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The poignant meaning behind Amor Eterno lyrics
Begin the Beguine: discovering origin and meaning
I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger: origins and lyrics of the famous folk song
Wiegenlied: folk poem behind Brahms' Lullaby
Ladytron: Roxy Music's lunar landing with mellotron, oboe, and synth
Ladytron is one of Roxy Music's most noteworthy tracks released on their 1972 debut album. One of the song's strongest...
6 songs to unpack Ionian mode and the major scale
The polyphonic aspects of Western classical music distinguish it from other musical traditions such as Indian Сlassic...
Sugaree: Jerry Garcia's song referencing his lyricist's criminal past
Sugaree is a 1972 track that first appeared on Jerry Garcia's debut solo album, the guitarist who is widely regarded as...
Marie Laveau: ballad of the legendary Voodoo Queen
Dedicated to the legendary Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, Marie Laveau was composed by award-winning writer Shel...
Misty Mountain Hop: Led Zeppelin's contribution to pot legalization
Misty Mountain Hop is an iconic 1971 Led Zeppelin song the title of which is associated with the mountains described by...
Dum Maro Dum: psychedelic Hindi lyrics in Western arrangement that influenced generations
Dum Maro Dum is a popular Hindi song written by Anand Bakshi and composed by Rahul Dev Burman for the 1971 Bollywood...
Coal Miner's Daughter was forced to remove a third of the lyrics from her autobiographical song
Coal Miner's Daughter is an autobiographical song by the influential country-genre songwriter Loretta Lynn in which she...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
Easy Skanking: meaning and themes in the famous Bob Marley album opener
Easy Skanking is the opening song on Bob Marley’s tenth studio album Kaya released in 1978 and preceding the historic...
Popular songs using Lydian mode
In Western music, the vast majority of classical compositions and popular songs are written using only two diatonic...
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...
Salma Ya Salama: historical record by Sayed Darwish, the father of Egyptian popular music
Salma Ya Salama is a famous song written by songwriter Sayed Darwish who is considered to be the most influential...
Progressive rock adaptation of Alberto Ginastera's piano concerto features innovative electronic drums
One of the works of the iconic Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera went far beyond the attention of the classical...
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 Andalusian cadence: distinct chord progression of flamenco that captivated all pop music genres
The Andalusian cadence is a musical term denoting a chain of four chords that appear sequentially through each step of...
Peter Sinfield: the songwriter whose lyrics embellished the formative prog rock albums of the 1970s
Peter Sinfield is an iconic songwriter who has written for most influential albums of the prog-rock genre released...
Adrian Belew's spellbinding guitar tricks saturate prog music with the sounds of space
American multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Adrian Belew managed to extract entirely extraordinary sounds from his...
The morna: essential music of the Cape Verde archipelago reached mainland thanks to Cesária Évora's voice
With roots in the 18th-century Cape Verde, the morna music is a vital and culturally definitive genre of the archipelago...
The resonance of African tribal heritage in Ali Farka Touré's guitar
Ali Farka Touré was one of the first Malian songwriters to arrange African folk music for acoustic and electric guitar,...
The analog synthesizers of Isao Tomita programming fresh sound for all-time classics
Japanese composer Isao Tomita was one of the first to explore analog synthesizers in search for new sounds that would...
Tinariwen: 40 years of nomadic desert music driven by Ibrahim Ag Alhabib's guitar
Formed by Ibrahim Ag Alhabib in the late 1970s, the African band Tinariwen always had a clear mission to preserve the...
Emotion over meaning: the enigmatic lyrics of Cocteau Twins in the languages of glossolalia
Having first appeared in religious practices, the term glossolalia referred to the ability of a believer to...
Zawinul incited his electric piano to report the jazz weather
European jazz pianist Joe Zawinul is best known for his founding the iconic band Weather Report which is highly...
Mussorgsky's pictures redrawn for the prog rock exhibition
Piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition written by the Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky in 1874 retains its innovative...
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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
The poignant meaning behind Amor Eterno lyrics
Barrett's Privateers: origins and meaning of famous drinking song
Pedro Navaja: song meaning and origin of the lyrics
Piel Canela: meaning of Bobby Capó's biggest hit
Mixolydian mode in Pink Floyd songs
Badinerie: origins of Bach's famous flute suite