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. Blow Top Blues - Lionel Hampton (Dinah Washington)
17. Oh! What It Seemed To Be - Frankie Carle / Frank Sinatra
18. Surrender - Perry Como / Woody Herman (Blue Flames)
19. Laughing on the Outside, Crying on the Inside - Sammy Kaye / Dinah Shore / Andy Russell / Teddy Walters
20. Ole Buttermilk Sky - Kay Kyser / Hoagy Carmichael / Paul Weston
21. Open The Door, Richard - Jack McVea
22. Jole Blon - Harry Choates / Moon Mullican
23. Rumors Are Flying - Frankie Carle / Les Paul (Andrews Sisters) / Tony Martin / Three Suns
24. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah - Johnny Mercer / Sammy Kaye
25. Winter Wonderland - Johny Mercer / Perry Como
26. A Night In Tunisia - Dizzy Gilespie / Charlie Parker
27. As Time Goes By - Dooley Wilson
28. They Say It's Wonderful - Frank Sinatra / Perry Como / Bing Crosby
29. Ko Ko - Charlie Parker
30. R.M. Blues - Roy Milton
31. Roly Poly - Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
32. Les Trois Cloches - Eidth Piaf
33. Freight Train Boogie - Delmore Brothers
34. Stone Cold Dead In The Market (He Had It Coming) - Louis Jordan & Ella Fitzgerald
35. The Anniversary Song - Al Jolson
36. So Glad You're Mine - Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup
37. Huggin' And Chalkin' - Hoagy Carmichael / Kay Kyser
38. Down The Road Apiece - Amos Milburn
39. Frim Fram Sauce - Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong / King Cole Trio
40. I Know Who Threw The Whiskey (In The Well) - Bull Moose Jackson
41. Kentucky Waltz - Bill Monroe
42. Someday (You'll Want Me To Want You) - Hoosier Hot Shots & Sally Foster / Elton Britt
43. One-Zy, Two-Zy (I Love You-Zy) - Freddy Martin / Phil Harris / Kay Kyser
44. Shoo-Fly Pie And Apple Pan Dowdy - Dinah Shore / Guy Lombardo / Stan Kenton (June Christy)
45. I Know - Andy Kirk (Jubilaires)
46. Five Minutes More - Frank Sinatra / Tex Beneke
47. Guitar Polka - Al Dexter
48. Reconversion Blues - Louis Jordan
49. Salt Pork, West Virginia - Louis Jordan
50. You Call It Madness (But I Call It Love) - King Cole Trio / Billy Eckstine
51. Gotta Gimme Whatcha Got - Julia Lee
52. It's A Good Day - Peggy Lee
53. South America, Take It Away - Andrews Sisters & Bing Crosby / Xavier Cugat (Buddy Clark)
54. Sunny Road - Johnny Moore's Three Blazers / Roosevelt Sykes
55. Beware, Brother, Beware - Louis Jordan
56. Peace In The Valley - Flying Clouds of Detroit
57. I Don't Know Enough About You - Benny Goodman (Art Lund) / Mills Brothers / Peggy Lee
58. Wine Women And Song - Al Dexter
59. I've Got A Right To Cry - Erskine Hawkins
60. Day By Day - Frank Sinatra / Joe Stafford
61. What Is Life Without Love? - Eddy Arnold
62. New Spanish Two Step - Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
63. No Vacancy - Merle Travis
64. Swanee River Boogie - Albert Ammons
65. Petootie Pie - Louis Jordan & Ella Fitzgerald
66. You Keep Coming Back Like A Song - Dinah Shore / Joe Stafford / Bing Crosby
67. The Coffee Song - Frank Sinatra
68. Shake The Boogie - Sonny Boy Williamson
69. Rainbow At Midnight - Ernest Tubb
70. Bobby Sox Blues - T-Bone Walker
71. I Guess I'll Get The Papers (And Go Home) - Mills Brothers
72. A Gal In Calico - Johnny Mercer / Tex Beneke (Crew Chiefs) / Benny Goodman (Eve Young)
73. Stay a Little Longer - Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
74. Cement Mixer (Put-Ti, Put-Ti) - Slim Gaillard Trio / Alvino Rey / Charlie Barnet (Art Robey)
75. I'm Always Chasing Rainbows - Harry James / Dick Haymes & Helen Forrest
76. The Rickety Rickshaw Man - Eddy Howard
77. The Whole World Is Singing My Song - Les Brown (Doris Day)
78. Doin' What Comes Natur'lly - Freddy Martin (Glenn Hughes) / Dinah Shore / Jimmy Dorsey (Dee Parker) / Ethel Merman
79. There's Good Blues Tonight - Lucky Millinder (Annisteen Allen)
80. Blue Skies - Benny Goodman (Art Lund) / Count Basie (Jimmy Rushing)
81. Boogie Blues - Gene Krupa (Anita O'Day)
82. Chicago Breakdown - Big Maceo
83. Passé - Tex Beneke (Crew Chiefs) / Margaret Whiting
84. Good Morning Heartache - Billie Holiday
85. Bumble Boogie - Freddy Martin
86. Detour - Spade Cooley / Elton Britt / Wesley Tuttle
87. It's All Over Now - Frankie Carle (Marjorie Hughes) / Peggy Lee
88. Seems Like Old Times - Vaughn Monroe / Guy Lombardo (Don Rodney)
89. Divorce Me C.O.D. - Merle Travis
90. Don't Be a Baby, Baby - Mills Brothers / Benny Goodman (Art Lund)
91. My Gal's A Jockey - Joe Turner
92. La Bamba - Hermanos Huesca
93. You're Gonna Miss Me (When I'm Gone) - Lowell Fulson
94. September Song - Frank Sinatra / Dardanelle Trio
95. Sneakin' Out - Erskine Hawkins
96. Guilty - Margaret Whiting
97. Pastures of Plenty - Woody Guthrie
98. Drivin' Nails In My Coffin - Floyd Tillman
99. Miserlou - Jan August
100. Don't Take Everybody To Be Your Friend - Sister Rosetta Tharpe
20 more worth mentioning.
101. Just The Other Day - Sam Donahue
102. In The Moon Mist - Paul Weston (Pied Pipers)
103. Don't Explain - Billie Holiday
104. Boll Weevil Song - Tex Ritter
105. Come To Baby, Do! - Duke Ellington (Joya Sherrill)
106. Port Wine - Cats 'N Jammer Three (Bill Samuels)
107. Bye Bye Baby Blues - Ravens
108. Milton's Boogie - Roy Milton
109. After Midnite - Amos Milburn
110. Tanya - Joe Liggins
111. Playful Baby - Wynonie Harris
112. Wave To Me, My Lady - Elton Britt
113. The Best Man - King Cole Trio / Les Brown (Butch Stone)
114. Red Light - Red Callender Trio
115. The Mad Boogie - Count Basie
116. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans? - Louis Armstrong
117. Sportin' Life Blues - Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
118. On The Boardwalk In Atlantic City - Charioteers
119. I Sold My Heart To The Junkman - Basin Street Boys
120. Zeb's Mountain Boogie - Brad Bardy & His Tennesseans
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
    1945   |   1947
King Cole Trio Ink Spots
Delta Rhythm Boys Eddy Arnold
Dizzy Gillespie Dinah Shore
Louis Jordan
& Ella Fitzgerald
Lionel Hampton

Last Updated: 2022-09-27