A Guide to the Popular Music Genres Today
Music is something that everybody loves but we also have our own type of music that we listen to. Everyone of us listen to music for hours and hours each week.
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. 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.
Though not comprehensive, the discussion below gives you an idea of where your favorite music genre came from. This is limited to 5 of the more popular music genres today.
The newest genre of music today is rap music. It started in the 60s and 70s in New York. This relatively new music genre is now the most popular genre today. This type of music features a high rate of beats per minutes. 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. Gangster rap, mumble rap, dirty rap, etc. are the offshoots of this type of music.
Rock music was the most popular before rap came. 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. 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. Most pop songs are short, repetitive, and has a chorus.
One of the most misunderstood music genre today is heavy metal. People take it to be 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. 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.
Punk is the opposite of pop and rock. It is passionate guitar-driven music with fast beats per minute. This is characterized by off-putting and deliberately counter culture.