100 Greatest Songs From 1947

Criteria: These songs from 1947 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. 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. Merry Christmas Baby
Johnny Moore's Three Blazers (Charles Brown)
5. Move It On Over
Hank Williams
6. Jack, You're Dead!
Louis Jordan
7. Smoke, Smoke, Smoke (That Cigarette)
Tex Williams
8. King Size Papa
Julia Lee
9. I Want To Be Loved (But Only By You)
Savannah Churchill
10. Boogie Woogie Blue Plate
Louis Jordan
11. La Vie En Rose
Edith Piaf
12. Good Rockin' Tonight
Roy Brown
13. 'Round Midnight
Thelonius Monk
14. Ol' Man River
15. Temptation (Tim-Tayshun)
Red Ingle (Jo Stafford)
16. Snatch It And Grab (Opportunity Knocks But Once)
Julia Lee
17. That's All Right
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
18. Peg O' My Heart
Three Suns / Harmonicats
19. A Sunday Kind Of Love
Claude Thornhill (Fran Warren) / Jo Stafford
20. Open The Door Richard
Louis Jordan / Count Basie
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
27. Blues For The Red Boy
Todd Rhodes
28. Linda
Ray Noble (Buddy Clark)
29. Write Me A Letter
30. Feudin' & Fightin'
Dorothy Shay / Jo Stafford
31. Bobby Sox Blues
Roosevelt Sykes
32. That's My Desire
Hadda Brooks
33. Kidney Stew Blues
Eddy "Cleanhead" Vinson
34. Sneaky Pete
Bull Moose Jackson
35. Mañana
Peggy Lee
36. New Orleans Blues
Johnny Moore's Three Blazers (Charles Brown)
37. Wrapped Up In A Dream
Do, Ray, & Me
38. Save The Bones For Henry Jones
Johnny Mercer & The King Cole Trio
39. I Know What You're Putting Down
Louis Jordan
40. Ebony Rhapsody
Rosetta Howard
41. Dizzy Atmosphere
Dizzy Gillespie
42. I'll Hold You In My Heart (Til I Can Hold You In My Arms)
Eddy Arnold
43. Ballerina
Vaughn Monroe
44. Golden Earrings
Peggy Lee
45. One O'Clock Boogie
Count Basie
46. Jole Blon (New Pretty Blonde)
Moon Mullican / Red Foley
47. Early Autumn
Claude Thornhill
48. Serenade Of The Bells
Jo Stafford
49. Sixteen Tons
Merle Travis
50. Sugar Moon
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys

51. Auld Lang Syne
Guy Lombardo
52. Heartaches
Harry James (Marion Morgan) / Jimmy Dorsey (Bob Carroll & Dee Parker) / Eddy Howard
53. Cadillac Boogie
Jimmy Liggins
54. Red Top
Gene Ammons
55. It's A Sin
Eddy Arnold
56. Thrill Me
Roy Milton (Camille Howard)
57. You Do
Margaret Whiting / Dinah Shore
58. I'll Get Along Somehow
Julia Lee
59. Guilty
Ella Fitzgerald
60. Never Trust A Woman
Tex Williams
61. Blow Mr. Jackson
Joe Liggins
62. For You
63. Across The Alley From The Alamo
Mills Brothers
64. I Ain't Mad at You
Count Basie (Taps Miller)
65. Fool That I Am
66. Barnyard Boogie
Louis Jordan
67. I Like 'Em Fat Like That
Louis Jordan
68. Hawk's Boogie
Erskine Hawkins
69. So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed
Merle Travis
70. True Blues
Roy Milton
71. Rootie Tootie
Hank Williams
72. Look Out
Louis Jordan
73. Don't You Think I Ought To Know
Bill Johnson (Gus Gordon)
74. True..
Paul Gayten
75. Teardrops In My Heart
Sons of the Pioneers
76. Canned Heat
Chet Atkins
77. What I'll Do
King Cole Trio
78. Signed, Sealed, And Delivered
Cowboy Copas
79. Early In The Mornin'
Louis Jordan
80. Cigareetes, Whusky, And Wild Women
Sons of the Pioneers
81. The Lady From 29 Palms
Freddy Martin / Andrews Sisters
82. Sweater Than The Flowers
Moon Mullican
83. My Bucket's Got A Hole In It
"T" Texas Tyler
84. Bubbles In My Beer
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
85. He'll Understand And Say Well Done
Four Knights
86. Cocaine Blues
Billy Hughes
87. Lollipop Mama
Roy Brown / Clarence Samuels
88. You Sure Look Good To Me
Big Three Trio
89. Ask Anyone Who Knows
Ink Spots
90. Sally Zu-Zazz
Joe Turner
91. Hurry On Down
Nellie Lutcher
92. What Is Life Without Love
Eddy Arnold
93. Moose On The Loose
Bull Moose Jackson
94. Rockin' The House
Memphis Slim
95. Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee (Harlem Version)
Stick McGhee
96. Dark As A Dungeon
Merle Travis
97. Guitar In My Hand
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
98. Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo)
Louis Prima
99. Miss Fanny Brown
Roy Brown
100. Big Legs
Gene Phillips
20 more worth mentioning.
101. Dream Dream Dream
Mills Brothers
102. Mighty, Mighty Man
Roy Brown
103. Changeable Woman Blues
Johnny Moore's Three Blazers (Charles Brown)
104. Blow Illinois Blow
Illinois Jacquet
105. He's A Real Gone Guy
Nellie Lutcher
106. Free Eats
Count Basie
107. Fare Thee Well, Deacon Jones, Fare Thee Well
Bull Moose Jackson
108. Meet Me At No Special Place
King Cole Trio
109. The Wildest Gal In Town
Hugo Winterhalter (Billy Eckstine)
110. That's What I Like About The West
Tex Williams
119. Tenderly
Sarah Vaughan
118. Blues With A Feeling
Jack McVea (Rabon Tarrant)
117. God Don't Like It
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
116. Wyoming
Dick Jurgens (Jimmy Castle & Al Galante)
115. Don't Look Now (But Your Broken Heart Is Showing)
Ernest Tubb
114. High Cost Low Pay Blues
Ivory Joe Hunter
113. Let Me Play With Your Poodle
Lightnin' Hopkins
112. Here Comes Santa Claus
Gene Autry
119. Chicago Boogie
Five Blazers
120. 845 Stomp
Earl Bostic
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1947
An unheralded great record from 1947
Adam's choice:
* Polkadots And Moonbeams
Claude Thornhill
Bruce's choice:
* Jammin' Down In Town
Ivory Joe Hunter
Lew's choice:
* Easy Living
Billie Holiday
    1946   |   1948
T-Bone Walker Mahalia Jackson
Frankie Laine
Dusty Fletcher
Peggy Lee Bull Moose Jackson
Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson

Last Updated: 2023-10-10