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Thread #8776   Message #55089
Posted By: Joe Offer
21-Jan-99 - 05:43 PM
Thread Name: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
Subject: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
A year or two ago, I saw a newspaper article about a U.S. organization or government agency that has suggested a list of songs that should be taught in schools, fifty songs that are an essential part of our culture. As I recall, it was a pretty good selection. I lost the article, and I'd be grateful to anyone who can find the list for us and post it. In the meantime, I think it would be a good idea for us to come up with our own list, so I hereby solicit suggestions for the list. Just one rule: the songs have to be ones that most people know already, songs that are an actual part of the mainstream of our culture - not songs we wish people would know. Lists for Canada, Australia, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, and other countries are certainly welcomed and encouraged.
I'll probably come back with more later, but here are my first few:
Happy Birthday to You
Jingle Bells
This Land Is Your Land
We Shall Overcome
America the Beautiful
The Star-Spangled Banner (which I moderately dislike)
I've Been Workin' On the Railroad
O Susanna
Silent Night
Amazing Grace
Well, that's a start. What else?
-Joe Offer-