Kate Smith

God Bless America

Composed by Irving Berlin

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"God Bless America" was composed by Irving Berlin, while it is forever associated with Kate Smith. She not only had a best-selling record of it, but she sang it at countless war bond rallies throughout a good part of World War II. While the song may seem corny and overly patriotic to a minority of U.S. citizens, it has long endured. Several hundred artists have recorded it and this patriotic anthem has become a popular song for the traditional seventh-inning stretch at baseball games (replacing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game") following the cowardly terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
This Is the Army [Original Broadway Cast] 1942
Original Broadway Cast
Howards International 4:30
No Image 1963 Special Music
No Image 1964 MGM
The Best of Kate Smith [RCA] 1967 RCA
No Image 1972 1:57
God Bless America [Pickwick] 1989 Simitar Distribution 1:57
The Best of Kate Smith [Capitol] 1991 Curb 2:49
American Songbook Series: Irving Berlin 1992
Various Artists
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 2:40
Great Entertainers [Intersound] 1993
Various Artists
Intersound 2:42
Celebration! 1993
Various Artists
Universal Special Products / PSM 2:50
Great American Songwriters [Laserlight] 1994
Various Artists
Delta Distribution / Laserlight 2:00
The Victory Collection 1995
Various Artists
RCA / Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 2:44
God Bless the U.S.A. [Eclipse] 1996
Various Artists
Musicrama 4:30
Kate Smith 1997 BMG Special Products 2:16
Stars and Stripes Forever, Vol. 2 1998
Various Artists
Volcano 3 / Rock 'n Roll 2:03
Stars Sing Irving Berlin 1999
Various Artists
Universal Special Products / Polymedia 2:52
The Voice of America 1999 Vintage Jazz Band 2:49
'Till Then: The Music That Helped the Allies Win the War 2000
Various Artists
Q Records 2:41
The History of Pop Radio: 1920-1951 [OSA/Radio History] 2000
Various Artists
Document 2:49
The History of Pop Radio, Vol. 6: 1939 [OSA/Radio History] 2000
Various Artists
Membran / OSA 2:49
God Bless America [Golden Stars] 2001
Various Artists
Golden Stars 4:30
No Image 2002 Bescol
A Patriot's Songbook 2003
Various Artists
Hollywood 2:00
Songs of Inspiration [BMG Special Products] 2004
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 2:13
No Image 2006
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 2:13
Hit Parade 1939 2007
Various Artists
Dynamic 2:39
Essential Collection: God Bless America 2008 Dynamic 2:49
We Remember Kate Smith 2009 Sepia Records
America The Beautiful 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution / Sony BMG / Sony Music
America's Greatest Hits 1940: The First Chart Year
Various Artists
Acrobat / Fabulous 2:47
Decade of Hits: The 30's
Various Artists
Dynamic 2:47
The  Best of Kate Smith [Sony] BMG / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment
The War Years: 1940-1945
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Their Shining Hour: World War II the Road To Victory
Various Artists
Dynamic / Dynamic Nostalgia 2:39
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