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Top R&B Songs of the 1940s

1930s <-1940-> 1950s
                        

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1.08/1943
Pistol Packin' Mama by Al Dexter 

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395
US ✫1
US country ✫1
US R&B 5
as Al Dexter and His Troopers
[Okeh 6708]
written by Al Dexter
2.08/1943
Paper Doll by The Mills Brothers 

video

MP3

386
US ✫1
US R&B 2
written by Johnny Black (as Johnny S. Black)
3.01/1943
I've Heard That Song Before by Harry James and His Orchestra 

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MP3

380
US ✫1
US R&B ✫1
[Columbia 36668]
written by Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn
4.07/1943
You'll Never Know by Dick Haymes 

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MP3

375
US ✫1
US R&B ✫1
[Decca 18556]
written by Harry Warren, Mack Gordon & Dorothy Fern Norris
5.08/1943
Sunday, Monday or Always by Bing Crosby 

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MP3

369
US ✫1
US R&B 3
[Decca 18561]
written by Jimmy Van Heusen & Johnny Burke
6.11/1943
My Heart Tells Me (Should I Believe My Heart?) by Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra 

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MP3

364
US ✫1
US R&B 7
vocals by Eugenie Baird
[Decca 18567]
written by Harry Warren & Mack Gordon
7.07/1943
In the Blue of Evening by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra 

video

MP3

356
US ✫1
US R&B 10
vocals by Frank Sinatra
written by Thomas Montgomery Adair & Alfonso D'Artega
8.05/1943
Taking a Chance on Love by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra 

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MP3

350
US ✫1
US R&B 10
vocals by Helen Forrest
written by Vernon Duke, John La Touche (as John Latouche) & Ted Fetter
9.11/1943
Pistol Packin' Mama by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters 

video

MP3

324
US 2
US country ✫1
US R&B 3
[Decca 23277]
written by Al Dexter
10.02/1943
Don't Get Around Much Anymore by The Ink Spots 

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MP3

312
US 2
US R&B ✫1
written by Duke Ellington & Bob Russell
11.11/1942
There Are Such Things by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra 

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MP3

308
US ✫1
US R&B 2
vocals by Frank Sinatra & The Pied Pipers
written by Stanley Adams, Abel Baer & George W. Meyer
12.10/1942
White Christmas by Bing Crosby 

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MP3

303
US ✫1
US R&B ✫1
[Academy Award for Best Original Song 1942]
[Decca 23778]
written by Irving Berlin
13.07/1943
It Can't Be Wrong by Dick Haymes 

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MP3

302
US 2
US R&B 2
[Decca 18557]
written by Kim Gannon & Max Steiner
14.12/1942
I Had the Craziest Dream by Harry James and His Orchestra 

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MP3

297
US ✫1
US R&B 4
vocals by Helen Forrest
[Columbia 36659]
written by Harry Warren & Mack Gordon
15.06/1943
All or Nothing At All by Frank Sinatra and Harry James 

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MP3

296
US 2
US R&B 8
as Frank Sinatra & Harry James & His Orchestra
[Columbia 35587]
written by Arthur Altman & Jack Lawrence
16.01/1943
Brazil (Aquarela Do Brasil) by Xavier Cugat and His Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra 

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296
US 2
US R&B 9
[instrumental]
[Columbia 36651]
written by Ary Barroso & Bob Russell
17.12/1943
Shoo-Shoo Baby by Ella Mae Morse 

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MP3

270
US 4
US R&B ✫1
[Capitol 143]
written by Phil Moore
18.03/1943
As Time Goes By by Jacques Renard and His Orchestra 

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MP3

265
US 3
US R&B 8
vocal by Frank Munn; originally from 1931
written by Herman Hupfeld
19.02/1943
It Started All Over Again by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra 

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264
US 4
US R&B 2
vocals by Frank Sinatra & The Pied Pipers
written by Bill Carey & Carl Fisher
20.06/1944
You Always Hurt the One You Love by The Mills Brothers 

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MP3

264
US ✫1
US R&B 5
B side to Till Then
written by Allan Roberts & Doris Fisher
21.04/1948
Nature Boy by Nat King Cole 

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MP3

261
US ✫1
US R&B 2
as King Cole
[Capitol 15054]
written by Eden Ahbez
22.11/1944
Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall by The Ink Spots and Ella Fitzgerald 

video

MP3

261
US ✫1
US R&B ✫1
written by Doris Fisher & Allan Roberts
23.11/1944
I'm Making Believe by The Ink Spots and Ella Fitzgerald 

video

MP3

257
US ✫1
US R&B 2
B side to Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall
written by James V. Monaco & Mack Gordon
24.01/1943
Why Don't You Do Right by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra 

video

MP3

256
US 4
US R&B 4
vocals by Peggy Lee
written by Kansas Joe McCoy
25.05/1944
G.I. Jive by Louis Jordan 

video

MP3

256
US ✫1
US R&B ✫1
as Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
[Decca 8659]
written by Johnny Mercer
26.12/1943
I'll Be Home for Christmas (If Only in My Dreams) by Bing Crosby 

video

MP3

253
US 3
US R&B 8
[Christmas]
[Decca 18570]
written by Buck Ram, Kim Gannon & Walter Kent
27.05/1946
The Gypsy by The Ink Spots 

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MP3

252
US ✫1
US R&B ✫1
written by Billy Reid
28.08/1944
I'll Walk Alone by Dinah Shore 

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MP3

251
US ✫1
US R&B 10
[Victor 1586]
written by Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn
29.11/1944
Don't Fence Me In by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters 

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MP3

250
US ✫1
US R&B 9
[Decca 23364]
written by Cole Porter & Robert Fletcher
30.11/1946
(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons by The King Cole Trio 

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MP3

248
US ✫1
US R&B 3
[Capitol 304]
written by Pat Best (as William Best) & Deek Watson
31.02/1943
You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To by Dinah Shore 

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MP3

247
US 4
US R&B 10
[Victor 1519]
written by Cole Porter
32.08/1946
To Each His Own by The Ink Spots 

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MP3

240
US ✫1
US R&B 3
written by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
33.01/1945
Rum and Coca-Cola by The Andrews Sisters 

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MP3

236
US ✫1
US R&B 3
[Decca 18636]
written by Lord Invader & Lionel Belasco
34.10/1943
Boogie Woogie by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra 

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MP3

233
US 5
US R&B 6
[instrumental]
written by Clarence "Pinetop" Smith
35.07/1944
Is You Is or Is You Ain't (Ma' Baby) by Louis Jordan 

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MP3

233
US 2
US country ✫1
US R&B 3
as Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
[Decca 8659]
written by Louis Jordan & Billy Austin
36.01/1945
Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive by Johnny Mercer 

video

MP3

232
US ✫1
US R&B 4
[Capitol 180]
written by Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer
37.02/1947
Open the Door, Richard by The Three Flames 

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MP3

227
US ✫1
US R&B 3
[novelty]
[Columbia 37268]
written by Bob Russell
38.02/1947
Open the Door, Richard! by Count Basie 

video

MP3

213
US ✫1
US R&B 2
[novelty]
[RCA Victor 2127]
written by Bob Russell
39.07/1943
Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Never No Lament) by Duke Ellington 

video

MP3

208
US 8
US R&B ✫1
written by Duke Ellington & Bob Russell
40.05/1947
Across the Alley from the Alamo by The Mills Brothers 

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MP3

194
US 2
US R&B 2
written by Joe Greene
41.12/1948
A Little Bird Told Me by Blue Lu Barker 

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MP3

181
US 4
US R&B 4
[Capitol 15308]
written by Harvey O. Brooks
42.11/1946
The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You) by The King Cole Trio 

video

MP3

174
US 3
US R&B 3
[Capitol 311]
written by Mel Tormé & Robert Wells
43.02/1944
When They Ask About You by Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra 

video

MP3

174
US 4
US R&B 10
vocals by Kitty Kallen
44.03/1947
That's My Desire by Frankie Laine 

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MP3

173
US 4
US R&B 3
as Frankie Laine & Mannie Klein's All Stars
[Mercury 5007]
written by Helmy Kresa & Carroll Loveday
45.01/1947
Open the Door Richard! by Jack McVea and His All Stars 

video

MP3

172
US 3
US R&B 2
[novelty]
written by Bob Russell
46.02/1947
Open the Door, Richard! (Parts 1 & 2) by Dusty Fletcher 

video

MP3

170
US 3
US R&B 2
[novelty]
[National 4012]
written by Bob Russell
47.11/1948
A Little Bird Told Me by Paula Watson 

video

MP3

170
US 6
US R&B 2
[Supreme 1507]
written by Harvey O. Brooks
48.01/1944
Cherry by Harry James and His Orchestra 

video

MP3

169
US 4
US R&B 10
[instrumental]
B side to Jump Town
written by Don Redman
49.06/1948
My Happiness by Ella Fitzgerald 

video

MP3

164
US 6
US R&B 8
with the Song Spinners
[Decca 24446]
written by Betty Peterson Blasco & Borney Bergantine
50.02/1944
Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me by Duke Ellington 

video

MP3

164
US 6
US R&B ✫1
written by Duke Ellington & Bob Russell
51.04/1944
Straighten Up and Fly Right by The King Cole Trio 

video

MP3

163
US 9
US country ✫1
US R&B ✫1
US B side to Straighten Up and Fly Right
[Capitol 154]
written by Nat King Cole & Irving Mills
52.12/1942
Mr. Five by Five by Freddie Slack and His Orchestra 

video

MP3

157
US 10
US R&B ✫1
53.01/1944
White Christmas by Bing Crosby 

video

MP3

156
US 5
US R&B 9
[R]
[Christmas]
[Decca 18429]
written by Irving Berlin
54.08/1946
Choo Choo Ch'Boogie by Louis Jordan 

video

MP3

156
US 7
US R&B ✫1
written by Denver Darling, Vaughn Horton & Milt Gabler
55.02/1944
Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me by Woody Herman and His Orchestra 

video

MP3

152
US 7
US R&B 4
written by Duke Ellington & Bob Russell
56.1946
Stone Cold Dead in the Market (He Had It Coming) by Louis Jordan and Ella Fitzgerald 

video

MP3

152
US 7
US R&B ✫1

written by Wilmoth Houdini
57.05/1945
Caldonia by Louis Jordan 

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MP3

152
US 6
US R&B ✫1
as Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
[Decca 8670]
written by Fleecie Moore
58.08/1942
Cow-Cow Boogie by Freddie Slack and His Orchestra 

video

MP3

151
US 9
US R&B 6
59.05/1944
I'll Get by (As Long As I Have You) by The Ink Spots 

video

MP3

151
US 7
US R&B 4
written by Fred E. Ahlert & Roy Turk
60.01/1947
Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens by Louis Jordan 

video

MP3

150
US 6
US R&B ✫1
written by Joan Whitney Kramer & Alex Kramer
61.07/1946
Stone Cold Dead in the Market (He Had It Coming) by Ella Fitzgerald 

video

MP3

148
US 7
US R&B ✫1

written by Wilmoth Houdini
62.02/1945
I'm Beginning to See the Light by Duke Ellington 

video

MP3

148
US 6
US R&B 4
vocals by Joya Sherrill
written by Duke Ellington, Don George, Johnny Hodges & Harry James
63.05/1945
I Wish by The Mills Brothers 

video

MP3

147
US 6
US R&B 4
B side to Put Another Chair At the Table
64.06/1944
Till Then by The Mills Brothers 

video

MP3

146
US 8
US R&B ✫1
written by Eddie Seiler, Sol Marcus & Guy Wood
65.06/1945
Who Threw the Whiskey in the Well by Lucky Millinder and His Orchestra 

video

MP3

146
US 7
US R&B ✫1
vocals by Wynonie Harris
[Decca 18674]
66.03/1947
Open the Door, Richard! by Louis Jordan 

video

MP3

146
US 6
US R&B 2
written by Bob Russell
67.08/1943
Don't Cry, Baby by Erskine Hawkins and His Orchestra 

video

MP3

144
US 15
US country 6
US R&B ✫1
vocals by Jimmy Mitchelle
written by Jimmy Mitchell & Sammy Lowe
68.03/1944
Cow-Cow Boogie (Cuma-Ti-Yi-Y-Ay) by The Ink Spots and Ella Fitzgerald 

video

MP3

139
US 10
US R&B ✫1
written by Don Raye, Gene De Paul & Benny Carter
69.03/1946
Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop by Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra 

video

MP3

137
US 9
US R&B ✫1
70.02/1949
I Love You So Much It Hurts by The Mills Brothers 

video

MP3

137
US 8
US R&B 8
[Decca 24550]
written by Floyd Tillman
71.12/1948
You Were Only Fooling (While I Was Falling in Love) by The Ink Spots 

video

MP3

134
US 8
US R&B 15
72.1949
Baby, It's Cold Outside by Louis Jordan and Ella Fitzgerald 

video

MP3

134
US 9
US R&B 6
written by Frank Loesser
73.11/1948
Sweet Georgia Brown by Brother Bones and His Shadows 

video

MP3

133
US 10
US R&B 9
[instrumental]
[Tempo 652]
written by Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard & Kenneth Casey
74.01/1946
Buzz Me by Louis Jordan 

video

MP3

133
US 9
US R&B ✫1
written by Fleecie Moore (as Fleecy Moore) & Dave Dexter
75.04/1945
Tippin' In by Erskine Hawkins and His Orchestra 

video

MP3

132
US 9
US R&B ✫1
[instumental]
written by Bobby Smith (as Robert Lewis Smith)
76.06/1946
Prisoner of Love by The Ink Spots 

video

MP3

131
US 9
US R&B 5
written by Russ Columbo, Clarence Gaskill & Leo Robin
77.04/1946
Prisoner of Love by Billy Eckstine 

video

MP3

128
US 10
US R&B 3
as Billy Eckstine & His Orchestra
hit for russ columbo in 1932
[National 9017]
written by Russ Columbo, Clarence Gaskill & Leo Robin
78.10/1945
A Cottage for Sale by Billy Eckstine 

video

MP3

127
US 8
US R&B 3
as Billy Eckstine & His Orchestra
hit for Guy Lombardo in 1930
[National 9014]
written by Willard Robison & Larry Conley
79.08/1945
It's Only a Paper Moon by Ella Fitzgerald and The Delta Rhythm Boys 

video

MP3

122
US 9
US R&B 4
written by Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg & Billy Rose
80.08/1945
It's Only a Paper Moon by Delta Rhythm Boys 

video

MP3

122
US 9
US R&B 4
hit for Paul Whiteman in 1933
written by Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg & Billy Rose
81.03/1946
The Dark Town Poker Club by Phil Harris 

video

MP3

122
US 10
US R&B 4
as Phil Harris & his Orchestra
[novelty]
hit for Bert Williams in 1914
[ARA 116]
82.11/1945
The Honeydripper by Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra 

video

MP3

121
US 10
US R&B 2
as Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra & The Delta Rhythm Boys
[Decca 23451]
written by Joe Liggins
83.04/1944
Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me by Stan Kenton and His Orchestra 

video

MP3

121
US 10
US R&B 8
vocals by Red Dorris
written by Duke Ellington & Bob Russell
84.09/1945
Jimmy's Blues by Count Basie 

video

MP3

117
US 10
US R&B 3
[Columbia 36831]
85.02/1943
That Old Black Magic by Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra 

video

MP3

116
US 15
US R&B 2
[Decca 18541]
written by Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer
86.02/1944
Ration Blues by Louis Jordan 

video

MP3

115
US 11
US country ✫1
US R&B ✫1
as Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
[Decca 8654]
written by Antonio Cosey, Collenane Clark & Louis Jordan
87.11/1943
All for You by The King Cole Trio 

video

MP3

103
US 19
US R&B ✫1
[Capitol 139]
written by Robert Scherman
88.12/1942
When the Lights Go On Again (All Over the World) by Lucky Millinder and His Orchestra 

video

MP3

97
US 14
US R&B ✫1
vocals by Trevor Bacon
[Decca 18496]
written by Bennie Benjamin, Eddie Seiler & Sol Marcus
89.01/1944
Sweet Slumber by Lucky Millinder and His Orchestra 

video

MP3

96
US 15
US country 4
US R&B ✫1
vocals by Trevor Bacon
[Decca 18569]
written by Neiburg, Woode & Millinder
90.06/1943
Riffette by Freddie Slack and His Orchestra 

video

MP3

96
US 18
US R&B 3
91.07/1944
I Learned a Lesson, I'll Never Forget by 5 Red Caps 

video

MP3

96
US 14
US country 2
US R&B 3
[Beacon 7120]
written by Joe Davis
92.11/1948
It's Too Soon to Know by The Orioles 

video

MP3

91
US 13
US R&B ✫1
[Jubilee 5000]
written by Deborah Chessler
93.04/1944
When My Man Comes Home by Buddy Johnson 

video

MP3

91
US 18
US country 2
US R&B ✫1
vocals by Ella Johnson
94.01/1944
G.I. Jive by Johnny Mercer 

video

MP3

88
US 13
US R&B ✫1
[Capitol 141]
written by Johnny Mercer
95.11/1943
I Heard You Cried Last Night (And So Did I) by Dick Haymes 

video

MP3

85
US 19
US R&B 8
written by Ted Grouya & Jerry Kruger
96.08/1944
Red Blues by Cootie Williams 

video

MP3

84
US 18
US country 4
US R&B 2
vocals by Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
[Hit 7084]
written by Bob Haggart
97.03/1948
King Size Papa by Julia Lee and Her Boy Friends 

video

MP3

83
US 15
US R&B ✫1
[Capitol 40082]
written by Johnny Gomez & Paul Vance
98.06/1946
(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 by The King Cole Trio 

video

MP3

81
US 11
US R&B 3
[Capitol 256]
written by Bobby Troup
99.01/1948
I Can't Give You Anything but Love by Rose Murphy 

video

MP3

81
US 13
US R&B 3
#1 hit for Cliff Edwards in 1928
[Majestic 1204]
written by Jimmy McHugh & Dorothy Fields
100.03/1945
You Can't Get That No More by Louis Jordan 

video

MP3

81
US 11
US R&B 2
as Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
[Decca 8668]
written by Louis Jordan & Sam Theard

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