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Day 6: My Thoughts on Mainstream Music
I was born in the 60′s so I’ve seen many different genres of music come and go. Here is a recap of what each decade brought us with some samplings of what I really enjoyed.
1970s: In the 70′s, we saw the rise of disco, which became one of the biggest genres of the decade, especially in the mid-to-late 1970s. Rock played an important part in the Western musical scene, with punk rock thriving throughout the mid to late 1970s. Heavy metal achieved various amounts of success and other genres such as reggae were innovative throughout the decade and grew a significant following. Hip hop emerged during this decade, but was slow to start and didn’t become significant until the late 1980s.
Billboard’s Top 100 hits from 1970:
1980′s: The 1980s saw the emergence of pop, dance music and New Wave. Disco fell out of fashion in the decade’s early years but rock continued to enjoy a wide audience; sub-genres such as New Wave, soft rock, and glam metal emerged and developed a significant following.
The 1980s are commonly associated with the usage of synthesizers and other electronic genre, including electro, techno and house. Throughout the decade, R&B, hip hop and urban music in general were becoming commonplace. Rap was especially successful in the latter part of the decade. These urban genres, rap and hip hop particularly, would continue their rise in popularity through the 1990s and 2000s.
A 2010 survey conducted by the digital broadcaster Music Choice, which polled over 11,000 participants, revealed that the 1980s is the most favored music decade of the last 50 years.
For some reason, I was always drawn to the One Hit Wonders of this decade. Here is a sampling of the songs I listened to, danced to, sang to and made out with boys to. Loved this shit.
When I think of music from the 80′s, I can’t forget the popular “hair” bands. My favorites were Poison, White Snake and Guns n Roses. Who could forget White Snake’s video for Here I Go Again featuring Tawny Kitaen.
1990′s. Popular music in the 1990s saw the continuation of teen pop and dance-pop trends which had emerged in the 1970s and 1980s. Furthermore, hip hop grew and continued to be highly successful in the decade.
Similarly to the 1980s, rock music was also very popular in the 1990s, yet, unlike the New Wave and glam metal-dominated scene of the time, grunge, Britpop, industrial rock and other alternative rock music emerged and took over as the most popular of the decade. Electronic music, which had risen in popularity in the 1980s, grew highly popular in the 1990s; house and techno from the 1980s rose to international success in this decade.
2000: Hip hop dominated popular music in the early 2000s. Artists such as Eminem, 50 Cent, OutKast, The Black Eyed Peas, T.I., Kanye West, Nelly, Nas, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliott, Lil Wayne, The Game and Ludacris were among the dominant mainstream hip hop artists to have represented the Hip hop genre for the decade. Distinct regional differences also developed outside of the hip hop/rap strongholds of the 1990s, New York City and Los Angeles. Though the Los Angeles style of the 1990s wanes, Gangsta rap continues to be popular through the 2000s, and more commercially oriented party rap dominates the charts. The emergence of hip-hop from the south and the midwest was starting to take place, and by the end of the decade, hip-hop was starting to spread internationally.
During the 2000s Eminem, who is perhaps best known for being one of the few successful white rappers in the music industry, enjoyed a massive commercial success and maintained commercial relevance by attempting to be controversial and subversive. According to Billboard, Eminem has two of his albums among the top five highest selling albums of the 2000s. After the release of his album, Relapse, Eminem became the best selling rapper of all time and the top selling artist of the decade across all genres.
Although I enjoy listening to music from these decades once in awhile, I have always been partial to current Top 40 hits. Some of the songs you can find on my mp3 player right now include: