Top 10 Songs from The Andrews Sisters

by legbamel

The greatest hits of The Andrews Sisters, from Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy to Rum and Coca-Cola, naturally with plenty of Bing Crosby.

Old-Fashioned Record Player

Nine of the Top Ten Andrews Sisters Songs

Their First Hit Song and My Favorites

Bei Mir Bist du Schön was not just the first single The Andrews Sisters released, in 1938, it was their first Number One hit on the Billboard Top 100.  As the depression wound down the three girls from Minnesota took the US by storm with this German title, something World War II would likely have prevented had they released it a few years later.


While I always think of Don't Fence Me In as a Bing Crosby song, The Andrews Sisters reached #2 in 1943 with the song and it hit #1 on the Billboard Country Top 100 for that year.  Rum and Coca-Cola was a #1 hit for them in 1945, well before I was born.  In fact, I first heard the song in Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown.  I will always associate the song with Snoopy drinking root beer in a bar in France.


The Andrews Sisters had a #3 hit in 1945 with Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo) recorded with the inimitable and ever-delightful Danny Kaye.  It's such a goofy song that I can't help but love it.  You can listen to it and watch a great slide show of pictures below.  That was far from the only smash they sisters hit in 1945.  Shoo Shoo Baby reached #1 on the charts and Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive with Bing Crosby made it to #2 in the same year.


This is the part of the article where I admit my weakness for yodeling in American music.  Specifically, Toolie Oolie Doolie (The Yodel Polka), a song that the ladies took to #3 in 1948, and Yodelin' Jive with Bing Crosby, a hit that reached #4 on the the Billboard Top 100 in 1939.  In truth, I blame Bing and The Andrews Sisters for my yodel fondness.  Well, them and those Ricola ads.


My runner-up for the best Andrews Sister hit song also happens to have hit #2 on the charts in 1940: Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar. Regardless of the name, this song was a boogie woogie masterpiece.

A Music Video for Civilization (Bongo Bongo Bongo)

With That Crazy Cat, Danny Kaye

The Best Andrews Sisters Song, Ever

The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B

Many people have recorded covers of The Andrews Sister's hit song Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (of Company B) but none have outdone the original.  Though it only reached number 6 on the Billboard Top 100 in 1941, it's their best-known song today.  It also happens to be one of my personal favorite songs.

It debuted in the Abbot and Costello film "Buck Privates", one of seventeen movies in which The Andrews Sisters appeared.  The song was nominated for an Academy Award in 1941, as well.  It was vodted number six on the 365 Songs of the Century project put together by Scholastic, Inc, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Recording Industry Association of America.

You can click over to The Not-Pop Jukebox to enjoy nine full versions of The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy or you can just watch the fantastic video below to see why this is their best song, hand down.  To hear the full version of my Top Ten Andrews Sisters Songs, try the play list I made of them at Grooveshark.

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B

See the Andrews Sisters Perform Their Best-Known Song

Honorable Mention: The Andrews Sisters and The Supremes

Performing Each Other's Hit Songs on Sammy Davis, Jr's Show

Get The Andrews Sisters' Biggest Hits

My Top Ten and Much More
The Best of the Andrews Sisters: 20th Century Masters (Millennium Collection)

This modern collection includes all ten of my favorite songs and 38 more hits from the prolific sisters from Minnesota.

$17.32  $9.11
Andrews Sisters - Their All-Time Greatest Hits

Many of the same great songs as the Millennium Collection above, from the original MCA recordings, and smash hits every one.

Only $14.97
Very Best of the Andrews Sisters

Only 24 songs but for fans not as rabid as I it gives you the best-known of The Andrews Sister's biggest songs.

$10.9  $6.75
The Golden Age of the Andrews Sisters [ORIGINAL RECORDINGS REMASTERED]

How can you beat a collection with 101 songs on it, all original recordings? This is the most complete collection I've seen.

$23.97  $27.31
A Merry Christmas with Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters

What could be merrier than Bing Crosby performing twenty holiday favorites with The Andrews Sisters?

$9.49  $49.98

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A Detailed Hisotry of The Andrews Sisters

What Happened to the Sisters After the 1940s
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Snoopy Enjoying a Medley of 1940s Hits

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Updated: 09/25/2011, legbamel
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JamieBMusings on 09/24/2011

Great post! I really loved the clip of them and the supremes performing together (one of my favorite 60s groups).

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