A Guide to the Popular Music Genres Today
Most of us love to listen to music and we have our own type of music that we listen to. Each week we spent at least 30 hours listening to our favorite music.
Music is very powerful. Listening to music has many effects on us and we find our spirits lifted up, we experience relief from stress, and we simply enjoy singing with our favorite artists as we listen to the music that they play. We may have different preferences when it comes 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. We limit our discussion to 5 popular music genres of today.
The newest genre of music today is rap music. It started 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. For every music minute this genre has a high rate of beats. The manner of speech in this type of music is also very fast. With rhyming and wordplay, rap has become a very interesting music genre. There are many famous rappers that you can listen to today. The offshoots of this type of music include gangster rap, mumble rap, dirty rap and more.
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. Now, rock is not longer drum-centric but it is primarily guitar-driven.
Another music genre is pop or popular music which is fun, upbeat music which appeals to a wide audience. Pop song 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. However, this genre actually has its roots in blues and jazz music. The tritone known as the devil’s chord is used by these musicians to create a darker, heavier sound. This music genre offers something for listeners of every type of music. Some have scary theatrical coating which owes much to disco and pop music. Others incorporate jazz fusion, classical, and rock elements into their style of metal.
Opposite of pop and rock is punk music. This type of music is a passionate guitar-drive music with fast beats per minute. It is off-putting and counter-culture.