100 Greatest Songs From 1948

Criteria: These songs from the year 1948 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.

Good Rockin' Tonight - record lable
It's Too Soon To Know - record lable

John Lee Hooker
John Lee Hooker

Amos Milburn poster
Amos Milburn

Nellie Lutcher
Nellie Lutcher

I Can't Be Satisfied - record lable

Red Foley
Red Foley

Roy Brown
Roy Brown
1 Good Rockin' Tonight Wynonie Harris
2 It's Too Soon To Know Orioles
3 Boogie Chillen' John Lee Hooker
4 Nature Boy King Cole Trio
5 Tomorrow Night Lonnie Johnson
6 Chicken Shack Boogie Amos Milburn
7 A Little Bird Told Me Evelyn Knight / Paula Watson
8 Manteca Dizzy Gillespie
9 Honky Tonkin' Hank Williams
10 Sweet Georgia Brown Brother Bones
11 Fine Brown Frame Nellie Lutcher
12 Run Joe Louis Jordan
13 I Can't Be Satisfied Muddy Waters
14 Long Gone Sonny Thompson
15 The Deacon's Hop Big Jay McNeely
16 Tennessee Saturday Night Red Foley
17 My Happiness Ella Fitzgerald
18 White Christmas Ravens
19 Ain't Nobody's Business Jimmy Witherspoon
20 Long About Midnight Roy Brown
21 Bewildered Amos Milburn / Red Miller Trio
22 I Can't Go On Without You Bull Moose Jackson
23 My Heart Belongs To You Arbee Stidham
24 Messin' Around Memphis Slim
25 How High The Moon Ella Fitzgerald
26 (I Feel Like) Going Home Muddy Waters
27 Corn Bread Hal Singer
28 I Saw The Light Hank Williams
29 Blues After Hours Pee Wee Crayton
30 We're Gonna Rock Wild Bill Moore
31 Up Above My Head Sister Rosetta Tharpe & Marie Knight
32 Three O'Clock Blues Lowell Fulson
33 Hop, Skip, And Jump Roy Milton
34 Lollipop Mama Wynonie Harris
35 Fore Day In The Morning Roy Brown
36 Reet Petite and Gone Louis Jordan
37 Am I Asking Too Much Dinah Washington
38 Bouquet of Roses Eddy Arnold
39 Everything I Do Is Wrong Roy Milton
40 Milky White Way Trumpeteers
41 Pettin' And Pokin' Louis Jordan
42 Dog House Boogie Hawkshaw Hawkins
43 I Want A Bowlegged Woman Bull Moose Jackson
44 My Fault Brownie McGhee
45 X-Temperaneous Boogie Camille Howard
46 Better Cut That Out Sonny Boy Williamson
47 West Side Baby T-Bone Walker / Dinah Washington
48 Pot Likker Todd Rhodes
49 Dripper's Blues Joe Liggins
50 Blue Moon Billy Eckstine
51 Buttons And Bows Dinah Shore
52 Texarkana Baby Eddy Arnold
53 That's You Last Boogie Johnny Otis (Joe Swift)
54 Send for Me If You Need Me Ravens
55 I'm a Long Gone Daddy Hank Williams
56 Elevator Boogie Mabel Scott
57 Groovy Movie Blues Johnny Moore's Three Blazers (Charles Brown)
58 The Darktown Strutter's Ball Joe Liggins
59 Texas Hop Pee Wee Crayton
60 So Tired Kay Starr
61 Rainy Weather Blues Roy Brown
62 Don't Fall In Love With Me Ivory Joe Hunter
63 Everybody's Gonna Have a Wonderful Time Up There Homeland Harmony Quartet
64 Time Out For Tears Savannah Churchill & The Four Tunes
65 What Could I Do? Mahalia Jackson / Marie Knight
66 I'll Always Be In Love With You X-Rays
67 Keep a Dollar in Your Pocket Roy Milton
68 Pleasing You (As Long As I Live) Lonnie Johnson
69 Rockin' Boogie Joe Lutcher
70 Go Long Dixieaires
71 Long Tall Mama Smokey Hogg
72 Recess In Heaven Buddy Harper (Dan Grissom)
73 More Thank You Know Johnny Moore's Three Blazers (Charles Brown)
74 The Twister Paul Williams
75 Freedom Train Blues Lil Son Jackson
76 Late Freight Sonny Thompson & Eddie Chamblee
77 The Song Is Ended (But The Melody Lingers On) Nellie Lutcher
78 All My Love Belongs To You Bull Moose Jackson
79 Jack And Jill Boogie Wayne Raney
80 I'm Waiting For Your Call T-Bone Walker
81 The Blues Come Around Hank Williams
82 Silent Night Ravens
83 Precious Memories Sister Rosetta Tharpe & Mary Knight
84 Hip Shakin' Mama Chubby Newsome
85 I'm A Good Man But A Poor Man Cecil Gant
86 Roll 'Em Joe Liggins
87 Little Boy Rev. Kelsey's Congregation
88 D'Natural Blues Lucky Millinder
89 The Dicky-Bird Song Freddy Martin
90 Robbie Doby Boogie Brownie McGhee
91 Tear Drop Blues Jimmy Liggins
92 What Did He Say Charioteers
93 Love Me Tonight Bull Moose Jackson
94 Trees Al Hibbler
95 Out Of The Blue Hadda Brooks
96 Katie Mae Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup
97 Who, Me? Tex Williams
98 Rock Bottom Gene Phillips
99 (It's Gonna Be A) Lonely Christmas Orioles
100 Sabre Dance Boogie Freddy Martin / Woody Herman
20 more worth mentioning.
101 What Have I Done ? Hadda Brooks
102 Hole In The Wall Tonight Albinia Jones
103 William Tell Overture Spike Jones
104 It Took A Long, Long Time Amos Milburn
105 Beef Stew Hal Singer
106 Together Ravens
107 Mardi Gras Boogie Joe Turner
108 Far Cry Buddy Johnson
109 Boogie Woogie Santa Claus Mabel Scott
110 Gloria Mills Brothers
111 Get Your Self Another Fool Charles Brown
112 California Hop Big Jay McNeely
113 Barbados Charlie Parker
114 Two Years Of Torture Percy Mayfield
115 Tell Me So Savannah Churchill & The Four Tunes
116 Temptation Earl Bostic
117 What Is This Thing Called Love? Les Paul
118 Don't Burn the Candle At Both Ends Louis Jordan
119 Ooh! Look-a-There, Ain't She Pretty? Charioteers
120 Tennessee Waltz Pee Wee King
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1948
Adam's Choice: An unheralded great record from 1948
* Drop Dead Tex Williams
Bruce's Choice:
* The House I Live In (acapella) Ravens
Lew's Choice:
* Four Brothers Woody Herman

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