.............. ABOUT ** MUSIC ** RADIO ** THEMES ** ERAS ** ARTICLES ** INDIE ** SCENES **

History of the Tin Pan Alley Music Scene
by Alex Cosper (10/8/14)

Here are examples of songs that capture the spirit of specific eras:

American Revolution - Richard Schuckburgh - Yankee Doodle (1770s)
The Federalist Era - Arthur Clifton - Aulde Lang Syne (1790s)
The Democratic-Republican Era - John J. Hawkins - The People's March
The Louisiana Purchase -
The Romantic Era - Beethoven - Symphony No. 5
War of 1812 - Francis Scott Key/John Stafford Smith - The Star Spangled Banner
The French Revolution - Alexander Campbell - Bonaparte's Retreat
Removal of American Indians - I.B Woodbury (music), author unknown - The Indian's Prayer
Minstrel Shows - Stephen Foster - Oh! Suzanna
California Gold Rush - Jesse Huchinson, Jr. - The California Gold Diggers
Abolition of Slavery - Stephen Foster - Poor Uncle Tom, Good Night
The Northern Union States - Patrick Gilmore - When Johnny Comes Marching Home
The Southern Confederate States - Daniel Decatur Emmett - Dixie
American Civil War - Charles Picard Ware - Michael, Row the Boat Ashore
Rise of the Railroad - Princeton University - I've Been Workin' On The Railroad
Spanish-American War - George M. Cohan - Yankee Doodle Boy
The Industrial Revolution - The Star Spangled Banner
World War I - The Star Spangled Banner
Women's Suffrage - The Star Spangled Banner
Prohibition and Speak Easies - Battle Hymn of the Republic
Rise of Organized Crime - The Star Spangled Banner
The Great Depression - The Star Spangled Banner
The New Deal - The Star Spangled Banner
Color Films: Wizard of Oz - Judy Garland - Over the Rainbow
World War II - Glenn Miller Orchestra - In The Mood
The Atomic Bomb - Scott Joplin - The Entertainer
The Korean War - W.C. Handy - St. Louis Blues
Shopping malls - The Charleston
Rock and Roll - Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode
The Beat Generation - The Star Spangled Banner
Interstate Highways - Andrews Sisters - Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
NASA and space exploration - Bill Haley & His Comets - Rock Around the Clock
Satellite technology - Tornadoes - Telstar
Civil Rights movement - Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come
The Kennedys and the New Frontier - Dion - Abraham Martin and John
Surf Era - Beach Boys - Surfin Safari
Hot Rod Era - Jan and Dean - Deadman's Curve
The Hippy Movement - Dobie Gray - The In Crowd
Psychedelic Experimentation - The Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows
The Vietnam War - Phil Ochs - I Ain't Marchin' Anymore
Covert CIA Actions - The Fugs - CIA Man
Freeform Radio - The Velvet Underground - Rock and Roll Radio
Summer of Love - The Star Spangled Banner
Drug Culture - Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit
Sexual Revolution - Nancy Sinatra - These Boots Are Made For Walkin'
Apollo Space missions - Bruce Springsteen - 57 Channels
Media Censorship - Peter, Paul and Mary - I Dig Rock and Roll Muisc
Enviromental Movement - Beach Boys - Don't Go Near the Water
Energy Crisis - Dickie Goodman - Energy Crisis '73
Watergate - Stevie Wonder - You Haven't Done Nothin'
P.O.W. Homecoming - The Star Spangled Banner
Nostalgia - David Essex - Rock On
The Disco Era - Donna Summer - Love To Love You Baby
CItizen's Band radio trend - C.W. McCall - Convoy
No Nukes - The Star Spangled Banner
FM radio - Steely Dan - FM
Disco backlash - Steve Dahl - Do You Think I'm Disco
Music videos - The Buggles - Video Killed the Radio Star
Video game revolution - Joe Walsh - Space Age Whiz Kids
Iran Hostage Crisis - The Star Spangled Banner
Iran-Contra Scandal - The Star Spangled Banner
MTV vverkill - Dire Straits - Money For Nothin'
Yuppie generation - Huey Lewis & The News - Hip To Be Square
Post Traumatic Disorder Syndrome - Harold Faltermeyer - 19
War on Drugs - Glenn Frey - Smuggler's Blues
Street gangs - Ice T - Colors
Reaganomics and Trickle Down Theory - ABC - How To Be a Millionaire
Farms go bankrupt - Pretenders - My City Was Gone
World hunger famine relief - Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas
US and USSR Cold War - Sting - Russians
Nuclear War scare - Men At Work - It's A Mistake
Reagan and foreign affairs - R.E.M. - World Leader Pretender
AIDS/HIV/sexually transmitted disease - People Are Still Having Sex
Cable TV expansion - Bruce Springsteen - 57 Channels
George Bush's New World Order - Ministry - N.W.O.
No New Taxes Lie - A Thousand Points of Night
Parental Advisory Stickers on CDs - 2 Live Crew - Banned in the U.S.A.
Tech bubble - The Star Spangled Banner
Internet age - The Star Spangled Banner
Corporatization of America - Smash Mouth - Walkin' On The Sun
911: World Trade Center tragedies - The Star Spangled Banner
War in Afghanistan - Neil Young - Let's Roll
War in Iraq: Weapons of Mass Destruction - Neil Young - Let's Impeach the President
Digital downloads - The Star Spangled Banner
Great recession/Housing market collapse - The Star Spangled Banner
Social media - The Star Spangled Banner
Organic food vs GMOs - The Star Spangled Banner
Green revolution - The Star Spangled Banner

Here are examples of songs that capture the spirit of specific decades (19th century writers/20th century artists):

1800s - Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 5
1810s - Francis Scott Key/John Stafford Smith - The Star Spangled Banner
1820s - Thomas Dartmouth Rice - Jim Crow
1830s - John Barnett - Lady, The Silver Moon Shines Brightly
1840s - Virginia Minstrels - Blue Tail Fly
1850s - R. Sinclair (music), author unknown - Row Row Your Boat
1860s - Julia Ward Howe (lyrics) & William Steffe (music) - Battle Hymn of the Republic
1870s - Daniel E. Kelley (music), Brewster M. Higley (lyrics) - Home On The Range
1880s - John Philip Sousa - Semper Fidelis
1890s - John Philip Sousa - Stars and Stripes Forever
1900s - Scott Joplin - The Entertainer
1910s - W.C. Handy - St. Louis Blues
1920s - The Charleston
1930s - Bing Crosby - Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
1940s - Andrews Sisters - Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
1950s - Bill Haley & His Comets - Rock Around the Clock
1960s - Bob Dylan - Blowin' In The Wind
1970s - Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive
1980s - USA For Africa - We Are the World
1990s - Smash Mouth - Walkin' On The Sun
2000s - Tom Petty - The Last DJ
2010s - Daft Punk - Television Rules the Nation

See also:

History of Classical Music
How to start a music project
Tips on how to produce music
Job of a live sound engineer
Affordable ways to promote music online

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