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 1920'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**
The Ways We Listen to Music
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.
Music and top Hits in the 1920's
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.
Popular Genres: Jazz, Blues, Dance, Broadway, Ragtime, Standards
Popular Artists:Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Ma Rainey, Sophie Tucker, Eddie Cantor, Paul Whiteman, Bessie Smith
Some of the most popular and well known songs from the 1920's
Popular Songs and Artists From The 1920's
1920: Dardanella - Ben Selvin, () Crazy Blues - Mamie Smith, () Whispering - Paul Whitman,
1921: Margie - Eddie Cantor, () Say It With Music - Paul Whiteman, () All By Myself - Ted Lewis',
1922: April Showers - Al Jolson, () My Man - Fanny Brice, () Do It Again - Paul Whiteman,
1923: Down Hearted Blues - Bessie Smith, () Yes! We Have No Bananas - Billy Jones, () Swingin’ Down the Lane - Isham Jones,
1924: Rhapsody in Blue - George Gershwin, () It Had to Be You - Isham Jones, () California, Here I Come - Al Jolson,
1925: Tea For Two - Marion Harris, () Yes Sir! That’s My Baby - Gene Austin, () Sweet Georgia Brown - Ben Bernie,
1926: Bye Bye, Blackbird - Gene Austin, () Always - Vincent Lopez, () Black Bottom Stomp - Jelly Roll Morton,
1927: Stardust - Hoagy Carmichael, () In a Mist - Bix Beiderbecke, () My Blue Heaven - Gene Austin,
1928: Black & Tan Fantasy - Duke Ellington, () West End Blues - Louis Armstrong, () I Wanna Be Loved By You - Helen Kane,
1929: When You’re Smiling - Louis Armstrong, () Am I Blue? - Ethel Waters, () Ain’t Misbehavin’ - Fats Waller
1930's Music and top Hits
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
Popular Songs and Artists From The 1930's
1930: Three Little Words - Duke Ellington, () If I Had a Girl Like You - Rudy Vallee, () Little White Lies - Fred Waring,
1931: Minnie the Moocher - Cab Calloway, () Stardust - Isham Jones, () Just One More Chance - Bing Crosby,
1932: Night & Day - Fred Astaire, () Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? () Bing Crosby, Paradise - Leo Reisman,
1933: Shadow Waltz- Bing Crosby, () Stormy Weather - Ethel Waters, () Sophisticated Lady - Duke Ellington,
1934: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - Paul Whiteman, () I Only Have Eyes For You - Eddy Duchin, () Cocktails for Two - Duke Ellington,
1935: Blue Moon - Benny Goodman, () Cheek to Cheek - Fred Astaire, () Lulu’s Back in Town - Fats Waller,
1936: The Way You Look Tonight - Fred Astaire, () All My Life - Fats Waller, () Goodnight, Irene - Leadbelly,
1937: Sweet Leilani - Bing Crosby, () Goodnight, My Love - Ella Fitzgerald, () Caravan - Duke Ellington,
1938: I’ve Got a Pocketful of Dreams - Bing Crosby, () A-Tisket A-Tasket - Ella Fitzgerald, () Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen - The Andrews Sisters,
1939: Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland, () Moonlight Serenade - Glenn Miller, () Strange Fruit - Billie Holiday
1940's Music and top Hits
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 and Artists From The 1940's
1940: In The Mood - Glenn Miller, () Frenesi - Artie Shaw, () Only Forever - Bing Crosby,
1941: God Bless the Child - Billie Holiday, () Green Eyes - Jimmy Dorsey, () Chattanooga Choo Choo - Glenn Miller,
1942: White Christmas - Bing Crosby, () Jingle, Jangle, () Jingle - Kay Kyser, () Moonlight Cocktail - Glenn Miller,
1943: Paper Doll - The Mills Brothers, () That Old Black Magic - Glenn Miller, () Sunday, Monday, or Always - Bing Crosby,
1944: Swinging On A Star - Bing Crosby, () I’ll Walk Alone - Dinah Shore, () The Trolley Song - Judy Garland,
1945: Till the End of Time - Perry Como, () Rum & Coca-Cola - The Andrews Sisters, () Lover Man - Billie Holiday,
1946: Five Minutes More - Frank Sinatra, () For Sentimental Reasons - Nat King Cole, () Prisoner of Love - Perry Como,
1947: Heartaches - Ted Weems, () Near You - Francis Craig, () Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah - James Baskett,
1948: Buttons and Bows - Dinah Shore, () Nature Boy - Nat King Cole, () Manana - Peggy Lee,
1949: Mule Train - Frankie Laine, () Riders in the Sky - Frankie Laine, () You’re Breakin’ My Heart - The Ink Spots
Well Known Music Festivals
- 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
1950's Music and top Hits
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.
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
Popular Songs and Artists From The 1950's
1950: Mona Lisa - Nat King Cole, () Tennessee Waltz - Patti Page, () Music! Music! Music! - Teresa Brewer,
1951: Be My Love - Mario Lanza, () Cry - Johnnie Ray, () Unforgettable - Nat King Cole,
1952: You Belong to Me - Jo Stafford, () Wheel of Fortune - Kay Starr, () Here In My Heart - Al Martino,
1953: That’s Amore - Dean Martin, () Your Cheatin’ Heart - Hank Williams, () Vaya Con Dios - Les Paul & Mary Ford,
1954: Mr. Sandman - The Chordettes, () Hey There - Rosemary Clooney, () Little Things Mean A Lot - Kitty Kallen,
1955: Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley, () Love and Marriage - Frank Sinatra, () Only You - The Platters,
1956: Hound Dog - Elvis Presley, () The Great Pretender - The Platters, () Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino,
1957: Tammy - Debbie Reynolds, () Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley, () Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis,
1958: Tequila - The Champs, () Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - The Platters, () Volare - Domenico Modugno,
1959: Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin, () Venus - Frankie Avalon, () Personality - Lloyd Price
1960's Music and top Hits
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.
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
Popular Songs and Artists From The 1960's
1960: The Twist - Chubby Checker, () It’s Now or Never - Elvis Presley, () Save the Last Dance for Me - The Drifters,
1961: Stand By Me - Ben E. King, () Blue Moon - The Marcels, () Runaway - Del Shannon,
1962: Return to Sender - Elvis Presley, () I Can’t Stop Loving You - Ray Charles, () Telstar - The Tornadoes,
1963: It’s My Party - Lesley Gore, () She Loves You - The Beatles, () Louie Louie - The Kingsmen,
1964: I Want to Hold Your Hand - The Beatles, () House of the Rising Sun - The Animals, Oh, () Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison,
1965: Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones, () Yesterday - The Beatles, () Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers,
1966: Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys, () Strangers in the Night - Frank Sinatra, () Yellow Submarine - The Beatles,
1967: I’m A Believer - The Monkees, () Light My Fire - The Doors, () All You Need Is Love - The Beatles,
1968: The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding, () What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong, () Hey Jude - The Beatles,
1969: Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley, () Sugar, Sugar - The Archies, () Honky Tonk Women - The Rolling Stones
1970's Music and top Hits
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.
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 and Artists From The 1970's
1970: In The Summertime - Mungo Jerry, () Let It Be - The Beatles, () Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum,
1971: Imagine - John Lennon, () My Sweet Lord - George Harrison, () Maggie May - Rod Stewart,
1972: Heart of Gold - Neil Young, () Without You - Harry Nilsson, () Telegram Sam - T. Rex,
1973: Crocodile Rock - Elton John, () Angie - Rolling Stones, () Killing Me Softly - Roberta Flack,
1974: The Joker - Steve Miller Band, () Waterloo - ABBA, () Kung Fu Fighting - Carl Douglas,
1975: I Can Help - Billy Swan, () Rhinestone Cowboy - Glen Campbell, () Fox on the Run - The Sweet,
1976: Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen, () Dancing Queen - ABBA, Don’t () Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John,
1977: Hotel California - The Eagles, () I Feel Love - Donna Summer, () Rich Girl - Hall & Oates,
1978: Y.M.C.A. - The Village People, () Night Fever - The Bee Gees, () MacArthur Park - Donna Summer,
1979: I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor, () Heart of Glass - Blondie, () Reunited - Peaches & Herb
1980's Music and top Hits
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.
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
Popular Songs and Artists From The 1980's
1980: Call Me - Blondie, () Funkytown - Lipps Inc., Crazy () Little Thing Called Love - Queen,
1981: Physical - Olivia Newton John, () Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes, () Jessie’s Girl - Rick Springfield,
1982: Come On Eileen - Dexy’s Midnight Runners, () Eye of the Tiger - Survivor, () Down Under - Men At Work,
1983: Let’s Dance - David Bowie, () Billie Jean - Michael Jackson, () Every Breath You Take - The Police,
1984: Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper, () Wake Me Up Before You Go - Wham!, () I Just Called to Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder,
1985: Take On Me - a-ha, () Into the Groove - Madonna, () Shout - Tears for Fears,
1986: Take My Breath Away - Berlin, () Rock Me Amadeus - Falco, () West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys,
1987: Livin’ On a Prayer - Bon Jovi, () With or Without You - U2, () Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley,
1988: Faith - George Michael, () Sweet Child O’ Mine - Guns & Roses, () I Think We’re Alone Now - Tiffany,
1989: Like a Prayer - Madonna, () Love Shack - The B-52s, () Straight Up - Paula Abdul
Well Known Musicals
- Across the Universe
- A Hard Day's Night
- Easter Parade
- Fiddler on the Roof
- Hello Dolly
- High Society
- Jailhouse Rock
- Jesus Christ Superstar
- Lady Sings the Blues
- Les Miserables
- Love Me Tender
- My Fair Lady
- Pink Floyd The Wall
- 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
- West Side Story
1990's Music and top Hits
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
Popular Songs and Artists From The 1990's
1990: Vogue - Madonna, () U Can’t Touch This - MC Hammer, () Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O’Connor,
1991: Black or White - Michael Jackson, () Losing My Religion - R.E.M., () Walking In Memphis - Marc Cohn,
1992: Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana, () I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston, () End of the Road - Boyz II Men,
1993: What’s Up - 4 Non Blondes, () What Is Love? - Haddaway, () I’d Do Anything For Love - Meat Loaf,
1994: Without You - Mariah Carey, () All I Wanna Do - Sheryl Crow, () The Sign - Ace of Base,
1995: Gangsta’s Paradise - Coolio, () Take A Bow - Madonna, () Creep - TLC,
1996: Killing Me Softly - The Fugees, () One Sweet Day - Mariah Carey, () You Were Meant For Me - Jewel,
1997: Don’t Speak - No Doubt, () MMMbop - Hanson, () Wannabe - Spice Girls,
1998: You’re Still the One - Shania Twain, () My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion, () I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing - Aerosmith,
1999: Baby One More Time - Britney Spears, () No Scrubs - TLC, () I Want It That Way - Backstreet Boys
2000's Music and top Hits
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 and Artists From The 2000's
2000: Stan - Eminem, () Music - Madonna, () Oops! I Did It Again - Britney Spears,
2001: Crawling - Linkin Park, () Drops of Jupiter - Train, () Fallin’ - Alicia Keys,
2002: A Moment Like This - Kelly Clarkson, () Youth of the Nation - P.O.D., () A Thousand Miles - Vanessa Carlton,
2003: Crazy In Love - Beyonce, () Cry Me A River - Justin Timberlake, () In Da Club - 50 Club,
2004: Yeah! - Usher () ft. Lil Jon, Hey Ya! - Outkast, () This Love - Maroon 5,
2005: We Belong Together - Mariah Carey, () Gold Digger - Kanye West, () Hollaback Girl - Gwen Stefani,
2006: Sexyback - Justin Timberlake, () Bad Day - Daniel Powter, () Hips Don’t Lie - Shakira,
2007: Beautiful Girls - Sean Kingston, () Umbrella - Rihanna, () Irreplaceable - Beyonce,
2008: Whatever You Like - T.I., () Low - Flo Rida, () I Kissed A Girl - Katy Perry,
2009: I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas, () Single Ladies - Beyonce, () Empire State of Mind - Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys
2010: Bad Romance - Lady Gaga, () Love the Way You Lie - Eminem ft. Rihanna, () Tik Tok - Ke$ha,
2011: Born This Way - Lady Gaga, () Rolling in the Deep - Adele, () Firework - Katy Perry,
2012: Somebody That I Used to Know - Gotye, () Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen, () We Are Young - fun ft. Janelle Monae,
2013: Locked Out of Heaven - Bruno Mars, () Royals - Lorde, () Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus,
2014: Happy - Pharrell Williams, () All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor, () Shake It Off - Taylor Swift,
2015: Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding, () What Do You Mean? - Justin Bieber, () Can’t Feel My Face - The Weeknd,
2016: Hello - Adele, () One Dance - Drake, () Cheap Thrills - Sia,
2017: Bad and Boujee - Migos, () Shape of You - Ed Sheeran, () Bodak Yellow - Cardi B
What music genres were created in the 90s? ›
Similarly to the 1980s, rock music was also very popular in the 1990s, yet, unlike the new wave and glam metal-dominated scene of the time, grunge, Britpop, industrial rock, and other alternative rock music emerged and took over as the most popular of the decade, as well as punk rock, ska punk, and nu metal, amongst ...What musicians were popular during the 90s? ›
- Michael Jackson.
- Elton John.
- Whitney Houston.
- Tupac Shakur.
- Shania Twain.
- Mariah Carey.
Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson, Prince all had fewer and smaller hits while Janet, Whitney and Madonna consolidated their power and became even more popular in the 90's. New female superstars rose to the occasion like Celine, Shania and Toni Braxton,but one would dominate them all:Mariah Carey.How did bands and performers make their music known in the 1990s? ›
The most powerful form of music promotion in the '90s was word of mouth. People would tell friends about their concerts and they would hand out fliers for upcoming gigs.What was the 90's known for in music? ›
The most popular style of music in the '90s was hip-hop, closely followed by rap and contemporary R&B. Hip-hop redefined the Billboard charts in the early '90s and continued to dominate for two decades.Who was the biggest band in the 90s? ›
- Guns N'Roses.
- Red Hot Chili Peppers.
- Foo Fighters.
- Green Day.
- The Smashing Pumpkins.
The '90s music scene was dominated by grunge and punk rockers. Of course, you had your poppy girl and boy bands (Back Street Boys, Spice Girls, etc.)What was the biggest selling band of the 90s? ›
Metallica – Metallica
The change worked. Spurred on by the success of Enter Sandman and Nothing Else Matters, Metallica went onto to sell 11 million copies in the 90s and has sold 16.4 million copies to date, making it the best selling album of the SoundScan era.
- 1 Celine Dion. With over 200 million album sales to her name, Celine Dion got her breakthrough in the 90s as her albums Falling into You and Let's Talk About Love are among the best-selling albums of all time.
- 2 Mariah Carey. ...
- 3 Garth Brooks. ...
- 4 Whitney Houston. ...
- 5 Nirvana. ...
- 6 Michael Jackson. ...
- 7 Metallica. ...
- 8 Backstreet Boys. ...
Jennifer Love Hewitt: Why She Was the Queen of the '90s!
Who has the most No 1 hits in the 90s? ›
Mariah Carey had the highest number of top hits at the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the 1990s (14 songs). Carey also remained the longest at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the 1990s (60 weeks) and is the only artist that had at least one week at the summit of the chart in each year of the decade.What did people use to listen to music with in the 90? ›
1. Sony Walkman. The personal stereo was introduced by Sony under the market name Walkman in 1979. It was widely popular throughout the '80s and '90s until it was replaced by the portable CD players, known as Discman.How did people discover music in the 90s? ›
Magazines. In an era before the music blog or website, magazines were the best way to read about new music.How did people produce music in the 90s? ›
Back in the mid-late 90s the main programs on the computer were Cubase, ProTools and Logic. Up until around '96–97 most computers were too slow to edit audio in real-time so most would just use these programs to sequence in MIDI and then use an external sampler such as an Emu or Akai to handle the audio.What was the most important thing in the 90s? ›
The 1990s is often remembered as a decade of relative peace and prosperity: The Soviet Union fell, ending the decades-long Cold War, and the rise of the Internet ushered in a radical new era of communication, business and entertainment.What is iconic of the 90s? ›
The 1990s was a decade where pop culture took flight, we all made some Friends, dance moves were born and fast-food got even bigger. Although they ended more than 20 years ago, some of these American icons remain just as relevant today. Iconic shows such as Rugrats (1991), Doug (1991), Hey Arnold!What happened in the music industry in the 90s? ›
The early years of the 1990s began with a surge in popularity for music genres like techno (often called dance or house music) and hip-hop that continued throughout the decade. Groups like Technotronic entered the Billboard charts with big hits like “Pump Up the Jam” and “Get Up (Before the Night is Over)”.What was the biggest rock hit of 90s? ›
- “SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT” – NIRVANA. ...
- “BLACK HOLE SUN” – SOUNDGARDEN. ...
- “ALIVE” – PEARL JAM. ...
- “JUST A GIRL” – NO DOUBT. ...
- “BULLET WITH BUTTERFLY WINGS” – THE SMASHING PUMPKINS. ...
- “NOVEMBER RAIN” – GUNS N' ROSES. ...
- “SEMI-CHARMED LIFE” – THIRD EYE BLIND. ...
- “BUDDY HOLLY” – WEEZER.
1. 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' by Nirvana.Why the 90's was the best decade for music? ›
The beauty of 90s music was both its diversity and the way artists took the styles of previous decades, refined them, then added a sonic dimension and attitude that matched both the optimism and, at times, despair of the decade. Grunge extinguished the raging fire that was late-80s hair metal.
Who was the iconic rock band from the 90's? ›
1. Nirvana. It's impossible to look back at '90s rock music without spotlighting Nirvana. With more than 50 million albums sold worldwide in the decade - including more than 10 million copies of 'Nevermind' sold in the U.S. - the band emerged from Seattle to become one of the biggest in music.Who was the most famous boy band of the 90s? ›
- New Kids On The Block. ...
- Backstreet Boys. ...
- NSYNC. ...
- Boyz II Men. ...
- Westlife. ...
- 5ive / Five. ...
- Dream Street. ...
- Take That.
- Fleetwood Mac — “Rumours” ...
- Hootie & the Blowfish — “Cracked Rear View” ...
- Pink Floyd — “The Wall” ...
- Led Zeppelin — “Zeppelin IV” ...
- The Beatles — “The Beatles” ...
- AC/DC — “Back in Black” ...
- Eagles — “Hotel California” ...
- Michael Jackson— “Thriller”
1996 Music: The Best Musical Year of the '90s | Billboard – Billboard.What five songs topped the charts in the 90s? ›
- “ How Do I Live” – LeAnn Rimes. ...
- “ Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” – Los Del Rio. ...
- “ Un-Break My Heart” – Toni Braxton. ...
- “ Foolish Games/You Were Meant For Me” – Jewel. ...
- “( Everything I Do) I Do It For You” – Bryan Adams. ...
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Mariah Carey accepted the trophy during the ceremony of the 1999 Billboard Music Awards held on December 8, 1999. In 2013, Billboard retrospectively named Carey the Hot 100 Artist of the 1990s based on the chart performance of her singles throughout the decade.Who had 8 number ones in the 90s? ›
Take That and the Spice Girls share the distinction of having achieved the most number-one hits in the 1990s, with eight each.Who sold the most records in 1991? ›
1--Garth Brooks, “Ropin' the Wind”: 4 million (released Sept., 1991). 2--Mariah Carey, “Mariah Carey”: 3.38 (June, 1990). 3--Garth Brooks, “No Fences”: 3.37 (Sept., 1990). 4--Natalie Cole, “Unforgettable”: 3.26 (June, 1991).What was the biggest selling single of the 90s? ›
Elton John had the best-selling single of the decade with "Candle in the Wind 1997"/"Something About the Way You Look Tonight", a tribute to Princess Diana. Cher had the best-selling single of the decade (as well as of all time) by a female artist, with the single "Believe".Who is the king of R&B in the 90s? ›
During his recording career, Kelly sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him the most commercially successful male R&B artist of the 1990s and one of the world's best-selling music artists.
What did people wear in the 90s? ›
Slip dresses, bomber jackets, scrunchies and plaid flannel shirts were all the rage during the '90s — and many of these fashion trends are working their way back into vogue (although some of these pieces may have never left your closet).What song stayed number 1 the longest? ›
"Old Town Road" holds the record for the longest stretch at No. 1 with 19 weeks. It also became the fastest song in history to be certified diamond.What was the #1 song of 1990? ›
|1||"Hold On"||Wilson Phillips|
|2||"It Must Have Been Love"||Roxette|
|3||"Nothing Compares 2 U"||Sinéad O'Connor|
|4||"Poison"||Bell Biv DeVoe|
- Bass Guitar.
- Electric Guitar.
- Hammond Organ.
In the 1990s, digital audio systems were introduced and began to prevail. In some of them the sound recording is again recorded on a separate disk, as in Vitaphone; others use a digital, optical sound track on the film itself. Digital processes can now achieve reliable and perfect synchronization.Who had the most #1 hits in the 90s? ›
Mariah Carey had the highest number of top hits at the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the 1990s (14 songs).What were 3 popular songs in the 1990s? ›
- 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' by Nirvana. All the cool kids will tell you that they were into Nirvana back in '89 when they released Bleach on Sub Pop. ...
- 2. ' Nuthin' But a “G” Thang' by Dr. ...
- 3. ' Juicy' by The Notorious BIG. ...
- 4. ' Da Funk' by Daft Punk. ...
- 5. ' Common People' by Pulp. ...
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"Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)" by Los Del Rio tops the list at a whopping 60 weeks. For better or worse, "Macarena" can be regarded as the quintessential song of the 1990s. It inspired a nationwide dance craze, and everyone from Al Gore to your next door neighbor was dancing to this tune.What were the top hits in the 90s? ›
- "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana. NirvanaVEVO. ...
- "...Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears. BritneySpearsVEVO. ...
- "Don't Look Back in Anger" by Oasis. ...
- "Vogue" by Madonna. ...
- "Shoop" by Salt-N-Pepa. ...
- "It's Oh So Quiet" by Björk. ...
- "Nightswimming" by R.E.M. ...
- "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls.
Top-selling artists worldwide as of 2022. Perhaps unsurprisingly, British rock band The Beatles are top of the list for best-selling artists worldwide, with 183 million units certified sales. Second is Garth Brooks with over 157 million units sales, followed by Elvis Presley with 139 million units.
What is the biggest selling single of all time? ›
According to Guinness World Records, Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" (1942) as performed by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single worldwide, with estimated sales of over 50 million copies.What is the 90's most known for? ›
The 1990s is often remembered as a decade of relative peace and prosperity: The Soviet Union fell, ending the decades-long Cold War, and the rise of the Internet ushered in a radical new era of communication, business and entertainment.What was the top 5 songs in the 1990? ›
- Hold On - Wilson Phillips.
- It Must Have Been Love - Roxette.
- Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinéad O'Connor.
- Poison - Bell Biv Devoe.
- Vogue - Madonna.
- Vision of Love - Mariah Carey.
- Another Day In Paradise - Phil Collins.
- Hold On - En Vogue.
The 1990s was a decade where pop culture took flight, we all made some Friends, dance moves were born and fast-food got even bigger. Although they ended more than 20 years ago, some of these American icons remain just as relevant today. Iconic shows such as Rugrats (1991), Doug (1991), Hey Arnold!What was the number 1 song in 95? ›