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.
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 have different preferences when we listen 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.
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. 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. 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.
Rock music was the most popular before rap came. The origin of rock music, its sounds and rhythms is African music. Rock pioneers Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry used elements of blues, gospel, and soul music to give rock its signature sound in the 50s and 60s. Today, the signature sound of rock has changed from drum-centric to a primarily guitar-driven genre.
Pop or popular music is a combination of styles and genres which are designed to be fun, upbeat and palatable to a wider audience. The characteristics of pop songs is that they are usually short, intentionally repetitive and rely on a chorus.
Heavy metal is a very misunderstood genre. People take it to be loud, angry noise. You will be surprised to know that heavy metal has actually come from blues and jazz. 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 elements of disco and pop music are included into some metal music. Others incorporate jazz fusion, classical, and rock elements into their style of metal.
Opposite of pop and rock is punk music. It is passionate guitar-driven music with fast beats per minute. It is intentionally off-putting and deliberately counter culture.