Harold Arlen biography



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 super-hits 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, Harold 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!


Over The Rainbow – Chords

| Gsus2 /F# | Em /D | Bm7b13 | G7 Amadd4 /B |
Somewhere over the rainbow,
| Cadd9 | Cm6 | Gmaj9 | G9 Amadd4 G/B |
way up high,

Go to Over The Rainbow chords.


Over The Rainbow – Lyrics + Live performance

Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high,
there’s a land that I’ve heard of once in a lullaby.
Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue,
and the dreams that you dare to dream, really do come true.

Go to Over The Rainbow lyrics.