What a wild ride the last fifty years have been - some of the greatest music ever written was readily available to anyone with a transistor radio or, now, a Spotify account.
In year forty-nine of our fifty year (and fifty week) retrospective, timeless classics mix with songs with a social conscience.
The Flower Power movement died an abrupt death at a music festival east of San Francisco, but the power of the art and music of the Sixties still influences us today.
The turmoil of the times is reflected in the music and the music is embraced by the audience muddling through the turmoil.
Motown, a landmark record by Carole King and the early rumbling of heavy metal made their mark, but it was ex-Beatles and Bubblegum music that ruled the year.