A Guide to the Popular Music Genres Today
Although almost every person loves to listen to music, most of us differ in the types 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 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. 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. This relatively new genre of music has become the most popular genre among music fans today. The beats per minute of this type of music is very high. The manner of speech in this type of music is also very fast. Staples of this genre include rhyming and wordplay. There are many famous rappers that you can listen to today. And there are also many popular offshoots of this genre including gangster rap, mumble rap, dirty rap and more.
Before rap came, rock was the most popular music genre. 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.
Another music genre is pop or popular music which is fun, upbeat music which appeals to a wide audience. Most pop songs are short, repetitive, and has 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. This music genre offers something for listeners of every type of music. Some elements of disco and pop music are included into some metal 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. Its beats per minute are very fast and is a very passionate guitar-driven music. It is intentionally off-putting and deliberately counter culture.