TOP GEAR: The 10 Most Instrumental Pieces in Modern Music

by Justin Gilman

Since the rise of American popular music in the early 1900s, the audio landscape has evolved quite a bit — from Dixieland jazz to rock ‘n’ roll, and disco to laptop hip-hop. Along the way, each new sound craze has been made possible by new technologies.

But simply creating something new isn't always enough (sorry, Léon Theremin). Indeed, it's often the subtlest advancements that usher in the most dramatic changes.

Here are 10 of the most iconic, game-changing instruments in modern musical history (1910 - present, one selection per decade). Don't see your favorite piece of gear on the list? Head down to the comments to let us know what we missed.

Bb Trumpet (1910s)