2017 was a wildly diverse year, featuring strong women in pop like St. Vincent and Lorde; career reinventions for Harry Styles and comeback queen Kesha; and zeitgeist-capturing hip-hop opuses from Jay-Z and our No. 1 artist, Kendrick Lamar.
Hutchence has inspired no fewer than six songs, written and recorded by his peers who knew him best: Smashing Pumpkins, Berlin, U2, Duran Duran, Kylie Minogue, and the Church.
Punk icon Henry Rollins adds a new title to his résumé: Sound of Vinyl curator. Here he riffs on his favorite political albums of all time.
There were monsters in rock songs before Alice Cooper surfaced in the early ‘70s with songs like “The Ballad of Dwight Fry,” “Dead Babies,” and “Killer,” But there weren’t monsters in rock. Cooper changed all that.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis may be working separately for the time being — Macklemore’s solo album, Gemini, just came out, and Lewis is busying himself with production projects (he produced/co-wrote Kesha’s comeback single, “Praying”) and his own music — but the two are still best buddies, as evidenced by their adorable rapport while record shopping at Denver’s Wax Trax store. It’s a bond they’ve shared since meeting on Myspace in 2006, after which Lewis became the rapper’s photographer and, later, his artistic partner. “We had nothing in common at that time,” admits Macklemore (real name: Ben Haggerty) with a laugh.
Some pop and rock stars make a day at the office seem downright cool. No prize for guessing which song is No. 1 on our list.
Ah, the glorious 1980s. Just go to any ‘80s-themed party to relive those wild days: Day-glo dresses with side ponytails, bottles of Bartles & Jaymes in hand, and the happy-go-lucky songs of Cyndi Lauper and Whitney Houston in the air.
It’s that most wonderful time of the year, which means we’re making our lists and checking them twice — our year-end best album lists, that is.
Every Christmas season brings a rush of artists releasing Christmas albums. Each one trying to leave their mark on history. The majority are remakes of Christmas song classics, but there are also brand new Christmas songs released each year.