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American Song History Survey

1759 - 1959

What follows is a list of songs for two centuries -- from 1759 to 1959.
These songs are listed in chronological sequence numbering from 1 to 200.
All the recorded music listed below comes from the
American Music Recordings Archive (or AMRA).

The classification of a song is one having both words and music.
Thus, there
are no instrumental works included in this American Song History Survey (ASHS).  

The categories include:

folk ballads
Christmas songs
classical songs
patriotic songs
religious music
sentimental songs
war songs
folk songs
blues songs
jazz songs
easy listening songs
theater songs
movie songs
country and western
rhythm & blues
rock n' roll

No claim is made to be comprehensive and include all the songs of any time period or every type of music.

This is meant to be a reference list for students, teachers, historians and listeners.

Naturally not all the great songs from the past could be included. It is a matter of opinion which song might be greater than another. There is no way to please everyone's musical tastes.

The survey is based on one or more of these criteria:

1. songs which are representative of a musical style.
2. songs evoking their historical period.
3.songs
chosen because of their popularity.

A list of representative American songs
covering 200 years

Part One: 1759-1859

Part Two: 1861-1899

Part Three: 1900-1929

Part Four: 1930-1959

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SONG OF THE OLD FOLKS (tune: AULD LANG SYNE)
No. 46 on the Survey




American Song History,1759 to 1959

This survey lists representative songs over two centuries
and is intended to provide some prerspective on each period:

Part One
(1759 - 1859)

I. Rebellion (Nos. 1-4)

II. The American Revolution (Nos. 5-12)

III. The Federalist Era (Nos. 13-17)

IV. From Singing Masters to Shakers (Nos. 18-37)

V. Songs of Stephen Collins Foster (Nos. 38-42)

VI. Songs of Sentiment and Abolition (Nos. 43-50)


Part Two
(1861- 1899)

VII. The Civil War (1861-1865) (Nos. 51-62)

VIII. The Sentimental Age (1869-1889)(Nos. 63-66)

IX. The 1890s (Nos. 67-75)

 

Part Three
(1900-1929)

X. Rise of Tin Pan Alley (1900-1910) (Nos. 76-90)

XI. Home Life and World War I (1911-1919)(Nos. 91-105)

XII. The Roaring Twenties (1920-1929) (Nos. 106-122)

Part Four
(1930- 1959)

XIII. The Great Depression (1930-1938) (Nos. 123-150)

XIV. Radio, Movies and World War II (1939-1945)(Nos. 151-173)

XV. The Post-War Singers Era (1946-1954)(Nos. 167-185)

XVI. Musical Theater and Rock n' Roll Revolution (1955-1959)(Nos. 186-200)


 

 

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Part One

(1759 -1859)

Compiled by Roger Lee Hall,
music preservationist



I. Rebellion

From the Library of Congress website:

"The first extant art songs composed in the United States are credited to Francis Hopkinson, a friend of George Washington and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Hopkinson, the only American-born composer for whom there is evidence of having written songs prior to 1800, penned "My Days Have Been So Wondrous Free" (words by Doctor [Thomas] Parnell) in 1759. Scored for voice and harpsichord by Hopkinson is America's earliest surviving secular composition."

w = words/lyrics

m = music

1. "My Days Have Been So Wondrous Free" (1759) -
w & m: Francis Hopkinson -- First American classical song
[see above]

2. "The Liberty Song" (1768) - w: John Dickinson/
tune: HEART OF OAK -- First propaganda song

3. "The Massachusetts Song Of Liberty" (1770) - w: Dr. Benjamin Church/tune: HEART OF OAK -- Tory rebuttal to "The Liberty Song"

4. "Free America" (1770) - w: Dr. Joseph Warren/
tune: BRITISH GRENADIERS



II. The American Revolution

5. "The American Hero" (1775) - w: Nathaniel Niles/
tunes: BUNKER HILL and HEROISM

6. "The Lexington March"(c. 1775) - author unknown/
tune: YANKEE DOODLE

7. "Father and I Went Down to Camp"(1776) - w: Edward Bangs/ tune: YANKEE DOODLE

8. "Chester" (1770/ 1778) - w & m: William Billings
(first patriotic song with words and music by an American)

9. "Lamentation Over Boston" - w & m: William Billings

10. "A Toast" (1778) - w & m: Francis Hopkinson
(written in tribute to General George Washington)

11. "Warren" (1770s) - m: Abraham Wood

12. "Thanksgiving Song" (ca. 1783) - unknown author
(written at the end of the American Revolution)




III. The Federalist Era

13. U.S. Constitutuion Ratification Song (1788) -
tune: YANKEE DOODLE

14. "Beneath a Weeping Willow's Shade" (1788) -
w & m: Francis Hopkinson (dedicated to George Washington)

15."Ode to the President of the United States"(1789) - w: Samuel Low/
tune: GOD SAVE THE KING
(written for the First Presidential Inauguration of George Washington in New York)

16. "Hail, Columbia! (1799) - w: Joseph Hopkinson/
tune: THE PRESIDENT'S MARCH

17. "Adams and Liberty" (1798) - w: Thomas R.T. Paine/
tune: TO ANACREON IN HEAVEN



IV. From Singing Masters to Shakers


18. "Majesty" (1778) - m: William Billings

19. "Victory" (1793) - m: Daniel Read

20."Jubilant" (1794) - m: Supply Belcher

21. "New Jerusalem" (1796) - m: Jeremiah Ingalls

22. "New Bethlehem" (1799) - Edward French

23. "Dormant" (1802) - m: Jacob French

24. "Jefferson and Liberty" (1803) - author unknown

25. "The Star Spangled Banner" (1814) - w: Francis Scott Key/
tune: TO ANACREON IN HEAVEN by John Stafford Smith

26. "The Hunters of Kentucky" - words: Samuel Woodworth, ca. 1822/
tune: UNFORTUNATE MILL BAILEY

27. "There's Nothing True But Heaven"(1829) -
w: Sir Thomas More/ m: Oliver Shaw

28. "My Country 'Tis of Thee" (1831) - w: Samuel F. Smith/
tune: GOD SAVE THE KING

29. "Amazing Grace (1835) - w: John Newton/
m: NEW BRITAIN (unknown composer)

30. "Come Life, Shaker Life" (1835) - Issachar Bates

31. "Joy to the World" (1839) - m: Lowell Mason ("arr. from Handel")

32. "Clumbia the Land of the Brave (1843) - w & m: David T. Shaw

33. "The Old Granite State" (1843) - w & m: The Hutchinson Family

34. "The Erie Canal" (ballad)

35. "Buffalo Gals" (1844)- attributed w & m: Cool White/
later a 1940s hit song and also sung in the popular film,
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

36. "Followers of the Lamb" (1847) - w & m: Clarissa Jacobs

37."Simple Gifts" (1848) - w & m: Joseph Brackett Jr.
(Shaker dance song)




V. Songs by Stephen Collins Foster

38. "Oh, Susanna" (1848)

39. " Old Folks at Home" (1850)

40. "My Old Kentucky Home" (1853)

41. "Jeannie With the Light Brown Hair" (1854)

42. "Gentle Annie" (1856)



VI. Songs of Sentiment and Abolition

43.  "Get Off The Track" (1844) - w: Jesse Hutchinson/
tune: Old Dan Tucker

44. "There's Music in the Air" (1854) - w: Fanny Crosby/
m: George F. Root

45. "Listen to the Mockingbird" (1855) - w: Alice Hawthorne (Septimus Winner)/ m: Richard Milburn

46. "Song of the Old Folks" (1855)- w: adapted by Albert Laighton/ tune: AULD LAND SYNE -- made popular in Father Kemp's Old Folks Concerts

47. "Darling Nellie Gray" (1856) - w & m: Benjamin Hanby

48. "We Three Kings of Orient Are" (1857) -
w & m: John H. Hopkins

49. "The One Horse Open Sleigh (or Jingle Bells)(1857) -
w & m: James Pierpont

50. "Dixie's Land (or Dixie) (1859) - w & m: Daniel Decatur Emmett


Songwriters with 2 or more songs on above list:

William Billings = 4 [Nos. 8, 9, 12, 18]

Daniel Decatur Emmett = 2 [Nos. 27 and 50]

Stephen Collins Foster = 5 [Nos. 38 - 42]

Francis Hopkinson = 3 [Nos. 1, 10, 14]

Hutchinson Family = 2 [Nos. 32, 43 ]


Part Two


(1861 - 1899)

w = words/ lyrics

m = music

 
 * = Top 100 hits (8 or more weeks at No. 1) in
Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories, 1890 - 1954
 
   
                                                                                               

Note:  Songs are arranged  by date, not by popularity.



VII. The Civil War (1861-1865)

51. "John Brown (or John Brown's Body)(1861) - w: unknown/
m: "Glory, Hallelujah!"

52. "Battle Hymn of the Republic" (1862) -
w: Julia Ward Howe/ m: "Glory, Hallelujah!"

53."The Bonnie Blue Flag" (1861) - w: Harry McCarthy

54. "A Prayer for the Captive" (1862) - w & m: Cecilia DeVere
(Shaker pacifist hymn)

55. "Go Down, Moses"(c. 1862) - Afro-American Spiritual

56. "The Battle Cry of Freedom" (1862) - w & m: George F. Root

57."Lorena" (1862) - w: Henry D. Webster/
m: Joseph P. Webster

58. "Willie Has Gone To The War" (1863) -
w & m: Stephen Foster

59. "Weeping Sad and Lonely (When This Cruel War is Over)" -w: Charles C. Sawyer/ m: Henry Tucker

60. "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" (1863) -
w & m: Patrick S. Gilmor
e (aka: Louis Lambert)

61."Tenting On The Old Camp Ground" (1864)
w & m: Walter Kittredge

62. "Beautiful Dreamer" (1864) -
w & m: Stephen Foster

VIII. The Sentimental Age (1869-1889)


63."Hymn of Peace (aka: Angel of Peace) (1869) - w: Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes/ m: Matthias Keller (written for the National Peace Jubilee commemorating the end of the Civil War)

64."Home on the Range" (1873) -
w: Dr. Brewster M. Higley/ m: Daniel E. Kelley

65."Grandfather's Clock" (1876) - w & m: Henry Clay Work

66. "Oh, Promise Me!" (1889) -
w: Clement Scott/m: Reginald De Koven



IX. The 1890s


Charles Ives

67. "After the Ball" (1892) - w & m: Charles K. Harris

68."The Sidewalks of New York" (1894) - w & m: James W. Blake and Charles B. Lawlor

69. "Waltz" (1894) - w & m: Charles Ives

70. "We Gather Together" (aka: Prayer of Thanksgiving) (1894) - translated and arranged by Dr. Theodore Baker

71. "America the Beautiful" (1895) - w: Katharine Lee Bates/
m: Samuel A. Ward, 1882


72. "The Band Played On" (1895) - w: John F. Palmer/
m: Charles B. Ward

73. "On the Banks of the Wabash" (1897) -
w & m: Paul Dreiser

74. "When You Were Sweet Sixteen" (1898)

75. "Hello, Ma Baby" (1899) -
w & m: Joseph E. Howard & Ida Emerson

Part Three

(1900 -1929)


IV. Rise of Tin Pan Alley

76. "Lift Every Voice and Sing" (1900) - w: James W. Johnson/
m: J. Rosamond Johnson

77. *"Sweet Adeline" (1903) -
w: Richard H. Gerard/ m: Harry Armstrong

78. "Toyland" (1903) - w: Glen McDonough/
m: Victor Herbert

79."Give My Regards To Broadway" (1904) -
w & m: George M. Cohan

80. "Meet Me in St. Louis" (1904) - w: Arthur B. Sterling/
m: Kerry Mills

81. "I Love You Truly" (1906) - w & m: Carrie Jacobs-Bond

82. "You're a Grand Old Flag" (1906) -
w & m: George M. Cohan

83. "My Gal Sal"(1907) - w & m: Paul Dresser

84. *"School Days" (1907) - w: Will D. Cobb/
m: Gus Edwards

85. "Take Me Out To The Ball Game"(1908) - words: Jack Norworth/ m: Albert Von Tilzer

86. *"By the Light of the Silvery Moon" (1909) -
w: Edward Madden/ m: Gus Edwards

87. *"Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet" (1909) - w: Stanley Murphy/ m: Percy Weinrich

88. "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life" (1910) - w: Rida Johnson Young/ m: Victor Herbert

89. "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" (1910) -
w & m: Beth Slater Whitson and Leo Friedman

90. "Some Of These Days (1910) - w & m: Shelton Brooks
(theme song of singer, Sophie Tucker)

XI. Home Life and World War I

91.  *"Alexander's Ragtime Band" (1911) - w & m:  Irving Berlin

92. "A Real Slow Drag" (1911) - w & m: Scott Joplin

93.  "My Melancholy Baby" (1912) - w:  George A. Norton/
m: Ernie Burnett

94. *"On Moonlight Bay" (1912) - w: Edward Madden/
m: Percy Weinrich

95.  *"Peg O' My Heart" (1913) - w: Alfred Bryan/
m: Fred Fisher (revived in 1947)

96. "You Made Me Love You" (1913) - w: Joseph McCarthy/
m: James V. Monaco

97. "Play A Simple Melody" (1914) - w & m: Irving Berlin

98. "St. Louis Blues" (1914) - w & m: W.C. Handy

99. "They Didn't "Believe Me" (1914) - w: Michael E. Rourke/
m: Jerome Kern

100.  "Over There" (1917) - w & m: George M. Cohan

101. "Oh, How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning" (1918)
- w & m: Irving Berlin

102. "The Lament of Ian the Proud" (1918) - w: Fiona MacLeod/
m: Charles Tomlinson Griffes

103.  *"Rock-a-Bye Your Baby" (1918) - w: Sam Lewis &
Joe Young/ m: Jean Schwartz

104. "A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody" (1919) - w & m: Irving Berlin

105. "Swanee" (1919) - w: Irving Caesar/
m: George Gershwin


XII.  The Roaring Twenties 


106. *"Whispering" (1920) - w & m: John Schonberger,
Richard Coburn, Vincent Rose

107. *"April Showers" (1921) - w: Buddy De Sylva/
m: Louis Silvers

108. *"Three O'Clock In The Morning (1921) -
w: Theodora Morse/ m: Julian Robledo

109. "Goin' Home"(1922) - w & m arr. by Williams Arms Fisher
(based on Dvorak's "Largo" theme from New World Symphony)

110. "Charleston" (1923) - w: Cecil Mack/ m: James P. Johnson

111. "Tea For Two" (1924) - w: Irving Caesar/
m: Vincent Youmans

112. "Fascinating Rhythm" (1924) - w: Ira Gershwin/
m: George Gershwin

113. "Manhattan" (1925) - w: Lorenz Hart/ m: Richard Rodgers

114. "Someone to Watch Over Me" (1926) - w: Ira Gershwin/
m: George Gershwin

115. *"My Blue Heaven" (1927) - w: George Whiting/
m: Walter Donaldson

116. "Ol' Man River" (1927) - w: Oscar Hammerstein II/
m: Jerome Kern

117. "I Can't Give You Anything But Love"(1928) -
w: Dorothy Fields/ m: Jimmy McHugh

118. *"Sonny Boy" (1928) - w & m: Al Jolson, B.G. DeSylva,
Lew Brown, Ray Henderson

119. *"Star Dust" (1929) - w: Mitchell Parrish/
m: Hoagy Carmichael

120.  "Ain't Misbehavin'" (1929) - w: Andy Razaf/ m: Fats Waller

121. "You Were Meant For Me" (1929) - w: Arthur Freed/
m: Nacio Herb Brown

122. "Happy Days Are Here Again" (1929) - w: Jack Yellen/
m: Milton Ager (recorded the day before the Stock Market Crash)

Part Four



(1930 -1959)

w = words/ lyrics

m = music

 
 * = Top 100 hits (8 or more weeks at No. 1) in
Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories, 1890 - 1954
 
   
                                                                                               

 $ = Top 100 Singles, 1955-1995 (3 or more weeks at No. 1) in The Billboard Top 100 Singles, 1955-1995,
compiled by Joel Whitburn
   
                   
                                                                                                         

Note:  Songs are arranged  by date, not by popularity or Billboard listing, and emphasis is given to songs written before 1950 due to their historical significance.



XIII.   The Great Depression
 

123. "Body and Soul" (1930) - w: Frank Eyton, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour/ m: Johnny Green

124. "I Got Rhythm" (1930) - w: Ira Gershwin/
m: George Gershwin

125. *"As Time Goes By" (1931) - w & m: Herman Hupfeld

126. "Mood Indigo" (1931) - w & m: Edward "Duke" Ellington and Irving Mills

127. "Brother Can You Spare A Dime?" (1932) -
w: E.Y. Harburg/ m: Jay Gorney

128. "The Last Round-Up"(1933) - w & m: Billy Hill

129. *"Night and Day" (1932) - w & m: Cole Porter

130. *"The Song Is You" (1932) - w: Oscar Hammerstein II/
m: Jerome Kern

131. *"Forty-Second Street" (1933) - w: Al Dubin/
m: Harry Warren

132. "Sophisticated Lady" (1933) - w: Mitchell Parrish, Irving Mills/ m: Duke Ellington

133.  *"Stormy Weather" (1933) - w: Ted Koehler/
m: Harold Arlen

134. "Anything Goes" (1934) - w & m: Cole Porter

135. *"Blue Moon" (1934) - w: Lorenz Hart/ m: Richard Rodgers

136. "Solitude" (1934) - w: Eddie DeLange, Irving Mills/
m: Duke Ellington

137. "Begin the Beguine" (1935) - w & m: Cole Porter

138. *"Cheek to Cheek" (1935) - w & m: Irving Berlin

139. "I've Got You Under My Skin" (1935) - w & m: Cole Porter

140. "Lullaby of Broadway" (1935) - w: Al Dubin/ m: Harry Warren (Oscar-winning song from GOLD DIGGERS OF 1935)

141. "Summertime" (1935) - w: DuBose Heyward/
m: George Gershwin (from opera, PORGY AND BESS)

142."I'm An Old Cow Hand (From The Rio Grande)" (1936) -
w & m: Johnny Mercer

143. *"Pennies From Heaven"(1936) - w: Johnny Burke/
m: Arthur Johnston

144. "The Way You Look Tonight" (1936) - w: Dorothy Fields/
m: Jerome Kern (Oscar-winning song from SWING TIME)

145. *"Hooray For Hollywood" (1937) - w: Johnny Mercer/
m: Richard Whiting

146: "They Can't Take That Away From Me" (1937) -
w: Ira Gershwin/ m: George Gershwin

147. "Our Love is Here to Stay" (1938) - w: Ira Gershwin/
m: George Gershwin

148. *"Sweet Leilani" )1938) - w & m: Harry Owens (Oscar-winning song from WAIKIKI WEDDING)

149. "God Bless America" (1938) - w & m: Irving Berlin

150. "Thanks For The Memory" (1938) - w: Leo Robin/
m: Ralph Rainger (Oscar-winning song from THE BIG BROADCAST OF 1938, and later the theme song for Bob Hope)




XIV.   Radio, Movies and World War II
 


151. "All the Things You Are" (1939) -
w: Oscar Hammerstein II/ m: Jerome Kern

152. "Over the Rainbow" (1939) - w: E.Y. Harburg/
m: Harold Arlen

153. *"Deep Purple (1939) - w: Mitchell Parrish/
m: Peter DeRose

154. "In The Mood"(1939) - w: Andy Razaf/ m: Joe Garland

155. "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" (1940) -
w: Lorenz Hart/ m: Richard Rodgers

156. "When You Wish Upon a Star" (1940) - w: Ned Washington/ m: Leigh Harline

157. "Blues in the Night" (1941) - w: Johnny Mercer/
m: Harold Arlen

158. "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Of Company B (1941) -
w & m: Don Raye and Hughie Prince

159. *"Chattanooga Choo-Choo" (1941) - w: Mack Gordon/
m: Harry Warren

160. "At Last" (1942) - w: Mack Gordon/m: Harry Warren

161. *"White Christmas" (1942) - w & m: Irving Berlin

162. "Jingle, Jangle, Jingle" (1942) - w: Frank Loesser/
m: Joseph J. Lilley

163. "People Will Say We're in Love'"(1943) - w: Oscar Hammerstein II/ m: Richard Rodgers

164."Ac-cent-tchuate the Positive" (1944) - w: Johnny Mercer/ m: Harold Arlen

165. "I'll Be Seeing You" (1944) - w: Irving Kahal/
m: Sammy Fain

166. "Laura" (1945) - w: Johnny Mercer/m: David Raksin

XV. The Post War Singers Era

167."On The Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" (1946) -
w: Johnny Mercer/ m: Harry Warren
(Oscar-winning song from THE HARVEY GIRLS)

168. "Stella By Starlight" (1946) - w: Ned Washington/
m: Victor Young

169. "There's No Business Like Show Business" (1946) -
w & m: Irving Berlin

170. "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" (1946) - w: Ray Gilbert/
m: Allie Wrubel (Oscar-winning song from SONG OF THE SOUTH)

171. *"Near You" (1947) - w:  Kermit Goell/ m:  Francis Craig

172. *"Ghost Riders in the Sky" (1949) - w & m: Stan Jones

173. *"Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" (1949) -
w & m: Johnny Marks

174."Mona Lisa"(1950) - w: Ray Evans/ m: Jay Livingston

175. *"Goodnight, Irene" (1950) - w & m: Huddie Ledbetter & Alan Lomax

176. *"The Tennessee Waltz" (1950) - w & m: Redd Stewart
and Pee Wee King (official State of Tennessee song)

177. *"Because Of You" (1940/ 1951) - w: Arthur Hamilton/
m: Dudley Wilkinson

178. "Cold, Cold Heart" (1952) - w & m: Hank Williams Sr.

179. *"Cry" (1951) - w & m: Churchill Kohlman

180. "Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin' (1952) -
w: Ned Washington/ m: Dimitri Tiomkin
(Oscar-winning song from the film, HIGH NOON)

181. *"You Belong To Me" (1952) - w & m: Pee Wee King,
Redd Stewart, Chilton Price

182. "Secret Love" (1953) - w: Paul Francis Webster/
m: Sammy Fain (Oscar-winning song from CALAMITY JANE)

183. *"Vaya Con Dios (May God Be With You)" (1953) -
w & m: Larry Russell, Inez James, Buddy Pepper

184. "Earth Angel" (1954) - w & m: Curtis Williams

185."Three Coins in the Fountain" (1954) - w: Sammy Cahn/
m: Jule Styne

XVI. Musical Theater
and Rock n' Roll Revolution

186. $ "Rock Around the Clock" (1955) - w & m: Max Freedman and Jimmy DeKnight

187. $"Sincerely" (1955) - w & m: Harvey Fuqua & Alan Freed

188. $"Don't Be Cruel" (1956) - w & m: Otis Blackwell
(not co-written by Elvis Presley)

189. $"Love Me Tender" (1956) - w & m: Ken Darby (adapted from the Civil War era song, "Aura Lee" - not co-written by Elvis Presley and Vera Matson)

190. "On the Street Where You Live" (1956) - w: Alan Jay Lerner/
m: Frederick Loewe

191. $"Young Love" (1957) - w & m: Ric Cartey and Carole Joyner

193."All The Way" (1957) - w: Sammy Cahn/ m: James Van Heusen (Oscar-winning song from THE JOKER IS WILD)

194. $"Tammy" (1957) - w & m: Jay Livingston and Ray Evans

195."Maria" (1957) - w: Stephen Sondheim/
m: Leonard Bernstein (from stage musical, WEST SIDE STORY)

196. $"At The Hop" (1958) - w & m: Artie Singer, David White, John Medora

197. $"It's All In The Game" (1958) - w: Carl Sigman/ m: Charles Gates Dawes (melody originally written in 1912)

198. "Climb Every Mountain" (1959) - w: Oscar Hammerstein II/ m: Richard Rodgers (from stage musical, THE SOUND OF MUSIC)

199. $"Mack The Knife" (1952/ 1959) - w: Bertolt Brecht (English translation: Marc Blitstein)/ m: Kurt Weill (from THREE PENNY OPERA) - Grammy Award as Record of the Year for Bobby Darin

200. "Small World" (1959) - w: Stephen Sondheim/ m: Jule Styne
(from stage musical, GYPSY)

Recordings for all the above songs are in the

American Music Recordings Archive (AMRA)

Songwriters with 2 or more songs on the above list:

Harold Arlen = 4 [1933, 1939, 1941, 1945]

Irving Berlin = 6 [1911, 1914, 1919, 1938, 1942, 1946]

Sammy Cahn = 2 [1954, 1957]

George M. Cohan = 3 [1904, 1906,1917]

Duke Ellington = 3 [1931, 1933, 1934]


Dorothy Fields = 2 [1928, 1936]

George Gershwin = 7 [1919, 1924, 1926, 1930, 1935,
1937, 1938 ]

Ira Gershwin = 5 [1924, 1926, 1930, 1937, 1938 ]

Oscar Hammerstein II = 5 [1927, 1934, 1939, 1943, 1959]

E.Y. Harburg = 2 [1932, 1939]

Lorenz Hart = 3 [1925, 1934, 1941]

Victor Herbert = 2 [1903, 1910]

Jerome Kern = 4 [1927, 1934, 1936, 1939]

Jay Livingston & Ray Evans = 2 [1950, 1957]

Johnny Mercer = 5 [1936, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1946]

Mitchell Parrish = 3 [1929, 1933, 1939]

Cole Porter = 5 [1932, 1934, 1935 (2), 1956]

Richard Rodgers = 5 [1925, 1934, 1940, 1943, 1945]

George F. Root = 2 [1861, 1862]

Stephen Sondheim = 2 [1956, 1959]

Harry Warren = 5 [1933, 1935, 1941, 1942, 1946]

Ned Washington = 2 [1940, 1952]

 

 

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Essential American Recordings Survey (EARS)

 

The recordings include a cross section of music, including 18th century psalm tunes, 19th century patriotic songs; 20th century classical, jazz, stage & screen, and popular songs.

To read this survey, go to:

EARS

 

 

National Carry A Tune Week

For other lists on this American Music Preservation website,
click on these links:

Essential American Recordings Survey (EARS)

100 American Songs of the 20th Century

Essential Film Scores of the 20th Century

50 Song Hits 1962

50 Song Hits 1961

50 Song Hits 1960

50 Song Hits 1959

50 Song Hits 1958

50 Song Hits 1957

50 Song Hits 1956

Send comments or questions to:

American Song History Survey (ASHS)


If you are in search of
American music collections and CDs,
go to the

AMP Store


 

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