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100 Greatest Songs From 1942

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

White Christmas
Paper Doll - Mills Brothers
Stormy Weather - Lena Horne
Flying Home - Lionel Hampton
Why Don't You Do Right - Benny Goodman
Jingle, Jangle, Jingle
Blues in the Night
I've Got a Gal In Kalamazoo
Tangerine - Jimmy Dorsey
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
Adam's Choice: An unheralded great record from 1942
*
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




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