Collections of novelty songs, silly, amusing, or themed, that were popular during the early 1900s, up to and including World War II.

While often themed, such as baseball songs, these are not necessarily topically authentic. For instance, the cowboy songs that were the precursors of Country and Western music would not belong in this category while a collection of sentimental and/or idealistic songs about cowboys written by composers who had never ventured outside of New York City would. Similarly, the popular "Indian songs" of the period, which bear no resemblance to Native American culture or music, would be listed here. Racial and cultural stereotypes were common in the lyrics of this period as was the misrepresentation of locales considered exotic.

Websites that present a mixture of authentic and popular nostalgia songs will be listed here.

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American Treasures of the Library of Congress: Baseball Songs
Includes sheet music covers of several baseball songs, the first of which was written in 1858.
Classic Railroad Songs
Collections of songs since 1930, including historical profiles of song and CD ordering.
Slate: The Worst Songwriter of All Time
Mark Steyn's article on Bob Merrill and novelty songs in general.
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