Do you like listening to music while having a pint? At The Rocksteady, you can listen to the latest music while having a nice drink with your friends. Rock and electronic music has been very popular recently but you do know the type of music trends that are losing popularity? In this article, we will discuss the music trends that are losing relevance in 2021.
Music is an industry that changes constantly, partly due to the societal changes in culture and viewpoints. Fifty years ago, most of the songs on the radio were about love, and were reasonably gentle. A musical revolution came in the form of Sid Vicious and the Punk uprising which arguably changed society as a whole. Now modern music is able to be expressive, with many different styles and topics being acceptable - not just expressions of love. Music, art and fashion tend to go hand in hand as expressions of personality. Everywhere we look whether in modern life or during the past, we can see the trends in the art world have followed each other - often being spurned from the birth of new music genres.
But even the most influential genres have been in decline recently - or have been seen going out of style, although maybe one day they may have an updated revival. One example is disco - disco emerged in the early 1970s from the urban nightlife scene, reaching its peak in popularity between the mid-1970s and early 1980s, nowadays though its popularity has been rapidly decreasing with even the fashion sense surrounding it being almost nonexistent, and the newer generations not even having a sense of recognition for the genre which made massive advances, especially within the black community. Another genre which is going more underground is grunge. Grunge is both a subgenre of alternative rock and a subculture that emerged in the late 80s in the pacficic northwest of America as a counter to 80s glam rock, and has now become less popular - partly to the death of Kurt Cobain. It was pioneered by bands such as Nirvana, and became mainstream in the early 90s giving youths of the time an outlet for anger that was so rife.
In recent years, it has been noted that songs are actually getting shorter for example in 2019, the average track length of the Top 40 was three minutes and seven seconds. That’s a whole 30 seconds less than the year before. In addition to this, physical music is starting to lose popularity. Sales of CDs, cassettes and vinyl records are decreasing annually due to the availability of digital music which is streamable in anyplace, at any time. The ways in which we discover and consume music is changing on a daily basis. Emergence of technology such as Spotify, Apple music, Soundcloud and many more popular services have allowed new artists to emerge - and with it we have seen a decrease in live music for small bands. New live performances are going out of style too - especially because of coronavirus, there has been a shortage of live performances and entertainment in the music industry. Thirty years ago, new bands would make themselves available for venues and gain recognition by playing for local communities, but because that level of cost and difficulty doesn’t need to be used for artists to become popular, we are seeing a loss of live events.
What is your favourite type and music? Do you like Rock music or the other types of music discussed in this article? Well, even if a music trend is losing relevance, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it.