Memorable old songs include "Over the Rainbow," "What A Wonderful World" and "I've Got You Under My Skin." Each song has been ranked as one of the greatest of the 20th century by music publications.Continue Reading
Judy Garland sang "Over the Rainbow" for the 1939 movie "The Wizard of Oz." The movie starred Garland, and she sings the song within the first few minutes. It became her signature song, and the American Film Institute ranked it as the greatest movie song of all time. It was also number one on a Songs of the Century list compiled by the Recording Industry Association of America. Artists who have covered the song include Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Eva Cassidy and Kylie Minogue.
Louis Armstrong released "What A Wonderful World" on his 1968 album of the same name. The song first became popular in tGreat Britain, and Armstrong became the oldest musician to have a song reach number one on the United Kingdom's charts. Artists who have covered the song include Eva Cassidy and Joey Ramone.
Cole Porter wrote "I've Got You Under My Skin" in 1936, and the version Virginia Bruce sang in a movie that year was nominated for an Academy Award. Frank Sinatra started performing it in 1946 on his radio show before creating his own version with a band in 1956. That version was included on his album "Songs for Swingin' Lovers," but he also re-recorded the song for other albums.Learn more about Art & Literature