A catchy hook, an infectious chant: an earworm is a simple thing. Writing one, however, is not. Here’s why earworms are so effective – and hard to create.
From original pioneers Elvis and Little Richard, to the Allmans and Cadillac Three, Southern rock has made a global impact far beyond its original boundaries. But then again… maybe it had no boundaries to begin with?
Everyone from Frank Sinatra to Lady Gaga has sung from The Great American Songbook – classic songs so familiar they are woven into our cultural fabric.
We look back to a time when jazz was the dominant form of popular music and could be heard emanating from radio stations and concert halls around the world.
The sophisticated sound of symphonic soul filled dancefloors and bedrooms in the 70s, thanks to the pioneering work of Barry White, Isaac Hayes, and more.
Hailed as the birthplace of both the blues and rock'n'roll, Memphis, Tennessee, is a must-visit city for music lovers around the world.
From Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine to Metallica’s James Hetfield, and many more, the inventors – and survivors – of thrash metal share their war stories.
Glam rock added a splash of colour and sparked a different kind of cultural evolution - thrilling music, the spectacle of identity, dressed up in spectacular costume, and a frisson of provocative sexual tension.
Touring will continue as long as there are new ears to listen to music. The desire for success, money and creative fulfilment will remain, but for many musicians, it is an essential way of life.
The power of the protest song looks set to be exploited as politics takes centre stage again. That music is used as a means to raise awareness and share a common goal looks set to continue.
This is music without frontiers. Today, soundtracks often introduce us to music through its use on TV adverts, television programmes and in movies, used to heighten the effect of the images we are seeing.
The summer of 1967 has taken on an almost mythical magic, a psychedelic “summer of love” with beautiful people turning on, tuning in and dropping out from Hyde Park to Haight-Ashbury.
For every anthem and romantic ballad, female artists have also asserted their independence through empowering lyrics, challenging the constraints of gender stereotypes, bad relationships or the music industry itself.
Motown’s great songwriters were the foundations of the Great American Soulbook, an imaginary, but nonetheless awe-inspiring collection of songs written in the name of soul. But it did not come easy.
From the Hammond B-3 to synths and drum machines, as technology advanced throughout the decades, so artists pushed music into the future. uDiscover traces the fascinating history.