laine

 

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234

US ✫1as Frankie Laine & the Muleskinners
[Mercury 5345]
written by Johnny Lange, Hy Heath & Fred Glickman
90.10/1943

Boogie Woogie by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra

 

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234

US 5
US R&B 6
[instrumental]
written by Clarence "Pinetop" Smith
91.06/1947

Temptation (Tim-Tayshun) by Red Ingle and the Natural Seven

 

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234

US ✫1
US country 2
featuring Jo Stafford on vocals
written by Arthur Freed & Nacio Brown (as Nacio Herb Brown)
92.11/1948

All I Want for Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth) by Spike Jones and His City Slickers

 

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233

US ✫1vocals by George Rock
written by Donald Yetter Gardner
93.07/1944

Is You Is or Is You Ain't (Ma' Baby) by Louis Jordan

 

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233

US 2
US country ✫1
US R&B 3
as Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
[Decca 8659]
written by Louis Jordan & Billy Austin
94.01/1945

Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive by Johnny Mercer

 

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232

US ✫1
US R&B 4
[Capitol 180]
written by Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer
95.06/1946

To Each His Own by Eddy Howard

 

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232

US ✫1written by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
96.04/1942

Who Wouldn't Love You by Kay Kyser and His Orchestra

 

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231

US 2written by Bill Carey & Carl Fischer
97.08/1946

Five Minutes More by Frank Sinatra

 

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230

US ✫1[Columbia 37048]
written by Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn
98.04/1942

Jersey Bounce by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

 

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229

US 2written by Tiny Bradshaw, Eddie Johnson, Bobby Plater & Buddy Feyne (as Robert B. Wright)
99.04/1946

The Gypsy by Dinah Shore

 

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229

US ✫1[Columbia 36964]
written by Billy Reid
100.03/1946

Prisoner of Love by Perry Como

 

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229

US ✫1hit for Russ Columbo in 1932
[RCA Victor 1814]
written by Russ Columbo, Clarence Gaskill & Leo Robin

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