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Just kickin' down the cobblestones looking for fun and feelin' groovy written by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel for the 1966 album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
1969, The Fifth Dimension
Then there came a midnight, and the world was new; Now here am I so spellbound, darling, not by stars, but just by you; At last my love has come along, My lonely days are over, and life is like a song. written by Mack Gordon and music by Harry Warren for 1941 film "Sun Valley Serenade" and 1942 film "Orchestra Wives" both films featured Glenn Miller and his Orchestra. Ray Eberle and Pat Friday sang it in "Orchestra Wives"
Shadows of the night that poets find beguiling seemed flat as the noon light. Composed as a ballad in 1934 by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, this song has become famous by the chorus "Blue Moon you left me standing alone. Without a dream in my heart. Without a love of my own." The most successful version was the Doo-Wop version by the Marcels in 1961. Richard Rodgers hated that version and took out ads to ask people not to buy it. Although found in several films such as "Words And Music" (1948); "Malaya" (1949); "East Side, West Side" (1950); and "With A Song In My Heart" (1952) it was not written for any particular show or film by Rodgers and Hart.
And she spoke of being in love With every mountain she had climbed And she talked of trails she'd walked up Far above the timberline From that night on I knew I'd write songs With Carolina in the pines. words and music by Michael Murphey released in his album "Blue Sky, Night Thunder" in 1975.
1982, Dexyâ€™s Midnight Runners
As we swayed to the music, and held to each other, I fell in love with you. words & music by Wayland Holyfield and Bob House. used in the the 1980 film "Urban Cowboy" starring John Travolta and Debra Winger. It was a #1 American Country and Canadian Country hit for Anne Murray in 1980.
Crazy he calls me, sure I'm crazy, crazy in love I'd say -- written by Carl Sigman and Sidney Keith Russell in 1949 -- featured on Linda Ronstadt's cd What's New
Well, you can cry me a river, cry me a river, I cried a river over you. -- featured in "The Girl Can't Help It" (1957).
He will be like him and me As free as a dove conceived in love, the sun is gonna shine above. Words and Music by Kenny Loggins and a 1972 #1 US Adult Contemporary, Canadian Adult Contemporary and Canadian Country hit for Anne Murray.
Originally published in 1933 by Peter de Rose as a piano solo, lyrics were added in 1939 by Mitchell Parish.
Rihanna - "Good Girl Gone Bad" -- Disturbia, Am I scaring you tonight...
Live among the stars, the sun, the moon Just you and I. written in 1934 by Brooks Bowman as an undergraduate at Princeton University for the Princeton Triangle Club's production of "Stags at Bay." It soon became the signature song of the Princeton Nasoons, Princeton's oldest acapella group. First recorded by Hal Kemp for Brunswick records on 12-1-1934. Since recorded by Sarah Vaughn, Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Louis Armstrong, Lee Wiley, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Diana Krall.
Then rolls out to sea And the sea is very still once more. So I rush to your side Like the oncoming tide With one burning thought Will your arms open wide? At last we're face to face And as we kiss through an embrace I can tell, I can feel You are love, you are real. Really mine in the rain In the dark, in the sun Like the tide at its ebb I'm at peace in the web of your arms. written by Carl Sigman and music by Robert Maxwell in 1953. a #5 hit in 1965 for The Righteous Brothers.
What makes a fellow start thinkin' of fallin' in love? It's not the season, the reason is plain as the moon It's just Elmer's Tune. words and music by Elmer Albrecht, Sammy Gallop & Dick Jurgens and recorded in 1939 by Glenn Miller and his Orchestra. It was a #1 it for Paula Kelly and The Modernaires with Ray Eberle in 1941.
We've got a lifetime to share So much to say And as we go From day to day I'll feel you close to me But time alone will tell Let's take a lifetime to say "I knew you well" For only time will tell us so And love may grow For all we know. words and music by Fred Karlin, Robb Wilson and Arthur James for the 1970 film "Lovers and Other Strangers." It was a big hit in 1971 for The Carpenters.
Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free. Let us all be grateful for a land so fair As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer." wriiten by Irving Berlin in 1918 while serving in the US Army. He revised it and released it as sung by Kate Smith on Armistice Day November 11, 1938
I hear the sound of a gentle word On the wind that lifts her perfume through the air. written in 1966 by Tony Asher and music by Brian Wilson for The Beach Boys. Their Third #1 hit in the US and first #1 in Great Britain
AND I SAY YEAH, PARDON ME HAVEN'T WE MET. words and music by Kenny Rankin. released in 1974 on his "Silver Morning" album.
Written largely by Paul McCartney and released on The Beatles 1966 album Revolver. Reported to be Sir Paul's favorite Beatles song. This song was inspired by the Beach Boys song "God Only Knows"
1978, Ian Dury & The Blockheads
Katy Perry - album: "One Of The Boys"
The North Pole I have charted, but can't get started...with you. -- Bob Hope sang this song to Eve Arden in the movie "Zeigfield Follies of 1936".
Rain or sunshine, spring or fall; you never know When it may say, "Hello," In a very unexpected place, for example take my case: It was a lucky April shower, it was the most convenient door, I found a million dollar baby in a five and ten cent store. written my Mort Dixon & Billy Rose and music by Harry Warren in 1931 for the 1931 film "(Billy Rose's) Crazy Quilt"
Here is one I see before me, vividly and clear, As I recall it, you were in it, too. I had the craziest dream last night, yes I did; written by Mack Gordon and music by Harry Warren for the film "Springtime In The Rockies" 1942 and sung by Helen Forest with the Harry James Orchestra.
Katy Perry - "One Of The Boys" -- I Kissed a Girl, and I Liked it. :)
Just a certain charming something, When you're beside me, miracles appear, For when I look at you. Life's a grand illusion; Why do robins sing in December, Long before the springtime is due? and even though it's snowing, violets are growing, I know why and so do you. written by Mack Gordon and music by Harry Warren in 1941 for the 1941 film "Sun Valley Serenade" sung by John Payne and Sonja Henie with Glenn Miller and his Orchestra.
Grace votes for builabaise stew. Jake wants a weenie bake, steak and a layer cake. He'll get a tummy ache, too. We'll rent a tent or teepee. Let the town cryer cry. And if it's RSVP, this is what I'll reply: -- written by Hoagy Carmichael and music by Johnny Mercer for the 1951 film Here Comes The Groom starring Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman -- 1951 Oscar winner for Best Original Song
But from dusk till dawn as the clock ticks on Something happens to you. written by Bob Hilliard and music by David Mann. first recorded by Frank Sinatra in 1955 for his Album of the same name. Carly Simon's version was included in the movie "Sleepless in Seattle" in 1993.
Are the stars out tonight? I don't know if it's cloudy or bright, I only have eyes for you, dear. written by Al Dubin and music by Harry Warren in 1934 for the film "Dames" starring Dick Powell, Joan Blondell and Ruby Keeler. sung by Dick Powell. Rereleased in 1975 and a hit for Art Garfunkel.
1969, Desmond Dekker & The Aces
There's so many things that I could say, but words can wait until some other day. Kiss me once and kiss me twice and kiss me once again, It's been a long, long time -- words by Sammy Cahn and music by Jule Stein. A big hit at the end of WWII. #1 Billboard hit for trumpeter Harry James with vocal by Kitty Kallen in 1945 and then #1 for Bing Crosby with the Les Paul Trio in 1945
I got a gal in Kalamazoo. Donâ€™t want to boast but I know sheâ€™s the toast of Kalamazoo (Zoo, zoo, zoo, zoo, zoo) written by Mack Gordon music by Harry Warren. A Billboard #1 hit for 8 weeks for Glenn Miller in 1942
You never let me down before. Don't imagine you're too familiar And I don't see you anymore. First Gold single for Billy Joel in 1977
For you like this and the other While I go for this and that. Goodness knows what the end will be; Oh, I don't know where I'm at... It looks as if we two will never be one, Something must be done. -- written by Ira Gershwin for the 1937 film "Shall We Dance"
Nelly Furtado from the album "Loose"
We'll save our fares! I've a cozy little flat in what is known as old Manhattan. we'll settle down right here in town! -- written by Lorenz Hart for the 1925 Garrick Gaieties
Strummin' my six string on my front porch swing. Smell those shrimp, they're beginning to boil. words and music by Jimmy Buffet for his 1977 Album Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Atttitudes. Jimmy's higest charting single reaching #1 on the Easy Listening (Adult Contemporary) category.
Like you'll never get rid of your shadow. You'll never get rid of me. Let all the others fight and fuss. Whatever happens, we've got us. -- 1927 standard with music by Dave Dreyer, lyrics by Billy Rose and popularized by Al Jolson.
And of course Prince Charming is the theme, The he for me. Although I realize as well as you It is seldom that a dream comes true, To me it's clear That he'll appear. -- written in 1924 by Ira Gershwin
Pour in the blue of a June night and one guitar, Mix in a couple of dreamers and there you are: Lovers hail the Moonlight Cocktail. words by Kim Gannon and music by Lucky Roberts. a #1 hit for Glenn Miller and his Orchestra from February 28, 1942 to May 2, 1942 (8 weeks).
Moonlight in Vermont. Gentle finger waves. Ski trails down a mountainside. Snowlight in Vermont -- written by John Blackburn and Karl Suessdorf in 1943, each verse, except the bridge, is a haiku. A big hit for Margaret Whiting in 1944
I stand and I wait for the touch of your hand in the June night. The roses are sighing a Moonlight Serenade. lyrics by Mitchell Parish and music by Glenn Miller. Originally called "Now I Lay Me Down To Weep" when it was recorded as the other side of "Sunrise Serenade" in 1939. It became the signature song of The Glenn Miller Orchestra and first appeared in the film "Sun Valley Serenade." in 1941.
Spring is here so blow your job- throw your job away; Now's the time to trust, to your wanderlust. In the city's dust you wait, must you wait? just you wait; -- written by Lorenz Hart for the Garrick Gaieties of 1926 -- sung in the 1948 film Words and Music by Perry Como -- Mickey Rooney and Tom Drake played Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers
Hop a flight to Miami Beach, Or to Hollywood. But I'm taking a Greyhound On the Hudson River Line. I'm in a New York state of mind. written by Billy Joel for his 1976 Turnstiles album
Likewise the man who works for fame There's no guarantee that time won't erase his name -- written by Ira Gershwin for the film Damsel In Distress 1937
Quaint little villages, here and there You're sure to fall in love with old Cape Cod. written by Claire Rothrock, Milton Yakus, and Allan Jeffrey in 1957 and a hit for Patti Page that year. On the soundtrack of the film "Die Hard 2" in 1990 and in 2005 on Bette Midler's Bette Midler Sings the Patti Page Songbook.
Steal your money Then they break your heart Lonesome Sue, she's in love with ol' Sam Take him from the fire into the frying pan. On and on She just keeps on trying And she smiles when she feels like crying On and on, On and on, On and on. words and music by Stephen Bishop and a hit for him in 1977
And who would ever guess what powers you possess. And who would not be stunned to see you prove. There's more to us than surgeons can remove. So much more than we ever knew. So much more were we born to do. Should you draw back the curtain, this I am certain. You'll be impressed with you. -- Yves Montand (Dr Chabot) is the doctor who uses hypnosis on Barbara Streisand (Daisy Gamble) to help her understand why she can hear phones ring before they do and whose will power makes flowers grow in the 1970 film "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever."
Out of your embrace, The world's a temporary parking place. Mmm, mm, mm, mm... A bubble for a minute. Mmm, mm, mm, mm... You smile, the bubble has a rainbow in it. Say it's only a paper moon, Sailing over a cardboard sea. But it wouldn't be make-believe If you believed in me. words by Billy Rose and E.Y. Harburg and music by Harold Arlen and featured in the 1933 film "Take A Chance." It later was a hit for Nat King Cole and the King Cole Trio in 1944 and for Ella Fitzgerald in 1945.
But no one appreciated a sky that was always blue and no one anticipated a moon that was always new. So it was planned that they should vanish now and then and you must pay before you get them back again. That's what storms were made for and you shouldn't be afraid for: Every time it rains, it rains, pennies from heaven ... music by Arthur Johnson and lyrics by Johnny Burke. featured in the 1936 film "Pennies From Heaven" starring Bing Crosby.
When will you find What's on the tip of your mind Why are you blind To all you ever were Never were Really are Nearly are. music by Michel LeGrand lyrics by Marilyn and Allan Bergman. nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song 1971. written for the 1970 film Pieces Of Dreams
Eurovision Song Contest 2010 winner and Number 1 in many European countries
525,600 minutes - how do you measure, measure a year? In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee. In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife. In 525,600 minutes - how do you measure a year in the life? How about love? How about love? How about love? Measure in love. Seasons of love. music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson for the 1996 Broadway rock opera and 2005 film "Rent". Based on Puccini's opera La bohÃ¨me.
Bye-bye, so long, farewell Bye-bye, so long See you in September See you when the summer's through Here we are (bye, baby, goodbye) Saying goodbye at the station (bye, baby, goodbye) Summer vacation (bye, baby bye, baby) Is taking you away (bye, baby, goodbye). Lyrics by Sid Wayne music by Sherman Edwards in 1959. It was a hit for The Tempos.
1967, Frank & Nancy Sinatra
Soft kisses on a summer's day Laughing all our cares away Just you and I. words and music by Clive Metcalf, Keith Noble and David Stuart in 1964. A hit for Chad Stuart & Jeremy Clyde (Chad & Jeremy) in 1964.
Gabrielle Cilmi - album: "Lessons To Be Learned"
1978, Electric Light Orchestra
When you said you care, magine my emoshe I swore then and there, permanent devoshe, You made all other men seem blah Just you alone filled me with ahhhhhhhh...... -- written by Ira Gershwin for 1927 musical "Funny Face"
The world thought the heights were too high to climb But people from Missouri never incensed me Oh, I wasn't a bit concerned For from hist'ry I had learned How many, many times the worm had turned -- written by Ira Gershwin for the 1937 film "Shall We Dance"
The mem'ry of all that No, no! They can't take that away from me! -- written for the film Shall We Dance 1937
Massive hit single by Ke$ha
If you could hear instead The things Iâ€™ve left unsaid. Time after time I tell myself that I'm So lucky to be loving you. words and music by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne for the 1947 film "It Happened In Brooklyn."
Time goes by so slowly and time can do so much are you still mine? -- written by Hy Zaret and music by Alex North for the 1955 film Unchained. one of the most recorded songs of the 20th Century. A big hit in 1965 for Bobby Hatfield of The Righteous Brothers.
1983, Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
1985, Katrina and The Waves
And the way you look tonight. written by Dorothy Fields and music by Jerome Kern for the film "Swing Time" in 1936. Won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1936. Sung by Fred Astaire to Ginger Rogers in the film. Later a hit for the Lettermen in 1961 and Michael BublÃ©, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Tony Bennett and Bing Crosby.
"I didn't mean it when I sad I didn't love you so" Mariah Carey from the album "The Emancipation Of Mimi"
Instead of getting 'em off my chest, To let 'em restâ€”unexpressed. I hate parading my serenading, As I'll probably miss a bar, But if this ditty is not so pretty, At least it'll tell you how great you are. (written by Cole Porter in 1934 for the musical Anything Goes.)
Facts contributed by:
Allan R. Matthes