British Invasion recreated by Yelp Inc.

This is the music that reinvented the American people. It took just one teenager (may I  add, a teenager from the Washington, DC metropolitan area!) to inspire a collective sound, away from the ‘Top 40′ singles pop acts of their time into mod and classic British rock. And this is the music that is representative of true rock and true meaning. Have you had enough of Blurred Lines? Because I know I have. Take your time machine back to a period where music actually meant more than your sappy pop love tune. This is the music we should be listening to. 

Featuring the classic British Invasion originals plus some later 70s and 80s rock sounds, you’ll feel as if you never left the time period. The true grit of the political, cultural and personal themes reflected in these songs show music at its finest – from class consciousness in The Kinks’ “A Well Respected Man” to commercialism in The Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and to the implicit personal traumas of Freddie Mercury in Queen’s epic “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

You’ll also note the sheer variation of sounds in each song itself, with the psychedelic feel of The Beatles’ “Baby, You’re a Rich Man” to the more fuzzy rock of The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven” and finally to Mercury’s intention of an out of the norm ‘mock opera’ sound in “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

This is the music we should be listening to, for as long as we live.

This playlist and accompanying piece was created by Alicia Hai, Music Blogger at Rhetoric Magazine. Come back for more every Friday!