Ongoing History of New Music

Ongoing History Daily: Pub trivia fun

Here’s an interesting trivia question.  What song was performed the most in the 20th century?  Think of all the songs you and your friends and your parents and your grandparents ever heard. 

Some of the songs in the Top Ten include “White Christmas,” “Tea for Two” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”  Other big favourites included “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” “The Way We Were” and “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.” 

But the most-performed, most popular song of the last one hundred years was–are you ready for this?–”Happy Birthday.” “Happy Birthday” was written in the 1890s by Mildred J. Mills and Patty Hill and since then, the song has been performed countless millions of times in public and in private.  It is undisputedly the most popular song of all time.

Yesterday’s Ongoing History Daily Post was about Muzak’s role in grunge.

Alan Cross

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One thought on “Ongoing History Daily: Pub trivia fun

  • I hear the royalties for that song are insane though. :->


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