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Most people know the correct lyrics to "Happy Birthday," and that's about it. Can you finish these song lyrics correctly? Don't disappoint your favorite recording artists!

By Alia Hoyt

The newly opened National Museum of African American Music celebrates the legacy and contrubutions of Black musicians in all genres, from hip-hop, rap and soul to jazz, funk, blues and pop.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

Lady Day, as her fans called her, had a captivating vocal style. But it's the way she poured her life into her songs that made her so memorable. Here are five songs you should know.

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

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On Sept. 5, 2020, a small crowd gathered in the St. Burchardi church in Halberstadt, Germany, to hear the first sound change in almost seven years to an organ piece by composer John Cage that will go on until the year 2640.

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

How did Saul Hudson become Slash? And where did the name Meat Loaf come from? Test your knowledge of musical nicknames with this rockin' quiz!

By Mark Mancini

This smooth music style of the late '70s and early '80s features a SoCal vibe and lots of collaboration among its practitioners (Toto, Michael McDonald, etc.) Don your captain’s hat, grab a pina colada and test your yacht rock knowledge!

By Carrie Whitney, Ph.D.

Known for his lilting cover of 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow,' which he sang while playing the ukulele, IZ was a big part of the Hawaiian Cultural Renaissance.

By Patty Rasmussen

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The droning didgeridoo, or didge, is an ancient wind instrument created by the aboriginal people of northern Australia, but still widely played today.

By Jeremy Glass

The living embodiment of the Las Vegas lounge singer, Wayne Newton's been packing in the crowds on the Strip for over 50 years. So, what's his secret?

By Kathryn Whitbourne

With a fiercely loyal fanbase, kawaii band BABYMETAL is reshaping heavy metal into something the world has never quite seen before.

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

Whether you’re a tween, teen or middle-aged mom, chances are good that at some point, your heart has been captured by at least one boy bander. So, we think you've got the right stuff to ace this quiz.

By Alia Hoyt

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Most of the biggest bands in the world are made up of young guys, even today. But what's happened to the ladies?

By Dave Roos

The stereotype that female opera singers are all overweight is as old as the opera itself. But is weight really necessary to be a great soprano?

By Meg Sparwath

St. Vincent, one of indie rock's female pioneers, helped design a guitar that some say is a perfect female fit.

By Chris Opfer

The story goes that the only explanation for Robert Johnson's sudden prowess at playing the blues must have been an unholy alliance with Satan. But what was the truth?

By Dave Roos

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So you think you know BTS? They're the K-Pop sensation all over the airways (and social media). But only the ultimate BTS ARMY fans can pass this quiz. See if you're good enough!

By Alia Hoyt & Danielle Douez

Bach was and is a towering figure in musical history, but what is it that makes him so great?

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

The addictive kid's song is now the most-downloaded YouTube video of all time. And before that, it accomplished the rare feat of hitting the Billboard charts. It's not the only kiddie song to make it big.

By Nathan Chandler

K-pop phenoms BTS took first place in Time magazine's 2018 online poll for person of the year. Now for the first time they've been nominated by Billboard for their music as well as their social media presence.

By Alia Hoyt

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You paid how much for that Taylor Swift concert? Why are musicians charging so much for live shows these days?

By Carrie Whitney, Ph.D.

If you think only rock stars can be famous, think again. Many of their guitars have achieved legendary status in their own right. Take our quiz to learn more.

By Alia Hoyt

Guitar gods like Les Paul are known for playing the same instrument throughout their career. Here we feature 10 famous guitars and the musicians who loved them.

By Oisin Curran

Take a chance on our ABBA quiz and find out how much you know about the 70s Swedish supergroup!

By Kathryn Whitbourne

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How this relatively small Southern city beat out the others to become 'Music City U.S.A.'?

By Dave Roos

Is she a nun? A jilted lover? We know you're dying to find out.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler