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100 Greatest Songs From 1946

Criteria: These songs were chosen and ranked based on their initial and lasting popularity, and on their impact on the overall scope of musical history.
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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.
No.
Song
Artist

King Cole Trio
King Cole Trio
Ink Spots
Ink Spots
Let The Good Times Roll
Ole Buttermilk Sky
Delta Rhythm Boys
Delta Rhythm Boys
Eddy Arnold
Eddy Arnold
Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
Dinah Shore
Dinah Shore
Louis Jordan and Ella Fitzgerald
Louis Jordan
& Ella Fitzgerald
Lionel Hampton
Lionel Hampton
1
The Christmas Song
King Cole Trio
2
Choo Choo Ch'Boogie
Louis Jordan
3
Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens
Louis Jordan
4
The Gypsy
Ink Spots / Dinah Shore
5
Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop
Lionel Hampton / Tex Beneke
6
Let The Good Times Roll
Louis Jordan
7
(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66
King Cole Trio
8
That's My Desire
Frankie Laine
9
To Each His Own
Ink Spots / Eddy Howard / Freddy Martin (Stuart Wade)
10
Sioux City Sue
Bing Crosby / Zeke Manners / Hoosier Hot Shots / Tiny Hill
11
(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
King Cole Trio
12
The Old Lamplighter
Sammy Kaye (Billy Williams) / Kay Kyser (Michael Douglas)
13
Prisoner Of Love
Perry Como / Billy Eckstine / Ink Spots
14
The House of Blue Lights
Freddie Slack (Ella Mae Morse)
15
Ain't That Just Like A Woman
Louis Jordan
16
Oh! What It Seemed To Be
Frankie Carle / Frank Sinatra
17
Surrender
Perry Como / Woody Herman (Blue Flames)
18
Laughing on the Outside, Crying on the Inside
Sammy Kaye / Dinah Shore / Andy Russell / Teddy Walters
19
Ole Buttermilk Sky
Kay Kyser / Hoagy Carmichael / Paul Weston
20
Open The Door, Richard
Jack McVea
21
Jole Blon
Harry Choates / Moon Mullican
22
Rumors Are Flying
Frankie Carle / Les Paul (Andrews Sisters) / Tony Martin / Three Suns
23
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
Johnny Mercer / Sammy Kaye
24
Winter Wonderland
Johny Mercer / Perry Como
25
A Night In Tunisia
Dizzy Gilespie / Charlie Parker
26
As Time Goes By
Dooley Wilson
27
They Say It's Wonderful
Frank Sinatra / Perry Como / Bing Crosby
28
Ko Ko
Charlie Parker
29
R.M. Blues
Roy Milton
30
Roly Poly
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
31
Les Trois Cloches
Eidth Piaf
32
Freight Train Boogie
Delmore Brothers
33
Stone Cold Dead In The Market (He Had It Coming)
Louis Jordan & Ella Fitzgerald
34
The Anniversary Song
Al Jolson
35
So Glad You're Mine
Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup
36
Huggin' And Chalkin'
Hoagy Carmichael / Kay Kyser
37
Down The Road Apiece
Amos Milburn
38
Frim Fram Sauce
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong / King Cole Trio
39
I Know Who Threw The Whiskey (In The Well)
Bull Moose Jackson
40
Kentucky Waltz
Bill Monroe
41
Someday (You'll Want Me To Want You)
Hoosier Hot Shots & Sally Foster / Elton Britt
42
One-Zy, Two-Zy (I Love You-Zy)
Freddy Martin / Phil Harris / Kay Kyser
43
Shoo-Fly Pie And Apple Pan Dowdy
Dinah Shore / Guy Lombardo / Stan Kenton (June Christy)
44
I Know
Andy Kirk (Jubilaires)
45
Five Minutes More
Frank Sinatra / Tex Beneke
46
Guitar Polka
Al Dexter
47
Reconversion Blues
Louis Jordan
48
Salt Pork, West Virginia
Louis Jordan
49
You Call It Madness (But I Call It Love)
King Cole Trio / Billy Eckstine
50
Gotta Gimme Whatcha Got
Julia Lee
51
It's A Good Day
Peggy Lee
52
South America, Take It Away
Andrews Sisters & Bing Crosby / Xavier Cugat (Buddy Clark)
53
Sunny Road
Johnny Moore's Three Blazers / Roosevelt Sykes
54
Beware, Brother, Beware
Louis Jordan
55
Peace In The Valley
Flying Clouds of Detroit
56
I Don't Know Enough About You
Benny Goodman (Art Lund) / Mills Brothers / Peggy Lee
57
Wine Women And Song
Al Dexter
58
I've Got A Right To Cry
Erskine Hawkins
59
Day By Day
Frank Sinatra / Joe Stafford
60
What Is Life Without Love?
Eddy Arnold
61
New Spanish Two Step
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
62
No Vacancy
Merle Travis
63
Swanee River Boogie
Albert Ammons
64
Petootie Pie
Louis Jordan & Ella Fitzgerald
65
You Keep Coming Back Like A Song
Dinah Shore / Joe Stafford / Bing Crosby
66
The Coffee Song
Frank Sinatra
67
Shake The Boogie
Sonny Boy Williamson
68
Rainbow At Midnight
Ernest Tubb
69
Bobby Sox Blues
T-Bone Walker
70
I Guess I'll Get The Papers (And Go Home)
Mills Brothers
71
A Gal In Calico
Johnny Mercer / Tex Beneke (Crew Chiefs) / Benny Goodman (Eve Young)
72
Stay a Little Longer
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
73
Cement Mixer (Put-Ti, Put-Ti)
Slim Gaillard Trio / Alvino Rey / Charlie Barnet (Art Robey)
74
I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
Harry James / Dick Haymes & Helen Forrest
75
The Rickety Rickshaw Man
Eddy Howard
76
The Whole World Is Singing My Song
Les Brown (Doris Day)
77
Doin' What Comes Natur'lly
Freddy Martin (Glenn Hughes) / Dinah Shore / Jimmy Dorsey (Dee Parker) / Ethel Merman
78
There's Good Blues Tonight
Lucky Millinder (Annisteen Allen)
79
Blue Skies
Benny Goodman (Art Lund) / Count Basie (Jimmy Rushing)
80
Boogie Blues
Gene Krupa (Anita O'Day)
81
Chicago Breakdown
Big Maceo
82
Passé
Tex Beneke (Crew Chiefs) / Margaret Whiting
83
Good Morning Heartache
Billie Holiday
84
Bumble Boogie
Freddy Martin
85
Detour
Spade Cooley / Elton Britt / Wesley Tuttle
86
It's All Over Now
Frankie Carle (Marjorie Hughes) / Peggy Lee
87
Seems Like Old Times
Vaughn Monroe / Guy Lombardo (Don Rodney)
88
Divorce Me C.O.D.
Merle Travis
89
Don't Be a Baby, Baby
Mills Brothers / Benny Goodman (Art Lund)
90
My Gal's A Jockey
Joe Turner
91
La Bamba
Hermanos Huesca
92
You're Gonna Miss Me (When I'm Gone)
Lowell Fulson
93
September Song
Frank Sinatra / Dardanelle Trio
94
Sneakin' Out
Erskine Hawkins
95
Guilty
Margaret Whiting
96
Pastures of Plenty
Woody Guthrie
97
Drivin' Nails In My Coffin
Floyd Tillman
98
Miserlou
Jan August
99
Don't Take Everybody To Be Your Friend
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
100
Just The Other Day
Sam Donahue
20 more worth mentioning.
101
In The Moon Mist
Paul Weston (Pied Pipers)
102
Don't Explain
Billie Holiday
103
Boll Weevil Song
Tex Ritter
104
Come To Baby, Do!
Duke Ellington (Joya Sherrill)
105
Port Wine
Cats 'N Jammer Three (Bill Samuels)
106
Bye Bye Baby Blues
Ravens
107
Milton's Boogie
Roy Milton
108
After Midnite
Amos Milburn
109
Tanya
Joe Liggins
110
Playful Baby
Wynonie Harris
111
Wave To Me, My Lady
Elton Britt
112
The Best Man
King Cole Trio / Les Brown (Butch Stone)
113
Red Light
Red Callender Trio
114
The Mad Boogie
Count Basie
115
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?
Louis Armstrong
116
Sportin' Life Blues
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
117
On The Boardwalk In Atlantic City
Charioteers
118
I Sold My Heart To The Junkman
Basin Street Boys
119
Zeb's Mountain Boogie
Brad Bardy & His Tennesseans
120
Fine Brown Frame
Buddy Johnson
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1946
Adam's Choice: An unheralded great record from 1946
*
Cleanhead Blues
Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson
Bruce's Choice:
*
Walk 'Em
Buddy Johnson




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