Music Lists

Music played a huge role during the #EndSARS protests of October 2020 in Nigeria. Across protest grounds, music boosted the morale of the crowds, inspiring the masses to demand changes in Nigerian policing.

A video posted on Twitter of a man, later identified as Joshua Ambrose, being thrown out of a moving vehicle by SARS (or Special Anti-Robbery Squad, a unit of the Nigerian police force) officers in Ughelli, a rural town in southern Nigeria, prompted the protests after it went viral.The now-defunct SARS — created to combat the widespread robbery and kidnappings of the 80s — had become notorious for harassing, brutalizing, and extorting young Nigerians for their appearance or for the gadgets they carried, sometimes even profiling them as internet fraudsters.

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The 10 Best Songs of 2021 So Far

These songs have made a huge splash in 2021.

Jazmine Sullivan, Japanese Breakfast, Olivia Rodrigo, Polo G

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Believe it or not, 2021 is already just about halfway over.

From an unorthodox Grammy Awards show to tour announcements finally rolling out, the music industry seems to be slowly but surely getting back on its feet. With brighter skies ahead, there's been no shortage of great music to help weather the storm.

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13 of the Most Controversial Music Videos Ever

From Kanye West to Madonna, these gory and graphic clips got people talking — for better or for worse.

Music videos are a perfect opportunity to expand the story of a song.

The best music videos can showcase killer choreography, Halloween-ready attire, or movie levels of cinematic gold; others can spark controversies, no matter how well-intended. Whether centered around copious bloodshed or near-pornographic nudity (sorry, Mom and Dad), there's one thing all controversial music videos have in common: They get people talking.

Here are 13 music videos released over the past 30-plus years that have sparked disputes. Watch at your own risk.

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At just 18 years old, Olivia Rodrigo is well-versed in her pop-rock forebears.

The "drivers license" phenom's most obvious musical inspiration is Taylor Swift, with whom she shares a knack for lyrical storytelling, as well as an undeniable ability to write an affecting hit breakup song. Even while watching Rodrigo's arsonry-filled music video for "good 4 u," it's easy to remember a teary-eyed Swift destroying her ex's property in "Black Space."

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7 Modern Shoegaze Bands Keeping the '90s Dream Alive

With new music from My Bloody Valentine in the works, we're looking at the subgenre they helped pioneer.

This year has brought big news for My Bloody Valentine fans.

The shoegaze icons announced recently that they currently have two new albums in the works for their new label home, Domino Records. In addition to the new music, My Bloody Valentine's 2013 comeback album, m b v, is finally available on streaming, and their albums Loveless and Isn't Anything — famously difficult to find on vinyl — are being remastered and reissued.

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7 Bo Burnham Songs That Still Hold Up Now

To celebrate his appearance in Promising Young Woman, we're looking back at the comedian's best musical moments.

courtesy of Bo Burnham

What's not to love about Bo Burnham?

Talented, acutely self-aware, and really, really tall: There are plenty of reasons that, despite being only 30 years old, Bo Burnham has been one of the most popular and influential comedians of the last decade. From his humble beginnings on YouTube to his full-length specials on Comedy Central and Netflix, Burnham's musical comedy is full of self-deprecating digs, clever puns, and topically relevant meditations on humanity.

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