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United States of America

United States of America

American Music -- Stronger Together

From folk songs to patriotic anthems, jazz to rock and roll, popular music has long expressed what it means to be American. Its cultural role expanded dramatically in the 20th century, as new technologies enabled music produced by local communities to be shared with and adapted for broader audiences.

As a product of various traditions, talents, and techniques coming together in harmonious but also contentious ways, popular music is truly the soundtrack of the American experience.

Courtesy of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History (

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