Small Faces’ ‘From The Beginning’ is a treasure trove of songs that catches the mod icons at the start of their most creative period.
A cynical act of mimicry by Sonny Boy Williamson II sparked a blues legend, the latest chapter of which has been tackled in song by Randy Newman.
Guest-curated exclusively for Apple Music, Ólafur Arnalds’ Peaceful Music playlist choices include selections from his current album, ‘re:member’.
From the 20-year rule to stylistic homage and outright appropriation, nostalgia has always played a part in musical evolution, with even the most forward-thinking music looking to the past for inspiration.
Full of spirit and humanity, ‘The Prodigal Son’ is vintage Cooder that speaks to “people at risk and oppressed on all sides”.
Defining the alt.country boom of the late 80s and 90s, the best alt.country musicians stood apart with an almost punk-like approach to tradition.
In a decade often associated with synthetic pop and style over substance, the best Rolling Stones 80s songs kept the spirit of rock’n’roll alive.
From original rebels such as Hank Williams, to genre-defying country heroes the likes of Willie Nelson, these are the icons who paved the way for Americana.
After 15 years writing classics for other country stars, Chris Stapleton stuck his flag in the ground with ‘Traveller’, a 21st-Century country classic.
‘Red Rose Speedway’ marked the end of the original Wings line-up, but it laid the groundwork for the runaway success of ‘Band On The Run’.
The best Rolling Stones 70s songs prove why the band were untouchable in a decade during which they shaped the course of rock’n’roll.
With a friendship based on mutual admiration, Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong recorded a series of classic songs and appeared together in many hit movies.
The ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ biopic brings Queen’s story to the silver screen. Freddie Mercury’s favourite films also offer revealing insights into the singer’s life.
Birthing some of the world’s greatest music, the history of New York’s Apollo Theater parallels “the evolution of black American identity”.
A year after his debut, Tim Hardin escaped the problems of the “difficult second album” with the stunning ‘Tim Hardin 2’, released by Verve in April 1967.