This page lists the top songs of 1947 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 1947.
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.
Previous Comments (newest first)
13 May 2019
Dean Martin - Galway Bay
Is this possibly credited in error? I could find no evidence that Dean Martinever recorded this. Although I see the chart references are for sheet music, I don't know why that would get credited to Martin either.
You are correct, this is a ref to "Parlophone R 3058" (see for example http://www.45worlds.com/78rpm/record/r3058)
Which was credited to "Denis Martin", the original chart maintainer converted "Denis Martin" to "Dean Martin"
The data has been corrected
26 Feb 2019
Don't cry + Joe
who recorded a song called +don,t cry joe in late 1940's
The song is called "Don't Cry, Joe (Let Her Go)" and was a hit in 1949 for Frank Sinatra, Gordon Jenkins, Johnny Desmond, Ralph Flanagan, Juanita Hall and Oscar Rabin & his band.
19 May 2018
#58 - Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup - That's All Right
This also made the 'Peel List' at #4 for 1946. It is listed there as 'That's Alright Mama'.
Data fixed, thanks
9 Mar 2018
you are mine
When I was just a little girl my Dad sang a song to me that included some ofthe following; "Little girl with your big brown eyes, I am yours for the rest of my days (?????) little girl you are mine, (?????) you are mine all mine. This song may not have been a great hit except for me. +It came out in the mid 40's. Can anyone help me out on this?
2 Sep 2017
What was the No.1 record on 8th September 1947
Bing Crosby "Anniversary Song" was number one in Australia for the whole of Sept 1947 (read the FAQ)
6 Feb 2016
#85 - Louis Kaufman - The Four Seasons
This Entry should be removed from here. Per National Recording Registrywebsite this is an Album rather than a Single of Vivaldi's 'The Four Seasons'.
Data fixed, thanks
14 Nov 2014
30 Aug 2014
Near you (#1) was also elected to Grammy Hall of Fame in 2013.
That entry has now been added
8 Jul 2014
1946 0r 47 Popular in juke boxes
I am as restless as a willow in a windstorm... As nervous??'''
Not nervous, "I'm as jumpy as puppet on a string"
The song is "It might as well be spring", Dick Haymes had the biggest hit with it in 1945
2 Jul 2014
An interesting theme for us
10 Jan 2014
29 Oct 2013
it brought back many memories during my teenage years
1 Apr 2013
# 56 There's Good Rockin' Tonight
@ 56 (1948) and # 19 (1947) are the same recording.
You got the years swapped, but nevertheless you are right, the data has been fixed, thanks for the correction
4 Feb 2013
song - I'll never know why"
I checked F.Sinatr 1047 , this did not come up, any more suggestions, could thisbe under another title, altho the words "I,ll neverknow why are use repeatedly inthe song, thanks for your help
Hugo Winterhalter had the only hit with "I'll Never Know Why" (1951)
4 Feb 2013
the song "I,ll never know why the river runs to meet the ocean"
I think the name of the song is I,ll never know why, but who sang it and when is impossible to find out but it was popular in the late 1940,s or very early 1950's. Hope you can help me
"I'll Never Know Why" was a minor hit for Hugo Winterhalter 1951
13 Jun 2012
found a penny
If this is the same song I used to sing as a child the name of it is not Found a Penny.....I believe it is: "Found a Peanut"
6 May 2012
as others do, recorded by netta haddon
Hi there, I am looking for the words to the song, As others Do recorded by Netta Haddon & composed by Ruru Karaitiana. I am not sure of the year, 1940s to early 1950s maybe. I appreciate any help in finding the words to this song. Cheers Kaye
24 Jan 2012
Bing Crosby and a song about a rose
I am looking for a song supposedly sung by Bing in or around 1947 about a rose from some place to answer a quiz. The two songs I can find are Rose of Tralee and San Antonio Rose, neither of which appear to have been sung by Bing as part of 1947. Can you help please? I did consider the Roses of Picardee but can find no reference to Bing singing this song.
5 Jan 2012
#1 US +Song on September 21, 1947
I have been searching for the #1 United States song , with artist (s)on the day I was born. I received your list of 1947 songs but would like to break it down even more.
Can you help me?
According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_number-one_singles_of_1947_%28U.S.%29 the song was Francis Craig - "Near You"
19 Oct 2011
The dying mountaineer
Hello - I have been searching for this song for my Mother-in-Law, I have Googled and Tweeted on and off for a year and this is the first time I have found anyone who acknowledges that it exists! Do you have any more information on it yet?
Many, many Thanks x
That was a message from you. So there still is no one else who has heard of it.
11 Sep 2011
The dying mountaineer+
Hi all, not sure if I'm in the correct year but my mother is after a sing from when she was a nipper, around the 40s. She seems to think that the song is titled the dying mountaineer, some lyrics include 'gather round me children, I'm a dying mountaineer, I know I'll be so happy I'm going to home to rest' many thanks for your help
6 Sep 2011
29 Anniversary Song
This is a solo recording by Jolson - no Bing.
The Australian entry said that the song was by Al Jolson & Bing Crosby, we think they meant that there were two seperate versions by those artists released at the same time that were both popular in Australia
We've fixed the data, 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?
2 Feb 2010
dec 13 1947
Dec 13 1947
We assume that your question is what was the number 1 song on that date.
In Australia the number 1 song was "There's No Business Like Show Business" by Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters.
But maybe you meant the number 1 in the USA?
Well there really wasn't a proper US music chart until the 1950s, but Billboard produced a variety of different charts starting in 1936. The number 1 record in the Billboard "Best Sellers in Stores" chart was:
"Ballerina" by Vaughn Monroe
In the listing above where it says the song was "US 1 for 10 weeks - Dec 1947" that means it was the Billboard "Stores" number 1 for 10 weeks starting in December 1947.
13 Dec 2009
found a penny
This song was one I sang on the radio in a contest and it had 4 verses all ofwhich I had memorized; now I can't remember them or the proper name and which artist sang it.
We can't find a song with exactly that title, or any lyrics from that era that match exactly. Our closest matches are "The Dum-Dot Song", a version of which by Frank Sinatra reached number 21 in the US Billboard charts in Dec 1947 and "Penny" by The Pied Pipers that reached number 28 the same month.
Another possible candiadte would be "Penny Serenade" which was a hit in 1939 for various artists like Guy Lombardo, Sammy Kaye and Horace Heidt.
Rosemary Clooney had various hits which mention pennies but they were from the early 1950s.