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The Great British Songbook

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Our Price: £24.95    Change Currency
Media: Sheet Music
Arrangement: Melody Line, Lyrics & Chords (MLC)
Skill Level: Intermediate - Explain this
Catalogue #: AM986007
ISBN: 9781846096082


From The Beatles and The Kinks to Radiohead and David Gray, the breadth and variety of British songwriting since the 1950s is breathtaking, with countless bands and artists forging styles that are unique and individual, yet still capable of capturing a certain quintessential 'Britishness'. A great song can harness the spirit of its times, and each new band or solo artist adds their own personal voice to the legacy, documenting the next chapter in the British way of life.

This celebratory songbook brings together all those poignant, nostalgic or fun-filled moments of British pop that have grown to characterise a time or event of historical and social significance. Every era is covered, from the opulent swinging sixties, through the recession-inspired punks of the 1970s and the subsequent New Wave and right up to the multi-cultural sounds of post-Britpop Britain.

With over 170 songs on offer, your guaranteed to find some timeless favourites, a few new discoveries, and even one or two classics you'd otherwise forgotten about! Nothing has been missed - there's the daft comedy of The Funky Gibbon, the sly inner-city paranoia of Ghost Town, Nick Drake's Cotswold delicacy, and the old-time pub singalong My Old Man's A Dustman. Each song has been presented with melody line, lyrics and chords, and the 368 pages are punctuated with some great photographs of the artists at the peak of their success.

Click on a song below to find all titles, including compilations, that contain it. Notation Samples
2 Become 1 [Spice Girls, The]
20th Century Boy [T Rex]
A Bicycle Built For Two (Daisy Bell) [Dacre, Harry]
A Design For Life [Manic Street Preachers]
A Little Time [Beautiful South, The]
A Whiter Shade Of Pale [Procol Harum]
All Around My Hat
All Right Now [Free] View
All The Young Dudes [Mott The Hoople]
Alright [Supergrass]
Angels [Williams, Robbie] [Chambers, Guy] View
Angie [Rolling Stones, The]
Apache [Shadows, The]
Babylon [Gray, David]
Back For Good [Take That]
Baker Street [Rafferty, Gerry]
Bird Of Paradise [Snowy White]
Black Magic Woman [Fleetwood Mac]
Born Free [Monro, Matt]
Bright Eyes [Batt, Mike]
Brimful Of Asha [Cornershop]
Bring Me Sunshine [Kent, Arthur]
Brown Eyed Girl [Morrison, Van] View
Can't Get You Out Of My Head [Minogue, Kylie]
Careless Whisper [Wham]
Catch The Wind [Donovan]
Clair [O'sullivan, Gilbert]
Come On Eileen [Dexy's Midnight Runners]
Comfortably Numb [Pink Floyd]
Common People [Pulp] View
Creep [Radiohead] View
Cum On Feel The Noize [Slade]
Don't Cry For Me Argentina [Lloyd Webber, Andrew]
Don't Look Back In Anger [Oasis]
Downtown [Clark, Petula]
Dry Your Eyes [Streets, The] View
Eastenders [Osbourne, Leslie] [May, Simon]
Eloise [Ryan, Barry]
English Rose [Jam, The]
Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've) [Buzzcocks, The]
Every Breath You Take [Police, The]
Fairytale Of New York [Pogues, The] [Maccoll, Kirsty] View
Feeling Good [Simone, Nina]
Flash, Bang, Wallop! [Steele, Tommy]
Floral Dance [Moss, Katie]
Forever Autumn [Vigrass, Paul] [Osbourne, Gary] [Wayne, Jeff]
Gaye [Ward, Clifford T.]
Georgy Girl [Dale, Jim] [Springfield, Tom]
Ghost Town [Specials, The]
Girls And Boys [Blur]
Golden Brown [Stranglers, The] View
Goldfinger [Barry, JOhn] [Bricusse, Leslie] [Newley, Anthony]
Goodbye-ee [Cook, Peter] [Moore, Dudley]
Goodnight Sweetheart [Noble, Ray] [Campbell, Jimmy] [Connelly, Reg]
Gotta Get Thru This [Bedingfield, Daniel]
Here Comes The Rain Again [Eurythmics]
House Of The Rising Sun [Animals, The]
How Deep Is Your Love [Bee Gees, The]
I Believe In A Thing Called Love [Darkness, The]
I Could Be Happy With You [Wilson, Sandy]
I Did What I Did For Maria [Christie, Tony]
I Don't Like Mondays [Boomtown Rats, The]
I Only Want To Be With You [Hawker, Mike] [Raymonde, Ivor]
I Should Have Known Better [Diamond, Jim]
If I Ruled The World [Bricusse, Leslie] [Ornadel, Cyril]
I'm Not In Love [10cc]
Imagine [Lennon, John] View
In A Broken Dream [Python Lee Jackson]
In Between Days [Cure, The]
In The Air Tonight [Collins, Phil]
In The Summertime [Mungo Jerry]
Island Of Dreams [Springfield, Tom]
It Must Be Love [Siffre, Labi]
Itchycoo Park [Small Faces, The]
It's A Sin [Pet Shop Boys] View
It's Not Unusual [Jones, Tom]
Karma Chameleon [Culture Club]
Keep The Home Fires Burning [Novello, Ivor] [Guilbert, Leena]
Life For Rent [Dido] View
Lily The Pink [Scaffold]
Living Doll [Richard, Cliff]
Living In The Past [Jethro Tull]
Living Next Door To Alice [Smokie]
Love And Affection [Armatrading, Joan] View
Love Is All Around [Troggs, The]
Love Will Tear Us Apart [Joy Division]
Love's Old Sweet Song [Molloy, James]
Lucky Man [Emerson, Lake & Palmer]
Mad World [Tears For Fears] View
Maggie May [Stewart, Rod] View
Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) [Harley, Steve And Cockney Rebel]
May You Never [Martyn, John]
Me And My Girl [Gay, Noel]
Memory [Lloyd Webber, Andrew] View
Mr. Blue Sky [Electric Light Orchestra]
Mrs. Worthington [Coward, Noel]
Mull Of Kintyre [Wings]
Music [Miles, John]
My Old Man's A Dustman [Donegan, Lonnie And His Group]
Nellie The Elephant [Butler, Ralph] [Hart, Peter]
Never Ever [All Saints]
Never Gonna Give You Up [Astley, Rick]
Nights In White Satin [Moody Blues, The]
Northern Sky [Drake, Nick]
Oliver's Army [Costello, Elvis And The Attractions]
One [U2] View
Paranoid [Black Sabbath]
Perfect [Fairground Attraction]
Pick Up The Pieces [Average White Band]
Pinball Wizard [Who, The]
Prince Charming [Adam And The Ants]
Puppet On A String [Coulter, Phil] [Martin, Bill]
Put Your Records On [Rae, Corinne Bailey]
Rabbit [Chas And Dave]
Right Said Fred [Dicks, Ted]
Rio [Duran Duran]
Roses Of Picardy [Wood, Haydn]
Run [Snow Patrol] View
Run, Rabbit, Run [Gay, Noel] [Butler, Ralph]
Say You Don't Mind [Blunstone, Colin]
She's Not There [Zombies, The]
Show Me The Way To Go Home [King, Irving] [Swain, Hal]
Something In The Air [Thunderclap Newman]
Somewhere Only We Know [Keane] View
Spread A Little Happiness [Grey, Clifford] [Newman, Greatrex] [Ellis, Vivien]
Stranger On The Shore [Bilk, Acker]
Streets Of London [Mctell, Ralph]
Stuck In The Middle With You [Stealers Wheel] View
Sultans Of Swing [Dire Straits]
Sunshine Of Your Love [Cream]
Taxman [Beatles, The]
Tears In Heaven [Clapton, Eric]
Teenage Kicks [Undertones, The] View
Telstar [Meek, Joe]
The Boys Are Back In Town [Thin Lizzy]
The Dam Busters March [Coates, Eric]
The Funky Gibbon [Oddie, Bill]
The Lady In Red [De Burgh, Chris]
The Lemon Song [Led Zeppelin]
The Man With The Child In His Eyes [Bush, Kate]
The Power Of Love [Frankie Goes To Hollywood]
The Time Warp (The Rocky Horror Show) [O'brien, Richard]
The Ying Tong Song [Milligan, Spike]
The Young Ones [Richard, Cliff And The Shadows]
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out [Smiths, The]
There She Goes [La's, The]
There'll Always Be An England [Parker, Ross] [Charles, Hughie]
This Is My Lovely Day [Herbert, Alan] [Ellis, Vivian]
Three Lions [Baddiel And Skinner] [Lightning Seeds, The]
Thriller [Jackson, Michael]
True [Spandau Ballet]
Try A Little Tenderness [Woods, Harry] [Campbell, Jimmy] [Connelly, Reg]
Up The Junction [Squeeze]
Vienna [Ultrovox] View
Virginia Plain [Roxy Music]
Waterloo Sunset [Kinks, The] View
We Are The Champions [Queen]
We'll Gather Lilacs [Novello, Ivor]
We'll Meet Again [Lynn, Vera]
When I'm Cleaning Windows [Formby, George]
Where Is Love? [Bart, Lionel]
Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Mr Hitler? [Perry, Jimmy] [Taverner, Derek]
Why Does It Always Rain On Me? [Travis] View
Wild World [Stevens, Cat] View
Wish Me Luck (As You Wave Me Goodbye) [Park, Phil] [Parr-Davies, Harry]
Wonderful Life [Black]
Yellow [Coldplay]
You Drive Me Crazy [Harwood, Ronnie]
You Sexy Thing [Hot Chocolate]
Your Song [John, Elton] View
You're Beautiful [Blunt, James]

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8 out of 10


bridlington e. yorkshire GB
good mix of songs
no exactly what i was wanting
Confirmed purchase: 04 June 2014
Published on: 23 June 2014

Musicroom Reviews

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Customer Rating The Great British Song Book is an excellent inexpensive album of favourite songs. No matter what your taste is in popular music you will find a lot of your favourites listed. The quality of the book is excellent with semi glossy paper throughout, which is easy to read and strong enough to stand the constant page turning. I highly recommend this book to any budding musician at any level of proficiency.

Customer Rating A brilliant book of songs from 1884 to 2006 we all know. The styles are everything from nostalgic to pop and rock. There is a story about the songs in the book next to the music which gives a very interesting understanding about them, the times they were written and people who wrote them.There are black and white photos of the singers and writers throughout the book. The music is in easy keyboard melody with chords. Money well spent and very delighted with book, especially as Music Room despatched it within a day! Highly recommended.


Customer Rating It does what it says on the description. It has loads of great songs in single line melody which are perfect for those who have some knowledge of harmony. If you havent you can still enjoy and use your imagination to improvise. Very good value and excellent speed of service
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Customer Rating Brought this for my son, great buy follows music through the years. Also brought back many great memories for me.

Customer Rating Good selection of early to mid twentieth century tunes. It was spoilt by the binding; how do they expect anyone to play an instrument reading from a book which falls shut as soon as you let go. A spiral binding would be better.

Customer Rating Great selection of songs which bring back lots of memories - it's a pity it can't be used for the piano.

Customer Rating Great song selection. Only treble clef score no bass clef. Also, songbook is so thick and not spiral bound so difficult to use on the piano.

More Product Details

Sales Rank: Not specified
Published on: 12/07/2006
Format: Mixed Songbook
Length: 368 pages
Language: English
Publisher: Wise Publications

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