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Many have self proclaimed themselves to be the greatest, or the King, but only a select few have had the ability to back up their claim. Michael Jackson was one of them. It didn't get any bigger than Michael Jackson at his peak and even though he has left us early, his musical accomplishments amount to more than most performers could do in a dozen lifetimes.
The guitar has been a key component in rock music since it's creation - a trend that doesn't look to be reversing itself anytime soon. When looking at the greatest musicians of the past 100 years, it is guitarists that make up a disproportionately large percentage of that group. But which of those deserves the title of the very best?
The death of disco helped usher in a decade of impressive diversity. From hair bands to pop princesses to another British Invasion, the eighties saw the birth of a number of genres and the music acts that defined them. Looking back, was it U2, Madonna, Metallica, Bon Jovi, Duran Duran, Michael Jackson or some other artist that contributed the most?
From the poetry of Paul Simon and Bob Dylan, to the cryptic phrases of Michael Stipe and Gavin Rossdale, to the melancholy of Billy Corgan and Morrissey, to the hard hitting words of N.W.A. and Immortal Technique, lyricists have shown that what is said in a song is just as important as how it is said, and in many cases, much more so.
It's hard to pin down exactly what is meant by the term alternative music. It started out underground and traces its lineage to punk rock, but it has become something much bigger, encompassing genres ranging from Britpop to grunge. But while it may be difficult to create a definition for what alternative rock is, when you hear it, you know.
What's your preference? Gangsta rap, freestyle rap, old school, West coast, East coast, Christian, British,... Eminem, Tupac, Biggie, Nas, Wayne, Ice Cube, Snoop, Dre,... So many players in the game and so many songs to choose from. How do you chose which tracks have the best combination of flow, content, and delivery?
The Lean, the Treadmills, The Torrance Community Dance Group, Jay Kay's insane gravity defying moves - all dance elements that overshadowed the music they were promoting. Since the cringe inducing dancing in the first MTV videos (Mick Jagger?), music video choreography has certainly evolved providing us with many revolutionary moments along the way.
39 years together, 12 studio albums, a record setting 22 Grammy Awards, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, and ranked 22 on Rolling Stone's list of Greatest Artists of All Time. Oh, and they've also sold more than 150 million records. But which of their albums is the best? Is it one of their 5 that Rolling Stone included in their list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time?
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