Music in American Culture
Music is completely different in America then any other country in the world. There are many different genres of music . Whatever kind of music you want to listen to, America has it. One of the genres in American society today are rock, which has different types such as classic, alternative, and heavy. Another very popular genre is rap, which is popular among the youth of the nation. Besides rap, a very popular genre is country, which has an ever-growing fan base. Rock music has been around since 1950 and has been quite influential among the generations of people who have listened to it all their lives.
One of the biggest pioneers of American classic rock is Elvis Presley, is known worldwide and is still listened to today. Presley created a catchy class of rock that almost every American from that era and the generations that followed enjoy. I am from Gloucester City, New Jersey. , people consider it the birthplace of rock and roll. Bill Haley and the Comets played six nights a week at what is now Jack’s Twin Bar. Bill Haley and the Comets are considered the original rock and roll band as well as the band that paved the way for so many bands and solo artists to blossom and become a part of American culture.
Alternative rock became pretty big in the 1990s with bands like Nirvana and Creed that led the way. Nirvana was such a force when they hit the music scene. The world had never seen anything like them. Their songs were popular and received mainstream acknowledgement. The song “Smells like Teen Spirit” was voted the greatest song of the 90s. Their only fame and success was cut short because the lead singer, Kurt Cobain, killed himself after a long, strenuous battle, against drugs. After this tragic event the band split up and went their own way.
One of the members went on to form the band Foo Fighters which also became a popular alternative rock band. Another popular band was known as Creed. They formed after the Nirvana hysteria started to fade away. Creed was popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Throughout their time on top of the rock world Creed had accumulated multiple RIAA( Recording Industry Association of America ) certifications as well as a three Grammy nominations, winning one of these Grammy nominations for the song “With Arms Wide Open. ” Heavy metal rock is beginning to form a cult following.
Not as mainstream as other types of music but it is starting to make a name for itself. The original pioneer of heavy metal is Metallica. Their hits are influential among most of the heavy metal bands that are active today. The song “Enter Sandman” is widely known as one of the greatest metal songs of all time. Rap is completely different then any genre of music you have ever heard. In the 1990s rock was not the only popular type of music. What is now considered old-school rap was quite popular in its day. Artists like Tupac, Biggie Smalls, and Snoop Dogg paved the way for today’s rap artists.
These artists were popular all throughout the 1990s and their hits are still listened too regularly. What derailed Tupac and Biggie’s careers were their deaths. Snoop Dogg is still popular today since he has adjusted his style to the ever-changing times. Today, the “rap game” as it is referred to has evolved to a mixture of fast beats and a quick mind. Eminem, Lil’ Wayne, and Wiz Khalifa are the three most popular mainstream rappers in this day in age. All three of these rappers became popular at a very young age.
Eminem is widely considered one of the greatest rappers of all time. This is an even tougher accomplishment and feat to achieve because he is white. Most rappers are African-American. For Eminem to be white and come out with so many songs and raps is probably one of the hardest goals to fulfill in life. But he did not let that get in the way of him and success. In the summer of 2000 when he came out with the song “The Real Slim Shady” he set the rap world ablaze. That was the most instrumental song for paving the way to his successful career as a rap artist.
Lil’ Wayne has had so many songs on the radio as well as underground hits that are still garnering followers each and everyday. Starting with the song “Go DJ” Lil’ Wayne’s career skyrocketed. The aspect people like about Lil’ Wayne is his flow. Flow is how good you make a particular line or verse sound. If you want to be considered a good rapper the you have to have flow. In Lil’ Wayne’s songs his lyrics do not even make sense, the reason everyone overlooks this and listens is because he makes it sound good. This is why aving flow is so important. Wiz Khalifa has not been a household name in the rap world for a long time but sure has made a name for himself in the brief period he has been in the game. Since 2008, Wiz Khalifa has steadily risen to the top. Starting with his first big hit “Say Yeah” Wiz Khalifa has been working as hard as he can to get to the top. Finally in 2011, after all the hard work and effort put into the cause. Wiz Khalifa is considered one of the best rappers out there with so much potential to be one of the greatest of all time.
Country music has become very popular in American culture in recent years. Artists such as Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, and Keith Urban have been leading the way and being main contributors to country music’s mainstream popularity. Kenny Chesney has been involved in the country music world since he was in college. He began to gain some steam in 1994 and never looked back. From that point on he has been producing hit after hit and is still one of country music’s top artists. Brad Paisley started making music at a very early age and has never looked back.
All throughout his childhood and teen years he has been producing songs of the country genre and finally made a breakthrough with the 2003 album “Mud on the Tires. ” From that point on, Brad Paisley has been at the top of the country music world and has not looked back. Keith Urban has been getting it done on the country music scene from an early age as well. All the work he put in as a child, teen, and young adult has led to the success he enjoys today. The pivotal moment in his career came when he released the hit “Somebody Like You. From that point on he has etched his name in the list of country music’s all time greatest artists. As you can see, all of these genres of music are combined and mixed into American culture. There is a type of music for any person. Whether it be rock, rap, or country, there is something for anyone. Music helps to shape our society and these genres are the most influential in that aspect. To your taste , these kinds of music may be abnormal or abrasive, however to American society, these kinds of music are way of life.