100 Greatest Songs From 1950

Criteria: These songs from 1950 were chosen and ranked based on their initial and 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 Fat Man
Fats Domino
2. Please Send Me Someone To Love
Percy Mayfield
3. Teardrops From My Eyes
Ruth Brown
4. Mona Lisa
Nat "King" Cole
5. Tennessee Waltz
Patti Page
6. Long Gone Lonesome Blues
Hank Williams
7. Mardi Gras In New Orleans
Professor Longhair
8. I'm Movin' On
Hank Snow
9. Rollin' Stone
Muddy Waters
10. Double Crossing Blues
Johnny Otis (Little Esther & the Robins)
11. Moanin' The Blues
Hank Williams
12. Pink Champagne
Joe Liggins
13. Bad Bad Whiskey
Amos Milburn
14. Count Every Star
15. Why Don't You Love Me
Hank Williams
16. Goodnight, Irene
Weavers with Gordon Jenkins Orchestra
17. Music! Music! Music!
Teresa Brewer
18. Oh Babe!
Louis Prima (Keely Smith) / Wynonie Harris & Lucky Millinder
19. Love Don't Love Nobody
Roy Brown
20. Blue Light Boogie
Louis Jordan
21. Bon Ton Roula
Clarence Garlow
22. Bald Head
Roy Byrd (Professor Longhair)
23. Safronia B
Calvin Boze
24. Rollin' And Tumblin'
Muddy Waters
25. Blue Shadows
Lowell Fulson
26. Foggy Mountain Breakdown
Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs
27. Stack-A-Lee
28. Every Night About This Time
Fats Domino
29. Carnival Day
Dave Bartholomew
30. I Like My Baby's Pudding
Wynonie Harris
31. Nobody's Lonesome For Me
Hank Williams
32. I Will Wait
Four Buddies
33. Do Something For Me
34. Cupid's Boogie
Johnny Otis (Little Esther & Mel Walker)
35. Rag Mop
Doc Sausage & His Mad Lads
36. Well Oh Well
Tiny Bradshaw
37. Hard Luck Blues
Roy Brown
38. Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere
Joe Morris (Laurie Tate)
39. I'll Never Be Free
Paul Gayten (Annie Laurie) / Dinah Washington
40. I Need You So
Ivory Joe Hunter
41. Information Blues
Roy Milton
42. Little Red Rooster
Griffin Brothers (Margie Day)
43. If You've Got The Money I've Got The Time
Lefty Frizzell
44. Shotgun Boogie
Tennessee Ernie Ford
45. Everyday I Have The Blues
Lowell Fulson
46. Tee-Nah-Nah
Smiley Lewis
47. Why Do Things Happen To Me
Roy Hawkins
48. Cadillac Baby
Roy Brown
49. Rock Mr. Blues
Wynonie Harris
50. She Walks Right In
Professor Longhair

51. Rockin' With Red
Piano Red
52. Golden Rocket
Hank Snow
53. Mistrustin' Blues
Johnny Otis (Little Esther & Mel Walker)
54. Still In The Dark
Joe Turner
55. Louisiana Blues
Muddy Waters
56. Good Morning Judge
Wynonie Harris
57. I Don't Have To Ride No More
58. Big Fat Mamas Are Back In Style
Bullmoose Jackson
59. Breaking Up The House
Tiny Bradshaw
60. Hey La Bas Boogie
Fats Domino
61. Ain't Gonna Do It
Dave Bartholomew
62. Chicken Blues
63. Raining In My Heart
Peppermint Harris
64. S.P. Blues
Ivory Joe Hunter
65. Long About Sundown
Roy Brown
66. Birmingham Bounce
Red Foley / Hardrock Gunter
67. I'm Going To Have Myself A Ball
Tiny Bradshaw
68. C.C. Baby
Brownie McGhee
69. Mr. Blues Is Coming To Town
Wynonie Harris
70. Deceivin' Blues
Johnny Otis (Little Esther & Mel Walker)
71. Saturday Night Boogie Woogie Man
Jimmy Liggins
72. Hot Rod Race
Tiny Hill
73. Little Bee
Fats Domino
74. Daddy's Little Girl
Mills Brothers
75. I Just Don't Like This Kind Of Livin'
Hank Williams
76. At Night
77. Rockin' Blues
Johnny Otis (Mel Walker)
78. Sax Shack Boogie
Amos Milburn
79. Lonesome Christmas
Lowell Fulson
80. That's All Right
Jimmy Rogers
81. My Foolish Heart
Billy Eckstine
82. I Wanna Be Loved
Dinah Washington
83. Shotgun Blues
Lightnin' Hopkins
84. Sitting By The Window
Billy Eckstine with the Quartones
85. Sad Journey Blues
Floyd Dixon
86. My Baby's Gone
Charles Brown
87. Keep Your Hands On Your Heart
Billy Wright
88. It Isn't Fair
Dinah Washington
89. Detroit City Blues
Fats Domino
90. Go Back To The One You Love
T-Bone Walker
91. Turkey Hop
Johnny Otis (Robins)
92. Walkin' Blues
Amos Milburn
93. Mother Earth
Memphis Slim
94. I Love My Baby
Larry Darnell
95. Everybody's Somebody's Fool
Lionel Hampton (Little Jimmie Scott)
96. I'm So Crazy For Love
97. Let's Do It
Sticks McGhee
98. Million Dollar Secret
Helen Humes
99. Our Father (Which Art In Heaven)
Five Blind Boys
100. Cry, Cry Baby
Ed Wiley (Teddy Reynolds)
20 more worth mentioning.
101. Easter Parade
Freddie Mitchell
102. Oh Holy Night
103. Hideaway Blues
Fats Domino
104. Nevertheless
Mills Brothers
105. Let It Roll Again
Lucky Millinder (Big John Greer)
106. Peas And Rice
Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson
107. Lemon Squeezer
Four Barons
108. Is My Heart Wasting Time
109. Beer Bottle Boogie
Johnny Otis (Marilyn Scott)
110. W-I-N-E
Hollywood Four Flames
111. Lizzy Lou
Calvin Boze
112. I Only Know
Dinah Washington
113. Once There Lived A Fool
Jimmy Grissom
114. Strange Things Happening
Percy Mayfield
115. Low Society Blues
Lowell Fulson
116. Mambo #5
Perez Prado
117. My Son Calls Another Man Daddy
Hank Williams
118. Jay's Frantic
Big Jay McNeely
119. We're Gonna Rock
Gunter Lee Carr
120. Brown Boy
Big Al Sears & the Sparrows
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1950
An unheralded great record from 1950
Bruce's choice:
* Hey--Spo-De-O-Dee
Wild Bill Moore
Adam's choice:
* Butcher Pete
Roy Brown
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Last Updated: 2009-06-12