Although almost every person loves to listen to music, most of us differ in the types of music that we listen to. Each week we spent at least 30 hours listening to our favorite music.
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. When it comes to listening to music, all of us have our own preferences. 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. Here are 5 roots of the most popular music genres today.
The newest genre of music today is rap music. Its origins do not go far back but only some time 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. For every music minute this genre has a high rate of beats. It also has an equally fast manner of speech. With rhyming and wordplay, rap has become a very interesting music genre. There are many famous rappers that you can listen to today. Gangster rap, mumble rap, dirty rap, etc. are the offshoots of this type of music.
Rock music was the most popular before rap came. 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. Today, the signature sound of rock has changed from drum-centric to a primarily guitar-driven genre.
Popular or pop music is appealing to a greater or wider audience because it is fun and upbeat. 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. It is looked upon as a 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. Listeners of every type of music can have something offered by heavy metal. There is heavy metal that includes scary theatrical coatings characteristic of disco and pop music. There are also metal styles that incorporate jazz fusion, classical, and rock elements.
Opposite of pop and rock is punk music. It is passionate guitar-driven music with fast beats per minute. It is off-putting and counter-culture.