The Best Articles in Music
The most useful articles and videos in Music from around the web—beginners to advanced—curated by thought leaders and our community. We focus on timeless pieces and update the list whenever we discover new, must-read articles or videos—make sure to bookmark and revisit this page.
Top 5 Music Articles
At a glance: these are the articles that have been most read, shared, and saved in Music by Refind users in 2023 so far.
- The neuroscience of loving music
- The Extraordinary Ways Rhythm Shapes Our Lives
- What should you listen to when you want to focus?
- The mixed-up history of the shuffle button
- The 50 Best Albums of 2022
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Andrea Bocelli: Music For Hope
On Easter Sunday (April 12, 2020), by invitation of the City and of the Duomo cathedral of Milan, Italian global music icon Andrea Bocelli will give a solo p...
How Vinyl Records Are Made (feat. Third Man Records)
We visit Jack White's Third Man Records vinyl pressing plant in Detroit, Michigan to find out exactly what goes into the creation of a vinyl record; from cut...
When making your debut album almost kills you
The journey Vernon took in making For Emma, Forever Ago has become something of an indie-folk legend: he recorded the album at his father's hunting cabin aft...
What should you listen to when you want to focus?
Shared by 611, including Johannes Dornisch, Albert Ràfols
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A Music Critic Reviews AI Songs
Some are technically impressive. But are they actually good?
How is it even possible to cheat on a musical performance practical exam?
Shared by 136
How modern singing was invented
Modern singing – whether on the charts or Eurovision – is radically different to the kind familiar to our ancestors.
How the Piano Helped Me Fall Back in Love With Tech
Forget crypto, VR, AI. When it comes to empowering humans, new technology has nothing on the well-tempered clavier.
Pop Songs Really Are Shorter Than Ever Now
From shorter verses to frontloading the chorus, chart toppers sound dramatically different these days.
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The mixed-up history of the shuffle button
How one button redefined our relationship to music.
The Beatles and the Glory of Creative Risk
It took the roiling events of 1963 to open the ears and hearts of the American public to the Beatles.
The Early Aughts Were the Last Era of Innocence
From pop culture to politics, the 2000s represented a time of naivete that no longer exists.
How an IBM Computer Learned to Sing (1961)
The IBM 7094 anticipated the future of music—and also sounded like the Auto-Tuned pop stars of today
The neuroscience of loving music
Humans are musical animals 4 million years in the making, explained by music expert Michael Spitzer.
These are some of the most-read long-form articles in Music.
The Extraordinary Ways Rhythm Shapes Our Lives
Rhythm plays an important role in how we perceive — and connect with — the world.
“Blurred Lines,” Harbinger of Doom
How Robin Thicke, Pharrell, and T.I.’s cursed megahit predicted everything bad about the past decade in pop culture
The End of the Music Business
A century of recorded music has culminated in the infinite archive of streaming platforms. But is it really better for listeners?
The Real Story of Blues Legend Robert Johnson's 'Deal with the Devil' at the Crossroads
In this section from my new book, I uncover neglected source materials from the 1930s and provide new insights into the most famous story in blues history
The 50 Best Albums of 2022
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