The Most Important Musical Works of the 20th Century?

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I recently wrote about NPR’s brilliant move of making Fresh Air a free podcast, and thus increasing the liklihood of attracting and retaining customers. Well, now it appears NPR is interested in (perhaps) stirring up a bit of controversy.

They’ve posted a list of what they feel are the most important musical works of the 20th century. Not surprisingly, these works all have related interview material from people involved in some way with these songs. Certainly makes for some interesting listening.

Of course, the likely suspects are represented: Dylan, Beach Boys, Copland, Presley, Gershwin.

But I was pleased to see John Cage’s “4:33,” “Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugar Hill Gang, and “Once in a Lifetime” by the Talking Heads included.

And while it was no surprise, it was nice to see that both Kind of Blue and A Love Supreme were included, as these records were played during the births of my children.

What’s on your list?

[thanks to Tanya for the heads up.]


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