The History of U.S. Pop Music

  • "Yankee Doodle"

    "Yankee Doodle"
    YANKEE DOODLE British Soldier Sing " Yankee Doodle" to mock colonists. Tune becomes an American tune.
  • " Star - Spangled Banner"

    " Star - Spangled Banner"
    Slash Star Spangled Banner Francis Scott Key publishes song/poem.
  • Carnegie Hall

    Carnegie Hall
    OU Choir sings at Carnegie HallCarnegie Hall opens in New York.
  • "Happy Birthday

    "Happy Birthday
    Stevie Wonder " Happy Birthday"The Happy Birthday tune is written by two teacher in Louisville, Kentucky
  • The National Anthem

    The National Anthem
    President Woodrow Wislon issues an executive order making ' The Star-Spangled Banner" the national anthem Christina Aguilera singing the National Anthem
  • Radio City Music Hall

    Radio City Music Hall
    Radio City HallRadio City Music Hall opens with a musical show featuring the Rockettes.
  • Electric Guitar

    Electric Guitar
    Electric guitar Debuts
  • Long playing record

    Long playing record
    Columbia Records introduces the " long playing" vinyl record
  • Alan Freed

    Alan Freed
    Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed coins the term " ROCK AND ROLL"
  • Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley
    Elvis' Heartbreak HotelElvis Presley becomes the first rock star.
  • BillBoard

    Billboard magazine begins their Hot 100 chart listing popular songs
  • Grammy Awards

    Grammy Awards
    The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences presents the first Grammy Award
  • Motown

    Temptations " My Girl"Berry Gordy jr. founds Motown record company, in the 1960s Motown stars include the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye.
  • Country

    1961 Country Singer Patsy Cline becomes a mainstream pop music hit.
  • The Beatles

    The Beatles
    the beatles " I want to Hold Your Hand" is a sensation igniting the British invasion
  • Punk Rock

    Punk Rock
    CBGB ( Country Bluegrass & Blues) club in New York showcases " punk rock"
  • HIp Hop

    HIp Hop
    Hip Hop, a blend of rock, jazz and soul with African drumming, is born in the South Bronx
  • MTV

    MTV music television debuts with nonstop music videos
  • CATS!

    Cats begins its 18 year run on Broadway
  • Cyndi Lauper & Ricky Martin

    Cyndi Lauper & Ricky Martin
    Cyndi Lauper's " Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" moves up the charts. Twelve year old Ricky Martin begins his fiver year stint with Menudo

    Michael Jackson releases Thriller, the video becomes a classic.
  • Britney Spears

    Britney Spears
    8 year old Britney Spears makes her musical television debut on Star Search
  • Grunge Rock

    Grunge Rock
    Grunge rock rises in Seatlle, featuring such bands as Nirvana and Pearl Jam
  • Backstreet Boys

    Backstreet Boys
    Backstreet Boys and Blackstreet, two of the top male groups of the 1990s, form
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum
    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum opens in Cleveland Ohio.
  • "My Heart Will Go On"

    "My Heart Will Go On"
    Celine Dion's " My Heart Will Go On," from the movie Titanic, is the top song of the year.
  • George Harrison dies

    George Harrison dies
    More than 30 years after breaking up, the Beatles have a chart topper with the greatest-hits album,1. The Beatles' lead guitarist George Harrison dies of lung cancer
  • Kelly Clarkson

    Kelly Clarkson
    Kelly Clarkson becomes the first American Idol. About 50 million viewers tune in to the show's finale.
  • Eminem & Usher

    Eminem & Usher
    Eminem's The Eminem Show, the top selling album of 2002 wins the Grammy for Best Rap Album.
    Usher's Confesssions which produces four NO. 1 Songs, is the top selling record of the year