100 Greatest Songs From 1942

Criteria: These songs from 1942 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. White Christmas - Bing Crosby
  2. Paper Doll - Mills Brothers
  3. Stormy Weather - Lena Horne
  4. Flying Home - Lionel Hampton (Illinois Jacquet)
  5. Why Don't You Do Right? - Benny Goodman (Peggy Lee)
  6. Jingle, Jangle, Jingle - Kay Kyser (Julie Conway & Harry Babbitt) / Gene Autry
  7. Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol' Me) - Jimmie Lunceford (Willie Smith)
  8. (I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo - Glenn Miller
  9. Tangerine - Jimmy Dorsey (Bob Eberly & Helen O'Connell)
10. Moonlight Cocktail - Glenn Miller
11. Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree - Glenn Miller (Modernaires) / Andrews Sisters
12. Sleepy Lagoon - Harry James
13. Jersey Bounce - Benny Goodman / Jimmy Dorsey
14. Deep in the Heart of Texas - Alvino Rey / Bing Crosby / Horace Heidt / Gene Autry
15. (There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover - Vera Lynn
16. I've Heard That Song Before - Harry James (Helen Forrest)
17. I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts of Town - Louis Jordan / Big Bill Broonzy / Jimmie Lunceford
18. Praise The Lord and Pass the Ammunition - Kay Kyser / Merry Macs / Southern Sons / Royal Harmony Quartet
19. Der Fuehrer's Face - Spike Jones (Carl Grayson & Willie Spicer)
20. Trav'lin Light - Paul Whiteman (Lady Day)
21. Cow-Cow Boogie - Freddie Slack (Ella Mae Morse)
22. Stormy Monday Blues - Earl Hines (Billy Eckstine)
23. Night And Day - Frank Sinatra
24. Shout, Sister, Shout - Lucky Millinder (Sister Rosetta Tharpe)
25. See See Rider Blues - Bea Booze
26. Wreck On The Highway - Roy Acuff
27. American Patrol - Glenn Miller
28. Mister Five By Five - Freddie Slack (Ella Mae Morse) / Harry James
29. Serenade in Blue - Glenn Miller (Ray Eberle & Modernaires)
30. Brazil - Xavier Cugat / Jimmy Dorsey (Bob Eberly & Helen O'Connell)
31. Perdido - Duke Ellington
32. Don't Get Around Much Anymore - Ink Spots
33. Juke Box Saturday Night - Glenn Miller (Modernaires)
34. That Ain't Right - King Cole Trio
35. At Last - Glenn Miller (Ray Eberle)
36. Take it and Git - Andy Kirk
37. There Are Such Things - Tommy Dorsey (Frank Sinatra)
38. Skylark - Harry James / Dinah Shore / Woody Herman / Glenn Miller / Bing Crosby
39. St. James' Infirmary - Artie Shaw (Hot Lips Page)
40. I Don't Want To Walk Without You - Harry James (Helen Forrest) / Bing Crosby
41. I'm Gonna Leave You on The Outskirts of Town - Louis Jordan
42. Take Me - Tommy Dorsey (Frank Sinatra) / Benny Goodman (Dick Haymes)
43. Amen - Abe Lyman / Woody Herman
44. Strip Polka - Kay Kyser / Andrews Sisters / Alvino Rey / Johnny Mercer
45. Idaho - Benny Goodman (Dick Haymes)
46. Who Wouldn't Love You - Kay Kyser (Trudy & Harry Babbitt)
47. Let Me Play With Your Poodle - Tampa Red
48. Rock Island Line - Leadbelly
49. The Chicks I Pick Are Slender and Tender and Tall - Louis Jordan
50. I Had The Craziest Dream - Harry James
51. Gonna Hit The Highway - Washboard Sam
52. Give Me A 32-20 - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
53. What's the Use of Getting Sober (When You Gonna Get Drunk Again) - Louis Jordan
54. Things Ain't What They Used To Be - Johnny Hodges
55. When The Lights Go On Again (All Over The World) - Vaughn Monroe / Lucky Millinder (Trevor Bacon)
56. Ev'ry Night About This Time - Ink Spots
57. Moon Mist - Duke Ellington
58. I Want A Tall Skinny Papa - Lucky Millinder (Sister Rosetta Tharpe)
59. Blues On Central Avenue - Joe Turner
60. Knock Me A Kiss - Louis Jordan / Gene Krupa / Erskine Hawkins
61. Rock Me - Lucky Millinder (Sister Rosetta Tharpe)
62. He Wears a Pair of Silver Wings - Kay Kyser (Harry Babbitt)
63. The "C" Jam Blues - Duke Ellington
64. For Me And My Gal - Judy Garland & Gene Kelly
65. Baby Don't You Cry - Buddy Johnson (Warren Evans)
66. If I Cared A Little Bit Less (And You Cared A Little Bit More) - Ink Spots
67. It's A Low Down Dirty Shame - Louis Jordan
68. Deep Blue Sea Blues - Tommy McClennan
69. Bicycle Bounce - Erskine Hawkins
70. Hit That Jive Jack - King Cole Trio
71. Take This Hammer (Steel Drivin') - Lead Belly
72. Born To Lose - Ted Daffan's Texans (Leon Seago)
73. Keep Your Hand On Your Heart - Lil Green
74. S. K. Blues - Saunders King
75. Hay-Foot, Straw Foot - Duke Ellington
76. Just As Though You Were Here - Ink Spots
77. This Is Worth Fighting For - Ink Spots
78. It Ain't Necessarily So - Todd Duncan
79. There's A Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere - Elton Britt
80. My Devotion - Vaughn Monroe / Charlie Spivak / Jimmy Dorsey
81. One Dozen Roses - Harry James (Jimmy Saunders) / Dick Jurgens (Buddy Moreno)
82. Moonlight Becomes You - Bing Crosby / Glenn Miller (Modernaires)
83. I Left My Heart At The Stage Door Canteen - Sammy Kaye / Charlie Spivak
84. Let's Start The New Year Right - Bing Crosby
85. Just As Though You Were Here - Tommy Dorsey
86. Dearly Beloved - Glenn Miller (Skip Nelson) / Dinah Shore
87. Pennsylvania Polka - Andrews Sisters
88. Remember Pearl Harbor - Sammy Kaye / Carson Robison
89. Johnny Doughboy Found A Rose in Ireland - Kay Kyser
90. I Don't Know What Kind of Blues I Got - Duke Ellington (Herb Jeffries)
91. Well, Git It - Tommy Dorsey
92. The Way You Look Tonight - Benny Goodman (Peggy Lee)
93. Ride, Red, Ride - Lucky Millinder
94. Easter Parade - Harry James
95. Sweet Eloise - Glenn Miller
96. Miss You - Dinah Shore / Bing Crosby
97. I Remember You - Jimmy Dorsey
98. Daybreak - Tommy Dorsey (Frank Sinatra)
99. Be Careful, It's My Heart - Bing Crosby
100. Manhattan Serenade - Tommy Dorsey
20 more worth mentioning.
101. We're Gonna Slap The Dirty Little Jap - Carson Robison
102. The Jitterbug Waltz - Fats Waller
103. All I Need is You - Ella Fitzgerald
104. The Father Jumps - Earl Hines
105. Fat Meat is Good Meat - Jimmy Lytell
106. Jumpin' in a Julep Joint - Erskine Hawkins
107. Cherokee Maiden - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
108. I Ain't Honky Tonkin' Anymore - Ernest Tubb
109. Mussolini's Letter to Hitler - Carson Robison
110. You Nearly Lose Your Mind - Ernest Tubb
111. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - Zeke Manners
112. She Gave Her Heart To A Soldier Boy - Roy Rogers
113. Meet Me Down In Honky Tonk Town - Al Dexter
114. He's A Jelly-Roll Baker - Lonnie Johnson
115. So Long Shorty - Erskine Hawkins
116. She's Gone With The Wind - Big Bill Broonzy
117. Shady Grove Blues - Sonny Boy Williamson
118. Mama Mama Blues - Louis Jordan
119. By The Light of The Silvery Moon - Fats Waller
120. It Had To Be You - Jimmie Lunceford
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1942
An unheralded great record from 1942
Adam's choice:
* I'm On My Last Go-Round - Leadbelly
Bruce's choice:
* Beale Street Blues - Guy Lombardo (Kenny Gardner)
Lew's choice -
* 627 Stomp - Mills Brothers
Last Updated: 2010-04-13