The best Tupac songs reveal a complex body of work straddling mediations on life and death, party jams, and some of the most thoughtful hip-hop in history.
A strong case can be made for Max Roach as the most complete drummer in jazz history.
With a PhD in emotional honesty, she keeps it street and soulful. The best Mary J Blige songs show why the singer remains a unique force in R&B.
If ever a band proved you can play rock’n’roll and retain your integrity, that band was R.E.M. as the best R.E.M. songs prove.
An introduction to the man who brought an elegant style and rhythmic grace to the trumpet, in addition to a fragile, unique singing voice that made him a jazz celebrity.
From biting satire to loving homage, the best Frank Zappa songs prove exactly why he’s one of the few artists who truly deserves the epithet “genius”.
Emerging from Bristol in the late 80s, Massive Attack combined genres into something sleek, modern, and classic. These are some of their best.
Thelonious Monk’s incredible career saw him pioneer a uniquely percussive approach to the piano and write several jazz standards.
Feeling more “bah humbug” than figgy pudding? The best anti-Christmas songs avoid all the schmaltz in favour of anarchic sentiments for the holiday season.
An introduction to a legend whose music was the soundtrack to the lives of millions.
It’s not a white Christmas without Ol’ Blue Eyes… The best Frank Sinatra Christmas songs have a unique magic that brings the holiday season to life.
The trumpeter took jazz music out of tiny clubs and up the R&B charts…and even onto the dance floor.
Oozing charisma and raw talent, the best Lil Baby songs reveal why the rapid ascension of Quality Control’s newest hip-hop star was no accident.
Often audacious, always surprising, the best Kanye West samples are all the proof you need that the hip-hop icon remains at the cutting-edge of music.
The pianist helped create the language of modern jazz and mapped out the genre’s trajectory as it moved into the 1950s and beyond.
Breaking away from The Jam’s punk-pop template, Paul Weller’s new group was wilfully eclectic as the best Style Council songs show.