Florida Georgia Line—a duo consisting of Brian Kelley (of Ormond Beach, Florida) and Tyler Hubbard (of Monroe, Georgia)— in August 2013 had their song "Cruise" become the all-time No. 1 song to top the Billboard magazine Hot Country Songs chart, logging an incredible 24 weeks at No. 1, the last 19 of those consecutive weeks, dropping from No. 1 and below the top 25, but never falling completely off the charts before beginning its unprecedented run. Here's how things came down:
Just before the run of "Cruise" appeared finished in late March, a pop-hip-hop remix featuring rap artist Nelly was released to pop radio and gained huge popularity; the remix reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained at or near its peak position for several weeks. On the Hot Country Songs chart, "Cruise" rebounded from a low 30s position to quickly re-enter the top 10 and reclaim No. 1 in late April.
By the end of May, the song matched parity with Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," which itself in January became the first song to spend 10 weeks at No. 1 since 1964 (Buck Owen's "Love's Gonna Live Here," which spent 16 weeks. At this point, unlike many long-running No. 1 songs in other genres and in years past (when a 10-plus-week No. 1 has likely plateaued in popularity and showing signs of its run coming to an end) "Cruise" is actually gaining steam.
After overtopping Buck Owens' standard of 16 weeks ï¿½ at this point, "Cruise" is still gaining in popularity ï¿½ the other standards fell, one by one: Leroy VanDyke's "Walk On By" (19 weeks in late 1961 and early 1962), then 20 weeks by Ray Price's "Crazy Arms" in 1956, and finally, 21 weeks (three way tie, last held by Webb Pierce in 1955 with "In the Jailhouse Now"). The song's 24-week No. 1 run was capped off with "Cruise" remaining in the top 10 for three months after finally falling from No. 1.
Sonny James, a Hackleburg, Alabama, native who became known to a generation of country music fans as "The Southern Gentleman," once had 16 consecutive No. 1 songs in as many single releases without a miss on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. The string began in the spring of 1967 with his ballad "Need You," and for 4 1/2 years, James couldn't miss; remakes of pop hits and standards ï¿½ among them "I'll Never Find Another You," "Only the Lonely," "Running Bear," "Since I Met You, Baby," "It's Just a Matter of Time" and "Endlessly" ï¿½ would become huge country hits and spend three, four and five weeks at a time atop the country chart. The 16th and final No. 1 hit was 1971's "Here Comes Honey Again." Then, finally in the spring of 1972, the song "Only Love Can Break a Heart" broke the string, stopping at No. 2 and staying there for three weeks, held out by Capitol Records labelmate Freddie Hart's "My Hang-Up is You."
James record seemed secure for many years, as the most any artist ever had in a row for the rest of the 1970s and into the early 1980s was 10 (by Ronnie Milsap). At about the same time Milsap missed with a potential 11th-straight No. 1, a band not far from James' hometown ï¿½ Fort Payne-based Alabama ï¿½ had amassed an impressive string of about eight straight No. 1 hits without a miss. But Alabama wasn't stopping ... they, like James in the late 1960s and early 1970s ï¿½ were an act that couldn't miss, and in the spring of 1985, they finally achieved parity with James' string with a ballad "There's No Way." That was No. 16 ... and there would be a 17th, with their tribute to the working man, "40 Hour Week (For a Livin')." Alabama would go on to not only overtop James' 16-straight No. 1 standard, but smash it, eventually running their chart-topping streak to 21 straight (1980-1987), ending with "You've Got the Touch" in the spring of 1987. (The song that broke the streak was the No. 7 hit "Tar Top," in November 1987.) Incidentally, one of Alabama's biggest congratulators was James himself, who graciously and without any reservations conceded his streak.
Bear in mind both streaks should be taken with the fact in mind that both James and Alabama had Christmas singles released in the midst of their respective streaks that came nowhere near No. 1. While James' holiday songs never charted (in part due to various rules in place by Billboard magazine at the time), Alabama's "Christmas in Dixie" would chart and peak at No. 35 on the Hot Country Singles chart in 1983. Broken parity? You be the judge, but there is no denying that Sonny James and Alabama were the dominant acts of their respective eras.
The only other artist who came close to matching either Sonny James or Alabama on the country chart was Earl Thomas Conley, a Portsmith, Ohio, native who in the 1980s had 15 straight No. 1 hits without a miss. His streak began in the summer of 1983 with "Your Love's on the Line" and ended with "Love Out Loud" in June 1989. As Billboard magazine's rules typically do not regard any non-No. 1 duet or holiday releases as streak-breakers, Conley's 1986 duet single with Anita Pointer (of the Pointer Sisters) "Too Many Times," which peaked at No. 2, is not counted toward his 15-song No. 1 streak; additionally, Conley also released a holiday single (in 1984) that failed to chart.
In 1985, Sheena Easton became the first popular music artist to have Billboard magazine top 10 singles on four of the major singles charts: Hot 100 (first with 1981's "Morning Train (9 to 5)"), country (1983's "We've Got Tonight," a No. 1 country hit with Kenny Rogers), dance (first with "Telefone (Long Distance Affair)," No. 9 in 1983), and R&B (first with "Sugar Walls," No. 3 in 1985). Easton's accomplishment has since been achieved by just three other artists: Lionel Richie, Ray Charles and Elvis Presley. Many other artists have charted on three of the particular charts, but these four are part of an elite club and showed that their music crosses many musical tastes and genres.
Kenny Rogers, who became one of the few ï¿½ if not only ï¿½ artists to successfully emerge from the image as a psychedelic rock singer ï¿½ his first hit, with the First Edition, on "Just Dropped In To See What Condition My Condition Was In" ï¿½ to become one of country and popular music's all-time great singers. While he still performs "Just Dropped In" in concert (albeit rearranged to a more contemporary style), his repertoire expanded to include some folk rock but his best-known styles of story songs and pop-country ballads. And that his career has lasted 45 years, long after every other psychedelic singer had long since been forgotten, is a testament to his popularity.
The song that went viral and became a big hit, and to add more awesomeness, There's a Star Wars version of that awesome song on Youtube.
It has 80's vibe to it and It's also your Happy-Go-Lucky song for the dating scene.
In the music video, Carly Rae wears alot of attractive costumes, which make her look so sexy.
In the video, Carly Rae is going out with her friends to a nightclub and having a "Girls Night Out" kind of night until she meets a good looking guy which later on causes our heroine to ditch her friends in the favor of the guy then they head to a swimming pool and at the end of the video they dive in and share a kiss underwater. If that isn't awesome, I don't know what is.
Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax, all on the one stage playing Diamond Head's "Am I Evil?", words can't describe the awesome... 
And now Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax AND Diamond Head. 
The Ramones' first British concert on July 4, 1976, the United States Bicentennial. Before the performance, the band hung out with fans including members of the Sex Pistols and The Clash. During their encounter, Clash bassist Paul Simonon explained that his band had not played a show yet because they felt they were not good enough. Johnny Ramone responded, "We stink. You don't have to be good, just get out there and play." And so Punk was well and truly born.
Ever head of the Nicholas Brothers? You should. They just might be the best dancers of the 20th century, but their best moment came up in the 1943 movie Stormy Weather, where they show up in the middle of a Cab Calloway number and proceed to do a dance number that would cause anyone to drop their jaw.
In June 2005, sextugenarian Knight of the Realm Sir Paul McCartney takes the stage at London's Hyde Park for the 'Live 8' charity event and plays... an awesomely near-apocalyptic version of the terminally Manson-linked Beatles metal freakout Helter Skelter.
On a general note for Live 8, getting Pink Floyd's classic line-up to appear together for the first time in 24 years.
The original 1985 Live Aid concert can be considered a Moment of Awesome for music. However, Phil Collins, love him or loathe him, takes the cake by flying on a Concorde jet to play in both the London and Philadelphia shows.
On an episode of Haromoni@, Hello! Project member Junjun won many hearts by stealing a banana that was supposed to be used as a prop and eating it. She did this other times, too. There's also the episode where Junjun cried after being able to successfully memorise the English names of 20 different types of cats.
This. Just... this. Hagiwara Mai (the one on the far right who opens the song) is amazing for a 12 year old.
Alan Jackson had one of these at the 2000 Country Music Association Awards. The academy had invited legendary country singer George Jones to perform his Grammy-award winning song "Choices" during the show, but only an abridged version right before a commercial break. Outraged at what he perceived to be an act of disrespect against a traditional country music singer, Jackson stopped halfway during his own performance and begin playing "Choices" in protest. That takes balls. You can see it here.
Similar to what Elvis Costello did on Saturday Night Live, when he interrupted his band and told them to break into "Radio Radio", a song he was specifically told not to perform. Costello's whole career is a case of Beware the Nice Ones, not to mention multiple Moments of Awesome.
At the 1994 Grammy Awards, Frank Sinatra earned Lifetime Achievement. But when it looked like his speech might run long, the orchestra cut him off and the show went to commercial, much to the ire of all the stars in attendance, who wanted to hear what Ol' Blue Eyes had to say. While presenters mentioned the slight against the Chairman of the Board in passing, Billy Joel, up for nominations on his album "River of Dreams" and performing the title song, staged his own form of Moment of Awesome protest. When the pause in the middle of the song came up, he stopped the song... Then turned to the audience and checked his watch. "Valuable advertising time slipping away. Dollars...dollars...dollars." While the crowd roared its approval, he sat there for another fifteen dead seconds with the biggest shit-eating grin on his face before launching right back into the song, and there wasn't a thing the suits backstage could do about it.
The French rock band Les Wampas was invited into the national official TV news. At the end of it, they proceed to sing one of their tunes... and then changed to a new one, "Chirac en prison" (Chirac in jail), in order to protest against the lacking of judicial actions against the then actual president, Jacques Chirac, which was into many financial scandals. The commercials quickly came to shut them...
Outside the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards, Kurt and his wife Courtney Love meet Axl Rose. Courtney asks "Axl, will you be the godfather of our child?" Axl, infuriated, screams to Kurt "You better tell your bitch to shut up or I'll take you to the pavement!" Kurt humiliated the macho Axl by simply turning to his wife and saying, in a sarcastic monotone, "Shut up, bitch." News of this confrontation helped ruin Axl Rose's career.
That same night where he told the producers he wanted to play "Rape Me" on stage, getting a nervous reaction, to say the least (everyone just assumed they'd play Smells Like Teen Spirit. When it's his time to perform, and after being told not to, he played the first line of "Rape Me" and then immediately cut into "Lithium", knowing that about fifty suits hit the floor as soon as he started.
Another great Nirvana moment, when on the UK show "Top of the Pops", they protested the shows forced use of prerecorded audio by Krist and Dave playing intentionally off track (including throwing the bass in the air in the middle of a verse) and Kurt's mocking Morrissey style vocals.
James Brown's performance in the 1964 concert documentary The T.A.M.I. Show. Easily the most electrifying moment of the show, and one of the greatest show-business performances ever caught on film. (This abbreviated clip gives you the tip of the iceberg — at one point, he dances across the stage on one foot.) Unbelievably enough, Brown was only the second-to-last act on the bill, and the band that had to follow him — a bunch of English youngsters called The Rolling Stones — were terrified over the prospect of having to top his act.
Forty-one years later, British indie rockers Doves gave up a headlining slot at Scottish festival T In The Park to Brown rather than have to follow his performance.
James Brown singlehandedly saved the city of Boston. The night after Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, cities all over the country rioted. His concert performance at the Boston Garden was televised locally and then repeated, keeping people at home and calming the city's nerves.
The Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. Some say that its debut performance moved King George II so much that he stood up in appreciation, and the rest of the audience followed suit. Since then, it became tradition that the audience stand in this section of the performance.
King George II was always a Handel fanboy, though. George brought Handel over from Germany, and many of Handel's greatest compositions were commissions from George, Water Music being the best-known.
It's kind of hard to say that's a Moment of Awesome; picking on K-Fed is too easy. For real awesomeness, look at his "interview" with Eminem, where he not only does the requisite editing to make him look insane, but at four minutes in, takes on his hypocrisy for advocating free speech and then denying Al permission to make a video parody of one of his songs.
Say what you will about Rap/Hip-Hop, you will be hard pressed to find a more electrifying live performance than LL Cool J doing an acoustic version of "Mama Said Knock You Out" on MTV. A performance made that much more legendary by MTV/Viacom's inexplicable decision to not to re-air LL's MTV Unplugged episode or include any of his stuff on any of the Unplugged compilations. Judge for yourself.
The 1963 Royal Variety Performance. The Beatles take to the stage to perform 'Twist and Shout'. Before they play, John Lennon addresses the primarily upper-class audience and informs them that this is an audience participation number:
John Lennon: Would the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And the rest of you, if you'd just rattle your jewelry.
The Sex Pistols renting a barge and following Queen Elizabeth's Silver Jubilee parade while blasting "God Save the Queen" deified them in the minds of the Punk community. Even after the group utterly failed in the U.S. and fell apart, they are still remembered for having the cast-iron balls to actually do it.
There are some slight misconceptions in that statement; look at Jon Savage's magnificent history of English punk, "England's Dreaming", to get the real story. Savage was on the boat, which, to up the Moment of Awesome quotient of this moment, was called, yep, the Queen Elizabeth.
The awesomeness of the entire S&M album/concert is undeniable, though their crowning moment has to be either Master of Puppets or One.
8th July 2007 Metallica and Machine Head at Wembley, London. Machine Head's crowning mosh pit of awesome and thousands of fans singing along to the closing of The Memory Remains long after Metallica stopped playing it.
Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé singing the theme song for Barcelona '92. Awesome of epic proportions, specially for the Barcelona citizens.
Finland got yet another crowning moment of awesome when it shipped the latex-clad monsterband Lordi to Athens to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest, an event at which Finland has never even placed in the top five before...and won the whole thing.
With the highest points scored by any entry ever (at the time, it's since been broken).
Greece's Eurovision voters had their own minor moment by contributing to Lordi's victory by giving them the maximum twelve points after some of their compatriots tried to get the band banned from the competition for being "satanic".
And immediately followed it up with breaking the world's record for the largest Kareoke performance of "Hard Rock Hallejuah"!
While we're on the subject of the ESC: Bosnia-Herzegovina's first appearance as an independent country on the contest. In 1993, smack in the middle of the war. The ovation for the artists went on for so long that they actually did not hear their clue. And then, later that night, the ovation when the telephone line to Sarajevo was established. Halfway between Moment of Awesome and Heartwarming Moment.
The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus. Early on in the show, The Who took the stage and played A Quick One, regarded as one of their best live performances ever, which is something for a band like The Who. They kicked so much ass that the Rolling Stones, whose show it actually was, ended up not releasing it until 1996 allegedly because The Who upstaged them so much. Yeah, the Stones aren't very lucky with that kind of thing.
Perhaps the guitarist with the most Moments of Awesome, Jimi Hendrix.
After simulating making love to his guitar during a psychedelic rendition of 'Wild Thing', he proceeded to pour lighter fluid on his precious instrument, light it on fire, and then smash it on stage.
Played lefty guitar on a RIGHT handed Strat! To be fair, he strung it backwards, then rotated it 180 degrees.
Brought the Wah-Wah pedal to mainstream (Two words: Voodoo Child).
Defied the authorities by allegedly making out with another man to get out of military service. That takes balls.
There's a story that says that Hendrix played a guitar with his teeth while it was on fire. That's some pretty bad-ass stuff!
Noel Gallagher of Oasis raised a giant noise about Jay-Z being invited to headline Glastonbury 2008, declaring that he "wasn't having hip-hop" at it. Jay-Z's response? He comes out with a guitar, singing "Wonderwall" off-key, and gets the entire crowd singing along before discarding it and going into "99 Problems". Take That, Mr. Purist!
The fact that George Harrison at first found them "silly" and a "passing fad", and refused to speak to them, at the height of their arrogant, obnoxious, far from accurate "biggest band in the world" hype, counts as a Harrison Moment of Awesome. No, there should be no reason why George should speak to them, or why anyone should kiss up to them or deal with them or pay attention to them, much less a card-carying Beatle. no matter how "influenced" by them. As if they were the first, last or most influenced band to have a Beatles influence in the history of popular music.
The one-and-only Woodstock concert in 1969. Highlights include
Jimi Hendrix's now-legendary performance of The Star-Spangled Banner
The Who playing straight through the entire Tommy album as the sun came up.
Sly And The Family Stone. Sly's then-revolutionary mixed-race, mixed-gender band were the "Everyday People." Playing to a white, hippy, folky crowd, they practically invented funk right then and there.
The New York Philharmonic Orchestra's visit to North Korea in early 2008. Not only was it a move to strengthen USA-North Korea relations, but it allowed the usually heavily censored media free and unrestricted access to it. Included on the set list were the works of Gershwin, Wagner, and Bizet, as well as Aegukka (South Korea's national anthem) and The Star-Spangled Banner. The concert is especially amazing when you consider that since there was no peace treaty for the Korean War, the United States is technically still at war with North Korea.
The story of Sepultura, the first big metal band to come from the third world. After suffering under a brutal dictatorship until 1985 this band rose from poverty and limited resources to become the symbol of Brazil's metal scene. Playing in their homeland to a roaring crowd makes for a huge Moment of Awesome.
French group Daft Punk had worked their way into a bit of a spot in 2005 with the release of an album that didn't quite live up to their previous work. Some fans found the album, Human After All so bad, they claimed the duo was done. Daft Punk changed EVERYONE'S minds in 2006 with an appearance at the Coachella Music Festival, playing their first live show in 10 years, dressed in robot costumes, standing inside a glowing LCD pyramid, mixing and mashing up all their best songs from all their albums, awesomeing it up to the point that doubting fans found themselves loving even Human After All's songs in the live mixes. See foryourself!
Bob Marley performing live after having been shot.
And bringing together the leaders of the two main parties onstage as a gesture of goodwill in a period when Jamaica suffered severe political violence.
The Cure's "Robert Palmer Version" of "A Forest" at the 1981 Werchter Festival in Belgium. Performed only when the band was threatened with being booted off the stage if they didn't stop after the next song so Robert Palmer could play and thus played a nearly ten minute, extremely overlong and slower version of the song. You can practically hear Robert Palmer getting more and more annoyed with each additional minute The Cure are on stage.
Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton, the three former Yardbirds guitarists, joining together to play "Stairway to Heaven."
In the same vein, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan, live, on stage, at the same time, in a 20 minute long encore.
Kobe Bryant, Michael Phelps, Tony Hawk and Alex Rodriguez covering Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock & Roll" for a Guitar Hero commercial.
Similarly Ernie Isley's breakthrough performance on The Isley Brothers 3 + 3 album. His guitar solos for the live cover of Machinegun/Ohio is legendary.
Living Colour, pretty much earned this for their SNL performance. That and the fact they were one of VERY few black rock bands at the time.
Their cover of American Skin, even with Vernon's guitar cutting out they still pulled off a very emotional moment. See for yourself.
When Garth Brooks won the 1996 American Music Award for Artist Of The Year (his third win in a row), he refused to accept it and left it on the podium. He stated that Hootie & The Blowfish should have won because they had sold more records and done more for music than he did that year.
Just watch the live version of Sigur Rós' Hoppipola on their live Heima DVD... The thing that makes it so Awesome is the whole crowd. It's a National Holiday and the band just plays there in a field for the benefit of everyone, no rock crowd headbanging (though you won't headbang much for a Sigur Ros concert), no fans screaming, just families in a field listening to music and having a nice time...
Donny Osmond, of all people, gets his for his transcendent dance performance in Weird Al's "White and Nerdy". Pop pop.
Queen's epic 1985 Live Aid performance of "Radio Ga Ga", where the crowd of 75,000 people clapped in unison to the song's chorus.
Also, Brian May playing the Queen version of "God Save the Queen" from the top of Buckinham Palace for the Queen's Golden Jubilee is one of those moments that will live on in Rock History!
While recording "The Show Must Go On", Brian believed that Freddie would have trouble doing the vocals, due to his failing health. Instead, Freddie drank a shot of vodka, said "I'll fucking do it, darling!", and nailed the vocals in one go.
Jennifer Hudson showing what a REAL singer is when she sung the national anthem at the Super Bowl.
The return of Blink-182 is the Crowning Moment of Awesome for the punk music genre.
So the Dead Kennedys were invited to the Bay Area Music Awards to perform California Uber Alles. Only, a few measures into the song, Jello Biafra shouts "hold it" and tells the audience that they've sold out now. They proceed to play an entirely new song, Pull My Strings, which is the single most sarcastic, angry and dead-on criticism of the entire music business ever written. Kick. Ass.
Here's the best part. At the beginning of the performance the band were wearing shirts with a big "S" on the front and neckties that hung down their backs. When they started playing Pull My Strings they pulled their neckties around to the front so that it now looked like they were wearing giant dollar symbols.
Let's say that many people consider Korn's Blind to be quite heavy and aggressive. If you're one of those, you have yet to see their live performance of the song on Woodstock '99. And try to survive those killer riffs.
The live version of Free Bird. Left until the second encore, added another 4 minutes of solo bringing it up to a seven minute solo, and started the "shouting 'FREE BIRD!' at concerts" meme that endures to this day.
14 March, 2009: The Sound Relief concerts, held in Melboune and Sydney to raise money for victims of the Victorian Bushfires. In Melbourne, a crowd of over 80,000 (the largest paying crowd in Australian music history) braved pouring rain to attend the event.
Aaron North, co-founder of Buddyhead Records and ex-member of Nine Inch Nails' live band, once attempted to "liberate" a guitar in the memorabilia section of a Hard Rock Cafe while playing a show with his old band, The Icarus Line.
Haydn's Die Schopfung starts with God creating light. Apparently they had to stop the first performance of it to wait for the spontaneous audience applause to die down. the Moment of Awesome starts at 5:00.
Michael Jackson's epic HBO concert during his Dangerous tour was quite possibly the high point of his career. And it was one of the single best concerts in the history of mankind.
His Motown 25 performance of "Billie Jean" where he did his first moonwalk, the dance move that would come to define The Eighties.
The sparkly black sweater? From said performance? Belonged to his MOTHER.
Need proof that Michael Jackson's death was the most epic death to hit the music industry ever? Very shortly after his death, the sheer mass of downloads of his songs on iTunes made him dominate almost the ENTIRETY of the Top 40 songs. It also made MTV play music videos again.
Susan Boyle from Britain's Got Talent 2009. When she walks into the stage she's making a complete fool out of herself. Every member of the audience treats her as a bad ugly joke. And then she starts to sing, and it's all magic!
The fact that she's extremly confident the entire time makes it that much more awesome too! It seems she knew what their first impression would be.
The smirk on her face just before she starts singing totally sells this. She KNEW what they were thinking, and that they were laughing at her, and she KNEW she was going to blow their socks off. And she was rellishing every second of it.
This is a double whammy. The YouTubeSymphony Orchestra summit. Carnegie Hall sent out a global call to all musicians to audition to play in Carnegie Hall by posting a video performance of themselves playing on Youtube for the judges, and those chosen got to perform in Carnegie Hall itself, playing Crowning Music of Awesome composed specifically for the summit.
Pink's concert video of "Fingers", which she sings while doing a Cirque de Soleil act thirty feet above the concert stage. Has to be seen to be believed.
Keith Emerson's antics with organs are particularly known, but in one performance, Emerson stabbed his knife between two keys of the organ, causing a dischord. After their set, the band walked away...leaving the organ still playing the dischord.
Around the time of The Resistance's release, Muse appeared on a Italian TV show and were asked to lip-sync to Uprising rather than perform it live. The band weren't happy about this, so they went on stage and mimed playing each other's instruments (Matt on drums, Chris on guitar/keyboard, Dom on bass/vocals). Even better after they finish: no-one in the room has realised and Dom is interviewed as if he is the singer. Could double as a CMOF.
When playing with playback during an Italian talk show, all the band members switched roles.
Iron Maiden pulled the musical musicians' chairs trick in the 80s, while promoting Somewhere In Time, on a Spanish talk show. They weren't asked back.
Maybe Encore. Numb was already a massive hit for Linkin Park, whereas Encore wasn't really a big deal until the mix- which, by the way, was just one song on a full LP/Jay-Z mash-up album.
Linda Thompson gets one for going on a drunken rampage and smashing up a hotel room, and being informed by the manager that the Sex Pistols had been in the week before and hadn't been half as bad. Yes, that's right Britain's most notorious and anarchist punks outperformed by a folk-singing mother of four.
The music video for Fatboy Slim's Weapon of Choice is probably the best example of showcasing Christopher Walken's mad dancing skills. The song also gets bonus points for referencing Dune.
Louis Armstrong. In 1964 he took "Hello Dolly" to #1 on the charts, at the age of sixty-three. And in the process knocked the BEATLES out of the top spot. And that's arguably the least impressive feat of his career.
Country artist George Strait was recently named ACM Artist of the Decade for the 2000s, shortly after getting his 57th number one country hit.
Dee Snider (of hair metal band Twisted Sister), Frank Zappa, and John Denver teaming up to defend heavy metal (and "explict music" in general) from the PMRC. The people on the PMRC's side did not seem to think that Dee Snider would be intelligent. But he put forth his case very eloquently and intelligently, and heavy metal lived to fight another day... though with the "parental advisory" stickers on the albums. But record sales still went up simply because of the stickers.
That's a very bare bones account of what happened. Dee Snider knew the board expected him to be dumb, rude, vulgar, etc. etc. So he met their expectation. Visually, anyway. He entered the hearing in last night's jeans and denim vest over whatever t shirt he had lying on the floor, half-assed smudged makeup and hair all a mess. He went up to the stand, and pulled out a piece of paper, folded about 27 times, unfolded it, flatening it out and everything. He then proceded to blow them away with a very eloquent and thoughtful speech. Here is his recounting
It's even more of a Moment of Awesome for Denver, who everyone expected to be on the PMRC's side; his standing up for freedom of expression alongside artists whose music and lifestyles were pretty much his polar opposite was a huge shock. And when you consider that, out of the three artists involved, it was Denver who lost his recording contract for daring to go against the government and stand up against censorship.
Rob Halford of Judas Priest had his Moment of Awesome during the Painkiller Tour when he rode a motorcycle onto the stage, crashed into a drum riser and broke his nose, and proceeded to perform the full concert before seeking medical attention.
Judas Priest at Sunmmerfest 2009. Ten minutes before Priest took the stage, the crowd was getting impatient and tired of listening to the same Aerosmith album they used as prerecorded music all day. In what may be coincidence, they started playing Black Sabbath's "War Pigs." At least 5,000 people stopped restlessly calling for Judas Priest and started singing along; you could even find a lot of people "drumming" along in the crowd.
Aretha Franklin's career in general, but this moment stands out. Pavarotti was billed to perform "Nessun Dorma" during the 1998 Grammy Awards broadcast, but came down with a throat ailment and was advised by his doctors to give his voice a rest. Literally at the last minute, Aretha agreed to fill in for Pavarotti, and proceeded to bring down the house!
Ray Charles. The man's life is one 73-year-long crowning moment. After watching his brother die and going blind before the age of seven, he learned to play the piano, revolutionized the worlds of jazz, blues, soul, country, and gospel, beat a nasty heroin addict in the 60s, had "Georgia on My Mind" instated as the state's official song, won 17 Grammy awards over his career (five after his death), and did it all without seeing a single goddamn thing.
His meeting with Jamie Foxx during production of his bio-pic can also be considered a Crowning Moment; Jamie sits down with this master of soul in what would be for most the world's most nerve-racking jam session, and impresses him enough to declare on the spot that Foxx is perfect for the movie. Which he was, in every aspect (though that belongs in Moment of Awesome of films).
Coheed And Cambria's song "The Final Cut" often gets stretched out to over 20 minutes live. On their Neverender DVD, a theremin is brought out on stage before the song, and during the ensuing jam, vocalist/guitarist Claudio Sanchez plays it like he normally would, but then he starts playing the damn thing WITH HIS HAIR.
At the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, Taylor Swift won the Best Female Video award and was interrupted halfway through her acceptance speech by rapper/career asshole Kanye West. Kanye said he would let her finish while insisting that Beyonce (who was also nominated in that category) should have won. Taylor never got to finish her speech, and Kanye was booted from the theater almost immediately afterwards. This sorry state of events led to two Moments of Awesome: whenever Kanye's name was mentioned the rest of the night, it was met with a violently negative reaction from the crowd, who seemed to finally grow tired of his antics; later on, Beyonce wound up winning Video Of The Year, and instead of giving an acceptance speech of her own, she showed a huge amount of class and brought Taylor Swift back out on stage to finish the speech Kanye interrupted.
It's also somewhat of a Moment of Awesome for Kanye West seeing how his ultimate talent is making an ass of himself, and there's not much more dirtbaggery you can do than that (although he'll think of another way to make an ass of himself).
Another arguable Moment of Awesome came from P!nk, who by all accounts had to be physically restrained to keep her from attempting to beat Kanye's face in.
Taylor just seems to have a way of bringing out Moments of Awesome in others. After a poor performance at the 2010 Grammys (followed by her winning a bunch of awards), her manager attempted to defend her by saying, "This is not American Idol. This is not a competition of getting up and seeing who can sing the highest note...It's not about that technically perfect performance." Needless to say, Kelly Clarkson was NOT amused. Just one more reason that Idol will never be able to outdo their initial performance.
Anna Nalick falls off a table in mid-song, and instead of acting awkward and embarrassed, she mannages to joke about it for two hilarious minutes, and THEN actually goes on to finish the song as though nothing had happened - and it was all captured on film! Also definitely a Crowning Moment of Funny for a very funny woman.
Elvis Presley had some of the greatest rock and roll songs, but his crowning moment probably came from his movie "Jailhouse Rock." If you haven't seen the title song performed in the movie, you should know it's probably the first music video ever. There's a reason he's called the King.
Roger Waters, bitter after years of being asked if he would ever play "The Wall" again, declares he would "when the real wall comes down". Germany pulls down the Berlin Wall, and how do they celebrate? Roger Waters organises an all-star cast to play "The Wall".
The year is 2010. Roger Waters is about to reach 67 years of age. How does he celebrate? He announces a brand-new tour of "The Wall." AND IT IS GOOD.
When The Clash was about to tour the United States, their manager wanted many punk bands to support them. The Clash refused and said they wanted their idol, R&B legend Bo Diddley. The Moment of Awesome came when Bo directly replied and was their opening act.
Modern blues player Joe Bonamassa. On his 2009 tour, he celebrated his 20 years as an artist. During that tour he not only filled out his dream arena, The Royal Albert Hall, but who walks up on the stage to play with him? His idol, Eric Clapton.
While he's written many excellent and witty pop songs in the past 20 years, Jarvis Cocker's Crowning Moment of Awesome is arguably when he interrupted Michael Jackson's performance of "Earth Song" at the 1996 BRIT Awards. Cocker took exception to Jackson portraying himself as a Christ-like figure. Here's the full performance, as context is key.
Linkin Park's cover of Nine Inch Nails's "Wish" is insanely good. Listen to all the fans clapping in time and it's just awe inspiring. No wonder Mike tells the crowd to sing along, adding "I don't give a shit if you have to sing it in German."
In December 2009, a grassroots campaign as a protest against talent show The X Factor asked people to buy "Killing in the Name" by Rage Against the Machine into the lucrative Christmas singles list number one... and succeeded, gaining rather wide support, including from a previous winner of X Factor. What makes it more awesome is that it got to #1 by downloads only (whereas its opponent had a physical release) and still it outsold the #2 song by fifty thousand copies.
What happens when Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and John Petrucci play Smoke On The Water? Minds get blown. See for yourself.
Speaking of Steve Vai, if you've never seen anybody play a triple neck guitar before, just watch this.
When the Red Hot Chili Peppers were trying to get Warner Bros. Records to pick up "Under the Bridge" as their next single, some executives came to see them play it in concert. Anthony Kiedis missed his cue to start singing the song, so the entire crowd did it for him. Kiedis was angry with himself for screwing up until the executives told him that when the whole crowd sings your song for you, that's your next single.
The year: 2002. The event: The 75th Academy Awards. The favorite to win the award for Best Original Song was U2 for the song "The Hands That Built America" from the Gangs of New York soundtrack. Everyone was so sure of their victory, one of the nominees didn't even bother attending. And the Oscar goes to... Eminem for his song "Lose Yourself" from the semi-autobiographical 8 Mile. He was the first rap artist to win an Oscar in that category and he spent the monumental night sleeping.
How did Snoop Dogg respond to Moral Guardians going all The New Rock & Roll on gangsta rap and publicly destroying hundreds of various rappers' CDs? By telling them that just because you destroyed them doesn't mean he (or the record label) didn't make money off the sale of them.
Similarly awesome moments were found on two separate occasions on Conan's Late Night, where he grabbed his guitar and joined in with Bruce Springsteen and his band for performances of "Merry Christmas, Baby", and "Pay Me My Money Down".
This fan-made video for Dashboard Confessional's "Thick as Thieves". One long, unbroken chain of card tricks that was entered in a contest against dozens of standard "relationship" videos that took the song literally. And when the fan discovered that he'd gotten a single word wrong, he redid all of it.note One of the cards had the word "Traitor" on it, when the lyric was "Trigger". The error is at the 1:50 mark in the first video. Kudos to him for thinking outside the box and having the balls to do it, and Dashboard Confessional for making it the "official" version.
On the subject of Dashboard Confessional, take their song Vindicated as an example. While an epic track on its own, the story behind it is also awesome. Chris was to write a song for the Spider-Man 2 soundtrack. He wrote it, but then watched a screening of the movie, scrapped the previous song, then sat down and wrote Vindicated... in 15 minutes.
This performance by Owen Pallett of his song Lewis Takes Off His Shirt. While playing at a festival, Pallett's set is interrupted by a thunderstorm. He continues to play amidst lashing rain and howling gales, and despite lightning almost hitting the stage. The techies start to shut things down and tell Pallett to stop playing and leave the stage for his own safety. To which he responds, "LET ME FINISH THIS SONG!". Which he does, with style. Absolute astonishment and rapturous applause ensues.
How about Alice Cooper still doing his stuff at the age of sixty? Said stuff includes beating a woman, impaling a baby with a spike and hanging himself.
Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper singing a duet on "School's Out" at the end of May 21st, 2010's "Gruesome Twosome Tour" concert. To footage of freakin' DEVILMAN.
Perhaps the most obscure reference on this page, but Iranian musician Shahram Nazeri wrote a song in support of the protesters after Iran's controversial 2009 election while in New York and then returned to Iran, refused to disavow the song and was briefly arrested. The song contained lyrics such as (translated): "The soil of the homeland is in the hands of others, rise, my son and reclaim what is yours."
Back in the days when Jim Crow laws were the norm (but kinda-sorta on the way out) was the same time the Rat Pack was in their prime. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. were incredible draws for Las Vegas; when Sinatra announced that the Rat Pack would boycott any venue or hotel that wouldn't allow his friend Sammy on the premises, the resulting backlash desegregated Las Vegas practically overnight.
During the Evelyn Evelyn tour across Europe, Amanda Palmer's crew got stuck in a different country because of the Iceland vulcano. Instead of using her crew, she pulled two fans onto the stage to stay there throughout the show and play the theme from Clue on her keyboard, while she ran around the stage between the songs acting out the theatre parts by herself, "Tim Curry style". Because the show was supposed to be played together with Jason Webley (who couldn't make it either), Jason joined in over Skype, with his face on a laptop screen being held up next to Amanda throughout the entire gig. Oh, and the entire thing was broadcast live over the internet (she crowdsurfed her Mac so that her webcam could get a good shot of the stage), with Amanda constantly talking to her online fans and tweeting.
Not to mention that at the next gig, with Jason still stuck in America and with virtually everything organized via Twitter, Amanda and her fans managed to get instruments, props, and a giant screen onto which they projected Jason via Skype so that fans could see him better and so that the sound quality from his end would be close to Amanda's. Keep in mind that these gigs were international, saved/reorganized within hours of showtime, and all so that the fans could have an amazing time despite the insane circumstances.
Think about it; Jason Webley managed to sing along over a transatlantic Skype call. Which means Jason Webley managed to sing along and cope with a delay measured in seconds.
YMMV, but this a cappella rendition of Flight of the Conchord's "The Humans Are Dead" manages to be even better than the original.
Listen to this live recording of Lindsay Buckingham's "Big Love". How many guitars do you think are being played there? No, just one. All Lindsay. Holy crap.
The live version of Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk" from "The Dance" concert DVD. The song is pretty decent and going along nicely and then the entire USC Marching Band marches up on stage and plays the instrumental portion of the song. It is badass.
The Duke Ellington Orchestra's performance at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival, specifically tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves' 27 chorus long solo during "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue".
Mahalia Jackson's rendition of "The Lord's Prayer" at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, as shown in the movie Jazz On a Summer's Day.
The 1997-1998 Season Finale of SNL, which had musical guest Puff Daddy (as he was known at the time) performing his new single "Come With Me", accompanied by Jimmy Page and a full orchestra.
Perhaps not so much a Moment of Awesome for the band itself as for Adams, but: to celebrate Douglas Adams' 42nd birthday, his friend and guitarist for Pink Floyd David Gilmour invited Adams to come onstage and play rhythm guitar for the songs "Brain Damage" and "Eclipse". And it was awesome.
We shall overcome, or its Czech version Jednou budem dál. That's a song that moves history.
Sophie_Scholl of The White Rose resistance movement is said to have played Die Gedanken Sind Frei outside the prison walls holding her father who was arrested for speaking out against Hitler.
Marilyn Manson and Trent Reznor performing "The Beautiful People" and "Starfuckers, Inc." together!
They Might Be Giants performing "Birdhouse in Your Soul" with the Tonight Show Band back in 1990. Just hearing Doc Severinsen wailing on the trumpet during the instrumental part just adds so much to the song.
A mention must go to the jazz guitarist, Django Reinhardt, who, when he was 18, had the third and fourth fingers of his fretting hand paralysed in a fire. Doctors at the time told him he would never play guitar again. He went on to record some of the most profoundly affecting performances in the history of jazz, exhibiting unparalled virtuosity. Not bad for a fella playing all his solos with only two fingers on his left hand. Pure, undiluted AWESOME.
And for those who think that Jazz is just more old people music, keep in mind that THIS is the guitarist that inspired Tony Iommi to continue playing guitar after having the tips of two of his fingers cut off. This effectively means that Django was the inspiration towards the creation of Heavy Metal as we know it.
On January 18th 2009 just about a half a million people from around the US braved the freezing cold to gather on the National Mall in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Why? To rock out to people like Mary J. Blige, Beyonce, U2, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Renee Fleming, Stevie Wonder, Bon Jovi, Usher and just about everyone else ever, right along side Obama. Did I mention they were all introduced by the likes of Jamie Foxx, Tom Hanks and Samuel L. Jackson? Pure, undiluted awesome and then some.
Primus and Buckethead at Ozzfest. Les Claypool, one of the most talented (and insane) bassists in the business, with Buckethead, one of the most talented (and likely THE most insane) guitarists. Not to mention the latter's epic intro.
Les Claypool: Who's this geetar-playin' sons-a-bitch? It's a question common asked. On his head a bucket of chicken bones, on his face a plastic mask. Well he's the bastard son of a preacher man, on the town he left a stain. They made him live in a chicken house, to try and hide the shame. He was born in a coop, raised in a cage, children fear him, critics rage! He's half alive, he's half dead, folks just call him Buckethead!
DJ Scratch Bastard became a legend at this battle for scratching the Imperial Theme out of a completely different song.
The fact that Renard Queenston has fucktons of aliases likely counts.
Aaliyah was the first known artist to have a song go to the top of the charts based solely on airplay.
On December 2, 2010, after yet another set of rumors involving Britney Spears, this time from Star magazine (with input by her first husband for two days Jason Alexander (no, not that one), about her boyfriend allegedly physically abusing her and her keeping silent to the police on the matter, Britney personally makes five posts on her Twitter account. The first two for congratulating her fans for wishing her a happy 29th birthday, the next one announcing that the release date of her new album will be in March 2011, the fourth one to announce she will be enjoying a romantic vacation for the weekend, and the last one..., well, you can see it for yourself. Beware the Nice Ones, indeed.
The Monkees, a fictitious bubblegum pop band created for a TV show in The Sixties, a group often deliberate overlooked by the hipster Caustic Critics for having any influence or importance in popular music in spite of "bringing long hair into America's living rooms", is the first ever band to have a successful hit record in pop music using a synthesizer when Micky Dolenz uses a Moog modular synth on the track "Daily Nightly" (from the album Pisces, Aquarius, Capircorn And Jones, Ltd. and its promotional video. In 1967. Ahead of The Byrds, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who and other pop innovators. Ahead of even Wendy Carlos' "Switched-On-Bach" a year later. In fact, one story goes that John Lennon was up all night visiting Dolenz in California making space noises on Dolenz's Moog. The Beatles wouldn't use a Moog until 1969's Abbey Road. Micky Dolenz helped to usher in much of the next forty-something years of musical innovation on a slapstick teenybopper TV sitcom on NBC.
Actually, a synthesizer was used in Telstar, by The Tornados, in 1962. That song is also something of a Moment of Awesome, as it reached number 1 on the charts despite being an instrumental, and was recorded in an apartment (the mixing board was in the kitchen). There are even rumors (albeit not very credible ones) that the distortion in the song came from beaming the song to space and back.
At least a year before "Telstar", in January 1961, a synth (or an proto version of the same) was used in the Del Shannon song "Runaway", which reached number 1 in the Billboard Top 40 (U.S.) charts (the first American #1 to feature a synth or synth-like instrument) AND number 1 on the British charts (two months after it reached number 1 in the U.S.).
Oh yeah, and Jimi Hendrix opened up for them earlier that same year, when he was an unknown in America. So the Monkees had a hand in popularizing electronic music and heavy metal/hard rock.
The band Phish had a festival called Big Cypress on December 30th and 31st 1999. Some 85,000 people attended, making it the largest concert on Earth on the eve of the new millennium - a crowning moment in itself, given the other acts playing that night. The most impressive part, though, is that for the second set of their New Years Eve show, they played from midnight until dawn on New Years Day - seven and a half hours of music.
Cee Lo Green in a turkey suit with Gwyneth Paltrow and the Muppets. Yes.
Green Day's 1994 Woodstock mud fight.
Back in the 1930s, stride piano players (think ragtime but more complex) in Harlem would frequently engage in "cutting contests", friendly competitions in which each would try to out-play the other. So in 1933, a typical three-way cutting contest took place between two renowned players- James P. Johnson and Fats Waller- and the relative newcomer 24-year-old Art Tatum. When it gets to be Tatum's turn, he plays an arrangement of Tea for Two... and both of the elite players are stunned. For his second turn, he breaks into a completely insane version of Tiger Rag at over 350 BPM that continues to ruin piano players' hopes and dreams even now. Note that Art Tatum was also blind.
Bob Dylan's performance in Manchester in 1966, when the moment he came on stage someone shouted "Judas!", to which he just coldly responded "I don't believe you [...] you're a liar!", then turning to his band saying "play it fucking loud", as the first chords of "Like A Rolling Stone" roll out of the amps. Truly awesome.
Any time the Irish tune "Mason's Apron" is played, expect sheer damn awesome. Here is The Chieftains playing it live as a solo for flutist Matt Molloy; at 1:55 you can see ROGER DALTREY sitting backstage looking bug-eyed. Here is The Chieftains again, this time with Leahy, and the relevant part is at 2:40; the fiddler jumps back and forth between bowing and plucking the strings at a blinding speed.
Sabaton's song Metal Crue is full of Heavy Meta. So full of it that just about every other word of its lyrics is the name of a metal or rock band. And somehow all of it is put together in a way that actually avoids Word Salad Lyrics.
In 1992, Duran Duran were considered all washed up. Their last album, 1990's Liberty, was a massive critical and commercial failure, they were having difficulties with figuring out songs for a new album, there was a lot of behind the scenes drama, and they were considered pretty much relegated to the '80s forever. Then in January 1993, they anonymously released a single to radio, which got lots and lots of positive feedback and airplay. That song? "Ordinary World", which introduces the band to a new decade and the new decade to the album commonly known as The Wedding Album. While it was only mildly well received by critics (it did a lot better with British critics than the narrowminded American ones), it went platinum worldwide and showed that they definitely weren't consigned forever to the past. (Then they completely messed things up in 2001 with the whole "reunion" crapola, but that's for another topic.)
The fact that Canadian folk rock stalwart Gordon Lightfoot is still going strong and touring even in his seventies, after many decades of hard living and a lot of medical complications, could be considered a Moment of Awesome.
The 2009 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame concert. John Fogerty playing with Bruce Springsteen, U2 playing with Patti Smith and Bruce, Crosby Stills & Nash playing with Bonnie Raitt, and toss in some occasional Mick Jagger and other rock royalty.
Pink Floyd, The Dark Side Of The Moon. While the album itself is most definitely awesome, special mention must be made to the fact that it remained on the Billboard charts for FOURTEEN YEARS, a feat replicated by no one else and which is a crowning moment in its own right.
Within Aaron Copland's Symphony No. 3, the introduction of the main theme in the fourth movement acts as this. It's audibly a variation on the themes of the prior three movements - except it is also Copland's famousFanfare for the Common Man.
Take That performing at the 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony. For reasons why this is awesome, frontman Gary Barlow's daughter Poppy had been delivered stillborn just over a week ago. The amount of strength and determination for any parent to even get out of bed following such a tragedy is phenomenal, let alone perform to billions worldwide. Keep in mind as well that all the musical acts performing at the Olympics were only being paid £1 (technically, they played for free, but a formal contract requires a figure, however small), so he wasn't there for the money. He was there because, well, The Show Must Go On.
For about a decade Gary Numan had fell into a creative slump. Everywhere he looked the music was stale and terrible and so he sort of drifted out of music, when in 1994 for he watched the famous Woodstock 94 performance of Nine Inch Nails, who had exploded onto the world scene in that show. He was utterly mesmorized and inspired he went back into the studio. A little while later he met with his producer Alan Moulder, who found out he was inspired by Trent Reznor's work. Moulder told Gary that the first thing Trent Reznor did everyday during the production was put on Numan's 1980 release of Telekon. As it turned out, the master had inspired the apprentice, who in turn inspired the master. In 2009 they performed together in London and more recently Numan has been opening up for Nine Inch Nails.
The legendary 1938 Carnegie Hall concert by Benny Goodman and his swing orchestra with Goodman on clarinet, Henry James on trumpet, Babe Russin on saxophone, and Gene Krupa on drums. The night ended with the climactic performance of the band's signature song, an arrangement of Louis Prima's "Sing Sing Sing" with an unexpected and beautiful improvised piano solo by Jess Stacy.
How does the music industry respond to Hurricane Sandy? By holding the biggest benefit concert since Live AID, thatï¿½s how! To say they pulled out all the stops at Madison Square Garden on December 12th, 2012, would be the understatement of the year. How awesome was it? Well, letï¿½s look at a sample of the lineup that evening: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, The Who, Alicia Keys, Usher, Kanye West, and Billy Joel were all there! And thatï¿½s not even moistening your thumb on the fucking surface!! Thanks to the sheer multitude of stars gathered that one night, the total money raised was up into the hundreds of millions. And, thanks to time delay in other parts of the world, counting. When you tell someone that theyï¿½re not alone, you do so in a way worthy only of the Big Apple. Also counts as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, considering a lot of the performers live in the effected area, so this is also an example of neighbor helping neighbor.
One of the too-many-to-count highlights had to have been McCartney performing a heavy rock track, "Cut Me Some Slack", with surviving Nirvana members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Nirvana/Foo Fighters backup guitarist Pat Smear. How awesome was it? Rumors of a Nirvana/Paul McCartney album and/or tour weren't too far behind.
January 24, 1975. The Cologne (Köln in German) Opera House. Legendary jazz pianist Keith Jarrett is scheduled to play the first jazz concert ever played at the venue on a Bösendorfer 290 Imperial concert grand piano – widely considered to be among the greatest pianos ever made. When he arrives the afternoon before the concert, exhausted from a long drive (he was coming from Zurich, Switzerland), he finds a terrible mistake has been made: the piano set out for him is a worn-out Bösendorfer baby grand only intended for rehearsal use, tinny in the upper registers and weak in the bass. Seeing it, and learning that no replacement was available, he almost refused to perform, but the concert promoter (17-year-old Vera Brandes) managed to convince him, pointing out that the (sold-out!) concert was scheduled to start in a few hours. Keith Jarrett then proceeded to improvise for over an hour, using unusual techniques such as striking the same keys repeatedly to overcome the flaws of the instrument ... and not only was the concert a tremendous success with the audience and critics, the recording made of that concert – now known simply as "The Köln Concert" – went on to become the best selling solo jazz album in history.
The entire video for DJ Fresh's Louder: three minutes of ridiculous skate and skateboard stunts.
In 2000, Faith Hill's Breathe never hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Despite this, at the end of the year, Billboard magazine named it the number one song overall. It spent 45 weeks in the Top 40 alone.
In 1994, during the 11th Annual MTV Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall, the Finnish band Leningrad Cowboys got up on stage with the Alexandrov Ensemble (the choir of the Russian Army with honest-to-goodness Russian/ex-Soviet military members, complete with uniforms!) to sing...Sweet Home Alabama. It was glorious.