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The Great American Songbook is a construct that seeks to represent the best American songs principally from Broadway theatre, musical theatre, and Hollywood musicals, from the mid 1800s to 1960, including dozens of songs of enduring popularity. It includes popular songs from early Stephen Foster through Tin Pan Alley, from the mid-19th century to the advent of Rock and Roll.

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Arthur Schwartz
   composed   
Dancing in the Dark
Words by Howard Dietz
Arthur Schwartz
   composed   
You and the Night and the Music
Words by Howard Dietz
Cole Porter
   composed   
All of You
Cole Porter
   composed   
Begin the Beguine
Cole Porter
   composed   
I Get a Kick out of You
Cole Porter
   composed   
In the Still of the Night
Cole Porter
   composed   
I've Got You Under My Skin
Cole Porter
   composed   
Just One of Those Things
Cole Porter
   composed   
Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love
Cole Porter
   composed   
Night and Day
Cole Porter
   composed   
What Is This Thing Called Love?
Cole Porter
   composed   
You'd Be So Easy to Love
Cole Porter
   composed   
You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
Cole Porter
   composed   
You Do Something to Me
Duke Ellington
   composed   
I'm Beginning to See the Light
Duke Ellington
   composed   
It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
Duke Ellington
   composed   
Mood Indigo
Duke Ellington
   composed   
Satin Doll
With Billy Strayhorn
Duke Ellington
   composed   
Sophisticated Lady
Frank Loesser
   composed   
Baby, It's Cold Outside
Frank Loesser
   composed   
Luck Be a Lady
Frank Loesser
   composed   
On a Slow Boat to China
Frank Loesser
   composed   
Standing on the Corner
George Gershwin
   composed   
Bidin' My Time
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin; from the musical Girl Crazy
George Gershwin
   composed   
But Not For Me
George Gershwin
   composed   
Embraceable You
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
George Gershwin
   composed   
Fascinating Rhythm
George Gershwin
   composed   
A Foggy Day
George Gershwin
   composed   
How Long Has This Been Going On?
George Gershwin
   composed   
I Got Rhythm
George Gershwin
   composed   
Love Is Here to Stay
With Ira Gershwin
George Gershwin
   composed   
The Man I Love
George Gershwin
   composed   
My One And Only
George Gershwin
   composed   
Nice Work If You Can Get It
George Gershwin
   composed   
Our Love Is Here to Stay
George Gershwin
   composed   
Someone to Watch Over Me
With Ira Gershwin
George Gershwin
   composed   
Summertime
George Gershwin
   composed   
S'Wonderful
George Gershwin
   composed   
They Can't Take That Away from Me
George M. Cohan
   composed   
Give My Regards to Broadway
George M. Cohan
   composed   
Harrigan
George M. Cohan
   composed   
Over There
WWI song which earned Cohan the Congressional Medal of Honor
George M. Cohan
   composed   
Yankee Doodle Dandy
George M. Cohan
   composed   
You're a Grand Old Flag
Harold Arlen
   composed   
Accentuate the Positive
In collaboration with Johnny Mercer
Harold Arlen
   composed   
Blues in the Night
With Johnny Mercer
Harold Arlen
   composed   
Come Rain or Come Shine
Written in collaboration with Johnny Mercer
Harold Arlen
   composed   
I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues
Harold Arlen
   composed   
It's Only a Paper Moon
Harold Arlen
   composed   
I've Got the World on a String
Harold Arlen
   composed   
Let's Fall in Love
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Harold Arlen
   composed   
Over the Rainbow
Harold Arlen
   composed   
Stormy Weather
With Ted Koehler
Harold Arlen
   composed   
That Old Black Magic
Written with Johnny Mercer
Harry Warren
   composed   
Chattanooga Choo Choo
With Mack Gordon, 1941
Harry Warren
   composed   
I Only Have Eyes For You
Lyricist, Al Dubin
Harry Warren
   composed   
I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo
With Mack Gordon
Harry Warren
   composed   
Jeepers Creepers
Words by Johnny Mercer
Harry Warren
   composed   
Lullaby of Broadway
In Gold Diggers of 1935
Harry Warren
   composed   
On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Harry Warren
   composed   
That's Amore
1953, words by Jack Brooks
Harry Warren
   composed   
You'll Never Know
With Mack Gordon
Harry Warren
   composed   
You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
With Johnny Mercer
Henry Mancini
   composed   
Days of Wine and Roses
Henry Mancini
   composed   
Moon River
Henry Mancini
   composed   
Mr. Lucky
Hoagy Carmichael
   composed   
Georgia on My Mind
Hoagy Carmichael
   composed   
Heart and Soul
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Hoagy Carmichael
   composed   
I Get Along Without You Very Well
Except Sometimes
Hoagy Carmichael
   composed   
In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Hoagy Carmichael
   composed   
In the Still of the Night
Hoagy Carmichael
   composed   
Lazybones
Hoagy Carmichael
   composed   
Lazy River
Hoagy Carmichael
   composed   
The Nearness of You
Hoagy Carmichael
   composed   
Skylark
Music by Carmichael, lyrics by Johnny Mercer.
Hoagy Carmichael
   composed   
Star Dust
Irving Berlin
   composed   
Alexander's Ragtime Band
Irving Berlin
   composed   
Always
1925
Irving Berlin
   composed   
Blue Skies
1926
Irving Berlin
   composed   
Cheek to Cheek
Irving Berlin
   composed   
How Deep is the Ocean
Irving Berlin
   composed   
I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
1937
Irving Berlin
   composed   
Let's Face the Music and Dance
Irving Berlin
   composed   
Puttin' On the Ritz
1930
Irving Berlin
   composed   
Say It Isn't So
1932
Irving Berlin
   composed   
What'll I Do?
1924
Irving Berlin
   composed   
White Christmas
James V. Monaco
   composed   
I Miss You Most of All
James V. Monaco
   composed   
You Made Me Love You
(I Didn't Want to Do It); lyrics by Joseph McCarthy
Jerome Kern
   composed   
All the Things You Are
Jerome Kern
   composed   
Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
Jerome Kern
   composed   
A Fine Romance
Jerome Kern
   composed   
Make Believe
Jerome Kern
   composed   
Ol' Man River
Jerome Kern
   composed   
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Jerome Kern
   composed   
The Song Is You
Jerome Kern
   composed   
The Way You Look Tonight
Jimmy Van Heusen
   composed   
All the Way
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn; in The Joker is Wild
Jimmy Van Heusen
   composed   
Call Me Irresponsible
With Sammy Cahn
Jimmy Van Heusen
   composed   
High Hopes
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Jimmy Van Heusen
   composed   
The Second Time Around
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Johnny Burke
   composed   
Misty
Johnny Burke
   composed   
Moonlight Becomes You
Johnny Burke
   composed   
Pennies From Heaven
Johnny Burke
   composed   
Swinging on a Star
Johnny Mercer
   composed   
I Wanna Be Around
Johnny Mercer
   composed   
Something's Gotta Give
Jule Styne
   composed   
Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend
Jule Styne
   composed   
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Jule Styne
   composed   
People
Jule Styne
   composed   
Saturday Night
Is The Loneliest Night of the Week
Jule Styne
   composed   
Time After Time
Max Steiner
   composed   
My Own True Love
Tara's Theme
Max Steiner
   composed   
Since You Went Away
Max Steiner
   composed   
A Summer Place
Milton Ager
   composed   
Ain't She Sweet
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Milton Ager
   composed   
Happy Days Are Here Again
1929
Milton Ager
   composed   
Hard Hearted Hannah
The Vamp of Savannah
Ray Henderson
   composed   
The Best Things in Life Are Free
Ray Henderson
   composed   
I'm Sitting On Top of the World
Rodgers and Hammerstein
   composed   
Climb Every Mountain
Rodgers and Hammerstein
   composed   
Hello, Young Lovers
Rodgers and Hammerstein
   composed   
If I Loved You
Rodgers and Hammerstein
   composed   
It Might As Well Be Spring
Rodgers and Hammerstein
   composed   
My Favorite Things
Rodgers and Hammerstein
   composed   
Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'
Rodgers and Hammerstein
   composed   
People Will Say We're in Love
Rodgers and Hammerstein
   composed   
Some Enchanted Evening
Rodgers and Hammerstein
   composed   
You'll Never Walk Alone
Rodgers and Hammerstein
   composed   
Younger Than Springtime
Rodgers and Hart
   composed   
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
Rodgers and Hart
   composed   
Blue Moon
Rodgers and Hart
   composed   
Isn't It Romantic?
Rodgers and Hart
   composed   
My Funny Valentine
Rodgers and Hart
   composed   
My Romance
Rodgers and Hart
   composed   
Where or When
Rodgers and Hart
   composed   
With a Song in My Heart
Stephen Foster
   composed   
Beautiful Dreamer
Stephen Foster
   composed   
Camptown Races
Stephen Foster
   composed   
Hard Times Come Again No More
Stephen Foster
   composed   
Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair
Stephen Foster
   composed   
My Old Kentucky Home
The official state song of Kentucky
Stephen Foster
   composed   
Oh! Susanna
Stephen Foster
   composed   
Old Black Joe
Stephen Foster
   composed   
Old Folks at Home
Vernon Duke
   composed   
April in Paris
Vernon Duke
   composed   
Autumn in New York
Vernon Duke
   composed   
I Can't Get Started
Vernon Duke
   composed   
Taking a Chance on Love
Walter Donaldson
   composed   
Carolina in the Morning
With Gus Kahn
Walter Donaldson
   composed   
Makin' Whoopee
Walter Donaldson
   composed   
My Baby Just Cares For Me
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Walter Donaldson
   composed   
My Blue Heaven
With Gus Kahn
Walter Donaldson
   composed   
My Mammy
A huge hit for Al Jolson
Walter Donaldson
   composed   
Yes Sir, That's My Baby
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Walter Donaldson
   composed   
You're Driving Me Crazy


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