100 Greatest Songs From 1943

Criteria: These songs from 1943 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. Pistol Packin' Mama - Al Dexter / Bing Crosby & Andrews Sisters
  2. Don't Cry, Baby - Erskine Hawkins (Jimmy Mitchelle)
  3. I'll Be Home For Christmas - Bing Crosby
  4. (Goodnight) Irene - Leadbelly
  5. Shoo-Shoo Baby - Andrews Sisters / Ella Mae Morse
  6. Bésame Mucho - Jimmy Dorsey (Bob Eberly & Kitty Kallen)
  7. Comin' In On A Wing And A Prayer - Song Spinners / Willie Kelly / Four Vagabonds
  8. You'll Never Know - Dick Haymes
  9. As Time Goes By - Rudy Vallee
10. Star Eyes - Jimmy Dorsey (Bob Eberly & Helen O’Connell)
11. Sunday, Monday, or Always - Bing Crosby
12. Mairzy Doats - Merry Macs
13. That Old Black Magic - Glenn Miller
14. My Heart Tells Me - Glen Gray (Eugenie Baird)
15. It Can't Be Wrong - Dick Haymes / Allen Miller / Four Vagabonds
16. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me - Duke Ellington (Al Hibbler)
17. Let's Get Lost - Vaughn Monroe / Kay Kyser / Jimmy Dorsey (Bob Eberly)
18. Five Guys Named Moe - Louis Jordan
19. People Will Say We're In Love - Bing Crosby & Trudy Erwin / Frank Sinatra
20. I Heard You Cried Last Night - Harry James (Helen Forrest)
21. They're Either Too Young or Too Old - Jimmy Dorsey (Kitty Kallen)
22. Deacon Jones - Louis Jordan
23. Holiday For Strings - David Rose
24. It Started All Over Again - Tommy Dorsey (Frank Sinatra)
25. No Love, No Nothin' - Ella Mae Morse / Johnny Long (Patti Dugan)
26. All For You - King Cole Trio
27. A Slip of the Lip (Can Sink a Ship) - Duke Ellington (Ray Nance)
28. In My Arms - Dick Haymes
29. I Can't Stand Losing You - Ink Spots
30. Victory Polka - Bing Crosby & Andrews Sisters
31. Sweet Slumber - Lucky Millinder (Trevor Bacon)
32. My Ideal - Jimmy Dorsey (Bob Eberly) / Billy Butterfield (Margaret Whiting) / Maxine Sullivan
33. Ration Blues - Louis Jordan
34. Solo Flight - Benny Goodman & Charlie Chsitian
35. My Shining Hour - Glen Gray (Eugenie Baird)
36. Sentimental Lady (I Didn't Know About You - Duke Ellington
37. G.I. Jive - Johnny Mercer
38. Are You Ready? - Lucky Millinder (Trevor Bacon)
39. It Must Be Jelly ('Cause Jam Don't Shake Like That) - Glenn Miller
40. Velvet Moon - Harry James
41. Appolo Jump - Lucky Millinder
42. Rusty Dusty Blues - Count Basie (Jimmy Rushing)
43. Oh, What A Beautiful Morning - Oklahoma Orchestra (Alfred Drake) / Bing Crosby & Trudy Erwin
44. Don't Stop Now - Bunny Banks Trio (Bonnie Davis) / Beverly White
45. Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart - Judy Garland
46. Riffette - Freddie Slack
47. Cherry - Harry James
48. Johnny Zero - Song Spinners
49. Mean Old 'Frisco Blues - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
50. Murder, He Says - Dinah Shore
51. Let's Beat Out Some Love - Buddy Johnson (Warren Evans)
52. Oh! Miss Jaxon - Charlie Barnet ("Peanuts" Holland)
53. Rhapsody in Blue - Glenn Miller
54. Jingle Bells - Bing Crosby & Andrews Sisters
55. Oklahoma! - Alfred Drake
56. I Never Mention Your Name - Jack Leonard / Dick Haymes
57. Poinciana (Song Of The Tree) - Benny Carter
58. John Henry - Leadbelly
59. Hey Lawdy Mama (Meet Me in the Bottom) - Any Kirk (June Richmond)
60. Shame And Scandal - Sir Lancelot
61. Rosalita - Al Dexter
62. Dreamer - Kay Armen
63. From Twilight 'Til Dawn - Ceelle Burke / Freddy Martin
64. If You Please - Bing Corsby
65. Big Boy - Ray McKinley (Imogene Lynn)
66. Down In The Valley - Andrews Sisters
67. Tweedle-O-Twill - Gene Autry
68. Come Sunday - Duke Ellington
69. That'll Just 'Bout Knock Me Out - Louis Jordan
70. Rose Ann Of Charing Cross - Four Vagabonds / Peter Piper
71. Prince Charmin - Harry James
72. Rum & Coca-Cola - Lord Invader
73. The Old Gray Mare Is Back Where She Used to Be - Carson Robinson
74. I'm Old Fashioned - Fred Astaire
75. Ten Little Soldiers - Four Vagabonds
76. This Is the Army, Mr Jones - Horace Heidt
77. My Heart and I Decided - Ella Fitzgerald
78. Get Me on Your Mind - Jay McShann (Al Hibbler)
79. Close To You - Frank Sinatra
80. Home in San Antone - Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
81. Washington Whirliglig - Charlie Barnet
82. Hit That Jive, Jack - Four Vagabonds
83. Mandy, Make Up Your Mind - Tommy Dorsey
84. Mission To Moscow - Benny Goodman
85. Think of Me - Roy Rogers
86. On A Monday - Leadbelly
87. Pushin' Sand - Kay Kyser
88. Jump Town - Harry James
89. Something To Remember You By - Dinah Shore
90. I'll Never Make The Same Mistake Again - Ink Spots
91. Miss Molly - Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
92. East Side Of The Rockies - Andrews Sisters
93. The Prodigal Son - Roy Acuff
94. Rubber Bounce - Sonny Boy Williams
95. The Fuddy Duddy Watchmaker - Kay Kyser
96. Your Socks Don't Match - Fats Waller
97. Old Acquaintance - Jo Stafford
98. Columbus Stockade Blues - Jimmie Davis
99. Move It Over - Ethel Mermen
100. Four or Five Times - Woody Herman
20 more worth mentioning.
101. Tell Me, Mama - Jazz Gillum
102. Have I Stayed Away Too Long? - Perry Como
103. Gonna Follow My Baby - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
104. Please Be Careful (If You Can't Be Good) - Boone's Jumpin' Jacks
105. Tap the Barrel Dry - Rene Musstte Orchestra
106. They Took the Stars Out of Heaven - Floyd Tillman
107. For The Good Of Your Country - Count Basie (Jimmy Rushing)
108. How Sweet You Are - Kay Armen / Jo Stafford
109. Savoy - Lucky Millinder
110. Cryin' The Boogie Blues - Will Bradley
111. Get On Board, Little Chillun - Freddie Slack
112. Fly Right, Baby - Lonnie Johnson
113. I Had the Craziest Dream - Four Vagabonds
114. Night Watchman Blues - Big Bill Broonzy
115. Cuddle Up A Little Closer, Lovey Mine - Kay Armen
116. Blue Surreal - Bob Crosby
117. The Surrey with The Fringe on Top - Oklahoma Orchestra (Alfred Drake)
118. Stalin Wasn't Stallin' - Golden Gate Quartet
119. Please Think of Me - Shep Fields (Ralph Young)
120. He Knows How To Knock Me Out - Bunny Banks Trio (Bonnie Davis)
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1943
An unheralded great record from 1943
Adam's choice -
* The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise - Benny Goodman
Bruce's choice -
* Sharp As A Tack - Four Vagabonds
Lew's choice -
* Them There Eyes - Quintette du Hot Club de France
Leadbelly
Dick Haymes
Last Updated: 2010-04-27