NPR Original 300 Most Important American Musical Works Of The 20th. Century

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  • "Adagio for Strings" Samuel Barber (prem. 1938)
  • Afro-American Symphony William Grant Still (1930)
  • "After Hours" Avery Parrish (1940)
  • "Ain't That a Shame" Fats Domino (1955)
  • "Airmail Special" Jimmy Mundy/Goodman/Charlie Christian (1941)
  • "Alexander's Ragtime Band" Irving Berlin (1911)
  • "All or Nothing at All" Jack Lawrence/Arthur Altman (1940)
  • "All the Things You Are" Oscar Hammerstein/Jerome Kern (1939)
  • "Always Late (With Your Kisses)" Lefty Frizzell/Blackie Crawford (1950)
  • "Always on My Mind" Johnny Christopher/Mark James/Wayne Thompson (1982)
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors Gian Carlo Menotti (1951)
  • "Angel from Montgomery" John Prine, as performed by Bonnie Raitt (1971)
  • "Appalchian Spring" Aaron Copland (1944)
  • "April in Paris" Vernon Duke (1932), as performed by Count Basie (1955)
  • "As Time Goes By" Herman Hupfeld (1931)
  • Ashokan Farewell (soundtrack to PBS series "The Civil War") Jay Ungar (1990)
  • "Ay-te Te Fee" Clifton Chenier (1955)
  • "Back in the Saddle Again" Ray Whitley/Gene Autry (1939)
  • Ballet Mecanique George Antheil (prem. 1926)
  • "Be My Baby" Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich/Phil Spector (1963), as performed by The Ronettes
  • The Big Country (Film score) Jerome Moross (1958)
  • Big Pink (Album) The Band (1968)
  • "Big Train" Wynton Marsalis (1999)
  • "Big Yellow Taxi" Joni Mitchell (1970)
  • "Billy Jean" Michael Jackson (1982)
  • "Black Angels" George Crumb (1970)
  • "Blowin' In The Wind" Bob Dylan (1962)
  • "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" Bill Monroe (1947)
  • "Blue Suede Shoes" Carl Perkins (1956)
  • "Blues In The Night" Johnny Mercer/Harold Arlen (1941)
  • "Body & Soul" instrumental version by Coleman Hawkins (1939)
  • "Boogie Chillun" John Lee Hooker (1949)
  • "Born On The Bayou" Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)
  • Born To Run (Album) Bruce Springsteen (1975)
  • "Bouquet Of Roses" Steve Nelson/Bob Hilliard, as performed by Eddy Arnold (1947)
  • The Bridge (Album) Sonny Rollins (1962)
  • "Brilliant Corners" Thelonius Monk (1956)
  • "Cabaret" Fred Ebb/John Kander (1966)
  • "Caldonia (What Makes Your Big Head So Hard?)" Fleecie Moore, as performed by Louis Jordan (1945)
  • "Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday's Just As Bad)" T-Bone Walker (1947)
  • "Candy Man" Mississippi John Hurt
  • "Change Is Gonna Come" Sam Cooke (1965)
  • A Chorus Line (Musical) Marvin Hamlisch & Edward Kleban (1975)
  • "The Christmas Song" Robert Wells, Mel Torme, as performed by The Nat King Cole Trio (1946)
  • "Coal Creek March" Pete Steele
  • "Coal Miner's Daughter" Loretta Lynn (1971)
  • "Coat Of Many Colors" Dolly Parton (1971)
  • "Come Out" Steve Reich (1966)
  • "Come Sunday" Duke Ellington (1943)
  • "Coo Coo Bird" Traditional, as performed by Clarence "Tom" Ashley (1929)
  • "Crazy" Willie Nelson, as performed by Patsy Cline (1961)
  • "Crazy Arms" Chuck Seals/Ralph Mooney, as performed by Ray Price (1956)
  • "Crazy Blues" Perry Bradford, as performed by Mamie Smith (1920)
  • "Crescent" John Coltrane (1964)
  • "Dark As A Dungeon" Merle Travis (1947)
  • "Dark Star" Grateful Dead (1969)
  • "Dawgology" David Grisman/Richard Greene (1974)
  • "Deep River Blues" arrangement Doc Watson (1964)
  • "Der Fuehrer's Face" Oliver Wallace (1942)
  • "Django" John Lewis, as performed by Modern Jazz Quartet (1955)
  • "Do I Wanna Be Your Dog" The Stooges (1972)
  • "Doo Wop (That Thing)" Lauryn Hill
  • "Dream A Little Dream Of Me" Gus Kahn/Wilber Schwandt/Fabian Andre performed by Kate Smith (1931); revived by Mama Cass Elliot (1963)
  • Drumming, Steve Reich (1971)
  • "Ebony Concerto" Igor Stravinsky (1945)
  • Einstein On The Beach Philip Glass (coll. w/Robert Wilson) (1976)
  • "El Watusi" Ray Barretto (1962)
  • Endtroducing (Album) DJ Shadow (1996)
  • "Everyday People" Sly And The Family Stone (1968)
  • "Fanfare For The Common Man" Aaron Copland (prem. 1943)
  • "Fever" John Davenport/Eddie Cooley (1956), as performed Peggy Lee (1958)
  • Fiddler On The Roof (Musical) Sheldon Harnick/Jerry Bock (1964)
  • "Fine & Mellow" Billie Holiday (1940)
  • "Fire And Rain" James Taylor (1970)
  • "Flash Light" Parliament (1978)
  • "Flying Home" Lionel Hampton (1942)
  • "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" Earl Scruggs, as performed by Earle Flatt, Lester Scruggs And The Foggy Mountain Boys (1949)
  • "Four Saints In Three Acts" Virgil Thomson (1934)
  • "42nd Street" Al Dubin/Harry Warren (1933)
  • "4:33" John Cage (1952)
  • Freak Out! (Album), Frank Zappa (1966)
  • "Freight Train" Elizabeth Cotton (1905)
  • "F*** Tha Police" N.W.A. (1989)
  • "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66" Bob Troup (1946); as performed by Nat King Cole
  • "Give My Regards To Broadway" George M. Cohan (1904)
  • "God Bless America" Irving Berlin (1939)
  • "Gone With The Wind" Max Steiner (1939)
  • "(Good Old) Mountain Dew" Bascom Lamar Lunsford (1920)
  • "Good Times" Chic (1979)
  • "Good Vibrations" The Beach Boys (1966)
  • "Goodbye Old Paint" Jess Morris
  • Graceland (Album) Paul Simon (1986)
  • "Great Balls Of Fire" Jerry Lee Lewis (1957)
  • "The Great Pretender" The Platters (1955)
  • "Grand Canyon Suite" Ferde Grofe (1931)
  • Guys & Dolls (Musical) Frank Loesser (prem. 1950)
  • Gypsy (Musical) Stephen Sondheim/Jule Styne (1959)
  • "Handful Of Keys" Fats Waller (1933)
  • "He Stopped Loving Her Today" Bobby Braddock/Curly Putman, as performed by George Jones (1960s)
  • Head Hunters (Album) Herbie Hancock (1973)
  • "Hellhound On My Trail" Robert Johnson (1937)
  • "Hello Dolly" Jerry Herman, as performed by Louis Armstrong (1964)
  • "Help Me" Sonny Boy Williamson II (1963)
  • "Here You Come Again" by Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, as performed by Dolly Parton (1977)
  • "Hey Good Lookin'" Hank Williams (1951)
  • "His Eye Is On The Sparrow" C.D. Martin/C.H. Gabriel, as performed by Mahalia Jackson (1958)
  • "Hoochie Coochie Man" Willie Dixon, as performed by Muddy Waters (1954)
  • Horses (Album) Patti Smith (1975)
  • "Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel" Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller; Otis Blackwell/Elvis Presley, as performed by Elvis Presley (1956)
  • "Honeysuckle Rose" Andy Razaf/Fats Waller (1929)
  • Hoo Doo Man Blues (Album) Junior Wells (1965)
  • Hymn And Fuguing Tunes Series Henry Cowell (1944-1964)
  • "I Can't Get Started" Ira Gershwin, Vernon Duke (1935), as performed by Bunny Berrigan & His Orchestra
  • "I Got Rhythm" George & Ira Gershwin (1930)
  • "I Know You're Married (But I Love You Still)" Don Reno & Red Smiley
  • "I Pity The Fool" Deadric Malone (1960); as performed by Bobby "Blue" Bland (1961)
  • "I Walk The Line" Johnny Cash (1956)
  • "I Wanna Be Sedated" The Ramones (1977)
  • "I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart" Patsy Montana (1936)
  • "I Wish I Was A Single Girl Again" Maddox Brothers & Rose(1946-1951)
  • "I'm A Man/Mannish Boy" McKinley Morganfield (aka Muddy Waters), as performed by Bo Diddley (1955)
  • "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" Ned Washington, George Bassman (1932)
  • "I'm Movin' On" Hank Snow (1950)
  • "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" Hank Williams (1949)
  • "In A Mist" Bix Beiderbecke (1927)
  • "In C" Terry Riley (1964)
  • "In The Mood" Andy Razaf, Joe Garland (1939), as performed by Glenn Miller & His Orchestra (1940)
  • "The Incredible Flutist" Walter Piston (1938)
  • "(Goodnight) Irene" Huddie Ledbetter (Lead Belly) and John Lomax; The Weavers(1950),
  • "It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back" Public Enemy (1988)
  • "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" By J.D. Miller, as performed by Kitty Wells (1952)
  • "It's Too Soon To Know" Deborah Chessler (1948);
  • "Jamaica Farewell" Lord Burgess; as performed by Harry Belafonte (1956)
  • Jazz Samba (Album) Stan Getz W/Charlie Byrd (1963)
  • "Jeremy" Pearl Jam (1991)
  • "Joe Hill" Alfred Hayes, Earl Robinson (1938)
  • "Jolie Blonde" Leo Soileau (approx. 1928)
  • "Joy Spring" Clifford Brown (1956)
  • "Juke" Little Walter Jacobs (1952)
  • Kind Of Blue (Album) Miles Davis (1959)
  • "King Porter Stomp" Jelly Roll Morton (1924)
  • "Kiss Me, Kate" Cole Porter (1948)
  • Knoxville: Summer Of 1915 Samuel Barber (prem. 1948)
  • "Ko Ko" Charlie Parker (1945)
  • "La Bamba" William Clauson, as performed by Ritchie Valens (1958)
  • "Lester Leaps In" Lester Young (1939)
  • "Let's Stay Together" Al Green (1971)
  • "Lift Every Voice And Sing" James Weldon Johnson, as performed by the Southern Sons
  • "Light My Fire" The Doors (1967)
  • "Like A Rolling Stone" Bob Dylan (1965)
  • "Like A Virgin" Madonna (1985)
  • "Little Maggie" Ralph Stanley (1947/48)
  • "Little Old Log Cabin" Fiddlin' John Carson (approx. 1923)
  • "Lonesome River" Stanley Brothers (1950)
  • "Loser" Beck (1994)
  • "Louie Louie" Richard Berry, as performed by The Kingsmen (1963)
  • "Love Potion No. 9" Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller, as performed by The Clovers (1959)
  • A Love Supreme (Album), John Coltrane (1964)
  • "Lush Life" Billy Strayhorn (1938)
  • "Mack The Knife" Marc Blitzstein, Kurt Weill, as performed by Ella Fitzgerald (1960)
  • "Makin' Whoopee" Gus Kahn/Walter Donaldson (1928)
  • "Mal Hombre" Lydia Mendoza
  • "Mama Tried" Merle Haggard (1968)
  • "Manteca" Dizzy Gillespie/Chano Pozo (1947)
  • "Mardi Gras In New Orleans" Professor Longhair (1949)
  • "Maybellene" Chuck Berry (1955)
  • "Memories Of You" Andy Razaf/Eubie Blake (1930)
  • "The Message" Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel (1982)
  • Pat Metheny Group (Album) Pat Metheny Group (1978)
  • "Midnight On The Water" Benny Thomassen
  • "Midnight Special" Huddie Ledbetter (Lead Belly)
  • "Mr. Tambourine Man" Bob Dylan, as performed by The Byrds (1965)
  • "Moby Dick" Peter Mennin (1952)
  • b Duke Ellington (1931)
  • "More Than A Paycheck" Ysaye Barnwell, as performed by Sweet Honey In The Rock (1982)
  • "Move On Up A Little Higher" Robert Anderson, as performed by Mahalia Jackson (1947)
  • My Fair Lady (Musical) Lerner & Lowe (1956)
  • "My Funny Valentine" Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart (1937)
  • "My Girl" William Robinson, Ronald White, as performed by The Temptations (1965)
  • "My Mammy" Sam Lewis, Joe Young, Walter Donaldson, as performed by Al Jolson (1918)
  • "Mystery Train" Junior Parker/Sam Phillips, as performed by Junior Parker (1953)
  • Nefertiti The Beautiful One Has Come (Album) Cecil Taylor (live recording from 1962/released 1997)
  • "Night & Day" Cole Porter (1932)
  • "A Night In Tunisia" Dizzy Gillespie (1946)
  • "Nixon In China" John Adams (1987)
  • "Oh, Lady Be Good!" George & Ira Gershwin, as performed by Ella Fitzgerald (1924);
  • Oklahoma! (Musical) Rodgers & Hammerstein (1943)
  • "Old Home Place" Dean Webb/Mitch Jayne, as performed by J.D. Crowe And The New South (1975)
  • "On Broadway" Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil/Leiber & Stoller (1962)
  • "Once In A Lifetime" The Talking Heads (1983)
  • "One O'clock Jump" Count Basie (1938)
  • "Oye Como Va" Tito Puente (1963), as performed by by Santana (1971)
  • "Pal Joey" Rodgers & Hart (1940)
  • "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" James Brown (1965)
  • "Peggy Sue" Jerry Allison/Buddy Holly/Norman Petty, as performed by Buddy Holly (1957)
  • "People Get Ready" Curtis Mayfield, as performed by The Impressions (1965)
  • "Phone Booth" Dennis Walker/Robert Cray/Richard Cousins/Mike Vannice, as performed by The Robert Cray Band (1983)
  • Piano Sonata No. 2 "Concord Sonata" Charles Ives (1909-1915)
  • "Piece Of My Heart" Bert Berns/Jerry Ragovoy, as performed by Janis Joplin & Big Brother And The Holding Company (1971)
  • "Pine Top's Boogie Woogie" Clarence "Pine Top" Smith (1929)
  • "Pithecanthropus Erectus" Charles Mingus (1956)
  • Play (Album), Moby (1999)
  • "Pony Blues" Charley Patton (approx. 1910)
  • Porgy And Bess (Opera) George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin/Dubose Heyward (1935)
  • "Pretty Woman" Roy Orbison & Bill Dees (1964)
  • "Purple Haze" Jimi Hendrix (1967)
  • Psycho (Film score) Bernard Herrmann (1960)
  • "Quiet Village" Les Baxter (1951
  • "Radio Free Europe" R.E.M. (1983)
  • "Rapper's Delight" Sugarhill Gang (1979)
  • "Respect" Otis Redding, as performed by Aretha Franklin (1967)
  • "Rhapsody In Blue" George Gershwin (1924)
  • "Rock Around The Clock" Max Freedman and Jimmy De Knight (1953)
  • "Rocket 88" Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats (1951)
  • "Roll 'Em Pete" Joe Turner/Pete Johnson (1941)
  • "Rosetta" Earl Hines/Henri Woode (1928)
  • "'Round Midnight" Thelonius Monk (1946)
  • "Sail Away" Randy Newman (1972)
  • "Sail Away Ladies" Uncle Dave Macon
  • "St. Louis Blues" W.C. Handy (1914)
  • "Sally Anne" Tommy Jarrell
  • "Sally Gooden" Eck Robertson (1922)
  • "San Antonio Rose" Bob Wills And The Texas Playboys (1938)
  • "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" Blind Lemon Jefferson (1928)
  • "See See Rider" Ma Rainey (1925)
  • "Shady Grove" Doc Watson
  • "Theme from Shaft" Isaac Hayes (1971)
  • The Shape Of Jazz To Come (Album) Ornette Coleman (1959)
  • "She Thinks I Still Care" Dickey Lee Lipscomb/Steve Duffy, as performed by George Jones (1962)
  • Showboat (Musical) Hammerstein/Kern (1927)
  • "Sin City" Flying Burrito Brothers (1969)
  • "Sing, Sing, Sing" Louis Prima (1936),
  • "Singin' In The Rain" Arthur Freed/Nacio Herb Brown (1952)
  • "Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay" Otis Redding & Steve Cropper (1968)
  • Six Characters In Search Of An Author Hugo Weisgall (1959)
  • "The Sky Is Crying" Bobby Robinson/Elmore James as performed by Elmore James (1959)
  • "Smells Like Teen Spirit" Nirvana (1991)
  • "Soldier's Joy" Gid Tanner And The Skillet Lickers (1929)
  • "Some Enchanted Evening" Rodgers & Hammerstein (1949)
  • "Sometime Ago" Chick Corea (1973)
  • "Spartacus" Alex North (1960)
  • "Spoonful" Willie Dixon, as performed by Howlin' Wolf (1960)
  • "Stand By Your Man" Tammy Wynnette & Billy Sherrill (1968)
  • "Star Dust" Mitchell Parish & Hoagy Carmichael (1929)
  • "Star Wars" John Williams (1977)
  • "Steel Guitar Rag" Merle Travis/Cliffie Stone, & Leon Mcauliffe (1941; lyrics added 1946)
  • "String Quartet No. 3" Elliot Carter (1973)
  • "Strings Of Life" Derrick May (1987)
  • Studies For Piano Player Conlon Nancarrow (1950-1968)
  • "Surely God Is Able" Rev. W. Herbert Brewster; Marion Williams
  • "Susannah" Carlisle Floyd (1955)
  • Sweeney Todd (Musical) Stephen Sondheim (1979)
  • "(I've Got A) Sweet Little Angel" B.B. King (1964)
  • "Swee-Pea" Wayne Shorter (1969)
  • "Swinging Doors" Merle Haggard (1966)
  • "Symphony No. 1" Ellen Taaffe Zwilich (1983)
  • Symphony No. 2 "Romantic" Howard Hanson (1930)
  • Symphony No. 3 Roy Harris (1937)
  • Symphony No. 3 Wallingford Riegger (prem. 1948)
  • Symphony No. 3 William Schuman (prem. 1941)
  • "Symphony Of Psalms" Igor Stravinsky (1948)
  • "Symphony Of Rage And Remembrance" John Corigliano (1989)
  • "'T' For Texas (Blue Yodel)" Jimmie Rodgers (1928)
  • "'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do" Porter Grainger/Graham Prince/Clarence Williams, as performed by Bessie Smith (1922),
  • "Take Five" Paul Desmond & Dave Brubeck (1960)
  • "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" Thomas A. Dorsey (1932)
  • "Take The 'A' Train" Billy Strayhorn, as performed by Duke Ellington Orchestra (1941)
  • Talking Book (Album) Stevie Wonder (1972)
  • Tapestry (Album) Carole King (1971)
  • "Tenderly" Jack Lawrence & Walter Gross, as performed by Sarah Vaughan
  • "There Stands The Glass" Mary Jean Shurtz/Russ Hull/Audrey Grisham, as performed by Webb Pierce (1953)
  • "They Can't Take That Away From Me" George & Ira Gershwin (1937)
  • "This Land Is Your Land" Woody Guthrie (1956)
  • "This Train" Sister Rosetta Tharpe
  • "Tiger Rag/Aunt Hagar's Blues/Willow Weep For Me" Art Tatum (1933)
  • "Tom Dooley" Dave Guard, as performed by The Kingston Trio (1958)
  • "Trouble In Mind" Richard M. Jones, as performed by Bertha "Chippie" Hill (1926)
  • Trout Mask Replica (Album) Captain Beefheart (1969)
  • "Un Poco Loco" Bud Powell (1951)
  • The Velvet Underground & Nico (Album) The Velvet Underground (1967)
  • "Walk Don't Run" Ventures (1960)
  • "Walk This Way" Joe Perry & Steve Tyler, as performed by Run D.M.C. & Aerosmith (1986)
  • "Walking The Floor Over You" Ernest Tubb (1941)
  • "Waltz For Debby" Bill Evans (1956)
  • Warner Bros. Cartoons, Carl Stallings (1940s & 1950s)
  • "Watermelon Man" Mongo Santamaria (1963)
  • "We Shall Overcome" Zilphia Horton, Frank Hamilton, Guy Carawan, Pete Seeger (1960)
  • "West End Blues" Clarence Williams & Joe Oliver, as performed by Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five (1928)
  • West Side Story (Musical) Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim (1957)
  • "What'd I Say" Ray Charles (1959)
  • "What's Going On" Al Cleveland, Marvin Gaye, & Renauldo Benson, as performed by Marvin Gaye (1970)
  • "When Doves Cry" Prince (1984)
  • "When The Saints Go Marching In" The Golden Gate Quartet
  • "Where Did Our Love Go" Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Brian Holland, as performed by The Supremes (1964)
  • "White Christmas" Irving Berlin; Bing Crosby (1942)
  • "Wildwood Flower" Carter Family (1927)
  • Wizard Of Oz (Film score) E.Y. Harburg & Harold Arlen (1939)
  • "Wreck Of The Old 97" Henry C. Work; Vernon Dalhart (1924)
  • "The Yankee Doodle Boy" George M. Cohan (1904)
  • Zen Arcade (Album) Husker Du (1984)