Popular Songs in American History. Here’s a unique site all about American Folk & Traditional Music from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The site offers hundreds of songs, with lyrics, midi files, tune information & the history behind the folk songs & ballads. This is a great site to refer to whenever you are studying American history. Just find a few songs from the era you are studying & you’ll learn a lot more about what was going on in regular people’s lives & what they listened to.