Do You Know Where Your Favorite Music Genre Came From?
Although almost every person loves to listen to music, most of us differ in the types of music that we listen to. On average, people spent 32.1 hours weekly listening to their favorite music.
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. We may have different preferences when it comes to music. While we do enjoy listening to certain music genres, most of us have not really taken time to know where these types of music came from.
Here then is a short guide to the roots of your favorite genre. We limit our discussion to 5 popular music genres of today.
Rap music is the newest genre of music today. A few decades ago, in the 60s and 70s, rap music was born 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. It also has an equally fast manner of speech. Staples of this genre include rhyming and wordplay. Today you can find many popular rappers. Gangster rap, mumble rap, dirty rap, etc. are the offshoots of this type of music.
The most popular genre for many years was rock music, long before rap become very popular. Rock music has its origins in 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. Now, rock is not longer drum-centric but it is primarily guitar-driven.
Another music genre is pop or popular music which is fun, upbeat music which appeals to a wide audience. Pop song are usually short, intentionally repetitive and rely on a chorus.
One popular but misunderstood music genre is heavy metal. People take it to be loud, angry noise. But in reality its roots come from blues and jazz. The tritone known as the devil’s chord is used by these musicians to create a darker, heavier sound. Metal 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. This type of music is a passionate guitar-drive music with fast beats per minute. It is off-putting and counter-culture.