Welcome to The 50, a Rhapsody scheme in which we attempt to compile the biggest, best, most historically remarkable songs of every year. Our list of 50 tracks -- presented here in no particular order, ideally flowing like a time-traveling DJ set -- has been argued over and (grudgingly) agreed upon by our full editorial staff. Please enjoy.
The year 1947 suffered no shortage of lasting hits -- Francis Craig's "Near You," Hank Williams' "Move It On Over," Mahalia Jackson's "I Will Move On Up a Little Higher" and Louis Jordan's "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens" were all released within its 12 months -- but like much pre-rock 'n' roll post-war music, its offerings are often overlooked. To help remedy that, we've compiled a list of the 50 best songs of the year that spans everything from the aforementioned hits to Benny Goodman's jazz, Nat King Cole's big band, Perry Como's crooning and Disney favorite "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah."
Of course, 1947 was also the year that rock as we know it began to appear on the horizon: Though the term had already become familiar slang, in '47 New Orleans jump blues artist Roy Brown wrote and recorded his original version of "Good Rockin' Tonight," the tune that would first be made more famous by Wynonie Harris, and eventually even more famous by one Elvis Presley.