Catherine’s Sources

A history of music: from big band to reggaeton. (2013). The People History. Retrieved November 4, 2013, from

This site broke down each decade by popular genres and artists, and then went into each more in detail. These timeline type websites are really what will help us for our project, as we look to break down each decade by its music as well.

Bolick, Dave. (2011, March 30). Music and 21st century culture on the decline: popular music helps define modern culture. Yahoo Voices. Retrieved November 4, 2013, from

This article emphasizes how popular music helps define its current society. It explored today’s popular music, and compares it to music of the last 100 years. In comparison to earlier years, our current music lacks creativity and is instead redundant and repetitive. The author then uses this information to talk about how people in our current society live in a fantasy world, hidden from reality.

Chan, Dale. (2009). The beatles song stories. Dale Chan’s Beatles World. Retrieved November 16, 2013, from

This site was extremely beneficial to my research. It provided me with a list of Beatles songs that I could choose individually and read an entire description of the meaning behind the songs.

Dalton, Stephen. (2009, December 29). The last decade in music. Arts and Culture in The National. Retrieved November 4, 2013, from

This article talks about the major events and changes in music over the past decade. It discusses changes in the development of the music industry with the introduction of the digital age, and the decline of album sales. It also refers to the past decade as “the death of genre,” meaning overall style and originality has transformed into one overused, auto-tuned industry.

Harrington, David. (n.d.) Reggae: music of resistance. Retrieved November 4, 2013, from

This article was done by a student, and talks about the role of reggae music as a social, political and religious force. It talks about the history of reggae music, the people who create it, and how it’s used as a form of resistance.

Holden, Martha. (n.d.). The influence of pop music on teens in the US. Global Post. Retrieved December 2, 2013, from

This article helped expand on my explanation of how modern day pop music is negatively affecting our youth. It talks about how kids base their interests, habits, fashion and language off of the popular music industry.

Hong, Hana. (2012). Music affects teens. The Centinal. Retrieved December 3, 2013, from

This talks about music as a powerful medium and how it’s greatly influencial at the social level. This helped me explain how the music industry is affected society as a whole.

Kansas State University. (2011). Music experts share how MTV killed the radio star and changed culture forever 30 years after launch. NewsWise. Retrieved November 16, 2013, from

This article talked about the introduction of MTV and how the addition of video started the shift in the music industry. It was really interesting to read these facts and learn just how much MTV altered the industry.

Lifeschool. (2010, May 16). 10 stories behind beatles songs. List Verse. Retrieved November 4, 2013, from

This website really caught my attention, because it circles around Beatles music. The Beatles are the greatest band of all time, and one of my personal favorites. With the project we are doing, they tie in perfectly, as their songs were extremely in depth, meaningful, and rich in content. They also tied directly to numerous political issues and forms of resistance.

Luc & the Lovingtons. (2012). The freedom song. Luc and the Lovingtons. Retrieved December 2, 2013, from

This sequence of articles is really special to me. Jason Mraz is my favorite artist of all time. I’ve seen him perform live countless times, and many times I’ve heard him talk about the meaning behind “The Freedom Song.” He’s extremely active in not only his community, but the world, and his actions shine through his music. The stories on this website are very interesting to read.

Martin, Barrett. (2013, October 14). Music and the politics of resistance. The Huffington Post. Retrieved November 4, 2013, from

This is an article from the Huffington Post that discusses how arts and music not only add entertainment and life to our society, but serve as a tool for social evolution as well. The author reflects on his own personal experiences, and connects powerful songs and musicians to social movements.

Motown: the sound that changed America. (n.d.). Motown Museum. Retrieved November 4, 2013, from

This page provided me with a lot of background insight to the Motown era. It had a lot of interesting information regarding the different artists of the era and their impact. It talked about some of the messages behind songs and how they were used as a force of resistance. (n.d.). Music through the decades. Time Toast. Retrieved November 4, 2013, from

This site is really cool because it has an actual timeline of music through the decades starting with the 1950’s until now. It has descriptions of different musical events next to certain dates.

News Staff. (1998). MTV changed the music industry on august 1, 1981. CNN. Retrieved November 16, 2013, from

This was an additional article I found on how MTV changed the music industry. It talked about early videos and the overall influence that MTV had.

Sanders, Marin. (2011, June 7). Music through the decades. Video posted to

I really love this video, because it not only shows a history of music over the decades, but it has commentary as well. It plays music from various decades and years, and narrates what was happening at that specific time that may have influenced the music itself. This really relates so what we will be talking to in our project.

Scicurious. (2012, August 13). Yup, it really does all sound the same. The evolution of modern pop music. Message posted to

This blog post talks about the evolution of modern pop music, and how many songs have similar sounds, similar beats, and similar chords. She adds numerous songs to compare, so that you are able to listen first hand at how many songs these days appear to build off previously used beats or sounds.

Spartucusjones. (2012). The protest movement: the 10 best political protest songs of the 80s. Hub Pages. Retrieved November 16, 2013, from

This article gave me insight on the biggest protest songs of the 1980s. It helped me pick out the most important resistance songs and gave me background information on the artists who sang them and the stories they were trying to share.

Staff. (2001). The beatles: biography. Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 4, 2013, from

This article was very interesting, as it talked about the influence The Beatles had on not only the music industry, but also society as a whole. It talked about their historical career, the adversities they faced, and the many meaningful songs they wrote.

Themauler12345. (2012, November 11). Music melody- a history of the evolution of music (1928-2012). Video posted to

This video was really neat, because it’s an in depth, 14 minute timeline of popular hits from 1928-2012. This really helps show the transformation of music over the years, and will help me explain how the quality and content of music has drastically altered over the decades.



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