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Bamboléo: song meaning and origin of the lyrics
Barrett's Privateers: origins and meaning of famous drinking song
The Doors songs that use just three primary chords
Badinerie: origins of Bach's famous flute suite
Lully's Passacaglia of Armide revised by Bear McCreary in Outlander score
The passacaglia is a slow dance that originated in Spain at the very beginning of the Baroque era, initially performed a...
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida: Iron Butterfly's longest song anticipated metal genres
Released in 1968 by the American psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida remains to be one of the most...
Minnie the Moocher: essential step in the history of scat singing by Cab Calloway
Minnie the Moocher is an iconic jazz composition showcasing essential examples of scat singing—a vocal technique for...
8 songs to introduce Aeolian mode and natural minor scale
Over the past centuries, the composition of polyphonic music has been primarily focused on seven diatonic scales...
Foxey Lady and the Hendrix chord
Foxey Lady is one of the most distinctive Jimi Hendrix live songs played by him at almost every gig starting in 1967....
Bogner Shiva: boutique guitar amplifier found its tracking in metal genres
Bogner Shiva is a powerful guitar amplifier that has earned the title of a true guitarist's darling, being the first...
Plagal cadence exemplified by 9 songs in all diatonic modes
In musical theory, the term cadence is applied to the chord progressions that create a sense of resolution at the end of...
I Wanna Be Sedated: pure classical harmony cementing the Ramones' hit in punk rock history
Released in 1978 on the Ramones' fourth studio album Road to Ruin, I Wanna Be Sedated remains to be one of the most...
Taking off with Pistol Packin' Mama
Pistol Packin 'Mama is a fast-paced upbeat song with humorous albeit somewhat silly lyrics that became a hit in the...
Maybellene: Chuck Berry changed the lyrics of his first hit while recording
Maybellene is Chuck Berry's debut single that could be viewed as a marker of the beginning of the rock-and-roll era....
7 songs featuring Mixolydian mode
The dominance of the major and minor modes in Western classical music has been observed for several centuries, and this...
Subterranean Homesick Blues popularized Dylan's idea of an official lyric video
Subterranean Homesick Blues is one of Bob Dylan's first counterculture hits to transcend genres, owing to the...
Shaman's Blues: quintessential The Doors song refined their most controversial album
Shaman's Blues was written by Jim Morrison for The Soft Parade, The Doors' fourth studio album released in the summer of...
Om Namah Shivaya: chant meaning and lyrics diversity in songs set in Panchakshari Mantra
Om Namah Shivaya mantra has been an essential chant in Hinduism for over three thousand years. It is meant to express...
Smokestack Lightning: the eternal Howlin' Wolf blues of the passing trains
Smokestack Lightning is a song written by the Chicago blues singer Chester Arthur Burnett better known under his stage...
Rollin' and Tumblin' as the essence of slide guitar technique combined with lyrics diversity
Rollin' and Tumblin' is one of the great Delta blues songs that has been interpreted by many blues artists long before...
5 songs featuring Dorian mode
Out of all seven diatonic scales, the major and minor scales have been the two most prevalent in Western music...
8 orchestral pieces depicting thunderstorms
Of all the meteorological phenomena, thunderstorms are perhaps one of the most imposing forces of nature, so it is not...
Wishful Sinful: atypical harmony of Robby Krieger
Wishful Sinful is a song written by Robby Krieger for The Soft Parade released in 1969 by The Doors and considered to be...
Popular songs using Lydian mode
In Western music, the vast majority of classical compositions and popular songs are written using only two diatonic...
Hindustani flute by Ronu Majumdar brings meditative mood to classical ragas
Ronu Majumdar is the most influential Indian flutist of our time whose impressive output touches upon most aspects of...
Locrian mode: music examples and harmonic structure
Music theory describes seven diatonic scales of which the major and minor scales are the most functional and therefore...
Classical music examples imitating bees and buzzing insects
The seemingly monotonous buzz that bees emit is a developed communicative function allowing these social insects to...
Popular songs featuring Phrygian mode and Neapolitan chord
Western music theory describes seven diatonic scales that are the basis of corresponding musical modes, among which the...
Mixolydian mode: famous examples in classical and pop music
In the 17th century, the major and minor scales became the basis for almost all classical music compositions. This...
The dramatic-abstract of Thea Musgrave's music as influenced by serialism
Thea Musgrave is a Scottish-American composer whose formative years fell on the mid-1950s when revolutionary musical...
Microtonality: the variety of approaches to microtonal music in world cultures
In theory, microtonal music describes a piece that contains one or more intervals measuring below a semitone. Although...
Scandalous piano experiments by George Antheil shocked early avant-garde scene
George Antheil was an American pianist and composer whose extraordinary works are mainly associated with the avant-garde...
Surrealistic Pillow as the ultimate psychedelic experience pioneered by Jefferson Airplane
Released in 1967, Surrealistic Pillow was Jefferson Airplane's second album which not only set a departure point for the...
Symphonic scores by Erich Wolfgang Korngold established new standards in the film industry
Erich Wolfgang Korngold was an Austrian pianist and composer whose contribution to film music has actually set the...
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The History of Popular Music
Discover stories from each decade. Listen to gems from the 1960s, 1970s, and
Explore Phrygian, Lydian, Dorian, and other modes through the harmonic analysis of popular songs.
Read all about the formative music of the past centuries. Enjoy the regal yet easy sounds of the Baroque and Renaissance.
Indian Classical Music
Dive into the South Asian philosophy through Indian classical music. Learn about musical traditions of the Hindustani and Carnatic culture.
The Epoch of Romanticism
Get a taste of the most beloved and fruitful music period. See the personalities behind the major shift of the eras — from Classical to Romantic.
Download for free HQ soundscapes recorded in a mixed forest, including bird songs, cricket choruses, and night or afternoon thunderstorms.
Bamboléo: song meaning and origin of the lyrics
Beatles songs featuring Lydian mode
Quimbara: meaning and origin of the best-known salsa
Beatles songs with Dorian mode
Vivir Mi Vida: meaning and origin of Marc Anthony's jubilant salsa
Flat Foot Floogie: vulgar meaning of the swing hit song
Für Elise: 2 versions of Beethoven's best-known piano piece