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 - Ravens
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 - Archibald
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 - Dominoes
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 - Ravens
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 - Dominoes
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 - Orioles
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 - Cap-Tans
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 - Orioles
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 - Orioles
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
Last Updated: 2009-06-12