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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.
Edited By:
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

God Bless The Child - sheet music cover
Take The A Train - victor record lable
Andrews Sisters - Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Ernest Tubb - Walking The Floor Over You
Sons Of The Pioneers - Cool Water
Blues in the Night - decca record lable
Glenn Miller - A String Of Pearls - sheet music cover
Confessin' The Blues - decca record lable
I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire - decca record lable
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
Adam's Choice: An unheralded great record from 1941
*
Weed Head Woman
Champion Jack Dupree
Bruce's Choice:
*
Georgia On My Mind
Mills Brothers
Lew's Choice:
*
Sloppy Drunk Blues
Sonny Boy Williamson




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