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100 Greatest Songs From 1945

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

Caldonia - Louis Jordan


The Honeydripper - Joe Liggins


Vaughn Monroe
Vaughn Monroe


On The Atchison, Topeka, And Santa Fe


Driftin' Blues


Les Brown and Doris Day
Les Brown & Doris Day


There! I've Said It Again


Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well?


Erskine Hawkins
Erskine Hawkins


Billie Holliday
Billie Holliday
1
Caldonia
Louis Jordan / Woody Herman
2
The Honeydripper
Joe Liggins
3
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Vaughn Monroe
4
On The Atchison, Topeka, And Santa Fe
Johnny Mercer / Bing Crosby / Tommy Dorsey (Sentimentalists)
5
Driftin' Blues
Johnny Moore's Three Blazers (Charles Brown)
6
Candy
Johnny Mercer & Jo Stafford
7
Sentimental Journey
Les Brown (Doris Day)
8
There! I've Said It Again
Vaughn Monroe
9
Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well?
Lucky Millinder (Wynonie Harris)
10
Tippin' In
Erskine Hawkins
11
Buzz Me
Louis Jordan
12
Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be)
Billie Holliday
13
Till The End Of Time
Perry Como / Les Brown (Doris Day) / Dick Haymes
14
I'm Beginning To See The Light
Ella Fitzgerald & Ink Spots
15
It's Been A Long, Long Time
Harry James (Kitty Kallen) / Les Paul (Bing Crosby)
16
Chickery Chick
Sammy Kaye
17
Strange Things Happening Every Day
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
18
I Can't Begin to Tell You
Bing Crosby
19
I'll Buy That Dream
Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes / Harry James (Kitty Kallen)
20
It Might As Well Be Spring
Dick Haymes / Paul Weston (Margaret Whiting) / Sammy Kaye
21
My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time
Les Brown (Doris Day)
22
Personality
Johnny Mercer
23
Laura
Woody Herman / Johnnie Johnston / Freddy Martin / Jerry Wald
24
Just a-Sittin' and a-Rockin'
Delta Rhythm Boys / Stan Kenton (June Christy)
25
I Wonder
Louis Armstrong / Roosevelt Sykes / Warren Evans
26
Groovin' High
Dizzy Gillespie
27
Guitar Boogie
Rambler Trio (Arthur Smith)
28
Bell-Bottom Trousers
Tony Pastor / Guy Lombardo (Jimmy Brown) / Kay Kyser
29
You'll Never Walk Alone
Frank Sinatra
30
Tampico
Stan Kenton (June Christy)
31
The Cattle Call
Eddy Arnold
32
Sioux City Sue
Dick Thomas
33
You Can't Get That No More
Louis Jordan
34
Salt Peanuts
Dizzie Gillespie
35
Along The Navajo Trail
Bing Crosby & Andrews Sisters / Gene Krupa / Dinah Shore
36
Dream
Frank Sinatra / Pied Pipers
37
Mop! Mop!
Louis Jordan
38
Don't Worry 'Bout That Mule
Louis Jordan
39
Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive
Bing Crosby & Andrews Sisters
40
Symphony
Freddy Martin (Clyde Rogers) / Benny Goodman (Liza Morrow)
41
Shame on You
Spade Cooley (Tex Williams) / Lawrence Welk (Red Foley)
42
Gotta Be This Or That
Benny Goodman
43
Dig You Later (A Hubba-Hubba-Hubba)
Perry Como
44
Rock Me Mamma
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
45
Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief
Betty Hutton
46
Somebody Done Changed the Lock on My Door
Louis Jordan
47
I Should Care
Frank Sinatra / Tommy Dorsey (Bonnie Lou Williams) / Martha Tilton
48
Twilight Time
Three Suns / Les Brown
49
Oklahoma Hills
Jack Guthrie
50
Chopin's Polonaise
Carmen Cavallaro
51
The House I Live In
Frank Sinatra
52
Love Letters
Dick Haymes
53
Harlem Nocturne
Johnny Otis
54
That's The Stuff You Gotta Watch
Buddy Johnson (Ella Johnson)
55
I Cover The Waterfront
Billie Holiday / Cats 'N Jammer Three
56
It's Only a Paper Moon
Ella Fitzgerald & Delta Rhythm Boys
57
Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
Benny Goodman (Peggy Mann)
58
Can't You Read Between The Lines
Jimmy Dorsey (Jean Cromwell) / Kay Kyser / Charlie Spivak
59
Aren't You Glad You're You?
Bing Crosby / Les Brown (Doris Day)
60
Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys / Sons of the Pioneers
61
S.K. Blues
Pete Johnson (Joe Turner)
62
Voo-It! Voo-It!
Blues Woman
63
Stuff Like That There
Betty Hutton
64
A Kiss Goodnight
Woody Herman / Freddie Slack
65
Chloe
Spike Jones & His City Slickers (Red Ingle)
66
Sleigh Ride In July
Dinah Shore / Bing Crosby / Tommy Dorsey (Bonnie Lou Williams)
67
Waitin' For The Train To Come In
Peggy Lee / Harry James / Johnny Long
68
A Little on The Lonely Side
Guy Lombardo (Jimmy Brown)
69
Cocktails For Two
Spike Jones & His City Slickers
70
11:60 PM
Harry James
71
The Bells of St. Mary's
Bing Crosby
72
Got a Right to Cry
Joe Liggins
73
Close as Pages In A Book
Benny Goodman (Jane Harvey)
74
Good, Good, Good (That's You-That's You)
Xavier Cugat (Del Campo) / Sammy Kaye
75
The Blond Sailor
Andrews Sisters
76
Artistry Jumps
Stan Kenton
77
Poor Little Rhode Island
Guy Lombardo
78
Keep Your Arms Around Me
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
79
Hong Kong Blues
Tommy Dorsey (Skeets Herfurt)
80
Put Another Chair at the Table
Mills Brothers
81
There Must Be A Way
Charlie Spivak / Johnnie Johnston
82
If I Loved You
Perry Como
83
Yah-Ta-Ta, Yah-Ta-Ta (Talk, Talk, Talk)
Bing Crosby & Judy Garland
84
Stuffy
Coleman Hawkins
85
At Mail Call Today
Gene Autry
86
I Wish I Knew
Dick Haymes
87
Money is The Root Of All Evil
Andrews Sisters
88
(Did You Ever Get) That Feeling In The Moonlight
Perry Como
89
Filipino Baby
Cowboy Copas / T. "Texas" Tyler
90
Triflin' Gal
Al Dexter / Walter Shrum
91
Jimmy's Blues
Count Basie (Jimmy Rushing)
92
I Wish
Mills Brothers
93
The Moment I Met You
Tommy Dorsey (Sentimentalists)
94
I Fall In Love Too Easily
Eugenie Baird & Mel Torme
95
A Cottage For Sale
Billy Eckstine
96
With Tears in My Eyes
Wesley Tuttle
97
Blues At Sunrise
Ivory Joe Hunter
98
All of My Life
Bing Crosby / Sammy Kaye / Three Suns
99
I Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues
Duke Ellington
100
Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often
Tex Ritter
20 more worth mentioning.
101
Baia
Xavier Cugat (Bing Crosby)
102
Some Sunday Morning
Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes
103
Fuzzy Wuzzy
Jesters
104
Beulah's Boogie
Lionel Hampton
105
Christmas Carols By the Old Corral
Tex Ritter
106
You Came Along (From Out Of Nowhere)
Tommy Dorsey (Skeets Herfurt)
107
Be-Baba-Leba
Helen Humes
108
Fifteen Years (And I'm Still Serving Time)
Erskine Hawkins / Pearl Bailey
109
Grievin' My Heart Out for You
Jimmie Davis
110
Daddy-Daddy
Savannah Churchill
111
Wynonie's Blues
Wynonie Harris
112
Things Have Changed
Big Maceo
113
Detroit Blues
Tampa Red
114
Swingin' The Boogie
Hadda Brooks
115
Hitler's Last Letter to Hirohito
Carson Robinson
116
Just a Little Fond Affection
Gene Krupa
117
I Will Be Home Again
Golden Gate Quartet
118
I'm a Shy Guy
King Cole Trio
119
Left a Good Deal in Mobile
Herb Jeffries
120
My Baby Said Yes
Bing Crosby & Louis Jordan
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1945
Adam's Choice: An unheralded great record from 1945
*
Please Let Me Forget
Lester Young (Helen Humes)
Bruce's Choice:
*
The Frim Fram Sauce
Nat "King" Cole
Lew's Choice:
*
Come On Over to My House
Jay McShann (Julia Lee)




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