100 Greatest Songs From 1947

recording artists T-Bone Walker, Jo Stafford, Mahalia Jackson, and Frankie Laine
Criteria: These songs from the year 1947 were chosen and ranked based on their initial and lasting popularity, and on their impact on the overall scope of musical history.

Bill Monroe poster The Ravens - 'Ol Man River poster Tex Williams
T-Bone Walker
T-Bone Walker
Mahalia Jackson
Mahalia Jackson
Frankie Laine
Frankie Laine
Dusty Fletcher
Dusty Fletcher
Peggy Lee
Bull Moose Jackson
Bull Moose
Eddie Vinson
"Cleanhead" Vinson
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 Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just As Bad) T-Bone Walker
2 Move On Up A Little Higher Mahalia Jackson
3 Blue Moon Of Kentucky Bill Monroe
4 Merry Christmas Baby Johnny Moore's Three Blazers (Charles Brown)
5 Move It On Over Hank Williams
6 Jack, You're Dead! Louis Jordan
7 Smoke, Smoke, Smoke (That Cigarette) Tex Williams
8 King Size Papa Julia Lee
9 I Want To Be Loved (But Only By You) Savannah Churchill
10 Boogie Woogie Blue Plate Louis Jordan
11 La Vie En Rose Edith Piaf
12 Good Rockin' Tonight Roy Brown
13 'Round Midnight Thelonius Monk
14 Ol' Man River Ravens
15 Temptation (Tim-Tayshun) Red Ingle (Jo Stafford)
16 Snatch It And Grab (Opportunity Knocks But Once) Julia Lee
17 That's All Right Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
18 Peg O' My Heart Three Suns / Harmonicats
19 A Sunday Kind Of Love Claude Thornhill (Fran Warren) / Jo Stafford
20 Open The Door Richard Louis Jordan / Count Basie
21 Near You Francis Craig
22 Texas And Pacific Louis Jordan
23 Ole Maid Boogie Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson
24 Since I Fell For You Paul Gayten (Annie Laurie)
25 I Love You, Yes I Do Bull Moose Jackson
26 Pretty Mama Blues Ivory Joe Hunter
27 Blues For The Red Boy Todd Rhodes
28 Linda Ray Noble (Buddy Clark)
29 Write Me A Letter Ravens
30 Feudin' & Fightin' Dorothy Shay / Jo Stafford
31 Bobby Sox Blues Roosevelt Sykes
32 That's My Desire Hadda Brooks
33 Kidney Stew Blues Eddy "Cleanhead" Vinson
34 Sneaky Pete Bull Moose Jackson
35 Mañana Peggy Lee
36 New Orleans Blues Johnny Moore's Three Blazers (Charles Brown)
37 Wrapped Up In A Dream Do, Ray, & Me
38 Save The Bones For Henry Jones Johnny Mercer & The King Cole Trio
39 I Know What You're Putting Down Louis Jordan
40 Ebony Rhapsody Rosetta Howard
41 Dizzy Atmosphere Dizzy Gillespie
42 I'll Hold You In My Heart (Til I Can Hold You In My Arms) Eddy Arnold
43 Ballerina Vaughn Monroe
44 Golden Earrings Peggy Lee
45 One O'Clock Boogie Count Basie
46 Jole Blon (New Pretty Blonde) Moon Mullican / Red Foley
47 Early Autumn Claude Thornhill
48 Serenade Of The Bells Jo Stafford
49 Sixteen Tons Merle Travis
50 Sugar Moon Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
51 Auld Lang Syne Guy Lombardo
52 Heartaches Harry James (Marion Morgan) / Jimmy Dorsey (Bob Carroll & Dee Parker) / Eddy Howard
53 Cadillac Boogie Jimmy Liggins
54 Red Top Gene Ammons
55 It's A Sin Eddy Arnold
56 Thrill Me Roy Milton (Camille Howard)
57 You Do Margaret Whiting / Dinah Shore
58 I'll Get Along Somehow Julia Lee
59 Guilty Ella Fitzgerald
60 Never Trust A Woman Tex Williams
61 Blow Mr. Jackson Joe Liggins
62 For You Ravens
63 Across The Alley From The Alamo Mills Brothers
64 I Ain't Mad at You Count Basie (Taps Miller)
65 Fool That I Am Ravens
66 Barnyard Boogie Louis Jordan
67 I Like 'Em Fat Like That Louis Jordan
68 Hawk's Boogie Erskine Hawkins
69 So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed Merle Travis
70 True Blues Roy Milton
71 Rootie Tootie Hank Williams
72 Look Out Louis Jordan
73 Don't You Think I Ought To Know Bill Johnson (Gus Gordon)
74 True.. Paul Gayten
75 Teardrops In My Heart Sons of the Pioneers
76 Canned Heat Chet Atkins
77 What I'll Do King Cole Trio
78 Signed, Sealed, And Delivered Cowboy Copas
79 Early In The Mornin' Louis Jordan
80 Cigareetes, Whusky, And Wild Women Sons of the Pioneers
81 The Lady From 29 Palms Freddy Martin / Andrews Sisters
82 Sweater Than The Flowers Moon Mullican
83 My Bucket's Got A Hole In It "T" Texas Tyler
84 Bubbles In My Beer Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
85 He'll Understand And Say Well Done Four Knights
86 Cocaine Blues Billy Hughes
87 Lollipop Mama Roy Brown / Clarence Samuels
88 You Sure Look Good To Me Big Three Trio
89 Ask Anyone Who Knows Ink Spots
90 Sally Zu-Zazz Joe Turner
91 Hurry On Down Nellie Lutcher
92 What Is Life Without Love Eddy Arnold
93 Moose On The Loose Bull Moose Jackson
94 Rockin' The House Memphis Slim
95 Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee (Harlem Version) Stick McGhee
96 Dark As A Dungeon Merle Travis
97 Guitar In My Hand Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
98 Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo) Louis Prima
99 Miss Fanny Brown Roy Brown
100 Big Legs Gene Phillips
20 more worth mentioning.
101 Dream Dream Dream Mills Brothers
102 Mighty, Mighty Man Roy Brown
103 Changeable Woman Blues Johnny Moore's Three Blazers (Charles Brown)
104 Blow Illinois Blow Illinois Jacquet
105 He's A Real Gone Guy Nellie Lutcher
106 Free Eats Count Basie
107 Fare Thee Well, Deacon Jones, Fare Thee Well Bull Moose Jackson
108 Meet Me At No Special Place King Cole Trio
109 The Wildest Gal In Town Hugo Winterhalter (Billy Eckstine)
110 That's What I Like About The West Tex Williams
111 Tenderly Sarah Vaughan
112 Blues With A Feeling Jack McVea (Rabon Tarrant)
113 God Don't Like It Sister Rosetta Tharpe
114 Wyoming Dick Jurgens (Jimmy Castle & Al Galante)
115 Don't Look Now (But Your Broken Heart Is Showing) Ernest Tubb
116 High Cost Low Pay Blues Ivory Joe Hunter
117 Let Me Play With Your Poodle Lightnin' Hopkins
118 Here Comes Santa Claus Gene Autry
119 Chicago Boogie Five Blazers
120 845 Stomp Earl Bostic
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1947
Adam's Choice: An unheralded great record from 1947
* Polkadots And Moonbeams Claude Thornhill
Bruce's Choice:
* Jammin' Down In Town Ivory Joe Hunter
Lew's Choice:
* Easy Living Billie Holiday