If you've been suffering from a case of musical boredom, get ready, because your song selection is about to expand...by the thousands. 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die: And 1001 You Must Download is an awesome coffee table book that's perfect for music snobs and amateur listeners alike.
This massive music library includes in-depth profiles and little-known-facts behind each of the songs (for instance, did you know that Blondie originally thought that "Heart of Glass" would bomb on the radio?).
Many of the pages also list the songs' major influences, as well as what other musicians have done covers. Without this all-encompassing reference, how else would we learn that Lily Allen's song "The Fear" was the influence behind Ellie Goulding's "Starry Eyed," or that 10 different bands have recorded covers of "Smells Like Teen Spirit?"
With profiles of tracks from 1939 all the way up to 2010, consider this your all-inclusive lesson in music history...and a really cool one, at that.