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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
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...
No Quarter: two minor modal modes of Led Zeppelin's psychedelic track
No Quarter is one of Led Zeppelin's more psychedelically inclined tracks first released on the 1973 album Houses of the...
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...
Beatles songs featuring Lydian mode
One of the main reasons for the long-term popularity of The Beatles songs is undoubtedly their developed and varied...
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...
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...
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...
Mambo Italiano: Bob Merrill's meaningless lyrics composed on restaurant napkin
Mambo Italiano is a timeless hit in the mambo genre written by American songwriter Bob Merrill in the 1950s on a...
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...
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...
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...
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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
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