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. 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
48. 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
65. 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
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
T-Bone Walker
Mahalia Jackson
Frankie Laine
Dusty Fletcher
Peggy Lee
Bull Moose Jackson
Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson
Last Updated: 2010-05-07