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When a radio station plays a song but it doesn't show up in their 'recently played' list online, what does this mean?

I'm not sure if all radio stations do this, but a station I listen to has a page online where they list their 'recently played' songs. But I notice there are certain songs that don't show up. ...
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How did David Dickey (bassist in the band America) inadvertently fly home to America?

I just read on wikipedia that America bassist David Dickey (who died in 2016) missed a European tour because after landing there, he inadvertently flew back to America. There has to be a story here — ...
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Is Cory Wong's Watercolors giving a nod to The Safety Dance?

In Cory Wong's album Elevator Music for an Elevated Mood, the song Watercolors, the guitar lick at 0:43--0:52 (which repeats several more times as one of the themes) sounds very much like The Safety ...
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Is Kpop in English still Kpop?

Taking for example, BTS song "Dynamite" or "Permission to Dance". While BTS is a Korean pop band, neither of these songs include any Korean. So are they still considered KPop? Or ...
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How did Celine Dion become so good in English although she's not a native English speaker?

Celine Dion is born in Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada. Quebec is mainly a French province since most people speak French, yet we see that Celine Dion is perfect in English even though also her first ...
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What are the song names in Francesco Napoli's Balla Balla songs?

Franceso Napoli sang Balla Balla volume 1, 2 and 3. The songs are mixes/combinations of what I think are original Italian songs. What are the names/artists of the original songs in them?
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What is said at the end of "I Dream Myself Alive", and why?

At the very end of the a-ha song "I Dream Myself Alive" (2:56 to 2:59), there's a barely audible voice in German. I believe it says "Die Berichterstattung soll umfassend, wahrheitsge-&...
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What happened to songs telling stories in our culture?

I've just heard the "Hotel California" once again. Beautiful song from Eagles... Watched nearly 10 covers on the YouTube, some of them are really awesome. This song was really a hit at its ...
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Popular songs with samba whistle (or similar) to signal transition?

I'm looking for examples from popular music of any era where a samba whistle (either a proper apito de samba, a common coach's/referee's whistle, or something with a similar sound) is used at a point ...
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Why is Prince considered a music genius?

Prince is often said to be a musical genius. No doubt he is a talent, but what are some things which really distinguish him compared to other pop musicians of his time?
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List of Taylor Swift Songs With Unconventional Time Signatures

What Taylor Swift songs use unconventional time signatures like 10/8 (I know “evermore” and “closure” do, but are there others?). By unconventional I mean time signatures not widely used that might ...
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How is it possible that the band "Paradisio" was Belgian when they sang in Spanish?

I have always thought that Paradisio, who made/performed the fantastic songs "Baliando" and "Vamos a la Discoteca", was Spanish. They sing in Spanish, look Spanish, and Belgium, ...
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Where can I find the version of the song "Never Knew Love Like This Before" that is played in the movie "I Give It a Year"?

"Never Knew Like This Before" is a song that was originally sung by Stephanie Mills. Jessie Ware sang this song in the opening scene of the movie "I Give It a Year". However, I ...
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Who are the actresses in Mariah Carey's Through the Rain?

From Mariah Carey - Through The Rain (Official Music Video) 1st 2nd
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Why was Barry Gibb's and Michael Jackson's "All In Your Name" song released 9 years after being recorded and after Michael Jackson's death?

Barry Gibb's and Michael Jackson's "All In Your Name" song was released 9 years after being recorded and after Michael Jackson's death. Why?
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Pop Songs with Reversed Tonality

Teddy Pendergrass' 1980 "quiet storm" R&B hit ballad "Love T.K.O." is one of the most unusual songs in the entire pop music canon. Why? The ...
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USA for Africa song

What could be the probable reasons for Rod Stewart, Brian Adams , Elton John, Sting not in this beautiful song? The reason being there nationality is not American? Thanks & Regards, Prashant S ...
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Music in Dunkview "Knack" review on YouTube (from the game soundtrack?) [closed]

The song is in the background between 2:11 to 2:15. What song is it?
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Looking for an early 90s pop song [closed]

I've been trying to find this song for ages, maybe someone here can help me out. Here is what I know : this is a pop (or RnB) song, from around 1991 or 1992. More specifically, it's from a mixtape I ...
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Did John Lennon condemn the Free Love ideology on the 1970 track "Working Class Hero"?

It's safe to say that the Beatles had a pretty good time in the Sixties. They were certainly at the forefront of the hippie movement, a central aspect of which was the Free Love ideology. However, in ...
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Did Nat King Cole express contempt for fans of his pop recordings?

It seems to me that I've seen Nat King Cole quoted to this effect: I know that my Jazz records are good and my Pop records are junk. But how can I turn down the money I can make with the Pop records ...
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English song similar to this track

I have been trying to remember a song name for long but I could not. Luckily today I found a track which is little bit closer to the song I am searching for. I used to hear English motivational songs ...
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Need help trying to figure out the tuning / chords of a live acoustic performance of "Two is Better Than One" by Boys Like Girls [closed]

The song is called "Two is better than One" and the live performance is very nice and different from the original record, been trying to learn it so I can use it during a wedding. However I can't ...
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I was a listening in 1982 a song which was very similar to a well-known one "Voyage, voyage" [closed]

I was listening (for many times) a French song which was sounding like the well-known one "Voyage, voyage" with my friends during our trip to Tbilisi (Georgia, USSR) in 1982 (6-8 March). I ...
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Male/Female Key vs. Octave

In many pop songs today, when the song is sung by one gender: The same gender as the singer would sing it in the original key and register. Another gender would sing the transposed version written in ...
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Were the lyrics in Coldplay's "Viva la Vida" changed?

Did the group Coldplay really originally have the words "Roman Catholic priests are singing" in their song "Viva la Vida", and later replace it with "Roman Cavalry choirs are singing"?
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Synthpop disco song, retro 80s vibe, British accent, German name

I remember listening to a song on YouTube a few years ago: The song had a 80s vibe but I don't think it was actually from the 80s. The singer was male, tall, and blond or ginger. He reminded me very ...
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Which band had the last music video before CGI effects?

My suggestion is "Fascination" by Human League. Yes that paint in the video is real paint! That was 1983. But I would be fascinated to be wrong.
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10cc "I'm not in Love" - Unique inclusion of bystander's vocals?

Not only was "I'm Not in Love", a classic pop record, but 10cc did something unique: There's a section where a woman says "be quiet, big boys don't cry, big boys don't cry, big boys don't cry..." ...
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Looking for spanish music video

I am looking for a spanish music video which I found in 2015/2016. It was about a couple living together in an apartment and it was sang by female artist. There was a scene where she was playing a ...
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What genre would Fiction by Sumika (a japanese band) be categorized as?

The song, for reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKHGAuNaGuA I hesitate to call the genre "J-rock" or "J-pop".
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How has popular music singing evolved over the past 70 years to where it is now?

While I have a background in music (as fine arts), I am less familiar with pop and its associated analysis, which tends to be culturally-based. There is a diction in singing that seems to have shifted ...
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First 45 not to feature a "second song"?

Napoleon XIV (AKA Jerry Samuels) released "They're Coming to Take Me Away" in 1966. He had no second song, so they simply played the song backwards on the B-side. A lot of singles simply feature an ...
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What's the music genre of "Melting Ice Icream - Twice"?

Most of the result i got from searching is only KPOP genre and it is so obvious. I want another genre result for this song based on maybe its melody, rhythm, or something else. Genre that comes to my ...
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Song with a theme of "Love me now, but give it time and I'll make you hate me" [closed]

I'm looking for an apologetic song with a theme of "you're loving me now, but give it time and I’m gonna make you hate me." It was a female artist and it was popular in early 2015. I can’t remember ...
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Meanings in "Mon Maquis" by Alizée

[well, written by Mylène Farmer, I believe] So ... I love this song! I feel like it would fit well as an eve-of-battle song in the Lord of the Rings or something. Anyway, I would just like to know ...
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What happened to Andy Fairweather Low and Greg Phillinganes regarding Eric Clapton?

If you are also a fan of Eric Clapton, you've probably noticed like me that in the recent past (probably ten years) Eric almost has a new backup band for him apart from the great bassist Nathan East. ...
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Does anything in Elton John's "Daniel" actually/specifically reference war, or Vietnam?

I recently got Elton John's song "Daniel" in my head, and got curious what it was about - it seemed likely from the lyrics that they might be referring to something specific. A quick look online says ...
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Did Charlie Puth lift a vocal run from Justin Timberlake?

In Charlie Puth's "If You Leave Me Now" (Feat. Boyz ll Men) at 2:40 Charlie performs a vocal run that is nearly identical to the run Justin Timberlake sings in the 'N Sync song "Gone" at 4:20. My ...
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Non-English words and sounds in Barzilai Netta's Eurovision song "Toy"

The lyrics to Barzilai Netta's song, "Toy", which won the 2018 Eurovision song contest for Israel contains some words that are in English and other words and sounds that are not. To an Anglophone ear ...
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What is the meaning of (Paean) in the title of Ed Sheeran's "How Would You Feel (Paean)"?

I've been wondering about the purpose of the (Paean) in Ed Sheeran's "How Would You Feel (Paean)" title. I know paean means a song of praise or triumph but what purpose does it serve in the song's ...
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Is there a streaming music service that plays music by year or decade (esp 60s to 80s) based on what was actually popular in the decade?

I find that most “decade channels” (eg 80s Music) play music based on a retrospective notion of the decade. In that, some songs are overplayed and some songs are forgotten. I want to (re-) hear the ...
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Polish-language pop artists?

I got my Irish-American sister a CD by Iarla Ó Lionáird awhile back. Now I want to get my Polish-American brother in law something similar -- namely, a modern CD or record in his heritage language. ...
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Why are Zap Mama's Iko Iko lyrics so different and what do they mean?

I really like Zap Mama's version of Iko Iko (as featured in the intro of Mission: Impossible 2). It's always listed as a cover of Iko Iko/Jock-A-Mo. Google even shows the lyrics of the well known ...
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Why is “Despacito” so successful?

You might be aware of the enourmeous success of the song "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. (It has been number one in many countries, as different as Mexico, Lebanon, Austria; It is the most ...
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Melody pattern in three pop songs - Gaynor, Erasure, Williams

There is a certain melody pattern appearing in - at least - three very different pop songs. I think that everyone knows about the pattern I am talking about when it comes to these three songs: Gloria ...
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Anyone have lyrics to "Ich schenk dir mein Herz" by Peter Reusch?

As part of my German education, I'm taping old 1970s and 1980s hits to the bathroom wall -- along with translations -- and singing them in the shower. I'm sure my neighbors love me. The compilation CD ...
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What kind of music do people born in the late 80's listen to now? [closed]

I'm 30 years old. I fell out of touch with American music sometime in the late 2000s, because I got into European metal music. I started off listening to symphonic metal, but eventually ended up ...
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What is this song from this youtube video? [closed]

What is this song in this YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RcW3-3W3Xw ? The title of the video is "【手描きHQ】飛雄と及川で威../風.堂/". Someone said commented that it is Pomp and Circumstance, ...
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when did the 1980's sound of pop music and power ballads end?

When were the latest pop and power ballad songs done in the style of the 1980's, such as in Journey's "who cries for you", Brenda Russell's "Piano in the Dark" or Chicago's "we can last forever"? I'm ...
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