Google Play provides a dataset for interrogating the rise and fall of musical artists and genres.
Google unveiled a new way to look at the history of music today, Music Timeline.
Drawing on the songs that reside in the collections of millions of Google Play users, the company created a visualization of the popularity of various artists and genres from 1950 to today.
That time period captures the explosion of guitar-based music in the form of country and rock, and all their variants. It charts the rise of hip hop and the various resurgences of R&B. It even tries to parse the many sub-genres of rock with the kind of are-you-serious precision employed by teenage aficionados everywhere.
Read the whole article here or visit the Music Timeline here.