Sunday, October 11, 2009

20 Top (New) American Standards

I want to start to develop the list of the new standards. They must be less than 50 years old.
Top Candidates in no particular order
The Shadow Of Your Smile
How Do You Keep The Music Playing
Just The Way You Are
Send In The Clowns
If I Ruled The World
What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life
The Wind Beneath My Wings
New York, New York
I Left My Heart In San Francisco (Written in 1954, released by Bennett in 1962)

This is the start of the candidates. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.


  1. This list is only beginning. There are lots of really great songs that are less than 50 years and I will be adding to this list as new songs are suggested.

  2. I ran into Bassman at a recent dinner party and he was checking out my list of new potential standards and informed me that "I Left My Heart in San Francisco was written in 1954, so no longer qualifies for this particular list. It's worth noting that the first performance of this song by Tony Bennett was not until 1962 so one could make the argument that the song while written 55yrs ago did not become publicly successful until performed by Bennett in 1962 making it 47 years old. I will let my readers decide which list it should be considered for.

    Bassman also Questioned the age of Beyond the Sea. It turns out that the music for "La Mer" was created in 1946 however, the French lyrics were totally different and unrelated to the English language version. The Bobby Darin version was released in 1959. Therefore considering either date, I agree this song should not be considered for the New standards list.

    Thanks again to Bassman for keeping the Music Man Blog information correct!


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