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FT Life of a Song

By Financial Times

Each month FT music critics and contributors discuss the story of a song, from its origins and early recordings through cover versions good and bad. Formerly called FT Arts.

  1. 1.
    Sincerity or self-branding: what defines millennial music?04/20/2018
    21:15
  2. 2.
    Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights03/15/2018
    26:06
  3. 3.
    1968: The Year that Music Changed01/23/2018
    28:32
  4. 4.
    The best Christmas music: a definitive guide12/19/2017
    19:47
  5. 5.
    The Life of a Song: Strange Fruit11/17/2017
    22:09
  6. 6.
    The Life of a Song: Make You Feel My Love10/19/2017
    15:30
  7. 7.
    The Hits that Shook the World09/15/2017
    36:35
  8. 8.
    The Life of a Song: Wild Thing08/14/2017
    17:59
  1. 9.
    The Life of a Song: Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel07/18/2017
    18:15
  2. 10.
    The Life of a Song: Radiohead's No Surprises06/13/2017
    20:08
  3. 11.
    The Life of a Song: (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction 05/21/2017
    7:40
  4. 12.
    The Life of a Song: A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall05/14/2017
    7:52
  5. 13.
    The Life of a Song: Je T'aime... Moi Non Plus 05/07/2017
    7:17
  6. 14.
    The Life of a Song: The Message 04/30/2017
    7:01
  7. 15.
    The Life of a Song: Tainted Love 04/23/2017
    6:58
  8. 16.
    The Life of a Song: O Sole Mio 04/23/2017
    7:06
  9. 17.
    The Life of a Song: Let It Go04/16/2017
    6:07
  10. 18.
    The Life of a Song: Hotel California 04/03/2017
    6:51
  11. 19.
    The Life of a Song: Midnight Train to Georgia03/26/2017
    6:51
  12. 20.
    The Life of a Song: 9 to 503/19/2017
    7:14
  13. 21.
    The Life of a Song: Try A Little Tenderness03/12/2017
    7:18
  14. 22.
    The Life of a Song: Wild is the Wind03/05/2017
    7:16
  15. 23.
    The Life of a Song: Sukiyaki02/26/2017
    8:00
  16. 24.
    The Life of a Song: My Way02/19/2017
    7:41
  17. 25.
    The Life of a Song: The Long Black Veil02/12/2017
    8:28
  18. 26.
    The Life of a Song: I Put a Spell on You02/05/2017
    7:55
  19. 27.
    The Life of a Song: Some Velvet Morning01/29/2017
    7:02
  20. 28.
    The Life of a Song: She's Lost Control01/22/2017
    6:52
  21. 29.
    The Life of a Song: Red Red Wine 01/15/2017
    6:56
  22. 30.
    The Life of a Song: The Chain01/08/2017
    7:12
  23. 31.
    The Life of a Song: Stairway to Heaven12/30/2016
    7:35
  24. 32.
    The Life of a Song: '1999' 12/23/2016
    7:05
  25. 33.
    The Life of a Song: Good King Wenceslas12/19/2016
    7:39
  26. 34.
    The Life of a Song: I Believe in Father Christmas12/09/2016
    7:33
  27. 35.
    The Life of a Song: Not Fade Away12/02/2016
    6:24
  28. 36.
    The Life of a Song: I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free11/28/2016
    7:46
  29. 37.
    The Life of a Song: Over the Rainbow11/20/2016
    7:41
  30. 38.
    The Life of a Song: Hallelujah11/11/2016
    8:05
  31. 39.
    The Life of a Song: Yesterday11/06/2016
    7:02
  32. 40.
    The Life of a Song: 'Ike's Rap II'10/31/2016
    7:25
  33. 41.
    The Life of a Song: Smoke on the Water10/22/2016
    5:32
  34. 42.
    The Life of a Song: Like a Rolling Stone10/14/2016
    6:42
  35. 43.
    The Life of a Song: Wade in the Water10/10/2016
    7:48
  36. 44.
    The Life of a Song: Rasputin 09/18/2016
    7:27
  37. 45.
    The Life of a Song: Born in the USA 09/12/2016
    5:35
  38. 46.
    The Life of a Song: Me and Bobby McGee 09/05/2016
    8:49
  39. 47.
    The Life of a Song: God Bless the Child 08/28/2016
    9:25
  40. 48.
    The Life of a Song: Running Up That Hill08/21/2016
    8:29
  41. 49.
    The Life of a Song: My Favourite Things08/14/2016
    7:59
  42. 50.
    The Life of a Song: La Vie en Rose 08/07/2016
    7:09
  43. 51.
    The Life of a Song: Let's Stick Together 07/31/2016
    6:44
  44. 52.
    The Life of a Song: Mr Tambourine Man07/25/2016
    7:24
  45. 53.
    The Life of a Song: Amazing Grace 07/20/2016
    7:18
  46. 54.
    The Life of a Song: A Change is Gonna Come07/15/2016
    6:11
  47. 55.
    The Life of a Song: Someday My Prince Will Come07/08/2016
    6:34
  48. 56.
    The Life of a Song: Ode to Billie Joe07/01/2016
    6:58
  49. 57.
    The Life of a Song: Will You Love Me Tomorrow06/24/2016
    6:53
  50. 58.
    The Life of A Song: By The Time I Get To Phoenix06/17/2016
    6:10
  51. 59.
    The Life of a Song: Apache06/10/2016
    7:52
  52. 60.
    Is music streaming making us better listeners?06/08/2016
    15:28
  53. 61.
    The Life of a Song: I Feel Love06/03/2016
    6:42
  54. 62.
    The Life of a Song: Skinny Love05/27/2016
    6:37
  55. 63.
    Ben Lerner reads his poem 'Index of Themes' 05/20/2016
    2:32
  56. 64.
    The Life of a Song: So What05/20/2016
    6:16
  57. 65.
    Digital memory in the age of social media05/19/2016
    13:23
  58. 66.
    The Life of a Song: Every Rose Has Its Thorn05/13/2016
    7:16
  59. 67.
    The Life of a Song: Everything I Own05/06/2016
    6:30
  60. 68.
    The Life of a Song: In The Air Tonight04/29/2016
    6:55
  61. 69.
    The Life of a Song: Song to the Siren04/22/2016
    7:31
  62. 70.
    The Life of a Song: This Land Is Your Land04/15/2016
    7:04
  63. 71.
    The Life of a Song: Living in the Past04/08/2016
    6:35
  64. 72.
    The Life of a Song: Bridge Over Troubled Water04/01/2016
    6:45
  65. 73.
    The Life of a Song: Grandma's Hands 03/25/2016
    6:40
  66. 74.
    The Life of a Song: Dem Bones03/18/2016
    6:57
  67. 75.
    The Life of a Song: Amsterdam03/11/2016
    7:25
  68. 76.
    The Life of a Song: Lady Marmalade 03/04/2016
    6:28
  69. 77.
    The Life of a Song: Dark was the Night, Cold was the Ground02/26/2016
    6:12
  70. 78.
    The Life of a Song: Cherokee02/19/2016
    6:28
  71. 79.
    The Life of a Song: War02/12/2016
    6:31
  72. 80.
    The Life of a Song: Smells Like Teen Spirit02/05/2016
    6:20
  73. 81.
    The Life of a Song: Good Times02/05/2016
    6:16
  74. 82.
    The Life of a Song: Surf's Up01/22/2016
    6:29
  75. 83.
    The Life of a Song: Mack the Knife01/15/2016
    6:21
  76. 84.
    The Life of a Song: Sunshine of Your Love01/08/2016
    5:29
  77. 85.
    The Life of a Song: Auld Lang Syne12/23/2015
    5:32
  78. 86.
    The Life of a Song: The Holly and the Ivy 12/18/2015
    5:36
  79. 87.
    Short story: ‘Winter Letter’ by Lydia Davis12/18/2015
    28:59
  80. 88.
    The Life of a Song: To Love Somebody12/11/2015
    6:18
  81. 89.
    The Life of a Song: Johnny Remember Me12/04/2015
    7:14
  82. 90.
    Norse code for Christmas12/01/2015
    4:32
  83. 91.
    The life of a song: Walk on the Wild Side11/27/2015
    6:17
  84. 92.
    The life of a song: Rocket 8811/13/2015
    6:25
  85. 93.
    The life of a song: Nessun Dorma11/06/2015
    7:12
  86. 94.
    The life of a song: Beat It10/30/2015
    7:45
  87. 95.
    The life of a song: I Heard It Through the Grapevine10/23/2015
    5:50
  88. 96.
    The Life of a song: Going Back to My Roots10/16/2015
    6:11
  89. 97.
    The life of a song: Goodnight, Irene10/09/2015
    6:08
  90. 98.
    The life of a song: Night on Disco Mountain10/02/2015
    6:14
  91. 99.
    The life of a song: Money (That's What I Want)09/25/2015
    6:15
  92. 100.
    The life of a song: Toxic09/18/2015
    5:32
  93. 101.
    The life of a song: Starman09/11/2015
    5:51
  94. 102.
    The life of a song: Night Train09/03/2015
    6:43
  95. 103.
    The life of a song: I'm in the Mood for Love08/28/2015
    6:37
  96. 104.
    The life of a song: Nature Boy08/21/2015
    7:07
  97. 105.
    The life of a song: Georgia on My Mind08/14/2015
    7:50
  98. 106.
    The life of a song: My Funny Valentine08/06/2015
    8:04
  99. 107.
    Behind the podcast renaissance08/04/2015
    19:27
  100. 108.
    The life of a song: Watermelon Man07/31/2015
    8:03
  101. 109.
    The life of a song: Summertime07/24/2015
    0:43
  102. 110.
    The life of a song: Silver Dagger07/17/2015
    0:43
  103. 111.
    The life of a song: Ghost Town07/10/2015
    0:43
  104. 112.
    The life of a song: Hell Hound On My Trail07/03/2015
    6:28
  105. 113.
    The life of a song: Shipbuilding06/26/2015
    6:08
  106. 114.
    The life of a song: St James Infirmary06/19/2015
    0:12
  107. 115.
    The life of a song: Peg06/12/2015
    5:28
  108. 116.
    The life of a song: House of the Rising Sun06/05/2015
    6:30
  109. 117.
    The life of a song: Misirlou05/29/2015
    5:53
  110. 118.
    The life of a song: Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head05/21/2015
    5:57
  111. 119.
    The life of a song: A Whiter Shade of Pale05/15/2015
    5:41
  112. 120.
    The life of a song: Without You05/08/2015
    5:43
  113. 121.
    The life of a song: Downtown05/01/2015
    5:11
  114. 122.
    The life of a song: Enter Sandman04/24/2015
    6:21
  115. 123.
    The life of a song: Me and Mrs Jones04/17/2015
    0:43
  116. 124.
    The life of a song: It's the Hard Knock Life04/10/2015
    4:53
  117. 125.
    The life of a song: Song of Solomon04/02/2015
    4:55
  118. 126.
    Life of a song: Ice Ice Baby03/27/2015
    4:42
  119. 127.
    The life of a song: I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself03/20/2015
    5:37
  120. 128.
    The life of a song: Guantanamera03/13/2015
    5:52
  121. 129.
    The life of a song: Baltimore03/06/2015
    5:50
  122. 130.
    Bureaucracy: friend or foe?03/06/2015
    15:47
  123. 131.
    The life of a song: I’m a Believer02/27/2015
    5:43
  124. 132.
    The life of a song: When the Levee Breaks02/20/2015
    5:21
  125. 133.
    The life of a song: Always On My Mind02/13/2015
    5:30
  126. 134.
    No wonder Europe is annoyed with Greece02/06/2015
    0:43
  127. 135.
    Reel lives: Jan Dalley on falsity in film01/30/2015
    6:56
  128. 136.
    IP or not IP? Jan Dalley on the Luc Tuymans case01/23/2015
    0:43
  129. 137.
    Florence and the machines: the British Library Sound Archive01/09/2015
    7:31
  130. 138.
    Keep it complex: Peter Aspden on art and identity01/02/2015
    6:04
  131. 139.
    Cover story: the golden age of Esquire12/23/2014
    6:26
  132. 140.
    A new short story for the holidays12/19/2014
    38:35
  133. 141.
    2014 Comeback Special: Peter Aspden on ‘Elvis at the O2’12/19/2014
    6:22
  134. 142.
    Loan goal: Peter Aspden on the Elgin Marbles12/12/2014
    0:43
  135. 143.
    Past masters: Peter Aspden on Terry Riley and Joni Mitchell12/05/2014
    0:43
  136. 144.
    Kitchen-sink commandments: ‘Decalogue’, 25 years on11/28/2014
    0:43
  137. 145.
    Hitting the arts jackpot11/21/2014
    0:43
  138. 146.
    Revolution for sale: Peter Aspden on Nike and The Beatles11/14/2014
    0:43
  139. 147.
    Beginnings and endings: Taylor Swift and Sylvie Guillem11/07/2014
    0:43
  140. 148.
    Show us what you’ve got10/31/2014
    7:07
  141. 149.
    Rich pickings: Peter Aspden on spectator apartheid10/24/2014
    0:43
  142. 150.
    Rhythm and bruises: Peter Aspden on Boy Blue10/17/2014
    0:43
  143. 151.
    Rembrandt right or wrong10/10/2014
    0:43
  144. 152.
    Flux and the city: Peter Aspden on urban art10/03/2014
    6:18
  145. 153.
    Happy Birthday, Leonard Cohen09/19/2014
    6:52
  146. 154.
    Roll over, rock ’n’ roll: Peter Aspden on Miley Cyrus09/12/2014
    5:28
  147. 155.
    Computers versus connoisseurs09/09/2014
    6:17
  148. 156.
    Sun, sea and tragic wisdom: Peter Aspden on cultural tourism09/05/2014
    6:28
  149. 157.
    In praise of boiled string08/29/2014
    5:50
  150. 158.
    Snap judgment: Bendor Grosvenor on photography in galleries08/22/2014
    5:56
  151. 159.
    The loser’s guide to movie-going08/15/2014
    5:18
  152. 160.
    Vintage women: Jan Dalley on late flourishing08/08/2014
    6:53
  153. 161.
    Graffiti and the gallery: Peter Aspden on Pure Evil08/01/2014
    6:21
  154. 162.
    Icons of dissent07/25/2014
    5:46
  155. 163.
    When violence gets real07/18/2014
    5:47
  156. 164.
    The art we deserve?07/11/2014
    5:52
  157. 165.
    ‘Downton Abbey’ and the gift of soft power06/27/2014
    6:28
  158. 166.
    To boldly go: Peter Aspden on Sajid Javid and Mark Cousins06/13/2014
    6:26
  159. 167.
    Outrage sells: Peter Aspden on Banksy and Bond Street06/06/2014
    5:49
  160. 168.
    Marxist melodies: Laura Battle on music from the left05/30/2014
    5:42
  161. 169.
    Snap judgment: Peter Aspden on the Prix Pictet05/23/2014
    5:40
  162. 170.
    Poop and post-poop: Peter Aspden on Hong Kong’s art scene05/16/2014
    6:03
  163. 171.
    Faith, hope and video: Peter Aspden on art and religion05/02/2014
    5:42
  164. 172.
    Just reach out: Peter Aspden on making culture accessible04/25/2014
    5:22
  165. 173.
    Fatale attraction: Ludovic Hunter-Tilney on the screen seductress04/17/2014
    5:23
  166. 174.
    Art of the unexpected: Deborah Bull on measuring cultural impact04/11/2014
    5:18
  167. 175.
    Satire without a sting: Peter Aspden on ‘W1A’04/04/2014
    0:43
  168. 176.
    Show, don’t tell: Peter Aspden on documentaries03/28/2014
    6:12
  169. 177.
    Money trouble: Peter Aspden on arts funding03/14/2014
    6:16
  170. 178.
    Rubble cause: Peter Aspden on ‘Ruin Lust’03/07/2014
    5:49
  171. 179.
    Object lessons: Peter Aspden on memorabilia02/28/2014
    5:48
  172. 180.
    Showy business: Leo Robson on the ‘McConaissance’02/21/2014
    0:43
  173. 181.
    Social network of the damned: Peter Aspden on hell02/07/2014
    5:18
  174. 182.
    Folk/rock: Peter Aspden on Pete Seeger01/31/2014
    7:10
  175. 183.
    Degree show: Peter Aspden on Derek Jarman01/24/2014
    5:27
  176. 184.
    Wig interpretation: Peter Aspden on ‘American Hustle’01/17/2014
    5:28
  177. 185.
    A Banksy in the boardroom: Peter Aspden on corporate collections01/10/2014
    5:42
  178. 186.
    Culture versus clutter: Peter Aspden on ‘Stuffocation’01/03/2014
    4:53
  179. 187.
    Critical voice: Peter Aspden on Ai Weiwei12/27/2013
    5:21
  180. 188.
    Sporting life: Peter Aspden on Russian Realism12/20/2013
    5:07
  181. 189.
    'Alien invasion in the G.L.A.C.' by Mohsin Hamid12/20/2013
    1:05
  182. 190.
    Jay-Z and Pablo P: Peter Aspden on Art Basel Miami Beach12/13/2013
    6:23
  183. 191.
    Restoration drama: Peter Aspden on Kenwood House11/29/2013
    5:12
  184. 192.
    Space adventure: Peter Aspden on Philippe Parreno11/22/2013
    5:42
  185. 193.
    Sitcom nation: Peter Aspden on daytime TV11/15/2013
    5:32
  186. 194.
    Nap music: Peter Aspden on the UK’s first ‘sleeping gig’11/08/2013
    6:44
  187. 195.
    Soul power: Peter Aspden on icons10/25/2013
    4:54
  188. 196.
    Bryte star: Peter Aspden on Nick Drake10/18/2013
    7:11
  189. 197.
    Auteur ego: Peter Aspden on Bertolucci10/11/2013
    5:44
  190. 198.
    Tomorrow people: Peter Aspden on FutureFest10/04/2013
    6:15
  191. 199.
    A messy business: Peter Aspden on sex09/27/2013
    5:35
  192. 200.
    Something old, something new: Peter Aspden on the classic with a twist09/20/2013
    5:13

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