We cannot deny that music is a big part of our lives. As many decades go by, people’s tastes in music change as many new genres are constantly being created. Music helps express feelings and also makes you connect with others on a deeper level. Let’s take a look at the most popular music genres of the last 2 decades.
Hip-Hop (or Rap) music has always been a big part of the music industry. This genre was developed in New York City, United States, in the 1970s by African American and Latino folks. Because of its rhythmic beats and flow lyrics, Hip-Hop/Rap is a popular genre in clubs, at home, in the car, and anywhere you want to be.
There are many Hip-Hop/Rap songs that stood out in recent years. For example, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and Ed Sheeran. The most-listened-to album of all time belongs to the “David” album by Ed Sheeran. Moreover, one of the most famous songs in 2019 was “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X. Here’s our list of popular rap music:
Saweetie – “My Type”
This song is sampled from “Freek-a-Leek”. Saweetie has changed it to “My Type” in the way that she is willing to take a swipe at any woman that comes near her man. This song became an anthem for women who want to get crazily loud.
Dave – “Screwface Capital”
This song is about Dave’s life growing up with a single mother. This growing-up process from a boy to a man of the house was also coupled with the fact that he was starving himself so his family could eat. The way he delivers the lyrics is like he is giving a speech, and that is what makes this song so touching.
Doja Cat – “Rules”
You might have heard of her before, as she is one of the most popular female singers and rappers nowadays. Doja Cat shows her fiery rapping skill in “Rules”, and the steady melody makes this song marvelous. Moreover, we can also see her funny meme-driven aspect while being serious at the same time.
Rock music has been playing a big part in the music industry. It originated in the late 1950s. Some of the biggest names have led the rock music movement, such as Linkin Park, Nirvana, or even The Beatles. These bands had a big influence on new rock music from our modern times.
Furthermore, there are many sub-genres such as Alternative Rock, Hard Rock, Indie Rock, Latin Rock, and Pop Rock. Imagine Dragons is one of the biggest rock bands in recent years. Their famous songs that you may have heard of are Natural and Bad Liar. Also, Panic! At The Disco included both legendary songs High Hopes and Hey Look Ma, I Made It. There are many more rock songs worthy of a mention, such as:
The Black Keys – “Lo/Hi”
“Lo/Hi” is a comeback solo single song after a long period of silence. It has a strong sense of fuzzy guitar rock that appears in their early songs. Furthermore, some even claim that this is one of the best drum and bass songs ever made. The nostalgic feeling of this song is what made it go to the top of all four Billboard rock charts.
Post Malone ft. Ozzy Osbourne and Travis Scott – “Take What You Want”
Showing Post Malone’s inner rock star, he produced this song to prove that he is not only good at rapping. Osbourne plays a big part in adding authenticity to the melody. In addition, Travis Scott adds a melancholic atmosphere, and that is why it is one of the best rock songs that you should listen to at least once in your lifetime if you haven’t already.
Tegan and Sara – “I’ll Be Back Someday”
Tegan and Sara’s 2019 song “I’ll Be Back Someday” brought their sound in a different direction compared to their previous works. Some might say they went back to the old-school 90s style of rock music. Plus, the colorful music video was a nice touch.
Electronic music is a genre that is still new to the industry and has gained popularity increasingly. It is the kind of music that requires creativity more than effort. Even though it is easier to produce, the modernity of the sound is what makes people fall in love with this genre. It is actually the world’s third most listened-to genre and there are more electronic music producers in every country than any other genre. Here are some popular techno songs:
Skrillex (feat. Beam) – “Mumbai Power”
After taking a long break, Skrillex came back with a big electronic song that will catch your ears and make you want to jump with the rhythm. It was also the first time that the fans got to see him in an Ableton project.
R3HAB x A Touch of Class – “All Around The World (La La La)
This song is a remake of the ATC classic song which was released in 1999. This electronic version helps the song come back to life again by being on the top charts following its release. With the delicate vocal and warm bass, you might hear it on the daily radio again.
David Guetta & MORTEN (feat Aloe Blacc) – Never Be Alone
As you know, David Guetta and MORTEN are famous for their electronic music. This track is perhaps one of the most talked-about songs of the duo. The soft voice of Aloe Blacc makes this song even better.
Pop music is by far the most famous music in the world. It became famous because of its simplicity of patterns and rhythm. It is easy to sing along or dance to. Plus, pop songs are usually super catchy, which will stick in your head all day.
There are many songs that are very successful in the mainstream music industry such as “Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish, “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Liba, or even “Someone You Loved” by Lewis Capaldi. These songs are being played everywhere you go to this day.
In short, these are the most popular music genres that connect with people on a global scale. As always, it is safe to say that music preferences are very subjective. However, no matter what genre you are into, music will always be the universal language that gets people together.