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100 Greatest Songs From 1943

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

Pistol Packin' Mama


Don't Cry, Baby


I'll Be Home For Christmas


Leadbelly
Leadbelly


Shoo-Shoo Baby


Bésame Mucho


Dick Haymes
Dick Haymes


As Time Goes By


Sunday, Monday, or Always


Mairzy Doats
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 Charming
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
Adam's Choice: An unheralded great record from 1943
*
The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise
Benny Goodman
Bruce's Choice:
*
Sharp As A Tack
Four Vagabonds




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