Top Songs of the 1940s


Rank All Time Rank Artist Song Year
1
252
Hank Williams I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry 1949
2
567
Édith Piaf La Vie en rose 1945
3
641
John Lee Hooker Boogie Chillen 1948
4
643
Thelonious Monk Round Midnight 1946
5
865
Bing Crosby White Christmas 1942
6
1080
Charlie Parker Koko 1945
7
1131
Duke Ellington Take the "A" Train 1941
8
1181
Bill Monroe Blue Moon of Kentucky 1947
9
1187
Mahalia Jackson Move On Up a Little Higher 1947
10
1198
Billie Holiday God Bless the Child 1941
11
1281
T-Bone Walker Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday's Just As Bad) 1947
12
1382
Lionel Hampton Flying Home 1942
13
1402
Quintette du Hot Club de France avec Alix Combelle Nuages 1940
14
1510
Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five Caldonia (Boogie) (What Makes Your Big Head So Hard?) 1945
15
1515
Dizzy Gillespie Manteca 1947
16
1633
Duke Ellington Black, Brown and Beige/Come Sunday 1943
17
1645
Hank Williams Lovesick Blues 1949
18
1649
Charles Trenet La Mer 1946
19
1727
Nat King Cole (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 1946
20
1823
Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five Choo Choo Ch'Boogie 1946
21
1882
Hank Williams Move It On Over 1947
22
1955
Lena Horne Stormy Weather 1942
23
2029
Yves Montand Les Feuilles mortes 1949
24
2062
Wynonie Harris Good Rockin' Tonight 1948
25
2131
The Orioles It's Too Soon to Know 1948
26
2159
Les Brown & His Orchestra Sentimental Journey 1944
27
2291
Benny Goodman Orchestra feat. Charlie Christian Solo Flight 1943
28
2388
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys New San Antonio Rose 1940
29
2513
Nat King Cole Nature Boy 1947
30
2527
Roy Brown Good Rockin' Tonight 1947
31
2587
Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs Foggy Mountain Breakdown 1949
32
2633
Charles Brown with Johnny Moore's Three Blazers Driftin' Blues 1945
33
2670
Stan Kenton Artistry in Rhythm 1945
34
2731
Charlie Parker Ornithology 1946
35
2781
Dizzy Gillespie A Night in Tunisia 1946
36
2885
Duke Ellington Ko-Ko 1940
37
2929
Hank Williams Lost Highway 1949
38
3029
Jimmie Davis You Are My Sunshine 1940
39
3047
Billie Holiday The Man I Love 1940
40
3063
Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five Saturday Night Fish Fry 1949
41
3109
Nat King Cole The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You) 1946
42
3130
Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five Let the Good Times Roll 1946
43
3144
Muddy Waters I Can't Be Satisfied 1948
44
3154
Dizzy Gillespie Groovin' High 1945
45
3191
Bill Monroe Mule Skinner Blues 1940
46
3210
Charlie Parker Parker's Mood 1948
47
3304
Cliff Edwards When You Wish Upon a Star 1940
48
3440
Ernest Tubb Walking the Floor Over You 1941
49
3600
Big Bill Broonzy Key to the Highway 1941
50
3640
Amos Milburn Chicken-Shack Boogie 1948
51
3668
Nat King Cole Straighten Up and Fly Right 1944
52
3739
Gene Autry Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer 1949
53
3747
Artie Shaw Star Dust 1940
54
3822
The Andrews Sisters Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy 1941
55
3910
Spike Jones Der Fuehrer's Face 1942
56
3948
Dooley Wilson As Time Goes By 1942
57
3972
Harry James & His Orchestra feat. Frank Sinatra All or Nothing at All 1940
58
4058
Charles Trenet Que reste-t-il de nos amours? 1942
59
4097
Charlie Parker Now's the Time 1946
60
4148
Charlie Christian Swing to Bop [Topsy] 1941
61
4182
Billie Holiday Body and Soul 1940
62
4214
Woody Herman Four Brothers 1948
63
4273
Vaughn Monroe (Ghost) Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend) 1949
64
4474
Woody Herman Early Autumn 1949
65
4551
The Mills Brothers Paper Doll 1942
66
4630
Billie Holiday Gloomy Sunday 1941
67
4659
Judy Garland & Gene Kelly For Me and My Gal 1942
68
4676
Joe Liggins The Honeydripper 1945
69
4809
Tex Williams & His Western Caravan Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) 1947
70
4849
Stick McGhee Drinking Wine Spo-Dee O-Dee 1949
71
4976
Bing Crosby Swinging on a Star 1944
72
4979
Dizzy Gillespie Salt Peanuts 1945
73
4993
Big Maceo Worried Life Blues 1941
74
5150
Frank Sinatra Someone to Watch Over Me 1945
75
5178
Charlie Parker A Night in Tunisia 1946
76
5255
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra feat. Charlie Christian Seven Come Eleven 1940
77
5288
Harry Choates Jole Blon 1946
78
5326
Dizzy Gillespie Hot House 1945
79
5330
Luiz Gonzaga Asa Branca 1947
80
5377
Spike Jones and His City Slickers Cocktails for Two 1945
81
5406
Artie Shaw Frenesi 1940
82
5445
Benny Goodman feat. Charlie Christian Good Enough to Keep/Air Mail Special 1941
83
5466
Sarah Vaughan Tenderly 1947
84
5492
Miles Davis Boplicity 1949
85
5625
Arthur Smith Guitar Boogie 1945
86
5689
Bing Crosby I'll Be Seeing You 1944
87
5695
Tommy Dorsey Opus No. 1 1944
88
5704
Duke Ellington Cotton Tail 1940
89
5748
Duke Ellington Harlem Air-Shaft 1940
90
5752
Ella Fitzgerald Oh, Lady Be Good! 1947
91
5791
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys Take Me Back to Tulsa 1941
92
5833
Francis Craig Orchestra Near You 1947
93
5856
Charlie Parker Lover Man 1946
94
5862
Duke Ellington Concerto for Cootie 1940
95
6012
Betty Hutton It Had to Be You 1944
96
6063
Charles Trenet La Folle complainte 1945
97
6251
Lead Belly Rock Island Line (Railroad Song) 1942
98
6352
Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters Don't Fence Me In 1944
99
6455
Billie Holiday Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?) 1945
100
6458
Gene Autry Deep in the Heart of Texas 1942
101
6467
Nat King Cole (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons 1946
102
6471
Frank Sinatra Night and Day 1942
103
6542
The Ink Spots The Gypsy 1946
104
6553
Anton Karas Harry Lime Theme 1949
105
6580
Marlene Dietrich Lili Marlene 1945
106
6705
Coleman Hawkins The Man I Love 1944
107
6872
Eddy Arnold & His Tennessee Plowboys Bouquet of Roses 1948
108
6936
Lester Young These Foolish Things 1945
109
7154
Johnny Moore's Three Blazers Merry Christmas, Baby 1947
110
7180
Charlie Parker Embraceable You 1948
111
7186
Charlie Parker Yardbird Suite 1946
112
7214
The Sons of the Pioneers Cool Water 1941
113
7238
Merle Travis Dark As a Dungeon 1947
114
7427
Perry Como Till the End of Time 1945
115
7470
Memphis Minnie Me and My Chaffeur Blues 1941
116
7488
Édith Piaf L'accordéoniste 1940
117
7522
The Harmonicats Peg O' My Heart 1947
118
7650
Coleman Hawkins Picasso 1949
119
7705
Sidney Bechet Blues in Thirds 1940
120
7748
Glenn Miller A String of Pearls 1941
121
7783
Charlie Parker and His Re-Boppers Billie's Bounce 1946
122
7813
Glenn Miller Tuxedo Junction 1940
123
7852
Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra & The Pied Pipers I'll Never Smile Again 1940
124
7897
Kansas City Six [Lester Young] The Prez Got Rhythm/I Got Rhythm 1944
125
7909
Xavier Cugat Brazil 1942
126
7920
Miles Davis Israel 1949
127
7948
Glenn Miller That Old Black Magic 1943
128
7984
Harry James & His Orchestra Sleepy Lagoon 1942
129
8032
Lucienne Delyle Mon amant de Saint-Jean 1942
130
8065
Glenn Miller Chattanooga Choo Choo 1941
131
8087
Johnny Otis Harlem Nocturne 1945
132
8203
Tino Rossi Petit papa Noël 1946
133
8212
King Cole Trio Sweet Lorraine 1941
134
8213
Charlie Parker Relaxing at Camarillo 1947
135
8215
Lucky Millinder & His Orchestra (vocals Wynonie Harris) Who Threw the Whiskey in the Well 1945
136
8219
The Ink Spots and Ella Fitzgerald Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall 1944
137
8253
Duke Ellington Sepia Panorama 1940
138
8371
Sidney Bechet's Blue Note Jazz Men Blue Horizon 1945
139
8394
Lee Konitz & Lennie Tristano Subconscious-Lee 1949
140
8482
Sister Rosetta Tharpe Strange Things Happening Every Day 1945
141
8654
Dizzy Gillespie Cubana Be / Cubana Bop 1949
142
8692
Johnny Mercer Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive 1944
143
8777
Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray The Chase 1948
144
8841
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup That's All Right 1947
145
8879
Duke Ellington I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good 1941
146
8929
Judy Garland The Trolley Song 1944
147
9053
Billie Holiday Solitude 1941
148
9073
Miles Davis Jeru 1949
149
9078
Dizzy Gillespie Things to Come 1947
150
9136
Germaine Sablon Le Chant des partisans 1943
151
9138
The King Cole Trio Embraceable You 1944
152
9149
Charles Trenet Douce France 1947
153
9233
Al Dexter Pistol Packin' Mama 1943
154
9366
Woody Herman Apple Honey 1945
155
9382
St. Louis Jimmy Oden Going Down Slow 1941
156
9383
Robert Petway Catfish Blues 1941
157
9384
Erskine Hawkins After Hours 1940
158
9406
Woody Guthrie Tom Joad 1940
159
9474
Concha Piquer Tatuaje 1941
160
9494
Chuck Wagon Gang I'll Fly Away 1949
161
9516
Ella Fitzgerald How High the Moon 1948
162
9555
The Delmore Brothers Blues Stay Away from Me 1949
163
9559
Woody Herman Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol' Me) 1941
164
9776
Wynonie Harris All She Wants to Do Is Rock 1949
165
9982
The Andrews Sisters Rum and Coca-Cola 1944

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