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Timeless Love Songs of the 1920s


11. The Best Things In Life Are Free

Written by Lew Brown, B.G. DeSylva and Ray Henderson for the 1927 musical Good News. In 1930, a film version of the musical was produced. In 1956, a movie musical based on the lives of the writers of this song was produced.

Lyrics (Excerpt)

The moon belongs to everyone
The best things in life are free,
The stars belong to everyone
They gleam there for you and me.

Related Video

Listen to Jo Stafford sing this song courtesy of YouTube.

12. The Song Is Ended

Another unforgettable Irving Berlin composition written in 1927 with lyrics by Beda Loehner. The complete title of this song is "The Song Is Ended (But The Melody Lingers On)." It was recorded in 1927 by Ruth Etting

Lyrics (Excerpt)

The song is ended
But the melody lingers on
You and the song are gone
But the melody lingers on

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Listen to Annette Hanshaw sing "The Song is Ended" from YouTube.

13. What'll I Do

A beautiful song written by Irving Berlin in 1923 and included in his Music Box Revue Of 1924. The song has been performed and recorded by various artists among them are Grace Moore, Johnny Mathis and Perry Como.

Lyrics (Excerpt)

What'll I do
When you are far away
And I am blue
What'll I do

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Watch Mitzi Gaynor's rendition of this classic song from YouTube.

14. When You're Smiling

This 1928 song was composed by Mark Fisher, Joe Goodwin, and Larry Shay. It was first recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1929 but many other recordings soon followed including the very popular rendition by Frank Sinatra. The complete title of this song is "When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You)."

Lyrics (Excerpt

When you're smiling
When you're smiling
The whole world smiles with you

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Listen to Frank Sinatra singing this song courtesy of YouTube.

15. With A Song In My Heart

A song by Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers from their 1929 musical Spring Is Here. Renditions by other performers were soon recorded; it was also included in several other musical productions.

Lyrics (Excerpt)

With a song in my heart
I behold your adorable face.
Just a song at the start
but it soon is a hymn to your grace

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Listen to Doris Day singing "With A Song In My Heart" from YouTube.

16. Without A Song

Published in 1929, the lyrics was written by William Rose and Edward Eliscu, and the melody composed by Vincent Youmans. This song was recorded by Perry Como, Frank Sinatra and other famous performers.

Lyrics (Excerpt)

Without a song, the day would never end
Without a song, the road would never have been
When things go wrong, a man aint got a friend
Without a song

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Listen to Kay Starr singing "Without A Song" courtesy of YouTube.

17. Who's Sorry Now

Words by Bert Kalmer and Harry Ruby, and music by Ted Snyder; this song was published in 1923 and featured in the 1950 film Three Little Words. The most famous recording of this song is by Connie Francis who made it a hit in 1958.

Lyrics (Excerpt)

Who's sorry now, who's sorry now
Whose heart is achin' for breakin' each vow
Who's sad and blue, who's cryin' too
Just like I cried over you

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Watch Connie Francis perform this timeless tune courtesy of YouTube.

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