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. Everyone of us listen to music for hours and hours each week.
There is power in music. It can lift your spirits, provide relief, and give us a fun time of singing along with the musicians. 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.
Below you will find the roots of your favorite music genre. Here are 5 roots of the most popular music genres today.
Rap music is the newest genre of music today. Its origins do not go far back but only some time 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. With rhyming and wordplay, rap has become a very interesting music genre. Today you can find many popular rappers. 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. 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 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. 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. 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. It is off-putting and counter-culture.