Enduring American Song Hits
The Best Of American Popular Song,
Part One 1890 - 1910
In the music industry, ever since around 1890, we have seen the
concept of "hit songs"; those that sell the most copies or in today's
environment, sell the most CDs or get the most radio play. In most cases, "hit"
songs come and go. Like a spring snow, they come and are soon gone and forgotten.
Some are like a flash in the pan, a very short lived phenomenon, others hang
on a little longer, but few endure over a span of years. Fewer yet stay in the
popular repertoire for decades.
This month we begin a two part look at enduring hits; classic
American songs that have enjoyed continuous popularity for decades, and now,
many for over a century! These are songs that are immediately recognized by
a large part of the population. Songs that many people could sing with little
or no coaching that somehow have become embedded in our culture and have transcended
the times in which they were written.
This month (January, 2002), we will begin with a sampling of some
of the most memorable songs from the period 1890 - 1910. We will offer many
new songs and point you to the many other hits we have already published. Next
month, we will look at the period from 1910 to 1920, a period where lasting
hits exploded on the scene in numbers never before or since seen in American
popular music. We have also added a new "in
search of" article that explores the concept of hit songs in more depth
and from a contemporary 1910 perspective.
As with most of our features, this month's is covered on two separate
pages to speed your downloads and to avoid a mile-long page. Be sure to see
them BOTH to fully enjoy all of this month's music!
Go To Page One Of This Month's
Works on Page One
Oh Promise Me, 1890
Ta-Ra-Ra Boom-De-Ay!, 1891
Hearts and Flowers, 1893
The Sidewalks of New York, 1894
The Band Played On,1895
A Hot Time In The Old Town, 1896
Go To Page Two Of This Month's
Works on Page Two
Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home, 1902
Toy Land, 1903
In The Sweet Bye & Bye, 1904
Give My Regards to Broadway, 1904
On The Road To Mandalay, 1907
School Days, 1907
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