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Nineteen Songs That Changed the World

Politics, culture and history are all intertwined and held together with a glue called music. Certain songs stand out from all the rest as disruptive forces that change things in such a way that the reverberations from the disruption are felt years afterward. Here are 19 of those songs.

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Essential Downloads: The Beach Boys

Sure these songs are part of our collective musical consciousness, but don’t let that stop you from digging in and enjoying their beauty and majesty. You just have to scratch through the over-playing to get to the essence. Hit the record store when you’re ready to dive in, but in the meantime, these are 10 Essential Downloads to get you started.

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Essential Downloads - Jazz Greats, Part 2 - The Piano Players

The piano is the quintessential jazz instrument, but it is also the hardest instrument to record properly, and since we are going to be focusing on older recordings, don’t expect a lot of audiophile-level listings here. But just because a song is not recorded to today’s standards by no means it should be ignored.

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Essential Downloads: Jazz Greats Part 1

To many people jazz from the post be-bop era is a bit of an acquired taste, but my experience is once you acquire the taste for it the music doesn’t let go of you. There is so much great jazz from the 1950s and 60s that we could spend a year listing essential music from the period, but for the uninitiated here are five essential songs to get you started on you jazz journey.

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Essential Downloads: Pink Floyd

You should probably have a copy of Dark Side Of The Moon in some format in your library, but Floyd has an incredibly vast discography of excellent sounding songs beyond that 1974 landmark record. So for this week’s Essential Downloads we’re going to look at Pink Floyd beyond the Dark Side of the Moon.

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Essential Downloads: The Rolling Stones

It’s hard to imagine that there are people out there who are not intimately familiar with the music of the Rolling Stones as they are at least as pervasive as the Beatles in the common cultural consciousness, but just in case…here are the 10 Essential Downloads you should start your Rolling Stones library with.

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