Evolution of Music : From Elvis Presley to Lady Gaga

By Desmony
  • Lauching of the 45 rpm records

    Lauching of the 45 rpm records
    The 7-inch 45 rpm record was introduced in 1949 by RCA as a smaller, more durable and higher-fidelity replacement for the 78 rpm shellac discs. The first 45 rpm records were monaural, with recordings on both sides of the disc.
  • First rock 'n' roll concert in Cleveland

    First rock 'n' roll concert in Cleveland
    The Moondog Coronation Ball was a concert held at the Cleveland Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on March 21, 1952. It is generally accepted as the first major rock and roll concert. At the time, its most remarkable feature was its mix of black and white musical performers, in a revue intended for a racially mixed audience, at a time when almost all performances, radio stations and record labels were de facto segregated by race. One popular belief is that this fact predisposed the authorities to seek re
  • "Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley

    "Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley
    "Heartbreak Hotel" is a song recorded by American singer Elvis Presley. It was released as a single on January 27, 1956, Presley's first on his new record label RCA Victor. It was written by Tommy Durden and Mae Boren Axton.
    A newspaper article about the suicide of a lonely man who jumped from a hotel window inspired the lyrics. Axton presented the song to Presley in November 1955 at a country music convention in Nashville. Presley agreed to record it, and did so on January 10, 1956.
  • "Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley

    "Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley
    "Love Me Tender" is a 1956 song recorded by Elvis Presley and published by Elvis Presley Music from the eponymous 20th Century Fox film. The words and music are credited to Ken Darby under the pseudonym "Vera Matson", the name of his wife, and Elvis Presley. The RCA Victor recording by Elvis Presley was no. 1 on both the Billboard and Cashbox charts in 1956.
  • The West Side Story Musical

    The West Side Story Musical
    The original 1957 Broadway production, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins and produced by Robert E. Griffith and Harold Prince, marked Sondheim's Broadway debut. It ran for 732 performances before going on tour. The production was nominated for six Tony Awards including Best Musical in 1957, but the award for Best Musical went to Meredith Willson's The Music Man.
  • "Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis

    "Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis
    "Great Balls of Fire" is a 1957 song recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis on Sun Records and featured in the 1957 movie Jamboree. It was written by Otis Blackwell and Jack Hammer. The Jerry Lee Lewis 1957 recording was ranked as the 96th greatest song ever by Rolling Stone.
  • "Hit The Road Jack" by Ray Charles

    "Hit The Road Jack" by Ray Charles
    "Hit the Road Jack" is a song written by rhythm and bluesman Percy Mayfield and first recorded in 1960 as an a cappella demo sent to Art Rupe. It became famous after it was recorded by singer-songwriter-pianist Ray Charles with The Raelettes vocalist Margie Hendricks.
    Ray Charles' recording hit number one for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, beginning on Monday, October 9, 1961. "Hit the Road Jack" also got a Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blues Recording.
  • Bob Dylan's first album

    Bob Dylan's first album
  • "Satisfaction" by The Rollings Stones

    "Satisfaction" by The Rollings Stones
  • Creation of Jackson 5

    Creation of Jackson 5
  • First Superbowl Halftime Show

    First Superbowl Halftime Show
  • "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" by The Beatles

    "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" by The Beatles
  • "What A Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong

    "What A Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong
  • "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon & Garfunkel

    "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon & Garfunkel
  • "Born To Be Wild" by Steppenwolf

    "Born To Be Wild" by Steppenwolf
  • Woodstock

    Woodstock
  • "I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine" by James Brown

    "I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine" by James Brown
  • "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin

    "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin
  • Creation of Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie

    Creation of Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie
  • "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple

    "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple
  • "The Dark Side of the Moon" by Pink Floyd

    "The Dark Side of the Moon" by Pink Floyd
  • "Candle In The Wind" by Elton John

    "Candle In The Wind" by Elton John
  • "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan

    "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan
  • Creation of hip-hop

    Creation of hip-hop
  • "No Woman, No Cry" by Bob Marley

    "No Woman, No Cry" by Bob Marley
  • "Mamma Mia" by ABBA

    "Mamma Mia" by ABBA
  • "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen

    "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen
  • "Hotel California" by THe Eagles

    "Hotel California" by THe Eagles
  • "Annie" opens on Broadway

    "Annie" opens on Broadway
  • "God Save The Queen" by Sex Pistols

    "God Save The Queen" by Sex Pistols
  • Death of Elvis Presley

    Death of Elvis Presley
  • "Saturday Night Fever" by Bee Gees

    "Saturday Night Fever" by Bee Gees
  • "Y.M.C.A." by Village People

    "Y.M.C.A." by Village People
  • "Born To Be Alive" by Patrick Hernandez

    "Born To Be Alive" by Patrick Hernandez
  • "Message In A Bottle" by The Police

    "Message In A Bottle" by The Police
  • "Back In Black" by AC/DC

    "Back In Black" by AC/DC
  • "Thriller" by Michael Jackson

    "Thriller" by Michael Jackson
  • "Sunday Bloody Sunday" by U2

    "Sunday Bloody Sunday" by U2
  • "Gimme All Your Luvin'" by ZZ Top

    "Gimme All Your Luvin'" by ZZ Top
  • "Purple Rain" by Prince

    "Purple Rain" by Prince
  • "Like A Virgin" by Madonna

    "Like A Virgin" by Madonna
  • "Money For Nothing" by Dire Straits

    "Money For Nothing" by Dire Straits
  • "The Final Countdown" by Europe

    "The Final Countdown" by Europe
  • "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley

    "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley
  • "Black Album" by Metallica

    "Black Album" by Metallica
  • "Nevermind" by Nirvana

    "Nevermind" by Nirvana
  • "Creep" by Radiohead

    "Creep" by Radiohead
  • "The Bodyguard" by Whitney Houston

    "The Bodyguard" by Whitney Houston
  • "Macarena" by Los del Río

    "Macarena" by Los del Río
  • "Wonderwall" by Oasis

    "Wonderwall" by Oasis
  • "California Love" by 2Pac

    "California Love" by 2Pac
  • "Wannabe" by The Spice Girls

    "Wannabe" by The Spice Girls
  • "My Heart Will Go On" by Céline Dion

    "My Heart Will Go On" by Céline Dion
  • "...Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears

    "...Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears
  • "Hunter" by Björk

    "Hunter" by Björk
  • "One More Time" by Daft Punk

    "One More Time" by Daft Punk
  • "Origin Of Symmetry" by Muse

    "Origin Of Symmetry" by Muse
  • "Candy Shop" by 50 Cent

    "Candy Shop" by 50 Cent
  • "Back To Black" by Amy Winehouse

    "Back To Black" by Amy Winehouse
  • "Don't Stop The Music" by Rihanna

    "Don't Stop The Music" by Rihanna
  • "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay

    "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay
  • "Relapse" by Eminem

    "Relapse" by Eminem
  • Death of Michael Jackson

    Death of Michael Jackson
  • "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga

    "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga