Best YouTube Music Videos

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 These are links to great music available on the web, mostly on YouTube or VEVO.   Click on links to find one or a serious of related music cuts.  

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50s Birth of Rock and Roll

Young people born during WWII who grew up in the 1950s were called the War Babies or bobby soxers. A small generation, these kids were older teens in the late 50s when rock and roll first became prominent; as young adults, they missed the drugs, the long hair, and for many, even missed Vietnam which came later. Their numbers are quickly falling off since they're now in their late 70s or early 80s. They were more clean cut and just beginning to be influenced to rebel musically during the birth of rock and roll.

 Top 50 best of the 50s

Teen Queens of the 50s

Johnny Angel - Shelley Fabares
1960 Donna Reed Show
Dusty Springfield, Little Peggy March, Temptations, Elvis
Tammy Wynette, Dion, Del Shannon, Seekers, more videos of 1960

History of Rock Episode 2

1960s Boomer Music

Baby boomers were born starting in 1946 after American soldiers returned from World War II.  Children of television and rebellion from the stifling 1950s, these kids in puberty were heavily influenced by radio, rock music and these were teens who were both seen--and heard!

The nation's largest generation didn't stop listening to music in the 1960s... as they grew older, they became fans of the music as it developed for the rest of the Twentieth Century.

Below are links to popular 1960s hitssongs they've uploaded on their FB site, mostly live performances.  Lots of boomers know these songs well but never saw the original artists perform them in concert or on TV before MTV was created. 

The Hollies  He ain't Heavy

The Troggs   Wild Thing 

The Moody Blues    Nights in White Satin

Led Zepplin     Song Remains the Same

Rolling Stones     Time is on my side     Honky Tonk Woman

The Beatles    Hey Jude Live in australia
   14 mins     Snippets 6 minutes
            Trailer of Yellow Submarine     If I Fell

Uriah Heap   Easy Livin' 

Peter Frampton    Show Me the Way

Dave Barry      The Crying Game 1966

The Kinks  You Really Got Me

Mindbenders  Game of Love

Nashville Teens   Tobacco Road

Herman's Hermits   Dandy

Peter and Gordon, Nobody I know 1964    World Without Love

Moody Blues  Nights in White Satin

Chad and Jeremy   A Summer Song     What a Wonderful World

Chickman was a popular Top40 radio station feature played by some stations across the country



1970s hits- better times
Links to artists Gilbert O'Sullivan, Johnny Nash, America, Chuck Berry, 3Dog Night

Pop music was heavily influeced by the war which brought thousands of young baby boomers to the streets in protest of President Johnson's and Nixon's war in SE Asia.  These are links to the pop songs reflecting this unsettling time when 50,000 American soldiers died in a faraway war that turned unpopular.

Eve of Destruction - Barry McGuire
Most pop radio stations wouldn't play this popular song but boomers dropped quarters in bar juke boxes to hear it over and over.

Good Morning Vietnam
A film stars late comedian Robin Williams portrays a deejay who performed at American Forces Vietnam Network in Siagon during the war.   These are considered Williams' best bits, many of them were Robin's unscripted improvisations that were left in the movie. 

Coca-Cola teaches the World to Sing
First as a singing 60s commercial for Coke, this jingle song became a popular hit.  This link also takes you to America's (and Britain's, Ireland's and More) Got talent competition of mostly young amateur people with incredible talent vying to win their weekly contests.  Judges included Simon Cowel, a witty personality contestants tried hard to please on this show which has run, and been copied, for decades.

"Hair" Let the Sunshine In (Hair was a counterculture Broadway play and then 1968 movie making social statements about The War, free love and sex, drugs, and other taboo subjects.   This musical movie clip depicts young recruits about to go unwillingly off to war.)

Procol Harem - Whiter Shade of Pale

Live performance of this pop orchestral hit

Europa, Beegees, Bon Jovi, Mariah Carey, Cyndi Lauper, More

1980s classic Rock
Kansas, Pink Floyd, Guns, AC/DC, CCR, Deep Purple, Meat Loaf, Metallica,  more

Beegees Greatest Hits

Moody Blues
Nights in White Satin 
Another orchestral hit to make the pop charts, "Nights" was a major it in the 1970s.  Also here, links to CCR, MeatLoaf, Europa, Metallica, ACDC, Elvis,   Billy Joel, Aerosmith,  The Police, BonJovi, more

The 1980s 

80s Music Vids - many choices

We Are The World

Every once in awhile, everyone just needs to see this fundraising video again that stars some of the greatest singing artists of our time!

We Are the World" was a charity single originally recorded by the supergroup USA for Africa in 1985. It was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian for the album We Are the World. With sales in excess of 20 million copies, it is the eighth best-selling physical single of all time.Wikipedia.  Recorded: January 28, 1985

Queen - Live Aid  
 21 min medley, Wembley, Eng (1985.) Considered their best performance. 

This complete concert has been removed multiple times by music owners but then uploaded in segments to show the incredible talent of gay Queen lead singer Mercury, a complex man who tragically died of Aids at the height of his musical career.

A movie was made of his life called Bohemian Rhapsody in 2018 chronicling his life--and the clip compares the film starring Rami Malek to Mercury's own stage performance.

Freddie Mercury and David Bowie

Freddie Mercury and Elvis Presley's high notes

1980s Queen and more

The late lead singer Freddie Mercury has been called by many as the best performing voice in history. Here is an incredible video performance of Mercury and opera singer Montserrat Caballe performing in Barcelona in 1978 that demonstrates his voice and performing versatility.  It's awesome if you are a classical music fan.

Stairway to Heaven - Heart Tribute to Zeppelin

Pop Teen Music

Familiar pop music makes them hits.  Starting in the 1950s, Top 40 radio appealed mostly to young boomers and the format continued with each subsequent generation;   What made the AM radio station hits were record sales and stations played them and often introduced them to their listeners.  They played the songs over and over and have been known for short playlists of about 40-50 songs, rotating over and over, sometimes peppered with oldies from the few previous years.

Single artists, boy bands, girl bands sought to break into national attention through radio.  More recently, Justin Bieber became one of the biggest and like many, this Canadian became a teen idol.

Justin Bieber - Baby with Ludicris
2 BILLION views

Selected Michael Jackson musical cuts of nearly fifty years 

Jackson was called "The King of Pop" and was the most popular  singing and dancing star of modern times,   Despite evidence he had an unhealthy interest in young boys, the scandal did not destroy his popularity which continued beyond his death to drugs in 2009.

American Bandstand Themed Pgm Teen Idols w Dick Clark

Entertainment Tonight:  Show about Teen Idols Then and Now)  clips

Top Teen Idols of the 2000s Video.

Ed Sullivan and Elvis:  One of the First...

YouTube:   The Millennial Mixtape 

The Movies

Movies have always influenced music and music has always influenced the movies. Start of it was in the 1940s and 50s with the great MGM musicals; but then Hollywood developed dramatic films which created many pop hits from their soundtracks. Here are some of them:

Judy Garland
Somewhere Over the Rainbow

The Wizard of Oz
Judy Garland Somewhere over the Rainbow;  Most famous and loved movie Music videos of the 20th Century from MGM, Warner, YouTube stringed together to play.

    Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole
    (from the film 50 First Dates, and others)

How the West Was Won
Powerful movie orchestrations of musical drama with Debbie Reynolds and more  YouTube  videos stringed together to play .     Overture

From a cartoon to a big pop hit

Somewhere Out There 
  " Fievel from "An American Tail" 1986
Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram
This was the pop hit video that swept the country after the cartoon film was released. 

Louis Armstrong 
"What a Wonderful World"
The late great Trumpeter made this his signature song which has appeared in several good feeling movies.   Here also are more classics from YouTube

Blues Brothers Movie
Everybody needs Somebody" 
(from the 1980 movie)
Aretha: Think

Dueling Banjos
Another classic film generated a pop hit that was a curiosity in a complex movie of adventure and a clash of cultures in America's deep south.

Dance Music of the 1950s
Dirty Dancin
   Perhaps the best dance movie every made, starring the late actor Patrick Swayze as a dance instructor at a holiday Catskills resort and Jennifer Gray as a young guest who fell in love with him.

Righteous Brothers

Unchained Melody
The famed 1960s pop hit was used in a dramatic film staring Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze (1952-2009)

Celine Dion
Titanic Theme "My Heart Will Go On"
From the blockbuster film

Whitney Houston 
Live from "The Bodyguard"

Houston, who died of a drug overdose, was a talented actress and pop singer who started in a film about herself and her bodyguard.

  Whoopi Goldberg
Sister Act "Oh Happy Day"

Sister Act "I Will Follow Him"
This is a story of an inner city Catholic school starring Goldberg acting as a Vegas singer hiding out in the school for her own protection from the mob, and how she converts the school's choir into a success even drawing the Pope to hear them sing classic pop hits;  an inspirational, feelgood story of teenagers needing and getting inspiration.

Lean On Me - School Song Bathroom scene 1989
Another classic film produced  in 1989, starring Morgan Freeman as a tyrannical school principal in New Jersey.   Lean on Me at an All school Assembly; bathroom scene Principal confronts the students.

   A musical singing and dancer performing troop
  Sound of Silence 

Best Blues

A type of African-American music that was first developed in the Mississippi Delta region at the end of the nineteenth century, the blues is difficult to define. Some people think of the blues as an emotion; others regard it primarily as a musical genre characterized by a special blues scale containing twelve bars and three chords in a particular order.

Its influence on jazz, gospel music, theater music, rock, soul, hip-hop, and almost every form of popular music since the 1920s has been enormous.

BB King: The Thrill is Gone

Stevie Ray Vaughan - Voodoo Child
A blues and guitar virtuoso in a live performance

Rev Wintley Phipps
 The Black Keys 
The 7- note Slave Scale of most negro spirituals  
Listen and be "Amazed!"
Barack Obama's Natnl Prayer Service

A Little Bit Country

Taylor Swift   The MAN

John Denver - live at the Apollo 1982 (full show)

George Strait   Amarillo By Morning

Shania Twain , Willie Nelson, John Denver, Carpenters, Glen Campbell, many more

Best Voices

Streisand 1994   (rights Withdrawn)
Anaheim 1  Part 2   

Walk On 2001   Somewhere   
Memory     Concert 1993

Not possible to do this without "The Voice"
One For My Baby

Rat Pack - Birth of the Blues

Boogie Woogie

Clowning around: 
The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Israeli cops make a silly hit video lipsyncing to a popular 1960s song

Ray Stevens' 
Immigration Song

Leonard Cohen
Hallelujah -  
Songwriter Leonard Cohen Live in London sings his own, an inspiring melody and lyric sung all over the world in schools, cathedrals, TV shows, and even pop artists.

The Voice Kids - Got Talent

Russian kids sing Hallelujah
An offshoot of America's Got Talent, the Russians have a TV show featuring young, competing singing talent doing a hit western song.

Kaylee Rogers, 9, sings Hallelujah
(and her Irish friends w autism)
XKaylee, 11, slays "Hallelujah"

with the renowned Pentatonix singing group

Jadyn Rylee - Disturbed Sound of Silence Cover

Jennifer Ryan - America's Got Talent

Leo from France  
Sings Whitney Houston - The Voice Kids
Chinese boy sings Whitney Houston

Natalie age 10
Britain's Got Talent

The Voice of Poland 
    Young boy belts out When a Man Loves a Woman

Classical Music


 Charlotte Church-Josh Groban
  Duet "The Prayer"
 "Pie Jesu"

A surprising number of people are seriously into POP Gospel and many people hardly know it exists...and then they are surprised.

Britain's Got Talent;  Collabro was such an act.

Britain's Got Talent: Susan Boyle
    A surprising broadcast when an older, plain looking woman surprises the judges and the audience with a magnificant voice that brought her instant fame.  When asked who she wanted to be like, she said famous European singer Ellen Page, and it was later she sang a duet with Page.
     Susan Boyle and Ellen Page  In Concert

Soloist plays the moving theme from the film about the a hero saving many Jews from the Holocaust, the scene is Budapest's largest synagogue, a live performance)

Elton John 
"Candles in the Wind"
   Lady Di's Funeral 1997 full video
Reworked after the death of Lady Diana,
Elton wrote this as a tribute to Marilyn Monroe.
He sings it at her funeral shown here.

President Obama
Sweet Home Chicago

Aretha Franklin 
Performs for Pres Obama
at Kennedy Center    Withdrawn by the Kennedy Center!!

Whitney Houston

at Pres Biden's inauguration, a normally flamboyant artist's rendition but here with traditional and moving style.

Kiss' Gene Simmons

Military Tribute by the Armed Services
on stage with the Military

Bette Midler - after 9-11 at Yankee Stadium
Live performance in 2001 of her signature song, Wind Beneath My Wings

Flash Mob Videos
  -- around the World