United States Expositions and popular songs of the times

March 19, 2015 By ekr


ANA Numismatic Education Director Rod Gillis put together the above Spotify playlist to help celebrate National Coin Week (a free Spotify account is required to listen). Below is the full list of songs. Got any you would like to see added to the list? Leave a comment below. 

The United States has held world expositions from 1853 through 1984. The following is a listing of expositions and their themes. Enjoy tunes that were popular at the time.

1853 Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations New York
Theme – New industrial achievements of the world.
MY Old Kentucky Home
The Battle Hymn of the Republic

1876 Centennial Exposition Philadelphia
Theme – American Independence
I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen
Grandfather’s Clock
The Bonnie Banks O’ Loch Lomond

1893 World’s Columbian Exposition Chicago
Theme – Discovery of America
The Cat Came Back
The Liberty Bell March
Sweet Marie

1901 Pan-American Exposition Buffalo
Theme – Commercial well being and good understanding among the American Republics
Baby Mine
Hello Central, Give Me Heaven
Sunflower Slow Drag

1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition
Theme – Louisiana Purchase
Come Take a Trip in My Airship
Give My Regards to Broadway
Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis

1907 Jamestown Exposition Norfolk
Theme – 300th Anniversary of Jamestown’s Settlement
All She Gets from the Iceman is Ice
The Caissons Go Rolling Along

1909 Alaskan-Yukon-Pacific Exposition
Theme – Development of the Pacific Nortwest
By the Light of the Silvery Moon
Shine On Harvest Moon
I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now
Swing Low Sweet Chariot

1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition San Francisco
Theme – Completion of the Panama Canal
Carry Me Back to Old Virginny
It’s a Long Way to Tipperary
Keep the Home Fires Burning

1926 Sesquicentennial Exposition Philadelphia
Theme – 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence
Bye, Bye, Blackbird
I’m Sitting on Top of the World
When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob-Bob-Bobbin’ Along

1936 California Pacific International Exposition San Diego
Theme – Promote San Diego
Goody Goody
Moon Over Miami
Pennies From Heaven
The Way You look Tonight

1937 Great Lakes Exposition Cleveland
Theme – Cleveland centennial
They Can’t Take That Away From Me

1939 New York World’s Fair New York
Theme – The World of Tomorrow
Over the Rainbow
God Bless America

1962 Seattle World’s Fair Seattle
Theme – Living in the Space Age
Duke of Earl
Johnny Angel
I Can’t Stop Loving You
The Twist
1968 HemisFair San Antonio
Theme – The confluence of civilizations in the Americas.
Young Girl
Midnight Confessions

1974 Expo “74 Spokane
Theme – Progress Without Pollution
Sunshine on My Shoulders
Midnight at the Oasis
Band on the Run
Bennie and the Jets

1982 World’s Fair Knoxville
Theme – Energy Turns the World
Ebony and Ivory
867-5309 (Jenny)

1984 Louisiana World Exposition
Theme – World of Rivers
Owner of a Lonely Heart
What’s Love Got to do With It
Somebody’s Watching Me

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