June 15, 2011 at 3:28 pm

The Guardian Releases Wildly Interactive Modern Music Timeline

The Guardian Music timeline

Historians and modern ethnomusicologists, clear your schedules.

This week, England newspaper The Guardian launched A History of Modern Music, a wildly interactive timeline archive of what the paper’s music team deems the “50 key moments” of each major modern musical genre, dating all the way back Frank Sinatra’s 1944 Columbus Day performance at New York’s Paramount Theater.

The web app lets you peruse road maps for pop, rock, R&B and hip-hop, indie, and dance. Downloadable playlists for each genre are available on the paper’s Datablog, so you can listen away from your web browser.

What should we expect as they continue to round out the list? Jazz? Classical? Soca?

Either way, there’s already a goldmine of information to retrieve through this Guitar Hero-looking interface. Happy hunting.