100 Greatest Songs From 1948

Criteria: These songs from 1948 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. 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
An unheralded great record from 1948
Adam's choice -
* Drop Dead - Tex Williams
Bruce's choice -
* The House I Live In (acapella) - Ravens
Lew's choice -
* Four Brothers - Woody Herman
Nellie Lutcher
John Lee Hooker
Red Foley
Roy Brown
Last Updated: 2009-06-12