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   The Gold Standard
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   How Music REALLY
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   The Gold Standard
   Song List appears
   throughout

   How Music REALLY
   Works!, 2nd Ed.

  
  
 

 

 

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What the Gold Standard Song List
Looks Like: Graphic Images

PAGE INDEX

A 3-D Bird's Eye View of the Gold Standard Song List
          Figure 1: Gold Standard Songs by Genre and Decade

Genre Popularity Over Time
          Figure 2: Typical Popularity Profile of a Genre Over Time

Genres Emerging Over Time
          Figure 3: Genre Breakouts in Historical Perspective

Gold Standard Songs Year by Year
          Figure 4: 100 Years of Gold Standard Songs

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A 3-D BIRD'S EYE VIEW OF THE GOLD STANDARD SONG LIST
  

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  • Figure 1 below shows what this table looks like when converted to a 3-D chart.

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FIGURE 1:
Gold Standard
Songs by Genre and Decade

         
GENRE POPULARITY OVER TIME

  • The Gold Standard Song List, if taken as a more or less representative data sample of genre popularity, reveals a characteristic "genre popularity profile." This profile applies to most musical genres over time (Figure 1 above and Figure 2 below).

  • Typically, the genre begins as an underground musical movement. This formative phase often lasts many years, even decades.

  • At some point the genre breaks out as a widely recognized musical force in popular culture.

  • Within a decade or two, it crests and starts to subside in popularity. But it does not go away.

  • Instead, with few exceptions, it remains a permanent mainstream genre, co-existing, influencing, and being influenced by, many others. Every so often a long-established mainstream genre experiences a period of renewed popularity ("revival") that may extend for some years.

       
FIGURE 2:
Typical Popularity Profile of a Genre Over Time

 

 

GENRES EMERGING OVER TIME

  • Figure 3 below shows the major genres of Western popular music (at least in the main English-speaking countries) from approximate breakout dates to the present.

  • The Gold Standard Song List only applies to the right half of Figure 3. See About the 14 Genres for details.

      
FIGURE 3:
Genre Breakouts In Historical Perspective

       

      

GOLD STANDARD SONGS YEAR BY YEAR

  • Figure 4 below shows the total number of Gold Standard songs by year of composition for each year form 1900 to 1999.

  • The sudden jump in the 1920s coincides with the advent of radio.

  • The large bulge from the late 1950s to the early 1970s reflects the breakout and cresting of several genres concurrently: country/bluegrass, the folk/roots revival, the blues revival, reggae, R & B/soul, and rock/pop (see Figure 1 above).
      

FIGURE 4:
100 Years of Gold Standard Songs

 

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