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6 of the Most Popular Music Genres

Last updated on 23rd January 2020

We cannot imagine our lives without music. Music is connected to us in many ways. Whenever we feel happy or sad, we listen to music. Music is part of every celebration. It is a way of expressing feelings. There are different genres of music and here are the top ones.

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Rock music

This was known as ‘Rock & Roll’ in the US. It entered the music industry in the 1950s. String instruments like guitars gave birth to this type of music. It has strong and loud beats and is popular among teenagers.

Musicians like Chuck Berry and Bill Haley popularized this music. Some top rock music bands are Pink Floyd, Nirvana, and Metallica.

Jazz

Jazz belongs to the European and West African cultures. It is very creative and can interact with people. It originated in the early 20th century. Some great female jazz performers like Betty Carter and Abbey Lincoln made jazz music popular.

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Rhythm and blues

If you have listened to the songs of Mariah Carey, Rihanna, and Michael Jackson, then you will know what I’m talking about. It is African-American music that has the flavour of dance, pop, and hip hop. Most songs talk about freedom and relationships.

Folk songs

Folk songs are very special for any culture or country. It talks about their roots. Country music is a type of folk music and singers like Shania Twain and Kenny Rogers have made it very popular.

Canadian folk music is very popular as well. It uses special instruments like fiddles which gives a nice tune. Folk music talks about the country, culture and its people.

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Pop music

This music has roots in Rock & Roll music. Rock, dance, country and Latin music are also included in this genre of music. This type of music uses guitars and drums heavily. Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Lady Gaga are popular pop singers.

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Electronic dance music

This music was introduced by DJs and is very popular today. You will hear this music on any occasion like birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and more. You might even hear it being played in bars and dance clubs.

All these genres of music have been popular for many years. There are established singers and musicians in each genre. We still remember those who have worked hard to make each genre popular.

You will see that each genre is different, and they are accompanied by different instruments. You should listen to different types of music to understand and appreciate how music has evolved throughout the years.