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Infographic: Rock and Pop Hits of Summer 1993

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Here's a look at the pop, dance, and rock hits that made Billboard's 1993 end-of-year "Hot 100" list. Billy Joel's,  "The River of Dreams," Soul Asylum's, "Runaway Train," and Michael Jackson's, "Will You Be There," are among the timeless classics and one-hit wonders highlighted below that graced the airwaves during the summer of 1993. Check out pics of all the pop and rock artists that made the list and brush up on details for songs released during the summer. (Details include position on the Billboard list, artist name, song title and single release date). 

Rock/pop hits, summer '93

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The Takeaway

R.E.M. Splits Up After 31 Years

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Since the 1980s, R.E.M. has been a reliable presence on the pop music scene. Songs like "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" and "Losing My Religion" helped define what indie rock would sound like for the next two decades; and for better or for worse, songs like "Everybody Hurts" and "Shiny Happy People" will forever be a part of our alt rock lexicon. Now that they've disbanded, what are we to make of their place in the rock canon?

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Soundcheck

The Sax In Rock Music

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Somebody seems embarrassed by the sax appearing in rock music...

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The Takeaway

Jimi Hendrix's Musical Legacy

Friday, September 17, 2010

Guitarist and Rock music innovator Jimi Hendrix died 40 years ago this week in Kensington's Samarkind Hotel, he was 27.

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New Sounds

Electric Guitar-Informed Music

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

For this New Sounds, hear some music by electric guitarists (and multi-instrumentalist MacArthur Genius John Zorn ) for other instruments…like saxophone quartet!  The Swiss sax ensemble ARTE Quartett plays music by John Zorn from their brilliant record, Different Worlds, which also includes music by Terry Riley, Lebanese composer Rabih Abou-Khalil, and arrangements of Swiss folk songs.  

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