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Noelle Southard

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"Jailhouse Rock" by the King himself. Elvis Presley was called 'the King of rock and roll', which is exactly what he basically was. The 50's began a new counterculture in teenagers where they were able to rebel against their parents with their own kind of music. Elvis was only one of the main artists of the era, but still remains a favorite to this day, as well as a chart topper.
"Singing the blues" by Guy Mitchell is a major milestone marker. As the new era of rock and roll began to boom, as did the Blues. The genre became very popular in the south, mainly around New Orleans. This was a way of singing out the 'blues' after the war.
"The Birds and the Bees" by Jewel Akens was released in 1964. The song refers to the regard to afford young people their introduction to sex education. The sexual revolution began in the late 60's. After the baby boom, the new counterculture spread their beliefs of casual sex. The song only seems right to introduce the new, non-violent kind of revolution.
"Are you Experienced?" by Jimi Hendrix was released in 1967. During his release was the new era involving hippies, peace, and casual sex. Jimi Hendrix performed at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, spreading his fame and music even further. Folk music became a popular genre in the 1960's.
"Cotton Fields" was released by the Beach Boys on April 20, 1970. Although it was a remake, the song dates all the way back to 1940. Originally "Cotton Fields at Home", a former slave previously sung it about the old cotton fields he stayed at while his mother rocked him back and forth. Slavery was a major issue for many years in America, not just with African Americans, either.
"Nature's Way" by Spirit was released in 1970. The song explains how nature is telling people to stop harming it or suffer the consequences. After Rachel Carson released her book 'Silent Spring', people finally began looking at harming the environment in a different light. Actions were finally being taken to help.
"Straight outta Compton" was released by N.W.A in 1988. The song contained violent lyrics and profanity. On the flip side, it helped give birth to an arising genre in music of the time, hip-hop. The song expressed the frustration and anxiety of poverty-stricken Los Angeles neighborhoods, and their gang-filled city.
"Smooth Criminal" was released by the kind of pop himself in 1988. The song is about a girl named Annie who had been attacked in her apartment by a smooth criminal. With the death rates increasing, and the number of violent encounters happening, it was no shock when Michael turned the focus in his songs to this.
"Steal My Sunshine" by the band Len was released in 1999. Although the song had nothing to do with previous eras, Len's one hit wonder replaced sensations of the 70s, the Beatles and Led Zeppelin. Len ended up actually stealing their sunshine, but not for very long.
"Semi-Charmed Life" by Third eye Blind was released in 1997. Since the rising of the counterculture involving, sex, drugs, and rock and rolls back in the 60s, drugs became a major problem. This song by Third Eye Blind, however, gave light to the situation of drug addictions.
"1985" was released by Bowling for Soup in 2004. Times have changed over the decades. Their song expresses these changes, such as the motley crue changing to classic rock rather than their previous genre. Every move is made to become the most popular of the time, and change is made to maintain a position of the people's favorites, just as every president, artist, and anyone to walk this Earth has done.

"Ronald Reagan Era" was released by Kendrick Lamar in 2010. In Ronald Reagan's time in office, he dominated everything. Lamar sings about the kids not being alright, and their limited freedoms during this era, good and bad.
Growth of America through Music
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