The Top 20 Songs of the 20th Century:

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* as named by the RIAA  (Recording Industry Association of America) … March 2001.
* based on the votes of hundreds in the music industry, media, teachers and music students asked in a survey to choose those of greatest historical significance from among a master list of 1100 songs gleaned from reference books, and published song lists from ASCAP, BMA, and NARAS organizations.

1. Over the Rainbow                              Judy Garland        1939
2. White Christmas                                 Bing Crosby         1942
3. This Land is Your Land                     Woody Guthrie     1944
4. Respect                                               Aretha Franklin    1967
5. American Pie                                      Don McLean          1972
6. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy                Andrews Sisters   1941
7. West Side Story (album)                    soundtrack            1961
8. Take Me Out to the Ball Game           Billy Murray          1908
9. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling        Righteous Bros.   1965
10. The Entertainer                                 Scott Joplin           1902
11. In the Mood                                       Glenn Miller           1939
12. Rock Around the Clock                   Bill Haley & Comets  1955
13. When the Saints go Marching In    Louis Armstrong    1939
14. You Are My Sunshine                      Jimmie Davis          1940
15. Mack the Knife                                  Bobby Darin           1959
16. Satisfaction                                       Rolling Stones        1965
17. Take the ‘A’ Train                             Duke Ellington         1941
18. Blueberry Hill                                   Fats Domino            1956
19. God Bless America                          Kate Smith               1939
20. Stars and Stripes Forever              John Philip Sousa    1897

(bonus additional list)

21. I Heard it Through the Grapevine    Marvin Gaye           1968
22. Dock of the Bay                                 Otis Redding          1968
23. I Left My Heart in San Francisco      Tony Bennett         1962
24. Good Vibrations                                Beach Boys            1966
25. Stand By Me                                       Ben E. King            1961
26. Stormy Weather                                 Lena Horne             1943
27. Johnny B. Goode                              Chuck Berry            1958
28. I Want to Hold Your Hand                 Beatles                    1964
29. Midnight Train to Georgia                Gladys Knight & Pips  1973
30. Imagine                                               John Lennon           1971