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History of Music Magazines

  • Billboard Music magazine

    Billboard Music magazine
    Billboard is an international news magazine devoted to music and the music industry, and is one of the oldest trade magazines in the world. It maintains several internationally recognized music charts that track the most popular songs and albums in various categories on a weekly basis. The two most notable charts are the Billboard Hot 100, which ranks the top 100 songs regardless of genre and is based on digital sales, radio airplay, and internet streaming data; and the Billboard 200.
  • Melody Maker

    Melody Maker
    Medlody Maker was one of the first ever music magazines. It included an honours list. It also included the first ever recorded music charts.
  • NME

    Created by Theodore Smythson, is a music journalism publication in the United Kingdom, published weekly since March 1952. It started as a music newspaper, and gradually moved toward a magazine format during the 1980s, changing from newsprint in 1998. It was the first British paper to include a singles chart, in the 14 November 1952 edition. In the 1970s it became the best-selling British music newspaper.
  • Rolling Stones Magazine

    Rolling Stones Magazine
    The first edition of The Rolling Stones Magazine was published in 1967.
  • Smash Hits

    Smash Hits
    Smash Hits was a pop music magazine, aimed at teenagers and young adults and originally published in the United Kingdom by EMAP. It ran from 1978 to 2006 and was issued fortnightly for most of that time. The name survives as a brand for a related spin-off digital television channel, and website which have survived the demise of the printed magazine. A digital radio station was also available but shut on 5 August 2013.
  • Kerang!

    The first edition of Kerrang was released in 1981. It is still going today and has become one of the most popular music magazines around.
  • Q Magazine

    Q Magazine
    Q magazine was first published in 1986. It has become a very sucessful magazine and it covers a wide range of genres. This measn that it can attract a wider audience.
  • Vibe Magazine

    Vibe Magazine
    Vibe magazine started in 1993. It is now a very successful magazine that has a large circulation.
  • Mojo Magazine

    MOJO is a popular music magazine published initially by Emap, and since January 2008 by Bauer, monthly in the United Kingdom. Following the success of the magazine Q, publishers Emap were looking for a title which would cater for the burgeoning interest in classic rock music. MOJO was first published on 15 October 1993; in keeping with its classic rock aesthetic, the first issue had Bob Dylan and John Lennon as its first cover stars.