100 Greatest Songs From 1946

Criteria: These songs from the year 1946 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.

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 Open The Door, Richard Jack McVea / Dusty Fletcher
7 Let The Good Times Roll Louis Jordan
8 (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 King Cole Trio
9 That's My Desire Frankie Laine
10 To Each His Own Ink Spots / Eddy Howard / Freddy Martin (Stuart Wade)
11 Sioux City Sue Bing Crosby / Zeke Manners / Hoosier Hot Shots / Tiny Hill
12 (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons King Cole Trio
13 The Old Lamplighter Sammy Kaye (Billy Williams) / Kay Kyser (Michael Douglas)
14 Prisoner Of Love Perry Como / Billy Eckstine / Ink Spots
15 The House of Blue Lights Freddie Slack (Ella Mae Morse)
16 Ain't That Just Like A Woman Louis Jordan
17 Blow Top Blues Lionel Hampton (Dinah Washington)
18 Oh! What It Seemed To Be Frankie Carle / Frank Sinatra
19 Surrender Perry Como / Woody Herman (Blue Flames)
20 Laughing on the Outside, Crying on the Inside Sammy Kaye / Dinah Shore / Andy Russell / Teddy Walters
21 Ole Buttermilk Sky Kay Kyser / Hoagy Carmichael / Paul Weston
22 Jole Blon Harry Choates / Moon Mullican
23 Rumors Are Flying Frankie Carle / Les Paul (Andrews Sisters) / Tony Martin / Three Suns
24 Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Johnny Mercer / Sammy Kaye
25 Winter Wonderland Johny Mercer / Perry Como
26 A Night In Tunisia Dizzy Gilespie / Charlie Parker
27 As Time Goes By Dooley Wilson
28 They Say It's Wonderful Frank Sinatra / Perry Como / Bing Crosby
29 Ko Ko Charlie Parker
30 R.M. Blues Roy Milton
31 Roly Poly Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
32 Les Trois Cloches Eidth Piaf
33 Freight Train Boogie Delmore Brothers
34 Stone Cold Dead In The Market (He Had It Coming) Louis Jordan & Ella Fitzgerald
35 The Anniversary Song Al Jolson
36 So Glad You're Mine Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup
37 Huggin' And Chalkin' Hoagy Carmichael / Kay Kyser
38 Down The Road Apiece Amos Milburn
39 Frim Fram Sauce Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong / King Cole Trio
40 I Know Who Threw The Whiskey (In The Well) Bull Moose Jackson
41 Kentucky Waltz Bill Monroe
42 Someday (You'll Want Me To Want You) Hoosier Hot Shots & Sally Foster / Elton Britt
43 One-Zy, Two-Zy (I Love You-Zy) Freddy Martin / Phil Harris / Kay Kyser
44 Shoo-Fly Pie And Apple Pan Dowdy Dinah Shore / Guy Lombardo / Stan Kenton (June Christy)
45 I Know Andy Kirk (Jubilaires)
46 Five Minutes More Frank Sinatra / Tex Beneke
47 Guitar Polka Al Dexter
48 Reconversion Blues Louis Jordan
49 Salt Pork, West Virginia Louis Jordan
50 You Call It Madness (But I Call It Love) King Cole Trio / Billy Eckstine
51 Gotta Gimme Whatcha Got Julia Lee
52 It's A Good Day Peggy Lee
53 South America, Take It Away Andrews Sisters & Bing Crosby / Xavier Cugat (Buddy Clark)
54 Sunny Road Johnny Moore's Three Blazers / Roosevelt Sykes
55 Beware, Brother, Beware Louis Jordan
56 Peace In The Valley Flying Clouds of Detroit
57 I Don't Know Enough About You Benny Goodman (Art Lund) / Mills Brothers / Peggy Lee
58 Wine Women And Song Al Dexter
59 I've Got A Right To Cry Erskine Hawkins
60 Day By Day Frank Sinatra / Joe Stafford
61 What Is Life Without Love? Eddy Arnold
62 New Spanish Two Step Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
63 No Vacancy Merle Travis
64 Swanee River Boogie Albert Ammons
65 Petootie Pie Louis Jordan & Ella Fitzgerald
66 You Keep Coming Back Like A Song Dinah Shore / Joe Stafford / Bing Crosby
67 The Coffee Song Frank Sinatra
68 Shake The Boogie Sonny Boy Williamson
69 Rainbow At Midnight Ernest Tubb
70 Bobby Sox Blues T-Bone Walker
71 I Guess I'll Get The Papers (And Go Home) Mills Brothers
72 A Gal In Calico Johnny Mercer / Tex Beneke (Crew Chiefs) / Benny Goodman (Eve Young)
73 Stay a Little Longer Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
74 Cement Mixer (Put-Ti, Put-Ti) Slim Gaillard Trio / Alvino Rey / Charlie Barnet (Art Robey)
75 I'm Always Chasing Rainbows Harry James / Dick Haymes & Helen Forrest
76 The Rickety Rickshaw Man Eddy Howard
77 The Whole World Is Singing My Song Les Brown (Doris Day)
78 Doin' What Comes Natur'lly Freddy Martin (Glenn Hughes) / Dinah Shore / Jimmy Dorsey (Dee Parker) / Ethel Merman
79 There's Good Blues Tonight Lucky Millinder (Annisteen Allen)
80 Blue Skies Benny Goodman (Art Lund) / Count Basie (Jimmy Rushing)
81 Boogie Blues Gene Krupa (Anita O'Day)
82 Chicago Breakdown Big Maceo
83 Passé Tex Beneke (Crew Chiefs) / Margaret Whiting
84 Good Morning Heartache Billie Holiday
85 Bumble Boogie Freddy Martin
86 Detour Spade Cooley / Elton Britt / Wesley Tuttle
87 It's All Over Now Frankie Carle (Marjorie Hughes) / Peggy Lee
88 Seems Like Old Times Vaughn Monroe / Guy Lombardo (Don Rodney)
89 Divorce Me C.O.D. Merle Travis
90 Don't Be a Baby, Baby Mills Brothers / Benny Goodman (Art Lund)
91 My Gal's A Jockey Joe Turner
92 La Bamba Hermanos Huesca
93 You're Gonna Miss Me (When I'm Gone) Lowell Fulson
94 September Song Frank Sinatra / Dardanelle Trio
95 Sneakin' Out Erskine Hawkins
96 Guilty Margaret Whiting
97 Pastures of Plenty Woody Guthrie
98 Drivin' Nails In My Coffin Floyd Tillman
99 Miserlou Jan August
100 Don't Take Everybody To Be Your Friend Sister Rosetta Tharpe
20 more worth mentioning.
101 Just The Other Day Sam Donahue
102 In The Moon Mist Paul Weston (Pied Pipers)
103 Don't Explain Billie Holiday
104 Boll Weevil Song Tex Ritter
105 Come To Baby, Do! Duke Ellington (Joya Sherrill)
106 Port Wine Cats 'N Jammer Three (Bill Samuels)
107 Bye Bye Baby Blues Ravens
108 Milton's Boogie Roy Milton
109 After Midnite Amos Milburn
110 Tanya Joe Liggins
111 Playful Baby Wynonie Harris
112 Wave To Me, My Lady Elton Britt
113 The Best Man King Cole Trio / Les Brown (Butch Stone)
114 Red Light Red Callender Trio
115 The Mad Boogie Count Basie
116 Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans? Louis Armstrong
117 Sportin' Life Blues Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
118 On The Boardwalk In Atlantic City Charioteers
119 I Sold My Heart To The Junkman Basin Street Boys
120 Zeb's Mountain Boogie Brad Bardy & His Tennesseans
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
Lew's Choice:
* Moose the Mooche Charlie Parker

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