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. It can lift your spirits, provide relief, and give us a fun time of singing along with the musicians. We have different preferences when we listen to music. While we do enjoy listening to certain music genres, most of us have not really taken time to know where these types of music came from.
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. A few decades ago, in the 60s and 70s, rap music was born 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. Rhyming and wordplay is used in rap and this makes it a really interesting type of music. There are many popular rappers today. And there are also many popular offshoots of this genre including gangster rap, mumble rap, dirty rap and more.
Rock music was the most popular before rap came. The origin of rock music, its sounds and rhythms is African music. The signature sound of rock music in the 50s and 60s were popularized by Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry who used elements of blues, soul, and gospel music. Today, the signature sound of rock has changed from drum-centric to a primarily guitar-driven genre.
Popular or pop music is appealing to a greater or wider audience because it is fun and upbeat. Pop song are usually short, intentionally repetitive and rely on a chorus.
One popular but misunderstood music genre 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. The tritone known as the devil’s chord is used by these musicians to create a darker, heavier sound. Metal offers something for listeners of every type of music. There is heavy metal that includes scary theatrical coatings characteristic of disco and pop music. Others incorporate jazz fusion, classical, and rock elements into their style of metal.
We also have punk music that is on the other side of pop and rock. It is passionate guitar-driven music with fast beats per minute. It is off-putting and counter-culture.