“I have no appetite for retirement,” said the brilliant Leonard Cohen recently. After a quick rest from his impressively long tour which began in August 2012, the 80-year-old singer/songwriter and poet has come back to his Tower of Song with a new album, Popular Problems. So let’s shed some light on his best songs from 1967 to today with our MU Icon playlist. Listen now.
One of rock ‘n’ roll’s most unlikely second acts, Foo Fighters emerged from the ashes of Nirvana to be become one of the most successful guitar acts of the 21st century. Their adherence to classic rock forms, informed by punk and the aesthetics of their extremely likable and passionate frontman Dave Grohl, helped build a diverse and melodic catalog chock full of fist-pumping riffs. The band just announced a massive 2015 North American tour. Listen to Foo Fighters’ classics like “My Hero,” “This Is a Call” and “Best of You” before you see them live on our MU Icons Throwback Thursday playlist.
Revisit the new millennium’s first decade with monsters of hip-hop, post-grunge, alt-rock, new nu metal, new country, emo and pop mega-stars. From Britney to M.I.A., N Sync to Toby Keith, Outkast to Green Day — it’s all on Music Unlimited’s 2000s Hits Channel.
1970s radio had it all – Strutting classic rockers and sensitive singer-songwriters.
Disco was born and so was punk (put them together and you get post-punk).
Devo was suddenly on the airwaves and so was John Denver. Debbie Harry and Helen Reddy stormed the singles charts.
Pink Floyd and Bowie were huge and so were Leo Sayer and any singer who was named Kenny – Kenny Rogers, Kenny Loggins and Kenny Rankin.
There was also a big strain of 1950s nostalgia to the ‘70s, which resulted in Happy Days, “Crocodile Rock,” American Graffiti, Neal Sedaka making a deserved comeback and Paul Anka making a less deserved one. People sang along to “day the music died” way back in 1959 then Elvis Presley ungracefully passed away in 1977.
Socially and politically, it was a time of libertine grooving, grim paranoia and urban decay. The best way to illustrate this dichotomy is to look at the 2 faces of Tony Orlando & Dawn – the upbeat party vibe of TOD’s Prime Time gives way to ennui and the dark, pensive dread and bitter introspection of TOD’s He Don’t Love You.
Listen to it all on Music Unlimited’s 1970s Hits channel.
Solo John Lennon excelled at direct, often painfully confessional songs that confronted his childhood, his emotional highs and lows, political ideals and the course of his marriage to Yoko Ono. Often at his artistic best when his life was falling apart, Lennon recorded these songs in ten short years when he was fighting to stay in America, separating and reuniting with Yoko, and starting over as a husband and father. We collected some of the best for our John Lennon: MU Icon playlist, which features beloved songs such as “Imagine,” “Jealous Guy” and “(Just Like) Starting Over.”
Listen to the John Lennon: MU Icon playlist right here.
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Yellowcard has a new ‘80s influenced album out called Lift a Sail.To mark the occasion, we asked guitarist Ryan Mendez has pick some of his favorite songs from the era when Pac Man and Miami Vice ruled the world. He did not disappoint, with selections from Duran Duran, Van Halen, Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi and more.
Listen to the Yellowcard: ‘80s Favorites playlist right here.
Bob Marley’s musical life started in the soulful grooves of ska and rocksteady, finding his voice in early cuts with The Wailers. That voice developed into something more commanding and genre-defining as he found the right mixture of political outrage and soul-searching spirituality. He became the de facto reggae ambassador, blessed with an amazing backing band, timeless songs and a spellbinding live presence. Decades after his death, his legend as the ultimate dreadlocked rasta has only grown.
Listen to the Bob Marley MU Icon Playlist.
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Pop’s reigning minimalist, Sade has continued to refine her style from the jazzy soul of her 1980s UK sophisti-pop beginnings to her global domination as a roots-of-down tempo torch singer. Everything about Sade’s music is lean, stripped-down and precise while her cool exterior expertly contradicts the often gritty subject matter of her songs, which deal with ordinary people struggling to overcome heartbreak, racism and poverty.
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The immortal Louis Armstrong was not only jazz’s breakthrough virtuoso soloist, he also helped establish the sound, style and mood of American popular music — influencing everything from the development of swing and R&B to country. Featured in our MU Icon playlist are his biggest hits, most famous “birth of jazz” tunes and a number of his stellar duets and collaborations with such friends as Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Oscar Peterson.
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Tommy Ramone, who passed away last week, was more than the Ramones’ revolutionary drummer who cracked the code for a new style of punk rock percussion. He helped create the band’s audio and visual style, was their first manager and the producer who captured their sound in the studio. A trained audio engineer, the clean-living Tommy decided to distance himself from the band after Road To Ruin, returning to produce Too Tough To Die, along with critically acclaimed albums by the Replacements and Redd Kross. The Uncle Monk cut features Tommy’s guitar and voice.
Listen to the Tommy Ramone playlist on Music Unlimited.