“The Battle of New Orleans” is a song written by Jimmy Driftwood. The song describes the War of 1812 Battle of New Orleans from the perspective of an American soldier; the song tells the tale of the battle with a light tone and provides a rather comical version of what actually happened at the battle. It has been recorded by many artists, but the singer most often associated with this song is Johnny Horton. His version scored number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1959 (see 1959 in music). Billboard ranked it as the No. 1 song for 1959, it was very popular with teenagers in the late 50’s/early 60’s in an era mostly dominated by rock and roll music.
In Billboard magazine’s rankings of the top songs in the first 50 years of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, “The Battle of New Orleans” was ranked as the 28th song overall,and the number-one country music song to appear on the chart.
B-side “All for the Love of a Girl”
Released April 6, 1959
Songwriter(s) Jimmy Driftwood
Producer(s) Don Law