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50 Years - 5 Songs - 50 Weeks: 1977

It was the year of punk music, a genre throwback to the earliest days of Rock & Roll that would change music permanently.

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50 Years - 5 Songs - 50 Weeks: 1980

Punk spit out New Wave so record labels could make some money and  with the help of ever-more powerful synthesizers the table was set for what the 80s would sound like.

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50 Years - 50 Songs - 50 Weeks: 1983

1983: The Seventies were drawing their last gasps of relevance while New Wave, and a new generation of musicians, became the music of the culture.

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Essential Downloads: Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra is the vocalist and pop star by which every other is measured. If you were born after the mid-50s, it may have taken some time to get into Sinatra as the musician and not the caricature. These Essential Downloads will help you explore the work of one of the greatest singers of all time.

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Live Aid - Twenty Most Memorable Performances

Live Aid is a tremendous window on the limits of the technology and the way music was presented and consumed. It’s also an interesting look at just how important – on a massive scale – popular music was in 1985.

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50 Years - 5 Songs - 50 Weeks: 1999

There was some really great pop music in 1999, but on the charts, the year will most likely be remembered as a desultory year of pre-packaged throw-away pop. Of course, in retrospect Cher's big hit was a chilling glimpse of what was to come.

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