100 Greatest Songs From 1941

Criteria: These songs from 1941 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.

  1. God Bless The Child - Billie Holiday
  2. Take The "A" Train - Duke Ellington / Delta Rhythm Boys
  3. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - Andrews Sisters
  4. Chattanooga Choo Choo - Glenn Miller (Tex Beneke and the Modernaires)
  5. Walking The Floor Over You - Ernest Tubb
  6. Cool Water - Sons Of The Pioneers
  7. Blues in the Night - Woody Herman / Cab Calloway / Artie Shaw (Hot Lips Page)
  8. A String Of Pearls - Glenn Miller
  9. Confessin' The Blues - Jay McShann (Walter Brown)
10. I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire - Ink Spots / Horace Heidt / Tommy Tucker
11. The Midnight Special - Lead Belly and the Golden Gate Quartet
12. I Got it Bad and That Ain't Good - Duke Ellington (Ivie Anderson)
13. Green Eyes - Jimmy Dorsey (Bob Eberly & Helen O'Connell)
14. Junker Blues - Champion Jack Dupree
15. Solo Flight - Benny Goodman (Charlie Christian)
16. Gloomy Sunday (The Famous Hungarian Suicide Song) - Billie Holiday
17. Worried Life Blues - Big Maceo
18. Goin' To Chicago Blues - Count Basie (Jimmy Rushing)
19. Why Don't You Do Right - Lil Green
20. Let Me Off Uptown - Gene Krupa (Anita O'Day)
21. Jump For Joy - Duke Ellington (Ivie Anderson)
22. All of Me - Billie Holiday
23. Amapola - Jimmy Dorsey (Bob Eberly & Helen O'Connell)
24. Dry Bones - Delta Rhythm Boys
25. Maria Elena - Jimmy Dorsey (Bob Eberly) / Wayne King
26. Take Me Back To Tulsa - Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys
27. Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin' - Duke Ellington
28. Key To The Highway - Big Bill Broonzy
29. Solitude - Billie Holiday
30. (I'll Be With You) In Apple Blossom Time - Andrews Sisters
31. Daddy - Sammy Kaye
32. (There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover - Kay Kyser / Glenn Miller
33. Elmer's Tune - Glenn Miller (Ray Eberle & Modernaires)
34. Dancing in the Dark - Artie Shaw
35. Drum Boogie - Gene Krupa
36. Dolores - Tommy Dorsey (Frank Sinatra & Pied Pipers) / Bing Crosby
37. The Things I Love - Jimmy Dorsey (Bob Eberly)
38. Blue Flame - Woody Herman
39. Yes Indeed - Tommy Dorsey (Jo Stafford & Sy Oliver)
40. Jelly, Jelly - Earl Hines (Billy Eckstine)
41. Let's Get Away From It All - Tommy Dorsey (Pied Pipers)
42. That's When Your Heartaches Begin - Ink Spots
43. The Sidewalks of New York - Duke Ellington
44. If I Get Lucky - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
45. Somebody Else is Taking My Place - Benny Goodman (Peggy Lee)
46. The Hut-Hut Song (A Swedish Serenade) - Horace Heidt / Freddy Martin
47. (Lights Out) 'Til Reveille - Kay Kyser / Bing Crosby
48. Song of the Volga Boatmen - Glenn Miller
49. Me and My Chauffeur Blues - Memphis Minnie
50. Sweet Lorraine - King Cole Trio
51. Yours - Jimmy Dorsey (Bob Eberly & Helen O'Connell)
52. Winter Weather - Benny Goodman (Peggy Lee & Art Lund)
53. Do I Worry? - Tommy Dorsey (Frank Sinatra)
54. You and I - Glenn Miller
55. Oh, Look At Me Now - Tommy Dorsey (Frank Sinatra, Connie Haines & Pied Pipers)
56. Tonight (Perfidia) - Jimmy Dorsey / Glenn Miller / Benny Goodman
57. My Sister And I - Jimmy Dorsey (Bob Eberly)
58. Someone's Rocking My Dreamboat - Ink Spots
59. Going Down Slow - St. Louis Jimmy
60. Dig These Blues - Four Clefs
61. All That Meat And No Potatoes - Fats Waller
62. Flamingo - Duke Ellington (Herb Jeffries)
63. Corrine, Corrina - Art Tatum (Joe Turner)
64. Big Fat Mama - Lucky Millinder (Trevor Bacon)
65. We'll Meet Again - Ink Spots
66. Wee Baby Blues - Art Tatum (Joe Turner)
67. When I Been Drinking - Big Bill Broonzy
68. I'm In A Low Down Groove - Billie Holiday
69. High On A Windy Hill - Jimmy Dorsey / Gene Krupa
70. The Wise Old Owl - Al Donohue (Dee Keating)
71. You Made Me Love You - Harry James
72. The Shrine of St. Cecelia - Andrews Sisters
73. Along The Santa Fe Trail - Bing Crosby
74. Blue Champagne - Jimmy Dorsey (Bob Eberly)
75. Worried Mind - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
76. Catfish Blues - Robert Petway
77. Boulder Bluff - Glenn Miller
78. You Are My Sunshine - Gene Autry / Bing Crosby
79. This Love of Mine - Tommy Dorsey
80. Down, Down, Down - Count Basie / Mills Brothers / Charioteers
81. Until The Real Thing Comes Along - Ink Spots
82. The Mole - Harry James
83. Milk Cow Blues - Johnny Lee Wills
84. There'll Be Some Changes Made - Una Mae Carlisle
85. Rocks In My Bed - Joe Turner
86. The Bells of San Raquel - Mills Brothers
87. Dupree Shake Dance - Champion Jack Dupree
88. I Feel My Time Ain't Long - Selah Jubilee Singers
89. County Jail Blues - Big Maceo
90. Ring, Telephone, Ring - Ink Spots
91. Please Take A Letter, Miss Brown - Ink Spots
92. Take A Little Walk With Me - Robert Lockwood
93. Trouble in Mind - Lucky Millinder (Sister Rosetta Tharpe)
94. '41 Blues - Peter Cleighton
95. Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love) - Billie Holiday
96. Walkin' By The River - Una Mae Carlisle
97. Southern Exposure - Buddy Johnson
98. I Feel So Good - Big Bill Broonzy
99. Music Makers - Harry James
100. Twin Guitar Special - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
20 more worth mentioning.
101. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - Wiley & Gene
102. All By Myself - Big Bill Broonzy
103. Walking Blues - Son House
104. 1913 Massacre - Woody Guthrie
105. Pinetop's Boogie Woogie - Louis Jordan
106. Egyptian Fantasy - Sidney Bechet
107. Pick A Bale of Cotton - Lead Belly
108. Saxa-Woogie - Louis Jordan
109. Hootie Blues - Jay McShann (Walter Brown)
110. Knockin' Myself Out - Lil Green
111. City Called Heaven - Una Mae Carlisle
112. Bear Cat Crawl - Meade Lux Lewis
113. Peach Orchard Mama - Big Joe Williams
114. Joltin' Joe DiMaggio - Les Brown (Betty Bonney)
115. Jim - Dinah Shore / Ella Fitzgerald
116. If It's True - Mills Brothers
117. Shout For Joy - Albert Ammons
118. Slide Mr. Trombone - Lucky Millinder
119. This Will Make You Laugh - King Cole Trio
120. Keep Cool, Fool - Ella Fitzgerald / Erskine Hawkins / Ink Spots
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1941
An unheralded great record from 1941
Adam's choice:
* Weed Head Woman - Champion Jack Dupree
Bruce's choice:
* Georgia On My Mind - Mills Brothers
Lew's choice -
* Sloppy Drunk Blues - Sonny Boy Williamson
Last Updated: 2010-04-02