The Guardian has a very cool interactive graphic depicting the history of music in the 20th century — it has great visual effects, but ultimately is pointless:

In a seven-part series, Guardian and Observer critics chart the history of modern music, tackling a different genre each day and picking 50 key moments. Use this interactive guide to travel through time and see their selections. You can also tell us what you think should be there on our blog

Um, sure . . .

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Category: Digital Media, Music, Weekend

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3 Responses to “Timeline: History of Modern Music”

  1. wunsacon says:

    The background picture shows Spinal Tap….

  2. gloppie says:

    You’re a sucker for techy chart widgets, Barry we all know that. But geez the underlying data is downright ri-di-cu-lous. Can’t you pick up charts that are beautiful/practical/fun AND meaningful ? |cp

  3. After taking a look at the interactive chart I began wondering, “Who are the ‘Aphex Twins’ and why isn’t Metallica on this chart?” My answer came when I discovered Guardian is a UK company.

    The UK gave us Led Zeppelin and The Beatles but Metallica was the first band in history to have an album (Master of Puppets) on the Billboard charts for more than a year without the support of a music video. They were also the first band in history to have 5 consecutive #1 albums. To date, Metallica has sold over 100 million albums. Again, who are the “Aphex Twins?”

    Charts like this can be interesting but are rarely objective enough to meaningful.