10 Decades of Songs with Bird in the title

Day 28 of 100 Days of Blogging

Today we swerve over to pop culture. Instead of bringing you bird songs, here instead is a collection of songs that have bird as part of the title. 

Bird Protection Quebec was founded in 1917. The first piece of music, likely familiar to many, is Rossini’s Overture to The Thieving Magpie. Composed in 1817, it was exactly a century old when BPQ was founded! We work our way through the 20th century all the way to 2007, with music representative of each decade.

Well almost. The 1930’s seem to be under represented by music that has bird in the title and I skipped the 1990s. This is a listicle of 10 after all, and something had to make the cut – and Neil Young won!.

( Thanks to Sheldon for generously sharing his list of music with me and getting me started on this. I had no idea there were so many songs with Bird in the title!) 

#1. The Thieving Magpie – Gioachino Antonio Rossini  (1817)

#2. When The Mocking Birds Are Singing In The Wildwood – Harry MacDonough (1906)

#3. My Bird of Paradise – Peerless Quartet –  (1915)

#4. When the Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin’  Al Jolson (1926) 

#5. When Blue Birds Fly Over The White Cliffs of Dover  Vera Lynn  (1942)

#6. Les Paul and Mary Ford – Mockin’ Bird Hill (1951 

#7. And your Bird can sing – The Beatles (1966) 


#8. Mockingbird – James Taylor & Carly Simon (1974)


#9. On The Wings Of A Nightingale – Everly Brothers (1984)

#10. Beautiful Bluebird – Neil Young  (2007)