The telephone was patented this week in 1876 by none other than Canadian innovator Alexander Graham Bell.
Thanks to this nifty little invention, music fans have been able to do so much more. Things like calling our loved ones about new records being released, order concert tickets remotely, and even take our music on-the-go with us… it’s been an incredible 141 years since!
Bell’s contribution to society has also affected the way musicians write songs: once distant lovers can now be reached on a whim (or they can ignore voicemails much easier…)
Even as phones have become smaller, more portable, and closer to our hip than ever, it still continues to be a focal point in many lyrics.
Phones have inspired many countless hits, and we’re counting down our Top 20 landline anthems!
Blondie – Call Me
Todd Rundgren – Hello It’s Me
The Beatles – Hello, Goodbye
Abba – Ring Ring
Tommy Tutone – Jenny (867-5309)
R.E.M. – Star 69
The Doors – Hello I Love You
ELO – Telephone Line
Primitive Radio Gods – Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand
The Kinks – Party Line
Blondie – Hanging On A Telephone
The Replacements – Answering Machine
Toots & The Maytals- 54-46 was my number
Steely Dan – Rikki Don’t Lose That Number
Kraftwerk – The Telephone Call
Stevie Wonder – I Just Called To Say I Love You
De La Soul – Ring Ring Ring
Foreigner – Love On The Telephone Line
Lionel Richie – Hello
New Edition – Mr. Telephone Man
Did we miss your favourite telephone anthem? Let us know in the comments below!
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