Harold wrote the best song in the world!
Harold Arlen wrote over four hundred songs and is highly regarded in the Great American Songbook.
Arlen’s 1938 song Over The Rainbow was voted the twentieth century’s #1 song by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Other Harold Arlen tunes include It’s Only A Paper Moon, Stormy Weather, Get Happy and Come Rain Or Come Shine.
No other composer has had more songs represented in the Great American Songbook than Harold Arlen.
If you are an aspiring singer-songwriter, Mr. Arlen should probably be on top of your list of composers to study. You’ll be in for a harmonic masterclass, that’s for sure!
If you’re not an aspiring songwriter but instead interested in improvisation, Harold Arlen is still your man as his melodies will give you ideas for rhythmic interplay and great note choices over chord progressions.
To become a great musician, you must study the greatest tunes and Harold Arlen certainly composed a few of them!
Harold Arlen tunes | Related pages
Over The Rainbow
| Gsus2 /F# | Em /D | Bm7b13 | G7 Amadd4 /B |
Somewhere over the rainbow,
| Cadd9 | Cm6 | Gmaj9 | G9 Amadd4 G/B |
way up high,