As a music enthusiast myself, I have experienced many different music genres from time to time. I started from listening to many music genres and songs with my parents. They were the reason I started exploring music more. And today, I am familiar with many different genres and music artists and I still discover the music world without feeling tired or overwhelmed. Just like many people music feels like a passion to me. Back then, after listening to so much of my parents’ favorite music and artists, I needed a change.
After a long time, I came across mainstream pop, just like most of my friends and classmates. Mainstream pop was everywhere, from the places we used to hang out to our school lessons and prom dances. Everyone knew most of those mainstream pop songs, everyone would lip sync when they started playing.
At first, I didn’t find these songs interesting, even though some of them would get stuck in my head for days or even weeks. But after I realized that my friends wouldn’t find my music as exciting as mainstream pop, I decided to give them a go. I explored many artists and found out that popularity doesn’t make a song necessarily bad.
All artists want to get a message across to their audience and whether one agrees with the message or not, that is their own personal opinion. That was what I learned from listening to mainstream pop of many countries and in different languages. However, someday my journey to mainstream pop music finally ended.
Even though, I felt respect and love for many mainstream pop artists and even more pop songs, I still felt that I needed a change, I somehow realized that mainstream pop just didn’t do it for me anymore. Don’t get me wrong I still enjoy listening to pop and it still feels good experiencing the music.
Today I will be talking about the 3 music genres I loved after listening to mainstream pop, the ones that brought back the excitement of new music to me.
If you read my previous posts, you will have probably found out that classic rock is one of my favorite music genres, the one that I found out about through my parents (They loved several classic rock artists therefore we would often listen to them together).
After mainstream pop, classic rock started a spark in me. These two genres have so much in common since they started as one with the Beatles, however many people don’t realize that. They have both been influenced and changed by the artists that represented them throughout the years and nowadays it is nearly impossible to find the things they have in common.
I suppose this is what made classic rock stand out for me.
According to Wikipedia, “Classic rock is a radio format which developed from the album-oriented rock (AOR) format in the early 1980s. In the United States, the classic rock format features rock music ranging generally from the mid-1960s to the 1980s, primarily focusing on commercially successful blues rock and hard rock popularized in the 1970s AOR format.”
After reading this, and considering that the term pop comes from the word popular, in mainstream pop, it can be understood that these two genres were once one.
I recommended this genre in my previous article about Classic Rock lovers.
Indie music just connects greatly with both of these music genres. That is because Indie consists of pop, rock, folk and many other music genre and it has multiple influences. It is a great music genre to explore and get experimented with. Personally, whenever I feel tired from listening to the same music over and over again, I always turn to indie music. It is a breath of fresh air, no matter what kind of music and artists I like at that moment.
At first, you many not be able to understand the difference between indie music and other genres. Many of my friends had trouble telling which song is indie rock and which is classic rock at first. But if you start listening and exploring this music genre correctly, it will be too easy for you to spot the differences.
This may sound a little off to some people. I know, when I was really into mainstream pop I got easily frustrated when looking for new music. That is because mainstream pop can be easily found, and it is presented to people all the time instead of waiting for the audience to find it.
Country… You may not like it at first, but you will be surprised when you discover all those great songs. Country is not well presented by the media, even I was fooled in the beginning. But soon, I found great songs that I loved and still love today.
Tip: Turn to your country’s pop music
If you are not from an English – speaking country and you are tired of mainstream pop music, this is your chance to experience your country’s music. I’m sure your country’s artists have something to offer to the public and they, too, have a message to get across. Since you are a native speaker of their language, you might be more familiar with the meaning of their songs.
Also, listening to their new songs might get you to find out about their opinions on certain situations and events that happen in your country. This keeps you updated with the news and instantly makes you a part of today’s history, great isn’t it?
Tell me your opinion
Do you feel like you need a change? Do you think that your music doesn’t give you the excitement it used to give you? if so, listen to my advice and give these music genres a chance. Trust me, you won’t regret it!
If you agree, disagree or simply want to add something on what I previously mentioned, please leave a comment down below and I will get back at you, first chance that I get.
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