Whatever happened to Music?
It went from crooners like Roy Orbison to Soulja boy. What happened?
(NOTE: I'm speaking on the behalf of music history from the mid 1950s-present)
Ok, so I've been pondering...how did music like blues, folk, and soft rock in the 1940s-1950, get mutilated to today's hip hop and pop? Nobody 30-40 years ago would've thought that janis joplin, Bob Dylan, and others would fizzle out and leave the spotlight open for airheads like the Jonas Brothers, Hannah Montana. Tell me, what happened?
It seems like the turn of each decade brought a new musical style or genre. In about the mid 50s, the roots of rock and roll were beginning to sprout out of the ground, with artists like Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and more. The mid 60s brought the counter-culture. Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Led Zepplin, Jimi Hendrix, and more. The 70s brought more upbeat music...with Disco, groups like "Mungo Jerry", "The Band", "Jackson Browne". The 80s saw more electronic styles, as house music was born, and artists like Cindi Lauper, Fun Loving Criminals, Micheal Jackson, Depeche Mode, and R.E.M. came to the popular music scene. The late 80s is when a lot of bands in the 90s started out...Everclear, Green Day, Weezer, etc....the 90s brought us grunge...and with Nirvana's "Smells Like teen Spirit", it signaled a whole new change in music..heavier styles sprawled out, and bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Primus, Toadies, became popular. Toward the mid-late ninties, Third Eye Blind, Fountains of Wayne, Green Day, Weezer, and others became popular...However, the late 90s brought change...with Boy bands like Backstreet boys, n*sync and 98 degrees. Pop singers like Britney spears and Christina Agulera ruled the billboard charts, pushing alternative rock to left of center. The early 2000s brought more pop and hip hop, while a small section in 2002-2003 made indie much more known, as Death Cab for Cutie released "Transacatilsm". 2004 and onward has been the same: solid hip hop. If you turn on a popular music radio station that plays current music, you'd hear rap song after rap song after rap song...
*whew*..sorry if that was kinda hard to understand.
But, music isn't the same as it used to be. Used to, people used to sit down and sing about what they felt in their heart....the music actually meant something...and now, with rappers, all you hear is the n-word being dropped fifty billion times, and hearing "i've got money in the bank", yeah, the only reason you've got money in the bank is because of your crappy song.
We never know what the next decade will bring... in 2010, what will happen to music? The answer to this? We will just have to wait.