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100 Greatest Songs From 1947

Criteria: These songs were chosen and ranked based on their initial and lasting popularity, and on their impact on the overall scope of musical history.
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Note: Yearly song lists go by earliest 'release date' (Single, Album, or Country of first release).
Not necessarily the year a song peaked in the U.S. charts.
No.
Song
Artist

T-Bone Walker
T-Bone Walker
Mahalia Jackson
Mahalia Jackson
Bill Monroe poster

Frankie Laine
Frankie Laine
The Ravens - 'Ol Man River poster
Dusty Fletcher
Dusty Fletcher
Peggy Lee
Peggy Lee
Bull Moose Jackson
Bull Moose Jackson
Tex Williams
Eddie Vinson
Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson
1
Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just As Bad)
T-Bone Walker
2
Move On Up A Little Higher
Mahalia Jackson
3
Blue Moon Of Kentucky
Bill Monroe
4
Open The Door Richard
Dusty Fletcher / Louis Jordan / Count Basie
5
Merry Christmas Baby
Johnny Moore's Three Blazers (Charles Brown)
6
Move It On Over
Hank Williams
7
Jack, You're Dead!
Louis Jordan
8
Smoke, Smoke, Smoke (That Cigarette)
Tex Williams
9
King Size Papa
Julia Lee
10
I Want To Be Loved (But Only By You)
Savannah Churchill
11
Boogie Woogie Blue Plate
Louis Jordan
12
La Vie En Rose
Edith Piaf
13
Good Rockin' Tonight
Roy Brown
14
Blow Top Blues
Lionel Hampton (Dinah Washington)
15
'Round Midnight
Thelonius Monk
16
Ol' Man River
Ravens
17
Temptation (Tim-Tayshun)
Red Ingle (Jo Stafford)
18
Snatch It And Grab (Opportunity Knocks But Once)
Julia Lee
19
That's All Right
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
20
Peg O' My Heart
Three Suns / Harmonicats
21
A Sunday Kind Of Love
Claude Thornhill (Fran Warren) / Jo Stafford
22
Near You
Francis Craig
23
Texas And Pacific
Louis Jordan
24
Ole Maid Boogie
Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson
25
Since I Fell For You
Paul Gayten (Annie Laurie)
26
I Love You, Yes I Do
Bull Moose Jackson
27
Pretty Mama Blues
Ivory Joe Hunter
28
Blues For The Red Boy
Todd Rhodes
29
Linda
Ray Noble (Buddy Clark)
30
Write Me A Letter
Ravens
31
Feudin' & Fightin'
Dorothy Shay / Jo Stafford
32
Bobby Sox Blues
Roosevelt Sykes
33
That's My Desire
Hadda Brooks
34
Kidney Stew Blues
Eddy "Cleanhead" Vinson
35
Sneaky Pete
Bull Moose Jackson
36
Mañana
Peggy Lee
37
New Orleans Blues
Johnny Moore's Three Blazers (Charles Brown)
38
Wrapped Up In A Dream
Do, Ray, & Me
39
Save The Bones For Henry Jones
Johnny Mercer & The King Cole Trio
40
I Know What You're Putting Down
Louis Jordan
41
Ebony Rhapsody
Rosetta Howard
42
Dizzy Atmosphere
Dizzy Gillespie
43
I'll Hold You In My Heart (Til I Can Hold You In My Arms)
Eddy Arnold
44
Ballerina
Vaughn Monroe
45
Golden Earrings
Peggy Lee
46
One O'Clock Boogie
Count Basie
47
Jole Blon (New Pretty Blonde)
Moon Mullican / Red Foley
48
Early Autumn
Claude Thornhill
49
Serenade Of The Bells
Jo Stafford
50
Sixteen Tons
Merle Travis
51
Sugar Moon
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
52
Auld Lang Syne
Guy Lombardo
53
Heartaches
Harry James (Marion Morgan) / Jimmy Dorsey (Bob Carroll & Dee Parker) / Eddy Howard
54
Cadillac Boogie
Jimmy Liggins
55
Red Top
Gene Ammons
56
It's A Sin
Eddy Arnold
57
Thrill Me
Roy Milton (Camille Howard)
58
You Do
Margaret Whiting / Dinah Shore
59
I'll Get Along Somehow
Julia Lee
60
Guilty
Ella Fitzgerald
61
Never Trust A Woman
Tex Williams
62
Blow Mr. Jackson
Joe Liggins
63
For You
Ravens
64
Across The Alley From The Alamo
Mills Brothers
66
I Ain't Mad at You
Count Basie (Taps Miller)
66
Fool That I Am
Ravens
67
Barnyard Boogie
Louis Jordan
68
I Like 'Em Fat Like That
Louis Jordan
69
Hawk's Boogie
Erskine Hawkins
70
So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed
Merle Travis
71
True Blues
Roy Milton
72
Rootie Tootie
Hank Williams
73
Look Out
Louis Jordan
74
Don't You Think I Ought To Know
Bill Johnson (Gus Gordon)
75
True..
Paul Gayten
76
Teardrops In My Heart
Sons of the Pioneers
77
Canned Heat
Chet Atkins
78
What I'll Do
King Cole Trio
79
Signed, Sealed, And Delivered
Cowboy Copas
80
Early In The Mornin'
Louis Jordan
81
Cigareetes, Whusky, And Wild Women
Sons of the Pioneers
82
The Lady From 29 Palms
Freddy Martin / Andrews Sisters
83
Sweater Than The Flowers
Moon Mullican
84
My Bucket's Got A Hole In It
"T" Texas Tyler
85
Bubbles In My Beer
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
86
He'll Understand And Say Well Done
Four Knights
87
Cocaine Blues
Billy Hughes
88
Lollipop Mama
Roy Brown / Clarence Samuels
89
You Sure Look Good To Me
Big Three Trio
90
Ask Anyone Who Knows
Ink Spots
91
Sally Zu-Zazz
Joe Turner
92
Hurry On Down
Nellie Lutcher
93
What Is Life Without Love
Eddy Arnold
94
Moose On The Loose
Bull Moose Jackson
95
Rockin' The House
Memphis Slim
96
Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee (Harlem Version)
Stick McGhee
97
Dark As A Dungeon
Merle Travis
98
Guitar In My Hand
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
99
Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo)
Louis Prima
100
Miss Fanny Brown
Roy Brown
20 more worth mentioning.
101
Big Legs
Gene Phillips
102
Dream Dream Dream
Mills Brothers
103
Mighty, Mighty Man
Roy Brown
104
Changeable Woman Blues
Johnny Moore's Three Blazers (Charles Brown)
105
Blow Illinois Blow
Illinois Jacquet
106
He's A Real Gone Guy
Nellie Lutcher
107
Free Eats
Count Basie
108
Fare Thee Well, Deacon Jones, Fare Thee Well
Bull Moose Jackson
109
Meet Me At No Special Place
King Cole Trio
110
The Wildest Gal In Town
Hugo Winterhalter (Billy Eckstine)
111
That's What I Like About The West
Tex Williams
112
Tenderly
Sarah Vaughan
113
Blues With A Feeling
Jack McVea (Rabon Tarrant)
114
God Don't Like It
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
115
Wyoming
Dick Jurgens (Jimmy Castle & Al Galante)
116
Don't Look Now (But Your Broken Heart Is Showing)
Ernest Tubb
117
High Cost Low Pay Blues
Ivory Joe Hunter
118
Let Me Play With Your Poodle
Lightnin' Hopkins
119
Here Comes Santa Claus
Gene Autry
120
Chicago Boogie
Five Blazers
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1947
Adam's Choice: An unheralded great record from 1947
*
Polkadots And Moonbeams
Claude Thornhill
Bruce's Choice:
*
Jammin' Down In Town
Ivory Joe Hunter




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