In the last ten years, hip hop has grown into one of the biggest industries in the world. As hip hop has expanded, so has its audience.
Today, one of the wide criticisms of this genre is the repetitiveness. The artists are often stuck talking about the same things: money, women, and fame. Although you may think it looks cool to pull up to a party blasting hip hop with your subs set to maximum, in reality, it has quite the opposite effect. This may come as a surprise to many of you, but there is other music outside of Drake, Kanye, or Future that deserves to be explored.
One of my favorite genres outside of hip-hop is classic rock. The music that came out of 1960s-1980s is what most people call “The Golden Age of Music.” Bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones ushered in a new era that changed American music forever. The mesmerizing lyrics mixed with the guitar and drum solos made help define that which classic rock really is. By the 70s and 80s, bands such as The Eagles, Queen, and Led Zeppelin extended the popularity of rock music.
Another great genre outside of hip hop is what came out of the 1990s which is what I like to call “throwback music.” This includes bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nirvana. Listening to these type of bands gives you a chance to kick back, relax, and enjoy life. A great time to listen to this type of music is anytime during the summer.
After the grunge-period of bands like Nirvana, the age of garage and indie rock emerged. This genre is favored by many high school students around the nation. While it may not be the best option to blast in your car, it is definitely the easiest type of music to start listening to. Bands like The Strokes and Arctic Monkeys continue to dominate play lists around the United States.
As Texans, another noteworthy type of music is country. It is a part of our culture, and both mainstream country and lesser known country prove popular. It is easy to tune-in and discover new artists, and it has always proved a great listening option for the Rodeo season in Houston.
These genres, as well as the multitude of others that exist on this market, are all worth giving a try. While there is nothing wrong with listening to the same thing, it should go without saying that you need to have a bit of variety in your life.
Next time you plug in your headphones, consider changing it up a bit. You might just discover something popular before anyone else does.