Prior to the introduction of the Hot , The Billboard compiled multiple weekly record charts ranking the performance of singles in the United States. In , the magazine published the following four all-genre national singles charts:. Note: In the issues dated February 10, April 14, May 5, June 9, and November 17, The Billboard reported a tie for the number-one single on one of its charts. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In , the magazine published the following four all-genre national singles charts: Best-Selling Popular Retail Records named National Best Selling Retail Records until March 31 — ranked the most-sold singles in retail stores, as reported by merchants surveyed throughout the country. In the 21st century, Billboard designates Retail Records , in all its incarnations, as the magazine's canonical U. Most-Played Juke Box Records — ranked the most-played songs in jukeboxes across the United States, as reported by machine operators.
1941: "Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy)" — Jimmy Dorsey
1940: "I'll Never Smile Again" — Tommy Dorsey
Subscriber Account active since. For songs prior to , before the year-end list existed, we looked at the singles that stayed at No. Frank Sinatra performed vocals for the song along with the Pied Pipers. The song spent a dozen weeks at No. You can listen to the song here. Glenn Miller's "Chattanooga Choo Choo" was a close second. It spent nine weeks at No. You can listen to "Amapola" here.
Billboard number-one singles chart which preceded the Billboard Hot chart , which was updated weekly by the Billboard magazine, was the main singles chart of the American music industry since and until the Billboard Hot chart was established in Before the Billboard Hot chart was established in August , 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 s the magazine published the following three charts:.
Search this site with Google Other Years: s s s s s s s s s s s s This page lists the top songs of in the source charts. The way that the various charts are combined to reach this final list is described on the in the site generation page. There is also a set of monthly tables showing the various number ones on any date during Between and there are few available charts at least that we can find. These results should be treated with some caution since, with few exceptions, they are based on fairly subjective charts and biased towards the USA. During this era music was dominated by a number of "Big Bands" and songs could be attributed to the band leader, the band name, the lead singer or a combination of the them.