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. Everyone of us listen to music for hours and hours each week.
There is power in music. 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. 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.
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. 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. Gangster rap, mumble rap, dirty rap, etc. are the offshoots of this type of music.
Before rap came, rock was the most popular music genre. The sounds and rhythms of African music is the origins of rock 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. The signature sound of rock music today, however, has changed from being centered on drums to being driven by guitar.
Pop or popular music is a combination of styles and genres which are designed to be fun, upbeat and palatable to a wider audience. Pop song are usually short, intentionally repetitive and rely on a chorus.
One of the most misunderstood music genre today is heavy metal. People take it to be loud, angry noise. But in reality its roots come from blues and jazz. They use the tritone known as the devil’s chord to create a darker, heavier sound. Listeners of every type of music can have something offered by heavy metal. Some elements of disco and pop music are included into some metal music. Some heavy metal include 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. This is characterized by off-putting and deliberately counter culture.