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The Late Movies: Happy Birthday, Billy Joel!

Today the Piano Man turns 63. To celebrate, here are ten of his greatest hits (my favorites), arranged in chronological order. Looking back on it, it’s stunning how many hit records Billy Joel released — according to Wikipedia, his catalogue includes “13 studio albums, 5 live albums, 59 singles, and 11 compilation albums.” [...]

Where Are They Now? 6 Artists Who Got Lots of Airplay in 1996

1996 was a heady time for popular music. We were learning the “Macarena,” trying to shake the bizarrely infectious “I Love You Always Forever” from our brains, and cringing at Alanis Morissette’s misuse of the word “Ironic.” Okay, maybe it was less “heady” and more “crappy.” 1996 was also the year I graduated from high school, [...]

The Late Movies: Musical Seniors

We all know that musicians like Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are over-the-hill, but we usually don’t hear about too many people rocking away into the golden years. Some senior citizens, though, are showing that you don’t have to be young to be a rock star (or party like one). The Zimmers The Zimmers rocketed to [...]

“Hallelujah” 10 Ways

“Hallelujah” is a song written by Leonard Cohen in 1984, and never officially released as a single. It has become famous mainly through cover versions, and has been recorded by hundreds of artists. In 2008, American Idol contestent Jason Castro sang a version that caused Jeff Buckley’s famous cover to rocket to the top of [...]

The Quick Seven: Seven Musical Hoaxes

It was 19 years ago this week (can you believe it’s been that long?) that the Milli Vanilli lip-synching scandal came to a head – the duo were stripped of their Grammies after it was revealed that they didn’t sing a single note on the Girl You Know It’s True album. But they were hardly [...]