I’d throw Irving Berlin on that list, and possibly Mercer’s occasional partner Hoagy Carmichael.
Mercer is often overlooked because he arrives somewhat later than the big three, i.e. after Tin Pan Alley had had it’s heyday. But he’s at least their equal musically.
But shouldn’t the music be good, first?
Too Marvelous for Words
Blues in the Night
One for My Baby
Come Rain or Come Shine
Something’s Gotta Give
It was way too difficult to narrow it down to only five. Even many I eliminated are masterpieces.
Understood. So think of it as choosing your five favorite masterpieces. Selecting the ones you like the most, without implying that the others are inferior.