100 Greatest Songs From 1941

Criteria: These songs from 1941 were chosen and ranked based on their initial and lasting popularity, and on their impact on the overall scope of musical history.
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.

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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