RockPop Spring 15 Listening

Listening for Rock & Popular Music Spring 2015

A repository for the listening lists for each of our topics. Embedded spotify and youtube playlists appear below each list.

Topic 9: Anime Music
Topic 8: Broadway Musicals

  • Cole Porter, Anything Goes, “I Get a Kick Out of You” (1934)
  • Richard Rodgers (music)  and Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics), Oklahoma!, “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” (1943)
  • Meredith Willson, The Music Man, “Seventy-Six Trombones” (1957)
  • Galt MacDermot (music), James Rado and Gerome Ragni (lyrics), Hair, “Aquarius” (1967)
  • Stephen Sondheim, Company, “The Ladies Who Lunch” (1970)
  • Charlie Smalls, The Wiz, “Ease on Down the Road” (1974)
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber, Phantom of the Opera, “The Music of the Night” (1986)
  • Jonathan Larson, Rent, “Seasons of Love” (1996)
  • Stephen Schwartz, Wicked, “Defying Gravity” (2003)
  • Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots, “Sex Is in the Heel” (2012)
Note: The Spotify playlist does NOT include “Ease on Down the Road”!

Topic 7: Video Game Music


  • Jeremy Soule, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, “Dragonborn”
  • Nobuo Uematsu, Final Fantasy X, “To Zanarkand”
  • Richard Jacques, Sonic R, “Can You Feel the Sunshine?”
  • Inon Zur, Fallout 3, “Main Title”
  • Junichi Masuda, Pokémon X and Y, “Boutique”
  • Koji Kondo, The Legend of Zelda, “Title Theme”
  • Takashi Tateishi, Mega Man 2, “Dr. Wily’s Castle”
  • Koji Kondo, Super Mario Bros. 2, “Overworld Theme”
  • Yoko Shimomura, Kingdom Hearts, “Dearly Beloved”
  • Ari Pulkkinen, Angry Birds, “Main Theme”
I’m not even going to try to make a Spotify playlist.

Topic 6: Movie Music

Viewing: Scenes from Beetlejuice, Apocalypse Now, The Lion King, Malcolm X, and Kill Bill Volume 1.

  • Max Steiner, Gone with the Wind, “Tara’s Theme” (1939)
  • Bernard Herrmann, Psycho, “Prelude” (1960)
  • Elmer Bernstein, The Magnificent Seven, “Main Titles and Calvera’s Visit” (1960)
  • Maurice Jarre, Lawrence of Arabia, “This Is the Desert” (1962)
  • Henri Mancini, The Pink Panther, “The Pink Panther Theme” (1963)
  • Nino Rota, The Godfather, “Main Title (The Godfather Waltz)” (1972)
  • Jerry Goldsmith, Alien, “The Alien Planet” (1979)
  • John Williams, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, “Flying Theme” (1982)
  • Tan Dun, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, “Farewell” (2000)
  • Trent Reznor and Atticus Finch, The Social Network, “Hand Covers Bruise” (2010)

Topic 5: Vocal Groups

Reading: None.

  • The Chords, “Sh-Boom” (1954)
  • The Coasters, “Yakety Yak” (1958)
  • The Crystals, “Then He Kissed Me” (1963)
  • The Supremes, “Stop! In the Name of Love” (1965)
  • The Temptations, “Get Ready” (1966)
  • The Stylistics, “You Make Me Feel Brand New” (1974)
  • New Edition, “Mr. Telephone Man” (1984)
  • Boyz II Men, “I’ll Make Love to You” (1994)
  • Spice Girls, “Wannabe” (1996)
  • NSYNC, “It’s Gonna Be Me” (2000)

Topic 4: Sudden Deaths of Famous Musicians

Reading: Research a musician of your own choice and write up a 1-page obituary discussing the musician’s death, life, and music.

  • Buddy Holly, “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” (1959) Plane crash in 1959
  • Patsy Cline, “Sweet Dreams” (1963) Plane crash in 1963
  • Janis Joplin, “Me and Bobby McGee” (1971) Heroin overdose in 1970
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Free Bird” (1974) Ronnie Van Zant, Plane crash in 1977
  • John Lennon, “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)” (1980) Assassinated in 1980
  • Bob Marley and the Wailers, “Zion Train” (1980) Melanoma cancer in 1981
  • Nirvana, “Heart-Shaped Box” (1993) Kurt Cobain, Suicide by shotgun in 1994
  • Tupac, “2 of Americaz Most Wanted” (1996) Murdered in drive-by shooting in 1996
  • The Notorious B.I.G., “Somebody’s Gotta Die” (1997) Murdered by single assailent in 1997
  • Aaliyah, “Rock the Boat” (2002) Plane crash in 2001
  • Amy Winehouse, “Me & Mr Jones” (2006) Alcohol overdose in 2011
  • Jenni Rivera, “La Misma Gran Señora” (2012) Plane crash in 2012
Note: The Spotify playlist does NOT include the Aaliyah song!

Topic 3: Protest Music

Reading: Story behind the Protest Song by Hardeep Phull, Chapter 2: The Birth of a Nation (1939-1964).

  • Pete Seeger, “We Shall Overcome” (1963)
  • Billie Holiday, “Strange Fruit” (1939)
  • Woody Guthrie, “This Land Is Your Land” (1951)
  • Bob Dylan, “Masters of War” (1963)
  • Nina Simone, “Mississippi Goddam” (1964)
  • Sam Cooke, “A Change Is Gonna Come” (1964)
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, “Ohio” (1970)
  • Marvin Gaye, “What’s Going On” (1971)
  • The Sex Pistols, “God Save the Queen” (1977)
  • N. W. A., “Fuck tha Police” (1988)
  • Rage Against the Machine, “Killing in the Name” (1993)
  • Common and John Legend, “Glory” (2014)

Topic 2: History and Its Discontents

Reading: Each student reads and summarizes one chapter from our textbook, What’s That Sound?, 3rd Edition by John Covach and Andrew Flory.

  • Chapter 1: Big Joe Turner, “Shake Rattle and Roll” (1954)
  • Chapter 2: Elvis Presley, “Heartbreak Hotel” (1956)
  • Chapter 3: The Everly Brothers, “All I Have to Do Is Dream” (1958)
  • Chapter 4: The Beatles, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (1963)
  • Chapter 5: The Beach Boys, “California Girls” (1965)
  • Chapter 6: James Brown, “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag, Pt. 1” (1965)
  • Chapter 7: The Jimi Hendrix Experience, “Purple Haze” (1967)
  • Chapter 8: Santana, “Evil Ways” (1970)
  • Chapter 9: Parliament, “Tear the Root Off the Sucker (Give Up the Funk)” (1976)
  • Chapter 10: Boston, “More Than a Feeling” (1976)
  • Chapter 11: Madonna, “Like a Virgin” (1985)
  • Chapter 12: Public Enemy, “Don’t Believe the Hype” (1988)
  • Chapter 13: Tori Amos, “Crucify” (1992)
  • Chapter 14: OutKast, “Hey Ya” (2003)
NOTE: The Spotify playlist does NOT include the Beatles song!

Topic 1: The Problem of Genre(s)

Reading: “Genre busting: the origin of music categories” by Michaelangelo Matos, The Guardian,

  • Mahalia Jackson, “Take My Hand, Precious Lord”: Gospel
  • Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys, “It’s Mighty Dark to Travel”: Bluegrass
  • The Righteous Brothers, “Unchained Melody”: Blue-eyed soul
  • Toots & the Maytals, “Do the Reggay”: Reggae
  • The Turbans, “When You Dance”: Doo-wop
  • Sugarhill Gang, “Rapper’s Delight”: Hip-hop
  • Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, “Good Hearted Woman”: Outlaw country
  • Model 500 [Juan Atkins], “No UFOs (Vocal)”: Techno
  • The Raspberries, “Go All the Way”: Power-pop
  • Aretha Franklin, “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)”: Rhythm & Blues, Soul
  • Steppenwolf, “Born to Be Wild”: Heavy metal
  • ? and the Mysterians, “96 Tears”: Punk rock
  • Jimmie Rodgers, “The Soldier’s Sweetheart”: Hillbilly [Country]
  • D’Angelo, “Brown Sugar”: Neo-soul
  • Roy Brown, “Good Rockin’ Tonight”: Jump blues, (Rock ‘n’ Roll?)