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Facts included in this topic all have been ranked high on the Billboard chart and have been recognized as the most significant version of a song as determined by Wikipedia. Grammy inducted songs are included under that topic only, not within this topic.

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Al Dexter
   released the single   
Pistol Packin' Mama
1943; 1 week as Billboard's #1
Al Trace
   released the single   
You Call Everybody Darlin'
1948; 2 weeks as Billboard's #1
The Andrews Sisters
   released the single   
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
1941; peaked at #6 on the Billboard chart
The Andrews Sisters
   released the single   
Ferryboat Serenade
1940; #1 on the Billboard chart
The Andrews Sisters
   released the single   
Rum and Coca-Cola
1945; 7 weeks as Billboard's #1
The Andrews Sisters
   released the single   
Scrub Me, Mama, With A Boogie Beat
1941; peaked at #10 on the Billboard chart
The Andrews Sisters
   released the single   
Shoo-Shoo Baby
1943; #1 on the Billboard chart
The Andrews Sisters
   released the single   
The Shrine of St. Cecilia
1941; peaked at #3 on the Billboard chart
Andy Russell
   released the single   
Amor
1944; peaked at #5 on the Billboard chart
Artie Shaw
   released the single   
Dancing in the Dark
1941; Gold record; featured in the 1953 musical "The Band Wagon"
Artie Shaw
   released the single   
Frenesi
1940; 13 weeks as Billboard's #1
Artie Shaw
   released the single   
Stardust
1940; lasting acclaim
Art Lund
   released the single   
Mam'selle
1947; 2 weeks as Billboard's #1
Art Mooney
   released the single   
I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover
1948; 3 weeks as Billboard's #1
Benny Goodman
   released the single   
Taking a Chance on Love
1943; 3 weeks as Billboard's #1
Betty Hutton
   released the single   
Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief
1946; 1 week as Billboard's #1
Betty Hutton
   released the single   
It Had To Be You
1944; peaked at #5 on the Billboard chart
Billie Holiday
   released the single   
God Bless the Child
1941; peaked at #3 on the Billboard chart
Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters
   released the single   
Don't Fence Me In
1944; 8 weeks as Billboard's #1
Bing Crosby and Carmen Cavallaro
   released the single   
I Can't Begin to Tell You
1946; 1 week as Billboard's #1
Bing Crosby and The Les Paul Trio
   released the single   
It's Been a Long, Long Time
1945; 1 week as Billboard's #1
Bing Crosby
   released the single   
I'll Be Home For Christmas
1943; peaked at #3 on the Billboard chart
Bing Crosby
   released the single   
I'll Be Seeing You
1944; 4 weeks as Billboard's #1
Bing Crosby
   released the single   
I Love You
1944; 5 weeks as Billboard's #1
Bing Crosby
   released the single   
Only Forever
1940; 9 weeks as Billboard's #1
Bing Crosby
   released the single   
Sunday, Monday or Always
1943; 7 weeks as Billboard's #1
Bing Crosby
   released the single   
Swinging on a Star
1944; 9 weeks as Billboard's #1
Bing Crosby
   released the single   
White Christmas
1943; 11 weeks as Billboard's #1
Cliff Edwards (Ukelele Ike)
   released the single   
When You Wish Upon a Star
1940; Original version; winner of Academy Award for Best Original Song for the movie "Pinocchio"
Connee Boswell
   released the single   
On the Isle Of May
1940; peaked at #3 on the Billboard chart
Count Basie
   released the single   
Open the Door, Richard!
1947; 1 week as Billboard's #1
Dick Haymes
   released the single   
In My Arms
1943; peaked at #3 on the Billboard chart
Dick Haymes
   released the single   
You'll Never Know
1943; 4 weeks as Billboard's #1
Dinah Shore
   released the single   
Buttons and Bows
1948; 11 weeks as Billboard's #1
Dinah Shore
   released the single   
I'll Walk Alone
1944; 4 weeks as Billboard's #1
Doris Day
   released the single   
Again
1949; peaked at #2 on the Billboard chart
Doris Day
   released the single   
It's Magic
1948; peaked at #2 on the Billboard chart
Doris Day
   released the single   
Love Somebody
1948; peaked at #6 on the Billboard chart
Duke Ellington
   released the single   
Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
1944; peaked at #6 on the Billboard chart
Duke Ellington
   released the single   
Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Never No Lament)
1943; top ten tune
Duke Ellington
   released the single   
I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)
1942; pop and jazz standard
Duke Ellington
   released the single   
Take the "A" Train
1941; lasting acclaim
Eddy Howard
   released the single   
To Each His Own
1946; 5 weeks as Billboard's #1; also recorded by Freddy Martin reaching #1 for two weeks in 1946 and The Ink Spots for 1 week in 1946
Ella Fitzgerald and The Ink Spots
   released the single   
I'm Making Believe
1944; 2 weeks as Billboard #1
Ella Fitzgerald and The Ink Spots
   released the single   
Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall
1944; #1 on the Billboard chart
Ella Mae Morse
   released the single   
Milkman, Keep Those Bottles Quiet
1944; peaked at #7 on the Billboard chart
Ella Mae Morse
   released the single   
No Love, No Nothin'
1944; peaked at #4 on the Billboard chart
Elton Britt
   released the single   
There's A Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere
1943; peaked at #7 on the Billboard chart
Erskine Hawkins
   released the single   
Don't Cry, Baby
1943; lasting acclaim
Evelyn Knight
   released the single   
A Little Bird Told Me
1949; 7 weeks as Billboard's #1
Francis Craig and His Orchestra
   released the single   
Near You
1947; 12 weeks as Billboard's #1
Frankie Carle
   released the single   
Oh! What It Seemed to Be
1946; 6 weeks as Billboard's #1; also recorded by Frank Sinatra in 1945 reaching #1 on the Billboard chart for 1 week
Frankie Carle
   released the single   
Rumors Are Flying
1946; 8 weeks as Billboard's #1
Frankie Laine
   released the single   
Mule Train
1949; 6 weeks as Billboard's #1
Frankie Laine
   released the single   
That Lucky Old Sun
1949; 8 weeks as Billboard's #1
Frank Sinatra
   released the single   
Five Minutes More
1946; 2 weeks as Billboard's #1
Freddie Slack
   released the single   
That Old Black Magic
1943; peaked at #10 on the Billboard chart
Freddy Martin
   released the single   
Managua, Nicaragua
1947; 2 weeks as Billboard's #1
Freddy Martin
   released the single   
Piano Concerto in B Flat
1941; 8 weeks as Billboard's #1
Freddy Martin
   released the single   
Symphony
1946; 2 weeks as Billboard's #1
Glen Gray
   released the single   
My Heart Tells Me (Should I Believe My Heart)
1944; 5 weeks as Billboard's #1
Glenn Miller
   released the single   
Blueberry Hill
1940; #1 on the Billboard chart
Glenn Miller
   released the single   
Chattanooga Choo Choo
1941; 9 weeks as Billboard's #1
Glenn Miller
   released the single   
Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree
1942; lasting popularity
Glenn Miller
   released the single   
Elmer's Tune
1941; 1 week as Billboard's #1
Glenn Miller
   released the single   
In the Mood
1940; peaked at #2 on the Billboard chart
Glenn Miller
   released the single   
(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo
1942; 7 weeks as Billboard's #1
Glenn Miller
   released the single   
Moonlight Cocktail
1942; 10 weeks as Billboard's #1
Glenn Miller
   released the single   
A String of Pearls
1942; 2 weeks as Billboard's #1
Glenn Miller
   released the single   
That Old Black Magic
1943; 1 week as Billboard's #1
Guy Lombardo
   released the single   
It's Love-Love-Love
1944; 2 weeks as Billboard #1
Hank Williams and The Drifting Cowboys
   released the single   
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
1949; included in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
Hank Williams and The Drifting Cowboys
   released the single   
Lovesick Blues
1949; lasting popularity
The Harmonicats
   released the single   
Peg O' My Heart
1947; 4 weeks as Billboard's #1
Harry James
   released the single   
I Don't Want To Walk Without You
1942; #1 on the Billboard chart
Harry James
   released the single   
I Had the Craziest Dream
1943; 2 weeks as Billboard's #1
Harry James
   released the single   
I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)
1944; 4 weeks as Billboard's #1; with Dick Haymes
Harry James
   released the single   
It's Been a Long, Long Time
1945; 3 weeks as Billboard's #1
Harry James
   released the single   
I've Heard That Song Before
1943; 13 weeks as Billboard's #1
Harry James
   released the single   
Sleepy Lagoon
1942; 4 weeks as Billboard's #1
Helen Forrest
   released the single   
Time Waits For No One
1944; peaked at #2 on the Billboard chart
The Ink Spots
   released the single   
Do I Worry?
1941; peaked at #8 on the Billboard chart; featured in Abbot and Costello film "Pardon My Sarong"
The Ink Spots
   released the single   
The Gypsy
1946; 10 weeks as Billboard's #1
The Ink Spots
   released the single   
Maybe
1940; peaked at #2 on the Billboard chart
The Ink Spots
   released the single   
We Three (My Echo, My Shadow & Me)
1941; #1 on the Billboard chart
The Ink Spots
   released the single   
When the Swallows Come Back To Capistrano
1940; peaked at #4 on the Billboard chart
James Baskett
   released the single   
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah
1947; #1 on the Billboard chart; Oscar winner
Jimmie Davis
   released the single   
You Are My Sunshine
1940; lasting popularity
Jimmy Dorsey
   released the single   
Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy)
1941; 10 weeks as Billboard's #1
Jimmy Dorsey
   released the single   
Blue Champagne
1941; 1 week as Billboard's #1
Jimmy Dorsey
   released the single   
The Breeze and I
1940; peaked at #2 on the Billboard chart
Jimmy Dorsey
   released the single   
Bésame Mucho (Kiss Me Much)
1944; 7 weeks as Billboard's #1
Jimmy Dorsey
   released the single   
Green Eyes (Aquellos Ojos Verdes)
1941; 4 weeks as Billboard's #1
Jimmy Dorsey
   released the single   
Maria Elena
1941; 2 weeks as Billboard's #1
Jimmy Dorsey
   released the single   
My Sister and I
1941; 1 week as Billboard's #1
Jimmy Dorsey
   released the single   
Tangerine
1942; 6 weeks as Billboard's #1
Joe Liggins
   released the single   
The Honeydripper
1945; lasting popularity
Johnny Mercer
   released the single   
Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
1944; lasting popularity
Johnny Mercer
   released the single   
On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe
1945; 7 weeks as Billboard's #1
Johnny Mercer
   released the single   
Personality
1946; 1 week as Billboard's #1
Kate Smith
   released the single   
God Bless America
1940; renowned version of Irving Berlin's classic
Kay Kyser
   released the single   
Jingle, Jangle, Jingle
1942; 8 weeks as Billboard's #1
Kay Kyser
   released the single   
Old Buttermilk Sky
1946; 2 weeks as Billboard's #1
Kay Kyser
   released the single   
Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition
1943; 1 week as Billboard's #1
Kay Kyser
   released the single   
The Woody Woodpecker Song
1948; 6 weeks as Billboard's #1
The King Cole Trio
   released the single   
The Christmas Song
1945; sub-titled "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire"; lasting popularity
The King Cole Trio
   released the single   
(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66
1946; top ten hit; lasting acclaim
The King Cole Trio
   released the single   
(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
1947; 1 week as Billboard's #1
The King Cole Trio
   released the single   
Nature Boy
1948; 7 weeks as Billboard's #1
The King Cole Trio
   released the single   
Straighten Up and Fly Right
1944; peaked at #9 on the Billboard chart; lasting acclaim
Leadbelly
   released the single   
Goodnight, Irene
1943; lasting acclaim
Lena Horne
   released the single   
Stormy Weather
1942; lasting popularity
Les Brown With Doris Day
   released the single   
My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time
1945; 7 weeks as Billboard's #1
Les Brown With Doris Day
   released the single   
Sentimental Journey
1945; 9 weeks as Billboard's #1
Louis Jordan
   released the single   
Caldonia
1945; lasting popularity
Louis Jordan
   released the single   
G.I. Jive
1944; crossover #1 single
Louis Jordan
   released the single   
Is You Is Or Is You Ain't (Ma Baby)?
1944; crossover #1 single
Louis Jordan
   released the single   
Let the Good Times Roll
1945; lasting acclaim
Margaret Whiting
   released the single   
A Tree in the Meadow
1948; 2 weeks as Billboard's #1
The Merry Macs
   released the single   
Mairzy Doats
1944; #1 on the Billboard chart
Mills Brothers
   released the single   
Paper Doll
1943; 12 weeks as Billboard's #1
Mills Brothers
   released the single   
You Always Hurt the One You Love
1944; 5 weeks as Billboard's #1
Mitchell Ayres
   released the single   
Make Believe Island
1940; peaked at #5 on the Billboard chart
Patti Page
   released the single   
Confess
1948; peaked at #12 on the Billboard chart
Patti Page
   released the single   
So In Love
1949; peaked at #13 on the Billboard chart
Pee Wee Hunt
   released the single   
Twelfth Street Rag
1948; 8 weeks as Billboard's #1
Peggy Lee
   released the single   
Caramba! It's the Samba!
1948; peaked at #13 on the Billboard chart
Peggy Lee
   released the single   
Mañana (Is Soon Enough for Me)
1948; 9 weeks as Billboard's #1
Peggy Lee
   released the single   
Somebody Else Is Taking My Place
1942; #1 on the Billboard chart
Peggy Lee
   released the single   
Why Don't You Do Right?
1943; peaked at #4 on the Billboard chart
Perry Como
   released the single   
Chi-Baba, Chi-Baba (My Bambino Go to Sleep)
1947; 3 weeks as Billboard's #1
Perry Como
   released the single   
Prisoner of Love
1946; 3 weeks as Billboard's #1
Perry Como
   released the single   
Some Enchanted Evening
1949; 5 weeks as Billboard's #1
Perry Como
   released the single   
Surrender
1946; 1 week as Billboard's #1
Perry Como
   released the single   
Till the End of Time
1945; 9 weeks as Billboard's #1
Rudy Vallee
   released the single   
As Time Goes By
1943; reissued after seminal role in the film "Casablanca"; #2 on the American Film Institute's "100 Best Songs in Film"
Russ Morgan
   released the single   
Cruising Down the River
1949; 7 weeks as Billboard's #1; also recorded by Blue Barron reaching #1 on the Billboard chart for 2 weeks
Sammy Kaye
   released the single   
Chickery Chick
1945; 3 weeks as Billboard's #1
Sammy Kaye
   released the single   
Daddy
1941; 8 weeks as Billboard's #1
Sammy Kaye
   released the single   
I'm a Big Girl Now
1946; 1 week as Billboard's #1
Sammy Kaye
   released the single   
The Old Lamp-Lighter
1946; 7 weeks as Billboard's #1
Sammy Kaye
   released the single   
Remember Pearl Harbor
1942; peaked at #3 on the Billboard chart
The Song Spinners
   released the single   
Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer
1943; 3 weeks as Billboard's #1
The Song Spinners
   released the single   
Johnny Zero
1943; peaked at #7 on the Billboard chart
Sons of the Pioneers
   released the single   
Cool Water
1941; Grammy Award single; peaked at #4 on the Billboard chart
Spike Jones & His City Slickers
   released the single   
All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
1949; 1 week as Billboard's #1; inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007
T-Bone Walker
   released the single   
Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just As Bad)
1947; reached #5 on the Billboard chart; lasting acclaim; covered by The Allman Brothers in an extended format in 1971
Ted Weems
   released the single   
Heartaches
1947; 12 weeks as Billboard's #1
Tex Williams
   released the single   
Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)
1947; 6 weeks as Billboard's #1
Tommy Dorsey With Frank Sinatra
   released the single   
I'll Never Smile Again
1940; 12 weeks as Billboard's #1
Tommy Dorsey With Frank Sinatra
   released the single   
In the Blue of Evening
1943; 3 weeks as Billboard's #1
Tommy Dorsey With Frank Sinatra
   released the single   
It's Always You
1943; peaked in the top five of the Billboard chart
Tommy Dorsey With Frank Sinatra
   released the single   
There Are Such Things
1943; 5 weeks as Billboard's #1
Vaughn Monroe
   released the single   
Ballerina
1947; 10 weeks as Billboard's #1
Vaughn Monroe
   released the single   
(Ghost) Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend
1949; 11 weeks as Billboard's #1
Vaughn Monroe
   released the single   
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
1946; 5 weeks as Billboard's #1
Vaughn Monroe
   released the single   
Let's Get Lost
1943; peaked at #8 on the Billboard chart
Vaughn Monroe
   released the single   
When the Lights Go On Again (All Over the World)
1943; peaked at #2 on the Billboard chart
Vera Lynn
   released the single   
(There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs Of Dover
1942; most recognized version
Vic Damone
   released the single   
You're Breaking My Heart
1949; 4 weeks as Billboard's #1
Woody Herman
   released the single   
Blues in the Night
1942; 1 week as Billboard's #1
Xavier Cugat
   released the single   
Brazil
1943; peaked at #17 on the Billboard chart


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