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The poignant meaning behind Amor Eterno lyrics
Begin the Beguine: discovering origin and meaning
Wiegenlied: folk poem behind Brahms' Lullaby
I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger: origins and lyrics of the famous folk song
Last Train to Clarksville: a duo of songwriters behind the first Monkees hit
Last Train to Clarksville is the debut single released by The Monkees in 1966 which would be their most successful song...
Authentic cadence exemplified by The Beatles songs
In theory, a cadence refers to a harmonic turnaround that appears at the end of a musical phrase, and the role it plays...
Bennie and the Jets: the opening piano chord and disastrous recording sessions in Jamaica
Bennie and the Jets is inarguably one of Elton John's most popular songs first released on the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road...
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...
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...
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...
Baba O'Riley or Teenage Wasteland brought to life by Lowrey organ
The now-iconic album opener Baba O'Riley was first released on the fifth studio album by the English rock band The Who ...
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...
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...
Plainsong: The Cure's psychedelic liturgy on the edge of the world
Plainsong is the opening track of the album Disintegration released in 1989 by the English rock band The Cure. The...
Deceptive cadence: chord progressions and song examples
In music, cadences play a crucial role in the organization of musical phrases and sentences. The concept of cadences is...
Savoy Truffle: cautionary song about chocolate by the quiet Beatle
Savoy Truffle is one of four songs written by George Harrison for the 1968 album The Beatles, also known as the White...
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...
Swordfishtrombones: groundbreaking instrumentation catches Tom Waits' signature sound
Released in 1983, Swordfishtrombones became the first self-produced album by Tom Waits that not only established the...
Mozart and Tom Waits wrote music for the glass armonica which was rumored to cause mental health damage
The glass armonica is one of many curious instruments that came into use with small ensembles during the transition from...
Gershwin's Summertime: the most recorded song draws inspiration from Ukrainian lullaby and African American spiritual
Written by the American composer George Gershwin in 1934, Summertime aria is now the most recorded song in the history...
The drama of The Chain kept alive on the big screen
The Chain, included on Fleetwood Mac’s classic 1977 Rumours album, has retained that particular brand of culturally...
Cream's biggest hit inspired by Hendrix's debut in England
Sunshine of Your Love by the British rock band Cream is perhaps their best known song that spawned numerous covers...
Innovative Bohemian Rhapsody set new standards for the music video production
Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen is one of the strangest and least-understood songs in the rock genre. It comes across as an...
Seven Nation Army riff conquers sport and classical music
It seems that since the initial release of the White Stripes' Seven Nation Army in 2003, the crowds at sporting events...
Who is the true architect behind The House of the Rising Sun?
The authorship of The House of the Rising Sun can not be accurately determined to this day, since the song is a folk...
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The History of Popular Music
Discover stories from each decade. Listen to gems from the 1960s, 1970s, and more.
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.
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Bamboléo: song meaning and origin of the lyrics
Für Elise: 2 versions of Beethoven's best-known piano piece
Phrygian mode in Pink Floyd songs
Barrett's Privateers: origins and meaning of famous drinking song
Je te veux: Satie's love song refashioned as piano piece
Pedro Navaja: song meaning and origin of the lyrics
Beatles songs composed with just three primary chords