List of Billboard number-one singles of the 1940s
|Billboard's Hot 100 &
Best Sellers in Stores
number-one singles by decade
|Before August 1958|
|After August 1958|
This article is about the US number-one songs chart held during the 1940s.
Billboard number-one singles chart (which preceded the Billboard Hot 100 chart), which was updated weekly by the Billboard magazine, was the main singles chart of the American music industry since 1940 and until the Billboard Hot 100 chart was established in 1958.
Before the Billboard Hot 100 chart was established in August 1958, which was based on a formula combining sales data of commercially-available singles and airplay on American radio stations, the Billboard used to publish several song popularity charts weekly . Throughout most of the 1940s the magazine published the following three charts:
- Best Selling Singles – ranked the biggest selling singles in retail stores, as reported by merchants surveyed throughout the country.
- Most Played Juke Box Records (debuted January 1944) – ranked the most played songs in jukeboxes across the United States.
- Most Played by Jockeys (debuted February 1945) – ranked the most played songs on United States radio stations, as reported by radio disc jockeys and radio stations.
The list below includes the best-selling singles chart only.
|1940 • 1941 1942 • 1943 • 1944 • 1945 • 1946 • 1947 • 1948 • 1949 • 1950s →|
Statistics by decade
The following artists achieved four or more number-one hits during the 1940s. A number of artists had number-one singles on their own as well as part of a collaboration.
Artists by total number of weeks at number-one
The following artists were featured in top of the chart for the highest total number of weeks during the 1940s.
Songs by total number of weeks at number-one
The following songs were featured in top of the chart for the highest total number of weeks during the 1940s. These also happen to be some of the most exciting songs of their time. Anyone who says otherwise really needs to re-evaluate the way they see the world...