Standard Song List
Brilliant Songs ... 100 Years ... 14 Genres
The Gold Standard Song List (GSSL) is an indexed database of
information on 5,000 of the greatest songs in popular music, composed over
a 100-year period. The list encompasses 14 genres,
ranging from ragtime to rap, and everything in between.
The GSSL was created
specifically for readers of the book,
How Music REALLY Works!,
which references hundreds of songs from the GSSL
to illustrate points of excellence in both songwriting artistry and technical skill.
How Music REALLY Works!, 2nd Edition, provides songwriters and performers
with specific, practical information on how to dramatically improve songwriting and performing skills. The book focuses on techniques for
creating memorable, emotionally powerful music and lyrics.
If you're a songwriter or performer or producer who
aspires to break away from the pack by developing a distinctive, signature
sound, you will find the Gold Standard Song List a particularly useful
resource. Chapter 11 of How Music REALLY Works!, 2nd
Edition, describes how to use the GSSL to help you achieve this
Everybody learns by example. So, if you write or perform popular music,
whether in rock, hip-hop, jazz, country, or any other genre, and you want
to improve your skills, the 5,000 songs on the Gold
Standard Song List—the “gold standard of songwriting”—serve as an invaluable standard of excellence, a reference
resource for you to consult at any stage in your musical career.
You will probably find
that you've never heard many songs on the GSSL.
If you seek out recordings of them,
they will inspire and enlighten you.
contains enough information on each listed
song to enable you to find at
least one or more recordings of each song, as well as the lyrics.