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Top R&B Songs of the 1940s

1930s <-1940-> 1950s


  

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1.
08/1943
395

✫1
US
✫1
country
5
R&B
as Al Dexter and His Troopers
[Okeh 6708]
written by Al Dexter
2.
08/1943
386

✫1
US


2
R&B
written by Johnny Black (as Johnny S. Black)
3.
01/1943
380

✫1
US


✫1
R&B
[Columbia 36668]
written by Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn
4.
07/1943
375

✫1
US


✫1
R&B
[Decca 18556]
written by Harry Warren, Mack Gordon & Dorothy Fern Norris
5.
08/1943
369

✫1
US


3
R&B
[Decca 18561]
written by Jimmy Van Heusen & Johnny Burke
6.
11/1943
364

✫1
US


7
R&B
vocals by Eugenie Baird
[Decca 18567]
written by Harry Warren & Mack Gordon
7.
07/1943
357

✫1
US


10
R&B
vocals by Frank Sinatra
[Victor 201530]
written by Tom Adair (as Thomas Montgomery Adair) & Alfonso D'Artega
8.
05/1943
350

✫1
US


10
R&B
vocals by Helen Forrest
written by Vernon Duke, John La Touche (as John Latouche) & Ted Fetter
9.
11/1943
325

2
US
✫1
country
3
R&B
[Decca 23277]
written by Al Dexter
10.
02/1943
312

2
US


✫1
R&B
11.
11/1942
307

✫1
US


2
R&B
White Christmas
12.
10/1942
303

✫1
US


✫1
R&B
[Academy Award for Best Original Song 1942]
[Decca 23778]
written by Irving Berlin
13.
07/1943
302

2
US


2
R&B
[Decca 18557]
written by Kim Gannon & Max Steiner
14.
12/1942
297

✫1
US


4
R&B
vocals by Helen Forrest
[Columbia 36659]
written by Harry Warren & Mack Gordon
15.
06/1943
296

2
US


8
R&B
as Frank Sinatra & Harry James & His Orchestra
[Columbia 35587]
written by Arthur Altman & Jack Lawrence
16.
01/1943
296

2
US


9
R&B
[instrumental]
[Columbia 36651]
written by Ary Barroso & Bob Russell
17.
12/1943
271

4
US


✫1
R&B
[Capitol 143]
written by Phil Moore
18.
03/1943
265

3
US


8
R&B
vocal by Frank Munn; originally from 1931
written by Herman Hupfeld
19.
01/1943
264

4
US


2
R&B
vocals by Frank Sinatra & The Pied Pipers
[Victor 201522]
written by Bill Carey & Carl Fisher
20.
06/1944
263

✫1
US


5
R&B
B side to Till Then
written by Allan Roberts & Doris Fisher
21.
04/1948
261

✫1
US


2
R&B
as King Cole
[Capitol 15054]
written by Eden Ahbez
22.
11/1944
261

✫1
US


✫1
R&B
Why Don't You Do Right
23.
01/1943
257

4
US


4
R&B
vocals by Peggy Lee
written by Kansas Joe McCoy
24.
11/1944
257

✫1
US


2
R&B
B side to Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall
written by James V. Monaco & Mack Gordon
25.
05/1944
256

✫1
US


✫1
R&B
as Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
[Decca 8659]
written by Johnny Mercer
26.
12/1943
253

3
US


8
R&B
[Christmas]
[Decca 18570]
written by Buck Ram, Kim Gannon & Walter Kent
27.
05/1946
252

✫1
US


✫1
R&B
written by Billy Reid
28.
08/1944
251

✫1
US


10
R&B
[Victor 1586]
written by Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn
29.
11/1944
250

✫1
US


9
R&B
[Decca 23364]
written by Cole Porter & Robert Fletcher
30.
11/1946
247

✫1
US


3
R&B
[Capitol 304]
written by Pat Best (as William Best) & Deek Watson
31.
02/1943
247

4
US


10
R&B
[Victor 1519]
written by Cole Porter
32.
08/1946
240

✫1
US


3
R&B
33.
01/1945
236

✫1
US


3
R&B
[Decca 18636]
written by Lord Invader & Lionel Belasco
34.
07/1943
234

5
US


6
R&B
[instrumental]
[Victor 26054]
written by Clarence "Pinetop" Smith
Is You Is or Is You Ain't (Ma' Baby)
35.
07/1944
233

2
US
✫1
country
3
R&B
as Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
[Decca 8659]
written by Louis Jordan & Billy Austin
36.
01/1945
232

✫1
US


4
R&B
[Capitol 180]
written by Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer
37.
02/1947
227

✫1
US


3
R&B
[novelty]
[Columbia 37268]
written by Bob Russell
38.
02/1947
213

✫1
US


2
R&B
[novelty]
[RCA Victor 2127]
written by Bob Russell
39.
07/1943
209

8
US


✫1
R&B
40.
05/1947
194

2
US


2
R&B
written by Joe Greene
41.
12/1948
181

4
US


4
R&B
[Capitol 15308]
written by Harvey O. Brooks
42.
11/1946
174

3
US


3
R&B
[Capitol 311]
written by Mel Tormé & Robert Wells
43.
02/1944
174

4
US


10
R&B
vocals by Kitty Kallen
[Decca 18582]
written by Sam H. Stept
44.
03/1947
173

4
US


3
R&B
as Frankie Laine & Mannie Klein's All Stars
[Mercury 5007]
written by Helmy Kresa & Carroll Loveday
Open the Door Richard!
45.
01/1947
172

3
US


2
R&B
[novelty]
written by Bob Russell
46.
02/1947
170

3
US


2
R&B
[novelty]
[National 4012]
written by Bob Russell
47.
11/1948
170

6
US


2
R&B
[Supreme 1507]
written by Harvey O. Brooks
48.
01/1944
169

4
US


10
R&B
[instrumental]
B side to Jump Town
written by Don Redman
49.
06/1948
164

6
US


8
R&B
50.
02/1944
164

6
US


✫1
R&B
51.
04/1944
163

9
US
✫1
country
✫1
R&B
US B side to Straighten Up and Fly Right
[Capitol 154]
written by Nat King Cole & Irving Mills
52.
12/1942
157

10
US


✫1
R&B
written by Don Raye & Gene De Paul (as Gene DePaul)
53.
01/1944
156

5
US


9
R&B
[R]
[Christmas]
[Decca 18429]
written by Irving Berlin
54.
08/1946
155

7
US


✫1
R&B
55.
02/1944
152

7
US


4
R&B
56.
152

7
US


✫1
R&B

written by Wilmoth Houdini
57.
05/1945
152

6
US


✫1
R&B
as Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
[Decca 8670]
written by Fleecie Moore
58.
08/1942
151

9
US


6
R&B
written by Don Raye, Benny Carter & Gene De Paul (as Gene DePaul)
59.
05/1944
151

7
US


4
R&B
Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens
60.
01/1947
150

6
US


✫1
R&B
written by Joan Whitney (as Joan Whitney Kramer) & Alex Kramer
61.
07/1946
148

7
US


✫1
R&B

written by Wilmoth Houdini
62.
02/1945
148

6
US


4
R&B
63.
05/1945
147

6
US


4
R&B
B side to Put Another Chair At the Table
written by Allan Roberts & Doris Fisher
64.
06/1944
146

8
US


✫1
R&B
65.
06/1945
146

7
US


✫1
R&B
vocals by Wynonie Harris
[Decca 18674]
written by Eddie DeLange & Johnny Brooks
66.
03/1947
146

6
US


2
R&B
written by Bob Russell
67.
08/1943
143

15
US
6
country
✫1
R&B
68.
03/1944
139

10
US


✫1
R&B
69.
02/1949
137

8
US


8
R&B
[Decca 24550]
written by Floyd Tillman
70.
03/1946
137

9
US


✫1
R&B
71.
12/1948
135

8
US


15
R&B
72.
134

9
US


6
R&B
written by Frank Loesser
73.
11/1948
133

10
US


9
R&B
[instrumental]
[Tempo 652]
written by Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard & Kenneth Casey
74.
01/1946
132

9
US


✫1
R&B
written by Fleecie Moore (as Fleecy Moore) & Dave Dexter
75.
04/1945
132

9
US


✫1
R&B
[instumental]
written by Bobby Smith (as Robert Lewis Smith)
76.
06/1946
131

9
US


5
R&B
77.
04/1946
128

10
US


3
R&B
as Billy Eckstine & His Orchestra
hit for russ columbo in 1932
[National 9017]
written by Russ Columbo, Clarence Gaskill & Leo Robin
A Cottage for Sale
78.
10/1945
127

8
US


3
R&B
as Billy Eckstine & His Orchestra
hit for Guy Lombardo in 1930
[National 9014]
written by Willard Robison & Larry Conley
79.
08/1945
122

9
US


4
R&B
80.
08/1945
122

9
US


4
R&B
hit for Paul Whiteman in 1933
[Decca 23425]
written by Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg & Billy Rose
81.
03/1946
122

10
US


4
R&B
as Phil Harris & his Orchestra
[novelty]
hit for Bert Williams in 1914
[ARA 116]
written by Bert Williams, Will Vodery & Jean Havez (as Jean C. Havez)
82.
11/1945
121

10
US


2
R&B
as Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra & The Delta Rhythm Boys
[Decca 23451]
written by Joe Liggins
83.
04/1944
121

10
US


8
R&B
vocals by Red Dorris
written by Duke Ellington & Bob Russell
84.
09/1945
117

10
US


3
R&B
[Columbia 36831]
written by Jimmy Rushing (as James Rushing)
85.
02/1943
115

15
US


2
R&B
[Decca 18541]
written by Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer
86.
02/1944
114

11
US
✫1
country
✫1
R&B
as Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
[Decca 8654]
written by Antonio Cosey, Collenane Clark & Louis Jordan
87.
11/1943
103

19
US


✫1
R&B
[Capitol 139]
written by Robert Scherman
88.
12/1942
97

14
US


✫1
R&B
vocals by Trevor Bacon
[Decca 18496]
written by Bennie Benjamin, Eddie Seiler & Sol Marcus
89.
01/1944
96

15
US
4
country
✫1
R&B
vocals by Trevor Bacon
[Decca 18569]
written by Al Neiburg (as Al J. Neiburg), Lucky Millinder & Henri Woode (as William Henri Woode)
90.
06/1943
95

18
US


3
R&B
91.
07/1944
95

14
US
2
country
3
R&B
[Beacon 7120]
written by Joe Davis
92.
11/1948
90

13
US


✫1
R&B
[Jubilee 5000]
written by Deborah Chessler
93.
04/1944
90

18
US
2
country
✫1
R&B
94.
01/1944
88

13
US


✫1
R&B
[Capitol 141]
written by Johnny Mercer
95.
11/1943
85

19
US


8
R&B
96.
08/1944
83

18
US
4
country
2
R&B
vocals by Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
[Hit 7084]
written by Bob Haggart
97.
03/1948
83

15
US


✫1
R&B
[Capitol 40082]
written by Johnny Gomez & Paul Vance
98.
06/1946
81

11
US


3
R&B
[Capitol 256]
written by Bobby Troup
99.
03/1945
80

11
US


2
R&B
as Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
[Decca 8668]
written by Louis Jordan & Sam Theard
100.
01/1948
80

13
US


3
R&B
#1 hit for Cliff Edwards in 1928
[Majestic 1204]
written by Jimmy McHugh & Dorothy Fields

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