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100 Greatest Songs From 1949

Criteria: These songs from 1949 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.
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
* That's Her Own Business Tampa Red
Bruce's Choice:
* Every Man To His Own Profession Louis Jordan
Lew's Choice:
* Mansion on the Hill Hank Williams


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