|First posted 3/7/2012; updated 11/20/2020.|
Top 365 Songs of the 20th Century
On March 7, 2001, The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) revealed the top ten songs from its list of the top 365 songs of the 20th century. According to the RIAA’s press release, the list was created “to promote a better understanding of America’s musical and cultural heritage in our schools.” It is one of the better lists around considering it actually acknowledges pre-rock era songs. It does, however, also strangely opt to include a handful of albums in the list. I’ve omitted those here and created a separate page focused on the albums here.
Note: Links on some of the songs lead to more detailed reviews and information on the DMDB website.