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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
I Shot the Sheriff: Burnin' spliff nearly destroyed Bob Marley's original recording
I Shot The Sheriff is one of Bob Marley's best-known songs first released on the 1973 album Burnin' and popularized a...
La Cucaracha: the song about a stoned legless cockroach as a ridicule against Mexican dictator
La Cucaracha is a fiery Mexican song in the corrido style, a poetic form of the ballad genre prevalent in Central...
Vasantrao Deshpande's musical career sparked by Begum Akhtar
Vasantrao Deshpande was an eminent Indian artist best known for his contributions to vocal classical music and the...
Muskrat Love: the polarizing song of America
Muskrat Love is a sweet and slightly strange song about a romantic relationship between two anthropomorphic muskrats,...
Seven Seas of Rhye: song of imaginary land brought to life by Ionian and Mixolydian modes
Seven Seas of Rhye first appeared as an instrumental track on Queen's 1973 self-titled debut album and later released as...
A Dios le Pido: Juanes' Spanish lyrics behind the song success
A Dios le Pido or I beg to God is the best-known track of the Colombian songwriter and guitarist Juanes who made history...
Makin' Whoopee: cautionary song warning against the trappings of marriage
Makin' Whoopee is an ironic song describing the successive transformation of the relationship between two lovers from...
Knights of Cydonia: Dorian-mode refrain boosting best Muse song
Knights of Cydonia by English alternative rock band Muse has been repeatedly placed at the top of many fan-voted charts...
Mariposa Traicionera: meaning and flamenco roots of Maná's top hit
Mariposa Traicionera is one of the best-known tracks by Maná, a multi-awarded Mexican quartet whose flexible style...
Mexicali Blues: debut song by the Grateful Dead's psychedelic poet
Mexicali Blues was first released by Bob Weir, an acclaimed rhythm guitarist, vocalist, and founding member of the...
Livin' la Vida Loca: why is Ricky Martin's best song so catchy?
Livin' la Vida Loca is likely one of the best-known tracks in the entire repertoire of the Puerto Rican...
Three Little Fishies: origin of the cautionary children's song
Three Little Fishies is a well-known novelty song with cautionary tale lyrics that was first recorded by the Hal Kemp...
Pancho and Lefty: gangster song that saved Townes Van Zandt from a speeding ticket
Pancho and Lefty is perhaps the best-known song of American songwriter Townes Van Zandt released on his sixth studio...
Cali Pachanguero: meaning behind essential Colombian salsa by Jairo Varela
Cali Pachanguero is one of the best-known salsa songs that played a big part in the rising popularity of Colombian dance...
Locomotive Breath: fine groove born from Jethro Tull's studio session
Locomotive Breath is one of the more popular songs written by the British prog-rock band Jethro Tull, first released on...
Ferry Cross the Mersey: Merseybeat classic arranged by the Fifth Beatle
Ferry Cross the Mersey is the best-known track of the Liverpool rock band Gerry and the Pacemakers released in the...
Oye Como Va: meaning and origin of the best-known cha-cha-chá song
Oye Como Va is one of the best-known cha-cha-chá songs, owing its unfading popularity to Carlos Santana who recorded his...
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...
La Bamba: meaning and tragedy behind the best-known son jarocho
The widely known La Bamba epitomizes one of the most striking examples of the ways in which an old folk tune could be...
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...
Lawdy Miss Clawdy: how Lloyd Price's first hit mixes blues and classics
Lawdy Miss Clawdy is a rhythm and blues track that kicked off the career of the prolific New Orleans songwriter Lloyd...
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...
El Manisero: essential rumba song behind Caribbean music world expasion
El Manisero or The Peanut Vendor is an essential rumba song written circa 1928 by the leading Cuban composer Moisés...
Caldonia: the song that spawned the term rock and roll
Caldonia is a 1945 song released by Louis Jordan, an American songwriter and saxophonist whose popularity in the 1940s...
Statesboro Blues: no one can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell
Bob Dylan's track Blind Willie McTell is perhaps the best tribute to this outstanding traveling street artist who has...
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...
Hushabye: folk roots of famous rock and roll lullaby
Hushabye is the first successful song recorded by the American rock band The Mystics to spend nine weeks on the national...
Mairzy Doats lyrics inspired by 15th century nursery rhyme
Mairzy Doats is a notable nursery rhyme song written in the 1940s when parody and humor songs were in high demand. The...
Incense and Peppermints: a tangled story of song production
Incense and Peppermints is an essential psychedelic rock song released in 1967 by the LA-based band Strawberry Alarm...
Wabash Cannonball: the ballad of the railway Flying Dutchman
Wabash Cannonball, also known as The Great Rock Island Route, is an influential American folk song the first known...
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The History of Popular Music
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Explore Phrygian, Lydian, Dorian, and other modes through the harmonic analysis of popular songs.
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Indian Classical Music
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The Epoch of Romanticism
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Bamboléo: song meaning and origin of the lyrics
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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