Chronologica Mellogica

I wanted to share something a bit different this time.

Many of my works deal with different time periods. For instance, my short story Don’t Go Back takes place in both the 1990s and 2020s, my debut novella Ethereal Malignance takes place in the 1990s, and I recently wrote a short story for an anthology that is set in both the 2020s and late 19th Century (more on that another time).

Growing up with Doctor Who and Back to the Future as formative experiences undoubtedly sparked my interest in different time periods (and that’s not even getting into the time periods of my future projects!).

Something that I haven’t really talked about much before is my interest in music. I played a musical instrument at school, and in high school, I studied music in ever year, which is where I gained a deep understanding of the history of 20th Century popular music genres (popular music not just meaning pop, but any non-classical genre, which includes things like rock & roll, metal, etc.). At university I studied music and specialised in writing music (I earned a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music).

At first, I wanted to be a film composer like John Williams, but by the time I finished my degree I aspired to become a game composer like Jeremy Soule, Jason Hayes or Matt Uelman (unfortunately, no one wanted to pay me to write music and it was a bit ahead of my time in understanding how to leverage platforms like YouTube to build an online presence, given that this was the early 2000s.).

So today I’d like to share with you a playlist of popular music I’ve carefully compiled. I call it Chronologica Mellogica, and it covers a period of 100 years in 2000 songs (from 1919 to 2019). The main criterion for a song’s inclusion is that I need to have heard of or been aware of the song before. I used the Billboard and ARIA lists to look up the names of songs to check.

There is a wide range of genres included, such as jazz, blues, gospel, rock ‘n’ roll, pop, soul, country, folk, classic rock, soft rock, disco, new wave, reggae, funk, R&B, alternative, dance, indie and electronic.

If this is something you might find interesting, check out the playlist here and enjoy!

Which era, genres, artists, or groups do you prefer? Let me know on the community page!