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Research Questions

Questions You Must Answer

Name of song:

Name of album (if applicable, sometimes it is the same at the song title):

Year song released (caution: NOT the YouTube upload date):

Name of artist/band:

Genre of the artist/band (folk, progressive rock, etc):



  • Artist/band start date
  • Artist/band end date
  • 3 significant events in their career.


Artist/Band Information:

  • Musicians that influenced the musician/band you are researching:
  • Musicians influenced by the musician/band:
  • Notable places they performed (Super Bowl, awards show, Madison Square Garden, Woodstock, music festivals, etc.?)
  • Musician personality (if a band, pick its lead singer or most famous member)
    • Philanthropic (donations to charity, volunteer work, causes promoted)
    • Versatility (singer, instrumentalists, songwriter, dancing, etc.)
    • Issues (drug use, arrests, mental health issues, etc.)


Song Information:

  • Number of singles sold of the song (if you can’t find that out, look up the number of albums sold that the song appears on).
  • Please list all awards received for the SONG, not just the artist. Include Grammy awards, RIAA Platinum/Gold status (sometimes known as “certifications”), and other awards.
  • Choose a top chart from the year it was released and specify its PEAK position on the chart (Example: Billboard Hot 100)
  • Find the song's lyrics and decipher its meaning (if you want to share the lyrics with the class, try to copy and paste into a Word document from the web site).
    • What is the message of the song or the meaning?
    • How does the song relate to a wide audience?
    • Is there any background behind why the song was written
  • Length of song and structure – is it just right, too long, too short? Does it have structure and cohesive organization (verse, chorus, etc.) Is there anything unique about its structure (only verses, etc.)?


The Competition:

  • Do some basic research on your opponent's song to prepare for a debate.



Project Requirements

The Product

For a full description of the Sweet 16 project and the presentation requirements, go to Google Classroom:


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