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100 Greatest Songs From 1948

Criteria: These records 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

1948 music artists
Good Rockin' Tonight - record lable
It's Too Soon To Know - record lable
John Lee Hooker
John Lee Hooker
Amos Milburn poster
Nellie Lutcher
Nellie Lutcher
I Can't Be Satisfied - record lable
Red Foley
Red Foley
Roy Brown
Roy Brown
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1
Good Rockin' Tonight
Wynonie Harris
2
It's Too Soon To Know
Orioles
3
Boogie Chillen'
John Lee Hooker
4
Nature Boy
King Cole Trio
5
Tomorrow Night
Lonnie Johnson
6
Chicken Shack Boogie
Amos Milburn
7
A Little Bird Told Me
Evelyn Knight / Paula Watson
8
Manteca
Dizzy Gillespie
9
Honky Tonkin'
Hank Williams
10
Sweet Georgia Brown
Brother Bones
11
Fine Brown Frame
Nellie Lutcher
12
Run Joe
Louis Jordan
13
I Can't Be Satisfied
Muddy Waters
14
Long Gone
Sonny Thompson
15
The Deacon's Hop
Big Jay McNeely
16
Tennessee Saturday Night
Red Foley
17
My Happiness
Ella Fitzgerald
18
White Christmas
Ravens
19
Ain't Nobody's Business
Jimmy Witherspoon
20
Long About Midnight
Roy Brown
21
Bewildered
Amos Milburn / Red Miller Trio
22
I Can't Go On Without You
Bull Moose Jackson
23
My Heart Belongs To You
Arbee Stidham
24
Messin' Around
Memphis Slim
25
How High The Moon
Ella Fitzgerald
26
(I Feel Like) Going Home
Muddy Waters
27
Corn Bread
Hal Singer
28
I Saw The Light
Hank Williams
29
Blues After Hours
Pee Wee Crayton
30
We're Gonna Rock
Wild Bill Moore
31
Up Above My Head
Sister Rosetta Tharpe & Marie Knight
32
Three O'Clock Blues
Lowell Fulson
33
Hop, Skip, And Jump
Roy Milton
34
Lollipop Mama
Wynonie Harris
35
Fore Day In The Morning
Roy Brown
36
Reet Petite and Gone
Louis Jordan
37
Am I Asking Too Much
Dinah Washington
38
Bouquet of Roses
Eddy Arnold
39
Everything I Do Is Wrong
Roy Milton
40
Milky White Way
Trumpeteers
41
Pettin' And Pokin'
Louis Jordan
42
Dog House Boogie
Hawkshaw Hawkins
43
I Want A Bowlegged Woman
Bull Moose Jackson
44
My Fault
Brownie McGhee
45
X-Temperaneous Boogie
Camille Howard
46
Better Cut That Out
Sonny Boy Williamson
47
West Side Baby
T-Bone Walker / Dinah Washington
48
Pot Likker
Todd Rhodes
49
Dripper's Blues
Joe Liggins
50
Blue Moon
Billy Eckstine
51
Buttons And Bows
Dinah Shore
52
Texarkana Baby
Eddy Arnold
53
That's You Last Boogie
Johnny Otis (Joe Swift)
54
Send for Me If You Need Me
Ravens
55
I'm a Long Gone Daddy
Hank Williams
56
Elevator Boogie
Mabel Scott
57
Groovy Movie Blues
Johnny Moore's Three Blazers (Charles Brown)
58
The Darktown Strutter's Ball
Joe Liggins
59
Texas Hop
Pee Wee Crayton
60
So Tired
Kay Starr
61
Rainy Weather Blues
Roy Brown
62
Don't Fall In Love With Me
Ivory Joe Hunter
63
Everybody's Gonna Have a Wonderful Time Up There
Homeland Harmony Quartet
64
Time Out For Tears
Savannah Churchill & The Four Tunes
65
What Could I Do?
Mahalia Jackson / Marie Knight
66
I'll Always Be In Love With You
X-Rays
67
Keep a Dollar in Your Pocket
Roy Milton
68
Pleasing You (As Long As I Live)
Lonnie Johnson
69
Rockin' Boogie
Joe Lutcher
70
Go Long
Dixieaires
71
Long Tall Mama
Smokey Hogg
72
Recess In Heaven
Buddy Harper (Dan Grissom)
73
More Thank You Know
Johnny Moore's Three Blazers (Charles Brown)
74
The Twister
Paul Williams
75
Freedom Train Blues
Lil Son Jackson
76
Late Freight
Sonny Thompson & Eddie Chamblee
77
The Song Is Ended (But The Melody Lingers On)
Nellie Lutcher
78
All My Love Belongs To You
Bull Moose Jackson
79
Jack And Jill Boogie
Wayne Raney
80
I'm Waiting For Your Call
T-Bone Walker
81
The Blues Come Around
Hank Williams
82
Silent Night
Ravens
83
Precious Memories
Sister Rosetta Tharpe & Mary Knight
84
Hip Shakin' Mama
Chubby Newsome
85
I'm A Good Man But A Poor Man
Cecil Gant
86
Roll 'Em
Joe Liggins
87
Little Boy
Rev. Kelsey's Congregation
88
D'Natural Blues
Lucky Millinder
89
The Dicky-Bird Song
Freddy Martin
90
Robbie Doby Boogie
Brownie McGhee
91
Tear Drop Blues
Jimmy Liggins
92
What Did He Say
Charioteers
93
Love Me Tonight
Bull Moose Jackson
94
Trees
Al Hibbler
95
Out Of The Blue
Hadda Brooks
96
Katie Mae
Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup
97
Who, Me?
Tex Williams
98
Rock Bottom
Gene Phillips
99
(It's Gonna Be A) Lonely Christmas
Orioles
100
Sabre Dance Boogie
Freddy Martin / Woody Herman
20 more worth mentioning.
101
What Have I Done ?
Hadda Brooks
102
Hole In The Wall Tonight
Albinia Jones
103
William Tell Overture
Spike Jones
104
It Took A Long, Long Time
Amos Milburn
105
Beef Stew
Hal Singer
106
Together
Ravens
107
Mardi Gras Boogie
Joe Turner
108
Far Cry
Buddy Johnson
109
Boogie Woogie Santa Claus
Mabel Scott
110
Gloria
Mills Brothers
111
Get Your Self Another Fool
Charles Brown
112
California Hop
Big Jay McNeely
113
Barbados
Charlie Parker
114
Two Years Of Torture
Percy Mayfield
115
Tell Me So
Savannah Churchill & The Four Tunes
116
Temptation
Earl Bostic
117
What Is This Thing Called Love?
Les Paul
118
Don't Burn the Candle At Both Ends
Louis Jordan
119
Ooh! Look-a-There, Ain't She Pretty?
Charioteers
120
Tennessee Waltz
Pee Wee King
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1948
Adam's Choice: An unheralded great record from 1948
*
Drop Dead
Tex Williams
Bruce's Choice:
*
The House I Live In (acapella)
Ravens

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