100 Greatest Songs From 1949

Criteria: These songs from 1949 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. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Hank Williams
  2. Lovesick Blues - Hank Williams
  3. Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee - Stick McGhee & His Buddies
  4. Saturday Night Fish Fry - Louis Jordan
  5. The Hucklebuck - Paul Williams
  6. Riders In The Sky - Vaughn Monroe
  7. Mule Train - Frankie Laine
  8. Blues Stay Away From Me - Delmore Brothers
  9. I'll Get Along Somehow - Larry Darnell
10. For You My Love - Larry Darnell
11. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? - Orioles
12. Chattanoogie Shoe-Shine Boy - Red Foley
13. Trouble Blues - Charles Brown
14. Tell Me So - Orioles
15. Rock The Joint - Jimmy Preston
16. All She Wants To Do Is Rock - Wynonie Harris
17. Rockin' At Midnight - Roy Brown
18. I Almost Lost My Mind - Ivory Joe Hunter
19. When Things Go Wrong with You - Tampa Red
20. Lost Highway - Hank Williams
21. Boogie At Midnight - Roy Brown
22. That Lucky Old Sun - Frankie Laine
23. Rag Mop - Johnnie Lee Wills / Ames Brothers
24. My Bucket's Got A Hole In It - Hank Williams
25. Why Don't You Haul Off And Love Me - Bull Moose Jackson / Wayne Raney
26. So Long - Ruth Brown
27. Country Boy - Dave Bartholomew
28. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry
29. Long John Blues - Dinah Washington
30. Sweet Black Angel - Robert Nighthawk
31. Baby Get Lost - Dinah Washington
32. Did you See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball? - Buddy Johnson
33. Sittin' on It All the Time - Wynonie Harris
34. Baby It's Cold Outside - Dinah Shore & Buddy Clark / Louis Jordan & Ella Fitzgerald
35. I Can dream, Can't I? - Andrews Sisters
36. Roomin' House Boogie - Amos Milburn
37. Touch Me Lord Jesus - Angelic Gospel Singers
38. Slippin' Around - Margaret Whiting & Jimmy Wakely
39. Mary's Fine - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
40. Hey Little Girl - Professor Longhair
41. Beans And Corn Bread - Louis Jordan
42. Blue and Lonesome - Memphis Slim
43. Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You) - Mills Brothers / Vaughn Monroe
44. Sneakin' Around - Rudy Render
45. Black Coffee - Sarah Vaughan
46. You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave) - Hank Williams
47. 3 X 7 = 21 - Jewel King
48. Forgive And Forget - Orioles
49. Shout, Sister Shout - Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup
50. T-Bone Shuffle - T-Bone Walker
51. Caravan - Billy Eckstine
52. I Didn't Like It The First Time (The Spinach Song) - Julia Lee
53. Crawlin' King Snake - John Lee Hooker
54. Granma Plays The Numbers - Wynonie Harris
55. Hold Me Baby - Amos Milburn
56. Some Enchanted Evening - Jo Stafford
57. Broken Hearted - Eddie Williams (Floyd Dixon)
58. Confession Blues - Ray Charles
59. I Feel That Old Age Coming On - Wynonie Harris
60. Cuttin' Out - Paul Gayten (Annie Laurie)
61. Come Back Baby - Lowell Fulson
62. Blue Christmas - Ernest Tubb
63. Little Girl, Don't Cry - Bull Moose Jackson
64. Ricky's Blues - Ravens
65. In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down - Charles Brown / Jimmy Witherspoon
66. In the Middle of the Night - Amos Milburn
67. Mind Your Own Business - Hank Williams
68. Guess Who - Ivory Joe Hunter
69. Hobo Blues - John Lee Hooker
70. You Satisfy - Dinah Washington / Billy Wright
71. Hucklebuck Daddy - Jimmy Preston
72. My Time Is Expensive - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
73. No Rollin' Blues - Jimmy Witherspoon
74. Exactly Like You - King Cole Trio
75. Candy Kisses - George Morgan
76. Cole Slaw - Frank Culley / Louis Jordan
77. Wild Wig - Big Jay McNeely
78. Good Daddy Blues - Dinah Washington
79. Tim Moore's Farm - Lightnin' Hopkins
80. Don't Put Me Down - Jimmy Liggins
81. You Broke Your Promise - Louis Jordan
82. Lonesome Cabin Blues - Mercy Dee
83. Lavender Coffin - Fat Man Robinson
84. Gospel Train - Marie Knight
85. Help Me Some - Memphis Slim
86. Roamin' Blues - Louis Jordan
87. I Don't Care Who Knows - Buddy Johnson Orchestra And Ella Johnson
88. Please Don't Go - Roy Brown
89. T-Model Blues - Lightnin' Hopkins
90. Farewell - Little Willie Littlefield
91. Drinking Beer - Tiny Grimes
92. Rub A Little Boogie - Duke Bayou & His Mystic Six (Champion Jack Dupree)
93. Your Breaking My Heart - Ink Spots
94. Tonight's The Night - Julia Lee
95. It's Midnight (No Place to Go) - Little Willie Littlefield
96. A Kiss and a Rose - Orioles/Charioteers
97. Anna Lee Blues - Nighthawks
98. Fiesta In Old Mexico - Camille Howard
99. If It's So, Baby - Johnny Otis (Robins)
100. Rock Awhile - Goree Carter & His Hepcats
20 more worth mentioning.
101. Screamin' And Cryin' - Muddy Waters
102. Numbers Boogie - Sugar Chile Robinson
103. Nobody's Child - Hank Snow
104. Hoogie Boogie - John Lee Hooker
105. Landlord Blues - Ivory Joe Hunter
106. Cruising Down The River - Russ Morgan/Blue Baron Band
107. I Want My Fanny Brown - Wynonie Harris
108. The Little Red Hen - Johnny Otis (Redd Lyte)
109. Rock Cola - Joe Lutcher
110. Doby's Boogie - Freddie Mitchell
111. The Hammer Song - Weavers
112. Back Street - Eddie Chamblee
113. Huckle Up Baby - John Lee Hooker
114. Frisco Bay - Memphis Slim
115. Wedding Bells - Hank Williams
116. Page Boy Shuffle - Joe Thomas
117. Somebody Done Stole My Cherry Red - Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson
118. I Want My Baby (When The Rooster Crows) - Joe Turner
119. I Challenge Your Kiss - Orioles / Four Jacks
120. Battle Of The Blues - Joe Turner & Wynonie Harris
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1949
An unheralded great record from 1949
Adam's choice -
* That's Her Own Business - Tampa Red
Bruce's choice -
* Every Man To His Own Profession - Louis Jordan
Lew's choice -
* Mansion on the Hill - Hank Williams
Last Updated: 2009-06-12