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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Finding Popular Songs: Verifying Song Info

This guide will help you locate popular songs in printed music and on recordings.

Online tools

Sometimes online tools have the information you need to track down a popular song.

Verifying Song Titles, etc.

These first three books are the best place to start when verifying song information.  They all have indexes of both composers and song titles and the first two have their own unique additional information.  For more information on the particular titles, see the notes below the citation.

Note:  These texts are all located behind the reference desk.  Ask the staff member on duty for assistance.

Other Popular Song References

Additional information about popular songs can be found in these books.  They aren't as comprehensive as the texts above but they each have a unique approach or contents. 

Some are located behind the reference desk and some in the general reference section.  The location is noted below the citation.

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