16 artists, 213 songs
In the late 1960s, after the period of extremely complex and dissonant compositions in the 20th century, some composers moved towards the musical style known as Minimalism. Minimalism can be thought of as a "back to basics" approach to composition, characterized by simple harmonic progressions, repetitive melodic ideas and slow structural development. Minimalism is often considered more accessible to larger audiences because it shares some of these stylistic principles with popular music art forms. The leading composers of this style are Philip Glass, Terry Riley, Steve Reich and John Adams.