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Bob Marley and the Wailers had a prolific 1973, releasing both “Burnin’” and “Catch a Fire” within five-months.

Those who have been keeping up with my series “Ten Best Albums of…,” I apologize for breaking my promise of writing weekly. Last week was the start of my junior year of college, and couldn’t find the time to get this article out by last Monday. Two weeks ago, I explored the year 1989, a melting pot prelude of grunge, indie rock, and hip-hop that would dominate the upcoming decade. …


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The Cure dominated the 80s, capping off the decade with renowned classic “Disintegration.”

After spending the first couple of articles in the series “Ten Best Albums of…” within the 2000s, I jump to the very tail end of the 80s, in 1989, where genres that dominated the early part of the decade like new wave and post-punk were set aside for the immense popularity of metal, post-hardcore, and the U.K. Madchester scene. Beneath the mainstream horizon, hip-hop continued it’s rise to stardom that would dominate the 90s while early indie rock and grunge took shape with bands like Pixies and Nirvana leading the era respectably. Household names included but were not limited to Madonna and her defining singe “Like a Prayer” and Prince, who was tapped for the soundtrack of “Batman,” which at the time was the fifth highest-grossing film of all time. …


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Amy Winehouse, as seen on the cover of “Back to Black.”

Jumping forward just a few years from 2003, the music landscape as one would expect hadn’t changed too much. In the mainstream eye, the garage rock revival was still dominating the airways, Justin Timberlake had his solo breakthrough after a four-year hiatus in the form of “FutureSex / LoveSounds” featuring mega-hits “SexyBack” and “Summer Love.” …

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College student with aspirations of working in the music industry, for now, I’ll try my hand at a blog.

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