"The Trolley Song" is a song written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane and made famous by Judy Garland in the 1944 film Meet Me in St. Louis. The song was inspired by a picture of a trolleycar in a children's picture book.
Blane and Martin were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 1945 Academy Awards, for "The Trolley Song" but lost to "Swinging on a Star" from Going My Way. "The Trolley Song" was ranked #26 by the American Film Institute in 2004 on the 100 Years... 100 Songs list. The song as conducted by Georgie Stoll for Meet Me in St. Louis has a very complex, evocative arrangement by Conrad Salinger featuring harmonized choruses, wordless vocals, and short highlights or flourishes from a wide range of orchestral instruments.
Rufus Wainright kicked off his 2007 re-creation of Garland's legendary 1961 Carnegie Hall concert with a rendition of the song. The performance is featured on the DVD Rufus! Rufus! Rufus! Does Judy! Judy! Judy!: Live From the London Palladium.