100 Greatest Songs From 1940

  1. Star Dust - Artie Shaw / Tommy Dorsey (Frank Sinatra)
  2. New San Antonio Rose - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
  3. I'll Never Smile Again - Tommy Dorsey (Frank Sinatra and the Pied Pipers)
  4. You Are My Sunshine - Jimmie Davis
  5. Tuxedo Junction - Glenn Miller
  6. We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me) - Ink Spots / Tommy Dorsey (Frank Sinatra)
  7. Frenesi - Artie Shaw
  8. Pennsylvania 6-5000 - Glenn Miller
  9. When You Wish Upon A Star - Cliff Edwards / Glenn Miller
10. All or Nothing at All - Harry James (Frank Sinatra)
11. Maybe - Ink Spots
12. The Breeze And I - Jimmy Dorsey (Bob Eberly)
13. Java Jive - Ink Spots
14. Beat Me Daddy Eight To The Bar - Glenn Miller / Andrews Sisters
15. When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano - Ink Spots / Glenn Miller (Ray Eberle)
16. Body And Soul - Billie Holiday
17. Summit Ridge Drive - Artie Shaw
18. Five O'Clock Whistle - Glenn Miller / Erskine Hawkins / Ella Fitzgerald
19. Pompton Turnpike - Charlie Barnet / Louis Jordan
20. Talking Dust Bowl Blues - Woody Guthrie
21. Whispering Grass (Don't Tell The Trees) - Ink Spots
22. Mule Skinner Blues - Bill Monroe
23. Never No Lament - Duke Ellington
24. Night And Day - Billie Holiday
25. Key To The Highway - Jazz Gillum
26. Romance In The Dark - Lil Green
27. In A Mellotone - Duke Ellington
28. It Hurts Me Too - Tampa Red
29. Nuages - Django Reinhardt
30. Boog It - Glenn Miller (Marion Hutton) / Gene Krupa (Irene Day) / Cab Calloway
31. Step It Up And Go - Blind Boy Fuller
32. I Miss You So - Cats and the Fiddle
33. After Hours - Erskine Hawkins
34. Boogie Woogie on St. Louis Blues - Earl Hines
35. Red Wagon - Count Basie
36. Stop Pretending (So Hep You See) - Ink Spots / Buddy Johnson (Mack Sisters)
37. Down The Road A-Piece - Will Bradley (Ray McKinley)
38. Ko-Ko - Duke Ellington
39. The Great Dust Storm - Woody Guthrie
40. Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread) - Glenn Miller
41. Slow Freight - Glenn Miller / Benny Carter
42. The Man I Love - Billie Holiday
43. On The Sunny Side of The Street - King Cole Trio
44. L'accordeoniste - Edith Piaf
45. The Woodpecker Song - Glenn Miller / Andrews Sisters
46. Corrine, Corrina - Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
47. Cotton Tail - Duke Ellington
48. Imagination - Glenn Miller / Tommy Dorsey (Frank Sinatra)
49. Blueberry Hill - Glenn Miller
50. I've Been Dealing With The Devil - Sonny Boy Williamson
51. So Long - Charioteers
52. The Flight of the Bumble Bee - Harry James
53. Flying Home - Lionel Hampton (Ziggy Elman - trumpet)
54. Concerto for Cootie - Duke Ellington
55. I Ain't Got No Home in This World Anymore - Woody Guthrie
56. Wham (Re-Bop Boom Bam) - Jimmie Lunceford / Andy Kirk / Teddy Wilson
57. Please Mr. Johnson - Buddy & Ella Johnson
58. Make Believe Ballroom Time - Glenn Miller
59. Rhumboogie - Andrews Sisters
60. Big Beaver - Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
61. Don't You Lie To Me - Tampa Red
62. You Run Your Mouth and I'll Run My Business - Louis Jordan
63. Number 19 - Earl Hines
64. Raining on The Mountain - Delmore Brothers
65. Do I Worry? - Ink Spots
66. Old Black Joe - Mills Brothers
67. A Chicken Ain't Nothin But A Bird - Louis Jordan
68. Celery Stalks at Midnight - Will Bradley
69. Only Forever - Bing Crosby
70. Where Was I - Charlie Barnet
71. Sierra Sue - Bing Crosby
72. I'm Nobody's Baby - Judy Garland
73. Scrub Me Mama, With A Boogie Beat - Will Bradley (Ray McKinley)
74. Dolemite - Erskine Hawkins
75. Juneteenth Jamboree - Louis Jordan
76. Chain Gang Blues - Champion Jack Dupree
77. I Hear a Rhapsody - Charlie Barnet (Bob Carroll)
78. Trade Winds - Bing Crosby
79. Ferryboat Serenade - Andrews Sisters
80. Deep Forest - Earl Hines
81. Sleep - Benny Carter
82. How High The Moon - Benny Goodman (Helen Forrest)
83. Central Avenue Breakdown - Lionel Hampton
84. Jack The Bellboy - Lionel Hampton
85. No Name Jive - Glen Gray
86. Fixin' To Die Blues - Bukka White
87. I Want A Little Girl - Count Basie
88. Junction Blues - Erskine Hawkins
89. Black Train Blues - Bukka White
90. Polka Dots & Moonbeams - Tommy Dorsey (Frank Sinatra)
91. Swingin' On C - Jimmie Lunceford
92. Night Hop - Benny Carter
93. With The Wind and The Rain In Your Hair - Bob Chester (Dolores O'Neill)
94. Digging My Potatoes No. 2 - Washboard Sam
95. Memories of You - Ink Spots
96. New Highway No. 51 - Tommy McClennan
97. Root Man Blues - Walter Davis
98. What is That She Got? - Big Bill Broonzy
99. Blowin' Down This Road - Woody Guthrie
100. New Rocky Mountain Blues - Leroy's Buddy (Bill Gaither)
20 more worth mentioning.
101. Who's Sorry Now - Hoosier Hot Shots
102. Lead Me To That Rock - Mitchell's Christian Singers
103. Penthouse In The Basement - Louis Jordan
104. Yes Indeed - Bing Crosby & Connee Boswell
105. Jake, What A Snake - Louis Jordan
106. Gone With "What" Wind? - Benny Goodman
107. Get Your Boots Laced, Papa - Woody Herman
108. Six White Horses - Bill Monroe
109. Where The Blue of The Night (Meets The Gold of The Day) - Bing Crosby
110. Tush Hog Blues - Bo Carter
111. Between 18th and 19th on Chestnut Street - Charlie Barnet (Mary Ann McCall)
112. W.P.A. - Louis Armstrong & Mills Brothers
113. I Get A Kick Outa Corn - Tiny Hill
114. Soft Winds - Benny Goodman
115. Piney Brown Blues - Joe Turner and His Fly Cats
116. Fifteen Minute Intermission - Cab Calloway
117. Vigilante Man - Woody Guthrie
118. Tumbling Tumbleweeds - Bing Crosby
119. The Gaucho Serenade - Dick Todd / Glenn Miller
120. Bottle It Up And Go - Tommy McClennan
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1940
Adam's choice: An unheralded great record from 1940
* Gangster's Blues - Peetie Wheatstraw

Bruce's choice:
* T-Bone Blues - Les Hite Orchestra (T-Bone Walker)

Lew's choice -
* Parchman Farm Blues - Bukka White
Artie Shaw
Glenn Miller
Ink Spots

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Last Updated: 2010-03-12

Criteria: These records were chosen and ranked based on their initial & lasting popularity, and on their impact on the overall scope of musical history.

Note: Yearly song lists go by earliest 'release date' (Single, Album, or Country of first release). Not necessarily the year a song peaked in the U.S. charts.