Music is one of life´s simple pleasures, which is enjoyed by hundreds of millions of people, both young and old, in every country worldwide. To some, music is a delicious experience to be enjoyed with a glass of fine wine. For others, music is the sole reason they find the motivation to get out of bed and hit the gym in the early mornings. Music evokes a unique emotion in each individual, hence a universal definition is practically non-existent and for that reason, music is separated into different genres. The top 5 most popular music genres in western society are:
The musical style of ‘rock’ is an umbrella term, which summarizes a wide variety of different styles. This phenomenally popular type of music originates from a fusion of two other popular genres – Blues and Country, combined with certain elements of jazz. The ‘rock and roll’ movement of the 1950s completely revolutionized music in western society, and many of the components of this visionary and flamboyant style contributed to many other trends in racism, fashion and lifestyle.
The success of the Rock and Roll movement has been immortalized in the timeless fame of ‘the King’, Elvis. According to chart data in the UK, Rock has overtaken pop as the most popular musical genre.
One of the most versatile and most listened to music genres, regardless of age, is Jazz. The style is rooted and was successfully developed in the black community of the South stated in the USA. The African influence on this indigenous American genre of music is highlighted through its accentuation on last-minute improvisation and a harmonious blend of contrasting, but simultaneously played rhythms. Jazz musicians usually perform in ensembles, with a strong focus on the musicians’ ability to play off each other and improvise in the spur of the moment.
Reggae music is rooted in the Jamaican music style called Ska, which is based on R&B, Jazz and Caribbean musical traditions. Ska first became popular in the 1960s, and later gave birth to a new music genre, Reggae. As with all Caribbean music genres, Reggae is identified by its extensive use of drums (especially the steel drum) and bass guitar. Reggae artists and groups produce cover versions of many songs from a variety of different genres. Thus, its popularity continues to increase as time goes by.
A firm favorite amongst the younger crowd worldwide, hip hop has become one of the most widely listened to modern genres of music. This style of music evolved as a product of the hip hop movement in the 1970s. Originating in the Bronx, the movement spread like wildfire across the rest of the US, and hip hop music soon became one of the most popular genres of the 1970s-1980s. Since the 1990s when artists like Eminem rose to fame, the genre has become synonymous with rapping and MCing.
Electronica is one of the more modern genres in western music; rooted in electronic instruments, such as synthesizers, drum beats and guitar. Vocals are often placed over the top of the track, making it the genre of choice for nightclubs and bars worldwide, especially the super clubs in Ibiza, which are home to several DJ´s during the summer months.