MMMM: 1946-1955

You know me: I like to be different. Guest conductor (and head conductor) Marie, aka Xmas Dolly, asked for songs from a decade. Well, a decade is ten years, right?

It would have been easy enough to choose as my decade as the ’50’s, 60’s etc. but I had a different idea: choose songs from the ten years following World War II. 1946 is considered the first year of that period, even though the war ended in 1945. Here are the top selling singles in the US for the period 1946-1955.

  • 1946: Perry Como, "Prisoner Of Love"
  • 1947: Francis Craig & His Orchestra (Bob Lamm, vocal), "Near You"
  • 1948: Pee Wee Hunt, "Twelfth Street Rag"
  • 1949: Vaughn Monroe & His Orchestra, "Riders In The Sky"
  • 1950: Nat King Cole, "Mona Lisa"
  • 1951: Johnnie Ray, "Cry"
  • 1952: Percy Faith & His Orchestra, "Delicado"
  • 1953: Dean Martin, "That’s Amore"
  • 1954: The Chordettes, "Mister Sandman"
  • 1955: Bill Haley & His Comets, "Rock Around The Clock"

And that’s Mondays Music Moves Me for March 21, 2022.

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15 thoughts on “MMMM: 1946-1955

  1. John,

    There’s nothing wrong with varying from the theme to suit things. You pulled together a great playlist. I forget Vaughn Moore “Riders In The Sky” and just how old this song is. In 2014 I did a BOTB using two rock versions of this 40s song. Of the songs listed, I think the only ones I didn’t know or can recall are your first two. Have a boogietastic week, my friend!


    1. I did a bunch of battles on “Riders” a few years ago; I think I drove everyone crazy. I’ll go back at some point and remind myself who the overall winner was.


  2. I like what you did. I now have titles to some songs I know: Near Me (although I never knew the title, I sure knew the song.) Twelfh Street Rag. Delicado. “Riders in the Sky” I always thought was “Ghost Riders in the Sky”. Many of these are classics, and it’s always interesting to see how music changes over the course of 10 years. Very nice set. P.S., responding to your comment on my blog: Yes, I could have done all 1972, but I wanted to cover most of the decade and not just year. But 1972 really was an exceptional year. Alana ramblinwitham


  3. Two of these stick out for an unusual reason. Everyone, young and old, male and female, tried to imitate the voice of Vaughan Monroe singing Ghost Riders and Johnny Ray singing Cry.


  4. What a great playlist! I started dancing to Rock Around the clock (now I am hurting…my fault). I love Percy Faith and forgot all about this song plus Vaughn Monroe with this great song. Thanks for cheering me up


  5. Absolutely awesome playlist. It’s always amazing to me how many instrumentals were top 10 hits in the 40’s, 50’s, even into the early 60’s. Songs stayed on the radio playlists much longer then. I was born in 1946 but still have memories of Riders in the Sky, and Mona Lisa playing on our radio at home. Well played sir.


    1. I did some research on instrumentals from that period, and surprisingly the ’40’s had the lowest number of instrumentals and the ’60’s had the highest, with the ’50’s the next highest. Now there are practically no instrumentals, which is a shame.

      This period had some great music and I think it deserved the attention. Glad you liked it!


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