100 Greatest Songs From 1945

Criteria: These songs from 1945 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. Caldonia - Louis Jordan / Woody Herman
  2. The Honeydripper - Joe Liggins
  3. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Vaughn Monroe
  4. On The Atchison, Topeka, And Santa Fe - Johnny Mercer / Bing Crosby / Tommy Dorsey (Sentimentalists)
  5. Driftin' Blues - Johnny Moore's Three Blazers (Charles Brown)
  6. Candy - Johnny Mercer & Jo Stafford
  7. Sentimental Journey - Les Brown (Doris Day)
  8. There! I've Said It Again - Vaughn Monroe
  9. Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well? - Lucky Millinder (Wynonie Harris)
10. Tippin' In - Erskine Hawkins
11. Buzz Me - Louis Jordan
12. Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be) - Billie Holiday
13. Till The End Of Time - Perry Como / Les Brown (Doris Day) / Dick Haymes
14. I'm Beginning To See The Light - Ella Fitzgerald & Ink Spots
15. It's Been A Long, Long Time - Harry James (Kitty Kallen) / Les Paul (Bing Crosby)
16. Chickery Chick - Sammy Kaye
17. Strange Things Happening Every Day - Sister Rosetta Tharpe
18. I Can't Begin to Tell You - Bing Crosby
19. I'll Buy That Dream - Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes / Harry James (Kitty Kallen)
20. It Might As Well Be Spring - Dick Haymes / Paul Weston (Margaret Whiting) / Sammy Kaye
21. My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time - Les Brown (Doris Day)
22. Personality - Johnny Mercer
23. Laura - Woody Herman / Johnnie Johnston / Freddy Martin / Jerry Wald
24. Just a-Sittin' and a-Rockin' - Delta Rhythm Boys / Stan Kenton (June Christy)
25. I Wonder - Louis Armstrong / Roosevelt Sykes / Warren Evans
26. Groovin' High - Dizzy Gillespie
27. Guitar Boogie - Arthur Smith
28. Bell-Bottom Trousers - Tony Pastor / Guy Lombardo (Jimmy Brown) / Kay Kyser
29. You'll Never Walk Alone - Frank Sinatra
30. Tampico - Stan Kenton (June Christy)
31. The Cattle Call - Eddy Arnold
32. Sioux City Sue - Dick Thomas
33. You Can't Get That No More - Louis Jordan
34. Salt Peanuts - Dizzie Gillespie
35. Along The Navajo Trail - Bing Crosby & Andrews Sisters / Gene Krupa / Dinah Shore
36. Dream - Frank Sinatra / Pied Pipers
37. Mop! Mop! - Louis Jordan
38. Don't Worry 'Bout That Mule - Louis Jordan
39. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive - Bing Crosby & Andrews Sisters
40. Symphony - Freddy Martin (Clyde Rogers) / Benny Goodman (Liza Morrow)
41. Shame on You - Spade Cooley (Tex Williams) / Lawrence Welk (Red Foley)
42. Gotta Be This Or That - Benny Goodman
43. Dig You Later (A Hubba-Hubba-Hubba) - Perry Como
44. Rock Me Mamma - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
45. Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief - Betty Hutton
46. Somebody Done Changed the Lock on My Door - Louis Jordan
47. I Should Care - Frank Sinatra / Tommy Dorsey (Bonnie Lou Williams) / Martha Tilton
48. Twilight Time - Three Suns / Les Brown
49. Oklahoma Hills - Jack Guthrie
50. Chopin's Polonaise - Carmen Cavallaro
51. The House I Live In - Frank Sinatra
52. Love Letters - Dick Haymes
53. Harlem Nocturne - Johnny Otis
54. That's The Stuff You Gotta Watch - Buddy Johnson (Ella Johnson)
55. I Cover The Waterfront - Billie Holiday / Cats 'N Jammer Three
56. It's Only a Paper Moon - Ella Fitzgerald & Delta Rhythm Boys
57. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye - Benny Goodman (Peggy Mann)
58. Can't You Read Between The Lines - Jimmy Dorsey (Jean Cromwell) / Kay Kyser / Charlie Spivak
59. Aren't You Glad You're You? - Bing Crosby / Les Brown (Doris Day)
60. Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima - Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys / Sons of the Pioneers
61. S.K. Blues - Pete Johnson (Joe Turner)
62. Voo-It! Voo-It! - Blues Woman
63. Stuff Like That There - Betty Hutton
64. A Kiss Goodnight - Woody Herman / Freddie Slack
65. Chloe - Spike Jones & His City Slickers (Red Ingle)
66. Sleigh Ride In July - Dinah Shore / Bing Crosby / Tommy Dorsey (Bonnie Lou Williams)
67. Waitin' For The Train To Come In - Peggy Lee / Harry James / Johnny Long
68. A Little on The Lonely Side - Guy Lombardo (Jimmy Brown)
69. Cocktails For Two - Spike Jones & His City Slickers
70. 11:60 PM - Harry James
71. The Bells of St. Mary's - Bing Crosby
72. Got a Right to Cry - Joe Liggins
73. Close as Pages In A Book - Benny Goodman (Jane Harvey)
74. Good, Good, Good (That's You-That's You) - Xavier Cugat (Del Campo) / Sammy Kaye
75. The Blond Sailor - Andrews Sisters
76. Artistry Jumps - Stan Kenton
77. Poor Little Rhode Island - Guy Lombardo
78. Keep Your Arms Around Me - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
79. Hong Kong Blues - Tommy Dorsey (Skeets Herfurt)
80. Put Another Chair at the Table - Mills Brothers
81. There Must Be A Way - Charlie Spivak / Johnnie Johnston
82. If I Loved You - Perry Como
83. Yah-Ta-Ta, Yah-Ta-Ta (Talk, Talk, Talk) - Bing Crosby & Judy Garland
84. Stuffy - Coleman Hawkins
85. At Mail Call Today - Gene Autry
86. I Wish I Knew - Dick Haymes
87. Money is The Root Of All Evil - Andrews Sisters
88. (Did You Ever Get) That Feeling In The Moonlight - Perry Como
89. Filipino Baby - Cowboy Copas / T. "Texas" Tyler
90. Triflin' Gal - Al Dexter / Walter Shrum
91. Jimmy's Blues - Count Basie (Jimmy Rushing)
92. I Wish - Mills Brothers
93. The Moment I Met You - Tommy Dorsey (Sentimentalists)
94. I Fall In Love Too Easily - Eugenie Baird & Mel Torme
95. A Cottage For Sale - Billy Eckstine
96. With Tears in My Eyes - Wesley Tuttle
97. Blues At Sunrise - Ivory Joe Hunter
98. All of My Life - Bing Crosby / Sammy Kaye / Three Suns
99. I Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues - Duke Ellington
100. Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often - Tex Ritter
20 more worth mentioning.
101. Baia - Xavier Cugat (Bing Crosby)
102. Some Sunday Morning - Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes
103. Fuzzy Wuzzy - Jesters
104. Beulah's Boogie - Lionel Hampton
105. Christmas Carols By the Old Corral - Tex Ritter
106. You Came Along (From Out Of Nowhere) - Tommy Dorsey (Skeets Herfurt)
107. Be-Baba-Leba - Helen Humes
108. Fifteen Years (And I'm Still Serving Time) - Erskine Hawkins / Pearl Bailey
109. Grievin' My Heart Out for You - Jimmie Davis
110. Daddy-Daddy - Savannah Churchill
111. Wynonie's Blues - Wynonie Harris
112. Things Have Changed - Big Maceo
113. Detroit Blues - Tampa Red
114. Swingin' The Boogie - Hadda Brooks
115. Hitler's Last Letter to Hirohito - Carson Robinson
116. Just a Little Fond Affection - Gene Krupa
117. I Will Be Home Again - Golden Gate Quartet
118. I'm a Shy Guy - King Cole Trio
119. Left a Good Deal in Mobile - Herb Jeffries
120. My Baby Said Yes - Bing Crosby & Louis Jordan
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1945
An unheralded great record from 1945
Adam's choice -
* Please Let Me Forget - Lester Young (Helen Humes)
Bruce's choice -
* The Frim Fram Sauce - Nat "King" Cole
Lew's choice -
* Come On Over to My House - Jay McShann (Julia Lee)
Vaughn Monroe
Les Brown & Doris Day
Erskine Hawkins
Billie Holiday
Last Updated: 2010-05-22