Music Trends Through The Decades

Music has been around almost as long as human beings. We hear it everyday, it motivates us, it makes us cry, and it will always be present in our lives. Music trends change everyday and it got us thinking about what genres of music define each decade? We had our own ideas and were surprised when we did some research and learned what people were listening to. The following list breaks down music by decade and what was popular, take a look!

1940’s: Swing, Jazz, Blues and Big Band
Big artists of the time include: Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Count Basie, Bing Crosby, The Andrews Sisters, Dorsey Brothers, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald

1950’s: Rock ’N Roll, B-bop, Big Band, Country
Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, Patti Page, Doris Day, Johnny Cash, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Pat Boone, Gene Autry, Patsy Cline, Same Cooke, Hank Williams, Teresa Brewer, Ritchie Valens, Harry Belafonte, Ray Charles

1960’s: Motown, Rock ‘N Roll, and The British Invasion
The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Monkees, The Rolling Stones, The Supremes, Simon & Garfunkel, Aretha Franklin, The Beach Boys, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Moody Blues, Janis Joplin, Neil Seddaka, Chubby Checker, The Mamas & The Papas, Cream, The Temptations, James Brown

1970’s: Disco, Motown, and R&B
The Doors, The Who, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Rod Stewart, Barry Manilow, Diana Ross, Paul Simon, Gloria Gaynor, The Bee Gees, The Ramones, Sex Pistols, Electric Light Orchestra, Patti Smith, The Cars, Kool & The Gang, Parliament-Funkadelic, Earth Wind & Fire, Kansas, ABBA, Donna Summer, Queen, Grand Funk Railroad, Blondie, The Carpenters, Elton John, Billy Joel

1980’s: Glam rock, Pop, Hip-Hop, Country
Dolly Parton, Michael Jackson, Lionel Ritchie, Olivia Newton John, David Bowie, Billy Joel, Duran Duran, The Police, U2, Van Halen, Def Leppard, Poison, Twisted Sister, Whitney Houston, Madonna, Phil Collins, Cyndi Lauper, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Motley Crue, Prince, Paula Abdul, The Cure, Depeche Mode, The Go-Gos, The Bangles, Randy Travis, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Public Enemy, Run-DMC, MC Hammer, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Bobby Brown, New Kids on the Block, Janet Jackson, Tom Petty, Journey, Tina Turner

1990’s: Grunge, Alternative, Rap, and Country
Nirvana, Pearl Jam, MC Hammer, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, N’Sync, Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Salt ‘n Peppa, Vanilla Ice, Tone Loc, 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G., Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Gloria Estefan, Madonna, Whitney Houston, The Offspring, Green Day, No Doubt, Ricky Martin, Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Boyz II Men, Janet Jackson, R.E.M., Weezer, Guns & Roses, Hootie & the Blowfish, Christina Aguilera, Alanis Morisette, Jewel, Oasis, Mariah Carey, Natalie Merchant, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Dave Matthews Band, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Cypress Hill, Foo Fighters, The Smashing Pumpkins

2000’s: Adult Contemporary and R&B
Outkast, Linkin Park, Cold Play, Nsync, Backstreet Boys, U2, Incubus, Will Smith, Sum41, Kid Rock, The Killers, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Modest Mouse, Matchbox 20, System of a Down, The Black Eyed Peas, Smash Mouth, Flo Rida, AFI, Jason Mraz, Creed, Blink-182, Gorillaz, Beyoncé, Nelly, Beck, Eminem, Santana, Train, Missy Elliot, The All American Rejects, Usher, Papa Roach, Daft Punk, Kanye West, Nickelback, Everclear, Panic! at the Disco, POD, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jimmy Eat World

2010’s: EDM and Hip-Hop
This decade seems to be leaning a lot towards Electronic Dance Music and this new trendy genre is blowing up all over the world. We are only half way though this decade and already music has taken a turn to bass filled, fast paced dance music. We are excited to see how the next 5 years play out musically.

Music will continue to change and develop before our eyes. Remember to take a step back once in a while and appreciate how far we have come. We went from full orchestra’s to being able to record an entire song and its components on a computer. As technology grows it will continue to impact the types of music we are drawn toward and the sounds this decade produces are going to change the future!

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