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Friday, 9 March, 2001, 12:34 GMT
Garland classic heads song poll
Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz was released in 1939
Over the Rainbow sung by Judy Garland has been voted the best song of the 20th Century, according to the American music industry.

In a poll of critics, musicians and industry executives conducted by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the National Endowment for the Arts, the song from the 1939 film Wizard of Oz heads a list of mainly American tastes.

Click here to see the top 20 songs

Songs from the fifties and sixties dominated the list, but the Beatles figured at number 28 with I Want to Hold Your Hand.

Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger with the Rolling Stones break into the top 20
The Rolling Stones are the highest placed British artists at number 16 for Satisfaction.

Bing Crosby, Woody Guthrie, Aretha Franklin and Don McLean make up the rest of the top five.

"These are songs a lot of people would recognize if they were white, middle-class and old," Bob George, of the Archive of Contemporary Music, said.

"It's a great list for people who go to baseball games."

He called the list "wacky", adding, "When you look at what is important and has influenced other musicians, it is rap, house, electronica and obviously punk."

Punk music and the songs of reggae legend Bob Marley do not feature in the list.

Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin's Respect is at number four in the chart
Hilary Rosen, president of the RIAA, said: "Our list represents many different genres throughout all parts of the 20th century. And our hope is that each song will help tell a very different story."

The first remotely contemporary song in the chart is Tina Turner's What's Love Got To Do With It at number 38.

John Lennon's Imagine is at number 30 while U2's I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For is just two places ahead of Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper at number 120.

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Songs of the Century - Top 20

1. Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland
2. White Christmas - Bing Crosby
3. This Land is Your Land - Woody Guthrie
4. Respect - Aretha Franklin
5. American Pie - Don McLean
6. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - The Andrews Sisters
7. West Side Story - Original Cast
8. Take Me Out To The Ball Game - Billy Murray
9. You've Lost That Lovin Feelin' - The Righteous Brothers
10. The Entertainer - Scott Joplin

11. In The Mood - Glenn Miller Orchestra
12 . Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & The Comets
13. When the Saints Go Marching In - Louis Armstrong
14. You Are My Sunshine - Jimmie Davis
15. Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin
16. Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
17. Take the 'A' Train - Duke Ellington Orchestra
18. Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
19. God Bless America - Kate Smith
20. Stars and Stripes Forever - Sousa's Band

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