Evolution of Music


Jayleen C., Staff Writer

Music has always been a significant part of culture. Whether you listen to music to dance to or cry to, music can make you feel a certain way that is incomparable to any other form of media.

Unlike the 50s, 60s rock had a split in hard, rebellious rock and soft, pop-sounding rock. One British rock and roll band was absolutely dominating the 60s; the Beatles. After seeing the success of this four-man band, British bands including the Rolling Stones, the Who, and the Kinks, soon had hits in America. This led to the British invasion; the domination of British bands in the U.S. Equally important, musicians such as The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and Janis Joplin helped create a form known as psychedelic rock. Not only did Bob Dylan adopt folk styles but he also filled them with political commentary. Jimi Hendrix experimented with sounds known as acid rock. Additionally, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, the Beach Boys, the Doors, and the Mamas and Papas were also trending.

Hard rock gets harder, soft rock gets softer; welcome to the ’70s. Musicians like KISS, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Alice Cooper protected the angry and rebellious spirit of rock and roll. Likewise, The Carpenters, the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, and ABBA took soft rock to an even softer level. A new wave of music called punk, played by musicians like Blondie, the Clash, and the Ramones protested the dullness of society. Moreover, disco emerged out of funk in the late 1970s, as bands combined funk and rock to make dance music. Disco artists included Donna Summer, Bee Gees, and KC & the Sunshine Band. And let’s not forget about the musical icons Cher and David Bowie!

The ’80s were not just an iconic time for video games and movies. Thanks to the television network MTV, a music video was the new essential element of selling a hit song in the 80s. MTV made stars of Madonna, Michael Jackson, and the group Duran Duran. Musicians including Queen, Hall & Oats, Tears for Fears, and Bon Jovi were big in the 1980s. Rock groups such as Van Halen, Guns N’ Roses, the Cure, AC/DC, and Aerosmith were also getting their share of the spotlight during this time period.

These are just three of the many iconic decades of music and a handful of musicians that revolutionized the definition of music. Modern music is not the only music that should be listened to and it’s always a great idea to explore music styles outside of your comfort zone. Who knows, maybe you can find a new favorite band or musician!