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PLAYLIST: A MUSICAL EVOLUTION, SONG BY SONG

A new playlist—which accompanies the song-by-song descriptions in our Black History Month special—is up on Spotify Apple Music and Vevo. Containing nearly 100 tracks, One Nation Under a Groove traces roughly three decades of music, from the early ‘70s to the end of the 20th century.

While many of these songs were #1 smashes, some had a more gradual impact. But every cut herein is part of a musical evolution that began with soul music at its most ambitious and purposeful, flowed through the hedonism of the disco era and the birth-pangs of hip-hop, hatched into the first electro-pop and EDM, and saw the advent of G-Funk, New Jack Swing and neo-soul.

We invite you to listen to a captivating panorama of musical history as it unfolds. 

AFTER 40 YEARS OF GRAMMYS, EHRLICH BOWS OUT
That's a lot of Grammy Moments. (7/17a)
SONY MERGES MUSIC, PUBLISHING UNDER STRINGER
It's one sandbox now. (7/17a)
NEAR TRUTHS: EVOLUTION OF THE BARRISTERS, PART 1
The hottest music firms, then and now. (7/17a)
WOODSTOCK: MORE MONEY, MORE PROBLEMS (UPDATE)
Lang just won't let it go, but time is running out. (7/17a)
THOUGHTS FROM LAGUNA: THE POWER OF YES
First World problems (7/17a)
EARTHQUAKE!
We thought it was just the hangover.
WEED!
What strain pairs best with sloth?
COPYRIGHTS!
They're complicated.
PIZZA!
Why haven't we been talking about it?
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