Do You Know Where Your Favorite Music Genre Came From?
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 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. When it comes to listening to music, all of us have our own preferences. 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. We limit our discussion to 5 popular music genres of today.
Rap music is the newest genre of music today. It started in the 60s and 70s in New York. Although this genre of music is relatively new, it has become the most popular genre among fans of music. The beats per minute of this type of music is very high. It also has an equally fast manner of speech. Staples of this genre include rhyming and wordplay. There are many popular rappers today. 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. The signature sound of rock music in the 50s and 60s were popularized by Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry who used elements of blues, soul, and gospel music. Today, the signature sound of rock has changed from drum-centric to a primarily guitar-driven genre.
Another music genre is pop or popular music which is fun, upbeat music which appeals to a wide audience. The characteristics of pop songs is that they 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. 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. Metal offers something for listeners of every type of music. Some have scary theatrical coating which owes much to disco and pop music. There are also metal styles that incorporate jazz fusion, classical, and rock elements.
We also have punk music that is on the other side of pop and rock. It is passionate guitar-driven music with fast beats per minute. It is intentionally off-putting and deliberately counter culture.