A music genre is a category that describes a certain type of music according to its composition and style. Moreover, there are a variety of music genres and their corresponding types of musical pieces under them. In short, music genres classify different pieces of music according to certain conventions. Here are some major music genres
The term ‘pop music’ first came in during the 1920s and pertained to musical pieces that had ‘popular appeal’. However, pop music has evolved tremendously since the 1920s and is still evolving. Pop songs consist of songs with a distinguishable rhythmic element and a verse-chorus form. This means that the songs have verses and a chorus which harmonically goes with the verses. This music genre is quite mainstream. Some famous pop singers include Michael Jackson, Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes, Ed Sheeran, One Direction, and Kelly Clarkson.
This music genre originated in the Southern United States in the 1920s. Country music shows influences from folk music and blues. Generally, this type of music consists of simple ballads and tunes and beautiful harmonies with western influences in them. Also, country music is accompanied by acoustic guitars, banjos, fiddles and so on. There are many subgenres for country music such as the ‘Western Swing’, ‘Outlaw Country’, and ‘Country Pop’ which is a fusion of country and pop genres. Famous country music artists are Taylor Swift, John Denver, Dolly Parton, and Miranda Lambert.
Rock and Roll
Rock music first originated as ‘Rock and Roll’ in the early 1950s. The rock and roll genre had a dance rhythm with a noticeable backbeat. Some prominent names in the rock and roll genre include Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry. Rock music
This music genre drew its influences from genres like rock and roll, electric blues and jazz. Rock music typically has an electric guitar its pieces along with electric bass, drums, and singers. Usually, rock songs have a 4/4 time signature and a verse-chorus form though there are other types too. In fact, there are different styles of rock music such as ‘Punk Rock’, ‘Alternative Rock’, ‘Progressive Rock’, ‘Blues Rock’, ‘Soft Rock’, ‘Hard Rock’ and ‘Heavy Metal Music’. Some well-known rock musicians are Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles, and Coldplay.
Hip Hop Music
Hip Hop developed as part of the Hip Hop culture and is connected to other elements like Rapping and DJing. Usually, Hip Hop music is accompanied by rap styles and has a rhythm element in it. It may also include turntablism, bass lines, and beatboxing. This music genre was developed mainly by African Americans during the 1970s.
This music genre developed among African Americans in the United States during the 1950s. Soul music draws its influences from a combination of genres like Gospel music, R&B music, and jazz. It has catchy rhythms accompanied by occasional handclaps and a call and response by the lead vocalist and backup singers. Well-known soul music artists include Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Adele and Alicia Keys.
Traditional music has cultural influences and pertains to the music forms of a particular region.
This refers to music performed for worship like Christian music. It has various subgenres.
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