Most of us love to listen to music and we have our own type of music that we listen to. Each week we spent at least 30 hours listening to our favorite music.
There is power in music. 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 may have different preferences when it comes to music. 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.
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. This relatively new music genre is now the most popular genre today. For every music minute this genre has a high rate of beats. The manner of speech in this type of music is also very fast. Staples of this genre include rhyming and wordplay. There are many popular rappers today. And there are also many popular offshoots of this genre including gangster rap, mumble rap, dirty rap and more.
The most popular genre for many years was rock music, long before rap become very popular. 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.
Popular or pop music is appealing to a greater or wider audience because it is fun and upbeat. 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. However, this genre actually has its roots in blues and jazz music. 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. Some elements of disco and pop music are included into some metal music. There are also metal styles that incorporate jazz fusion, classical, and rock elements.
Punk is the opposite 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.