50 Years – 5 Songs – 50 Weeks: 2016
This is the first installment of a year-long blog series 50 Years, 5 Songs, 50 Weeks. For the next 50 weeks we’re going to offer up five songs from each of the last fifty years that tell the story of music as it existed during that year, and how that music ultimately played a role in getting us to where we are today..
Some of the 250 songs will be giant hits and some will be somewhat obscure: To make the list a song needs to be representative of the time, or the beginning or end of a particular style or movement. Was the song an important part of the year or was it a harbinger of things to come? Did other artists copy the style or feel of the song and turn that into a whole new stylistic movement? The songs are not ranked in anyway, as each one played an equal part in the year in music.
Just like music doesn’t just exist only in the past, music can never exist without a vision of what has gone before. Music evolves and changes pretty much based on what one musician takes from a musician who has gone before. Like every subjective list of art, we hope this will at times make sense and at others spark debate (and maybe even a little criticism). Take the trip with us in 2017 as we look back on the music that got us to where we are today.
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