I want to expose people (especially young people) to all kinds of music. I chose the 20th century because it produced an eclectic taste of many styles of music. At the end of most of my short descriptions it will say, check out their music. I can only scratch the surface of all the great music, you must explore for yourself. Luckily, you have 21st century technology to help you. Enjoy the adventure. Please comment, make requests, or ask questions.
Until the Beatles came along, Bing Crosby was the most popular and largest record selling musical artist of the 20th century. This song, "Galway Bay" was #3 on the hit list in 1949. Bing had been singing 20 years by that time. Bing's version of "White Christmas" became the largest selling single record of the whole 20th century. Check out his music and find out why he was so popular for so many decades.
Folk music has always been popular, but never as much as in the 1950's and 1960's. Simon and Garfunkel were as popular as the Beatles. Simon wrote this song "The Dangling Conversation." Released in 1966.
Simon's lyrics became so popular they were taught in English classes across the country as poetry, and beautiful poetry they were. This next song is called, "For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her."
Check out the music of Simon and Garfunkel and see why they were so popular.
For my money one of the best Folk singers. This Canadian made a big splash in America. Bob Dylan inducted him into the Hall of Fame. Comparing his version of songs to others, he wins out. His original songs are great and became big hits. Listen to his "Canadian Railroad Trilogy" or "Early Mourning Rain." Check out his music.
This song "Spare Me A Little" is from the great "Fleetwood Mac." It's on the 1972 album "Bare Trees." Not one of their most famous, or commercial songs, but a great song from what I think is one of their best albums.
My favorite style of music, Big Band Jazz. This number was written by Louis Prima in 1935 and is called, "Swing, Swing, Swing." This is Benny Goodman with Gene Krupa on drums. You can find thousands of recordings of this number by different bands with different arrangements. I like this short version, or any version done by Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa.
Another Big Band great, Glenn Miller playing his version of "In The Mood." Recorded in 1939, this was his first recording of this song, but he would record it many times changing the arrangement slightly. Check out the music of Glenn Miller.