Popular music is music with wide appeal that is typically distributed to large audiences through the music industry. These forms and styles can be enjoyed and performed by people with little or no musical training. It stands in contrast to both art music like Western classical music or Indian classical music, and traditional or “folk” music. A music genre is a conventional category that identifies some pieces of music as belonging to a shared tradition or set of conventions.
Genres of Music and Their Definitions:
Rock Music: Originated as “Rock & Roll” in the United States, Rock music has been rocking the world from many years. Its loud and strong beats make it popular among the youths.
Jazz: Identified with swing and blue notes, Jazz has its roots both in the West African and European culture. It is said that Jazz is “One of America’s original art forms” and boasts a unique combination of creativity, coactions and interactivity.
Blues: Blues developed in the 19th century and was originally played by a single performer singing with a guitar or banjo. By the 1960s, The Blues had evolved significantly along with the instruments used (now electric guitars, bass and drums) and made its way across the Atlantic to the UK and beyond. A common feature of Blues music is the 12 bar blues chord structure.