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CA 101H Top 20 Songs That Shaped the 20th Century: Top 30 songs

Resources for CA 101H: Top 20 Songs That Shaped the 20th Century.

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

Music & Lyrics: Wallis Willis
Performer: Fisk Jubilee Singers
Date written: prior to 1862
First recording: 1909

Over There

Music & Lyrics: George M. Cohan
Performer: Nora Bayes
Date: 1917

St. Louis Blues

Music: W. C. Handy
Performers: W. C. Handy and orchestra, Bessie Smith
Date written: 1914

Brother Can You Spare a Dime?

Music: Jay Gorney
Lyrics: E.Y. "Yip" Harburg
Performer: Al Jolson, Bing Crosby
Date: 1932

We Shall Overcome

Music & Lyrics: Pete Seeger, Zilphia Horton, Guy Carawan, and Frank Hamilton
Performers: Pete Seeger, Joan Baez
Date: 1949

Rock Around the Clock

Music & Lyrics: Max C. Freeman & James E. Myers (aka Jimmy De Knight)
Performer: 
Bill Haley & His Comets
Date: 1955

A Day in the Life

Music & Lyrics: John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Performer: The Beatles
Date: 1967

I Am Woman

Music & Lyrics: Helen Reddy
Performer: Helen Reddy
Date: 1972

Born in the USA

Music & Lyrics: Bruce Springsteen
Performer: Bruce Springsteen
Date: 1984

Candle in the Wind

Music: Elton John
Lyrics: Bernie Taupin
Performer: Elton John
Date: 1997

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