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100 Greatest Songs From 1941

Criteria: These songs were chosen and ranked based on their initial and lasting popularity, and on their impact on the overall scope of musical history.
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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.
No.
Song
Artist

Star Dust - victor record lable
Artie Shaw
Artie Shaw
New San Antonio Rose - OKeh record lable
I'll Never Smile Again - victor record lable
Jimmie Davis - You Are My Sunshine - decca record lable
Glenn Miller - Tuxedo Junction - bluebird record lable
Glenn Miller
Glenn Miller
We Three - brunswick record lable
Ink Spots
Ink Spots
When You Wish Upon A Star - sheet music cover
All Or Nothing At All - columbia record lable
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)




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