Songs from the Year 1948

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This page lists the top songs of 1948 in the source charts. The way that the various charts are combined to reach this final list is described on the in the site generation page. There is also a set of monthly tables showing the various number ones on any date during 1948.

Between 1920 and 1940 there are few available charts (at least that we can find). These results should be treated with some caution since, with few exceptions, they are based on fairly subjective charts and biased towards the USA.

During this era music was dominated by a number of "Big Bands" and songs could be attributed to the band leader, the band name, the lead singer or a combination of the them. It is common, for example, to see the same song listed with three different artists. And, just to stop us from getting bored, the success of a song was tied to the sales of sheet music, so a popular song would often be perfomed by many different combinations of singers and bands and the contemporary charts would list the song, without clarifying whose version was the major hit. Where we have found such issues we have attempted to consolidate the entries using the most widely accepted value for the artist in each case.

The top ten song artists of 1948 were:

1:Kay Kyser2:Art Mooney3:Nat King Cole4:Bing Crosby5:Dinah Shore
6:Peggy Lee7:Eddy Arnold8:Margaret Whiting9:Pee Wee Hunt10:Spike Jones
# Artist Song Title Year Chart Entries
1 Dinah Shore Buttons & Bows 1948 US Billboard 1 - Sep 1948 (25 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Oct 1948 (23 weeks), US 1 for 10 weeks - Nov 1948, Australia 1 for 12 weeks - Jan 1949, DZE 1 of 1948, US BB 3 of 1948, POP 3 of 1948, Your Hit Parade 5 of 1948, Brazil 27 of 1949, DDD 50 of 1948, nuTsie 57 of 1940s, Europe 91 of the 1940s (1948), RYM 102 of 1948
2 Nat King Cole Nature Boy 1948 US Billboard 1 - Apr 1948 (18 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Apr 1948 (15 weeks), US 1 for 7 weeks - May 1948, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1948), Your Hit Parade 2 of 1948, DDD 4 of 1948, DZE 4 of 1948, US BB 9 of 1948, Brazil 13 of 1948, POP 17 of 1948, nuTsie 21 of 1940s, Europe 90 of the 1940s (1948), Acclaimed 1793 (1947), Visconti song of 1948, RYM 9 of 1948
3 Art Mooney I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover 1948 US Billboard 1 - Jan 1948 (18 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jan 1948 (16 weeks), US BB 1 of 1948, US 1 for 3 weeks - Feb 1948, Australia 1 for 1 month - Nov 1948, POP 1 of 1948, Brazil 7 of 1949, DZE 8 of 1948, Your Hit Parade 22 of 1948
4 Pee Wee Hunt Twelfth Street Rag 1948 US Billboard 1 - Jun 1948 (32 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jul 1948 (27 weeks), US 1 for 8 weeks - Aug 1948, Peel list 1 of 1948, DZE 3 of 1948, US BB 4 of 1948, POP 7 of 1948, Your Hit Parade 18 of 1948, Brazil 37 of 1948, RYM 20 of 1948
5 Peggy Lee Manana (Is Soon Enough For Me) 1948 US Billboard 1 - Jan 1948 (21 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jan 1948 (21 weeks), US 1 for 9 weeks - Mar 1948, DZE 2 of 1948, Your Hit Parade 7 of 1948, US BB 8 of 1948, POP 8 of 1948, Brazil 11 of 1948, DDD 37 of 1947, nuTsie 39 of 1940s, Europe 89 of the 1940s (1948), RYM 139 of 1948
6 Kay Kyser The Woody Woodpecker Song 1948 US Billboard 1 - Jun 1948 (15 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jun 1948 (14 weeks), US 1 for 6 weeks - Jul 1948, Oscar in 1948 (film 'Wet Blanket Policy') (Nominated), DZE 6 of 1948, US BB 13 of 1948, POP 21 of 1948, Europe 76 of the 1940s (1948), Brazil 80 of 1949, RYM 95 of 1948
7 Bing Crosby Now Is the Hour (Maori Farewell Song) 1948 US Billboard 1 - Jan 1948 (23 weeks), Australia 1 for 1 month - Oct 1948, US 1940s 2 - Jan 1948 (22 weeks), US BB 11 of 1948, POP 19 of 1948, Your Hit Parade 23 of 1948, Europe 23 of the 1940s (1948), Brazil 84 of 1948
8 Al Trace You Call Everybody Darlin' 1948 US Billboard 1 - Sep 1948 (24 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jun 1948 (21 weeks), US 1 for 2 weeks - Aug 1948, DZE 7 of 1948, Your Hit Parade 13 of 1948, US BB 14 of 1948, POP 23 of 1948, Brazil 68 of 1948, nuTsie 98 of 1940s
9 Margaret Whiting A Tree in the Meadow 1948 US Billboard 1 - Jul 1948 (23 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jul 1948 (23 weeks), US 1 for 2 weeks - Oct 1948, DZE 9 of 1948, US BB 15 of 1948, Your Hit Parade 21 of 1948, POP 25 of 1948, nuTsie 70 of 1940s, Brazil 79 of 1949
10 Spike Jones All I Want For Christmas is my Two Front Teeth 1948 US Billboard 1 - Nov 1948 (8 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Nov 1948 (9 weeks), US 1 for 1 week - Jan 1949, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007 (1948), US BB 10 of 1948, POP 10 of 1948, Norway 20 - Dec 2007 (1 week)
11 Kay Kyser On a Slow Boat to China 1948 Australia 1 for 6 weeks - May 1949, US Billboard 2 - Oct 1948 (20 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Oct 1948 (17 weeks), Your Hit Parade 14 of 1948, Brazil 58 of 1949, Europe 69 of the 1940s (1948)
12 Doris Day It's Magic 1948 Your Hit Parade 1 of 1948, US Billboard 2 - Jul 1948 (21 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Jul 1948 (19 weeks), Oscar in 1948 (film 'Romance on the High Seas') (Nominated), US BB 7 of 1948, POP 15 of 1948, Brazil 31 of 1948, RYM 51 of 1948
13 Mahalia Jackson Move On Up a Little Higher 1948 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1948), Library of Congress artifact (1948), DDD 3 of 1947, Music Imprint 16 of 1940s, US Billboard 21 - Jan 1948 (2 weeks), RIAA 263, Acclaimed 718 (1947), RYM 29 of 1948, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
14 Wynonie Harris Good Rockin' Tonight 1948 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2009 (1948), DDD 1 of 1948, Peel list 4 of 1947, POP 4 of 1948, Acclaimed 2204 (1947), RYM 2 of 1948, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
15 Doris Day & Buddy Clark Love Somebody 1948 US Billboard 1 - May 1948 (24 weeks), US 1940s 6 - Jun 1948 (21 weeks), US BB 6 of 1948, Your Hit Parade 6 of 1948, DZE 10 of 1948, POP 20 of 1948, Brazil 67 of 1949, RYM 50 of 1948
16 John Lee Hooker Boogie Chillun 1948 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1948), Library of Congress artifact (1948), DDD 3 of 1948, Scrobulate 92 of blues, RIAA 332, Acclaimed 379 (1948), RYM 4 of 1948, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
17 Ken Griffin You Can't Be True, Dear 1948 US Billboard 1 - Apr 1948 (23 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Apr 1948 (32 weeks), DZE 5 of 1948, US BB 12 of 1948, POP 12 of 1948, Brazil 50 of 1948
18 Evelyn Knight Powder Your Face With Sunshine 1948 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1948 (20 weeks), Australia 1 for 2 weeks - Sep 1949, US 1940s 3 - Dec 1948 (16 weeks)
19 Ella Fitzgerald My Happiness 1948 Peel list 2 of 1948, US Billboard 6 - Jun 1948 (21 weeks), US 1940s 8 - Jul 1948 (19 weeks), DDD 16 of 1948, Brazil 95 of 1949, RYM 77 of 1948
20 Dick Haymes Little White Lies 1948 US Billboard 2 - Apr 1948 (23 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Apr 1948 (21 weeks), Your Hit Parade 3 of 1948, Europe 50 of the 1940s (1948), Brazil 77 of 1949
21 Gracie Fields Now Is the Hour (Maori Farewell Song) 1948 Australia 1 for 1 month - Oct 1948, US Billboard 3 - Jan 1948 (21 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Jan 1948 (14 weeks)
22 Frankie Yankovic Just Because 1948 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1948), Library of Congress artifact (1947), US Billboard 9 - May 1948 (14 weeks), US 1940s 14 - May 1948 (2 weeks)
23 Perry Como Ramblin' Rose 1948 Australia 1 for 5 weeks - Apr 1949, US Billboard 18 - Jul 1948 (14 weeks), US 1940s 18 - Aug 1948 (3 weeks)
24 Eddy Arnold Bouquet of Roses 1948 US Country 1 for 15 weeks - Jun 1948, US Billboard 13 - Jun 1948 (27 weeks), DDD 37 of 1948, Brazil 98 of 1949, RYM 56 of 1948
25 Russ Morgan So Tired 1948 US Billboard 3 - Nov 1948 (25 weeks), Peel list 3 of 1948, US 1940s 4 - Nov 1948 (19 weeks), Your Hit Parade 18 of 1949
26 Gene Autry Buttons & Bows 1948 Australia 1 for 12 weeks - Jan 1949, US Billboard 17 - Nov 1948 (3 weeks)
27 Dick Haymes & The Andrews Sisters Teresa 1948 Australia 1 for 1 week - Jan 1949, US Billboard 21 - Mar 1948 (1 week)
28 The Ink Spots Say Something Sweet To Your Sweetheart 1948 Australia 1 for 2 weeks - Aug 1949, US Billboard 22 - Nov 1948 (2 weeks)
29 Pee Wee King Tennessee Waltz 1948 Australia 1 for 3 weeks - May 1951, US Billboard 30 - Apr 1948 (1 week)
30 Art Mooney Baby Face 1948 US Billboard 3 - Apr 1948 (15 weeks), US 1940s 5 - Apr 1948 (13 weeks), Your Hit Parade 9 of 1948, Brazil 12 of 1949
31 The Pied Pipers My Happiness 1948 US Billboard 3 - Jun 1948 (27 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Jun 1948 (21 weeks), Your Hit Parade 24 of 1948, Brazil 34 of 1949
32 Francis Craig I Beg Your Pardon 1948 US Billboard 3 - Jan 1948 (20 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Jan 1948 (16 weeks), Your Hit Parade 25 of 1948, Brazil 98 of 1948
33 Al Jolson When You Were Sweet Sixteen 1948 Australia 1 for 1 month - Dec 1948
34 George Trevare I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover 1948 Australia 1 for 1 month - Nov 1948
35 Joe Loss Orchestra Chi-Baba, Chi-Baba (My Bambino Go to Sleep) 1948 Australia 1 for 1 month - May 1948
36 Bing Crosby Near You 1948 Australia 1 for 4 months - Apr 1948
37 Dick Farney A Saudade Mata a Gente 1948 Brazil 1 of 1948
38 Freddy Martin Sabre Dance Boogie 1948 US Billboard 6 - Apr 1948 (11 weeks), US 1940s 6 - Apr 1948 (8 weeks), Brazil 77 of 1948, DDD 100 of 1948
39 Muddy Waters Feel Like Going Home 1948 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010 (1948), DDD 25 of 1948, Scrobulate 43 of blues, RYM 1 of 1948
40 Eddy Arnold Texarkana Baby 1948 US Country 1 for 15 weeks - Jun 1948, US Billboard 18 - Jul 1948 (1 week), DDD 51 of 1948, RYM 58 of 1949
41 Spike Jones William Tell Overture 1948 US Billboard 6 - Jun 1948 (15 weeks), US 1940s 6 - Jun 1948 (13 weeks), Brazil 62 of 1949, RYM 21 of 1948
42 The Orioles It's Too Soon to Know 1948 DDD 2 of 1948, US Billboard 13 - Nov 1948 (7 weeks), Acclaimed 1046 (1948), RYM 5 of 1948
43 Eddy Arnold Just a Little Lovin' Will Go a Long, Long Way 1948 US Country 1 for 8 weeks - Sep 1948, US Billboard 13 - Sep 1948 (9 weeks), RYM 100 of 1948
44 Anne Vincent You Call Everybody Darlin' 1948 US Billboard 6 - Jul 1948 (16 weeks), US 1940s 13 - Aug 1948 (5 weeks), Brazil 83 of 1949
45 Benny Goodman On a Slow Boat to China 1948 US Billboard 7 - Nov 1948 (12 weeks), US 1940s 10 - Nov 1948 (9 weeks), Brazil 88 of 1949
46 Gordon Jenkins Maybe You'll Be There 1948 US Billboard 3 - Jun 1948 (30 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Jun 1948 (27 weeks), Your Hit Parade 20 of 1948
47 The Andrews Sisters & Carmen Miranda Cuanto La Gusta 1948 US Billboard 12 - Oct 1948 (14 weeks), US 1940s 12 - Nov 1948 (9 weeks), Brazil 49 of 1949
48 Jimmy Wakely One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart) 1948 US Country 1 for 6 weeks - Nov 1948, US Billboard 10 - Oct 1948 (8 weeks)
49 Perry Como Because 1948 US Billboard 4 - Mar 1948 (18 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Mar 1948 (16 weeks), Your Hit Parade 12 of 1948
50 Paula Watson A Little Bird Told Me 1948 US Billboard 6 - Nov 1948 (16 weeks), DDD 7 of 1948, US 1940s 14 - Dec 1948 (3 weeks), RYM 106 of 1948
51 Red Foley Tennessee Saturday Night 1948 US Country 1 for 2 weeks - Mar 1949, DDD 15 of 1948
52 Eddy Arnold Anytime 1948 US Country 1 for 8 weeks - Apr 1948, US Billboard 17 - May 1948 (1 week)
53 Jimmy Wakely I Love You So Much it Hurts 1948 US Country 1 for 6 weeks - Jan 1949, US Billboard 21 - Dec 1948 (8 weeks)
54 Eddy Arnold A Heart Full Of Love (For a Handful of Kisses) 1948 US Country 1 for 4 weeks - Dec 1948, US Billboard 23 - Dec 1948 (2 weeks)
55 Bob Hope Buttons & Bows 1948 Oscar in 1948 (film 'Paleface'), AFI 87
56 Tommy Dorsey Until 1948 US Billboard 4 - Sep 1948 (21 weeks), US 1940s 6 - Sep 1948 (18 weeks), Your Hit Parade 11 of 1948
57 Sammy Kaye Lavender Blue 1948 US Billboard 4 - Dec 1948 (16 weeks), US 1940s 5 - Dec 1948 (14 weeks), Your Hit Parade 19 of 1949
58 Francisco Alves Esses Mocos 1948 Brazil 2 of 1948
59 Nilla Pizzi & Duo Fasano O mama mama 1948 Italy 2 of 1948
60 Freddy Martin The Dickey-bird Song 1948 US Billboard 5 - May 1948 (11 weeks), US 1940s 5 - May 1948 (10 weeks), DDD 88 of 1948
61 Louis Jordan Run Joe 1948 DDD 12 of 1948, POP 16 of 1948, US Billboard 23 - Aug 1948 (3 weeks), RYM 19 of 1948
62 Gordon MacRae Hair Of Gold, Eyes Of Blue 1948 US Billboard 7 - Aug 1948 (14 weeks), US 1940s 10 - Sep 1948 (11 weeks), Your Hit Parade 10 of 1948
63 Jon & Sondra Steele My Happiness 1948 US Billboard 2 - May 1948 (30 weeks), US 1940s 3 - May 1948 (26 weeks)
64 Russ Morgan I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover 1948 US Billboard 6 - Feb 1948 (13 weeks), US 1940s 7 - Feb 1948 (9 weeks), nuTsie 94 of 1940s
65 The Ink Spots You Were Only Fooling (While I Was Falling in Love) 1948 US Billboard 8 - Dec 1948 (8 weeks), Your Hit Parade 8 of 1948, US 1940s 18 - Dec 1948 (1 week)
66 Brother Bones & his Shadows Sweet Georgia Brown 1948 US Billboard 10 - Nov 1948 (16 weeks), US 1940s 10 - Dec 1948 (12 weeks), DDD 10 of 1948
67 Vera Lynn You Can't Be True, Dear 1948 US Billboard 9 - May 1948 (7 weeks), US 1940s 14 - May 1948 (2 weeks), Your Hit Parade 17 of 1948
68 Sonny Thompson (Lula Reed) Long Gone 1948 DDD 14 of 1948, POP 14 of 1948, US Billboard 29 - Jul 1948 (1 week)
69 Margaret Whiting Now Is the Hour (Maori Farewell Song) 1948 US Billboard 2 - Feb 1948 (16 weeks), US 1940s 8 - Feb 1948 (8 weeks)
70 4 Ases & Um Coringa e Com Esse Que Eu Vou 1948 Brazil 3 of 1948
71 The Andrews Sisters Toolie Oolie Doolie (The Yodel Polka) 1948 US Billboard 3 - Apr 1948 (17 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Apr 1948 (15 weeks)
72 Evelyn Knight Buttons & Bows 1948 US Billboard 14 - Nov 1948 (8 weeks), Europe 97 of the 1940s (1948)
73 Arthur Smith Guitar boogie 1948 US Billboard 25 - Jul 1948 (1 week), Italy 73 of 1956
74 Iry LeJeune Love Bridge Waltz 1948 Library of Congress artifact (1948)
75 Iry LeJeune Evangeline Special 1948 Library of Congress artifact (1948)
76 Buddy Clark Ballerina 1948 US Billboard 5 - Jan 1948 (7 weeks), US 1940s 10 - Jan 1948 (4 weeks), Song of 1947
77 Doris Day & Buddy Clark My Darling, My Darling 1948 US Billboard 7 - Nov 1948 (13 weeks), US 1940s 7 - Dec 1948 (9 weeks), RYM 52 of 1948
78 Woody Herman Sabre Dance 1948 US Billboard 3 - Mar 1948 (12 weeks), US 1940s 7 - Apr 1948 (9 weeks)
79 Amos Milburn Chicken Shack Boogie 1948 DDD 6 of 1948, POP 11 of 1948, RYM 64 of 1948
80 Freddy Martin On a Slow Boat to China 1948 US Billboard 4 - Nov 1948 (17 weeks), US 1940s 5 - Nov 1948 (14 weeks)

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2 Mar 2014

1948 song title

I am trying to find the name of a drop candy wrapped in foil that was also a song title in 1948. I hope that you can help me out.


19 Feb 2014

28 January 1948

Is it possible to narrow the search to the top record of this particular day please Thanks

Yes, look at the FAQ page "What song was number 1 on the day I was born?"


5 Mar 2013

the "New Look" in fashion in the 1940's

Elderly woman at an assisted living facility would like to hear a song the NEW LOOK about the new look in fashion for women in the 40's. +I can't seem to locate anything.

She wasn't certain about the title. Could you point me in a direction for searching further? She also mentioned A Slow Boat to China which I did find.

The song "The New Look" was a minor hit for Freddy Martin in 1948, it peaked at number 21 in the Billboard chart. As it happens you could have found it in the site index (under "New Look, The") or by entering "new look" in the search box on the top of the page.

"On a Slow Boat to China" has its own page (which you have found, of course) it was also a big hit in 1948.


28 Feb 2013

# 79 Confess

This is a duet with Buddy Clark. It was issued on the flip side of # 13, LoveSomebody.


13 Feb 2013

" +ONCE UPON A WINTERTIME "

Have you any info on the song "Once upon a wintertime " [Johnny Brandon/R,S.Martin ].? +Vocalists, Bands, Etc.Very popular latter part of +1948.

We don't have anything with that title


22 May 2012

Did Doris Day's Black Magic ever made #1 or #2 on Billboard?

As far as we can see Doris Day never had a hit called exactly "Black Magic". Various artists had hits with "That Old Black Magic" and Doris Day had a big hit with "It's Magic" which reached number 2 in Billboard in 1948.


10 Jan 2012

Mondo Carni+

Probably the theme song from Mondo Cane: "More" than the greatest love the world has known, This is the love I give to you alone, More than the simple words I try to say....


31 Dec 2011

# 34 Near You

Both Bing and the Andrews Sisters recorded this song individually, but I fond no evedence of a duet recording. You have the Andrews Sisters recording as #36 in 1947.

We've made that change, thanks for the suggestion


6 Sep 2011

6 & 78 Manana

These two listings are the same recording - Peggy Lee backed by her husband Dave Barbour's orchestra.

Indeed there are a number of songs that fall into the same group, they have all been assigned to Peggy Lee. Thanks for the fix


5 Sep 2011

19 & 67 Somebody Else is Taking My Place

These two entries are the same recording - Benny Goodman with Peggy Lee doing the vocal. It charted at # 1 in 1942 then was reissued in 1948 and charted at # 30.

For a confirmation of these two listings being the same recording see The Big Band Discography 1917-1942 by Brian Rust. He only lists recordings made up until the Musician's Union strike in 1942, but lists all known reissues of each recording as of the date of his research. Pop Memories 1890-1954 by Joel Whitburn also states that the Columbia is a re-issue of the Okeh recording.

You are clearly correct. We would normally list this under Peggy Lee, however the reissue in 1948 makes it more complex, we'd like to note the reissue in some way (rather than adding its weeks on to the 1942 release).

So we think the best course is to change the 1942 entries to Peggy Lee and the 1948 ones to Benny Goodman and make sure this note is posted on both artist's pages so interested users can see what we've done.

An interesting case, thanks for bringing it to our attention.


16 Jul 2011

All I want for Christmas is You

#75: Is this one correct? I know there was a Vince Vance version of this song,but I can't find any mention of a Spike Jones version anywhere but here.

You are correct, the actual song was "All I Want For Christmas is my Two Front Teeth".

The original source of one of the charts mislabeled it as "All I Want For Christmas is You" (it had the correct title for the first week of its run)

The data has been fixed, thanks for the correction


1 Jul 2011

Maybe you can help

My brothers and I remember a record Dad used to play that had a chorus that sounded like they were singing "Ka viva viva vit". We're all in our early 60's so the song was probably written or being played about the period of 5 years either side of 1950.

It was sung by a group, male and female in close harmony and had a bit of accordian in there and sounded a bit "Jo Stafford-ish". I can sing the tune all the way through but don't know the words and don't know the title. Do you have any idea what it could be called?

Here at the Turret we have no idea, maybe one of our users can help?


26 Jun 2011

Love Somebody

#16 and #58 the same? I don't remember one with Doris Day solo.

Your suggested correction does seem to be a valid one. We have made the change, thanks for the fix.


23 Feb 2011

Mondo Carni

can you tell me the english name of this song?


21 Oct 2010

so tired by russ morgan

is this record available on a a 1948 compilatiom CD

"This record?" This is a listing of the hits of 1948, it is not a track listing for a CD you can purchase.

You could buy the individual tracks from iTunes or Amazon and make it one of course.


27 May 2009

#16 : McRae should be MacRae

You are correct, all the entries for Gordon MacRae have been corrected, thank you.