Celebrate the birthday of Brian May revisiting The Top 10 Greatest Queen Live Performances

Today the legendary Brian May turns 72, and we look back at The Top 10 Greatest Queen Live Performances during the Freddie Mercury era

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In 1986 Madonna peaks to No.1 once again with her hit song “Papa Don’t Preach”

The controversial lyrical subject of “Papa Don’t Preach” caused Madonna’s first conflict with the Vatican, as it dealt with teenage pregnancy and abortion. It remains one of the 1980’s absolute classics and a all time fan favorite

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The spectacular Live Aid took place on this day in 1985

The spectacular Live Aid was held on July 13, 1985 at simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London, England and at the John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, U.S. It featured a never before seen parade of Pop and Rock artists including Queen, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Madonna, Wham!, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, David Bowie and Bob Dylan among many many others

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For the first and last time, The Police scores a No.1 at the US Hot 100 with their hit “Every Breath You Take” in 1983

First released in 1983, The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” remains so popular today that in 2010 was estimated to generate between a quarter and a third of Sting’s music publishing income

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Clive Jackson of Doctor and The Medics turns 58 today

Today, Clive Jackson is a name that doesn’t immediately rings a bell, but many of us still remembers his band Doctor and The Medics who had a big hit in 1986 with their cover of the 1969 Norman Greenbaum’s song “Spirit in the Sky”. He turns 58 today

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In 1972 David Bowie changes Pop and Rock music forever with his “Starman” performance at Top Of The Pops

When Bowie embodied Ziggy Stardust and performed “Starman”, he influenced just about every future major British music star that was watching the TV at that minute

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The Top 10 Blondie songs on the iconic Debbie Harry birthday

Debbie Harry wrote her name in the history of Rock as one of the most charismatic and popular female Rock singers of all time. With Blondie she had an impressive string of hit singles that remain timeless. Today, the iconic singer turns 74 and we look back at Blondie’s Top 10 songs

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On this day in 1986 Wham! wrote the final chapter on their history

“I think it should be the most amicable split in pop history.” said George Michael announcing the break up of Pop duo Wham!. On the same day of their farewell concert at Wembley Stadium, their final single “The Edge Of Heaven” also peaked to No.1 on the UK singles charts

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George Michael 56th Anniversary Special

The Pop icon and legend George Michael would had turned 56 today. To celebrate his life, we’ve put together six articles previously published including album reviews, a quiz, a photo gallery and an intimate look

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George Michael: A style and fashion icon in photographs

During four decades George Michael influenced not just music but also fashion and style, Pop Expresso put together some of George’s best and most iconic photographs to celebrate his life and contribution to Pop Culture

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Revisiting George Michael’s “Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1”

The second George Michael’s solo album “Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1”, released on September 3rd 1990, didn’t achieved the same success as it’s predecessor “Faith” from 1987, but it’s among one of his finest albums

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The influential songwriter, singer and actor Kris Kristofferson turns 83 today

Kris Kristofferson penned the classic “Me And Bobby McGee”, which became his most well known song, but for a while, music wasn’t the direction he was following during his early years. We look back at Kristofferson’s life and career on the day he turns 83

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The Kinks’ Ray Davies turns 75

With The Kinks, Ray Davies sung and played on some of the most memorable songs of the 1960’s and 1970’s. The band, “outsiders” on the British Invasion music scene, influenced important music movements such as Punk Rock and Britpop and remain relevant ever since their hit “You Really Got Me” played for the first time. Ray Davies turns 75 today

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Boys on film: Top 15 Duran Duran songs and music videos with John Taylor who turns 59 today

John Taylor is one of the most successful figures to come out of the 1980’s New Wave and New Romantic movement, good looks aren’t everything, but for Duran Duran allied with their talent, certainly helped them to rule the 1980’s as the most popular New Wave band in the world with a string of hit songs and music videos. John Taylor turns 59 today

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The Paul McCartney Top 25 Beatles Songs

Paul McCartney’s songwriting partnership with John Lennon while in The Beatles during the 1960’s, it’s the most famous in Pop and Rock music history. To celebrate Paul McCartney’s 77th birthday, we’ve put together the Top 25 Beatles songs featuring him on lead vocals

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French Yé-Yé and Rock icon Johnny Hallyday was born on this day in 1943

The first French Rock Star, Johnny Hallyday was seen as a “national monument” in France. He emerged during the early 1960’s part of French culture and music movement Yé-Yé. With over 110 million records sold worldwide, Hallyday had a successful career that only was stopped by illness towards the end of his life

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The unique Greek singer and performer Demis Roussos was born on this day in 1946

Demis Roussos achieved the peak of his popularity during the 1970’s with songs such as “Forever And Ever”, a No.1 on the UK singles charts, but despite his success and popularity in Europe, he was never able to replicate the same in other parts of the world. We look back at his career on the day he would have turned 73

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Singer-songwriter Nilsson was born on this day in 1941

With the 1969 “Midnight Cowboy” movie theme “Everybody’s Talking” Nilsson scored his first big hit. During the 1970’s, he became one of the most popular singer-songwriters while at the same indulging in excess together with John Lennon. Nilsson was born 78 years ago

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Celebrate the Pop icon Boy George anniversary with Top 10 Culture Club songs

One of Pop’s most controversial figures, the unique and iconic Boy George turns 58 today. With Culture Club he scored the biggest music hits of his career and we look back at it through a musical and visual journey with the Top 10 Culture Club songs

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Boy George: A Pop Chameleon in Photos

Boy George emerged during the early 1980’s from the Post-Punk movement named New Romantic, through his music and looks he broke down barriers and destroyed prejudice. Take look back at his influential and inspiring career in photographs

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The Milli Vanilli’s Rob Pilatus was born 54 years ago today

Rob Pilatus “sold” his soul to the devil when he agreed to serve as a public face to another singer, after a quick rise to international success he found an even more quick decline that contributed to his untimely death at age 32. He was born on this day in 1965

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Remembering the legendary music genius Prince with his Top 20 songs

Prince Rogers Nelson was born 61 years ago, one of the absolute pop music genius of all times, he left behind a diverse and enormous body of work. We remember Prince with the list of his 20 best and most popular songs

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Ten of the best songs from The Mamas & The Papas featuring Michelle Phillips

The Mamas & The Papas went separate ways towards the beginning of the 1970’s, but songs such as “Monday, Monday” or “California Dreamin'” remain as popular as ever. To celebrate Michelle Phillips 75th birthday here’s ten of the best songs from The Mamas & The Papas

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The Top 12 Rolling Stones songs with Ronnie Wood

Ronnie Wood joined the Rolling Stones in 1974, he was the third full-time guitarist in the band after founding member Brian Jones and Mick Taylor. We’ve put together the Top 12 Rolling Stones songs with Ronnie Wood today that he turns 72

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The Baroque Pop of David Bowie’s 1967 debut album

Hated by many, the David Bowie self-titled debut it’s essentially a baroque-pop album with hints of Psychedelic and Vaudeville Music Hall and a selection of songs that are notable for a 20-year-old composer

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Top 10 songs of the unique Stevie Nicks

Being as part of Fleetwood Mac or as a solo artist, Stevie Nicks, with her distinctive vocals, charisma, and charm, have been gracing the music world over the last 40 years. We celebrate the “gold dust woman’s” birthday with her Top 10 songs

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Procol Harum’s classic “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” enters the UK singles charts for the first time in 1967

It’s one of the anthems for the 1967 Summer Of Love, the popular Bach-derived Psychedelic Rock “A Whiter Shade Of Pale”, entered the charts for the first time on this day in 1967. Learn more about this music classic

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David Bowie invites the world to dance in 1983 when he tops the charts with the single “Let’s Dance”

The 1980’s weren’t overall the best David Bowie period, creatively blocked, the influential artist, was still able to pull one of his career best selling and most popular songs with the 1983 “Let’s Dance”

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Starship tops the charts worldwide in 1987 with the “Mannequin” theme “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”

By the 1980’s, several once popular artists from the 1960’s had either vanished, died or simply lost their popularity for good, but that wasn’t the case for Grace Slick who got another No.1 in 1987 with “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”

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Former Apple star and Beatles “protégé” Mary Hopkin turns 69 today

Welsh singer Mary Hopkin is not a name that clicks too many people today, however, she has played a rather important role on Pop music during the late 1960’s and 1970’s being a Beatles protégé and a David Bowie collaborator

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Lesley Gore, the voice of the 1960’s hit “It’s My Party” was born on this day in 1946

Lesley Gore was one of the most successful teen acts of the early 1960’s, she became famous with the smash hit “It’s My Party”, which she remains heavily associated with, later in life she became an activist for LGBT rights. Gore was born on this day 73 years ago

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The Electronic Pop music genius Giorgio Moroder turns 79 today

Giorgio Moroder’s career has been filled with hit upon hit, he has been awarded Oscars, Grammys and even Golden Globes and, he is responsible for some of the most memorable Electronic Pop music songs ever. We look back at his impressive career

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Dusty Springfield scores her first and only No.1 in the UK in 1966 with “You Don’t Have To say You Love Me”

You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me” remains Dusty Springfield only No.1 single in the UK. The song, which was a cover of an Italian original, peaked at the top of the UK charts on this day in 1966

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The Cure’s Robert Smith turns 60 today

The Cure scored several hit songs throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s with their unique blend of Post Punk, Goth Rock and Pop music. They are still as relevant and popular today as they were back then. Robert Smith, co-founder and lead singer turns 60 today

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“We Are The World” by USA For Africa, went No.1 on the US Hot 100 on this day in 1985

The all-star group of singers and musicians USA For Africa, was the American response to the British Band Aid. Their iconic and memorable song “We Are The World” peaked to No.1 on this day in 1985

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Mark Volman of The Turtles turns 72 today

During the late 1960’s Volman scored hits as a member of The Turtles with songs such as “Happy Together” and “Eleanore” and later became also a member of Frank Zappa’s The Mothers Of Invention. Today he turns 72

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The legendary and impressive Rock producer and engineer Eddie Kramer turns 77

Eddie Kramer has one of the most impressive careers in Rock music. Since the 1960’s his collaborations as producer and engineer with names such as Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, KISS, The Rolling Stones and Blue Cheer among many others, have earned him a big place on Rock N’Roll history.

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In 1969 a Reggae based song hits No.1 for the first time in the U.K. “Israelites” by Desmond Dekker and The Aces, blend Reggae and Pop in a perfect union

During the 1960’s, Reggae was considered a music style strictly oriented to the Jamaican audiences, but towards the end of the decade, Desmond Dekker helped it get noticed by the mainstream with his hit “Israelites

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The talented singer-songwriter Linda Perry turns 54

Linda Perry rose to fame during the 1990’s with the Alternative Rock anthem “What’s Up” unique songwriting talent, led her to write and produce songs for an impressive number of artists from many different genres including Pink, Courtney Love and even Enrique Iglesias

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In 1988 “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car” peaks to No.1 and marks the end of Billy Ocean’s 1980’s string of Pop hits

Billy Ocean had a very successful career throughout the 1980’s decade and some of his songs remain popular to this day. In 1988, he released he peaked No.1 on the US Hot 100 for the last time with “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car”

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The Prince Of Soul, Marvin Gaye was born on this day in 1939

The legendary Marvin Gaye was pivotal in taking Soul music to the mainstream during the 1960’s. He released several memorable songs such as “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”, “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology”), “What’s Going On” and “Sexual Healing” among others. His life was cut short at the age of 44 by his own father. We look back at his career on what would had been his 80th birthday

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Serge Gainsbourg: A Life Dedicated to Music, Poetry, Art, Women and Controversy

Serge Gainsbourg was born on April 2, 1928, 91 years ago. He lived a lifetime dedicated to life’s best things, with high dosages of scandal and controversy mixed along with his unique genius for writing poetry and music. We look back at the life and career of this French icon.

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Stop! It’s MC Hammer’s birthday

“Stop! Hammertime” became one of the most popular and used expressions ever in Pop Culture, all credit goes to MC Hammer when he first used it on his smash hit “U Can’t Touch This”. The artist that brought Rap to the worldwide masses and had one of the quickest risings and falls in the music industry turns 57 today. We look back at his career

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Folk singer and artist Tracy Chapman turns 55 today

Tracy Chapman’s beautifully crafted modern folk songs marked the difference back in the 1980’s. She put Folk and simple songs back in the charts just like Bob Dylan and Joan Baez had made it back in the 60’s. We look back at her career today that she turns 55

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The best 20 Elton John songs

Controversial, talented and a world class entertainer, Elton John turns 72 years old, to celebrate it, look back at 20 of his very best songs, from his 70’s classics, to the shift into 80’s modern pop beats and throughout his return during the 1990’s and 21st century to the classic formula that first made him famous

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The “Fame” and “Flashdance…What A Feeling” singer Irene Cara turns 60 today

Irene Cara had an exciting and successful career during the early 1980’s that included being awarded an Academy Awards and Grammy’s, but today she’s mostly remembered as the voice of the worldwide hits “Fame” and “Flashdance…What A Feeling”

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Otis Redding posthumously released single “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” peaks to No.1 on this day in 1968

The song, that Redding intended “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” to be different from all his previous work, though he didn’t have time to finish it the way he wanted, it became his most popular release selling 4 million copies worldwide after his untimely death in 1967. Read more facts about this classic

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Terence Trent D’Arby turns 57 today

Terence Trent D’Arby had a string of hit singles during the late 1980’s including “Sign Your Name” with his acclaimed debut album “Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby”, today, the singer that has changed his name to Sananda Francesco Maitreya, turns 57

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The Rolling Stones scored their fourth U.S No.1 in 1967 with “Ruby Tuesday”

The song, coupled as double A-side single with the risque “Let’s Spend The Night Together”, remains one of the Stones biggest hits, read some interesting facts on who actually wrote it and who was Ruby Tuesday

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On this day, 22 years apart, both Harry Nilsson in 1972 and Mariah Carey in 1994, climb to No.1 with Badfinger’s song “Without You”

One of the most famous Pop ballads of all time, “Without You” by Badfinger, has been covered and recorded by over 180 artists, however, was through Harry Nilsson and Mariah Carey that the song met it’s most famous versions

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Remembering the artist and politician Sonny Bono on his birthday

Sonny Bono helped to launch Cher’s career with their successful duo Sonny & Cher back in the 1960’s, with a string of hits such as “I Got You Babe” or “The Beat Goes On”. But he also wrote many songs for other artists and had an active acting career and later in his life, as a politician too. We look back at Sonny Bono’s life

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Original Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor turns 58 today

With Duran Duran, Andy Taylor reached the pinnacle of his success during the 1980’s, but the guitarist has had also a successful solo career collaborating with many other artists and with Power Station back in the 1980’s. Look back at Taylor’s life and career on the day he turns 58

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Manfred Mann scores a No.1 in the UK on Valentine’s Day 1968 with Dylan’s cover of “The Mighty Quinn”

“The Mighty Quinn” was originally written and recorded as a demo by Bob Dylan in 1967 under a different title, the Manfred Mann version reached No.1 on Valentine’s Day 1968. Learn more about the background of this popular song

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The Beatles”Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane” was first released on this day in 1967

The double A-side single release of “Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane” is perhaps the greatest single release ever. Simultaneously the beginning and pinnacle of The Beatles Psychedelic period, the importance of the two songs to Pop and Rock music history is undeniable

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The creative Peter Gabriel was born on this day in 1950

The Genesis founder and former lead singer Peter Gabriel has had a very successful solo career since the 1970’s and won a big place on Pop Culture’s imagery through his creative music videos. Today he turns 69

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On this day in 2012 Whitney Houston passed away at age 48

Whitney Houston was the most awarded female act of all time with 200 million records sold worldwide, one of music’s greatest voices, she passed away on this day in 2012 at age only 48. We remember her voice and music through the concert Live At Yokohama Arena, Japan 1991

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David Bowie releases “Sound And Vision” in 1977

On February 11, 1977, one of David Bowie’s most revolutionary and famous songs, “Sound And Vision” was the first single to be released from the album “Low”, the Experimental Electronic-Rock adventure of the Berlin period. The back vocals on the song were done by a very special singer

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The Righteous Brothers classic “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin” became one of the songs of the year on this day in 1965

Written and produced by Phil Spector, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin” by The Righteous Brothers went No.1 on the Hot 100 on this day in 1965. The song is still considered the prime example of Phil Spector’s “Wall Of Sound”

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Rick Astley turns 55 today

Rick Astley became popular during the late 1980’s with songs such as “Never Gonna Give You Up” produced by the famous team Stock Aitken Waterman. Though in recent years he’s more famous for the “rickrolling”, his career has been much more than that

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James’ singer Tim Booth was born on this day in 1960

Tim Booth joined James in 1981 as their lead singer and lyricist. During the 1990’s James found an audience for their Alternative Pop Rock sound that featured songs such as “Laid”, “Sit Down” or “Sometimes”. Booth was born 59 years ago

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Shakira turns 42 today

Shakira has one of the most impressive music careers of the last 20 years, the hot Colombian singer became worldwide famous during the early 2000’s with the song “Whenever, Wherever” and ever since she’s unbeatable. We look back at her career and some interesting facts about Shakira, on the day she turns 42

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The Sigue Sigue Sputnik “Space Cowboy” Martin Degville turns 58 today

The provocative and eccentric Martin Degville came to prominence during the 1980’s as the lead singer and mastermind of the British Electronic/Space Pop band Sigue Sigue Sputnik. We look back at his life and career on the day he turns 58

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Revisiting the classic soundtrack to “Saturday Night Fever”: Disco doesn’t necessarily need to suck

The soundtrack to the 1977 movie “Saturday Night Fever”, made people dance to the unlikely Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony”. It’s perhaps the greatest Disco album ever made, we revisit the historical record on the day that it started a 24 week run at No.1 on the U.S albums charts

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