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100 Greatest Songs From 1944

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

You Always Hurt The One You Love - Mills Brothers
Swinging On A Star
Don't Fence Me In
Rum And Coca-Cola
G.I. Jive
Straighten Up And Fly Right
Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive
I'll Be Seeing You - Bing Crosby
Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby - Louis Jordan
Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall
I'm Beginning To See The Light
1
You Always Hurt The One You Love
Mills Brothers
2
Swinging On A Star
Bing Crosby
3
Don't Fence Me In
Bing Crosby & Andrews Sisters / Roy Rogers & Sons of Pioneers
4
Rum And Coca-Cola
Andrews Sisters
5
G.I. Jive
Louis Jordan
6
Straighten Up And Fly Right
King Cole Trio
7
Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive
Johnny Mercer & Pied Pipers
8
I'll Be Seeing You
Bing Crosby / Tommy Dorsey (Frank Sinatra) / Billie Holiday
9
I'm Making Believe
Ella Fitzgerald & Ink Spots
10
Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby
Louis Jordan / Bing Crosby & Andrews Sisters
11
Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall
Ella Fitzgerald & Ink Spots
12
Till Then
Mills Brothers
13
I Wonder
Private Cecil Gant
14
A Hot Time in the Town of Berlin
Bing Crosby & Andrews Sisters
15
I'm Beginning To See The Light
Harry James (Kitty Kallen)
16
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Judy Garland
17
San Fernando Valley
Bing Crosby
18
I Love You
Bing Crosby
19
Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good to You
King Cole Trio
20
Cherry Red Blues
Cootie Williams (Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson)
21
I'll Walk Alone
Dinah Shore
22
Long Ago (And Far Away)
Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes / Bing Crosby / Jo Stafford
23
Time Waits For No One
Helen Forrest / Johnny Long
24
Cow-Cow Boogie
Ella Fitzgerald & Ink Spots
25
The Trolley Song
Jo Stafford & Pied Pipers / Judy Garland
26
Opus No. 1
Tommy Dorsey
27
Evil Gal Blues
Dinah Washington
28
It Had to Be You
Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes / Betty Hutton / Artie Shaw
29
(Black Gal) Where Did You Sleep Last Night?
Leadbelly
30
Amor
Bing Crosby / Andy Russel / Xavier Cugat
31
Somebody’s Gotta Go
Cootie Williams (Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson)
32
Smoke on The Water
Red Foley
33
Sweet Lorraine
King Cole
34
There's a New Moon Over My Shoulder
Tex Ritter
35
Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's An Irish Lullaby)
Bing Crosby
36
Sometimes I'm Happy
Lester Young
37
When My Man Comes Home
Buddy Johnson (Ella Johnson)
38
And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine
Stan Kenton (Anita O'Day)
39
It's Love-Love-Love
Guy Lombardo (Skip Nelson)
40
There Goes That Song Again
Russ Morgan
41
Woodyn' You
Coleman Hawkins
42
My Little Brown Book
Duke Ellington
43
Together
Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes / Guy Lombardo (Tony Craig)
44
Don't Sweetheart Me
Lawrence Welk (Wayne Marsh)
45
Milkman, Keep Those Bottles Quiet
Ella Mae Morse / Woody Herman / King Sisters
46
When They Ask About You
Jimmy Dorsey (Kitty Kallen)
47
I'm Lost
Benny Carter (Dick Gray)
48
When They Ask About You
Jimmy Dorsey (Kitty Kallen)
49
Poinciana (Song Of The Tree)
Bing Crosby / David Rose
50
I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)
Ink Spots
51
Moonlight In Vermont
Billy Butterfield (Margaret Whiting)
52
Artistry In Rhythm
Stan Kenton
53
It Could Happen to You
Jo Stafford / Bing Crosby
54
Main Stem
Duke Ellington
55
Cherry
Erksine Hawkins (Jimmy Mitchelle)
56
Soldier's Last Letter
Ernest Tubb
57
My Mama Don't Allow Me
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
58
His Rocking Horse Ran Away
Betty Hutton
59
Dance With A Dolly (With A Hole In Her Stocking)
Russ Morgan / Evelyn Knight
60
Hamp's Boogie Woogie
Lionel Hampton
61
Pretty Kitty Blue Eyes
Merry Macs
62
I Learned a Lesson, I'll Never Forget
Five Red Caps
63
Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me
Woody Herman
64
Salty Papa Blues
Dinah Washington
65
Tess' Torch Song
Ella Mae Morse / Cootie Williams (Pearl Bailey)
66
White Christmas
Frank Sinatra
67
I Couldn't Sleep A Wink Last Night
Frank Sinatra
68
The Patty Cake Man
Ella Mae Morse
69
How Many Hearts Have You Broken?
Three Suns / Stan Kenton / Tiny Hill
70
Mexico Joe
Ivie Anderson
71
When My Sugar Walks Down the Street
Ella Fitzgerald
72
A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening
Frank Sinatra / Ink Spots
73
You're From Texas
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
74
Yesterday's Tears
Ernest Tubb
75
Like Someone in Love
Bing Crosby
76
Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night in the Week)
Frank Sinatra
77
I Want Two Wings
Rev. Utah Smith
78
I Stay in the Mood for You
Billy Eckstine
79
Good Night, Wherever You Are
Russ Morgan
80
Holiday For Strings
Jimmy Dorsey / Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians
81
The Music Stopped
Woody Herman (Frances Wayne)
82
Just You, Just Me
Lester Young
83
Don't Believe Everything You Dream
Ink Spots
84
Silver Wings In The Moonlight
Freddie Slack (Margaret Whiting)
85
One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
Lena Horne
86
It's Only A Paper Moon
King Cole Trio
87
By The River Of Roses
Woody Herman
88
Estrellita
Harry James
89
Tico Tico
Ethel Smith / Andrews Sisters
90
Cuban Sugar Mill
Freddie Slack
91
Lili Marline
Perry Como
92
My Funny Valentine
Hal McIntyre (Ruth Gaylor)
93
A Fellow on A Furlough
Phill Hanna / Al Sack
94
An Hour Never Passes
Jimmy Dorsey
95
Once Too Often
Ella Fitzgerald
96
Memphis Blues
Harry James
97
Hurry, Hurry
Benny Carter (Savannah Churchill) / Lucky Millinder (Wynonie Harris)
98
Sam's Got Him
Johnny Mercer
99
D-Day
King Cole Trio
100
There's a Blue Star Shining Bright (In a Window Tonight)
Red Foley
20 more worth mentioning.
101
She Broke My Heart in Three Places
Hoosier Hot Shots
102
I'm Woke Up Now
Big Bill Broozny
103
We Might as Well Forget It
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
104
Suddenly It's Spring
Glen Gray (Eugenie Baird) / Harry Sosnik (Hildegarde)
105
Arsenic And Old Lace
Jerry Jerome
106
You Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone
Tampa Red
107
Back Door Stuff
Jimmie Lunceford
108
Too Late To Worry, Too Blue To Cry
Texas Jim Lewis / Al Dexter & His Troopers
109
Boogie Woogie Ball
Five Red Caps
110
I'm Wasting My Tears On You
Tex Ritter
111
G.I. Blues
Floyd Tillman
112
Here We Go Again
Glenn Miller
113
Someday I'll Meet You Again
Ink Spots / Enric Madriguera
114
I'll Live True to You
Tab Smith (Trevor Bacon)
115
I Wanna Get Married
Gertrude Niesen
116
Robin Hood
Louis Prima
117
These Young Men Blues
Bea Booze
118
Going Out the Back Way
Johnny Hodges
119
Texas Blues
Foy Willing
120
Is It Too Late Now
Jimmie Davis
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1944
Adam's Choice: An unheralded great record from 1944
*
Date Bait
Roosevelt Sykes
Bruce's Choice:
*
The Sunny Side Of The Street
Lester Young (Marie Bryant)




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