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The burgeoning internet allows Arctic Monkeys to turn the music business on its head.
Numan's bleak dystopian vision struck a chord with the nation's disenfranchised youth.
Joe Meek's music brought romance to the space race, albeit in a DIY, home-made fashion.
Dizzee is the sound of 21st-century Britain, mirroring the culture clash of modern life.
The world's eyes turned to London on 2 June 1953 as the coronation was viewed globally.
The soundtrack to the rise of New Labour, an era when we were intrigued by Cool Britannia.
A jaunty take on political conflict, a wry and humorous anthem for the strike-bound 1970s.
Ghost Town was one of the bleakest no.1 singles ever, but it resonated with the nation.
Cornershop took the British-Asian experience worldwide with an all-conquering pop song.
Openly gay pop arrived in the UK in the 1980s thanks to Bronski Beat and Pet Shop Boys.
Stuart Maconie explores David Bowie's Starman, a watershed moment in pop.
Stuart Maconie examines British attitudes to sex and changes in music and public opinion.
Stuart Maconie investigates the roots and impact of rave and club culture in the 1990s.
Stuart Maconie travels back to the '60s and the infamous 'Summer of Love'.
Stuart Maconie examines the tabloid tradition of 'build them up and knock 'em down'.
Stuart Maconie looks at the beginnings of modern multi-cultural Britain in the 1940s.
Stuart examines British life and music in 1977, the year of the silver jubilee and punk.
Stuart Maconie assesses the 1950s and hears how skiffle was born out of post-war austerity
Stuart Maconie recounts the social change, optimism and Beatlemania of the early 1960s.
Stuart Maconie reflects on Britain in the shadow of the mushroom cloud in the Cold War age
Stuart Maconie explores life during wartime in the first part of an epic new series.