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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
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...
Minnie the Moocher: essential step in the history of scat singing by Cab Calloway
Minnie the Moocher is an iconic jazz composition showcasing essential examples of scat singing—a vocal technique for...
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....
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...
Taking off with Pistol Packin' Mama
Pistol Packin 'Mama is a fast-paced upbeat song with humorous albeit somewhat silly lyrics that became a hit in the...
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....
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 ...
Smokestack Lightning: the eternal Howlin' Wolf blues of the passing trains
Smokestack Lightning is a song written by the Chicago blues singer Chester Arthur Burnett better known under his stage...
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...
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...
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...
Bésame Mucho: song meaning and source of inspiration behind the famous Mexican bolero
Bésame Mucho is one of the most famous songs in music history that has been tirelessly performed for the past eighty...
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...
Twist in My Sobriety: rare oboe solo in Tanita Tikaram's best song
Twist in My Sobriety is a song by British pop-folk singer Tanita Tikaram released as a single from her debut album...
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...
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...
Traditions of Malian music spread worldwide through Afel Bocoum and Damon Albarn collaboration
The famous Malian songwriter Afel Bocoum began his musical career in the 1960s at the age of thirteen when he joined the...
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...
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...
The fusion of traditional Mexican music in María Grever's songs
María Grever, born Maria Joaquina de la Portilla Torres, was a Mexican songwriter who, combining the musical cultures of...
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,...
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...
5 African states adopted the liberation song by Enoch Sontonga as the national anthem
Nkosi Sikelel 'iAfrika has been the most frequently sung tune throughout the African continent for over a hundred years...
The bottleneck guitar blues by Blind Willie Johnson is sliding through space on the Voyager Golden Records
Among the musical works sent by NASA into space to represent the cultural values of mankind, sharing its rightfully...
The native heart of Peruvian folk as explored by ethnomusicologist Alomía Robles
It has been a little more over a century since the Peruvian composer Alomía Robles crossed the Andes in search of...
Big Bill Broonzy's guitar made ripples on both sides of the Atlantic
Big Bill Broonzy was one of the most important Chicago blues singers whose songs would inspire, among many others, Muddy...
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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.
Download for free HQ soundscapes recorded in a mixed forest, including bird songs, cricket choruses, and night or afternoon thunderstorms.
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