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Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know was voted ninth in the Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years poll. What makes some songs endure as a classic and others fade away?

What makes a classic song? The economics of the Hottest 100

Number crunching the Hottest 100 votes produces fascinating insights into shifting musical tastes and poses the question: why was 1997 such a great year for music?
Festival-goers relaxing at the ‘Woodfordia’ sign at the Woodford Folk Festival in 2013. Marty Ollman/AAP

How folk music went from daggy to cool

Folk's emphasis on authenticity and community has renewed appeal in today's beard-friendly, organic-appreciating culture.
A Black Sabbath fan on stage at a rock concert in Finland. Anssi Koskinen/flickr

Explainer: the politics of heavy metal

Heavy metal music was traditionally associated with white, working class masculinity. But the genre has diversified - with many subgenres - and now embraces causes ranging from whale protection to labour conditions.
Rapper Eminem performs in Santiago, Chile, in 2016. EPA/Sebastian Silva

Will the real Slim Shady please stand up … to Trump

Eminem is back and raging at Donald Trump - but for once the president has not retaliated. Maybe Slim Shady is just a bit too much like his core supporters.
Johnny Hallyday in concert in May 2014. Mathieu Thouvenin/Flickr

Made in France: how Johnny Hallyday won a nation’s heart

Johnny Hallyday was more than a music icon, he was a cultural symbol for the French lower and the middle classes. In his death he reconciled the country with the term popular culture.
Kasey Chambers was one of the six women who won awards at the ARIAs this year. Women had no nominations at all in Best Group, Dance, Adult Contemporary or Hard Rock/Heavy Metal. David Moir/AAP

The 2017 ARIA Awards are still off-key when it comes to gender

Why, in 2017, are women still falling behind in the ARIA awards: in nominations, winners, and performances?

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