The Islamic State Produced the Most Influential Song of the Year
December 30, 2014

You won't find this gruesome number on any year-end lists.

How 'Silent Night' Became the Most Popular Christmas Carol of All Time
December 22, 2014

Did the song unite the German and British troops during World War I?  

How a 26-Year-Old Bob Dylan Made the Most Famous Bootleg of All Time
November 14, 2014

The new, full release of The Basement Tapes reminds listeners of Dylan's raw charm.

Why Do People Care Less About Music as They Get Older?
November 14, 2014

Certain personality traits correlate with certain types of music, too.

Thank You Taylor Swift for Making It Cool for Women to Act Crazy
November 14, 2014

Invoking the motifs of Gothic romance only to smash them to bits with a golf club.

A Single Sound Brought Together Berlin After the Wall Fell
November 07, 2014

Worming its way into the ruins of a disjointed metropolis, techno capitalized on the general atmosphere of good-natured chaos that prevailed in the afterglow of reunification

The Halloween Concert That Reinvented Bob Dylan
Philharmonic Hall, New York City, October 31, 1964
October 31, 2014

Bob Dylan was the cynosure of hip, when hipness still wore pressed slacks and light brown suede boots (as he did that night).

Taylor Swift Channels 'Gone Girl'
October 29, 2014

Swift is channeling 2014’s other sociopathic blond pop princess.

How Parody Videos Transformed Pop Music—for Better and Worse
September 27, 2014

The problem with YouTube parodists.