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40s music: the best songs of the forties

In contrast to the previous decades, solo artists in particular dominated pop music around the world in the 1940s. The big big bands could no longer pay the music clubs because of the poor economic situation. After the Second World War, the big bands were gradually replaced by solo singers. Swing and jazz were part of pop music in the 1940s.

The most popular singers of the 1940s were Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, who rose to become the best-selling male pop artists of the decade. In addition to music, the two were also regularly represented in the most important media, film and radio.

Other important representatives of the 1940s music were Glenn Miller, Jimmy Dorsey, Nat "King" Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Ink Spots.

The top 100 songs of the 1940s were selected for their initial and enduring popularity, and for their impact and influence on the course of music history. Many of the songs that follow were recorded by more than one artist. We decided to perform the most significant version of the song with the associated artist.

Useful information: The song "White Christmas" by the American singer and actor Bing Crosby is the best-selling song of all time. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the Christmas carol has been sold over 50 million times.

(At the end of the article we have created a Spotify playlist for you with all of the songs listed here.)

The 100 Most Successful Songs of the 1940s:

Each song is linked to the associated music video via the title.