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How To Find a Song at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts: Verify the Song Title

This guide will help you get started in your search for that famous or little-known song. Guide by Bob Kosovsky.

Verify the Song

If you are not absolutely sure of the song title, you may need to verify it. The boxes below offer some reminders of pitfalls when you are not absolutely sure.

Make sure you know the name of the song

The actual name of many songs can be different from the way a song is popularly known. Make sure you verify the correct title from published sources. 

Presumed Name Correct Name
Somewhere Over the Rainbow Over the Rainbow
Tchaikovsky Tschaikowsky
Walking in a Winter Wonderland Winter Wonderland
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire The Christmas Song


Beware of songs with the same title

With frequently-used song titles, it is helpful to have the composer’s and lyricists’ names, and/or the date:

Title Year Authors
Love Me Tonight 1925 words by Brian Hooker, music by Rudolf Friml 
(from the operetta The Vagabond King)
Love Me Tonight 1932 words by Bing Crosby and Ned Washington, music by Victor Young
(popularized by Bing Crosby and others)
Love Me Tonight 1932 words by Lorenz Hart, music by Richard Rodgers
(from the 1932 film Love Me Tonight)
Love Me Tonight 1969 English words by Barry Mason, from the Italian words by D. Pace, music by L. Pilat and M. Panzeri
(popularized by Tom Jones)
Love Me Tonight 1979 words by Richard Palmer-Jones, music by La Bionda
(popularized by Luisa Fernandez)