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Today, most popular music focuses on a single theme: love. During the Gilded Age, in contrast, the range of popular music was far wider, reflecting a society in which class, ethnic, and regional differences were much more pronounced than they are today. There were parlor songs for the genteel middle class, but also labor songs, cowboy songs, and many political songs. Ethnic groups had their own distinctive songs. Especially noteworthy are the corridos, topical ballads sung by Mexican Americans which gave voice to a spirit of pride and resistance.

At the same time, the United States began to produce its own "art music," a form of high culture aimed at an educated audience. There was a dramatic increase in the number of symphony orchestras, orchestra halls, and composers of serious music, including Louis Moreau Gottchalk and Edward MacDowell.

America the Beautiful
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At a Georgia Camp Meeting
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Bicycle Built for Two
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Goodbye Dolly Gray
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Grandfather's Clock
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Hello, Ma Baby
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Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight
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Jim Crow Reel
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My Wild Irish Rose
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My Wild Irish Rose
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Oh, Dem Golden Slippers
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Sidewalks of New York
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Snyder, does Your Mother Know You're Out?
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Stars and Stripes Forever
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Stars and Stripes Forever
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Stars and Stripes Forever
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Torpedo and the Whale
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What a Friend We Have in Jesus
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When You Were Sweet Sixteen
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