Many misunderstood political songs have been taken to be calls to rebellion or patriotic chest-beaters – a far cray from the artists’ original intentions.
From genre-blending excursions on the fringes of country-rock, to rebellious missives from young bucks, these are the best Americana albums of all time.
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.
Being ahead of their time, too offbeat for mass consumption, or through plain old bad luck – some artists became wildly influential without becoming household names.
The future of jazz has always been shaped by young jazz musicians seeing new modes of expression. These 13 artists reflect the changing times they live in.
The endless romantic allure of The Great American Songbook has attracted wonderful country covers by the likes of Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson.
Funkateers, country stars and punks contributed to the best concept albums in music, proving that prog rockers didn’t entirely own the concept of concepts.
Soul covers of The Great American Songbook have added a gospel-derived power and dancefloor-driven sexiness to these timeless standards.
The best Earth Day songs range from political warnings to songs written in celebration of our planet’s beauty.
The best Cure songs reveal the remarkable breadth and depth of a group that can switch with ease from challenging, introspective music to life-affirming pop tunes.
From proto-new wave to riotous alt.rock, the best Iggy Pop songs prove that the man born James Osterberg was no stooge.
The best Bond songs have been recorded by some of the greats of popular music, and hold a special place in the legacy of film soundtracks.
A guide to the 11 essential albums that anyone looking to buy John Coltrane for the first time will need to start their collection with.
From Girly-Sound to ‘… Guyville’, the best Liz Phair songs reveal a songwriter who crafts pop songs with candour and sharp narrative detail.
The best psychedelic albums, both sonically and spiritually, are guaranteed to take your head to places it never went before.
From soul to punk, classical to country, a wide array of ‘My Way’ covers have taken Frank Sinatra’s masterpiece into new realms.