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Top Songs of the 1940s

1930s <-1940-> 1950s
    

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1.
08/1943
396

✫1
US
✫1
country
5
R&B
as Al Dexter and His Troopers
[Okeh 6708]
written by Al Dexter
2.
08/1943
387

✫1
US


2
R&B
written by Johnny Black (as Johnny S. Black)
3.
01/1943
381

✫1
US


✫1
R&B
[Columbia 36668]
written by Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn
4.
07/1943
376

✫1
US


✫1
R&B
[Decca 18556]
written by Harry Warren, Mack Gordon & Dorothy Fern Norris
5.
08/1943
370

✫1
US


3
R&B
[Decca 18561]
written by Jimmy Van Heusen & Johnny Burke
6.
11/1943
365

✫1
US


7
R&B
vocals by Eugenie Baird
[Decca 18567]
written by Harry Warren & Mack Gordon
7.
07/1943
358

✫1
US


10
R&B
vocals by Frank Sinatra
[Victor 201530]
written by Tom Adair (as Thomas Montgomery Adair) & Alfonso D'Artega
8.
05/1943
351

✫1
US


10
R&B
vocals by Helen Forrest
written by Vernon Duke, John La Touche (as John Latouche) & Ted Fetter
9.
06/1943
338

✫1
US




[Decca 18553]
written by Harold Adamson & Jimmy McHugh
10.
338

✫1
US




[Bluebird 11401]
written by Kim Gannon & Lucky Roberts
11.
01/1943
337

✫1
US




12.
11/1943
325

2
US
✫1
country
3
R&B
[Decca 23277]
written by Al Dexter
13.
321

✫1
US




[Victor 27934]
written by Mack Gordon & Harry Warren
14.
02/1943
313

2
US


✫1
R&B
15.
11/1942
306

✫1
US


2
R&B
16.
07/1943
303

2
US


2
R&B
[Decca 18557]
written by Kim Gannon & Max Steiner
17.
10/1942
302

✫1
US


✫1
R&B
[Academy Award for Best Original Song 1942]
[Decca 23778]
written by Irving Berlin
18.
06/1943
298

2
US


8
R&B
as Frank Sinatra & Harry James & His Orchestra
[Columbia 35587]
written by Arthur Altman & Jack Lawrence
19.
01/1943
297

2
US


9
R&B
[instrumental]
[Columbia 36651]
written by Ary Barroso & Bob Russell
20.
12/1942
296

✫1
US


4
R&B
vocals by Helen Forrest
[Columbia 36659]
written by Harry Warren & Mack Gordon
21.
06/1948
286

✫1
US




hit for Earl Fuller in 1917
[Capitol 15105]
written by Euday L. Bowman
22.
04/1942
279

✫1
US




23.
10/1943
278

2
US




24.
07/1943
277

2
US




[Academy Award for Best Original Song 1943]
[Columbia 36678]
written by Harry Warren, Mack Gordon & Dorothy Fern Norris
25.
04/1942
276

✫1
US




26.
07/1942
274

✫1
US




27.
12/1943
273

4
US


✫1
R&B
[Capitol 143]
written by Phil Moore
28.
12/1943
273

2
US




29.
01/1942
272

✫1
US




30.
270

✫1
US




[Bluebird 11382]
written by Jerry Gray
31.
01/1943
266

4
US


2
R&B
vocals by Frank Sinatra & The Pied Pipers
[Victor 201522]
written by Bill Carey & Carl Fisher
32.
03/1943
266

3
US


8
R&B
vocal by Frank Munn; originally from 1931
written by Herman Hupfeld
33.
266

✫1
US




[Bluebird 11474]
written by Charles Tobias (as Charlie Tobias), Lew Brown & Sam H. Stept (as Sam Stept)
34.
06/1944
262

✫1
US


5
R&B
B side to Till Then
written by Allan Roberts & Doris Fisher
35.
09/1949
262

✫1
US
✫1
country


written by Floyd Tillman
36.
04/1948
260

✫1
US


2
R&B
as King Cole
[Capitol 15054]
written by Eden Ahbez
37.
11/1944
260

✫1
US


✫1
R&B
38.
01/1943
259

4
US


4
R&B
vocals by Peggy Lee
written by Kansas Joe McCoy
39.
04/1949
258

✫1
US
2
country


written by Stan Jones
40.
11/1944
256

✫1
US


2
R&B
B side to Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall
written by James V. Monaco & Mack Gordon
41.
05/1944
255

✫1
US


✫1
R&B
as Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
[Decca 8659]
written by Johnny Mercer
42.
12/1943
254

3
US


8
R&B
[Christmas]
[Decca 18570]
written by Buck Ram, Kim Gannon & Walter Kent
43.
05/1946
251

✫1
US


✫1
R&B
written by Billy Reid
44.
08/1944
250

✫1
US


10
R&B
[Victor 1586]
written by Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn
45.
02/1943
250

4
US


10
R&B
[Victor 1519]
written by Cole Porter
46.
11/1944
249

✫1
US


9
R&B
[Decca 23364]
written by Cole Porter & Robert Fletcher
47.
12/1949
247

✫1
US
✫1
country


as Gene Autry & The Pinafores
[Christmas]
[Columbia 38610]
written by Johnny Marks
48.
11/1946
246

✫1
US


3
R&B
[Capitol 304]
written by Pat Best (as William Best) & Deek Watson
49.
01/1943
246

3
US




[Decca 18513]
written by Jimmy Van Heusen & Johnny Burke
50.
09/1948
245

✫1
US




dinah shore & her happy valley boys
[Columbia 38284]
written by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
51.
04/1944
245

✫1
US




vocals by Dick Haymes
written by Fred E. Ahlert & Roy Turk
52.
06/1948
245

✫1
US




as Al Trace & his new orchestra
written by Sam Martin, Ben Trace & Al Trace (as Clem Watts)
53.
05/1948
245

✫1
US




54.
01/1943
245

3
US




55.
05/1944
244

✫1
US




[Academy Award for Best Original Song 1944]
[Decca 18597]
written by Jimmy Van Heusen & Johnny Burke
56.
04/1948
244

✫1
US




as Ken Griffin at the Organ
vocals by Jerry Wayne (added later)
written by Hans Otten, Gerhard Ebeler & Hal Cotten
57.
01/1948
244

✫1
US




58.
07/1948
244

✫1
US




[Capitol 15122]
written by Billy Reid
59.
07/1943
244

4
US




vocals by Helen Forrest
written by Joseph Kruger & Ted Grouya (as Theodor Grouya)
60.
06/1949
243

✫1
US




[Mercury 5271]
written by Pat Genaro, Sunny Skylar & Ruggero Leoncavallo
61.
04/1949
243

✫1
US




[RCA 47-2896]
written by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II
62.
03/1949
243

✫1
US




[Decca 24569]
written by Franz Winkler & Malia Rosa
63.
01/1943
243

3
US




written by Mabel Wayne & Al Lewis
64.
04/1944
243

✫1
US




[Decca 18595]
written by Sammy Fain & Irving Kahal
65.
01/1948
242

✫1
US




written by Peggy Lee & Dave Barbour
66.
11/1948
242

✫1
US




written by Harvey O. Brooks
67.
09/1949
242

✫1
US




hit for Tommy Dorsey in 1938
[Decca 24705]
written by Sammy Fain & Irving Kahal
68.
12/1948
242

✫1
US




69.
01/1944
241

✫1
US




70.
03/1944
240

✫1
US




written by Gordon Jenkins
71.
01/1948
240

✫1
US




72.
08/1949
240

✫1
US




[Mercury 5316]
written by Beasley Smith & Haven Gillespie
73.
02/1949
240

✫1
US




[Decca 24568]
written by Eily Beadell & Nell Tollerton
74.
11/1948
239

✫1
US




written by Frank Loesser
75.
12/1948
239

✫1
US




hit for Ray Noble in 1937
written by Irving Berlin
76.
239

✫1
US




[Bluebird 11230]
written by Harry Warren & Mack Gordon
77.
01/1949
239

✫1
US




78.
08/1946
238

✫1
US


3
R&B
79.
01/1944
238

✫1
US




[from the movie Three Cheers for the Boys]
written by Phil Moore
80.
03/1944
238

✫1
US




81.
06/1948
238

✫1
US




82.
04/1944
237

✫1
US




[Decca 18595]
written by Cole Porter
83.
08/1949
237

✫1
US




written by Jimmie Hodges
84.
07/1947
236

✫1
US
✫1
country


85.
07/1943
236

5
US


6
R&B
[instrumental]
[Victor 26054]
written by Clarence "Pinetop" Smith
86.
02/1944
235

✫1
US




87.
04/1949
235

✫1
US




written by Sidney Lippman (as Sid Lippman), Buddy Kaye & Fred Wise
88.
09/1944
234

✫1
US




89.
01/1945
234

✫1
US


3
R&B
[Decca 18636]
written by Lord Invader & Lionel Belasco
90.
11/1949
233

✫1
US




as Frankie Laine & the Muleskinners
[Mercury 5345]
written by Johnny Lange, Hy Heath & Fred Glickman
91.
11/1948
233

✫1
US




92.
06/1947
233

✫1
US
2
country


featuring Jo Stafford on vocals
written by Arthur Freed & Nacio Brown (as Nacio Herb Brown)
93.
07/1944
232

2
US
✫1
country
3
R&B
as Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
[Decca 8659]
written by Louis Jordan & Billy Austin
94.
04/1942
231

2
US




95.
06/1946
231

✫1
US




96.
01/1945
231

✫1
US


4
R&B
[Capitol 180]
written by Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer
97.
06/1943
230

4
US




98.
04/1942
229

2
US




written by Tiny Bradshaw, Eddie Johnson, Bobby Plater & Buddy Feyne (as Robert B. Wright)
99.
08/1946
229

✫1
US




[Columbia 37048]
written by Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn
100.
03/1946
228

✫1
US




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

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