Songs in American History

Rise of the Popular Song 1755-1859

1755 - Yankee Doodle by Richard Schuckburg at Fort Crailo in Albany
1792 - La Marseillaise by Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle
1794 - The Galley Slave by William Reeve from the opera The Purse
1800 - Greensleeves and Shenandoah folk songs
1808 - Tis the Last Rose of Summer by Thomas Moore from Irish Melodies
1814 - Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key
1823 - Home, Sweet Home by Henry Bishop and John Payne from the opera Clari
1828 - Hunters of Kentucky by Samuel Woodworth
1830 - Jim Crow by Thomas Dartmouth "Daddy" Rice
1831 - America by Samuel Francis Smith
1847 - Oh! Susanna by Stephen C. Foster
1848 - Simple Gifts by Joseph Brackett
1851 - Old Folks At Home by Stephen C. Foster
1859 - Dixie by Daniel Decatur Emmett

Songs of the Civil War 1860-1865

1861 - Bonnie Blue Flag by Harry McCarthy
1871 - The Internationale by Eugene Pottier
1892 - After the Ball by Charles K. Harris
1893 - America the Beautiful by Katherine Lee Bates
1893 - Snake Charmer song from The Streets of Cairo by Sol Bloom to introduce Little Egypt
1898 - Hot Time In the Old Town by Theodore Metz and Joe Hayden
1899 - Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin
1910 - La Cucaracha Mexican folk song
1917 - Over There by George M. Cohan
1918 - When You Come Back by George M. Cohan
1930 - Worried man Blues by the Carter Family
1939 - Over the Rainbow by Harold Arlen with lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
1941 - Lili Marlene by Marlene Dietrich
1941 - Reuben James by Woody Guthrie
1942 - Treasury Star Parade with Robert Montgomery
1943 - Flying Home by Glenn Miller
1950 - Good Night Irene by the Weavers and Gordon Jenkins with Pete Seeger
1954 - Shake, Rattle and Roll by Joe Turner
1954 - Such a Night by Clyde McPhatter
1955 - Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley and the Comets
1957 - Day-O by Harry Belafonte
1958 - Tom Dooley by the Kingston Trio
1959 - Merry Minuet by the Kingston Trio
1960 - Crying in the Chapel by Elvis Presley
1961 - Where Have All the Flowers Gone? by Pete Seeger
1962 - Little Boxes by Malvina Reynolds, sung by Pete Seeger
1962 - Surfin' Safari by the Beach Boys
1963 - If I Had A Hammer by Pete Seeger, sung by Trini Lopez
1963 - Waist Deep in the Big Muddy by Pete Seeger
1964 - Where Did Our Love Go? by Diana Ross and the Supremes
1964 - Draft Dodger Rag by Phil Ochs
1965 - Eve of Destruction by Barry McGuire
1965 - Ballad of the Green Berets by Sgt. Barry Sadler
1965 - I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag (Vietnam Rag) by Joe McDonald - Country Joe and the Fish
1965 - We Gotta Get Out Of This Place by The Animals
1965 - I Fought the Law by Bobby Fuller
1967 - It's In His Kiss (Shoop Shoop Song) by Diana Ross and the Supremes
1967 - Respect by Aretha Franklin
1969 - Okie from Muskogee by Merle Haggard
1970 - Ohio by Neil Young
1970 - War by Edwin Starr
1970 - The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down by Joan Baez
1971 - Ballad of Sacco and Vanzetti by Joan Baez
1971 - What's Going On? by Marvin Gaye
1973 - Burnin' and Lootin' by Bob Marley
1975 - Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
1976 - Hotel California by the Eagles
1979 - My Life by Billy Joel
1979 - Dukes of Hazzard TV theme by Weylon Jennings
1979 - Rapper's Delight by Sugarhill Gang
1980 - Hells Bells by AC/DC
1982 - Valley Girl by Frank Zappa
1982 - If Heaven Ain't A Lot Like Dixie by Hank Williams, Jr.
1983 - Beat It by Michael Jackson
1983 - God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood
1984 - Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen
1985 - Bonzo Goes to Bitburg by the Ramones
1989 - Fight the Power by Public Enemy
1989 - Looking for Freedom by David Hasselhof
1989 - Song of the South by Alabama
1990 - From a Distance by Bette Midler
1990 - Get Here by Oleta Adams
1990 - Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
1992 - Casualties of War by Eric B. and Rakin
1994 - Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley
2002 - The Ketchup Song by Las Ketchup
2003 - Songs of patriotism and protest


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Charles H. Templeton Sheet Music Collectionat Mississippi State University includes 22,000 items including blues, rags, movie tunes, show tunes, Irving Berlin, war songs, and minstrel songs.
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Popular Music Since 1955 at Bowling Green University
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Vietnam Rag by Joe MacDonald
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revised 5/1/06 by Steven Schoenherr at the University of San Diego