Music: J


  • pronounced “ya-da”
  • Words and music by Bob Carleton, 1918
  • Introduced by Beatrice Lillie in the stage musical “Bran Pie”
    Popularized by Arthur Fields
  • Babes in Arms (played by Charles Winninger on trombone), 1939
  • Rose of Washington Square (sung by Alice Faye and Chorus), 1939
  • The Five Pennies (instrumental played at dance), 1959

Jack and the Beanstalk

  • Words and music by Frank Loesser, 1950
  • Let’s Dance (sung by Fred Astaire), 1950

Jack o’ Diamonds

  • Words by Paul Francis Webster, music by Ben Oakland, 1952
  • Bloodhounds of Broadway (production number sung and danced by Mitzi Gaynor and Chorus), 1952

Jailhouse Rock

  • Words and music by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, 1957
  • Jailhouse Rock (production number sung and danced by Elvis Presley and Men’s Chorus), 1957
  • Popularized by Elvis Presley (No. 1 Chart Record)

Jam Session in Brazil (The Batucada)

  • Words by Eddie De Lange, music by Josef Myrow, 1946
  • If I’m Lucky (production number performed by Carmen Miranda and Chorus with Harry James and His Music Makers), 1946

The Japanese Sandman

  • Words by Raymond Egan, music by Richard Whiting, 1920
  • Introduced by Nora Bayes
  • Popularized by Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra
  • Thoroughly Modern Millie (performed by Jack Soo and Pat Morita), 1967

Jazz Baby

  • Written by Blanche Merrill and M.K. Jerome, 1919
  • Thoroughly Modern Millie (performed by Carol Channing), 1967

Jazz Up Your Lingerie

  • Words by Clifford Grey, music by Oscar Straus, 1931
  • The Smiling Lieutenant (sung by Claudette Colbert and Miriam Hopkins), 1931

Je suis Titania

  • From the opera MIGNON by Ambroise Thomas, first performed in Paris, 1866
  • Seven Sweethearts (sung by Kathryn Grayson), 1942
  • The Toast of New Orleans (sung by Kathryn Grayson), 1950

Je veux vivre

  • “Je veux vivre dans ce rêve”; aka “Juliet’s Waltz Song”
  • From the opera ROMEO ET JULIETTE by Charles Gounod, first presented in Paris, 1867
  • Rose-Marie (sung by Jeanette MacDonald), 1936
  • That Certain Age (sung by Deanna Durbin), 1938
  • Three Daring Daughters (sung by Jane Powell), 1948
  • So This Is Love (short excerpt sung by Kathryn Grayson), 1953

Je Vous Aime

  • Words and Music by Sam Coslow, 1947
  • Copacabana (performed by the Carmen Miranda), 1947


  • aka “Jalousie”
  • Words (English) by Vera Bloom, music by Jacob Gade, 1938
  • originally from Denmark
  • Anchors Aweigh (sung by Kathryn Grayson), 1945

Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair

  • sometimes referred to as “I Dream of Jeannie” or “I Dream of Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair”
  • sometimes erroneously spelled “Jeannie”
  • Words and music by Stephen Foster, 1854
  • Swanee River (sung by Don Ameche), 1939
  • Hullabaloo (sung by Leni Lynn, then by Virginia O’Brien), 1940
  • I Dream of Jeannie (sung by Bill Shirley, Ray Middleton, Eileen Christy and Chorus), 1952

Jeepers Creepers

  • Words by Johnny Mercer, music by Harry Warren, 1938
  • Introduced in the film Going Places by Louis Armstrong, 1938
  • Popularized by Louis Armstrong
  • Yankee Doodle Dandy (excerpt sung by young people at Cohan’s home), 1942


  • Written by Leo Robin and Richard Myers
  • Arrangement by Kay Thompson
  • I Dood It (production number sung by Lena Horne and Chorus with Hazel Scott on piano), 1943

Jerry Kincaid Followed a Bee

  • To the tune of “Old Dan Tucker”
  • Words probably by Larry Morey, music by anonymous (old traditional folk song), 1948
  • So Dear to My Heart (sung by Burl Ives), 1949


  • Words and music by Neil Diamond, 1980
  • The Jazz Singer (sung by Neil Diamond), 1980

Jesusita en Chihuahua (Cactus Polka)

  • Words and music by Quirino Mendoza y Cortez
  • Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (sung in Spanish and English [with special lyrics] and danced by Lina Romay), 1946

The Jet Song

  • Words by Stephen Sondheim, music by Leonard Bernstein, 1957
  • Introduced in the stage musical “West Side Story,” 1957
  • West Side Story (sung by Tucker Smith dubbing for Russ Tamblyn and The Jets), 1961

Jewel Song

  • “Ah! je ris de me voir si belle”
  • From the opera FAUST by Charles Gounod, first performed in Paris, 1859
  • San Francisco (sung by Jeanette MacDonald), 1936
  • So This Is Love (excerpt sung by Kathryn Grayson), 1953


  • Words and music by Wayne Shanklin, 1951
  • Popularized by Frankie Laine
  • The Seven Hills of Rome (excerpt sung by Mario Lanza impersonating Frankie Laine), 1958

Jim’s Toasty Peanuts

  • Words and music by Ken Darby
  • With a Song in My Heart (commercial jingle sung by unidentified trio and Jane Froman dubbing for Susan Hayward), 1952


  • Words and music by Jay Thompson, 1967
  • Thoroughly Modern Millie (performed by Julie Andrews), 1967

Jingle Bells

  • Words and music by J. S. Pierpont, 1857
  • Strike Up the Band (excerpt played by the MGM Studio Orchestra), 1940
  • Wintertime (instrumental played by Woody Herman and His Orchestra), 1943
  • This Time for Keeps (sung by Sharon McManus), 1947
  • Look for the Silver Lining (sung and danced by Ray Bolger, June Haver and Company; Bonnie Lou Williams dubbing for June Haver), 1949
  • The Lemon Drop Kid (sung by Chorus), 1951
  • The Greatest Show on Earth (excerpt sung off-screen by Chorus, 1952)
  • The Five Pennies (sung by Danny Kaye), 1959
  • Rainbow (sung by unidentified small girl portraying Judy at age 2½), 1978

The Jitterbug

  • Words by E. Y. Harburg, music by Harold Arlen, 1938
  • The Wizard of Oz (sung and danced by Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Buddy Ebsen and Bert Lahr, but not used), 1938
  • Recorded for Decca Records by Judy Garland and the Ken Darby Vocal Trio, 1939

The Jitters

  • Music by Gene Rose
  • The Gang’s All Here (instrumental played by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, danced by Charlotte Greenwood and Charles Saggau), 1943

Jive Number

  • Written by Sylvia Fine and Max Liebman, 1944
  • Up in Arms (sung by Danny Kaye and Chorus), 1944

Joe Jazz

  • Written by Richard A. Whiting and George Marion, Jr.
  • Let’s Go Native (sung by Jack Oakie, danced by Jack Oakie and Girls Chorus), 1930

Johnny Appleseed

  • Written by Kim Gannon and Walter Kent, 1948
  • Melody Time (sung by Dennis Day and Chorus), 1948

Johnny Fedora and Alice Bluebonnet

  • Written by Allie Wrubel and Ray Gilbert
  • Make Mine Music (sung by the Andrews Sisters), 1946

Johnny Get Your Gun Again

  • Written by Don Raye and Gene De Paul
  • Private Buckaroo (sung by the Andrews Sisters with Harry James and His Music Makers), 1942

Johnny One Note

  • Words by Lorenz Hart, music by Richard Rodgers, 1937
  • Introduced by Wynn Murray in the stage musical “Babes in Arms,” 1937
  • Words and Music (sung by Judy Garland), 1948

Join the Navy

  • Words by Clifford Grey and Leo Robin, music by Vincent Youmans, 1927
  • Introduced in the stage musical “Hit the Deck,” 1927
  • Hit the Deck (sung and danced by Debbie Reynolds and Men’s Chorus), 1955

Join the Navy

  • Words by Johnny Mercer, music by Harold Arlen, 1944
  • Here Come the WAVES (sung by Girls Chorus, later by Betty Hutton), 1944

Joint Is Really Jumpin’ in Carnegie Hall

  • Words and music by Hugh Martin, Roger Edens and Ralph Blane, 1943
  • Thousands Cheer (sung by Judy Garland with Jose Iturbi at the piano), 1943

Jolly Holiday

  • Words and music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, 1963
  • Mary Poppins (sung and danced by Dick Van Dyke, Julie Andrews, animated farm animals and penguins), 1964

Jolly Tar and the Milkmaid

  • Words by Ira Gershwin, music by George Gershwin, 1937
  • A Damsel in Distress (introduced by Fred Astaire, Jan Duggan, Mary Dean, Pearl Amatore, Betty Rone and Chorus), 1937


  • Words and music by Cole Porter, 1955
  • Introduced by Gretchen Wyler in the stage musical “Silk Stockings,” 1955
  • Silk Stockings (sung by Janis Paige), 1957

Josephine Please No Lean on the Bell

  • Words and music by Ed Nelson, Harry Pease and Duke Leonard, 1945
  • Popularized by Eddie Cantor
  • The Eddie Cantor Story (Eddie Cantor dubbing for Keefe Brasselle), 1953


  • Words by Sammy Cahn, music by Jule Styne, ~1946
  • The Kid from Brooklyn (sung and danced by Goldwyn Girls, Men’s Chorus and Vera-Ellen; Betty Russell dubbing for Vera-Ellen), 1946

A Journey to a Star

  • Words by Leo Robin, music by Harry Warren, 1943
  • The Gang’s All Here (Introduced by Alice Faye), 1943
  • Don’t Bother to Knock (instrumental arrangement played by Orchestra), 1952