The Great American Music series has really been a brain-teaser to work with.
Always a huge fan of many styles of music, building this series has had me glued
to youtube for hours on end, sometimes dancing, studying at times, googling like
crazy, enjoying my own little identity crisis as I watch the history of music's
influence on the USA. If you missed earlier editions, Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV can be found in the respective links.
Lose Yourself (No more games. I'm gonna change what you call
rage, and tear this mother-f*ing roof off like two dogs caged.)
One Shot Two Shot (Three shot, four shot...all I hear is
gunshots. This is where the fun stops.)
Ranked as the best-selling artist of the decade, Eminem stepped up the
game, starring in 8 Mile, shining a brand new light on life on the
streets of America and the society around him that was awakening to a new
breed. Whether they loved him or hated him, he sang of a truth that could not
nearly be denied any longer. The realities of inner city streets had hit home
with this amazing and talented young man, and he made sure the world knew just
what some people in good ol' America were really going through.
Eminem ruled the stage through the decade as his 32.2 million album sales dominated the market, with
only two other artists breaking the 10 million sales certification. N'Sync
delivered Bye, Bye, Bye, while Norah Jones made people stop and think
with a bluesy spin on Love Me. Nickelback also rated well with their
album All the Right Reasons, featuring If
Everyone Cared, among others.
There were many more artists who were very well known for one tune or another
through the years of the 2000's. In country music, the subject matter seemed to
shift away from "love", and became a little more thoughtful, going deeper to
inspire listeners consider other possibilities, to really pay attention to some
of the things going on around us, as well as within us. I'll leave you with a
little playlist sampler.
It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere (My Jamaican vacation's gonna start
In Part VI, we'll be checking out the ballads that have moved American
society. Some think that ballads are mostly slow love songs, but that's not
really the case. Every once in awhile, someone finds a way to bring a few notes
and a few words together that can inspire great changes. Let's see how many I
can find this week !!!