The music world owes a debt to many great innovators and pioneers. Our 30 most influential musicians of all time paved the way…
Claiming other people’s hits for their own, the best The Animals songs put an indelible stamp on rock music in the mid-60s.
From powerhouse personalities to gentle falsettos, the best soul singers can make you dance or weep, can touch your hearts or move your hips.
From evocative love songs to easy-going anthems of nonchalance, the most relaxing songs are guaranteed to bring comfort.
From guitar heroes to pop gods and goddesses, the best 80s musicians shaped the decade and made it such a distinctive era.
The best Ben E King songs didn’t just pioneer soul music, they influenced rock and reggae artists, and led a new force in black culture.
From finger-clicking swingers to lovelorn laments and vehicles for virtuosic improv, the best jazz songs continue to resonate.
From state-of-the-nation addresses to nostalgic reflections on tradition, the best songs about England can still inspire passion.
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.
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