1949 in country music

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This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in the year 1949.

List of years in country music (table)


  • December 10 — Billboard begins a "Country & Western Records Most Played by Folk Disk Jockeys" chart - the first chart ever to track a song's popularity by radio airplay. The first No. 1 song on the new chart is "Mule Train" by Tennessee Ernie Ford. With the new chart, there are three charts gauging a song's popularity, with the sales and jukebox charts also being used.

Top hits of the year[edit]

Number one hits[edit]

(As certified by Billboard magazine)

Note: Several songs were simultaneous No. 1 hits on the separate "Most Played Juke Box Folk (later Country & Western) Records," "Best Selling Retail Folk (later Country & Western) Records) and - starting December 10 - "Country & Western Records Most Played by Folk Disk Jockeys" charts.

Other major hits[edit]

  • "Anticipation Blues" — Tennessee Ernie Ford
  • "Blue Skirt Waltz" — Frank Yankovic
  • "C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S" — Eddy Arnold
  • "Country Boy" — Little Jimmy Dickens
  • "Cry Baby Heart" — George Morgan
  • "Death Of Kathy Fiscus" — Jimmy Osborne
  • "Echo Of Your Footsteps" — Eddy Arnold
  • "I Never See Maggie Alone" — Kenny Roberts
  • "I'm Bitin' My Fingernails" — Ernest Tubb and the Andrews Sisters
  • "My Bucket's Got a Hole in It" — Hank Williams
  • "Panhandle Rag" — Leon McAuliffe
  • "Room Full of Roses" – George Morgan
  • "Riders In The Sky" — Vaughn Monroe
  • "Smokey Mountain Boogie" — Tennessee Ernie Ford
  • "Take An Old Cold Tater And Wait" — Little Jimmy Dickens
  • "Tennessee Border" — Red Foley
  • "Tennessee Border #2" — Red Foley and Ernest Tubb
  • "There's Not A Thing" — Eddy Arnold
  • "Warm Red Wine" — Ernest Tubb
  • "Wedding Bells" — Hank Williams
  • "Whoa Sailor" — Hank Thompson
  • "Please Don't Let Me Love You — George Morgan
  • "Tennessee Polka" Red Foley
  • "Slipping Around" Floyd Tillman
  • "I'll Never Slip Around Again" Jimmy Wakely & Margaret Whiting
  • "Will Santa Come To Shanty Town" — Eddy Arnold
  • "You're Gonna Change" — Hank Williams
  • "Mind Your Own Business" Hank Williams
  • "Tennessee Waltz" - Roy Acuff
  • "Candy Kisses" Elton Britt
  • ″Candy Kisses″ — Cowboy Copas
  • ″I′ll Never Slip Around Again″ — Floyd Tillman
  • ″Two Cents Three Eggs and A Postcard″ — Red Foley
  • ″Rainbow In My Heart″ — George Morgan
  • ″I Love Everything About You″ — George Morgan
  • ″Mine All Mine″ — Jimmy Wakely
  • ″Forever More″ — Jimmy Wakely
  • ″Till The End of the World″ — Jimmy Wakely
  • ″I Wish I Had a Nickel″ — Jimmy Wakely
  • ″Someday You`ll Call My Name″ — Jimmy Wakely
  • ″Till The End of the World″ — Ernest Tubb
  • ″Mean Mama Blues″ — Ernest Tubb
  • ″My Filipino Rose″ — Ernest Tubb
  • ″My Tennessee Baby″ — Ernest Tubb
  • ″Don′t Rob Another Man′s Castle″ — Ernest Tubb and the Andrews Sisters
  • ″Tennessee Border″ — Tennessee Ernie Ford
  • ″My Heart′s Bouquet″ — Little Jimmy Dickens
  • ″Tennessee Polka″ — Pee Wee King
  • ″What Are We Gonna Do About the Moonlight″ — Hank Thompson
  • ″Soft Lips″ — Hank Thompson
  • ″Show Me the Way Back To Your Heart″ — Eddy Arnold
  • ″Never Again ( Will I Knock on Your Door)″ — Hank Williams
  • ″The Same Sweet Girl″ — Hank Locklin

Top new album releases[edit]



  • December 11 — Fiddlin' John Carson, 81, one of country music's first popular recording artist on a nationwide basis.

Further reading[edit]

  • Kingsbury, Paul, "Vinyl Hayride: Country Music Album Covers 1947-1989," Country Music Foundation, 2003 (ISBN 0-8118-3572-3)
  • Millard, Bob, "Country Music: 70 Years of America's Favorite Music," HarperCollins, New York, 1993 (ISBN 0-06-273244-7)
  • Whitburn, Joel. "Top Country Songs 1944-2005 - 6th Edition." 2005.