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The poignant meaning behind Amor Eterno lyrics
Begin the Beguine: discovering origin and meaning
Wiegenlied: folk poem behind Brahms' Lullaby
Whalien 52: uncovering the hidden meaning
Lost for Words: Pink Floyd's only Lydian song
Of all 138 songs and instrumental tracks released by Pink Floyd on their 14 studio albums, Lost for Words is the only...
Golden Slumbers: lyrical origins of the famous Beatles lullaby
Golden Slumbers is a short song recorded by The Beatles for their 1969 album Abey Road. The track was written by Paul...
La Gota Fría: vallenato music masterpiece refashioned by Carlos Vives
La Gota Fría is one of the best-known examples of the vallenato genre that originated in the early 19th century in the...
Hasta Mañana: the origins of the best ABBA ballad
Hasta Mañana, an ABBA ballad released on their 1974 Waterloo album never quite managed to reach the top of international...
Mixolydian mode in The Doors songs
It is no secret that the harmonic structure of a song and its adherence to the canons of musical theory is one of the...
Vivir Mi Vida: meaning and origin of Marc Anthony's jubilant salsa
Vivir Mi Vida is a life-asserting track by the American singer-songwriter Marc Anthony released on his 2013 album 3.0,...
Ramblin' on My Mind: Delta blues masterpiece cut in a hotel room
Ramblin' on My Mind is an iconic blues song cut by the Delta blues singer Robert Johnson as a part of his first...
Harry Hippie: Bobby Womack's recollection of his brother tragic death
Harry Hippie is one of the best-known songs released by Bobby Womack who, throughout his sixty-year long career, has...
Desafinado: a song for those who cannot sing
The Portuguese word Desafinado, meaning "out of tune" or "off-key," is a rather strange name for a classic bossa nova...
Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On: the record that shot Jerry Lee Lewis to fame
Recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis in 1957, Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On instantly became a major hit in America, highlighting...
Burbujas de Amor: playful and saucy lyrics by Juan Luis Guerra
Burbujas de Amor is one of the best-known songs by Juan Luis Guerra, a Dominican pop singer and accomplished songwriter...
Sri Lalitha Sahasranama: 1000-name lyrics praising the beauty of Goddess Shakti
Lalita Sahasranama is a Hindu chant dedicated to the Divine Mother known as Shakti who manifests as the triple goddesses...
Flat Foot Floogie: vulgar meaning of the swing hit song
Flat Foot Floogie (with a Floy Floy) is a jazz swing song that became a nationwide hit when it was released in the US in...
The Bells of Rhymney: two major modal modes of famous protest song
The Bells of Rhymney is one of the best-known protest songs of the past century, first recorded in 1958 by the American...
Hypnotized: Fleetwood Mac's song about aliens
Hypnotized is the best-known track from Fleetwood Mac's 1973 album Mystery To Me, written by guitarist Bob Welch who...
Dos Gardenias: romantic lyrics of the famous Cuban bolero
Dos Gardenias is a well-known Cuban song with soulful and gentle lyrics composed in the form of bolero—a vocal style...
Reelin' In the Years: the tandem of effective lyrics and one of the best guitar solos of all time
Reelin' In the Years is one of the most successful tracks of the American jazz-rock band Steely Dan who are known for...
Bony Moronie: blues roots of the seminal rock and roll hit
Bony Moronie is one of the best-known tracks of New Orleans singer Larry Williams which, along with his other songs, has...
Garota De Ipanema: world's best-known bossa nova tune came to Jobim in a bar
Garota De Ipanema is one of the best-known songs in the bossa nova genre, a dance style that originated in the 1950s as...
Progressive rhythms and sacred themes of Shyama Shastri songs
Syama Sastri was one of the most influential Indian composers of the 18th century whose extensive contributions to the...
Things We Said Today: the only Beatles song featuring Phrygian mode
Things We Said Today is one of the tracks written by Paul McCartney for The Beatles's 1964 A Hard Day's Night, although...
Gimme Three Steps: the bar where Lynyrd Skynyrd's frontman almost got shot
Gimme Three Steps is the best-known track from the 1973 debut album by American rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. The...
Firth of Fifth: impressionistic Genesis song as a prog-rock masterpiece
Firth of Fifth is a ten-minute track released by Genesis on the 1973 album Selling England by the Pound and is...
Suavemente: meaning of Elvis Crespo's best song
Suavemente is one of the best-known songs in the merengue genre—a dance style that originated in the Dominican Republic...
Cum On Feel the Noize: Slade's instant hit recipe
Cum On Feel the Noize is a 1973 single by the English glam rock band Slade that topped the charts a week after its...
Terraplane Blues: first song to compare car problems with intimate relationship
Terraplane Blues is the first single released by Robert Johnson—a traveling blues performer deeply revered by many rock...
9 Beatles songs that combine harmonic major with Ionian mode
The polyphonic structure of Western classical music distinguishes it from other musical traditions such as Indian...
D'yer Mak'er: meaning of Led Zeppelin's most controversial song
D'yer Mak'er, released on Led Zeppelin's 1973 album Houses of the Holy, remains the most controversial track the band...
El Farsante and 7 more songs by Ozuna in Dorian and Aeolian modes
Few could have imagined that a career in music could have such an outstanding start as the one of Puerto Rican urbano...
Yakety Yak: teenager's answer to household chores in a hit song
Yakety Yak is one of the best-known songs written by American songwriting partners Jerome Leiber and Michael Stoller...
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Indian Classical Music
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Bamboléo: song meaning and origin of the lyrics
Für Elise: 2 versions of Beethoven's best-known piano piece
Ständchen from Schwanengesang serenade as Schubert's last testament
Phrygian mode in Pink Floyd songs
Barrett's Privateers: origins and meaning of famous drinking song
Om Namo Narayanaya: meaning and purpose of popular Vishnu mantra
Je te veux: Satie's love song refashioned as piano piece