30 Music Facts From Noteworthy to Offbeat

, Staff Writer
Updated February 2, 2021
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    teens listening to music with headphones on
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Music is an important part of life for many people. Whether you play a musical instrument, sing or simply enjoy listening to good music, you're sure to find this collection of music facts to be interesting.

Notable Facts About Recording

Discover interesting facts about some of the most well-known recording artists.

  • In 2013, Metallica became the first band to play a concert on every continent on Earth. This accomplishment is documented by Guinness World Records.
  • In 1970, Carol Channing became the first professional performer to sing during halftime at the Super Bowl.
  • Astronaut Chris Hadfield released a truly out-of-this-world album in 2015. He wrote and recorded the album, Space Sessions: Songs from a Tin Can, while in space.
  • LeAnn Rimes won a Grammy award when she was just 14 years old, making her the youngest person to receive this award. She won for her 1997 remake of Blue, originally recorded by Bill Mack in 1958.
  • With more than 250 million recordings sold, The Beatles are the all-time best selling band in the world.
  • Musician Jerry Lee Lewis is believed to have been married more times than any other professional musician. He was married a total of seven times.
  • In 1987, Aretha Franklin became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • With a net worth of 1.3 billion dollars, Paul McCartney is the wealthiest musician in the world.
  • Willie Nelson is a prolific published author. His titles include Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die, The Tao of Willie, Pretty Paper, and several others.
  • When Pope John Paul II visited Canada in 1984, Celine Dion performed Une Colombe during his appearance at the Olympic stadium in Montreal. There were 60,000 people in the audience.
  • Elvis Presley played 636 consecutive shows in Las Vegas over an eight-year period (1969-1976). He played two shows per evening every day of the week. Each show sold out.

Facts About Music on Television

There are television shows and networks devoted to music, as well as televised award shows that honor musicians for their achievements.

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    women performing music on stage
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  • MTV, the first TV channel dedicated to playing music videos 24/7, launched on August 1, 1981.
  • The first video played on MTV was for the song Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles.
  • Night Tracks was a television series focused solely on music videos. It aired on Friday and Saturday nights on SuperStation WTBS from 1983-1992.
  • In 1985, the Live Aid music festival and telethon organized by Bob Geldof raised $127 million for Ethiopian famine relief. Live Aid aired on TV around the world, showing live performances from London and Philadelphia.
  • The Country Music Awards (CMA) became the first annual awards program for music to air on network television in 1968.
  • The Recording Academy's first Grammy Awards ceremony was held in 1959. However, it was not televised until 1971.
  • The broadway musical South Pacific has won a total of 17 Tony Awards, which is more than any other Broadway musical.
  • Composer John Williams has received over 50 Oscar nominations and has won more Oscars than any other living composer. His first Oscar was for the score of Fiddler on the Roof in 1972.
  • The last episode of the long-running Seinfeld sitcom concluded with the Green Day song Time of Your Life.

Facts About Music in Everyday Life

Music finds its way into everyday life in many different ways.

  • Over half of the households in the U.S. have at least one person who plays one or more musical instruments.
  • Students can leverage musical skills into money for college. There are many music scholarships, including programs for playing in a university's band.
  • Have you ever heard or thought about a song only to have it get stuck in your head? There's a word for that. It's called an earworm!
  • In 1967, entrepreneur Shigeichi Negishi invented what he called the Sparko Box. This device is actually the very first known karaoke machine.
  • Karaoke found its way into the U.S. culture in a big way in the 1990s, when many bars added these devices to engage customers.
  • Listening to music that you enjoy can help you relax and relieve stress. Slower tempos seem to be best for quieting a busy mind and relaxing tense muscles.
  • Paul and Joseph Galvin introduced the first in-car radios in the early 1930s. They combined the word motor (for car) with Victrola (for music player) to come up with the name Motorola for their innovation.
  • Approximately 90% of social media users engage in some kind of music-related activity via their apps and profiles. Activities include things like engaging with artists or using song lyrics as image captions.
  • Listening to music at bedtime helps many people (children and adults alike) fall asleep faster.
  • Playing music while working (assuming it's allowed) can help make people feel more productive.

Dig Deeper Into the Magic of Music

Music is such a broad topic that the fact list above is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg related to the topic. Why not take a deeper dive and learn even more? Start by learning some descriptive words for music. If you're still captivated and would like to find out even more, explore the major types of music from around the world.