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.
- 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.)
- 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.)?
- Do some basic research on your opponent's song to prepare for a debate.
For a full description of the Sweet 16 project and the presentation requirements, go to Google Classroom: