Irving Berlin (born Israel Beilin, May 11, 1888 September 22, 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,"[[note]]Taco's 1985 cover made him the oldest songwriter to have a hit on the billboard charts during his lifetime.[[/note]] [[Music/MerryChristmas "White Christmas"]], and "God Bless America."

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* ''Puttin' on the Ritz'' (1930)
* ''Film/TopHat'' (1935)
* ''Film/FollowTheFleet'' (1936)
* ''Film/AlexandersRagtimeBand'' (1938)
* ''Film/{{Carefree}}'' (1938)
* ''Film/HolidayInn'' (1942)
* ''Easter Parade'' (1948)
* ''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.
* DisownedAdaptation: Was alleged to have loathed Music/ElvisPresley's version of "White Christmas" and even supposedly even tried to get radio stations to boycott it, but [[ later research]] shows no evidence of this happening at the time. The one source for the story was an acquaintance of Berlin's interviewed several decades after the fact.
* DreamingOfAWhiteChristmas: {{Trope Namer|s}}.
* NeverLearnedToRead: Not only could he not read or write music, he could only play in one key! He had a special piano built with what was essentially a giant lever-operated capo if ever he needed to transpose something.
* ProtestSong:
** "I'll See You In C-U-B-A" about Prohibition.
** "Stay Down Here Where You Belong" from 1914 was a general protest against war but was pretty obviously inspired by the outbreak of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI in Europe. It became an OldShame for him after the US entered the war and he became known for patriotic songs.
-->To please their kings they've all gone out to war,
-->And not a one of them knows what he's fighting for.
* {{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.