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22 Best Music History Books of All Time


Our goal: Find what the internet ranks as the best Music History books (instead of one person's opinion).

    Our process:
  1. Search for "best music history books" and study the top 4 articles.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
    (This took a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2023)

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  1. 1
  2. 2

    Musicophilia

    Oliver Sacks

  3. 4
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    6
  5. 7

    Born to Run

    Bruce Springsteen

  6. 8

    How Music Works

    David Byrne

  7. 10

    Life

    Keith Richards

  8. 16
  9. 17

FAQ

  • How was this Music History books list created?

    We searched for "best Music History books", found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many Music History books are in this list?

    There are 22 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this Music History books list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of Music History books on the internet.

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