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100 Greatest Songs From 1949

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

Hank Williams
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - record lable
Stick McGhee
Louis Jordan
Saturday Night Fish Fry - record lable
The Hucklebuck - Paul Williams - record lable
Vaughn Monroe
Frankie Laine
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
Adam's Choice: An unheralded great record from 1949
*
Butcher Pete
Roy Brown
Bruce's Choice:
*
Every Man To His Own Profession
Louis Jordan




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