I am doing a project for English on The Great Gatsby and I need a song representing The American Dream/Corruption of the American dream. Anyone have any ideas??

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There are many songs which have been written to represent The American Dream and The Corruption of the American Dream. Throughout history, the American Dream has been one of the things which gave people hope for their lives and their families. These songs typically do two things. While these songs represent the American Dream/Corruption of the American Dream, they most certainly represent the search for the American Dream of the artist responsible for the creation of the song. (Ironically, many of the songs which do represent the Corruption of the American Dream made the artist more money.)

Here are a few examples of songs which detail the American Dream:

1. "Big Time" by Peter Gabriel

2. "Shining Star" by Earth, Wind & Fire

Songs which represent the Corruption of the American Dream

1. "American Pie" by Don McLean

2. "Movin' Out" by Billy Joel

3. "Little Pink Houses" by John Cougar Mellencamp

4. "American Dream" by Hank Williams Jr.

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