Shakespeare wrote, “If music be the food of love, play on”. Well, rightly said so, if love came in the form of music, we’d all ask to be satiated with it. Yes, that’s how much we love music. It is a pretty perfect way of summing up the powerful effect that music has on our lives, isn’t it? Not only does music gives us comfort and reduces our stress and anxiety but it also provides a platform for us to express our emotions and feelings. Music is a sound that finds its way to secret places of our hearts. With each different genre of music, one can indulge in a new journey, a new beat to life. Here is a list of various genres along with recommendations of artists who you must explore and have a nice time.
Whether it was the early 1900’s or today in 2020, Jazz music is alive and breathing. It has a lot to offer. While we are talking about jazz, we are not only talking about the spirit of music but also about allowing a voice to come out free of rules and regulations. Not only does Jazz help us to express our freedom but it also helps us harness the musical energy to innovate and create beautiful pieces of music. This has been constantly demonstrated by various artists such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong who present jazz to the world as a piece of art that is meant to be celebrated. Songs from these artists are your go-to if you love Jazz music.
Country music takes us back to reminisce all our old times. While many people might not think it is trendy however singers like Blake Shelton have proven that country music is still popular. Artists of this genre are very talented. They put their focus on songs, its lyrics and their vocal skills. Unlike other genres of music, artists unabashedly present their real voice while singing and portraying their true talent. No amount of heavy instrumentation or background beats can cover the singer’s voice. While you may have heard about Dolly Parton and Keith Urban, songs from our all-time favourites Johnny Cash, Shania Twain and George strait must be listened to for they inculcate the true essence of this genre. Their songs are not only meaningful and lively but they also portray emotions of happiness, love, romance, and grief which helps them connect with their audience. Songs from artists such as these are the reason you must listen to country music.
Pop music is the most consumed music in the world. It’s all over the internet, on the radio, on TV, blasting in the cars you drive and the parties that you go to. There are endless talented popstars whose songs all of us have heard some time or the other. This is because of the engaging rhythm, catchy lyrics and beautiful sync of notes that make it easy to sing and dance along to. These songs are probably so popular because it makes the youth sing along. Pop music artists are truly unforgettable even after decades, such is their popularity. A few tracks by Justin Timberlake, Imagine Dragons, Britney Spears, Maroon 5 and Beyoncé take the internet by storm whenever they make new music. Music made by John Legend, Chainsmokers or Taylor Swift become anthems for the youth in no time. Newer artists like Dua Lipa, Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes and Charlie Puth have taken over the genre and stolen our hearts in a short span of time. You have to listen to the songs by these artists if you are into pop music.
When one is looking for peace, calm, divinity and spirituality, one is looking for Sufi music for it is something which reaches deep inside, touches your soul and shakes you from within. Sufi music exudes sheer power, purity and mysticism in its beautiful notes and melody. When you listen to artists such as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Mercan Dede, Dhafer Youssef, and Abida Parveen, you experience the transition from the hustle-bustle of our city lives to peace and serenity. Songs such as ‘Chhap Tilak Sab’ and ‘Kun Faya Kun’ are a must listen as they make you unravel the path to a harmonious lifestyle.
Hip Hop music
Today Hip Hop music has made its place on the top of the mountain. It is one of the most prominent genres that people, especially, the youth listen to. This is because of its upbeat rhythms, hardcore beats and swift tempo. This music is so powerful and electric that it has become contagious and it gives the listeners an adrenaline rush that makes them feel energetic and active. If you are into Hip hop music you might have heard about a lot of famous artists from Divine to Eminem and Kanye West to Jay Z but you must also try songs of these artists like Naezy, Andre 3000 and 50 cent who have produced various pieces that are truly unforgettable and worth listening to.
Jamaica’s gift to the world, Reggae music is one of the most touching and heartfelt genres of all time. It is one of the most mainstream genres when we talk of divine and spiritual music. It is deep, passionate and it yet filled with simplicity and humility at the same time. From time to time artists such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff and Dennis Brown have proved to us why reggae music is so popular and listened to, in every part of the world. Some famous reggae tracks which is sure to make your day are ‘No Woman No Cry’, ‘You don’t love me’ and ’54-46 That’s My Number’.
The above-mentioned genres of music are the most popular worldwide and are absolute soul pleasers, with each suiting human’s different and varied moods. If you have a favourite genre that isn’t mentioned above, let us know about it in the comments below.