List attunes youth to century’s best songs

Faves range from Guthrie to Supremes; 'Rainbow' takes No. 1

RIAA’s “Songs of the Century”

The yellow brick road will start a new trail in D.C.

“Over the Rainbow” topped an eclectic list of 365 records and cast albums from the past century that America’s schoolkids will learn about through a program unveiled Wednesday by the Recording Industry Assn. of America and the National Endowment of the Arts.

“Songs of the Century” ranking was based on balloting by nearly 1,500 music fans, including politicos, artists, music industry execs, teachers, journalists and students. Armed with a master list of more than 1,100 recordings, voters were instructed to bear in mind historical significance of song, artist and record.

Musical faves

List provides a panoramic snapshot of music favorites according to decade and genre. There are the obvious choices — “This Land Is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie at No. 3 — and music that is rarely, if ever, heard in elementary school, such as Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew,” John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” and Connie Francis’ “Who’s Sorry Now.”

“American music has touched everyone’s lives throughout its short history. It’s the perfect educational tool,” said RIAA prexy-CEO Hilary Rosen. “Our list represents many different genres throughout all parts of the 20th century. And our hope is that each song will help tell a very different story.”

Curriculum for “Songs of the Century” project will be developed by Scholastic Inc. and provided free of charge to 10,000 fifth-grade schoolteachers across the country. AOL Time Warner will stream a list pick each day through its aol@school service.

While the list is far-ranging in styles, it includes a half-dozen songs that schoolchildren sing on a regular basis, such as “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “America the Beautiful,” “God Bless America” and “You Are My Sunshine.”

Rosen and NEA prexy chair Bill Ivey announced the education program at a Library of Congress ceremony, where MCA recording artist Trisha Yearwood, the Fred Foss Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Duke Ellington Show Choir performed a sampling of the winning songs. Universal Music Group chairman-CEO Doug Morris also was in attendance.

Taking the No. 2 spot on the list was “White Christmas,” sung by Bing Crosby. Other titles in the top 10 were Aretha Franklin’s version of Otis Redding’s “Respect,” Don McLean’s “American Pie,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” performed by the Andrews Sisters, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ ” performed by the Righteous Brothers, Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer” and the Broadway cast album for “West Side Story.”

Golden history

Students will learn about stars from Hollywood’s golden age, such as Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra, as well as the Doors, Led Zeppelin and Kurt Cobain, whose band Nirvana launched the Seattle grunge scene.

The list includes songs with troubled pasts, such as Jefferson Airplane’s drug ode “White Rabbit.”

The RIAA, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, BMI and ASCAP were among those involved in drawing up the master list, in addition to several music experts.

Although it is called “Songs of the Century,” the titles are organized according to the dates of the recordings and filed under the recording artist’s name, not the songwriter’s. “All Along the Watchtower,” for example, the last song on the list, made the grade as a Jimi Hendrix recording rather than as being from the hand of Bob Dylan.

  1. “Over the Rainbow,” Judy Garland

  2. “White Christmas,” Bing Crosby

  3. “This Land Is Your Land,” Woody Guthrie

  4. “Respect,” Aretha Franklin

  5. “American Pie,” Don McLean

  6. “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” the Andrews Sisters

  7. West Side Story, Original Cast

  8. “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” Billy Murray

  9. “You’ve Lost That Lovin Feelin,” the Righteous Brothers

  10. “The Entertainer,” Scott Joplin

  11. “In the Mood,” Glenn Miller Orchestra

  12. “Rock Around the Clock,” Bill Haley & the Comets

  13. “When the Saints Go Marching In,” Louis Armstrong

  14. “You Are My Sunshine,” Jimmie Davis

  15. “Mack the Knife,” Bobby Darin

  16. “Satisfaction,” the Rolling Stones

  17. “Take the ‘A’ Train,” Duke Ellington Orchestra

  18. “Blueberry Hill,” Fats Domino

  19. “God Bless America,” Kate Smith

  20. “Stars and Stripes Forever,” Sousa’s Band

  21. “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” Marvin Gaye

  22. “Dock of the Bay,” Otis Redding

  23. “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” Tony Bennett

  24. “Good Vibrations,” the Beach Boys

  25. “Stand by Me,” Ben E. King

  26. “Stormy Weather,” Lena Horne

  27. “Johnny B. Goode,” Chuck Berry

  28. “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” the Beatles

  29. “Midnight Train to Georgia,” Gladys Knight & the Pips

  30. “Imagine,” John Lennon

  31. “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” Gene Autry

  32. “The Twist,” Chubby Checker

  33. “Happy Trails,” Roy Rogers & Dale Evans

  34. “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” Hank Williams

  35. “Swing Low Sweet Chariot,” Fisk Jubilee Singers

  36. The Sound of Music, Original Cast

  37. “‘Round Midnight,” Thelonius Monk

  38. “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” Tina Turner

  39. “Over There,” the American Quartet

  40. “Star Dust,” Hoagy Carmichael

  41. “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” Fats Waller

  42. “Georgia on My Mind,” Ray Charles

  43. “Oh Pretty Woman,” Roy Orbison

  44. “Every Breath You Take,” the Police

  45. “My Girl,” the Temptations

  46. “Hotel California,” the Eagles

  47. “Happy Days Are Here Again,” Ben Selvin Orchestra

  48. “Stand By Your Man,” Tammy Wynette

  49. “Take Five,” Dave Brubeck

  50. “America the Beautiful,” Louise Homer

  51. “When a Man Loves a Woman,” Percy Sledge

  52. “Light My Fire,” the Doors

  53. “Stairway to Heaven,” Led Zeppelin

  54. “Sweet Georgia Brown,” Ben Bernie Orchestra

  55. “When You Wish Upon a Star,” Cliff Edwards

  56. “Yesterday” / “Act Naturally,” the Beatles

  57. “Louie Louie,” the Kingsmen

  58. “God Bless the Child,” Billie Holiday

  59. “Born in the USA,” Bruce Springsteen

  60. “The Girl From Ipanema,” Stan Getz / Astrud Gilberto

  61. “I Walk the Line,” Johnny Cash

  62. “The Star Spangled Banner,” John McCormick

  63. “O Happy Day,” the Edwin Hawkins Singers

  64. “Great Balls of Fire,” Jerry Lee Lewis

  65. “What’s Going On,” Marvin Gaye

  66. Oklahoma!, Original Cast

  67. “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah,” Johnny Mercer

  68. “Don’t Be Cruel” / “Hound Dog,” Elvis Presley

  69. “St. Louis Blues,” W.C. Handy

  70. “Yankee Doodle,” Vess Ossman

  71. “California Dreamin’,” the Mamas & Papas

  72. “On the Road Again,” Willie Nelson

  73. “Auld Lang Syne,” Frank Stanley

  74. “Summertime,” Sidney Bechet

  75. “Theme From Shaft,” Isaac Hayes

  76. “Beat It,” Michael Jackson

  77. “Sentimental Journey,” Les Brown Orchestra

  78. “Blue Suede Shoes,” Carl Perkins

  79. “The Sounds of Silence,” Simon & Garfunkel

  80. “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Nirvana

  81. “It Had to Be You,” Isham Jones Orchestra

  82. “Minnie the Moocher,” Cab Calloway

  83. “Sixteen Tons,” Tennessee Ernie Ford

  84. “What a Wonderful World,” Louis Armstrong

  85. “Fire and Rain,” James Taylor

  86. “Y.M.C.A.,” The Village People

  87. “Heartbreak Hotel,” Elvis Presley

  88. “King of the Road,” Roger Miller

  89. “I Will Survive,” Gloria Gaynor

  90. “Ave Maria,” Marian Anderson

  91. “Begin the Beguine,” Artie Shaw Orchestra

  92. “Like a Rolling Stone,” Bob Dylan

  93. “Stop in the Name of Love,” The Supremes

  94. “Stayin’ Alive,” The Bee Gees

  95. “1999,” Prince

  96. “Please Remember Me,” Tim McGraw

  97. Porgy and Bess, Original Cast

  98. “Back in the Saddle Again,” Gene Autry

  99. “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” Joe Turner

  100. “In the Still of the Night,” The Five Satins

  101. “Killing Me Softly With His Song,” Roberta Flack

  102. “Friends in Low Places,” Garth Brooks

  103. “Charleston,” Arthur Gibbs & His Gang

  104. “A Tisket a Tasket,” Ella Fitzgerald

  105. “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling,” Chauncy Olcott

  106. “The Times They Are a Changin’,” Bob Dylan

  107. “I Fall to Pieces,” Patsy Cline

  108. “I Will Always Love You,” Whitney Houston

  109. “Mona Lisa,” Nat King Cole

  110. “Blowin’ in the Wind,” Peter, Paul & Mary

  111. “Peggy Sue,” Buddy Holly

  112. “Lean on Me,” Bill Withers

  113. Kind of Blue, Miles Davis

  114. “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” Hank Williams

  115. “Proud Mary,” Creedence Clearwater Revival

  116. “Can the Circle Be Unbroken,” the Carter Family

  117. “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” Harry Richman

  118. “Layla,” Derek & the Dominos

  119. “Jump,” Van Halen

  120. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” U2

  121. “We Are the World,” USA for Africa

  122. “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” Cyndi Lauper

  123. My Fair Lady, Original Cast

  124. “Swanee,” Al Jolson

  125. “Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” the Peerless Quartet

  126. “Makin’ Whoopee,” Eddie Cantor

  127. “The Tracks of My Tears,” the Miracles

  128. “I Wanna Be Loved by You,” Helen Kane

  129. “Pennies From Heaven,” Bing Crosby

  130. “Tutti Frutti,” Little Richard

  131. “Brown Eyed Girl,” Van Morrison

  132. “I Only Have Eyes for You,” the Flamingos

  133. “Born to Be Wild,” Steppenwolf

  134. “Superstition,” Stevie Wonder

  135. “Born to Run,” Bruce Springsteen

  136. “On the Good Ship Lollipop,” Shirley Temple

  137. “Wabash Cannonball,” Roy Acuff

  138. “Unchained Melody,” Al Hibbler

  139. “Dancing in the Streets,” Martha & the Vandellas

  140. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” M. Gaye / Tammi Terrell

  141. “Piano Man,” Billy Joel

  142. “Joy to the World,” Three Dog Night

  143. “Losing My Religion,” R.E.M.

  144. “My Way,” Frank Sinatra

  145. “Let’s Stay Together,” Al Green

  146. “We Are the Champions” / “We Will Rock You,” Queen

  147. “Purple Rain,” Prince

  148. “Dancing Queen,” ABBA

  149. A Love Supreme, John Coltrane

  150. “Wake Up Little Susie,” The Everly Brothers

  151. “Shout,” the Isley Brothers

  152. “I Got You (I Feel Good),” James Brown

  153. “The Thrill Is Gone,” B.B. King

  154. “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” the Boswell Sisters

  155. “Bo Diddley,” Bo Diddley

  156. “Banana Boat (Day-O),” Harry Belafonte

  157. “Ring of Fire,” Johnny Cash

  158. “Donna” / “La Bamba,” Richie Valens

  159. “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” the Tokens

  160. “Take Me Home Country Road,” John Denver

  161. “Material Girl,” Madonna

  162. “Rapper’s Delight,” the Sugarhill Gang

  163. “Goodnight Irene,” Leadbelly

  164. “Tequila,” the Champs

  165. “Que Sera Sera,” Doris Day

  166. “Turn! Turn! Turn!,” the Byrds

  167. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Beatles

  168. “Soul Man,” Sam & Dave

  169. “You Are the Sunshine of My Life,” Stevie Wonder

  170. “Thanks for the Memory,” Bob Hope / Shirley Ross

  171. “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,” B.J. Thomas

  172. “Moon River,” Henry Mancini

  173. “Free Bird,” Lynyrd Skynyrd

  174. “Misty,” Erroll Garner Trio

  175. “Chances Are,” Johnny Mathis

  176. “Love Letters,” Ketty Lester

  177. “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” Joan Jett & Blackhearts

  178. “Fast Car,” Tracy Chapman

  179. “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” the Shirelles

  180. “Leader of the Pack,” The Shangri-Las

  181. “In the Midnight Hour,” Wilson Pickett

  182. “Why Do Fools Fall in Love,” Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers

  183. “I Can See Clearly Now,” Johnny Nash

  184. “Oye Como Va,” Santana

  185. “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Loretta Lynn

  186. “The Cat’s in the Cradle,” Harry Chapin

  187. “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies?,” Waylon & Willie

  188. “The Gambler,” Kenny Rogers

  189. “Bye Bye Blackbird,” Gene Austin

  190. “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” the Platters

  191. “Fight for Your Right (to Party),” the Beastie Boys

  192. “We Are Family,” Sister Sledge

  193. “Close to You,” the Carpenters

  194. “Maggie May,” Rod Stewart

  195. “Night and Day,” Fred Astaire

  196. “Brother Can You Spare a Dime,” Rudy Vallee

  197. “Tom Dooley,” the Kingston Trio

  198. “The Tennessee Waltz,” Patti Page

  199. “If You Don’t Know Me by Now,” Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes

  200. “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” Elton John

  201. “U Can’t Touch This,” M.C. Hammer

  202. “Smooth,” Santana with Rob Thomas

  203. “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” Ricky Martin

  204. “How Great Thou Art,” George Beverly Shea

  205. “Sing Sing Sing,” Benny Goodman Orchestra

  206. Hair, Original Cast

  207. “Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” the Sons of the Pioneers

  208. “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” Jackie Deshannon

  209. “Crying,” Roy Orbison

  210. “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” Guns N’ Roses

  211. “One O’Clock Jump,” Count Basie Orchestra

  212. “Downtown,” Petula Clark

  213. “It’s Too Late” / “I Feel the Earth Move,” Carole King

  214. “Celebration,” Kool & the Gang

  215. “So in Love,” The Tymes

  216. “You’re So Vain,” Carly Simon

  217. “Heart of Glass,” Blondie

  218. “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys

  219. “Teen Angel,” Mark Dinning

  220. Ornithology, Charlie Parker Sextet

  221. “We Shall Overcome,” Joan Baez

  222. “Something to Talk About,” Bonnie Raitt

  223. “Take My Hand Precious Lord,” Thomas Dorsey

  224. South Pacific, Original Cast

  225. “Runaround Sue,” Dion

  226. “Tea for Two,” Art Tatum

  227. “Summertime Blues,” Eddie Cochran

  228. “Everybody Loves Somebody,” Dean Martin

  229. “It’s My Party,” Lesley Gore

  230. “The Loco Motion,” Little Eva

  231. “On Broadway,” The Drifters

  232. “Me and Bobby McGee,” Janis Joplin

  233. “Time in a Bottle,” Jim Croce

  234. “Margaritaville,” Jimmy Buffett

  235. Bitches Brew, Miles Davis

  236. “Kansas City,” Wilbert Harrison

  237. “Earth Angel,” the Penguins

  238. “Got My Mojo Working,” Muddy Waters

  239. “People Get Ready,” the Impressions

  240. “House of the Rising Sun,” the Animals

  241. “White Rabbit,” Jefferson Airplane

  242. “Graceland,” Paul Simon

  243. “Love Shack,” the B-52s

  244. “I Believe I Can Fly,” R. Kelly

  245. “All I Wanna Do,” Sheryl Crow

  246. “My Heart Will Go On,” Celine Dion

  247. “My Old Kentucky Home,” Geraldine Farrar

  248. “Abraham, Martin & John,” Dion

  249. The King and I, Original Cast

  250. “At the Hop,” Danny & the Juniors

  251. “What’d I Say,” Ray Charles

  252. “Mr. Sandman,” the Chordettes

  253. “Be My Baby,” the Ronettes

  254. “I Got You Babe,” Sonny & Cher

  255. “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” Charlie Daniels Band

  256. “Flashdance (What a Feeling),” Irene Cara

  257. “Burning Down the House,” Talking Heads

  258. “Achy Breaky Heart,” Billy Ray Cyrus

  259. “Wide Open Spaces,” Dixie Chicks

  260. The Music Man, Original Cast

  261. “Walk On By,” Dionne Warwick

  262. “Ramblin’ Man,” Allman Brothers Band

  263. “Move on Up a Little Higher,” Mahalia Jackson

  264. “I’m So Excited,” the Pointer Sisters

  265. “That Old Black Magic,” Louis Prima / Keely Smith

  266. “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” the Four Tops

  267. “Walk This Way,” Aerosmith

  268. “Bette Davis Eyes,” Kim Carnes

  269. “The Wind Beneath My Wings,” Bette Midler

  270. “Change the World,” Eric Clapton

  271. “If I Didn’t Care,” the Ink Spots

  272. “Paper Doll,” the Mills Brothers

  273. “Strange Fruit,” Billie Holiday

  274. “Ode to Billy Joe,” Bobbie Gentry

  275. “Strangers in the Night,” Frank Sinatra

  276. “War,” Edwin Starr

  277. “Behind Closed Doors,” Charlie Rich

  278. “Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Bob Seger

  279. “We Got the Beat,” the Go-Gos

  280. “The Message,” Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5

  281. “You’re the Top,” Cole Porter

  282. “My Guy,” Mary Wells

  283. “You Send Me,” Sam Cooke

  284. “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” Glen Campbell

  285. “Everybody’s Talkin’,” Nilsson

  286. “Heart of Gold,” Neil Young

  287. “Jack & Diane,” John Cougar Mellencamp

  288. “Fight the Power,” Public Enemy

  289. “Me and My Shadow,” Whispering Jack Smith

  290. “Deep in the Heart of Texas,” Alvino Ray Orchestra

  291. “For What It’s Worth,” Buffalo Springfield

  292. “That’s What Friends Are For,” Dionne Warwick & Friends

  293. “You’re Still the One,” Shania Twain

  294. Birdland, Weather Report

  295. “Go Your Own Way,” Fleetwood Mac

  296. Another Brick in the Wall,” Pink Floyd

  297. “(Ghost) Riders in the Sky,” Vaughn Monroe

  298. “The Way We Were,” Barbra Streisand

  299. “9 to 5,” Dolly Parton

  300. Grease Soundtrack, Original Cast

  301. “Don’t Worry Be Happy,” Bobby McFerrin

  302. “Who’s Sorry Now,” Connie Francis

  303. “That’s the Way (I Like It),” K.C. & Sunshine Band

  304. “Yes We Have No Bananas,” Billy Jones

  305. “On Top of Old Smoky,” the Weavers

  306. “You Really Got Me,” the Kinks

  307. “Ohio,” Crosby Stills Nash Young

  308. “Free Fallin’,” Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

  309. “This Kiss,” Faith Hill

  310. “Body and Soul,” Coleman Hawkins Orchestra

  311. “I Am Woman,” Helen Reddy

  312. Show Boat, Original Cast

  313. “This Masquerade,” George Benson

  314. “Some of These Days,” Sophie Tucker

  315. “Down Hearted Blues,” Bessie Smith

  316. “New San Antonio Rose,” Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys

  317. “How High the Moon,” Les Paul & Mary Ford

  318. “I’m Sorry,” Brenda Lee

  319. “Everyday People,” Sly & the Family Stone

  320. “When Will I Be Loved,” Linda Ronstadt

  321. “Uncle John’s Band,” the Grateful Dead

  322. “Faith,” George Michael

  323. “Up Where We Belong,” Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes

  324. “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over,” Hank Williams Jr.

  325. “Candle in the Wind,” Elton John

  326. “El Shaddai,” Amy Grant

  327. “Salt Peanuts,” Dizzy Gillespie

  328. Zodiac Suite, Mary Lou Williams

  329. “Vesti La Giubba,” Enrico Caruso

  330. “Whispering,” Paul Whiteman Orch.

  331. “Blue Yodel (T for Texas),” Jimmie Rodgers

  332. “Boogie Chillun,” John Lee Hooker

  333. “The Battle of New Orleans,” Johnny Horton

  334. “She Works Hard for the Money,” Donna Summer

  335. “I Want You Back,” the Jackson 5

  336. “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” George Jones

  337. “Men in Black,” Will Smith

  338. “El Paso,” Marty Robbins

  339. “I’ll Fly Away,” the Chuck Wagon Gang

  340. “Rockit,” Herbie Hancock

  341. “King Porter Stomp,” Jelly Roll Morton

  342. “Cross Road Blues,” Robert Johnson

  343. “Cattle Call,” Eddy Arnold

  344. “Tiger Rag,” the Original Dixieland Jazz Band

  345. “The Prisoner’s Song,” Vernon Dalhart

  346. “Yakety Yak,” the Coasters

  347. “Big Yellow Taxi,” Joni Mitchell

  348. “Higher Love,” Steve Winwood

  349. “No Charge,” Shirley Caesar

  350. “My Home’s in Alabama,” Alabama

  351. “One Sweet Day,” Boyz II Men / Mariah Carey

  352. “I Hope You Dance,” Lee Ann Womack

  353. “Don’t Let Nobody Turn You Around,” the Fairfield Four

  354. “The In Crowd,” Ramsey Lewis Trio

  355. “Near You,” Francis Craig Orchestra

  356. “Sing Me Back Home,” Merle Haggard

  357. “Django,” the Modern Jazz Quartet

  358. “Respect Yourself,” the Staple Singers

  359. “Doo Wop (That Thing),” Lauryn Hill

  360. “Mama He’s Crazy,” the Judds

  361. “No Scrubs,” TLC

  362. “Saturday in the Park,” Chicago

  363. “Bills, Bills, Bills,” Destiny’s Child

  364. “Addictive Love,” Bebe & Cece Winans

  365. “All Along the Watchtower,” Jimi Hendrix