Tin Pan Alley

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Purported to be a reference to the constant sound of pianos as songwriters worked out their tunes.

Proper noun[edit]

Tin Pan Alley

  1. The district in New York City centered on 28th Street from the late 19th to the early 20th century, wherein thousands of popular songs were commercially written.
  2. The songwriting and publishing industry which was built around the songs produced in Tin Pan Alley; the style of popular music produced by this industry.

See also[edit]


  • 2001. The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: North America. Garland Publishing. Ellen Koskoff (Ed.). Pg. 194.