Genre Detail

    Oldies or "Old Music" as it is sometimes called is a broad and continually expanding term that covers most pop, rock, and R&B songs produced and broadcasted on the radio between 1950 and up to 10-20 years before today. This broad category includes different styles, such as doo-wop, bubblegum pop, rock and roll,, psychedelic rock, new music, folk -rock, baroque pop, surf rock, soul, rap, funk, classic rock , religious music, hard rock , some blues , and some countries. Since the beginning of rock and roll, in the mid-1950s, popular music has undergone many radical changes. It has diversified into a wide variety of genres, and a different set of styles defines each decade. Today, much of what is considered early music varies between the 1950s and at least the 70s. Due to constantly changing demographics, some radio stations specializing in early music also take into account the fact that music from the 80s and even 90s belongs to this category (although they may be cited under other names, for example, "classic" hits). 

    The "oldies" are those songs which date from the 50s and early 60s and have remained a permanent feature in the history of pop music. In the 1950s, traditional pop and jazz were performed by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Eddie Fisher, Frankie Laine, and Patti Page, and this gradually gave way to doo-wop, rockabilly, R&B, and more modern styles. 

    The designation of old pop songs as "oldies" dates from DJ Art Laboe in Los Angeles, who in 1957 coined the phrase "oldies but goodies" in response to many of his listeners who wanted to listen to songs from the beginning of this decade. Laboe himself had a great influence on the West Coast radio scene, as he was one of the first radio DJs to play not only rock and roll, but also many black artists at a time when these artists weren't recognized. The phrase quickly became known, in part thanks to a song released in 1961, titled "Those Oldies, but Goldies," by Little Caesar and Romans, which was a doo-wop retreat in the past in the 1950s—incorporated the title of this song, which has become more popular in recent years, when many people have become nostalgic for songs from other times.

    The 1960s were a tumultuous decade for music. A major style change occurred when the Beatles arrived on the American coast and, on February 9, 1964, made their historic appearance at the Ed Sullivan Show. This iconic event marked the start of the British invasion and an influx of other groups and artists across the pond, including the Rolling Stones, Dave Clark Five, Herman's Hermits, and Petula Clark. Surf rock, both instrumental and sung, was another style born in the early 1960s. The most popular of the many rock bands of the 1960s were Beach Boys, Jan, and Dean, Ventures, Surfaris, and Dick Dale, whose music was later included in the 1994 classic film cult, "Pulp Fiction." folk music gradually evolved into folk -rock, a style that was introduced in the mid-1960s by Byrds, who led the charts in 1965 with "Mr. Tambourine Man," written by Bob Dylan. The 1960s exploded with different styles of hard rock , which included garage bands, blues , acid, and psychedelic rock. Over the years, rock has become more difficult and more experimental, artists like Bobby Vinton, Bobby Rydell, Brenda Lee, Connie Francis, The 4 Seasons, Dionne Warwick, and Roy Orbison, whose styles were previously heard, have produced a stream of success for most of the decade.

    Meanwhile, R&B (as well as funk and soul music) continued to evolve and thrive alongside rock and roll,, producing tracks like Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Brook Benton, and Ray Charles. It was not only R&B artists like them who played a decisive role in defining 60s music. The well-known Motown recording studio, with its famous signature sound, was a great product for many famous artists including Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Temptations, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Marvin Gaye and Four Tops. Another great recording studio with his company was Stax Records, which produced several of the best R&B bands and artists of the 60s and 70s, including Otis Redding, Booker T., and MG, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, Isaac Hayes, Staple Singers, emotions and drama. As in folk and hard rock , much of the R&B music of the mid-1960s also reflected the changing socio-political climate of the time.

    We especially remember the 70s for the rise of disco music and the rise of soft rock, glam rock, progressive rock, and heavy metal. Major bands and artists included Elton John, The Bee Gees, The Carpenters, Three Dog Night, Paul McCartney, The Eagles, Gladys Knight, and the Pips, Donna Summer, The Spinners and Barry Manilow. The musical atmosphere of this decade was generally less intense than that of the 1960s, and many bands and artists who started at the time with more acute styles continued to produce hits in the 1970s, but generally with a softer style. 

    The 1980s saw the rise of MTV, punk rock, the new wave, and various forms of alternative rock. The best artists of this period were by far the typical Madonna and Michael Jackson. (Jackson's sixth album, "Thriller," released in 1982, was and remained the best-selling album of all time.) Other notable artists include Duran Duran, Journey, Hall and Oats, George Michael, Phil Collins, Lionel Richie, and Billy Joel. Many of the old favorites who debuted in the 60s, 70s, and 80s continued to make and even reach the charts decades later, sometimes up to the 90s and beyond; These include Elton John, Paul McCartney, Whitney Houston, Prince, Madonna, Olivia newton-John, Stevie Wonder, Cher, Chicago, Rod Stewart, Aerosmith, Santana, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, and the Rolling Stones.

    While many baby boomers are still considering songs from the 1950s, in the early 70s, like the old songs, music from the late 70s and 80s also gradually became a permanent part of the 90s repertoire. The 90s saw a new form of rock and roll,, known as grunge, enter the music scene, as well as the rise of gangsta rap and hip hop culture (which is still widespread today). The most popular acts of the 90s include Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Alice in Chains. Some classic radio stations now play hits from these bands and consider them "old" in the sense that they are classic songs. Many young adults today grew up in the 1990s, and for them, this music is part of their childhood, just like the "golden oldies" of previous generations.

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