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The 1980s were a golden age for music, with the advent of new genres, music videos, and even the walkman. In fact, a 2021 survey by Ipsos found that 40% of Americans still thought the best music was...
The artists with the longest streaks on the Billboard Hot 100 combine prodigious output with a loyal following that keeps their music appearing on the singles chart published weekly by the music...
What do Bruce Springsteen, Faith Hill, Andy Williams, James Brown, and Busta Rhymes have in common? These luminaries in the genres of rock, country, easy listening, soul, and rap, respectively, have...
For 62 years and counting, the Beach Boys have been honing their unique psychedelic pop sound, characterized by intricate vocal harmonies and experimental songwriting. The California-based band...
If you’ve ever wanted to pick up an instrument and belt out an instantly recognizable song for the pleasure (or agony) of family and friends, this list of the 25 most popular songs that Americans...
They called her an icon, and “one of the most powerful and charismatic performers in the world.” She was hailed time and again as a force of nature, a living legend. Countless writers, fans, and...
In August 2019, Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” clocked its 19th week at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts, setting the record for longest stay at No. 1 of any song in the history of the...
This article was written with the assistance of A.I. technology, and has been edited and fact-checked by Colman Andrews.“Somebody That I Used to Know, ” is the biggest one-hit wonder in music...
Whether it’s a male and a female, a baritone and a soprano, or any other combination of contrasting or complementary twosomes, duos offering a harmonious blend of sound are among the most...
It’s never been easy for an artist to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. So many things have to go right for a performer to reach the summit, such as airplay, timing of the song’s release, and...
The debut of MTV on Aug. 1, 1981, had a profound effect on the music industry and helped shape what people listened to in the 1980s. Besides boosting the careers of acts such as Madonna and Duran...