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American Song History

A List of Essential American Songs
from the 18th to 20th centuries

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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.

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Recordings for all the above songs are in the

American Music Recordings Archive (AMRA)

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 1963

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

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Survey of Essential American Songs

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