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Music 2000 – Present
In recent years, mainstream music has been overtaken by hip-hop and rap music. Though it follows the natural trend of music over the decades, music in the last few years has been repeatedly criticized for its sexual lyrics and violent themes. While many people feel that hip-hop music has an unhealthy focus on sexually-based themes, others feel that rap promotes violence against police officers and innocent citizens. Luckily, many artists are still making music that promotes neither of these ideas but rather more neutral and family-friendly themes. The last few years in the music industry has shown to have a great contrast in styles, themes and personal taste.
The popularity of hip-hop was ushered by musicians like Usher, Justin Timberlake, and similar artists. In the last couple years, this popularity was intensified by names like Kanye West, Jay-Z, Outkast, and Eminem. Many of these styles are a combination of hip-hop and rap which makes for an enjoyable rhythm with rap-style lyrics. Kanye West was a breakthrough artist who helped to revolutionize this style and has become a household name across the nation.
Although hip-hop is one of the most popular styles in the last decade, other genres have used the style to achieve a great deal of popularity, too. One of these genres is often referred to as rock metal rap. This combines catchy rhythms that are characteristic of rock plus the hardcore feeling of metal and the lyrics and style that is characteristic of rap. Kid Rock was one of the pioneers of this genre with songs like “Bawitdaba” and “Cowboy.” Other groups, such as Korn, Limp Bizkit, and Linkin Park have also contributed to this unique musical combination.
The last few years has also seen a great deal of popularity in the mainstream pop music genre due to the television show American Idol. Many new musical superstars have emerged as a result of this program and, surprisingly enough, it’s not only the top winners who enjoy popularity following the competition. Artists like Clay Aiken, Chris Daughtry, and Josh Gracin only made it to the final 10 contestants and they have record contracts, as well as many other finalists. Contestants that won first place include Carrie Underwood, Ruben Studdard, and Kelly Clarkson. They have topped the charts in their respective genre while still becoming a household name.
Since the year 2000, there has also been an explosion in a musical genre commonly referred to as “emo.” This genre got its name because the music characteristic of this genre is emotional because of the heartfelt lyrics and melancholy melodies. Bands and artists that have contributed to this genre’s popularity include Dashboard Confessional and Death Cab for Cutie. Newer bands are also considered emo, but they use louder music and faster melodies, but the lyrics are still typically sad and depressing. The last few years has also seen a popularity in songs that criticize the government and the present administration. Bands like Green Day (“American Idiot”) and the Dixie Chicks have generated a great deal of controversy by writing scathing lyrics and concert speeches about the American government. Contrastingly, artists like Alan Jackson and Toby Keith (“Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue – The Angry American”) combat these acts by writing pro-American songs that support the government and present administration.
Finally, the present music enjoys many musicians and artists that have stood the test of time. Many of them have been around for decades, including Madonna and others. Bands like The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, and Hootie and the Blowfish emerged onto the popular music scene in the late 1980s to early 1990s and are still enjoying a sense of popularity. Rob Thomas is also a popular act, but achieved popularity with the band Matchbox 20 in the mid-1990s. Other “bubblegum pop” artists, such as Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears are still continuing to make the headlines in today’s society and building on the success that they have built up in past years.
And so the trend continues. Music has always followed a pattern in a culture and one genre of music is soon replaced by another in terms of popularity and record sales. Popular musicians can often build a fan base that will continue to buy their albums as long as they make them while other bands tend to be one-hit wonders that society never hears from again. This is the pattern that has been followed by the music industry for decades and will probably continue to happen for many decades to come. As long as people’s taste and preferences continue to change, as will the music of the time.
Below are some of the popular artists and groups from now
Were you lucky enough to see them live in concert
Dave Matthews Band
Guns N' Roses
Manic Street Preachers
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Black Eyed Peas