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List song

The list song is a song whose prime characteristic is lyric which features a list centered on a topic. Secondary characteristics vary, but might include: rapid tempo or pace, clever rhymes, minimal grammar and a sense of absurdity. But not all list songs are rapid, and some are serious. Often the raison d'etre of a list song is to feature a performer or to show off a clever lyricist. Examples include: "I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General" (Pirates of Penzance); "The Elements" (Tom Lehrer); "Tchaikovsky and Other Russians" (Ira Gershwin); "You're the Top" (Cole Porter); "My Favorite Things" (The Sound of Music).

I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General
Pirates of Penzance
My Favorite Things
Sound of Music
Tchaikovsky and Other Russians
Ira Gershwin
The Elements
Tom Lehrer
You’re The Top
Cole Porter
List song

The list song is a song whose prime characteristic is lyric which features a list centered on a topic. Secondary characteristics vary, but might include: rapid tempo or pace, clever rhymes, minimal grammar and a sense of absurdity. But not all list songs are rapid, and some are serious. Often the raison d'etre of a list song is to feature a performer or to show off a clever lyricist. Examples include: "I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General" (Pirates of Penzance); "The Elements" (Tom Lehrer); "Tchaikovsky and Other Russians" (Ira Gershwin); "You're the Top" (Cole Porter); "My Favorite Things" (The Sound of Music).




I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General
Pirates of Penzance



My Favorite Things
Sound of Music



Tchaikovsky and Other Russians
Ira Gershwin



The Elements
Tom Lehrer



You’re The Top
Cole Porter