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Most Important 20th Century American Musical Works

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Rated 2 points - posted 12 years ago by arollison in category Music.
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"Blue Suede Shoes" Elvis Presley Report Abuse
This song was the first million-selling song. It was a triple-play crossover and moved from the top of the country charts to the rhythm & blues, and then pop charts.
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Lynyrd Skynyrd
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"Blowin' in the Wind" Dylan Report Abuse
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"Ain't That a Shame" Fats Domino Report Abuse
This was the first song to crossover from the R&B charts to the mostly white pop charts of the day.
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"Body and Soul" Coleman Hawkins Report Abuse
This song instantly became one of jazz's most influential performances. The artist, Hawkins, is known as "the father of the tenor saxophone."
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"Great Balls of Fire" Jerry Lee Lewis Report Abuse
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"Good Vibrations" Brian Wilson Report Abuse
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"All or Nothing At All" Frank Sinatra Report Abuse
This song originally flopped when it was first released; however, when Sinatra's career took off, he re-recorded it and it quickly landed in the number 2 spot on the charts. It was a turning point for Sinatra, along with a turning point for American music.
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"Adagio for Strings" Samuel Barber Report Abuse
This orchestra piece has been featured in 2 films "Platoon" and "The Elephant Man." It is currently a standard short piece for orchestra.
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"Crazy" Patsy Cline Report Abuse
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"Hoochie Coochie Man" Muddy Waters Report Abuse
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"Fire and Rain" James Taylor Report Abuse
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"Born to Run" Bruce Springstein Report Abuse
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"Blue Moon of Kentucky" Bill Monroe Report Abuse
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"The Great Pretender" The Platters Report Abuse
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"Gone with the Wind" Max Steiner Report Abuse
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"Give My Regards to Broadway" George Cohan Report Abuse
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"Fiddler on the Roof " Bock and Harnick Report Abuse
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"Dream a Little Dream of Me" The Mamas and the Papas Report Abuse
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"Coal Miner's Daughter" Loretta Lynn Report Abuse
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"Back in the Saddle Again" Whitley Report Abuse
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