100 Greatest Songs From 1945

Criteria: These songs from the year 1945 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.

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 Holiday
Billie Holiday
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 Holiday
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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