100 Greatest Songs From 1946

Criteria: These songs from 1946 were chosen and ranked based on their initial & lasting popularity, and on their impact on the overall scope of musical history.

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.

  1. The Christmas Song - King Cole Trio
  2. Choo Choo Ch'Boogie - Louis Jordan
  3. Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens - Louis Jordan
  4. The Gypsy - Ink Spots / Dinah Shore
  5. Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop - Lionel Hampton / Tex Beneke
  6. Let The Good Times Roll - Louis Jordan
  7. (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 - King Cole Trio
  8. That's My Desire - Frankie Laine
  9. To Each His Own - Ink Spots / Eddy Howard / Freddy Martin (Stuart Wade)
10. Sioux City Sue - Bing Crosby / Zeke Manners / Hoosier Hot Shots / Tiny Hill
11. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons - King Cole Trio
12. The Old Lamplighter - Sammy Kaye (Billy Williams) / Kay Kyser (Michael Douglas)
13. Prisoner Of Love - Perry Como / Billy Eckstine / Ink Spots
14. The House of Blue Lights - Freddie Slack (Ella Mae Morse)
15. Ain't That Just Like A Woman - Louis Jordan
16. Oh! What It Seemed To Be - Frankie Carle / Frank Sinatra
17. Surrender - Perry Como / Woody Herman (Blue Flames)
18. Laughing on the Outside, Crying on the Inside - Sammy Kaye / Dinah Shore / Andy Russell / Teddy Walters
19. Ole Buttermilk Sky - Kay Kyser / Hoagy Carmichael / Paul Weston
20. Open The Door, Richard - Jack McVea
21. Jole Blon - Harry Choates / Moon Mullican
22. Rumors Are Flying - Frankie Carle / Les Paul (Andrews Sisters) / Tony Martin / Three Suns
23. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah - Johnny Mercer / Sammy Kaye
24. Winter Wonderland - Johny Mercer / Perry Como
25. A Night In Tunisia - Dizzy Gilespie / Charlie Parker
26. As Time Goes By - Dooley Wilson
27. They Say It's Wonderful - Frank Sinatra / Perry Como / Bing Crosby
28. Ko Ko - Charlie Parker
29. R.M. Blues - Roy Milton
30. Roly Poly - Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
31. Les Trois Cloches - Eidth Piaf
32. Freight Train Boogie - Delmore Brothers
33. Stone Cold Dead In The Market (He Had It Coming) - Louis Jordan & Ella Fitzgerald
34. The Anniversary Song - Al Jolson
35. So Glad You're Mine - Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup
36. Huggin' And Chalkin' - Hoagy Carmichael / Kay Kyser
37. Down The Road Apiece - Amos Milburn
38. Frim Fram Sauce - Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong / King Cole Trio
39. I Know Who Threw The Whiskey (In The Well) - Bull Moose Jackson
40. Kentucky Waltz - Bill Monroe
41. Someday (You'll Want Me To Want You) - Hoosier Hot Shots & Sally Foster / Elton Britt
42. One-Zy, Two-Zy (I Love You-Zy) - Freddy Martin / Phil Harris / Kay Kyser
43. Shoo-Fly Pie And Apple Pan Dowdy - Dinah Shore / Guy Lombardo / Stan Kenton (June Christy)
44. I Know - Andy Kirk (Jubilaires)
45. Five Minutes More - Frank Sinatra / Tex Beneke
46. Guitar Polka - Al Dexter
47. Reconversion Blues - Louis Jordan
48. Salt Pork, West Virginia - Louis Jordan
49. You Call It Madness (But I Call It Love) - King Cole Trio / Billy Eckstine
50. Gotta Gimme Whatcha Got - Julia Lee
51. It's A Good Day - Peggy Lee
52. South America, Take It Away - Andrews Sisters & Bing Crosby / Xavier Cugat (Buddy Clark)
53. Sunny Road - Johnny Moore's Three Blazers / Roosevelt Sykes
54. Beware, Brother, Beware - Louis Jordan
55. Peace In The Valley - Flying Clouds of Detroit
56. I Don't Know Enough About You - Benny Goodman (Art Lund) / Mills Brothers / Peggy Lee
57. Wine Women And Song - Al Dexter
58. I've Got A Right To Cry - Erskine Hawkins
59. Day By Day - Frank Sinatra / Joe Stafford
60. What Is Life Without Love? - Eddy Arnold
61. New Spanish Two Step - Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
62. No Vacancy - Merle Travis
63. Swanee River Boogie - Albert Ammons
64. Petootie Pie - Louis Jordan & Ella Fitzgerald
65. You Keep Coming Back Like A Song - Dinah Shore / Joe Stafford / Bing Crosby
66. The Coffee Song - Frank Sinatra
67. Shake The Boogie - Sonny Boy Williamson
68. Rainbow At Midnight - Ernest Tubb
69. Bobby Sox Blues - T-Bone Walker
70. I Guess I'll Get The Papers (And Go Home) - Mills Brothers
71. A Gal In Calico - Johnny Mercer / Tex Beneke (Crew Chiefs) / Benny Goodman (Eve Young)
72. Stay a Little Longer - Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
73. Cement Mixer (Put-Ti, Put-Ti) - Slim Gaillard Trio / Alvino Rey / Charlie Barnet (Art Robey)
74. I'm Always Chasing Rainbows - Harry James / Dick Haymes & Helen Forrest
75. The Rickety Rickshaw Man - Eddy Howard
76. The Whole World Is Singing My Song - Les Brown (Doris Day)
77. Doin' What Comes Natur'lly - Freddy Martin (Glenn Hughes) / Dinah Shore / Jimmy Dorsey (Dee Parker) / Ethel Merman
78. There's Good Blues Tonight - Lucky Millinder (Annisteen Allen)
79. Blue Skies - Benny Goodman (Art Lund) / Count Basie (Jimmy Rushing)
80. Boogie Blues - Gene Krupa (Anita O'Day)
81. Chicago Breakdown - Big Maceo
82. Passé - Tex Beneke (Crew Chiefs) / Margaret Whiting
83. Good Morning Heartache - Billie Holiday
84. Bumble Boogie - Freddy Martin
85. Detour - Spade Cooley / Elton Britt / Wesley Tuttle
86. It's All Over Now - Frankie Carle (Marjorie Hughes) / Peggy Lee
87. Seems Like Old Times - Vaughn Monroe / Guy Lombardo (Don Rodney)
88. Divorce Me C.O.D. - Merle Travis
89. Don't Be a Baby, Baby - Mills Brothers / Benny Goodman (Art Lund)
90. My Gal's A Jockey - Joe Turner
91. La Bamba - Hermanos Huesca
92. You're Gonna Miss Me (When I'm Gone) - Lowell Fulson
93. September Song - Frank Sinatra / Dardanelle Trio
94. Sneakin' Out - Erskine Hawkins
95. Guilty - Margaret Whiting
96. Pastures of Plenty - Woody Guthrie
97. Drivin' Nails In My Coffin - Floyd Tillman
98. Miserlou - Jan August
99. Don't Take Everybody To Be Your Friend - Sister Rosetta Tharpe
100. Just The Other Day - Sam Donahue
20 more worth mentioning.
101. In The Moon Mist - Paul Weston (Pied Pipers)
102. Don't Explain - Billie Holiday
103. Boll Weevil Song - Tex Ritter
104. Come To Baby, Do! - Duke Ellington (Joya Sherrill)
105. Port Wine - Cats 'N Jammer Three (Bill Samuels)
106. Bye Bye Baby Blues - Ravens
107. Milton's Boogie - Roy Milton
108. After Midnite - Amos Milburn
109. Tanya - Joe Liggins
110. Playful Baby - Wynonie Harris
111. Wave To Me, My Lady - Elton Britt
112. The Best Man - King Cole Trio / Les Brown (Butch Stone)
113. Red Light - Red Callender Trio
114. The Mad Boogie - Count Basie
115. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans? - Louis Armstrong
116. Sportin' Life Blues - Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
117. On The Boardwalk In Atlantic City - Charioteers
118. I Sold My Heart To The Junkman - Basin Street Boys
119. Zeb's Mountain Boogie - Brad Bardy & His Tennesseans
120. Fine Brown Frame - Buddy Johnson
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1946
An unheralded great record from 1946
Adam's choice -
* Cleanhead Blues - Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson
Bruce's choice -
* Walk 'Em - Buddy Johnson
Lew's choice -
* Moose the Mooche - Charlie Parker
King Cole Trio
Ink Spots
Delta Rhythm Boys
Eddy Arnold
Dizzy Gillespie
Dinah Shore
Louis Jordan
& Ella Fitzgerald
Lionel Hampton
Last Updated: 2010-05-07