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Disc 1

1. Swanee - Al Jolson
2. Pennsylvania 6-500 - Glenn Miller
3. Ain’t Misbehavin’ - Fats Waller
4. Riders In The Sky - Vaughn Monroe & His Orchestra
5. Rum And Coca Cola - The Andrews Sisters
6. Route 66 - Nat King Cole Trio
7. Pistol Packin’ Mama - Bing Crosby
8. All Of Me - Frank Sinatra
9. Confess - Doris Day & Buddy Clark
10. Dancing In The Dark - Artie Shaw
11. Now Or Never - Billie Holiday
12. After you’re Gone - Benny Goodman
13. It’s Only A Paper Moon - Ella Fitzgerald
14. Dry Bones - Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians
15. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love - Peggy Lee
16. Bless You (For Being An Angel) - The Ink Spots
17. Alexander’s Ragtime Band - Bing Crosby & Al Jolson
18. If I Loved You - Perry Como
19. The Trolley Song - Judy Garland
20. Caldonia - Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
21. Slipping Around - Margaret Whiting & Jimmy Wakely
22. Chattanooga Choo Choo - Glenn Miller
23. Paper Doll - The Mills Brothers
24. Opus One - Tommy Dorsey
25. Sentimental Journey - Doris Day & Les Brown

Disc 2

1. On The Sunny Side Of The Street - Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman
2. Swinging On A Star - Bing Crosby
3. Stardust - Artie Shaw
4. Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall - Ella Fitzgerald & The Ink Spots
5. Buttons And Bows - Dinah Shore
6. Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby - Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
7. American Patrol - Glenn Miller
8. Come To Baby, Do! - Doris Day & Les Brown
9. How High The Moon - Ella Fitzgerald
10. Tweedle-O-Twill - Gene Autry
11. Stormy Weather - Frank Sinatra
12. You Can’t Lose A Broken Heart - Billie Holiday & Louis Armstrong
13. You Always Hurt The One You Love - The Mills Brothers
14. Moppin’ And Boppin’ - Fats Waller
15. There, I’ve Said It Again - Vaughn Monroe & The Norton Sisters
16. California Here I Come - Al Jolson
17. Hold Me - Peggy Lee
18. Love Somebody - Buddy Clark & Doris Day
19. Prisoner Of Love - Perry Como
20. The Wedding Samba - Edmundo Ros & His Orchestra
21. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive - Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
22. Nature Boy - Sarah Vaughan
23. Tuxedo Junction - Glenn Miller
24. Blueberry Hill - Louis Armstrong
25. ‘A’ You’re Adorable - Perry Como & The Fontaine Sisters

Top Hits Of The '40s


Format 2CD

Cat No NOT2CD700

Bar-Code 5060143497001

Availability: In stock


After World War II, the big band sounds of the earlier part of the decade had been gradually replaced by crooners and vocal groups. Technology played a large part. While singers such as Al Jolson had recorded songs by yelling into a Victrola horn, the new electronic equipment allowed for a softer, more intimate style of singing. Bing Crosby was the leading figure of the crooner sound as well as its most iconic, defining artist, whilst Sinatra's vast appeal to the "bobby soxers" revealed a whole new audience for popular music, making him the first teen idol. Swing bands could also be found in most major cities during the 1930s-1940s, the most popular and famous were the bands of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, and Artie Shaw, which had national followings and sold huge numbers. This comprehensive 2CD set brings together the very best of the artists and music styles that dominated the 1940s.

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