From guitar heroes to pop gods and goddesses, the best 80s musicians shaped the decade and made it such a distinctive era.
From charity tunes to protests against global warming, the best Earth Day songs remind us that the future of the planet is in our hands.
Whether singing of a lost love or humanity’s demise, the best songs with “fool” in the title are perfect for April Fool’s Day and beyond.
From torrential rain to ‘wardrobe malfunctions’, the best Super Bowl halftime shows have seen it all – including music’s greatest legends.
Channelling pain and telling us it will all be OK, the best break-up albums see musicians laying their souls bare in order to soothe ours.
From Aretha Franklin to Prince and Miles Davis, the most influential black musicians of all time have made the music world what it is today.
Giving a voice and taking a stand, the best protest songs serve as a record of the fight against ineffective and corrupt policy-makers.
Combining jazz, blues, R&B and gospel, Ray Charles, the blind pianist nicknamed The Genius, almost single-handedly invented soul music.
From militant funk grooves to post-punk drones and complex riffs, the best 70s basslines inspired generations of players.
No matter how big you are, there’s only one way to go: down. But what when you’re underground? Death sells – and a posthumous career awaits.
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