What Are The Most Popular Kinds of Music?

There are many different kinds of music genres in the world today. It would be very difficult to name, mention and discuss them all within one article! However, I will outline the most popular genres and types of music that individuals like to listen to today and explain a little about them. Music is certainly a wide topic to talk about and music really does make the world go around. Without music our planet would be a boring place. Music can say a lot about our personalities, our way of like and the way we live. People also use music in many different ways. It can be a way of life, relaxation, something that people make in their spare time or some people just cannot live without it! Music is also used in therapy and healing. Below are some genres that people love.

Pop Music

Pop music – short for ‘popular music’ came about in the 1950s. Pop music is very upbeat electric and has many kind of beats and instruments. It often also interchanges between dance, rock and country sounds but definitely has its own kind of unique sound and quality. Pop music is very commercial and you can find it on any street corner. Most people tend to listen to pop music growing up and there are some big artists who have influenced the way pop music sounds and its general impression on individuals. Great pop artists are Madonna, Micheal Jackson and Abba, who have all influenced and created a scene for pop. Justin Bieber, One direction and Take That are also very popular amongst this genre today.

Rock and Roll/Rock Music

Some people argue that Rock and Roll is in a whole category of its own, but others say it is a genre of pop music. This genre evolved and grew in the US during the 1940s and has two meanings or concepts. The term ‘Rock and Roll’ can be used to describe the music that was popular during the 50s, or be used to put rock music in a genre of its own. Within the genre of rock you can find classic rock, punk rock, heavy metal, indie rock, alternative and pop rock. Great rock artists who have influenced this type of genre are Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys and Jimi Hendrix. U2, Queen, Bon Jovi and the Foo Fighters are popular rock bands and artists that many fans of rock listen to nowadays. An example of a heavy metal group is Slipknot.

Hip Hop and Rap

Hip hop has changed over the last few years and it has become more connected to the rap side of the music industry. Hip Hop was a very particular kind of genre where the music would consist of a rhythm and a speech that is chanted to the beat. It was highly associated with beat boxing, graffiti and break dancing and was also seen as a way of life and culture. Most people tend to place Rap and Hip Hop music in the same category. Rap music is highly urban and is an art where people rap or chant to a beat. Great hip hop artists include Mos Def, artists such as Nas and De La Soul have influenced hip hop music. Rap artists that are popular today are Rick Ross, 50 Cent and Eminem.

Soul and R&B (Rhythm and Blues)

Soul and R&B (short for Rhythm and Blues) is also a music genre that has changed dramatically over the years and is still very popular to listen to today. Many people listen to R&B and it is a popular African-American genre that came about in the 1940s, but in the 1980s a new form of R&B was developed called contemporary R&B. Johny Otis and The Clovers were popular artists that influenced R&B in the 50s. In the 90s and 2000s was when R&B became more based on the pop genre. It is questionable whether artists such as Beyonce and Lady Gaga are actually R&B artists or Pop artists.

There are of course many more types of genres such as Country, Jazz, Jungle, Garage and Folk music that we have not mentioned but these are just as popular as those mentioned in detail above, and also remembering that different countries and cultures also have their own kinds of music too! Music is a huge part of our existence and there will always be new kinds of music being invented.

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