Who are the most famous jazz artists of all time?

most famous jazz artists

Jazz is a music genre developed in the earlier part of the 20th century in New Orleans. This music had originated from a mixture of African-American folk musical traditions that reflect their unique cultural environment.  Jazz gradually emerged from a blend of ragtime, marches, blues, and other music. It has a forceful … Read more

Barry Manilow Profile

Barry Manilow live at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN.

You may consider the 1970s as the treasure trove of sentimental romantic ballads, known for their slick and lush production and sweeping, heart-stopping choruses. Up to now, they have remained popular. Several radio stations around the world still play these 1970s love songs, even many years after they faded from the Billboard … Read more

What Were the Most Popular Songs of the 1980s?

Retro Vinyl Records

The 80s era provided us with some prominent personalities that stood the test of time. Hollywood stars giving their fair share of popularity during the 80s; Eddie Murphy, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Harrison Ford, to name a few that rose to stardom. But the entertainment industry didn’t simply blow up because of rising … Read more

The Influence of Destiny’s Child on R&B

Destiny's Child at a concert 

Destiny’s Child, also known as Girl’s Tyme, was a girl group whose final line-up comprised Kelly Rowland, Beyoncé Knowles, and Michelle Williams. In 1990, this group started their career under the name Girl’s Tyme in Houston, Texas.  At first, the group had four girls, including LaTavia Roberson, Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and … Read more

The History of Napster

Napster running under Mac OS 9. 

For better or worse, Napster changed the music industry. It cannot be denied that this online service paved the way for music to become easier to access and widely available online. Napster started a revolution in the digital music industry by setting the music free, which has allowed for the quick and … Read more

Is Radio Still Popular?

A silver retro radio set on a window sill 

Radio has been there for decades; before the advent of televisions, radio was the only source of entertainment for most people. However, even after television was introduced, the importance of radio didn’t get less. Recall any teen movie from the 1980s or 90s; you will remember at least one scene where the … Read more

The Legacy of the Supremes

The Supremes in 1967

The Supremes were the female singing group that changed the way people of America viewed black music and artists. Formerly known as ‘The Primettes,’ The Supremes became the first female singing group to gain popularity. The founders of The Supremes include Florence Ballard, Diana Ross, and Mary Wilson, who sang 12 singles … Read more

All about the ’60’s Band Cream

Members of the Cream band, Clapton, Bruce, and Baker.

The band ‘Cream’ wasn’t just another rock trio but also the first-ever ‘supergroup,’ i.e., a group formed after each member has already achieved fame individually. The band was known for their incredible live improvisations and long jam sessions. Their music was a blend of blues, rock, hints of jazz, and psychedelic rock; … Read more

The History of the Byrds

David Crosby, Gene Clarke, Michael Clark, Chris Hillman, and Jim McGuinn of the Byrds

The 1960s was an outstanding decade. It brought about drastic changes to almost every field of life. It was when baby “boomers” were being born while the youth was trying out new things. Fashion, entertainment, music, you name it, and the 60s had it. Music in the 1960s was booming. Bands like … Read more

The First Rock ‘n Roll Song

A band performing live in a concert

Music has paved its way to the world since prehistorical times. However, the origin of music is still not known. Some people relate it to be originated since the advent of language. Music expresses emotions in a novel yet melodious manner. To date, many different categories of music have been introduced and … Read more

History of Cassette Tapes

Cassette with its tape out

How do people listen to music these days? As odd as this question might sound, it serves a bigger purpose. If your answer is along the lines of “on their phones with earphones tucked in” or “streaming online on their computers,” you are correct. But what about listening to music before the … Read more

All about the Woodstock Music Festival

The crowd at Woodstock music festival

Woodstock music festival, also known as the Woodstock music and art festival, was a rock music festival held at the 600-acre dairy farm of Max Yasgur in Bethel, New York. The festival lasted for four days from 15th to 18th August 1969.  It was one of the most famous rock music festivals … Read more

Guide to Disco

Green silhouette of a man and a woman on the disco ball

If there’s one outstanding trend that came out from the 1970s, it’s definitely disco. The term “disco” goes beyond the style of music that dominated all the dance floors during the decade. As the genre exploded to mainstream popularity, it launched an extravagant fashion trend and a momentary escapist fare from either … Read more

All about Barbara Streisand

Barbara Streisand in 1966

Barbara Joan Streisand was born on April 24th, 1942, in Brooklyn, New York. She is a famous award-winning singer, composer, actress, and director who is often regarded as the finest and the most popular vocalist of her age to date.  She is the first biggest female Jewish star to do a role … Read more

History of Mp3 Players

Apple’s Mp3 Player

An Mp3 player, in simple words, is an electronic device used to play digital audio. Back then, people used these players to listen to their favorite music on the go, but today, they are replaced with smartphones and sound streaming apps. The media players could also play several other audio formats apart … Read more

Who Was Bananarama?

The original line-up of the Bananarama in 2018

Bananarama was an English pop group made by a collaboration of three friends called Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, and Keren Woodward in 1980.  They made their success roar in the Guinness Book of World Record for achieving the highest number of chart entries among all females’ groups. The success of this group … Read more

Who Were Simon & Garfunkel?

Simon & Garfunkel singing in a concert.

During the 1960s, Simon & Garfunkel became the darlings of folk rock. They sold millions of albums during their lifetime and created something unique in the music industry. Their shows would be almost always sold-out due to their popularity. But who were they? How much do you really know about them? They … Read more

Top British Bands of the 60s

An ongoing rock concert

The 60s is known as the era, which gave birth to the most impressive British bands. From The Beatles to The Troggs, not a single day went by without these bands in the spotlight. Not only were the bands quite popular but some solo artists as well. However, at the time, the … Read more

Top British Bands of the 70s

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The 70s era was key to the British music scene especially the bands. Apart from the music being unique and iconic, the way the bands presented themselves played a huge part in their popularity. According to many, the dressing sense was quite awful but one couldn’t ignore the hits that climbed the … Read more

Guide to 90s Music

people having fun in a concert

Compared to other eras, the concept of 90s music is quite difficult to pin down. Eccentric and wide-ranging, the decade challenges easy labeling. The cross-pollination of music in the 1990s has left a boundary-breaking legacy that remains today. Teen pop and dance-pop trends, which started in the 1970s and 1980s, continued in … Read more

Guide to ‘80s Music

80s music mix tape

Music in the 1980s was all about image. When MTV became popular, the images that go together with the artists became more important than ever. When it came to music during the 1980s, nothing was modest, not the sound and not the fashion. The decade reflected the beginning of an era of … Read more

The Birth and Fall of the CD Player

The Birth and Fall of the CD Player

How do you listen to the latest songs or your favorite music? Chances are you’re hearing them via iTunes, Spotify, or Youtube and playing them on your smartphone, Bluetooth speakers, or wireless earbuds. Nearly four decades, things were far more different. In 1982, the first compact disc player was released and became … Read more

Learn About the Very Wild and Interesting Psychedelic Era

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The psychedelic era is considered to be one of the most colorful periods in human history, as the clothing trend and artworks that were created or produced in that era were full of colors that surprisingly blended well together. In addition to the colorful clothing and art, the psychedelic era was also … Read more

Artist Profile: Lauryn Hill

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Female rappers like Doja Cat, Cardi B, and Nicki Minaj have achieved unprecedented popularity and success in recent years, as their music offers unique and different elements that male rappers and hip-hop artists sometimes cannot bring to their genre. However, most music enthusiasts could argue that the successful career of the female … Read more

What is Folk Rock?

The Byrds the pioneers of folk rock

Folk music has been around for ages, which is why there have been many subgenres of it that have been developed throughout the years. However, one of the subgenres that stood out the most was folk rock, a style of music that combines the clean and calming sounds of folk with the … Read more

What is Shock Rock?

a scary-looking old piano

There have been many peculiar and obscure music genres that have been developed over the years, but none is as over-the-top and exotic as shock rock. This weird genre of music mixes punk rock or alternative rock with horror elements like blood, gore, and other elements that you would usually find as … Read more

One-Hit-Wonders of 80s British Music

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The 80s was the golden age of British music that saw the most hits produced of the decade. There were many one-hit-wonders in the UK in the 1980s that you would probably remember if you are from that time or a fan. Many songs got popular at that time, and many people … Read more

Yé-yé: France’s Contribution to the Pop Music World

France Gall’s Poupee de cire, poupee de son single cover

1960s pop had been in full swing since the Beatles conquered America, sparking the so-called second “British Invasion” and eventually taking the entire world by storm. It led the other countries to develop their own version of the “British Invasion” pop sound. France was one of the countries that were caught up … Read more

History of Rhythm and Blues

a saxophonist and a guitarist performing on the stage

Rhythm and blues, also called rhythm & blues or R&B, is a type of music genre predominantly performed in the African communities during the 1940s. Rhythm and blues was also responsible for developing subsequent genres, notably rock and roll, doo-wop, disco, and hip hop or rap music, among many others. Where did … Read more

What Is “Easy Listening” Music?

red vintage radio

Have you encountered a piece of particular music on the radio – something that’s pleasant enough to the ears but not too intrusive to demand your attention? If that’s the kind of music you’ve heard, it may be classified as “easy listening.” What defines “easy listening” music? Easy listening music is designed … Read more