Irving Berlin (1888-1989) is, without a doubt, ''the'' father of modern American music, and one of the most prolific composers of the early and mid twentieth century. His music has become an integral part of American musical culture. It is almost impossible for anyone alive to have not heard a song he wrote. His songs include "Alexander's Ragtime Band", "Puttin' on the Ritz", "White Christmas", and "God Bless America".

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* Puttin' on the Ritz (1930)
* Film/TopHat (1935)
* Follow The Fleet (1936)
* Film/HolidayInn (1942)
* Theatre/AnnieGetYourGun (theatre: 1946; film: 1950)
* Film/WhiteChristmas (1954)

!!This composer is an example of the following tropes:

* AnImmigrantsTale: He was born in Russia and came to the U.S. as a child.
* ChristmasSongs: One of the most famous examples. "White Christmas", with a not-often heard first verse.
* DreamingOfAWhiteChristmas: [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]].
* [[NeverLearnedToRead Never Learned To Read Sheet Music]]: Couldn't read or write music.
* ProtestSong: "I'll See You In C-U-B-A" about Prohibition.
* {{Qurac}}: "Araby", one of his early hits, and also an example of ArabianNightsDays, which gave him his surname (due to a typo on the sheet music, "Baline" came out as "Berlin".
* TheRoaringTwenties: Wrote songs which appeared in revues during this period.
** TheGreatDepression: Very popular and wrote many remembered pieces during the [=30s=].
** He was still very famous and popular during TheForties and TheFifties.
* Tin Pan Alley: Wrote some of the best songs.