The NPR 100
Nov 26, 2000 — Commentator Evelyn C. White describes the life-affirming effect that Aretha Franklin's powerful anthem, "Respect," had on her and other young black women growing up in the turbulent 1960s. Though the song was written by Otis Redding, it came to help define Franklin's career.
Mar 7, 2012 — John Coltrane presented 'A Love Supreme' as a spiritual declaration that his musical devotion was now intertwined with his faith in God.
Apr 3, 2000 — When it came out as a single in 1954, the Muddy Waters song hovered near the top of the rhythm-and-blues charts for 13 weeks. Over the course of his long career, Waters re-interpreted the song numerous times, each one capturing the changes in the blues. "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man" is one of the NPR 100. NPR's David Welna reports.
Apr 1, 2000 — "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," by Earl Scruggs, was perhaps the tune that introduced audience to bluegrass music. It was popularized in the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde. And it is one of the "NPR 100," voted one of the most important American songs of the 20th century. Paul Brown has a profile.
May 1, 2000 — This enduring hit showcases Domino's powerful blues piano and stop-time, swamp-pop texture with an abundance of saxophones, plus that warm Creole-accented voice telling the simple but sincere story of romance found and lost.
Feb 15, 2012 — Woody Guthrie scribbled the words to "This Land Is Your Land" down on a loose-leaf sheet of paper in 1940. He recorded it for Moses Asch, founder of Folkways Records, in 1944, but the song wasn't released until 1951. By that time, "This Land Is Your Land" had become something of a leftist national anthem.
Apr 16, 2000 — Loretta Lynn's classic song "Coal Miner's Daughter" tells an autobiographical story about growing up in poverty in Butcher Hollow, Ky. Her first recording, 1960's "Honky Tonk Girl," catapulted Lynn to fame.
Jun 4, 2000 — As part of NPR's look at the 100 greatest songs of the 20th century, we hear the story behind the classic R&B ballad "Let's Stay Together." With its plea for two people to hang in there, whether times are good or bad, it quickly became an anthem to lovers. NPR's Elizabeth Blair talks to singer Al Green and producer Willie Mitchell.
May 15, 2000 — The popularity of "Smells Like Teen Spirit," by the Seattle rock band Nirvana, announced the dominance of grunge music over the synthesized sounds of late-'80s pop and rock. Nirvana remains widely celebrated as a rock band that, unlike many of its peers, became enormously popular on its own terms.
Feb 13, 2000 — At age 25, George Gershwin took only three weeks to compose his most identifiable masterpiece. The episodic and jazzy one-movement piano concerto evokes the hustle and bustle of New York's grand metropolitan aura.