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Subject: 365 'Songs of the Century'
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Mar 01 - 12:50 PM

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Recording Industry Association of America have jointly published a list of what they consider to be the top 365 "Songs of the Century." (See the press release here and the complete list here.)

There is some stuff to quibble about here -- for example, some of these are not songs at all but tunes - but there is a lot to admire, too. Few, if any, are pure "folk" songs in the strictest sense (i.e. songs that arose through the folk process, and no one knows who wrote them). But many, especially the old ones, are (or could be) quite agreeably sung by "folk singers," and many have already been posted or mentioned in Mudcat threads or included in DigiTrad.

I think you will enjoy browsing the list:

"The list is organized by decade and alphabetically by performer(s). The * indicates the song that received the most votes for that decade."

DAWN OF A CENTURY (1890-1920)

The American Quartet -- "Over There" -- Victor -- 1917
Enrico Caruso -- "Vesti La Giubba" -- Victor -- 1907
Geraldine Farrar -- "My Old Kentucky Home" -- Victor -- 1910
The Fisk Jubilee Singers -- "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" -- Victor -- 1909
Louise Homer -- "America the Beautiful" -- Victor -- 1925
Scott Joplin -- "The Entertainer" -- piano roll -- 1902
John McCormick -- "The Star Spangled Banner" -- Victor -- 1917
*Billy Murray -- "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" -- Victor -- 1908
Chauncey Olcott -- "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" -- Columbia -- 1913
Original Dixieland Jazz Band -- "Tiger Rag" -- Victor -- 1918
Vess Ossman -- "Yankee Doodle" -- N.American -- 1894
The Peerless Quartet -- "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" -- Columbia -- 1911
Sousa's Band -- "The Stars and Stripes Forever" -- Columbia -- 1896
Frank Stanley -- "Auld Lang Syne" -- Columbia -- 1907
Sophie Tucker -- "Some of These Days" -- Columbia -- 1911

THE JAZZ AGE (1920-1930)

*Louis Armstrong -- "When the Saints Go Marching In" -- Decca -- 1938
Gene Austin -- "Bye Bye Blackbird" -- Victor -- 1926
Ben Bernie Orchestra -- "Sweet Georgia Brown" -- Vocalion -- 1925
Eddie Cantor -- "Makin' Whoopee" -- Victor -- 1929
Hoagy Carmichael -- "Star Dust" -- Gennett -- 1928
The Carter Family -- "Can the Circle Be Unbroken" -- ARC -- 1935
Vernon Dalhart -- "The Prisoner's Song" -- Victor -- 1924
Arthur Gibbs & Gang -- "Charleston" -- Victor -- 1924
W.C. Handy -- "St. Louis Blues" -- Okeh -- 1923
Al Jolson -- "Swanee" -- Columbia -- 1920
Billy Jones -- "Yes We Have No Bananas" -- Edison -- 1923
Isham Jones Orchestra -- "It Had to Be You" -- Brunswick -- 1924
Helen Kane -- "I Wanna Be Loved By You" -- Victor -- 1928
Jelly Roll Morton -- "King Porter Stomp" -- Gennett -- 1923
Jimmie Rodgers -- "Blue Yodel (T for Texas)" -- Victor -- 1930
Ben Selvin Orchestra -- "Happy Days Are Here Again" -- Columbia -- 1930
Bessie Smith -- "Down Hearted Blues" -- Columbia -- 1923
Whisperin' Jack Smith -- "Me and My Shadow" -- Victor -- 1927
Fats Waller -- "Ain't Misbehavin'" -- Victor -- 1929
Paul Whiteman Orchestra -- "Whispering" -- Victor -- 1920

THE GREAT DEPRESSION (1930-1940)

Roy Acuff -- "Wabash Cannonball" -- Vocalion -- 1938
Marian Anderson -- "Ave Maria" -- Victor -- 1937
Fred Astaire -- "Night and Day" -- Victor -- 1932
Gene Autry -- "Back in the Saddle Again" -- Vocalion -- 1938
Count Basie -- "One O'Clock Jump" -- Decca -- 1937
Sidney Bechet -- "Summertime" -- Blue Note -- 1939
The Boswell Sisters -- "Alexander's Ragtime Band" -- Brunswick -- 1935
Cab Calloway -- "Minnie the Moocher" -- Brunswick -- 1931
Bing Crosby -- "Pennies From Heaven" -- Decca -- 1936
Jimmie Davis -- "You Are My Sunshine" -- Decca -- 1940
*Judy Garland -- "Over the Rainbow" -- Decca -- 1939
Benny Goodman -- "Sing Sing Sing" -- Victor -- 1938
Bob Hope/Shirley Ross -- "Thanks for the Memory" -- Decca -- 1939
Robert Johnson -- "Cross Road Blues" -- Columbia -- 1936
Cole Porter -- "You're the Top" -- Victor -- 1935
Harry Richman -- "Puttin' on the Ritz" -- Brunswick -- 1930
Kate Smith -- "God Bless America" -- Victor -- 1939
Sons of the Pioneers -- "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" -- Decca -- 1934
Art Tatum -- "Tea for Two" -- Decca -- 1939
Shirley Temple -- "On the Good Ship Lollipop" -- 20th Cent.Fox -- 1934
Rudy Vallee -- "Brother Can You Spare a Dime" -- Brunswick -- 1932
cast recording -- Show Boat -- Brunswick -- 1932
cast recording -- Porgy and Bess -- Decca -- 1935

THE SWING ERA / THE WAR YEARS (1940-1950)

The Andrews Sisters -- "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" -- Decca -- 1941
Eddy Arnold -- "Cattle Call" -- Bluebird -- 1945
Gene Autry -- "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" -- Columbia -- 1949
Les Brown -- "Sentimental Journey" -- Columbia -- 1945
The Chuck Wagon Gang -- "I'll Fly Away" -- Columbia -- 1948
Francis Craig Orchestra -- "Near You" -- Bullet -- 1947
*Bing Crosby -- "White Christmas" -- Decca -- 1942
Cliff Edwards -- "When You Wish Upon a Star" -- Victor -- 1940
Duke Ellington -- "Take the A Train" -- Victor -- 1941
The Fairfield Four -- "Don't Let Nobody Turn You Around" -- Bullet -- 1947
Ella Fitzgerald -- "A Tisket A Tasket" -- Decca -- 1938
Dizzy Gillespie -- "Salt Peanuts" -- Guild -- 1945
Woody Guthrie -- "This Land Is Your Land" -- Asch -- 1947
Coleman Hawkins -- "Body and Soul" -- Bluebird -- 1940
Billie Holiday -- "God Bless the Child" -- Okeh -- 1941
Billie Holiday -- "Strange Fruit" -- Commodore -- 1939
John Lee Hooker -- "Boogie Chillun" -- Modern -- 1948
Lena Horne -- "Stormy Weather" -- Victor -- 1943
The Ink Spots -- "If I Didn't Care" -- Decca -- 1939
Mahalia Jackson -- "Move on Up a Little Higher" -- Apollo -- 1948
Leadbelly -- "Goodnight Irene" -- Capitol -- 1944
Roy Rogers/Dale Evans -- "Happy Trails" -- RCA Victor -- 1951
Johnny Mercer -- "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" -- Capitol -- 1946
Glenn Miller -- "In the Mood" -- Bluebird -- 1939
The Mills Brothers -- "Paper Doll -- Decca -- 1943
Thelonius Monk -- "Around Midnight" -- Blue Note -- 1948
Bill Monroe -- "Blue Moon of Kentucky" -- Columbia -- 1945
Vaughn Monroe -- "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky" -- RCA Victor -- 1949
Charlie Parker Sextet -- "Ornithology" -- Dial -- 1946
Alvino Ray -- "Deep in the Heart of Texas" -- Bluebird -- 1942
Artie Shaw -- "Begin the Beguine" -- Bluebird -- 1938
Bob Wills -- "New San Antonio Rose" -- Okeh -- 1940
cast recording -- Oklahoma! -- Decca -- 1943
cast recording -- South Pacific -- Columbia -- 1949

AMERICAN BANDSTAND (1950-1960)

Harry Belafonte -- "Banana Boat (Day-O)" -- RCA Victor -- 1957
Chuck Berry -- "Johnny B. Goode" -- Chess -- 1958
Bo Diddley -- "Bo Diddley" -- Checker -- 1955
Dave Brubeck -- "Take Five" -- Columbia -- 1959
Johnny Cash -- "I Walk the Line" -- Sun -- 1956
The Champs -- "Tequila" -- Challenge -- 1958
Ray Charles -- "What'd I Say" -- Atlantic -- 1959
Ray Charles -- "Georgia on My Mind" -- ABC Paramnt -- 1960
The Chordettes -- "Mr. Sandman" -- Cadence -- 1954
The Coasters -- "Yakety Yak" -- Atco -- 1958
Eddie Cochran -- "Summertime Blues" -- Liberty -- 1958
Nat King Cole -- "Mona Lisa" -- Capitol -- 1950
Sam Cooke -- "You Send Me" -- Keen -- 1957
Danny & The Juniors -- "At the Hop" -- ABC Paramnt -- 1957
Bobby Darin -- "Mack the Knife" -- Atco -- 1959
Miles Davis -- Kind of Blue -- Columbia -- 1959
Doris Day -- "Que Sera Sera" -- Columbia -- 1956
Mark Dinning -- "Teen Angel" -- MGM -- 1960
Fats Domino -- "Blueberry Hill" -- Imperial -- 1956
The Everly Brothers -- "Wake Up Little Susie" -- Cadence -- 1957
The Five Satins -- "In the Still of the Night" -- Ember -- 1956
The Flamingos -- "I Only Have Eyes for You" -- End -- 1959
Tennessee Ernie Ford -- "Sixteen Tons" -- Capitol -- 1955
Connie Francis -- "Who's Sorry Now" -- MGM -- 1958
Erroll Garner Trio -- "Misty" -- Mercury -- 1954
*Bill Haley & the Comets -- "Rock Around the Clock" -- Decca -- 1955
Wilbert Harrison -- "Kansas City" -- Fury -- 1959
Al Hibbler -- "Unchained Melody" -- Decca -- 1955
Buddy Holly -- "Peggy Sue" -- Coral -- 1957
Johnny Horton -- "The Battle of New Orleans" -- Columbia -- 1959
The Isley Brothers -- "Shout" -- RCA -- 1959
The Kingston Trio -- "Tom Dooley" -- Capitol -- 1958
Jerry Lee Lewis -- "Great Balls of Fire" -- Sun -- 1957
Little Richard -- "Tutti Frutti" -- Specialty -- 1956
Frankie Lymon & Teenagers -- "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" -- Gee -- 1956
Johnny Mathis -- "Chances Are" -- Columbia -- 1957
The Modern Jazz Quartet -- "Django" -- Prestige -- 1954
Patti Page -- "The Tennessee Waltz" -- Mercury -- 1950
Les Paul & Mary Ford -- "How High the Moon" -- Capitol -- 1951
The Penguins -- "Earth Angel" -- Dootone -- 1954
Carl Perkins -- "Blue Suede Shoes" -- Sun -- 1956
The Platters -- "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" -- Mercury -- 1958
Elvis Presley -- "Heartbreak Hotel" -- RCA Victor -- 1956
Elvis Presley -- "Hound Dog"/ "Don't Be Cruel" -- RCA Victor -- 1956
Louis Prima & Keely Smith -- "That Old Black Magic" -- Capitol -- 1958
George Beverly Shea -- "How Great Thou Art" -- RCA -- 1955
Joe Turner -- "Shake Rattle and Roll" -- Atlantic -- 1954
Ritchie Valens -- "Donna"/ "La Bamba" -- Del-Fi -- 1958
Muddy Waters -- "Got My Mojo Workin'" -- Chess -- 1956
The Weavers -- "On Top of Old Smoky" -- Decca -- 1951
Hank Williams -- "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" -- MGM -- 1949
Hank Williams -- "Your Cheatin' Heart" -- MGM -- 1953
Mary Lou Williams -- Zodiac Suite -- Jazztone -- 1955
cast recording -- The King and I -- Decca -- 1951
cast recording -- My Fair Lady -- Columbia -- 1956
cast recording -- West Side Story -- Columbia -- 1957
cast recording -- The Music Man -- Capitol -- 1958

THE 'SIXTIES (1960-1970)

The Animals -- "House of the Rising Sun" -- MGM -- 1964
Louis Armstrong -- "What a Wonderful World" -- ABC -- 1967
Joan Baez -- "We Shall Overcome" -- Vanguard -- 1963
The Beach Boys -- "Good Vibrations" -- Capitol -- 1967
The Beatles -- "I Want to Hold Your Hand" -- Capitol -- 1964
The Beatles -- "Yesterday" / "Act Naturally" -- Capitol -- 1965
The Beatles -- Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band -- Capitol -- 1967
Tony Bennett -- "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" -- Columbia -- 1962
James Brown -- "I Got You (I Feel Good)" -- King -- 1965
Buffalo Springfield -- "For What It's Worth" -- Atco -- 1967
The Byrds -- "Turn Turn Turn" -- Columbia -- 1965
Glen Campbell -- "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" -- Capitol -- 1967
Johnny Cash -- "Ring of Fire" -- Columbia -- 1963
Chubby Checker -- "The Twist" -- Parkway -- 1960
Petula Clark -- "Downtown" -- Warner Bros. -- 1965
Patsy Cline -- "I Fall to Pieces" -- Decca -- 1961
John Coltrane -- A Love Supreme -- Impulse -- 1964
Creedence Clearwater Revival -- "Proud Mary" -- Fantasy -- 1969
Jackie DeShannon -- "What the World Needs Now Is Love" -- Imperial -- 1965
Dion -- "Runaround Sue" -- Laurie -- 1961
Dion -- "Abraham, Martin and John" -- Laurie -- 1968
The Doors -- "Light My Fire" -- Elektra -- 1967
The Drifters -- "On Broadway" -- Atlantic -- 1963
Bob Dylan -- "The Times They Are A-Changin'" -- Columbia -- 1964
Bob Dylan -- "Like a Rolling Stone" -- Columbia -- 1965
The Four Tops -- "Reach Out I'll Be There" -- Motown -- 1966
*Aretha Franklin -- "Respect" -- Atlantic -- 1967
Marvin Gaye -- "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" -- Tamla -- 1968
Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell -- "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" -- Tamla -- 1967
Bobbie Gentry -- "Ode to Billy Joe" -- Capitol -- 1967
Stan Getz/Astrud Gilberto -- "The Girl From Ipanema" -- Verve -- 1964
Lesley Gore -- "It's My Party" -- Mercury -- 1963
Ramsey Lewis Trio -- "The In Crowd" -- Argo -- 1965
Merle Haggard -- "Sing Me Back Home" -- Capitol -- 1967
Edwin Hawkins Singers -- "O Happy Day" -- Pavillion -- 1969
Jimi Hendrix -- "All Along the Watchtower" -- Reprise -- 1968
The Impressions -- "People Get Ready" -- ABC Parmnt -- 1965
Jefferson Airplane -- "White Rabbit" -- RCA -- 1967
Janis Joplin -- "Me and Bobby McGee" -- Columbia -- 1971
B.B. King -- "The Thrill Is Gone" -- Blues Way -- 1969
Ben E. King -- "Stand By Me" -- Atco -- 1961
The Kingsmen -- "Louie Louie" -- Wand -- 1963
The Kinks -- "You Really Got Me" -- Reprise -- 1964
Brenda Lee -- "I'm Sorry" -- Decca -- 1960
Ketty Lester -- "Love Letters" -- Era -- 1962
Little Eva -- "The Loco-Motion" -- Dimension -- 1962
Mamas & Papas -- "California Dreamin'" -- Dunhill -- 1966
Henry Mancini -- "Moon River" -- RCA -- 1961
Martha & The Vandellas -- "Dancing in the Street" -- Gordy -- 1964
Dean Martin -- "Everybody Loves Somebody" -- Reprise -- 1964
Roger Miller -- "King of the Road" -- Smash -- 1965
The Miracles -- "The Tracks of My Tears" -- Tamla -- 1965
Roy Orbison -- "Crying" -- Monument -- 1961
Roy Orbison -- "Oh Pretty Woman" -- Monument -- 1964
Peter, Paul & Mary -- "Blowin' in the Wind" -- Warner Bros. -- 1963
Wilson Pickett -- "In the Midnight Hour" -- Atlantic -- 1965
Otis Redding -- "Dock of the Bay" -- Volt -- 1968
The Righteous Brothers -- "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" -- Philles -- 1965
Marty Robbins -- "El Paso" -- Columbia -- 1959
The Rolling Stones -- "Satisfaction" -- London -- 1965
The Ronettes -- "Be My Baby" -- Philles -- 1963
Sam & Dave -- "Soul Man" -- Stax -- 1967
The Shangri-Las -- "Leader of the Pack" -- Red Bird -- 1964
The Shirelles -- "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" -- Scepter -- 1961
Simon & Garfunkel -- "Sounds of Silence" -- Columbia -- 1965
Frank Sinatra -- "Strangers in the Night" -- Reprise -- 1966
Frank Sinatra -- "My Way" -- Reprise -- 1969
Percy Sledge -- "When a Man Loves a Woman" -- Atlantic -- 1966
Sly & The Family Stone -- "Everyday People" -- Epic -- 1968
Sonny & Cher -- "I Got You Babe" -- Atco -- 1965
Steppenwolf -- "Born to be Wild" -- Dunhill -- 1968
The Supremes -- "Stop in the Name of Love" -- Motown -- 1965
The Temptations -- "My Girl" -- Gordy -- 1965
B.J. Thomas -- "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" -- Scepter -- 1969
The Tokens -- "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" -- RCA -- 1961
The Tymes -- "So in Love" -- Parkway -- 1963
Dionne Warwick -- "Walk on By" -- Scepter -- 1964
Mary Wells -- "My Guy" -- Motown -- 1964
Tammy Wynette -- "Stand By Your Man" -- Epic -- 1968
cast recording -- The Sound of Music -- Columbia -- 1960
cast recording -- Hair -- RCA -- 1969

THE ROCK ERA (1970-1980)

Abba -- "Dancing Queen" -- Atlantic -- 1977
Aerosmith -- "Walk This Way" -- Columbia -- 1976
Allman Brothers Band -- "Ramblin' Man" -- Capricorn -- 1973
The Bee Gees -- "Stayin' Alive" -- RSO -- 1978
George Benson -- "This Masquerade" -- Warner Bros. -- 1976
Jimmy Buffett -- "Margaritaville" -- ABC -- 1977
Shirley Caesar -- "No Charge" -- Scepter -- 1975
The Carpenters -- "Close to You" -- A&M -- 1970
Harry Chapin -- "The Cat's in the Cradle" -- Elektra -- 1974
Chicago -- "Saturday in the Park" -- Columbia -- 1972
Jim Croce -- "Time in a Bottle -- ABC -- 1973
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young -- "Ohio" -- Atlantic -- 1970
Charlie Daniels Band -- "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" -- Epic -- 1979
Miles Davis -- Bitches Brew -- Columbia -- 1969
John Denver -- "Take Me Home Country Roads" -- RCA -- 1971
Derek & The Dominos -- "Layla" -- Atco -- 1972
Thomas Dorsey/Marion Williams -- "Take My Hand Precious Lord" -- Columbia -- 1973
The Eagles -- "Hotel California" -- Asylum -- 1977
Roberta Flack -- "Killing Me Softly With His Song" -- Atlantic -- 1973
Fleetwood Mac -- "Go Your Own Way" -- Reprise -- 1977
Marvin Gaye -- "What's Going On" -- Tamla -- 1971
Gloria Gayner -- "I Will Survive" -- Polydor -- 1979
The Grateful Dead -- "Uncle John's Band" -- Warner Bros. -- 1970
Al Green -- "Let's Stay Together" -- Hi -- 1972
Isaac Hayes -- "Theme From Shaft" -- Enterprise -- 1971
The Jackson 5 -- "I Want You Back" -- Motown -- 1969
Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson -- "Mama's Don't Let Your Babies…" -- RCA -- 1978
Billy Joel -- "Piano Man" -- Columbia -- 1974
Elton John -- "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" -- MCA -- 1973
K.C. & The Sunshine Band -- "That's the Way( I Like It)" -- TK -- 1975
Carole King -- "It's Too Late" / "I Feel the Earth Move" -- Ode -- 1971
Gladys Knight & The Pips -- "Midnight Train to Georgia" -- Buddah -- 1973
Led Zeppelin -- "Stairway to Heaven" -- Atlantic -- 1971
John Lennon -- "Imagine" -- Apple -- 1971
Loretta Lynn -- "Coal Miner's Daughter" -- Decca -- 1970
Lynyrd Skynyrd -- "Free Bird" -- MCA -- 1974
*Don McLean -- "American Pie" -- United Artists -- 1971
Harold Melvin/Blue Notes -- "If You Don't Know Me By Now" -- Phila.Int'l. -- 1972
Joni Mitchell -- "Big Yellow Taxi" -- Reprise -- 1970
Van Morrison -- "Brown Eyed Girl" -- Bang -- 1967
Johnny Nash -- "I Can See Clearly Now" -- Epic -- 1972
Nilsson -- "Everybody's Talkin'" -- RCA -- 1969
Queen -- "We Are the Champions/We Will Rock You" -- Elektra -- 1977
Helen Reddy -- "I Am Woman" -- Capitol -- 1972
Charlie Rich -- "Behind Closed Doors" -- Epic -- 1973
Kenny Rogers -- "The Gambler" -- United Artists -- 1978
Linda Ronstadt -- "When Will I Be Loved" -- Capitol -- 1975
Santana -- "Oye Como Va" -- Columbia -- 1971
Carly Simon -- "You're So Vain" -- Elektra -- 1973
Sister Sledge -- "We Are Family" -- Cotillion -- 1979
Bruce Springsteen -- "Born to Run" -- Columbia -- 1975
The Staple Singers -- "Respect Yourself" -- Stax -- 1971
Edwin Starr -- "War" -- Gordy -- 1970
Rod Stewart -- "Maggie May" -- Mercury -- 1971
Barbra Streisand -- "The Way We Were" -- Columbia -- 1973
Donna Summer -- "She Works Hard for the Money" -- Mercury -- 1983
James Taylor -- "Fire and Rain" -- Warner Bros. -- 1970
Three Dog Night -- "Joy to the World" -- Dunhill -- 1971
The Village People -- "Y.M.C.A." -- Casablanca -- 1978
Weather Report -- "Birdland" -- Columbia -- 1976
Bill Withers -- "Lean On Me" -- Sussex -- 1972
Stevie Wonder -- "Superstition" -- Tamla -- 1972
Stevie Wonder -- "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" -- Tamla -- 1973
Neil Young -- "Heart of Gold" -- Reprise -- 1972
soundtrack recording -- Grease -- RSO -- 1979

THE 'EIGHTIES (1980-1990)

Alabama -- "My Home's in Alabama" -- RCA -- 1980
The B-52's -- "Love Shack" -- Reprise -- 1989
The Beastie Boys -- "Fight for Your Right (to Party)" -- Def Jam -- 1987
Blondie -- "Heart of Glass" -- Chrysalis -- 1979
Irene Cara -- "Flashdance" -- Casablanca -- 1983
Kim Carnes -- "Bette Davis Eyes" -- EMI America -- 1981
Joe Cocker/Jennifer Warnes -- "Up Where We Belong" -- Island -- 1982
The Go-Go's -- "We Got the Beat" -- IRS -- 1982
Grandmaster Flash -- "The Message" -- Sugar Hill -- 1982
Amy Grant -- "El Shaddai" -- Myrrh -- 1982
Guns N' Roses -- "Sweet Child o' Mine" -- Geffen -- 1988
Herbie Hancock -- "Rockit" -- Columbia -- 1983
Michael Jackson -- "Beat It" -- Epic -- 1983
Joan Jett -- "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" -- Boardwalk -- 1982
George Jones -- "He Stopped Loving Her Today" -- Epic -- 1980
The Judds -- "Mama He's Crazy" -- RCA/Curb -- 1984
Kool & The Gang -- "Celebration" -- De-Lite -- 1980
Cyndi Lauper -- "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" -- Portrait -- 1983
Bobby McFerrin -- "Don't Worry Be Happy" -- EMI -- 1988
Madonna -- "Material Girl" -- Sire -- 1985
John Cougar Mellencamp -- "Jack and Diane" -- Riva -- 1982
George Michael -- "Faith" -- Columbia -- 1987
Bette Midler -- "The Wind Beneath My Wings" -- Atlantic -- 1989
Willie Nelson -- "On the Road Again" -- Columbia -- 1980
Dolly Parton -- "9 to 5" -- RCA -- 1980
Tom Petty -- "Free Fallin'" -- MCA -- 1989
Pink Floyd -- "Another Brick in the Wall" -- Columbia -- 1980
The Pointer Sisters -- "I'm So Excited" -- Planet -- 1984
The Police -- "Every Breath You Take" -- A&M -- 1983
Prince -- "1999" -- Warner Bros. -- 1982
Prince -- "Purple Rain" -- Warner Bros. -- 1984
Public Enemy -- "Fight the Power" -- Motown -- 1989
Bob Seger -- "Old Time Rock & Roll" -- Capitol -- 1979
Paul Simon -- 'Graceland" -- Warner Bros. -- 1986
Bruce Springsteen -- "Born in the U.S.A." -- Columbia -- 1984
Sugarhill Gang -- "Rapper's Delight" -- Sugar Hill -- 1979
Talking Heads -- "Burning Down the House" -- Sire -- 1983
*Tina Turner -- "What's Love Got to Do With It" -- Capitol -- 1984
USA for Africa -- "We Are the World" -- Columbia -- 1985
U2 -- "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" -- Island -- 1987
Van Halen -- "Jump" -- Warner Bros. -- 1984
Dionne Warwick & Friends -- "That's What Friends Are For" -- Arista -- 1986
Hank Williams Jr. -- "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" -- WB -- 1984
Steve Winwood -- "Higher Love" -- Island -- 1986

END OF THE MILLENNIUM (1990-2000)

Boyz II Men/Mariah Carey -- "One Sweet Day" -- Columbia -- 1996
Garth Brooks -- "Friends in Low Places" -- Capitol -- 1990
Tracy Chapman -- "Fast Car" -- Elektra -- 1988
Eric Clapton -- "Change the World" -- Reprise -- 1996
Sheryl Crow -- "All I Wanna Do" -- A&M -- 1994
Destiny's Child -- "Bills, Bills, Bills" -- Columbia -- 1999
Billy Ray Cyrus -- "Achy Breaky Heart" -- Mercury -- 1992
Celine Dion -- "My Heart Will Go On" -- 550/Epic -- 1998
Dixie Chicks -- "Wide Open Spaces" -- Monument -- 1998
M.C. Hammer -- "U Can't Touch This" -- Capitol -- 1990
Faith Hill -- "This Kiss" -- Warner Bros. -- 1999
Lauryn Hill -- "Doo Wop (That Thing)" -- Ruffhouse -- 1998
Whitney Houston -- "I Will Always Love You" -- Arista -- 1992
Elton John -- "Candle in the Wind" -- Rocket -- 1997
R. Kelly -- "I Believe I Can Fly" -- Jive -- 1997
Tim McGraw -- "Please Remember Me"` -- Curb -- 1999
Ricky Martin -- "Livin' La Vida Loca" -- Columbia -- 1999
*Nirvana -- "Smells Like Teen Spirit" -- DGC -- 1992
R.E.M. -- "Losing My Religion" -- Warner Bros. -- 1991
Bonnie Raitt -- "Something to Talk About" -- Capitol -- 1991
Santana/Rob Thomas -- "Smooth" -- Arista -- 1999
Will Smith -- "Men in Black" -- Columbia -- 1997
TLC -- "No Scrubs" -- LaFace -- 1999
Shania Twain -- "You're Still the One" -- Mercury -- 1998
BeBe& CeCe Winans -- "Addictive Love" -- Capitol -- 1991
Lee Ann Womack -- "I Hope You Dance" -- MCA -- 2000


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Subject: RE: 365 'Songs of the Century'
From: MMario
Date: 09 Mar 01 - 12:59 PM

cheat! not only are some not "songs" - but at least 5 items are entire musicals!


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Subject: RE: 365 'Songs of the Century'
From: Bert
Date: 09 Mar 01 - 01:09 PM

I suppose that other peoples opinions of what constitutes "top" are quite interesting.

However any list which contains "Achy Breaky Heart" makes me wonder, just what are they cosidered to be "top of"?


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Subject: RE: 365 'Songs of the Century'
From: catspaw49
Date: 09 Mar 01 - 01:24 PM

We run these things ourselves and then read the "pros" type stuff like this. Nobody will ever agree. Like most lists, this one has some I'd pick, some noticeably missing, and some that make me say, "WHAT??"

Fun reading though and thanks Jim for posting it!!!!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: 365 'Songs of the Century'
From: catspaw49
Date: 09 Mar 01 - 01:25 PM

We run these things ourselves and then read the "pros" type stuff like this. Nobody will ever agree. Like most lists, this one has some I'd pick, some noticeably missing, and some that make me say, "WHAT??"

Fun reading though and thanks Jim for posting it!!!!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: 365 'Songs of the Century'
From: catspaw49
Date: 09 Mar 01 - 01:26 PM

See? I was so in the "WHAT??" mode I posted twice.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: 365 'Songs of the Century'
From: bluebird
Date: 09 Mar 01 - 01:52 PM

What about "The Sidewalks of New York" we skipped the light fantastic.......


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Subject: RE: 365 'Songs of the Century'
From: catspaw49
Date: 09 Mar 01 - 02:52 PM

Apparently there is also the TOP 20 vote getters from this poll and they are on another thread started by Roger the Skiffler this morning.

CLICK HERE

Spaw


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Subject: RE: 365 'Songs of the Century'
From: GUEST,Dancing Mom
Date: 09 Mar 01 - 03:15 PM

catspaw49, was that a "double take?" (Wha..?) I fully expected to see Woody and Arlo on there. Thank you Jim.


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Subject: RE: 365 'Songs of the Century'
From: GUEST, Jerry Friedman
Date: 09 Mar 01 - 04:37 PM

Either I'm weird, or the people who made the list are. 365 songs and maybe 10 would have been in my top 100. And I think my tastes aren't that abnormal--I'd have picked a lot of the same artists.

For instance, the list includes the first composer I'd think of if you asked for the greatest songwriter of all time--but with one of his worst songs. (Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria".) Where is Marian Anderson's recording of "Der Tod und das Maedchen"?

Some (10?) years ago, there was a PBS special of modern performances of the top songs (not recordings) from the first half of the century. I found a lot more to agree with on that list ("Just One of Those Things", for example). Most memorable moment of the show: Dinah Shore rocking the house on "Blues in the Night".

Trivia question: what piece of music is on the list twice? (Useless hint: it would have made my top 10.)


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Subject: RE: 365 'Songs of the Century'
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Mar 01 - 06:34 PM

Before I started this thread, I searched diligently to see if anyone had already started a thread on the same subject. I used the filter to search for threads that contained the words "365" "Songs" "Century" "List" or "Top".

Who would have guessed Woody third but Judy triumphs was about the same list? AAAARRRGGH!

Personally, I never read threads unless the title gives me a pretty good idea of what it's about. The threads with "cute" titles are usually a waste of time.

Thanks anyway, Spaw.

Funny, although Roger the Skiffler's list was ranked, and so was the list in today's St. Paul Pioneer Press, the official list at the NEA's and the RIAA's web sites were NOT ranked. I wonder why? Where are the news media getting their ranked list?


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Subject: RE: 365 'Songs of the Century'
From: Peter T.
Date: 09 Mar 01 - 06:57 PM

What a stupid list, what a stupid idea, what a waste of time. What is the American National Endowment for the Arts doing with this crap?

100 stupid things Americans have done to infect the world:
1. Stupid list making.
2 - 100. Really Stupid list making.
101. Spending 1 billion dollars on wrecking the Colombian environment.

yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: 365 'Songs of the Century'
From: catspaw49
Date: 09 Mar 01 - 07:04 PM

Say PT, aren't you the guy that started all those "best" threads awhile back?(:<))

Spaw


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Subject: RE: 365 'Songs of the Century'
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Mar 01 - 08:17 PM

Peter T: List-making is just another form of entertainment. Some people pitch horseshoes, some people sing songs, some people make (or read) lists of songs. I don't see any harm in any of those activities.

Anyway, it gets the NEA some publicity.


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Subject: RE: 365 'Songs of the Century'
From: catspaw49
Date: 09 Mar 01 - 09:35 PM

Jim, I think Peter knows that as these kind of lists are pretty popular around here as a source of discusion. Here's one we ran about albums in the 20th century:

Click Here for TOP FOLK BLUES ALBUMS

Good thread huh? Gee, I wonder who started that one????

Spaw


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Subject: RE: 365 'Songs of the Century'
From: Little Hawk
Date: 10 Mar 01 - 12:13 AM

I guess I agree with you on this one, Peter. The drivel goes on and on.

- LH


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Subject: RE: 365 'Songs of the Century'
From: catspaw49
Date: 10 Mar 01 - 12:18 AM

Yeah I know you really hate these Most and Best type things Hawk..............oy....................

There isn't enough space here to list all the threads that Hawk has started about "Best Dylan Song, Most Meaningful....etc,etc.........................

Spaw


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Subject: RE: 365 'Songs of the Century'
From: Peter T.
Date: 10 Mar 01 - 08:46 AM

10 Most Irritating Things About Catspaw:
1. Hey, it does have a kind of, oh, I don't know, sequentialness about it!

yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: 365 'Songs of the Century'
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 01 Sep 01 - 11:42 AM


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