It’s time for one of my favorite genres: the end-of-year listicle. So before we shift our attention to 2018, let’s reflect on some of the best music to come out in 2017.
Maybe you understood U2 to be vaguely spiritual or quasi-Christian-but-who-really-knows. Listen to these songs again, and reconsider.
With ‘Reputation,’ Taylor Swift has sold more albums in four days than any other album has sold the entire year. This is the free market at its finest.
While not perfect when viewed through the thick lenses of this long-time pop-music dork, it seems 10cc’s latest compilation is about as good as it’s ever going to get.
A question my four-year-old often asks me suggests the lessons of youth can be intellectually stimulating and penetrating.
In 2014, Tom Petty was responsible for one out of every 40 rock songs heard on the radio. That likely has not changed much.
Swift and Perry have disappointed fans with songs that sound like clanging cymbals and lyrics that amount to ‘PAY ATTENTION TO ME!’ The politics eating away at their souls have also destroyed their talent.
No one belts out ‘I will always love you!’ anymore. Instead, they’re ‘In the bed all day, bed all day, bed all day,’ and no, Zayn Malik is not sleeping.
Mary Katharine Ham and Kristen Soltis Anderson debate whose at the top of the late ’90s music video throne on this episode of the Federalist Radio Hour.
In a musical world filled with lyrics that degrade, shock, and diminish others, ‘I Was Born’ is an inspiring (and addicting) antidote.
Amid the Ella Fitzgerald centennial celebrations, few note that she revived her career by consciously ‘whitening’ her vocal style in her nine Songbook albums.
In a slew of recent interviews, the singer and songwriter best known as Father John Misty has made it clear he’s over political correctness.
This interplay among the base of new insureds, the spending and tax baselines, and the beliefs of the conservative base will define the House Republican alternative to Obamacare.
2016 produced a lot of great pop music. You just didn’t hear most of it. But you can fix that here.
Long gone are the ballads of the common man. In their place, we’ve got lots of booze, driving on dirt roads, and objectifying lyrics about women.
Britney Spears, fresh off last summer’s teaser, is back on top again and dominating the stage, protestations of the most ardent Béyonce loyalists notwithstanding.
Nina Gordon and Louise Post of Veruca Salt were pop songwriters of a very high order who were only latching onto grunge because it was the idiom of the day.
People used to drink too much wine and listen to Bach. Things aren’t different when you substitute Beck.
Today’s artists seem to have recognized the bridge challenge, turned tail, and run. But there are many ways around a lost bridge.
Entertainer David Bowie is dead of cancer at age 69.
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