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100 Greatest Songs From 1943

Criteria: These songs from 1943 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.
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
Lew's Choice:
* Them There Eyes Quintette du Hot Club de France


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