The 20th Century's Greatest


December 27th, 2000 ~ American Routes asked some of today's top artists their favorite songs of the 20th century. Travel through the past hundred years of music with requests from Randy Newman, Tito Puente, Gillian Welch, John Fogerty, Willie Nelson, and more.

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  • Open Bed: Auld Lange Syne Dejan's Olympia Brass band
  • City of New Orleans Steve Goodman
    Folk Song America, Smithsonian
  • Ball the Wall Professor Longhair
    New Orleans Piano, Atlantic
  • Body and Soul Coleman Hawkins
    Body and Soul, RCA Victor
  • All The Way Frank Sinatra
    The Complete Capitol Singles Collection, Capitol
  • Instrumental: Moonlight in Vermont Willie Nelson
    American Heritage, Columbia Legacy
  • Rock of Ages Gillian Welch
    Hell Among the Yearlings, Almo
  • The Night They Drove Ol' Dixie Down The Band
    The Band, Capitol
  • Let's Stay Together Al Green
    Anthology, Hi
  • Instrumental: Archie's Funeral Ry Cooder
    Music by Ry Cooder, Warner
  • Dark Was the Night - Cold Was the Ground Blind Willie Johnson
    The Complete Blind Willie Johnson, Columbia Legacy
  • Let's Burn Down the Cornfield Randy Newman
    12 Songs, Reprise
  • Bess You Is My Woman Now Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald
    Porgy and Bess, Verve
  • Stardust Nicolas Payton and Doc Cheatham
    Doc Cheatham and Nicolas Payton, Verve
  • Open Bed: Ti Mon Bo Tito Puente
    50 Years of Swing, RMM
  • Oye Como Va Tito Puente
    50 Years of Swing, RMM
  • El caballo blanco Jose Alfredo Jimenez
    Lo Mejor De Jose Alfredo Jimenez, RCA
  • Greensleeves John Coltrane
    The Impulse Years, Impulse!
  • Instrumental: Take the Coltrane Duke Ellington and John Coltrane
    Duke Ellington and John Coltrane, Impulse!
  • Flamingo Duke Ellington
    The Centennial, RCA
  • Mother-In-Law Ernie K-Doe
    Minit: The Minit Records Story, EMI
  • Fist City Loretta Lynn
    Greatest Hits Vol. II, MCA
  • Nitty Gritty Southern Culture on the Skids
    Dirt Track Date, DGC
  • Instrumental: The ‘In' Crowd Ramsey Lewis Trio
    Rock Instrumental Classics Vol. 4: Soul, Rhino
  • The Girl I Left Behind Spencer Moore
    The Alan Lomax Collection Sampler, Rounder
  • Tennessee Jed Grateful Dead
    Europe '72, Warner
  • Strance of the Spirit Red Gator Medeski, Martin & Wood
    Shack-Man, Ryko
  • Red House Jimi Hendrix Experience
    Stages, Reprise
  • End Bed: Auld Lang Syne Jimi Hendrix
    Eddie G Private Christmas CD,