List of Billboard number-one singles of 1945

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This is a list of number-one songs in the United States during the year 1945 according to The Billboard. Prior to the creation of the Billboard Hot 100, the magazine published multiple singles charts each week. In 1945, The Billboard published the following four all-genre national singles charts:

  • Best-Selling Retail Records (named National Best Selling Retail Records until March 24) – ranked the most-sold singles in retail stores, as reported by merchants surveyed throughout the country.
  • Records Most-Played on the Air (introduced February 3) – ranked the most played songs on American radio stations, as reported by radio disc jockeys and radio stations.
  • Most Played Juke Box Records – ranked the most played songs in jukeboxes across the United States, as reported by machine operators.
  • Honor Roll of Hits (introduced March 24) – a composite ten-position song chart which combined data from the three charts above along with three other component charts.[1] It served as The Billboard's lead chart until the introduction of the Hot 100 in 1958 and would remain in print until November 1963.[2] However, since 2003 or earlier, the magazine has cited the Best-Selling Retail Records chart as its official singles chart during the period in which it was published.[3][4][5]

Note: In the issues dated February 10 and November 17, there was a tie for the best-selling number-one single for that week.

Issue date Best-Selling Retail Records Honor Roll of Hits Records Most-Played on Air Most Played Juke Box Records Ref.
January 6 "Don't Fence Me In"
Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters with Vic Schoen and His Orchestra
"Don't Fence Me In"
Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters with Vic Schoen and His Orchestra
[6]
January 13 [7]
January 20 [8]
January 27 [9]
February 3 "Don't Fence Me In"
Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters with Vic Schoen and His Orchestra
[10]
February 10 (Tie)
"Don't Fence Me In"
Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters with Vic Schoen and His Orchestra /
"Rum and Coca-Cola"
The Andrews Sisters with Vic Schoen and His Orchestra
"Rum and Coca-Cola"
The Andrews Sisters with Vic Schoen and His Orchestra
[11]
February 17 "Rum and Coca-Cola"
The Andrews Sisters with Vic Schoen and His Orchestra
[12]
February 24 [13]
March 3 [14]
March 10 [15]
March 17 "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive"
Johnny Mercer and the Pied Pipers with Paul Weston and His Orchestra
[16]
March 24 "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive" [17][18]
March 31 "My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time" "Candy"
Johnny Mercer, Jo Stafford and the Pied Pipers with Paul Weston and His Orchestra
[18]
April 7 "My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time"
Les Brown and His Orchestra with Doris Day
"My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time"
Les Brown and His Orchestra with Doris Day
[19]
April 14 [20]
April 21 "My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time"
Les Brown and His Orchestra with Doris Day
[21]
April 28 "I'm Beginning to See the Light"
Harry James and His Orchestra with Kitty Kallen
[22]
May 5 "Dream"
The Pied Pipers with Paul Weston and His Orchestra
[23]
May 12 "There! I've Said It Again"
Vaughn Monroe and His Orchestra with Vaughn Monroe and the Norton Sisters
[24]
May 19 [25]
May 26 "Sentimental Journey"
Les Brown and His Orchestra with Doris Day
[26]
June 2 "Sentimental Journey" [27]
June 9 "Candy"
Johnny Mercer, Jo Stafford and the Pied Pipers with Paul Weston and His Orchestra
[28]
June 16 "Sentimental Journey"
Les Brown and His Orchestra with Doris Day
"Sentimental Journey"
Les Brown and His Orchestra with Doris Day
[29]
June 23 [30]
June 30 [31]
July 7 [32]
July 14 [33]
July 21 [34]
July 28 "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe"
Johnny Mercer and the Pied Pipers with Paul Weston and His Orchestra
"There! I've Said It Again"
Vaughn Monroe and His Orchestra with Vaughn Monroe and the Norton Sisters
[35]
August 4 "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe"
Johnny Mercer and the Pied Pipers with Paul Weston and His Orchestra
"On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe"
Johnny Mercer and the Pied Pipers with Paul Weston and His Orchestra
[36]
August 11 "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" [37]
August 18 [38]
August 25 [39]
September 1 [40]
September 8 [41]
September 15 "Till the End of Time"
Perry Como with Russ Case and His Orchestra
"Till the End of Time"
Perry Como with Russ Case and His Orchestra
[42]
September 22 "Till the End of Time" [43]
September 29 "Till the End of Time"
Perry Como with Russ Case and His Orchestra
[44]
October 6 [45]
October 13 [46]
October 20 [47]
October 27 [48]
November 3 [49]
November 10 [50]
November 17 (Tie)
"Till the End of Time"
Perry Como with Russ Case and His Orchestra /
"Chickery Chick"
Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye with Nancy Norman, Billy Williams and the Kaye Choir
"It's Been a Long, Long Time" "Chickery Chick"
Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye with Nancy Norman, Billy Williams and the Kaye Choir
[51]
November 24 "It's Been a Long, Long Time"
Harry James and His Orchestra with Kitty Kallen
"It's Been a Long, Long Time"
Harry James and His Orchestra with Kitty Kallen
[52]
December 1 "Chickery Chick"
Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye with Nancy Norman, Billy Williams and the Kaye Choir
"It's Been a Long, Long Time"
Bing Crosby with Les Paul and His Trio
[53]
December 8 "It's Been a Long, Long Time"
Bing Crosby with Les Paul and His Trio
[54]
December 15 "Chickery Chick"
Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye with Nancy Norman, Billy Williams and the Kaye Choir
"Chickery Chick"
Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye with Nancy Norman, Billy Williams and the Kaye Choir
[55]
December 22 "It's Been a Long, Long Time"
Harry James and His Orchestra with Kitty Kallen
"It's Been a Long, Long Time"
Bing Crosby with Les Paul and His Trio
"I Can't Begin to Tell You"
Bing Crosby with Carmen Cavallaro
[56]
December 29 "White Christmas"
Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers and John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra
"Chickery Chick"
Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye with Nancy Norman, Billy Williams and the Kaye Choir
[57]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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