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, Billboard published multiple singles charts each week. In 1945, the following three charts were produced:

  • Best-Selling Retail Records – ranked the biggest selling singles in retail stores, as reported by merchants surveyed throughout the country.
  • Records Most Played on the Air – ranked the most played songs on United States 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.

Beginning in March, a composite ten-position song chart called the Honor Roll of Hits combining data from the three aforementioned charts along with three other component charts was published.[1] It served as the publication's lead chart until the introduction of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1958 and would remain in print until November 1963.[2][3]

Shown below is the list of #1 songs on the Honor Roll of Hits.

Issue date[4] Song Artist(s)
March 24 "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive" Johnny Mercer
March 31 "My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time" Les Brown
April 7
April 14
April 21
April 28
May 5
May 12
May 19
May 26
June 2 "Sentimental Journey"
June 9
June 16
June 23
June 30
July 7
July 14
July 21
July 28
August 4
August 11 "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" Johnny Mercer
August 18
August 25
September 1
September 8
September 15
September 22 "Till the End of Time" Perry Como
September 29
October 6
October 13
October 20
October 27
November 3
November 10
November 17 "It's Been a Long, Long Time" Harry James
November 24
December 1
December 8
December 15
December 22
December 29

Shown is a list of songs that topped the Best-Selling Retail Records chart.

NOTE: In the 10 February and 17 November 1945 issues, there was a tie for the best-selling record for that week.

Issue date Song Artist(s) Ref.
January 6 "Don't Fence Me In" Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters
January 13
January 20
January 27
February 3
February 10
February 10 "Rum and Coca-Cola" The Andrews Sisters
February 17
February 24
March 3
March 10
March 17
March 24
March 31
April 7 "My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time" Les Brown and His Orchestra
April 14
April 21
April 28
May 5
May 12
May 19
May 26 "Sentimental Journey"
June 2
June 9
June 16
June 23
June 30
July 7
July 14
July 21
July 28 "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" Johnny Mercer and The Pied Pipers
August 4
August 11
August 18
August 25
September 1
September 8
September 15 "Till the End of Time" Perry Como
September 22
September 29
October 6
October 13
October 20
October 27
November 3
November 10
November 17
November 17 "Chickery Chick" Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra
November 24 "It's Been a Long, Long Time" Harry James and His Orchestra
December 1
December 8 Bing Crosby with The Les Paul Trio
December 15 "Chickery Chick" Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra
December 22 "It's Been a Long, Long Time" Harry James and His Orchestra
December 29 "Chickery Chick" Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Honor Roll of Hits Tabbed". The Billboard. The Billboard Publishing Company. 57 (12): 3. March 24, 1945. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved April 23, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Billboard Honor Roll of Hits Represents Culmination of Disk's Life on the Charts". The Billboard. The Billboard Publishing Company. 66 (17): 34. April 24, 1954. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved April 23, 2015. 
  3. ^ "DVD-rom: Honor Roll of Hits Charts". Joel Whitburn's Record Research. Retrieved April 23, 2015. 
  4. ^ http://www.billboard.com/magazine-archive