Throughout the years, musical styles have reflected the society of the time and have evolved with changes in the world. Not only does music change with society but it changes with technological advances as well. As technology changes it can allow new styles to emerge and new ways for people to listen. From radio to television, and records to the internet, music and the way we consume it has dramatically changed in the past seventy years. Even the innovations in the technology used to create musical instruments and recording equipment has effected what styles and songs are made and popular within the music landscape. Throughout this section we will try to briefly cover the types of music that were popular since the 1940's up until the present day by providing lists of genres and artists as well as some historical context. Keep in mind a lot of this information is subjective and we have tried our best to cover the most popular elements of the history of music. **All lists in this section are in no particular order**

Twenties Music

Music in the 1920's was dominated by jazz, blues and the traveling dance bands that played what was popular at the time. Following the devastation of the first World War, Twenties music was quite upbeat and optimistic as the economy boomed and parties roared despite prohibition in the US. The music industry as we know it was just beginning and all things seemed possible.

You can find more information on our 1920's Music Page

Popular Genres: Jazz, Blues, Dance, Broadway, Ragtime, Standards

Popular Artists:Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Ma Rainey, Sophie Tucker, Eddie Cantor, Paul Whiteman, Bessie Smith

Thirties Music

The Great Depression hit late in the 1920s and remained throughout the 1930s, heavily influencing the music of the time. Some music like blues and country reflected the hardships faced by many, while most other popular music like big band and swing kept an upbeat feeling in the air. Popular music served its purpose in providing an escape from the harsh conditions in the Thirties. Many songs addressed the current issues while remaining optimistic, while others addressed the mood with a more tongue-in-cheek approach.

Popular Genres: Swing, Jazz, Country, Traditional Pop, Crooners, Big Band

Popular Artists:Rudy Vallee, Cab Calloway, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, The Andrews Sisters, Gene Autry, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Kate Smith, Tommy Dorsey

Forties Music

The music of the 1940's consisted mainly of jazz, big band, and swing. It reflected the pain of World War II while also trying to remain upbeat and looking towards a positive future full of possibilities. Because much of the world was involved in the war during the decade, many artists and groups put their efforts into entertaining troops, especially in the US with the USO (United States Service Organizations).

Popular Genres: Jazz, Big Band, Swing, Country, Bebop, Novelty Acts, Band Leaders

Popular Artists: Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Count Basie, Bing Crosby, The Andrews Sisters, Dorsey Brothers, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald

Popular Songs From The 1920's, 1930's and 1940's
Hits of the Twenties Hits of the Thirties Hits of the Forties
1920 1930 1940
  • Dardanella - Ben Selvin
  • Crazy Blues - Mamie Smith
  • Whispering - Paul Whiteman
  • Three Little Words - Duke Ellington
  • If I Had a Girl Like You - Rudy Vallee
  • Little White Lies - Fred Waring & the Pennsylvanians
  • In The Mood - Glenn Miller
  • Frenesi - Artie Shaw
  • Only Forever - Bing Crosby
1921 1931 1941
  • Margie - Eddie Cantor
  • Say it With Music - Paul Whiteman
  • All By Myself - Ted Lewis & his Orchestra
  • Minnie the Moocher - Cab Calloway
  • Stardust - Isham Jones
  • Just One More Chance - Bing Crosby
  • God Bless the Child - Billie Holiday
  • Green Eyes - Jimmy Dorsey
  • Chattanooga Choo Choo - Glenn Miller
1922 1932 1942
  • April Showers - Al Jolson
  • My Man - Fanny Brice
  • Three O'Clock in the Morning - Paul Whiteman
  • Night & Day - Fred Astaire
  • Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? - Bing Crosby
  • Paradise - Leo Reisman
  • White Christmas - Bing Crosby
  • Jingle, Jangle, Jingle - Kay Kyser
  • Moonlight Cocktail - Glenn Miller
1923 1933 1943
  • Down Hearted Blues - Bessie Smith
  • Yes! We Have No Bananas - Billy Jones
  • Swingin' Down the Lane - Isham Jones
  • Stormy Weather - Ethel Waters
  • You're Getting to Be a Habit - Bing Crosby
  • Sophisticated Lady - Duke Ellington
  • Paper Doll - The Mills Brothers
  • That Old Black Magic - Glenn Miller
  • Sunday, Monday or Always - Bing Crosby
1924 1934 1944
  • Rhapsody in Blue - George Gershwin
  • It Had to Be You - Isham Jones
  • California, Here I Come - Al Jolson
  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - Paul Whiteman
  • I Only Have Eyes For You - Eddy Duchin
  • Cocktails For Two - Duke Ellington
  • Don't Fence Me In - Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
  • I'm Making Believe - Ella Fitzgerald & The Ink Spots
  • Swinging On A Star - Bing Crosby
1925 1935 1945
  • Tea For Two - Marion Harris
  • Yes Sir! That's My Baby - Gene Austin
  • Sweet Georgia Brown - Ben Bernie
  • Blue Moon - Benny Goodman
  • Cheek to Cheek - Fred Astaire
  • Lulu's Back in Town - Fats Waller
  • Till the End of Time - Perry Como
  • Rum & Coca Cola - The Andrews Sisters
  • Sentimental Journey - Les Brown & Doris Day
1926 1936 1946
  • Bye Bye, Blackbird - Gene Austin
  • Always - Vincent Lopez
  • Black Bottom Stomp - Jelly Roll Morton
  • The Way You Look Tonight - Fred Astaire
  • All My Life - Fats Waller
  • When Did You Leave Heaven? - Guy Lombardo
  • Five Minutes More - Frank Sinatra
  • Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Vaughn Monroe
  • Prisoner of Love - Perry Como
1927 1937 1947
  • Stardust - Hoagy Carmichael
  • In a Mist - Bix Beiderbecke
  • My Blue Heaven - Gene Austin
  • Goodnight, My Love - Ella Fitzgerald
  • Sweet Leilani - Bing Crosby
  • I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm - Billie Holiday
  • Heartaches - Ted Weems
  • Near You - Francis Craig
  • Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah - James Baskett
1928 1938 1948
  • Black & Tan Fantasy - Duke Ellington
  • West End Blues - Louis Armstrong
  • I Wanna Be Loved By You - Helen Kane
  • I've Got a Pocketful of Dreams - Bing Crosby
  • A-Tisket A-Tasket - Ella Fitzgerald
  • Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen - The Andrews Sisters
  • Buttons and Bows - Dinah Shore
  • Nature Boy - Nat King Cole
  • I'm Looking For A Four Leaf Clover - Art Mooney
1929 1939 1949
  • When You're Smiling - Louis Armstrong
  • Am I Blue? - Ethel Waters
  • Ain't Misbehavin' - Fats Waller
  • Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland
  • Strange Fruit - Billie Holiday
  • Moonlight Serenade - Glenn Miller
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry
  • Mule Train - Frankie Laine
  • I Can Dream, Can't I? - The Andrews Sisters
Fifties Music

Music of the 1950's reflected the beginnings of major social changes in the world and in the US, especially. Rock 'n' Roll, R&B, and traditional pop ruled the charts while radio and television connected the country in our musical tastes and exposed the nation to a greater variety of artists and styles. Some of the first major superstars of music emerged from this decade with people like Elvis Presley dominating the airwaves and the minds of young girls.

You can find more information on our 1950's Music Page

Popular Genres: Traditional Pop, Rock 'n' Roll, Rhythm & Blues, Country, Jazz, Blues, Calypso, Vocal Jazz

Popular Artists: Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, Patti Page, Doris Day, Johnny Cash, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Pat Boone, Gene Autry, Patsy Cline, Same Cooke, Hank Williams, Teresa Brewer, Ritchie Valens, Harry Belafonte, Ray Charles

Sixties Music

The sounds of the 1960's straddled a large dichotomy between the ultimate commercialism with completely manufactured bands (like The Archies and The Monkees) and revolutionary artistry (Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix) with some of the greatest singer-songwriters and instrumentalists emerging on the scene. There were also many bands and artists that walked the line between commercialism and musical innovation like The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, and The Rolling Stones. The Beatles dominated the charts and spurred on the British Invasion that characterized much of the decade.

You can find more information on our 1960's Music Page

Popular Genres: Folk, Surf Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Blues-Rock, Progressive Rock, Garage Rock, Pop, Soul, R&B, Country, British Invasion, Latin Rock, Protest/Music with a Message

Popular Artists: The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Monkees, The Rolling Stones, The Supremes, Simon & Garfunkel, Aretha Franklin, The Beach Boys, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Moody Blues, Janis Joplin, Neil Seddaka, Chubby Checker, The Mamas & The Papas, Cream, The Temptations, James Brown

Seventies Music

The 1970's served as a bridge between the seriousness of the music that came out of the late sixties and the excessiveness of music from the 1980's. Disco became one of the biggest and most despised trends in music during the decade. It was so pervasive that many established singers and bands came out with disco songs to keep up with the trends, including rockers like Blondie and Rod Stewart. Heavier rock music and punk rock also emerged during the decade, some of it as a retaliation to disco.

You can find more information on our 1970's Music Page

Popular Genres: Disco/Dance, Progressive Rock, Punk, New Wave, Funk, Soul, Glam Rock, Soft Rock, Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Souther Rock/Country Rock, Country-Pop, Power Pop

Popular Artists: The Doors, The Who, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Rod Stewart, Barry Manilow, Diana Ross, Paul Simon, Gloria Gaynor, The Bee Gees, The Ramones, Sex Pistols, Electric Light Orchestra, Patti Smith, The Cars, Kool & The Gang, Parliament-Funkadelic, Earth Wind & Fire, Kansas, ABBA, Donna Summer, Queen, Grand Funk Railroad, Blondie, The Carpenters, Elton John, Billy Joel


Popular Songs From The 1950's, 1960's and 1970's
Hits of the Fifties Hits of the Sixties Hits of the Seventies
1950 1960 1970
  • Mona Lisa - Nat King Cole
  • Tennessee Waltz - Patti Page
  • Music! Music! Music! - Teresa Brewer
  • The Twist - Chubby Checker
  • It's Now or Never - Elvis Presley
  • Save the Last Dance For Me - The Drifters
  • In The Summertime - Mungo Jerry
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
  • Let It Be - The Beatles
1951 1961 1971
  • Be My Love - Mario Lanza
  • Cry - Johnnie Ray
  • Unforgettable - Nat King Cole
  • Stand By Me - Ben E King
  • Blue Moon - The Marcels
  • Runaway - Del Shannon
  • Imagine - John Lennon
  • My Sweet Lord - George Harrison
  • Maggie May - Rod Stewart
1952 1962 1972
  • You Belong to Me - Jo Stafford
  • Wheel of Fortune - Kay Starr
  • Here In My Heart - Al Martino
  • Return to Sender - Elvis Presley
  • I Can't Stop Loving You - Ray Charles
  • Telstar - The Tornadoes
  • Heart of Gold - Neil Young
  • Without You - Harry Nilsson
  • Telegram Sam - T. Rex
1953 1963 1973
  • That's Amore - Dean Martin
  • Your Cheatin' Heart - Hank Williams
  • Vaya Con Dios - Les Paul & Mary Ford
  • It's My Party - Lesley Gore
  • She Loves You - The Beatles
  • Louie Louie - Kingsmen
  • Crocodile Rock - Elton John
  • Angie - The Rolling Stones
  • Killing Me Softly With His Song - Roberta Flack
1954 1964 1974
  • Mr. Sandman - The Chordettes
  • Hey There - Rosemary Clooney
  • Little Things Mean A Lot - Kitty Kallen
  • Oh, Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
  • I Want to Hold Your Hand - The Beatles
  • House of the Rising Sun - The Animals
  • The Joker - Steve Miller Band
  • Waterloo - ABBA
  • Kung Fu Fighting - Carl Douglas
1955 1965 1975
  • Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & the Comets
  • Love and Marriage - Frank Sinatra
  • Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom Wine - Perez Prado
  • (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
  • Yesterday - The Beatles
  • Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers
  • I Can Help - Billy Swan
  • Rhinestone Cowboy - Glen Campbell
  • Fox on the Run - The Sweet
1956 1966 1976
  • Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
  • The Great Pretender - The Platters
  • Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
  • Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
  • Strangers in the Night - Frank Sinatra
  • Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles
  • Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
  • Dancing Queen - ABBA
  • Don't Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John & Kiki Dee
1957 1967 1977
  • Tammy - Debbie Reynolds
  • Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
  • Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
  • I'm A Believer - The Monkees
  • Light My Fire - The Doors
  • All You Need Is Love - The Beatles
  • Hotel California - The Eagles
  • I Feel Love - Donna Summer
  • Rich Girl - Hall & Oates
1958 1968 1978
  • Tequila - The Champs
  • Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - The Platters
  • Volare - Domenico Modugno
  • (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
  • What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
  • Hey Jude - The Beatles
  • Y.M.C.A. - The Village People
  • Night Fever - The Bee Gees
  • MacArthur Park - Donna Summer
1959 1969 1979
  • Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin
  • Venus - Frankie Avalon
  • Personality - Lloyd Price
  • Sugar, Sugar - The Archies
  • Honky Tonk Women - The Rolling Stones
  • Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley
  • I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
  • Heart of Glass - Blondie
  • Reunited - Peaches & Herb

Eighties Music

In the 1980's music was dramatically changed by the introduction of MTV (Music Television). This meant that music videos became more and more of a necessity in order for artists to gain popularity (especially with the youth) and sell records. A greater importance was placed on the appearance of musicians and gimmicks became commonplace. Michael Jackson emerged as one of the most dominant artists of the decade and was helped by his creative music videos and pure talent, with his Thriller album and video setting pop music standards. New Wave and Synth-Pop were popular genres and their electronic sounds fit perfectly with the beginnings of the computer age. Hair Metal bands also became popular during the decade with their theatrical and outrageous music videos and performances. Hip-Hop also came into the mainstream during the decade.

You can find more information on our 1980's Music Page

Popular Genres: New Wave, Synth-Pop, Hair Metal, Hip-Hop, Gothic Rock, Heavy Metal, Pop, Alternative Rock, Hardcore Punk, Contemporary R&B, Country

Popular Artists: Dolly Parton, Michael Jackson, Lionel Ritchie, Olivia Newton John, David Bowie, Billy Joel, Duran Duran, The Police, U2, Van Halen, Def Leppard, Poison, Twisted Sister, Whitney Houston, Madonna, Phil Collins, Cyndi Lauper, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Motley Crue, Prince, Paula Abdul, The Cure, Depeche Mode, The Go-Gos, The Bangles, Randy Travis, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Public Enemy, Run-DMC, MC Hammer, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Bobby Brown, New Kids on the Block, Janet Jackson, Tom Petty, Journey, Tina Turner

Nieties Music

Like the sixties, the 1990's was a decade of extremes with under-produced, anti-establishment grunge bands and gangster rappers enjoying just as much success as the overly produced and studio manufactured pop groups. The decade was ruled by powerful singers with Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, and Whitney Houston topping the charts. Many artists' personal problems including drug abuse and rap feuds overshadowed a lot of the talent during the decade as well, with the death of many popular musicians due to drug overdose and the murders of rappers like Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.

Popular Genres: Grunge, Alternative/College Rock, Technotronic, Hip-Hop, Gangster Rap, Bubblegum Pop, Boy Bands/Girl Groups, Pop-Punk, Metal, Ska, Contemporary R&B, Country-Pop, Britpop, New Jack Swing, Singer-Songwriter, Hard Rock, Happy Rock

Popular Artists: Nirvana, Pearl Jam, MC Hammer, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, N'Sync, Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Salt 'n Peppa, Vanilla Ice, Tone Loc, 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G., Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Gloria Estefan, Madonna, Whitney Houston, The Offspring, Green Day, No Doubt, Ricky Martin, Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Boyz II Men, Janet Jackson, R.E.M., Weezer, Guns & Roses, Hootie & the Blowfish, Christina Aguilera, Alanis Morisette, Jewel, Oasis, Mariah Carey, Natalie Merchant, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Dave Matthews Band, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Cypress Hill, Foo Fighters, The Smashing Pumpkins


2000's Music

The music of the 2000's showcased a variety of genres and it reflected a great deal of the pop music that came from the nineties, with many of the same artists and bands remaining popular between the two decades. For a decade filled with much suffering in terms of the September 11th attacks, two wars in the Middle East, and an economic downturn, a lot of the music had to strike a fine balance between upbeat and optimistic while still reflecting the pain that many experienced. Some of the more popular genres of the decade included Dance-Pop, Indie Rock, and Emo.

Popular Genres: Dance-Pop, Indie Rock, Emo, Pop-Punk, Contemporary R&B, Hip-Hop, Reggaeton, Electronica, Hard Rock, Alternative Metal, New Wave Revival, Teen Pop, Boy Bands, Internet Stars, Disney Artists, Adult Contemporary, Country, Country-Pop, British Soul, Latin Pop

Popular Artists: Eminem, Sean Paul, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Kelly Clarkson, Linkin Park, The Killers, Maroon 5, Alicia Keys, Outkast, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Christina Aguilera, Pink, Norah Jones, Coldplay, Shakira, Modest Mouse, The White Stripes, Death Cab for Cutie, Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Panic! At the Disco, Amy Winehouse, Joss Stone, Toby Keith, Kid Rock, Dixie Chicks, Destiny's Child, Leona Lewis, Flo Rida, The Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Avril Lavigne, Michelle Branch, The Shins, Blink-182, Staind, System of a Down, Korn

Popular Songs From The 1980's, 1990's and 2000's
Hits of the Eighties Hits of the Nineties Hits of the 2000s
1980 1990 2000
  • Call Me - Blondie
  • Funkytown - Lipps Inc.
  • Crazy Little Think Called Love - Queen
  • Vogue - Madonna
  • U Can't Touch This - MC Hammer
  • Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor
  • Stan - Eminem
  • Music - Madonna
  • Oops I Did It Again - Britney Spears
1981 1991 2001
  • Physical - Olivia Newton John
  • Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
  • Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
  • Black or White - Michael Jackson
  • Losing My Religion - R.E.M.
  • Walking In Memphis - Marc Cohn
  • Crawling - Linkin Park
  • Drops of Jupiter - Train
  • Lady Marmalade - Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya, Lil Kim, Missy Elliott
1982 1992 2002
  • Come On Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners
  • Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
  • Down Under - Men At Work
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
  • I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
  • End of the Road - Boyz II Men
  • A Moment Like This - Kelly Clarkson
  • Youth of the Nation - P.O.D.
  • A Thousand Miles - Vanessa Carlton
1983 1993 2003
  • Let's Dance - David Bowie
  • Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
  • Every Breath You Take - The Police
  • What's Up? - Four Non Blondes
  • What Is Love? - Haddaway
  • I'd Do Anything For Love - Meat Loaf
  • Crazy In Love - Beyonce
  • Cry Me A River - Justin Timberlake
  • In Da Club - 50 Cent
1984 1994 2004
  • Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
  • Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham!
  • I Just Called to Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder
  • Without You - Mariah Carey
  • All I Wanna Do - Sheryl Crow
  • The Sign - Ace of Base
  • Yeah! - Usher ft. Lil Jon
  • Hey Ya! - Outkast
  • This Love - Maroon 5
1985 1995 2005
  • Take On Me - a-ha
  • Into the Groove - Madonna
  • Shout - Tears for Fears
  • Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio
  • Take A Bow - Madonna
  • Creep - TLC
  • We Belong Together - Mariah Carey
  • Gold Digger - Kanye West ft. Jamie Foxx
  • Hollaback Girl - Gwen Stefani
1986 1996 2006
  • Take My Breath Away - Berlin
  • Rock Me Amadeus - Falco
  • West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys
  • Killing Me Softly - The Fugees
  • One Sweet Day - Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men
  • You Were Meant For Me - Jewel
  • Sexyback - Justin Timberlake
  • Bad Day - Daniel Powter
  • Hips Don't Lie - Shakira
1987 1997 2007
  • I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
  • With or Without You - U2
  • Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
  • Don't Speak - No Doubt
  • MMMbop - Hanson
  • Wannabe - Spice Girls
  • Beautiful Girls - Sean Kingston
  • Umbrella - Rihanna
  • Irreplaceable - Beyonce
1988 1998 2008
  • Faith - George Michael
  • Don't Worry Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin
  • Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns & Roses
  • You're Still the One - Shania Twain
  • My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion
  • I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing - Aerosmith
  • Whatever You Like - T.I.
  • Low - Flo Rida
  • I Kissed A Girl - Katy Perry
1989 1999 2009
  • Like a Prayer - Madonna
  • Love Shack - The B-52s
  • Straight Up - Paula Abdul
  • Baby One More Time - Britney Spears
  • No Scrubs - TLC
  • I Want It That Way - Backstreet Boys
  • I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
  • Single Ladies - Beyonce
  • Empire State of Mind - Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys

Hits of the 2010's
2010 2012 2014
  • Bad Romance - Lady Gaga
  • Love the Way You Lie - Eminem ft. Rihanna
  • Tik Tok - Ke$ha
  • Somebody That I Used to Know - Gotye
  • Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen
  • We Are Young - fun. ft. Janelle Monae
  • Happy - Pharrell Williams
  • Dark Horse - Katy Perry ft. Juicy J
  • Fancy - Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
2011 2013
  • Born This Way - Lady Gaga
  • Rolling in the Deep - Adele
  • Firework - Katy Perry
  • Locked Out Of Heaven - Bruno Mars
  • Royals - Lorde
  • Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus

The way we listen to music has changed drastically throughout the past seventy years. For a very long time records and the radio were the predominant means of listening to your favorite songs. Despite numerous advances in technology, many artists today still release their albums on vinyl records as well as MP3s and CDs because many music fans still believe that vinyl records provide the best musical experience. The technology for records began in the 1800's with wax records and phonographs, and as technology advance the size, speed and material of the records changed. In the 1970's until the 1990's 8-tracks and then cassette tapes became another popular media with which to experience music due to their portability. Although they were developed in the 1980's, CDs (Compact Discs) and CD players did not become a popular way to listen to music until the middle of the 1990's when the technology became more affordable. CDs replaced tapes due to their greater storage capacities and better sound quality. CDs were the most popular way to listen to one's favorite songs until the middle of the 2000's when computer and internet technology advanced significantly to make MP3 format and MP3 players more viable means of entertainment. Apple's iPod was released in November of 2001 and changed the way we listen to music forever making it forever portable and allowing us to infinitely expand our music collections. With more and more advances in computer technology and increased internet capabilities, we have the ability to instantly listen to our favorite songs at a relatively low cost or for free with our computers, phones, MP3 players, and tablets thanks to instant streaming services like Pandora or Spotify and online shops like iTunes or Amazon. Television also influenced the way we listen to music with artists being able to reach national audiences through performances on talk shows, music showcases, and music videos on MTV. Now with popularity of video sharing websites like YouTube, many artists are being discovered through this medium and established artists can connect more quickly and deeply with their fans.


Well Known Music Festivals Well Known Musicals
  • Glastonbury, UK
  • Cheltenham Folk Festival, UK
  • Reading Festival, UK
  • Isle of Wight Festival, UK
  • Leeds Festival, UK
  • Woodstock, USA
  • Jazzfest New Orleans, USA
  • Country Thunder, USA
  • Lakeview Mayfest Chicago, USA
  • Temecula Valley International Jazz Festival, USA
  • Summerfest Milwaukee, USA
  • Coachella Valley Festival, USA
  • Lollapalooza Chicago, USA
  • Bonnaroo Tennessee, USA
  • Ozzfest, USA
  • South by Southwest, USA
  • Warped Tour, USA
  • Bumbershoot Seattle, USA
  • Wickerman Festival, Scotland
  • RockNess, Scotland
  • Stereosonic, Australia
  • Across the Universe
  • A Hard Day's Night
  • Cats
  • Chicago
  • Crybaby
  • Easter Parade
  • Evita
  • Fame
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Flashdance
  • Godspell
  • Grease
  • Hair
  • Hello Dolly
  • High Society
  • Jailhouse Rock
  • Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Lady Sings the Blues
  • Les Miserables
  • Love Me Tender
  • My Fair Lady
  • Oklahoma
  • Once
  • Pink Floyd The Wall
  • Quadrophenia
  • Rent
  • Rock Around the Clock
  • Rock of Ages
  • Shock Treatment
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • South Pacific
  • Summer Holiday
  • The Bodyguard
  • The Jazz Singer
  • The King and I
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • The Phantom of the Paradise
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • The Sound of Music
  • Tommy
  • West Side Story