Title: Runaway Blues
Artist: Ma Rainey
Blues is a type of slow sad music with strong rhythms, developed by African American musicians in the southern US.
Sometimes referred to by the moniker ‘Mother of the Blues’ Ma Rainey recorded nearly 100 blue songs in the early 20th century.
Title: Hound Dog
Artist: Elvis Presley
A key step in the development of modern popular music is the arrival of Rock n Roll with its clear link to the Blues that came before it.
Elvis Presley was the first real rock and roll star.
With A Little Help from My Friends
Title: With A Little Help from My Friends
Artist: The Beatles
The Beatles were one of the most successful and influential pop-music groups of the 1960s.
The pressures of fame led the Beatles to break up in 1970.
I Got You (I Feel Good)
Title: I Got You (I Feel Good)
Artist: James Brown
The upbeat tempo, strong off-beat rhythms, lively horn section and punchy vocals all contribute to the iconic funk sound.
James Brown was a prolific singer, songwriter and bandleader, as well as one of the most iconic figures in funk and soul music.
Take the 'A' Train
Title: Take the ‘A’ Train
Artist: Billy Strayhorn/Duke Ellington Orchestra
Inspired by the A-line of New York’s subway, and written in 1939, Take the ‘A’ Train was adopted as the signature tune of the Duke Ellington Orchestra.
This orchestra was one of the greatest of all jazz big bands, made up of instruments including trumpets, trombones, saxophones, drums and bass.
Oasis were emblematic of a revival of melodic, guitar-based music in the 1990s that became known as Britpop.
Many of these bands were influenced by The Beatles and Oasis were explicit about this influence.
Title: Play Dead
This song by Icelandic singer Björk was created in collaboration with Jah Wobble and David Arnold as part of the soundtrack of the 1993 crime drama The Young Americans.
The song is inspired by the film’s central character and is underscored by moody strings.