Songs by American Jews

Many of the best-known American songs have been written by Jews--including many Christmas songs.

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- 1938 Irving Berlin, "Easter Parade"

- 1938 Irving Berlin, "God Bless America"

- 1940 Lorenz Hart, "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" from Pal Joey

- 1942 Irving Berlin "White Xmas"

- 1942 Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" from Oklahoma

- 1943 Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne, "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow"

- 1946 Mel Torme, "The Christmas Song" (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)

- 1949 Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, "Some Enchanted Evening" from South Pacific

- 1949 Johnny Marks, "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer"

- 1950 Frank Loesser, "Luck Be a Lady" (from Guys and Dolls)

- 1950 Livingston and Evans, "Silver Bells"

- 1951 Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, "Getting to Know You" from The King and I

- 1953 Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, "Hound Dog"

- 1954 Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, State Fair

- 1954 Sammy Cahn, "Three Coins in the Fountain"

- 1956 Frederick Loewe, "I Could Have danced All Night" from My Fair Lady

- 1957 Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, "Searchin'"

- 1958 Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, "Yackety Yak"

- 1959 Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, "Teenager in Love"

- 1959 Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, "Charlie Brown"

- 1959 Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, "Love Potion Number Nine"

- 1959 Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, The Sound of Music

- 1960 Carole King, "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow"

- 1960 Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, "Spanish Harlem"

- 1961 Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, "Stand By Me"

- 1962 Carole King, "The Locomotion"

- 1962 Neil Sedaka, "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do"

- 1963 Carole King, "Go Away Little Girl"

- 1963 Peter Yarrow, "Puff the Magic Dragon" (Peter, Paul & Mary)

- 1963, Bob Dylan, "Blowin' in the Wind"

- 1964 Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill, "You've Lost that Lovin Feelin"

- 1964 Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich, "Leader of the Pack" (The Shangri-Las)

- 1965 Bob Dylan, "Mr. Tambourine Man"

- 1965 Paul Simon and Art Garfunkle, "Sounds of Silence"

- 1967 Carole King, "You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman"

- 1968 Paul Simon and Garfunkel, "Mrs. Robinson"

Notice how many of the famous American Christmas songs were written by Jews!

- "White Christmas" by Irving Berlin

- "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" by Johnny Marks

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Dr. Joshua Jacobson

Dr. Joshua Jacobson is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Northeastern University and a Visiting Professor of Jewish Music at Hebrew College. He is also the founder and director of the Zamir Chorale of Boston, a world-renowned ensemble, specializing in Hebrew music.