(In the name of variation I decided to only have one song from each artist)
1. It's Been A Long, Long Time - Harry James And His Orchestra
Ah, the song that started it all! I remember I was listening to the soundtrack of some movie and then suddenly this number popped up. I was hooked from the beginning and listened to it on repeat for a long time, before the thought hit me that if this was the music style of the 40's, there must be many more enjoyable songs out there to be discovered.
2. It's A Good Day - Peggy Lee
This is such a happy song! Whenever I need some motivation for starting chores or just getting dressed, I always put this song on, for it makes me want to dance around the room while cleaning (a strange urge I know, but very practical)
3. Don't Fence Me In - Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
What would the 40's have been without Bing Crosby? He was the definition of a crooner and I just love listening to him. This song is a favourite of mine because of the laid-back Western style of it. And it makes me happy!
4. Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree - Glenn Miller
Did I mention I love Glenn Miller? It was hard to choose only one of his songs to put on this list. The reasons I particularly like this one are many. I love the big band sound, the composition and the way it's made into a duet and of course the story the lyrics tell. So many of the songs of that time dealt with the theme of being away from your loved ones, and this story about a couple who promise to stay true to each other while they're separated is just so heartwarming.
5. Bei Mir Bist Du Schön - The Andrews Sisters
Technically this particular song is from 1938 but it remained popular during the 40's so I'm including it anyway. The Andrews Sisters were quite iconic back then and they have a lot of good songs, but this one is funny and quirky and beautifully arranged, and it just have that extra something that you can't exactly describe in words. Listen to it and you will understand!
6. That's For Me - Vivian Blaine
This song is from the movie State Fair, which I also love. Movies are a great way to discover new music in my experience. What I love about this song is the singer's deep voice and that it's easy for me to sing along to it. And it makes me happy!
7. It's Only A Paper Moon - Ella Fitzgerald
Why do I love this song? It's a mix of Ella Fitzgerald's lovely voice and the slow but lilting melody. I don't think there's much more to it.
8. Amapola - Jimmy Dorsey
I just love that so much 40's music was played by big orchestras. It just gives it all a little extra...
What I particularly like about this song, is the way it starts out slow and calm and then suddenly becomes quicker halfway through. I love it when there's a little development in the music (kind of like classic music).
9. On The Sunny Side Of The Street - Tommy Dorsey
Another big orchestra number - what a surprise! I gotta say the Dorsey Brothers really knew how to make music. I've heard several versions of this particular song, but I think this version is the happiest one and therefore the one that conveys the message of the song the best.
10. Steppin' Out With My Baby - Fred Astaire
Another song from a movie! I wasn't impressed by Easter Parade when I watched it, but his particular song just hit me from the very opening notes. It's a real catchy swing number that encompasses everything I like about 40's music, so of course it deserved to be mentioned on this list.
And we have reached the end! There are so many other lovely songs that I wanted to mention, but maybe I will sneak it into another post;)
What 40's songs do you like?
I'm eager to discover more music from that time!