History says MJ was “King of Pop,” but in reality, he was much more: Jackson explored and excelled in every genre. After the release of his 1982 album Thriller, he shot to fame, and the world could never get enough of him. He united dance and music and showcased something revolutionary on the day this picture was taken.
Like other musicians of his time, Nat King Cole didn’t just create phenomenal music, but he also inspired future generations to look beyond contemporary music. The 1957 album Just One of Those Things is easily his best work and helped revolutionize jazz piano.
This post is proof that no one understood guitar quite like the Seattle-born performer. He pushed the instrument to its limits, unearthing its immense capabilities, and showing the way for future guitarists. Champion of rock and roll, Jimi’s 1967 album Are You Experienced ranks among the best in the history of rock music.
Although he stuck to jazz, Miles Davis was the driving force behind the stylistic developments in the genre, including his very own “cool jazz.” In his own words, he “changed music five or six times.” The 1959 studio album Kind of Blue is testimony to the sheer talent of this legend. Any guesses which trumpet he’s playing here?
Notice the sheer delight and admiration on the two faces watching the Queen of Soul up close on stage in this post. Their expressions say everything about the artist: her stunning vocals, the ability to blend genres, and her electrifying stage presence. Amazing Grace is arguably her best work.View this post on Instagram
Repost: @rockhall | During African-American Music Appreciation Month, we honor gifted African-American artists and their music. We dedicate this first week to the Queen of Soul, '87 Inductee @arethafranklin. As the first female inducted into the Hall of Fame, Franklin made unprecedented contributions to both music and culture from the anthem “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” to performing at three Presidential Inaugurations, she inspired a nation.
Frank Sinatra once said, “Ray Charles is the only genius in the business.” And boy, was he right! Despite losing his vision at seven, Charles carved out a revolutionary music career, mastering soul music. The Birth of Soul is his best work, and @official.raycharles shows what an absolute delight it was to watch him perform.View this post on Instagram
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With 25 GRAMMYs, one Golden Globe, and an Oscar, the former child prodigy has definitely come a long way. Wonder set the basis for modern soul music and advocated blending technology with music. This post, meanwhile, sheds light on his exceptional mentality, and we now know why the world continues to be enraptured by his music.View this post on Instagram
In his own words: «Many years ago, but not so long ago, there were those who said, ”Well, you have three strikes against you: You're black, you're blind and you're poor”, But God said to me, “I will make you rich in the spirit of inspiration, to inspire others as well as create music to encourage the world to a place of oneness and hope, and positivity” I believed Him and not them.» #StevieWonderLegacy
Hip hop fans universally agree that Tupac, one of the best-known rappers, changed their perception of the genre and had a massive impact on the artists that followed. In just 25 years, he achieved everything a musician could’ve dreamt of and maybe even more. This @2pac video proves why he still holds a special place in everyone’s hearts.
As evident from this post, Quincy Jones had a busy, busy time back in the day. He didn’t just build a remarkable music career, but he also helped the likes of MJ and Oprah Winfrey make it big. The 1981 studio album The Dude was his most important work.View this post on Instagram
Having a music career & developing business acumen is a cumulative process. When you’re just starting out, it’s one mess up after another…winning one, then losing the next. Getting a hit song, then missing out on your royalties because you didn’t know how to properly retain your rights. After a little while, the “mess ups” turn into valuable “experience.” The more opportunities you have to win, lose, or barely make it—that’s experience...You don’t learn as much just from winning alone, or from playing it safe. Ignorance in the name of art is never justified! #MotivationMonday
The fact that the pop icon’s debut—we repeat, debut—album Whitney Houston is listed on the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time by Rolling Stone, says everything about the golden girl. This @whitneyhouston post glimpses at her riveting live performance.
How do you fit two legends in a frame? Watch this @judyandsinatra post! Armstrong and Sinatra often worked together and were quite fond of each other’s work. Armstrong was a masterful trumpeter and is widely regarded as the first jazz soloist. His songs will always hold us close and hold us fast.View this post on Instagram
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Not many can boast that their movie, album, and single all topped the charts at the same time. But then, not everyone is Prince! Like this @patricia.adores.prince image proves, the artist was unapologetically himself, inspiring many to embrace their authentic self. What can we say? He was our prince charming.
Ranked seventh on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, Brown was a central figure of the 20th century music period and was called “Godfather of Soul.” Funk music was invented by Brown, who also happens to be the most sampled artist of all time. Sex Machine is probably his greatest album.