10 Classic Songs from the World War II Era

It really was a coin toss between my number-one choice and this song.

Miller was a strict perfectionist with his musicians and vocalists.  For example, he once instructed his singers, the Modernaires -- Marion Hutton (younger sister of the actress Betty Hutton), Ray Eberle and Tex Beneke -- to clearly articulate “Don’t sit under the apple tree,” not be lazy and have it come out as “Don’ Sid unner da Abble twee.”  You can hear that breezy precision in all of his songs.

2. Glenn Miller – “In the Mood”