Music in the 20th Century

1900-1910s

1900-1910s

1/1/1900 - 12/13/1919

Music was accompanied theatre and dance productions. Jazz and Blues become popular due to early phonograph recordings.

1920s

1920s

1/1/1920 - 12/13/1929

Jazz explodes in popularity. Big-band music thrives. Blues continued to gain popularity with both black and white people.

1930

1930s

1/1/1930 - 12/31/1939

Increase in radio sales in the midst of the Great Depression. Music was in more demand.

1940s

1940s

1/1/1940 - 12/31/1949

Swing music emerged. Jazz continued to flourish under jazz pioneers like artists like Glenn Miller, Billie Holiday, and Bing Crosby.

1950s

1950s

1/1/1950 - 1/1/1959

The big five record companies emerge: Decca, Capitol, RCA-Victor, Columbia, and ABC-Paramount. Billboard Top 40 established in 1951 and Billboard Top 100 debuted in 1958.

1960s

1960s

1/1/1960 - 12/31/1969

Music genres such as Motown, soul, R&B, folk, and rock and roll were flourishing.