Great American Songbook  

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The Great American Songbook is a hypothetical construct that seeks to represent the best American songs of the 20th century principally from Broadway theatre, musical theatre, and Hollywood musicals, from the 1920s to 1960, including dozens of songs of enduring popularity. The Great American Songbook became (and remains) a vital part of the repertoire of jazz musicians, who describe such songs simply as "jazz standards".

Songwriters and songs

There is no definitive list of musicians and lyricists whose work constitutes the Great American Songbook, but the following writers and songs are often included:

See also




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