Timeline of musical events
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This page indexes the individual year in music pages.
Main article: 2010s in music
- 2015 in music, 2015 in American music
- 2014 in music, 2014 in American music
- 2013 in music
- 2012 in music, 2012 in British music, 2012 in Canadian music
- Death of Ian Bargh, Whitney Houston, Etta James, Ravi Shankar, Davy Jones, Earl Scruggs, Levon Helm, Adam Yauch, Donna Summer, Robin Gibb, Doc Watson, Bob Welch, Kitty Wells, Jon Lord, Andy Williams, Jenni Rivera, Mitch Lucker, and Dave Brubeck.
- The Beach Boys embark on a 2012 world tour celebrating their 50th Anniversary.
- Madonna's 12th studio album is released, entitled MDNA. It tops the charts across the globe including the United Kingdom where she becomes the solo artist with the most number one albums and the UK breaks the iTunes pre-order record. To support the album she embarks on The MDNA Tour which grosses over $305 million and becomes the second highest grossing female tour, behind her own Sticky and Sweet Tour.
- 2011 in music, 2011 in British music
- Death of Gerry Rafferty, Gary Moore, George Shearing, Mike Starr, Ferlin Husky, Gil Scott-Heron, Clarence Clemons, Amy Winehouse, Sylvia Robinson, Bert Jansch, and Dobie Gray.
- English singer Adele released the album 21, which had sold 26.4 million copies worldwide according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, became the best selling album in the past 15 years, and also won six Grammys.
- 2010 in music, 2010 in British music, 2010 in Japanese music
Main article: 2000s in music
- 2009 in music, 2009 in British music
- 2008 in music, 2008 in British music
- Deaths of Mauricio Kagel, Artie Traum, Wilfrid Mellers, LeRoi Moore, Erik Darling, Isaac Hayes, Bo Diddley, Richard Wright (musician), Nick Reynolds, Mitch Mitchell, Miriam Makeba, Odetta, Eartha Kitt, and Freddie Hubbard.
- Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body" becomes her 18th U.S. chart-topper, setting the record for most U.S. number ones singles by a solo artist — only behind The Beatles with 20 - and most weeks at number one on the Hot 100 chart with a total of 79.
- Lil Wayne released Tha Carter III and sold 1 million copies in the first week, becoming the best selling album of 2008.
- Madonna's Sticky and Sweet Tour becomes the highest grossing female tour of all-time (surpassing her own record) and then the highest grossing solo tour of all time. It promotes her 11th studio album Hard Candy which sells 4 million copies and includes the international hit song "4 Minutes".
- 2007 in music, 2007 in British music
- Deaths of Beverly Sills, Max Roach, Oscar Peterson, Izumi Sakai, Luciano Pavarotti, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Don Arden.
- Live Earth and Led Zeppelin reunion.
- Radiohead splits from EMI and independently releases In Rainbows with an online download method of payment that allows the buyer to choose their price.
- The Mars Volta releases one of the first USB flash drive albums, as part of their The Bedlam in Goliath.
- 2006 in music, 2006 in British music, 2006 in Swiss music
- 2005 in music, 2005 in British music, 2005 in Swiss music
- Mariah Carey releases her 10-million selling The Emancipation of Mimi, the best-selling album of the year worldwide, alongside the album's second single "We Belong Together", the year's most successful single, and the Song of the Decade 2000-2009.
- Death of Luther Vandross and John Herald.
- Pink Floyd reunion for Live 8.
- Madonna releases Confessions on a Dance Floor, her 10th studio album. It wins a Grammy award, Brit award, sells in excess of 12 million copies and has the worldwide hit "Hung Up" which tops the charts in a record-breaking 41 countries.
- 2004 in music, 2004 in British music
- Death of Ray Charles and Dimebag Darrell.
- Danger Mouse releases The Grey Album, sparking days of electronic disobedience by internet file sharers against EMI.
- Green Day releases American Idiot to critical acclaim.
- Canadian singer Celine Dion became recipient of the Diamond award, and she was honored in 2004 by World Music Awards receiving the best selling female artist of all time.
- Debuts by
- 2003 in music, 2003 in British music
- 2002 in music, 2002 in British music
- 2001 in music, 2001 in British music
- Duran Duran is reunited with the original five members and goes on tour for the first time since 1985.
- Michael Jackson's last studio album Invincible released.
- Napster's popularity peaks.
- Deaths of Aaliyah, George Harrison, John Lee Hooker, John Phillips, Perry Como, and Chuck Schuldiner.
- Metallica and Dr. Dre sue Napster over illegal distribution of their music.
- 2000 in music, 2000 in British music
- Mariah Carey becomes the Best-Selling Artist of the Millennium according to the World Music Awards.
- Britney Spears' Oops!... I Did It Again sells over 23 million copies and becomes the best-selling album by a female artist of the decade.
- Blink-182 enjoy mainstream success (mainly from their hit single "All the Small Things") and lead pop-punk into the 21st Century.
- Madonna releases her album Music, which goes on to sell 15 million copies, becomes universally acclaimed and nominated for 5 Grammy awards. It follows her 1998 comeback Ray of Light.
List of 10 best-selling albums of the 2000s
- The Beatles - 1 - 31 million - 2000
- Norah Jones - Come Away with Me - 26 million - 2002
- Backstreet Boys - Black & Blue - 24 million - 2000
- Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory - 24 million - 2000
- Britney Spears - Oops!... I Did It Again - 20 million - 2000
- Usher - Confessions - 20 million - 2004
- Eminem - The Eminem Show - 19 million - 2002
- Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP - 19 million - 2000
- Avril Lavigne - Let Go - 17 million - 2002
- Evanescence - Fallen - 17 million - 2003
Main article: 1990s in music
- 1999 in music, 1999 in British music
- 1998 in music, 1998 in British music.
- Deaths of:
- Lauryn Hill releases The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
- The Offspring releases Americana.
- "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith becomes the first song by a rock band to debut at #1.
- Insane Clown Posse gets dropped from Disney record label Hollywood Records after the release of The Great Milenko in order for Disney to prevent a violent Southern Baptist Church protest due to Disney World's Gay Days events.
- Madonna releases her seventh studio album Ray of Light which goes on to sell over 16 million copies, become universally acclaimed and win 4 Grammy Awards.
- 1997 in music, 1997 in British music
- Death of John Denver, Jeff Buckley, Townes Van Zandt, The Notorious B.I.G., Michael Hutchence, and Velvet.
- Notable releases:
- 1996 in music, 1996 in British music
- 1995 in music, 1995 in British music
- Michael Jackson releases HIStory, the best-selling multi-disc album of all time. This double album contains "You Are Not Alone" - the first single ever to enter the Billboard Hot 100 at number one.
- Death of Jerry Garcia, Dean Martin, Phyllis Hyman, Selena, Burl Ives, and Eazy-E.
- Mariah Carey becomes the first female artist in history to have a song debut at number one with Fantasy.
- Carey and band Boyz II Men releases the multiple record holding "One Sweet Day", the single with the most weeks at number and the Song of the Decade 1990-1999.
- Queen releases their final album Made in Heaven following the death of frontman Freddie Mercury.
- 1994 in music, 1994 in British music
- Deaths of:
- Debuts by:
- Other albums released:
- Pink Floyd's The Division Bell, their last album until 2014's The Endless River.
- Madonna's Bedtime Stories
- Blur's Parklife
- Green Day's major-label debut, Dookie, with the hits "Longview", "Welcome to Paradise", "Basket Case", "When I Come Around" and "She".
- The Offspring's Smash
- Soundgarden's Superunknown
- R.E.M.'s Monster
- NOFX's Punk in Drublic
- Nine Inch Nails' The Downward Spiral
- Bad Religion's Stranger Than Fiction, which they earn their first (and only) US gold record for the first time in its 15-year career.
- Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas, with its multi-platinum lead single "All I Want for Christmas Is You", which eventually becomes the nineteenth best-selling digital single of the 20th century.
- Beck's major-label debut, Mellow Gold.
- 1993 in music, 1993 in British music
- Debuts by:
- Nirvana release their final album, titled In Utero.
- Deaths of Frank Zappa, Marian Anderson, and Dizzy Gillespie.
- Mariah Carey releases her 32-million selling Music Box album.
- Bad Religion signs to Atlantic Records, where the band later achieves success.
- Other albums released:
- 1992 in music, 1992 in British music
- Debut albums by Body Count (Body Count), Dr. Dre (The Chronic), Pavement (Slanted and Enchanted), Rage Against the Machine (Rage Against the Machine), Stone Temple Pilots (Core), Sublime (40oz. to Freedom), Therapy? (Nurse), Ugly Kid Joe (America's Least Wanted) and Tori Amos (Little Earthquakes) are released.
- Death of John Cage and Yutaka Ozaki.
- U2 start the Zoo TV Tour
- Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert
- Other releases:
- R.E.M.'s Automatic for the People
- Madonna's sexually provocative Sex book which was accompanied by the double-platinum album Erotica. It becomes one of the most controversial books and albums ever released but enjoys commercial success. From it, Madonna made $500 million for her label.
- The soundtrack to the film The Bodyguard, the best selling soundtrack album of all time, selling over 45 million copies worldwide to date and its leading single "I Will Always Love You" became the best selling single by a female artist (Whitney Houston) of all time, selling over 15 million copies.
- Faith No More's Angel Dust
- 1991 in music
- Debut albums by:
- Death of Miles Davis, Freddie Mercury, Eric Carr, Steve Clark.
- Notable releases:
- Mariah Carey wins Grammy award for Best New Artist. Mariah Carey becomes the only artist in history to have their first 5 consecutive singles reach number one in the US.
- 1990 in music, 1990 in British music
- Debut albums by Alice in Chains (Facelift), Cannibal Corpse (Eaten Back to Life), Mariah Carey (Mariah Carey), Deee-Lite (World Clique), Green Day (39/Smooth), Helmet (Strap It On), Ice Cube (AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted), Primus (Frizzle Fry), Ride (Nowhere) and A Tribe Called Quest (People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm) are released.
- Death of Sarah Vaughan, Leonard Bernstein, Johnnie Ray, and Sammy Davis, Jr..
- Milli Vanilli becomes exposed as a music fraud.
List of 10 best-selling albums of the 1990s
- Whitney Houston / Various artists - The Bodyguard - 45 million - 1992
- Backstreet Boys - Millennium - 30 million - 1999
- Shania Twain - Come On Over - 40 million - 1997
- Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill - 33 million - 1995
- Mariah Carey - Music Box - 32 million - 1993
- Celine Dion - Falling into You - 32 million - 1996
- Michael Jackson - Dangerous - 32 million - 1991
- Celine Dion - Let's Talk About Love - 31 million - 1997
- Madonna - The Immaculate Collection - 30 million - 1990
- Britney Spears - ...Baby One More Time - 30 million - 1999
Main article: 1980s in music
- 1989 in music, 1989 in British music
- Debut albums are released by:
- Other albums released:
- Ice Cube departs from N.W.A after financial problems and several conflicts with their manager Jerry Heller and the group's founder Eazy-E, and begins a solo career.
- 1988 in music
- Debut albums are released by:
- Biz Markie (Goin' Off)
- Tracy Chapman (Tracy Chapman)
- Danzig (Danzig)
- Eazy-E (Eazy-Duz-It)
- EPMD (Strictly Business)
- Jane's Addiction (Nothing's Shocking)
- Living Colour (Vivid)
- Morrissey (Viva Hate)
- N.W.A (Straight Outta Compton)
- NOFX (Liberal Animation)
- The Pixies (Surfer Rosa)
- Soundgarden (Ultramega OK)
- Other albums released:
- Whitney Houston with "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" all peaked at number one on the US Hot 100 chart, which gave her a total of seven consecutive number one hits, breaking the record of six previously shared by The Beatles and the Bee Gees.
- Formation of the Traveling Wilburys
- Death of Roy Orbison
- Births of:
- Debut albums are released by:
- 1987 in music -
- Notable releases:
- Michael Jackson's Bad, which is the first album to have 5 consecutive #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.
- Whitney Houston's Whitney, making her the first female artist in music history to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and the first artist to enter the albums chart at number one in both the US and UK, while also hitting number one or top ten in dozens of other countries around the world. The album's first single, "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)", was also a massive hit worldwide, peaking at No. 1.
- Def Leppard's Hysteria
- U2's The Joshua Tree, with the No. 1 hits "With or Without You", "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and "Where the Streets Have No Name"
- The Beastie Boys' debut Licensed to Ill, released the year before, becomes the first hip hop record to reach number one on the Billboard 200.
- Death of legendary record producer John H. Hammond.
- Debuts by:
- 1986 in music
- Aerosmith re-records "Walk This Way" with rap group Run-D.M.C. which blends rock and rap music, introduces rap music to a mainstream audience for the first time, and marks the beginning of the resurrection of Aerosmith's career, one of rock's most remarkable comebacks
- Notable releases:
- Deaths of:
- 1985 in music - Death of Ricky Nelson, Live Aid and Farm Aid benefit concerts, Whitney Houston releases her first self-titled album which becomes the most successful female debut album of all time. Duran Duran records A View to a Kill to the James Bond movie of the same name. This single remains the only Bond theme to go to Number 1 on the US charts, and the highest-placed Bond theme on the UK chart where it reached Number 2. The famous hard rock band Guns N' Roses was formed in Los Angeles, influential thrash metal band Megadeth release their debut album Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!.
- 1984 in music -
- Deaths of:
- Akhnaten by Philip Glass premieres in Stuttgart
- Notable releases:
- The Bob Marley & The Wailers compilation album Legend, the best-selling reggae album of all time
- Prince's soundtrack to the film Purple Rain
- Tina Turner's Private Dancer
- Van Halen's 1984, which contains the #1 single "Jump" and becomes their last studio album to feature David Lee Roth on vocals until 2012's A Different Kind of Truth
- Duran Duran was the first group ever to utilize a monitor in concert to project their performance.
- R. Murray Schafer's Concerto for flute and orchestra peroformed featuring Robert Aitken on flute.
- Michael Jackson's album Thriller wins a record-breaking 8 Grammy Awards at the 1984 Grammys.
- The self-titled debut album by Swedish band Bathory, pioneers of black metal and Viking metal, is released.
- 1983 in music
- Death of Muddy Waters
- Notable releases:
- Debuts by:
- Irene Cara releases her top hit "Flashdance... What a Feeling".
- 1982 in music - Death of Thelonious Monk, Lightnin' Hopkins, Glenn Gould, Randy Rhoads; Michael Jackson releases Thriller, the best-selling album of all time; Blondie disband; The compact disc is introduced. English band Venom release Black Metal, coining the term which would later be associated with the black metal genre.
- 1981 in music - MTV first airs; Death of Bob Marley
- 1980 in music -
Main article: 1970s in music
- 1979 in music - Death of Richard Rodgers, Charles Mingus; Birth of Norah Jones; Sony Walkman goes on sale; The Clash's London Calling, Pink Floyd's The Wall, Michael Jackson's Off the Wall, Donna Summer's Bad Girls, Anita Ward's Ring My Bell; Death of Sid Vicious; Official birth of Rap music with rap group Sugarhill Gang's release of "Rapper's Delight"
- 1978 in music - The Who release Who Are You, Van Halen releases their self-titled debut album, Blondie releases Parallel Lines; Death of Keith Moon; Arrival of Prince and Dire Straits
- 1977 in music - Sex Pistols release Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols; Death of Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby, Marc Bolan; Fleetwood Mac releases Rumours; Bee Gees - Saturday Night Fever; Lynyrd Skynyrd Convair 240 plane crash; Steve Hackett leaves Genesis; Birth of Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance
- 1976 in music - Death of Paul Robeson, Phil Ochs, Howlin' Wolf; The Eagles release Hotel California, The Ramones release their self-titled debut album; The Band has a final concert called The Last Waltz
- 1975 in music - Death of Dmitri Shostakovich, Tim Buckley, Umm Kulthum; Bob Dylan begins Rolling Thunder Revue; Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run; Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks; Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti; Aerosmith - Toys in the Attic; Patti Smith – Horses; Release of Donna Summer's Love to Love You Baby; Peter Gabriel leaves Genesis; Queen releases A Night at the Opera
- 1974 in music - Death of Duke Ellington, Nick Drake; Release of Genesis's The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
- 1973 in music - Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon, Death of Bobby Darin, Gram Parsons; Birth of Ferry Corsten; The Who's Quadrophenia Released; Buffalo, Volcanic Rock, Diana Ross released Touch Me in the Morning, Maureen McGovern releases The Morning After, Roberta Flack releases Killing Me Softly With His Song, Marie Osmond releases Paper Roses
- 1972 in music - Birth of The Notorious B.I.G., The Rolling Stones - Exile on Main St. Birth of Rob Thomas from Matchbox Twenty; Birth of Eminem, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, Tré Cool and Mark Hoppus; Bette Midler releases The Divine Miss M
- 1971 in music - Birth of Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg; Death of Igor Stravinsky, Duane Allman, Louis Armstrong, Jim Morrison, Carl Ruggles; Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV, Marvin Gaye - What's Going On, The Who - Who's Next, Joni Mitchell - Blue; Birth of the band Queen
- 1970 in music - Birth of Mariah Carey. The Beatles disband; Death of Jimi Hendrix, Death of Janis Joplin; John Lennon releases John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Diana Ross departs from The Supremes and releases Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Black Sabbath releases debut album, George Harrison releases All Things Must Pass
Main article: 1960s in music
- 1969 in music - Death of Brian Jones; - Death of Judy Garland; Woodstock music festival held in Bethel, New York; Birth of Tiësto and Jennifer Lopez, Jenni Rivera; The Beatles - Abbey Road, Bob Dylan - Nashville Skyline, The Who's Tommy released, Jackson 5 appearance on Ed Sullivan, King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King
- 1968 in music - Birth of Toni Braxton; - Van Morrison - Astral Weeks, The Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet, The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland, Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin, The Beatles - The Beatles (AKA The White Album), Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison, The Band - Music from Big Pink; Birth of John Ondrasik (Five for Fighting) and Thom Yorke Anne Murray releases What About Me
- 1967 in music - Birth of Kurt Cobain, Chuck Schuldiner; Death of Woody Guthrie, John Coltrane, Otis Redding; The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour, The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico, The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced and Axis: Bold as Love, Pink Floyd - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, The Doors - The Doors (with the hit single, "Light My Fire"), Bob Dylan - John Wesley Harding, The 13th Floor Elevators - Easter Everywhere; Monterey Pop Festival
- 1966 in music - The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds, Cream - Fresh Cream, The Beatles - Revolver, Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde, The 13th Floor Elevators - The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators
- 1965 in music - The Beatles - Help!, The Beatles - Rubber Soul, Bob Dylan - Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited (with the single "Like a Rolling Stone"), The Rolling Stones - Out of Our Heads (with the single "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"), Herman's Hermits debut; Death of Edgard Varèse, Nat King Cole.
- 1964 in music - Death of Sam Cooke, Milton Babbitt, Ensembles For Synthesizer; The Beatles appear on The Ed Sullivan Show; The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night, Bill Lear invents 8-track tape cartridge; Bob Dylan - The Times They Are a-Changin', British Invasion begins, Beatlemania invades America and becomes international, The Righteous Brothers become the first white act signed to Phil Spector’s Philles label. The Beach Boys - I Get Around released and hits No. 1.
- 1963 in music - First cassette tapes made by Philips, The Beatles - Please Please Me, Birth of Paul Oakenfold, Birth of Whitney Houston, Birth of Eazy-E; Death of Patsy Cline, Édith Piaf; Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, The Righteous Brothers "Little Latin Lupe Lu" is released on the Moonglow label. Stevie Wonder releases his first big hit 'finger-tips - part 2' aged only 13, arguably making Motown music commercially popular for the first time even though its birth was In 1959.
- 1962 in music - "Love Me Do" released as a single by The Beatles; Bob Dylan is the debut album from the highly influential American artist of the same name. It was released on March 19, 1962 on Columbia Records, when Dylan was 20 years old. Birth of Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Jon Bon Jovi, Axl Rose; Death of Marilyn Monroe
- 1961 in music - Death of Cisco Houston, Moss Hart
- 1960 in music - Birth of Bono; Death of Oscar Hammerstein II
Main article: 1950s in music
- 1959 in music
- Birth of Sheena Easton, Irene Cara, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Pete Burns (from Dead or Alive), and Marie Osmond.
- Death of Billie Holiday, Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Heitor Villa-Lobos.
- Motown Records was created, with their first hit being (Barrett Strong's "Money (That's What I Want)").
- Miles Davis releases Kind of Blue.
- Charles Mingus releases Mingus Ah Um.
- My Eyes Have Seen is the third influential album by American folk singer Odetta who was an important voice of the folk music revival movement in the early 1960s.
- Bobby Darin's Mack the Knife hits No. 1 and remains there for nine weeks.
- Rodgers and Hammerstein release The Sound of Music.
- 1958 in music Death of Ralph Vaughan Williams; Cannonball Adderley records Somethin' Else; Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Moanin'; Bruce Dickinson, Nikki Sixx, Prince, Madonna and Michael Jackson are born. Born Bossa Nova a Brazilian kind of music. Carl Ruggles, Exaltation in honour of his late wife, Charlotte. Cliff Richard and The Drifters release Move It, considered Britain's first rock and roll hit single. Little Richard enters seminary.
- 1957 in music - Death of Jean Sibelius;Birth of Anita Ward; "That'll Be the Day" by Buddy Holly and The Crickets becomes a US #1 hit; Harry Belafonte has a big hit that reached number five on the Billboard charts with the calypso song "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)"; At the Gate of Horn is the second solo album by American folk singer Odetta who was a seminal influence on the folksingers of the 1960s. John Lennon and Paul McCartney meet in Liverpool.
- 1956 in music - The first Eurovision Song Contest is held on 24 May, Elvis Presley appears on The Ed Sullivan Show; Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues is the influential debut solo album by American folk singer Odetta.
- 1955 in music - Cole Porter's Silk Stockings; Death of Charlie Parker, "Rock Around the Clock" becomes first worldwide #1 rock and roll record; Little Richard records "Tutti-Frutti", one of the first rock and roll songs; Birth of Yo-Yo Ma, Harry James signs with Capital releasing Harry James in Hi-Fi, Lonnie Donegan released "Rock Island Line".
- 1954 in music - Elvis Presley releases "That's Alright Mama" on Sun Records; First Fender Stratocaster produced
- 1953 in music - Cole Porter's Can-Can; Death of Hank Williams, Death of Sergei Prokofiev, Soviet composer and pianist
- 1952 in music, 1952 in music (UK) - Birth of Joe Strummer, Johnny Thunders, The official UK singles chart is launched; Recording Industry Association of America (or RIAA) established
- 1951 in music - "Rocket 88" is recorded by Ike Turner and hailed as the first rock 'n' roll song; The Rake's Progress by Igor Stravinsky premieres in Venice. Birth of Joey Ramone; The King and I by Rodgers and Hammerstein
- 1950 in music - Birth of Stevie Wonder, Agnetha Fältskog; Death of Kurt Weill, Al Jolson, Vaslav Nijinsky
Main article: 1940s in music
- 1949 in music - Birth of Bruce Springsteen, Maureen McGovern, Valery Leontiev, Paul Rodgers, Billy Joel, Roger Taylor and Mark Knopfler; RCA Victor introduces 45 RPM records; South Pacific by Rodgers and Hammerstein
- 1948 in music - Birth of Robert Plant, John Bonham, Steven Tyler, Donna Summer, Johnny Ramone, Ted Nugent, James Taylor, Alice Cooper, Jackson Browne, Kenny Loggins, Ian Paice, Olivia Newton-John, and Ozzy Osbourne; Kiss Me, Kate - Cole Porter; Four Last Songs - Richard Strauss; Columbia Records introduces 331/3 RPM (LP) records.
- 1947 in music - Birth of Elton John, David Bowie, Bob Weir, Brian Johnson, Emmylou Harris, Arlo Guthrie, Tracy Nelson, Paul Brady, Tim Buckley, Jim Messina, Mick Fleetwood, Organum and Carlos Santana
- 1946 in music - Birth of Freddie Mercury, Toquinho, Keith Moon, Benny Andersson, Bon Scott, Donovan, Linda Ronstadt, Marianne Faithfull, Gram Parsons, Cher, Patti Smith David Gilmour, John Paul Jones and Dolly Parton
- 1945 in music - Birth of Bob Marley, Pete Townshend, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Bob Seger, Bette Midler, Deborah Harry, Anne Murray, Carly Simon, John Fogerty, Rod Stewart, Kim Carnes, Davy Jones (musician), Micky Dolenz, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Björn Ulvaeus, John McVie, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ritchie Blackmore, Itzhak Perlman, Debbie Harry and Eric Clapton; Death of Jerome Kern; Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten premieres in London; Carousel (musical) - Rodgers and Hammerstein; Metamorphosen by Richard Strauss;
- 1944 in music - Birth of Keith Emerson, Barry White, Diana Ross, Jeff Beck, Chico Buarque, Marvin Hamlisch, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Booker T. Jones, Joe Cocker, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Gary Glitter, Brenda Lee, Townes Van Zandt, Mary Wilson (singer) and Jimmy Page; Disappearance of Glenn Miller,
- 1943 in music - Birth of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jim Morrison, George Harrison, Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell, Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel, John Denver, Jack Bruce, Barry Manilow, Christine McVie, Jim Croce, Carlos (singer), Gavin Bryars, Bobby Sherman, Roger Waters and Richard Wright; Death of Lorenz Hart, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Formation of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Carl Ruggles, Evocations; The original Broadway production of Oklahoma! opened on March 31, 1943 at the St. James Theatre in New York City.
- 1942 in music - Birth of Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones, John P. Hammond, Ronnie James Dio, Brian Wilson, Jerry Garcia, Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Carole King, Rick Danko, Lou Reed, Paul Butterfield, Jerry Jeff Walker and Tammy Wynette; Death of George M. Cohan
- 1941 in music - Birth of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Hank Marvin, Otis Redding, Jon Lord, Chubby Checker, Aaron Neville, Charlie Watts, Neil Diamond, Richie Havens, Cass Elliot, Wilson Pickett and Ritchie Valens; Les Paul builds one of the first solid-body electric guitars;
- 1940 in music - Birth of John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Frank Zappa, Tom Jones (singer), Vicente Fernández, Dionne Warwick, Cliff Richard, Phil Ochs, Levon Helm, Nancy Sinatra, Denny Doherty, Smokey Robinson, Ricky Nelson, Tim Hardin, Dionne Warwick, Bobby Hatfield, Bill Medley and (both of the Righteous Brothers)
- 1939 in music - Birth of Judy Collins, Marvin Gaye, Ray Manzarek, Ginger Baker, Tina Turner and Grace Slick; Cole Porter's DuBarry Was a Lady
- 1938 in music - Birth of Peter Yarrow, Gordon Lightfoot, Ben E. King, Death of Robert Johnson, Benny Goodman presents a jazz concert in Carnegie Hall; Death of Dan W. Quinn
- 1937 in music - Death of George Gershwin, Birth of Roberta Flack, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Garth Hudson, Tom Paxton, Philip Glass, Dame Shirley Bassey, Carl Orff's Carmina Burana premieres
- 1936 in music - Birth of Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Kris Kristofferson, Bill Wyman, Dave Van Ronk, Steve Reich, Billboard publishes first U.S. music chart
- 1935 in music - Birth of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Vincent, Luciano Pavarotti, Ronnie Hawkins, Johnnie Mathis, John Phillips, Lou Rawls, La Monte Young, Terry Riley; Audiovox produce first electric bass guitar; Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin premieres in New York
- 1934 in music - Cole Porter's Anything Goes; Birth of Leonard Cohen, Jackie Wilson; Tammy Grimes, Bob Shane, King Curtis, Florence Henderson, Renata Scotto, Shirley Jones, Otis Rush, Frankie Valli, Pat Boone, André Prévost, Freddie King, Brian Epstein, Dave Guard, Del Shannon; Deaths of Edward Elgar and Gustav Holst
- 1933 in music - Birth of James Brown, Quincy Jones, Willie Nelson, Nina Simone, Yoko Ono, Nick Reynolds
- 1932 in music - Night and Day (song) by Cole Porter; Birth of Johnny Cash, Petula Clark, Patsy Cline, Glenn Gould, Loretta Lynn, Miriam Makeba Carl Perkins, Little Richard, and John Williams; Death of John Philip Sousa; Adolph Rickenbacker produces first electric guitar; Bell Labs creates first stereophonic sound recordings
- 1931 in music - Birth of Teresa Brewer, Sam Cooke, João Gilberto, George Jones and Phyllis McGuire; Death of Anna Pavlova
- 1930 in music - Birth of Ray Charles, Herbie Mann, Odetta, Sonny Rollins, Stephen Sondheim, and The Big Bopper
- 1929 in music - Cole Porter's Fifty Million Frenchmen; Birth of Beverly Sills, Bill Evans, Dick Clark, Berry Gordy, Henri Pousseur
- 1928 in music - Birth of Bo Diddley and Karlheinz Stockhausen; Fats Domino The Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht (libretto) premieres in Berlin
- 1927 in music - Jerome Kern's Show Boat; Igor Stravinsky's Apollo; Birth of Harry Belafonte, Birth of Tom Jobim,Birth of Patti Page Brazilian composer, Birth of Ralph Stanley
- 1926 in music - Tapiola by Jean Sibelius; Birth of Marilyn Monroe, Joan Sutherland, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Chuck Berry, Tony Bennett, Big Mama Thornton; Turandot by Giacomo Puccini premieres in Milan
- 1925 in music - Birth of Celia Cruz, B.B. King and Pierre Boulez; Big record labels begin using electric microphones for recording; 78 RPM adopted as standard for records; BBC makes first radio broadcast in stereo; Wozzeck by Alban Berg premieres in Berlin, Carl Ruggles, Portals. Debut of the Grand Ole Opry.
- 1924 in music - Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue premieres in New York; the Symphony No. 7 by Jean Sibelius; Death of Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini, Italian opera composer, Carl Ruggles. Men and Mountains. Debut of the National Barn Dance, the first radio program devoted to country music.
- 1923 in music - Birth of Hank Williams, First recordings by Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, and many other African-American artists, Carl Ruggles, Vox clamans in deserto
- 1922 in music - Birth of Ali Akbar Khan, The first commercial radio station in the United States begins broadcasting
- 1921 in music - Death of Enrico Caruso, Carl Ruggles Angels
- 1920 in music - Birth of Charlie Parker, Ravi Shankar, Isaac Stern; Death of Alberto Nepomuceno, Brazilian composer, pianist, organist and conductor
- 1919 in music - Birth of Pete Seeger, Merce Cunningham, Carl Ruggles, Toys
- 1918 in music - Phonograph cylinders become obsolete; the Society for Private Musical Performances is founded in Vienna by Arnold Schoenberg; Death of Claude Debussy
- 1917 in music - Birth of Lou Harrison, Ella Fitzgerald, John Lee Hooker, Dinu Lipatti, Isang Yun; First hit jazz recordings by Original Dixieland Jass Band, Death of Scott Joplin
- 1916 in music -Birth of Milton Babbitt, Henri Dutilleux, Alberto Ginastera, Betty Grable, Harry James, Dinah Shore,
- 1915 in music - An Alpine Symphony by Richard Strauss; Birth of Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, John Serry, Sr.; Tom Brown starts billing his group as a "Jass Band"
- 1914 in music - "St. Louis Blues" published; first calypso music recordings
- 1913 in music - Birth of Muddy Waters, Vinicius de Moraes; Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring is premiered in Paris.
- 1912 in music - Birth of Woody Guthrie, Lightnin' Hopkins, John Cage
- 1911 in music - Birth of Robert Johnson, Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss premieres in Dresden, Death of Gustav Mahler, Austrian composer and conductor
- 1910 in music - Birth of Howlin' Wolf, Artie Shaw, John H. Hammond, Django Reinhardt
- 1909 in music - Death of Francisco Tárrega; Elektra by Richard Strauss premieres in Dresden; Birth of Benny Goodman
- 1908 in music The two first atonal pieces are composed, first by Béla Bartók and then by Arnold Schoenberg.
- 1907 in music - Death of Edvard Grieg, Norwegian composer (b. 1843); Birth of Gene Autry, Cab Calloway, Benny Carter, Kate Smith
- 1906 in music - Dmitri Shostakowich, soviet composer and pianist, Victor begins selling the Victrola phonograph player for $15.00; Len Spencer, I Am The Edison Phonograph --- earliest recorded advert played in Phonograph shops to sell the devices; the Symphony No. 8 by Gustav Mahler
- 1905 in music - The Merry Widow by Franz Lehár premieres in Vienna; Salome by Richard Strauss premieres in Dresden
- 1904 in music - The Violin Concerto (Sibelius) by Jean Sibelius; Death of Antonín Dvořák, Czech composer, Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini premieres in Milan
- 1903 in music - Valse triste by Jean Sibelius; Birth of Bing Crosby and Vladimir Horowitz
- 1902 in music - Birth of Richard Rodgers, Pelléas et Mélisande by Claude Debussy premieres in Paris
- 1901 in music - Birth of Louis Armstrong, Death of Giuseppe Verdi, Italian composer
- 1900 in music - Tosca by Giacomo Puccini premieres in Rome
- 1899 in music - Rusalka (opera) by Antonín Dvorák; Finlandia first published by Jean Sibelius; Death of Johann Strauss II; Birth of Duke Ellington.
- 1898 in music - Birth of George Gershwin, Paul Robeson
- 1897 in music - Ragtime music becomes popular in the United States; Death of Brahms, Birth of Marian Anderson
- 1896 in music - Also sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss; Jungfrun i tornet by Jean Sibelius; Death of Carlos Gomes, Brazilian composer and opera composer and Anton Bruckner, Austrian composer and organist
- 1895 in music - The Swan of Tuonela by Jean Sibelius; Birth of Carl Orff, Oscar Hammerstein II, George W. Johnson becomes first Afro-American recording artist with "The Laughing Song"; Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks by Richard Strauss
- 1894 in music - Cello Concerto (Dvorák) and Humoresques by Antonín Dvorák
- 1893 in music - Symphony No. 9 and String Quartet No. 12 by Antonín Dvorák; The Symphony No. 3 (Mahler) by Gustav Mahler; the Karelia Suite by Jean Sibelius; Death of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikowsky, Russian composer
- 1892 in music - Dan W. Quinn makes first recordings in New York City; Kullervo (Sibelius) by Jean Sibelius; The Nutcracker by Marius Petipa
- 1891 in music - Piano Trio No. 4 by Antonín Dvorák; Birth of Sergei Prokofiev, Soviet composer and pianist
- 1890 in music - John Philip Sousa makes first recordings with Columbia Phonograph Company; Birth of Bronislava Nijinska, choreographer (d.1972)
- 1889 in music - Birth of Vaslav Nijinsky, - Ballet dancer (d. 1950); Effie Stewart records first serious classical music at Edison's Menlo Park; First Phonograph Parlor opens in San Francisco; Kaiser-Walzer by Johann Strauss II; Death and Transfiguration by Richard Strauss
- 1888 in music - The Symphony No. 2 by Gustav Mahler; Birth of Lead Belly, Death of Charles-Valentin Alkan, French composer and ultra virtuoso pianist, Wax phonograph cylinders commercially marketed; Emile Berliner invents lateral-cut disc records
- 1887 in music - The Havanaise (Saint-Saëns) by Camille Saint-Saëns; Birth of Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazilian composer, cellist, and guitarist
- 1886 in music - The Carnival of the Animals and the Symphony No. 3 by Camille Saint-Saëns; birth of Marcel Dupré, Al Jolson, Paul Paray, Othmar Schoeck; death of Franz Liszt
- 1885 in music - The Mikado - Arthur Sullivan; The Gypsy Baron by Johann Strauss II; Birth of Jerome Kern
- 1884 in music - Birth of Sophie Tucker
- 1883 in music - Birth of Edgard Varèse, Death of Richard Wagner, German composer
- 1882 in music - Birth of Igor Stravinsky, Russian composer, Parsifal by Richard Wagner premieres in Bayreuth; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture premiere
- 1881 in music - Birth of Béla Bartók
- 1880 in music - Stabat Mater and "Songs My Mother Taught Me" by Antonín Dvorák; The Violin Concerto No. 3 (Saint-Saëns) by Camille Saint-Saëns; Death of Jacques Offenbach, composer (b. 1819)
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- 1878 in music - Birth of George M. Cohan; William S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, H.M.S. Pinafore; reshapes British and American musical theater;
- 1877 in music - Phonograph and phonograph cylinder invented by Thomas Alva Edison; Samson and Delilah by Camille Saint-Saëns
- 1876 in music - Siegfried and Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner premiere in Bayreuth; Birth of Carl Ruggles
- 1875 in music - Birth of Joseph-Maurice Ravel, French composer and pianist; Carmen by Georges Bizet premieres in Paris; Swan Lake by Pyotr Ilyech Tchaikovsky premiers
- 1874 in music - Boris Gudonov by Modest Mussorgsky premieres in Saint Petersburg; Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II premieres in Vienna; Richard Wagner concludes Götterdämmerung, finishing The Ring Cycle; Requiem (Verdi) by Giuseppe Verdi; Danse macabre by Camille Saint-Saëns; Birth of Arnold Schoenberg
- 1873 in music - Birth of Enrico Caruso, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Russian composer, ultra virtuoso pianist and conductor
- 1872 in music - The Cello Concerto No. 1 (Saint-Saëns) by Camille Saint-Saëns; Birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams, English composer; birth of Sergei Diaghilev, choreographer (d. 1929)
- 1871 in music - Richard Wagner concludes Siegfried; Aida by Giuseppe Verdi premieres in Cairo
- 1870 in music - Die Walküre (the Valkyrie) by Richard Wagner premieres in Munich
- 1869 in music - Death of Hector Berlioz, French composer, Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner premieres in Munich
- 1868 in music - Death of Gioachino Rossini, Italian composer, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg by Richard Wagner premières in Munich; Ein deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms premières in Bremen; Wiegenlied by Brahms (Brahms' Lullaby); Tales from the Vienna Woods by Johann Strauss II; the Piano Concerto No. 2 (Saint-Saëns) by Camille Saint-Saëns
- 1867 in music Birth of Scott Joplin, famous ragtime composer; The Blue Danube by Johann Strauss II
- 1866 in music - Birth of French composer Erik Satie.
- 1865 in music - Birth of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius; Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner premieres in Munich, marking the beginning of the end for traditional tonality; The Symphony No. 1 by Antonín Dvorak
- 1864 in music Birth of Richard Strauss, German composer, Alberto Nepomuceno, Brazilian composer, pianist, organist and conductor
- 1863 in music– The Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Camille Saint-Saëns; Birth of Ernesto Nazareth
- 1862 in music - Birth of Claude Debussy
- 1861 in music - Birth of Anton Arensky
- 1860 in music - Birth of Gustav Mahler, Austrian composer and conductor
- 1859 in music - Faust by Charles Gounod premieres in Paris; Richard Wagner concludes Tristan und Isolde; In 1859, John Freeman Young published the English translation of Silent Night that is most frequently sung today.
- 1858 in music - Birth of Medardo Rosso and Giacomo Puccini, Italian opera composer, Orphée aux enfers by Jacques Offenbach, the first operetta, premieres in Paris; Hector Berlioz writes Les Troyens; Johann Strauss II writes Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka
- 1857 in music - First public performance of Franz Liszt's Piano Sonata in B Minor
- 1856 in music - Death of Robert Schuman, German composer and pianist; Richard Wagner, German composer, concludes Die Walküre
- 1855 in music – Birth of Ernest Chausson
- 1854 in music - Richard Wagner, German composer, concludes Das Rheingold
- 1853 in music - Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi premieres in Rome; La traviata by Verdi premieres in Venice
- 1852 in music – Birth of Charles Villiers Stanford, Irish composer, teacher and conductor; birth of Francisco Tárrega, Spanish composer and guitarist
- 1851 in music - Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi premieres in Venice
- 1850 in music - Lohengrin by Richard Wagner premieres in Weimar; Foster's Plantation Melodies by Stephen Foster, including "Camptown Races"
- 1849 in music - Death of Frédéric Chopin, Polish composer and pianist
- 1848 in music - Album for the Young by Robert Schumann; Death of Gaetano Donizetti, Italian opera composer
- 1847 in music - "Oh! Susanna" by Stephen Foster published
- 1846 in music - Adolphe Sax invents the saxophone
- 1845 in music - Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner premières in Dresden; The Violin Concerto (Mendelssohn) by Felix Mendelssohn
- 1844 in music – Birth of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Charles-Marie Widor
- 1843 in music - Birth of Edvard Grieg, Norwegian composer (d. 1907); Minstrel show premieres in United States; The Flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner premieres in Dresden
- 1842 in music - "Lisztomania" sweeps Europe
- 1841 in music - Birth of Antonín Dvořák, Czech composer; Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi
- 1840 in music - Birth of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer; Death of Niccolò Paganini, Italian composer and ultra virtuoso violinist
- 1839 in music - Blumenstück by Robert Schumann
- 1838 in music - Kinderszenen by Robert Schumann
- 1837 in music - Requiem (Berlioz) by Hector Berlioz
- 1836 in music - Birth of Carlos Gomes, Brazilian composer and opera composer, Les Huguenots by Giacomo Meyerbeer premieres in Paris;
- 1835 in music - Death of Vincenzo Salvatore Carmelo Francesco Bellini, Italian opera composer, Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti premieres in Naples; Gaetano Corticelli is in vogue in salons of Bologna, Italy featuring his terzettis and fantasies; I puritan by Vincenzo Bellini premieres
- 1834 in music - Die Neue Zeitschrift für Musik first published by Robert Schumann
- 1833 in music - Johannes Brahms born
- 1832 in music - Death of Muzio Clementi, Italian composer and pianist
- 1831 in music - La sonnambula and Norma by Vincenzo Bellini
- 1830 in music - Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz is written; The Hebrides (overture) by Felix Mendelssohn; Anna Bolena and I Capuleti e i Montecchi by Vincenzo Bellini
- 1829 in music - The Italian Symphony, the Scottish Symphony, and the Songs Without Words by Felix Mendelssohn; Birth of Anton Rubinstein, Russian composer and ultra virtuoso pianist
- 1828 in music - Franz Schubert dies
- 1827 in music - Ludwig van Beethoven dies; Winterreise by Franz Schubert; Il pirata by Vincenzo Bellini
- 1826 in music - June 5, Death of Carl Maria Friedrich Ernst von Weber, German opera composer. String Quartet No. 14 in C Sharp minor by Ludwig van Beethoven was completed. October 31, Muzio Clementi’s complete Gradus ad Parnassum (100 pieces) appears for the first time, simultaneously in Paris, Leipzig and London.
- 1825 in music - Birth of Johann Strauss II, Austrian composer; Songs from Sir Walter Scott by Franz Schubert, including "Ellens dritter Gesang" (Schubert's Ave Maria); The Octet by Felix Mendelssohn
- 1824 in music - Birth of Anton Bruckner, Austrian composer and organist; Beethoven's 9th Symphony
- 1823 in music' - Die schöne Müllerin by Franz Schubert
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- 1821 in music - Der Freischütz by Carl Maria von Weber, premieres in Berlin
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- 1819 in music - April 16, The publication of Muzio Clementi’s Gradus ad Parnassum Volume II is entered at Stationer’s Hall, London. September 13, Birth of Clara Schumann, German pianist and composer.
- 1818 in music - Hammerklavier sonate by Ludwig van Beethoven; "Silent Night" written by Josef Mohr and composed by Franz Xaver Gruber, - The first performance of Silent Night on December 25, (Church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorf, Austria).
- 1817 in music - March 1, Muzio Clementi’s Gradus ad Parnassum Volume I is published simultaneously in London, Paris and Leipzig.
- 1816 in music - Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) by Gioachino Rossini, premieres in Rome
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- 1813 in music Birth of Charles-Valentin Alkan, French composer and ultra virtuoso pianist, Richard Wagner, German composer and Giuseppe Verdi, Italian composer
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- 1811 in music - Franz Liszt born
- 1810 in music - Birth of Frédéric Chopin and Robert Schumann, Fifth Piano Concerto Emperor by Ludwig van Beethoven
- 1809 in music - Birth of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, German composer, pianist, organist and conductor; Death of Joseph Haydn, Austrian composer
- 1808 in music - Beethoven completes his 6th Symphony "Pastoral", Beethoven's 5th Symphony
- 1807 in music - La Vestale by Gaspare Spontini
- 1806 in music - Fourth Piano Concerto,Violin Concerto by Ludwig van Beethoven
- 1805 in music - Fidelio by Ludwig van Beethoven
- 1804 in music - Symphony No. 3 'Eroica' by Ludwig van Beethoven
- 1803 in music - Birth of Hector Berlioz, French composer
- 1802 in music - Bach's Sonatas and partitas for solo violin are published by Bote and Bock
- 1801 in music - and Vincenzo Salvatore Carmelo Francesco Bellini, Italian opera composer, Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata
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- 1798 in music - Joseph Haydn's The Creation
- 1797 in music - Joseph Haydn's Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser; Birth of Franz Schubert, Austrian composer and pianist and Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti, Italian opera composer
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- 1795 in music - First Beethoven Piano Sonatas written (Op. 2)
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- 1793 in music - Scots Wha Hae
- 1792 in music - Birth of Gioachino Antonio Rossini, Italian composer
- 1791 in music - Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute); death of Mozart
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- 1789 in music - Mozart's Così fan tutte
- 1788 in music - Death of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, German composer and keyboardist
- 1787 in music - Mozart's Don Giovanni
- 1786 in music - Birth of Carl Maria Friedrich Ernst von Weber, German opera composer, Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro (The marriage of Figaro)
- 1785 in music - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composes his Piano Concerto No. 21
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- 1782 in music - Birth of Niccolò Paganini, Italian composer and ultra virtuoso violinist; Death of Johann Christian Bach, German composer, Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio)
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- 1777 in music - Il mondo della luna by Joseph Haydn, premieres in Eszterháza, Hungary
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- 1764 in music - Death of Jean-Philippe Rameau, French composer and music theorist
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- 1762 in music - Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph Willibald Gluck, premieres in Vienna
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- 1760 in music - La buona figliuola by Niccolò Piccinni, premieres in Rome
- 1759 in music - George Frideric Handel dies
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- 1757 in music - Death of Domenico Scarlatti, Italian composer and harpsichordist
- 1756 in music - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart born
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- 1752 in music - Muzio Clementi born
- 1749 in music - Johann Sebastian Bach finishes his Mass in B Minor; George Frideric Handel composes the Music for the Royal Fireworks
- 1747 in music - Johann Sebastian Bach finishes his Musical Offering
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- 1744 in music - Johann Sebastian Bach finishes the Book II from The Well-Tempered Clavier
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- 1742 in music - première of Messiah by George Frideric Handel, in Dublin
- 1741 in music - Bach's Goldberg Variations are published
- 1740 in music - Death of Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, Italian composer and violinist
- 1739 in music - The Clavier-Übung III by Johann Sebastian Bach is published
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- 1736 in music - Alexander's Feast by George Frideric Handel
- 1735 in music - Birth of Johann Christian Bach, German composer
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- 1733 in music - La serva padrona by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, the first opera buffa, premieres in Naples; Hippolyte et Aricie by Jean-Philippe Rameau, premieres in Paris, Death of François Couperin, French composer and harpsichordist
- 1732 in music - Joseph Haydn born
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- 1728 in music - The Beggar's Opera by John Gay and Johann Christoph Pepusch, premieres in London
- 1727 in music - Zadok the Priest (the coronation anthem) by George Frideric Handel, Johann Sebastian Bach finishes and presents his St Matthew Passion
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- 1725 in music - publication of Twelve concerti, Op. 8 by Antonio Vivaldi, including the Four Seasons - Death of Alessandro Scarlatti, Italian composer
- 1724 in music - Giulio Cesare by George Frideric Handel premières in London, Johann Sebastian Bach presents his St John Passion
- 1723 in music - Vivaldi composes The Four Seasons
- 1722 in music - Johann Sebastian Bach finishes the Book I from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Traité de l'harmonie by Jean-Philippe Rameau causes a revolution in music theory.
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- 1720 in music - Johann Sebastian Bach presents his Brandenburg Concertos to Christian Ludwig; Johann Sebastian Bach completes the Sonatas and partitas for solo violin
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- 1717 in music - Water Music by George Frideric Handel
- 1716 in music - Juditha triumphans is composed by Antonio Vivaldi
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- 1714 in music - Birth of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, German composer
- 1713 in music - Death: Arcangelo Corelli, Italian composer and violinist
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- 1711 in music - Rinaldo by Handel, premieres in London, the first all-Italian opera performed in London
- 1710 in music - Agrippina by Handel, premieres in Venice
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- 1689 in music - Dido and Aeneas, opera, by Henry Purcell and Nahum Tate (libretto) performed
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- 1687 in music - Death of Jean-Baptiste Lully, French composer
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- 1685 in music - Albion and Albanius, opera, by Louis Grabu; Birth of: Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Friedrich Häendel (German composers, organists and harpsichordists); Domenico Scarlatti, Italian composer and harpsichordist
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- 1683 in music - Birth of Jean-Philippe Rameau, French composer and music theorist
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- 1660 in music - Birth of Alessandro Scarlatti, Italian composer and harpsichordist
- 1659 in music - Henry Purcell born
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- 1651 in music - La Calisto by Francesco Cavalli
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- 1649 in music - Giasone by Francesco Cavalli, premieres in Venice, the first opera to separate aria and recitative
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- 1643 in music - death of Claudio Monteverdi
- 1642 in music - L'incoronazione di Poppea by Claudio Monteverdi, premiered in Venice
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- 1640 in music - Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria by Claudio Monteverdi, premieres in Venice
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- 1611 in music - William Byrd, Fantasia a 6, No. 3; Carlo Gesualdo, Morro lasso al mio duolo
- 1610 in music - Claudio Monteverdi, Vespro della Beata Vergine 1610
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- 1608 in music - L'Arianna by Claudio Monteverdi; Since Robin Hood by Thomas Weelkes
- 1607 in music - La Favola D'Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi
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- 1601 in music - Le nuove musiche by Giulio Caccini
- 1600 in music - the first oratorio: Rappresentatione di Anima, et di Corpo by Emilio de' Cavalieri
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- 1597 in music - John Dowland's First Book of Lute Songs; Dafne, the first known opera
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- 1594 in music - Orlande de Lassus completes Lagrime di San Pietro (posthumously published); Orlande de Lassus dies
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- 1581 in music - The court entertainment Ballet comique de la reine by Balthazar de Beaujoyeulx was presented on Oct. 15
- 1580 in music - Appearance of three Fantasias for viol consort by William Byrd. Founding of Concerto delle donne under the direction of Luzzasco Luzzaschi: Consisting of women voices, this group becomes a significant part of Alfonso II d'Este's court entertainment.
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- 1540 in music - Thomas Tallis begins writing his first works for the Latin church service.
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- 1538 in music - printing of the first Protestant hymn-book, Ein Hubsch new Gesangbuch; publication of the first book of madrigals by Maddalena Casulana, the first printed book of music by a woman in European history.
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- 1501 in music - publication of Harmonice Musices Odhecaton by Ottaviano Petrucci, the first printed collection of polyphonic music
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- Josquin des Prez composes the Domine, ne in fuore tuo
- 1490's in music – Josquin des Prez - Nymphes des bois; The Chigi codex is compiled.
- 1480's in music Johannes Ockeghem completes Requiem; Josquin de Prez composes the Missa L'homme armé super voces musicales
- 1450's in music - Antoine Busnois writes the O Crux Lignum
- 1360s in music Guillaume de Machaut composes Messe de Nostre Dame, the first complete polyphonic ordinary of the mass.
- The Old Hall Manuscript is compiled.
- The Worcester Fragments are compiled.
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