Genres of Music at STH (In Percent)
- Classic Rock
- Classic Rock
Surveyed out of 131 people
Rap – 34%
It’s about to get lit. You’re rolling up on the lot for a Friday night football game with your windows down and bass blaring; everyone is staring at you as the parking garage is shaking. Rap is easily the most hype choice of music out there. Senior Simen Borland says, “I like to show everyone how cultured I am so I listen to Young Thug. I believe the lyrics speak to me personally in my life, ‘I just went hunting, I found me a rabbit, I picked out the carrots.’” The music poll suggests that Rap is the most listened-to music genre at STH with 34% of the votes. Some of the most favored rappers are Young Thug, Kendrick Lamar, and Lil Uzi Vert.
Country – 18%
Country is king in Texas. Whether you’re cruising down the highway or sitting around with the boys, you can never go wrong with this genre of music. Houston is a great place for Country music, especially with big venues like the month-long Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo in March. Big names in country music like Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, and Zac Brown Band return every year. “Hank Williams Jr is a fat bet while Jason Aldean takes a massive ‘L’,” said Junior Nick Burns. Among the St. Thomas community, favorite country artists include George Strait, Alan Jackson, and the Turnpike Troubadours. These are truly country legends.
Classic Rock – 12%
Classic Rock is probably your dad’s favorite genre. With more and more rockers dying every year, it is also becoming a popular genre among the younger generation. Artists like David Bowie and Prince passed away this year, which prompted every music award show to have a dedicated segment to each artist. This kind of exposure served not only as a tribute to these legends, but also as a popularity booster for them. “Legends never die. Classic guitar solos from all-time greats such as Led Zeppelin (Stairway to Heaven) and Jimmy Hendrix (Purple Haze) never get old,” said Senior Scot Sarlin.
Alternative – 10%
Emerging from the underground during the 1980’s, this is a fairly new genre of music. Alternative is a very fluid genre, and with a huge variety of artists, you will always be surprised by what “Alternative” means. “It’s really chill music to listen to on the ride home after an STH sports victory,” said Senior Santiago Garces. This genre of music is still expanding to this day and the future looks very promising. With artists like twenty one pilots, Coldplay, Halsey, X Ambassadors, and Imagine Dragons all having chart-topping songs, it is only a matter of time before Alternative music truly takes off.
Pop – 5%
Originating between the 1950s and 1960s, Pop music was created as a softer alternative to rock and roll. Entertainment culture loves pop music so much that pop singers emerge as celebrities rather than singers or songwriters. Celebrities such as Taylor Swift or any boy from a broken up boy band have been in the news not for their work, but rather for entertainment gossip. Girls love it, and even some guys love it, especially Senior Drake Bennett. “I like Pop music because it allows me to get in touch with my feminine side,” said Bennett. Although Pop did not receive many votes among the St. Thomas community, it stands to be a very popular music choice among today’s generation.
EDM – 4%
With strobes flashing and outrageous beats, EDM is always great music for raging out. “It’s faker than Kim Kardashian, but the complexity of the music really soothes my soul,” said Freshman Joseph Powell. EDM appears to be STH’s least listened-to genre; an acquired taste it seems. However, with DJs such as The Chainsmokers and Calvin Harris gaining massive popularity, it is almost inevitable that EDM will soon become a very popular music choice. If you’re looking to get into the genre, Houston’s Free Press Summer Feast is host to some great Electronic music artists. This June’s concert series brought The Chainsmokers, 3LAU, and deadmau5. Hopefully next summer’s festival will be as exciting and full of energy.
Other – 17%