Joined: Jul 4, 2016
Kenneth Partridge is a music and pop-culture writer based in Brooklyn. He's written for such publications as Billboard, The AV Club, Pitchfork, and Refinery29. His hobbies include reading, running, shopping for records, and attempting to justify his love of ska.
The Final Days of John Lennon
10 Surprising Facts About Wham!’s "Last Christmas"
Unraveling the Many Mysteries of New Order's "Blue Monday"
Equal parts happy accident and technological triumph, “Blue Monday” is a supremely weird and brilliant song that continues to pack dance floors and transfix listeners 40 years after its original release.
The Murky Origins and Controversial History Behind the Song “Cotton Eye Joe”
Rednex's fiddle-fueled '90s hit “Cotton Eye Joe” was a reworking of an old American folk song that do-si-doed all the way to No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Though Exposé's name is not nearly as recognizable as TLC, Destiny's Child, or The Bangles, the 1980s hitmakers are the only girl group since The Supremes to score seven consecutive Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.
How James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" Became the Most Misunderstood—and Hated—Song of the 2000s
For better or worse, British singer-songwriter James Blunt has never been able to escape his signature song, the 2004 smash “You’re Beautiful,” a seemingly romantic ballad that masks a much darker meaning.
10 Facts About George Michael's 'Faith' for Its 35th Anniversary
The idea of pop stardom fundamentally changed in the 1980s, in part because of George Michael and his blockbuster solo album debut, 'Faith.'
How Aerosmith and Run-DMC's "Walk This Way" Forever Altered the Landscape of American Music
In the '80s, the destruction of two walls changed the course of human events. One was the Berlin Wall, which came down on November 9, 1989. The other was the wall separating Aerosmith from Run-DMC in the 1986 music video for "Walk This Way."
11 Wild Urban Legends Surrounding Popular Songs
From Tom Petty to The Eagles, fans have concocted some pretty bizarre—and very, very dark—theories about hit songs.
How Peter Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill" Inadvertently Became a Hollywood Soundtrack Staple
"Solsbury Hill," Peter Gabriel's solo artist debut, peaked at No. 68 when it was originally released in 1977. Then Hollywood came calling.
Flipping Out: Revisiting the 1990s Swing Revival
In the late ’90s, young people across America fell hard for swing, a musical genre that hadn’t been popular since before their parents were born.
Kate Bush's Haunting "Running Up That Hill" Has Been Connecting With New Generations for Nearly 40 Years
Kate Bush’s 1985 synth-pop classic “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” is running up the charts decades after its release—and not for the first time.
Thank You for the Music: Unpacking ABBA's Everlasting Appeal
When ABBA took an indefinite hiatus in 1982, they couldn’t have predicted the goodwill they’d garner over the next several decades.
How Kenny Loggins Became The King of '80s Movie Soundtracks
After helping to invent the supremely chill, lightly funky sound known as “yacht rock” in the ’70s, Kenny Loggins went full speed into the ’80s and took the highway to the danger zone of movie soundtracks.