From releases by Bob Dylan and Elizabeth Cotten to Beck and Sufjan Stevens, we highlight some of the best singer-songwriter albums ever.
Setting a new benchmark for live recordings, the best ‘MTV Unplugged’ performances remain cultural touchstones that shone a new light on classic songs.
The best political punk songs have stood the test of time, remaining wholly relevant in an era when politics thrives on lies and confusion.
From confessional ballads to dancefloor hits and opera-tinged anthems, Freddie Mercury’s solo singles chart the singer’s restlessly creative spirit.
A relative youngster in country music, the best Billy Currington songs have taken him to the top of the charts and into the studio with the genre’s finest.
The 20 best pop albums of all time have touched hearts around the world, represented cultural eras and, invariably, sound fresh to this day.
Hip-hop has always been politically charged, but with racial and social divisions becoming ever more fractured, conscious hip-hop is making a return.
The engine that drove the Motown machine was made up of the songwriters and producers who worked behind the scenes to create the Motown sound.
The blues artists talked, the rockers listened. Without the blues there’d be no rock’n’roll, but these influential blues songs were especially pivotal.
From the dawn of rock to the present day, the best power trios have stretched sonic boundaries far beyond the limitations of just three instruments.
The best guitar riffs in rock have become part of the cultural fabric, shaping the face of music and influencing wannabe axe legends down the generations.
From parking-lot tailgates to school dances and pep rallies, here are the best homecoming songs to welcome back homecoming season.
Thanks to discerning crate-diggers with a taste for Latin music, from salsa to bogaloo, the best Fania samples became essential building blocks for hip-hop.
Whether they’re unapologetic in their politics, deploying shredding solos or rolling with swagger, here are a few bands keeping rock alive.
Fearlessly innovative, the best German musicians include electronic pioneers, rock bands and film composers alike, pushing music to its limits.
The best music podcasts are equal parts fascinating and addictive, telling the stories behind the music and breaking down what’s in the secret sauce.