The Current is celebrating 50 years of Minnesota Public Radio and 50 years of amazing music. On Sunday, Jan. Mac reflects on some of the most influential, popular and groundbreaking music from to now — one song from each year. It's 50 songs for 50 years. Celebrate MPR's 50th anniversary with music that shaped the last half-century. A Day in the Life The Beatles. Sittin on the Dock of the Bay Otis Redding. River Joni Mitchell. Tumbling Dice The Rolling Stones.
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The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Diana Ross & The Supremes all made the list.
Wow, time does fly. This makes us feel uncomfortably old. Do you still remember the first time you heard them on the radio? Ah, yes. The nostalgia is strong here. In , The Beatles released what would be their best-selling single of all time. It was the song that propelled The Fab Four into the British national spotlight. In fact, there were certain parts in Europe where people called them The Yeah-Yeahs. But how did it all began? So we sat in the hotel bedroom for a few hours and wrote it—John and I, sitting on twin beds with guitars.
The last year of the s was truly historic. Richard Nixon campaigned his way into the Oval Office. Neil Armstrong left his footprints on the moon. And Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid skyrocketed to the top of the box office. But was also a massive year for music—possibly the best of the 20th century. From the smash hits like "Sweet Caroline" and "Proud Mary" to the era-defining festivals hello, Woodstock , those 12 short months were transformative for the world of music. Here, according to Billboard's Hot Singles chart for the year, are the top 50 songs that led the charge.
Much like today, was a scary, exciting, and uncertain time. The U. The Apollo 13 crew had a nearly-deadly accident. It was also the year McDonald's introduced the Shamrock Shake. Naturally, the musicians of were affected and inspired by these and other events of the era. Fortunately for all of us, that means a whole lot of great songs got recorded—here are 50 songs from that are turning 50 this year.