Top 10 Most Important Moments in Music History

Top 10 Most Important Moments in Music History



these are the moments that rocked the musical world welcome to watchmojo.com and today we're counting down our picks for the top ten moments in music history for this list we're looking at the most memorable and electrifying moments that impacted music as an art form and the public that consumes it man we're not counting the deaths of any musicians as they all prove equally sad and we're also not including infamous moments like Kanye West's interruption of Taylor Swift's VMA acceptance speech as they deserve a list of their own go Taylor I'm really happy for you I'm let you finish but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time number ten Sugar Hill Gang reaches the top forty we're sure you've jammed out two rapper's delight' once or twice but did you know it was recorded in a single take didn't think so that single take recorded by Englewood natives wonder Mike big bank Hank and master G rocked the musical world when in January 1980 and cracked the Billboard Top forty planning the number 36 spot it was the first time a hip-hop track had ever accomplished such a feat as it legitimized the hip-hop genre as a force to be reckoned with this moment paved the way for all future hip-hop acts from biggie to Kendrick Lamar who can all thank the Sugar Hill Gang number nine Beethoven premieres the ninth symphony considered among his best work Beethoven's Symphony number nine premiered on May 7th 1824 at Vienna's theater on carnotaur to a packed audience matching the crowd Beethoven packed the stage with the largest orchestra he had ever convened including many of Vienna's elite musicians the premiere marked the first time Beethoven had taken the stage in 12 years during that time he lost his hearing and as a result wrote the symphony off musical intuition alone all of this added to the crowds anticipation sharing the stage with the theaters Coppola Meister Michael Olaf Beethoven's symphonies stunned the audience earning five standing ovations the ninth proved to be Beethoven's last completed Symphony but it lives on as a masterpiece number eight nirvana on MTV Unplugged the music industry owes a lot to MTV given the game-changing impact of its arrival but the channel should also be recognized for some incredible music moments perhaps the most powerful performance ever aired on the channel was Nirvana's 1993 appearance on MTV Unplugged recorded in November of that year and aired a month later it was one of the last televised performances by Kurt Cobain before his death in April of 1994 in the wake of his death the performance inherited immense weight where the funeral like said dressings and melancholic song choices brought Cobain's declining mental state into focus I keep a close watch on this heart of mine I keep number seven Johnny Cash walks the line I keep in the tie the Johnny Cash was never one to play by the rules and that's why the public loved the man in black an outlaw spirit who had fair share of brushes with the law cash sympathized with prison inmates he advocated for prison reform and as early as the late 1950s started to visit and perform in prison gianna thank me before I die for the gravel any guts in the smithy I cuz I'm the son of a bitch has named you sued the real moments of magic came on February 24th 1969 when cash performed live at California San Quentin prison you've been living hell to me fueled in part by his annoyance with the British film crew filming the concert cash led a rowdy crowd of inmates with a rebellious energetic and career-defining set every age of you [Applause] number six Michael Jackson's Moonwalker [Applause] he didn't create the move but MJ sure as hell popularized it the moonwalk has cropped up throughout pop culture since the 1930s such as James Brown in the Blues Brothers for example but there's only one name synonymous with the move Michael Jackson's he lit up the world when he first rocked the moonwalk at Motown 25 yesterday today and forever in March 1983 Jackson added his signature flare and gravitas to the move by spinning and posing in his sequins black jacket and white glove stopping the world for a moment and then dropping the moonwalk bomb in modern times it would have broken the Internet but in the 1980s Jackson had to just settle for blowing mines number five Queen at live 8 on July 13th 1985 the biggest banks in the world of rock and roll came together for live aid to support relief efforts for the Ethiopian famine on a day featuring a reunited Led Zeppelin The Who Black Sabbath and Crosby Stills Nash and young and you choose epic 14-minute rendition of bad it was Queen that stole the show [Applause] in a mere 21 minute set they crammed in bohemian rhapsody' radio Gaga hammer to fall crazy little thing called love and a finale of we will rock you and we are the champions the performance was incredible as Freddie Mercury commanded the stage and the 72,000 person crowd and what proved to be one of his last major performances [Applause] [Applause] number four Bob Dylan goes electric at Newport a fan-favorite of the Newport Folk Festival thanks to his appearances in 1963 n64 Bob Dylan rattled the cage a little too hard in 1965 by 65 Dylan had been labeled the spokesman of a generation and had earned Newports headlining bill taking the stage with members from the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and armed with a Fender Stratocaster electric guitar mr. Zimmermann parted ways with his folk brethren as boos and jeers erupted from the purest of the festival including its organizers Dylan let loose with electric guitars and the energy of rock and roll it was a major turning point signaling the decline of folk and the rise of rock and roll [Applause] [Applause] number three Elvis on the Milton Berle show by the time we performed on the Milton Berle show on June 5th 1956 Elvis had already appeared on television plenty of times including a previous appearance on Berle show this time around however things were different guitar Alice and Freda mover on the stage Presley became a quivering mass of windmilling arms and gyrating hips while performing an overcharged version of hound dog [Applause] he may have been chastised by the press and conservative America but Elvis went over America's youth who very promptly crowned him the king of rock and roll number two Jimi Hendrix plays the star-spangled banner' at Woodstock Woodstock for days of peace and love rocked the world with many incredible performances from groups as diverse as the Hutu Jefferson Airplane none however had the cultural impact of Jimi Hendrix due to the festival being horribly off schedule and following Shannon ah Hendricks finally took the stage early Monday morning with a mere 30,000 of the 400,000 plus audience still in attendance the remaining few were stunned when Hendrick broke out a passionate rendition of the star-spangled banner with the full Jimi Hendrix treatment that was a performance at both channel counterculture rebellion and anger towards the Vietnam War but also Hendrix's unbridled love for America before we unveil our number one pick here are a few honorable mentions open Gangnam star [Applause] ladies and gentlemen the beetle number one the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show The Ed Sullivan Show gave the world a collection of incredible and controversial music moments like the censored hip swinging of Elvis Presley but no moment compares to the debut performance of the Beatles on February 9th 1964 to an estimated US television record of 73 million viewers The Beatles took the stage and kicked off the British Invasion on that night John Paul George and Ringo bridged the gap between British and American music globalizing the industry with a forged bond that would forever link the two the performance launched America into a craze unlike anything before it speedo mania had arrived and music would never be the same again so do you agree with our list what do you think is the most important moment in music history for more entertaining top 10s published daily be sure to subscribe to watchmojo.com

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