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American Songs Of World War II

The role of music in World War II was significant unlike any other in history; in the context of the largest war in history, modern states engaged in combat on all dimensions to win, including the use of art and music. As we reflect on WWII the music of the era can shed light on what the mood was at the time. 

During World War II Americans truly sacrificed. There was mass rationing and citizens contributed to the war effort directly through work and volunteerism. WWII could also be considered the first mass media war, with radio and movies spreading not only songs, but often specific bands. Patriotism in music was not only popular, it was sincere.

Countries welcomed music that spoke to their side of the conflict as it served many purposes. Music played an important role in lifting the morale of both the troops and the civilian populations. It was also used as straight up propaganda.

This playlist examines songs on the American side that were popular during the war and that speak to those turbulent times.

American Songs Of World War II

1. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - The Andrews Sisters

2. Der Fuehrer's Face - Spike Jones 

3. Kiss The Boys Goodbye - Pete Jacobs & His Wartime Radio Revue

4. Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition - The Glee Club

5. There'll Be A Hot Time In The Town Of Berlin - Glenn Miller 

6. G.I. Jive - Johnny Mercer

7. When The Lights Go On Again - Ted Fio Rito Orchestra

8.  Waitin' For The Train To Come In (Extract) - Various Artists

9. I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You) - The Ink Spots

10. Sentimental Journey - Doris Day 

11. I Wonder - Louis Armstrong 

12. I Don't Want To Walk Without You - Harry James 

13. Never No Lament - Duke Ellington

14. As Time Goes By - Sammy Kaye

15. Till Then - The Mills Brothers 

16. Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me) - The Andrews Sisters

17. Long Ago (And Far Away) - Jo Stafford 

18. 1940's Medley: Run Rabbit Run/Bless Them All/Roll Out The Barrell/We're Gonna Hang Out Our Washing On The Siegfried Line - The String Of Pearls Orchestra 

19. It's Been A Long, Long Time - Harry James 

20. My Guy's Come Back - Various Artists 

21. Begin The Beguine - Artie Shaw

22. I'm Gonna Love That Guy (Like He's Never Been Loved Before) - Adelaide Hall 

23. Yours - Tommy Dorsey 

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