Some Facts About the Popular Music Genres of Today
Most of us love to listen to music and we have our own type of music that we listen to. Everyone of us listen to music for hours and hours each week.
Music has power over our lives. 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 have different preferences when we listen to music. But no matter what type of music we listen to, most of us have not really dug into the roots of the genre we are listening to.
Here then is a short guide to the roots of your favorite genre. This is limited to 5 of the more popular music genres today.
Today, we have rap music which is the newest music genre which has become the most popular music genre today. Its origins do not go far back but only some time in the 60s and 70s in New York. Although this genre of music is relatively new, it has become the most popular genre among fans of music. This type of music features a high rate of beats per minutes. It also has an equally fast manner of speech. With rhyming and wordplay, rap has become a very interesting music genre. 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. The sounds and rhythms of African music is the origins of rock 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. Today, the signature sound of rock has changed from drum-centric to a primarily guitar-driven genre.
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. People take it to be loud, angry noise. You will be surprised to know that heavy metal has actually 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. Some have scary theatrical coating which owes much to disco and pop music. Some heavy metal include jazz fusion, classical, and rock elements.
Opposite of pop and rock is punk music. This type of music is a passionate guitar-drive music with fast beats per minute. This is characterized by off-putting and deliberately counter culture.
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