by Alex Cosper (11/20/12)
Innovative music is a concept that describes a lot of music from the 1960s and 1970s. After that period music started falling into broader categories to fit formats created by marketers. Innovative music usually falls outside of the formula music that populates the charts. While it's possible for innovative music to be a big seller, it's more likely found in the indie world.
The nature of songwriting that breaks patterns is very interesting because music can go so many different directions besides the mainstream. There are hundreds of different styles of music all over the world, whereas the mainstream has become a very narrow showcase of styles. Innovative music can exist within structured formulas and popular styles. Sometimes the most innovative music on the market is local music.
I consider myself to be more innovative when it comes to songwriting than musicianship. Ultimately, I'm always learning new things about music and musicianship. I have always believed as a musician that there are many different ways to write songs and because of this fact, there are infinite types of songs. That's why it's amazing we allow pop culture to narrow the styles down to less than a dozen.
My site Playlist Research explores the history of both popular and regional music. You can search for songs by themes, which helps create playlists and social network posts. Below are some examples of innovative recordings that stand out out in music history.
1955 Bill Haley & His Comets - Rock Around the Clock
1957 Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode
1960 The Ventures - Walk, Don't Run
1963 Beach Boys - Surfin' Safari
1964 The Beatles - I Want To Hold Your Hand
1965 Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone
1966 Beach Boys - Good Vibrations
1967 The Beatles - A Day In The Life
1968 The Beatles - Revolution 9
1969 Zager & Evans - In the Year 2525
1971 John Lennon - Imagine
1973 Stevie Wonder - Superstition
1974 Lynyrd Skynryd - Sweet Home Alabama
1975 Donna Summer - Love To Love You Baby
1976 Gary Wright - Dream Weaver
1976 Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
1977 Steve Miller Band - Fly Like an Eagle
1978 Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive
1979 Supertramp - The Logical Song
1980 Gary Numan - Cars
1982 A Flock of Seagulls - I Ran
1983 Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
1984 Prince - When Doves Cry
1985 Simple Minds - Don't You Forget About Me
1986 Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants To Rule the World
1988 INXS - Need You Tonight
1989 Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus
1990 Happy Mondays - Step On
1991 Jesus Jones - Right Here, Right Now
1993 Nine Inch Nails - Closer
1994 Beastie Boys - Sabotage
1995 White Zombie - More Human Than Human
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