Some Facts About the Popular Music Genres of Today
Although almost every person loves to listen to music, most of us differ in the types of music that we listen to. On average, people spent 32.1 hours weekly listening to their favorite music.
Music is very powerful. When we listen to music, it helps to lift our spirits, it provides us with great feelings of relief, and we have some tunes to sing along to when we want. We may have different preferences when it comes to music. The truth is that most of us do not really care where the music that we listen to come from, the roots of the genre that we love.
Though not comprehensive, the discussion below gives you an idea of where your favorite music genre came from. Here are 5 roots of the most popular music genres today.
Rap music is the newest genre of music today. It started in the 60s and 70s in New York. This relatively new music genre is now the most popular genre today. The beats per minute of this type of music is very high. The rapper does not sing the song but simply says the words in a fast manner of speech. Staples of this genre include rhyming and wordplay. There are many famous rappers that you can listen to today. Gangster rap, mumble rap, dirty rap, etc. are the offshoots of this type of music.
The most popular genre for many years was rock music, long before rap become very popular. Rock music has its origins in African music. In the 50s and 60s, Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry included elements of blues, gospel, and soul music to give rock its signature sound in those days. The signature sound of rock music today, however, has changed from being centered on drums to being driven by guitar.
Pop or popular music is a combination of styles and genres which are designed to be fun, upbeat and palatable to a wider audience. The characteristics of pop songs is that they are usually short, intentionally repetitive and rely on a chorus.
One of the most misunderstood music genre today is heavy metal. For many, there is nothing in it but loud, angry noise. But in reality its roots come from blues and jazz. To create the darker, heavier sound, these musicians use the tritone known as the devil’s chords. Listeners of every type of music can have something offered by heavy metal. There is heavy metal that includes scary theatrical coatings characteristic of disco and pop music. Some heavy metal include jazz fusion, classical, and rock elements.
We also have punk music that is on the other side of pop and rock. This type of music is a passionate guitar-drive music with fast beats per minute. It is intentionally off-putting and deliberately counter culture.