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American Song is a New Database

American Song is a history database that allows people to hear and feel the music from America's past. The database includes songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. Included in the database are the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests, and more.

The range of genres includes country, folk, bluegrass, Western, old time, American Indian, blues, gospel, shape note singing, doo-wop, Motown, R&B, soul, funk, and others. Content from African American Music is now a part of American Song, including 17,000 tracks from the original interface, plus 18,000 newly released tracks. Try this today and listen to some really interesting music!


Sat, 2010-03-20 06:53
This looks awesome! Can you please tell us how to log in so we can access it? Our library is not listed in the pull down menu for using your library card as a password. Thanks!
Sun, 2010-03-21 16:55
I wasn't able to log in either. It looks like the libraries listed in the dropdown menu are in Illinois. It does look like an awesome database! Are the songs in mp3 format and available for download? Another source for songs is the Internet Archive at This site looks much easier to navigate though. Thank you!
Wed, 2010-03-24 16:06
From our home page,, click on Databases A-Z (under Research on the left hand side). Click on American Song, which is the second database listed. It will ask for your Canton library card barcode and allow you access after you enter your barcode. Have fun listening!