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Thursday, October 20, 2016

♫Fm Swing thru Hip Hop♫

With each decade comes a change in music...style, beat, melody, rhythm. Music from one decade often influences music of another as has been witnessed into the 21st century. Many songs from the 50s all the way through the 90s are still popular. Of course, it was by way of the 20s, 30s and 40s that music has evolved into a passion relative to survival as many listeners would so declare today. 

Each decade has offered its own unique genres of music. Below are the #1 hits in the US on October 20 of each decade from the 1940s to 2010.

Number One Songs On... October 20 by Decade

1940 Bing Crosby - Only Forever

Entering the era of the 40s doesn't leave the Swing behind but instead, finds it going strong as ever! Early in the decade swing, jazz and big band tunes rocked the radio and jukebox of young and old alike. Many musical scores tried to capture the pain and suffering of World War Il remaining upbeat even though the impending future of the country was uncertain.

1950 Weavers with Gordon Jenkins - Goodnight Irene
It's the 50s - Rock and RollRock & Roll, Rock 'n' RollRockin' and Rollin'During the 30s and 40s, combinations emerged binding country singing and steel guitar with big band jazz influences and horn sections. These two-beat jazz rhythms preceded rockabilly recordings. A mixture of musical genres definitely made and kept the 50s rockin' and rollin'! 

1960 Drifters - Save the Last Dance for Me
During a time of racial division amid the turn of the civil rights movement, Motown became the sound that changed America with the spirit of the 60s musicPopular music, pop-culture, sprang forth with a tremendous influence on young and old. Now, after over 50 years of success, Motown's sound still reverberates worldwide. Long live rock 'n' roll! MORE @Awakenings...

1970 Jackson Five - I'll Be There

This was a time often described as s.h.r.i.l.l, colorful and simply cr-r-r-r-r-azy. When was it? If you guessed the super groovy 70s, also known as the Decade of the Disco, you nailed it! This was an era filled will the mads, glads and the fads. What do you remember best? Do you ever feel Stuck in the 70s?

1980 Barbra Streisand - Woman in Love
Pop stars and their music changed in the 80s with the help of MTV and a greater focus on image. Thanks to MTV the images accompanying recording artists became more important than ever. Several new genres popped up and by early 80s, hip-hop's distinctive place in music history was set. Unique techniques were established as a new genre of music. MORE @Awakenings...

1990 James Ingram - I Don't Have the Heart
With the 90s came many popular styles of music, including the birth of alternative rock. Many European artists were the driving force behind Pop music through the 90s decade. Contemporary R&B brought forth elements of rhythm and blues, pop, soul, funk, and hip hop. Adult contemporary music was popular in the form of soft-rock and singer-songwriter styles throughout the decade.
MORE @Awakenings...

2000 Christina Aguilera - Come on Over Baby (All I Want Is You)
With the coming of the new millennium, the music industry entered a crisis. The advent of digital downloading took quite a toll on single records and albums with sales tumbling within the first decade. Simultaneously, though, hip hop, aka rap music, solidified its standing as the dominant influence on global youth culture.

2010 Bruno Mars - Just the Way You Are
Rock music has remained popular, though it declined in charts presence beginning in the late 2000s, alongside changes in radio format. It has also moved from hard rock and heavy metal genres that have dominated the genre since the Mid-1980s. Pop Rock music since the early 2010s has become softer and more refined, such as Indie Rock

And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...