Music is a wonderful creation that can give people a good feeling. There are times that if you want to just cry, some mellow songs can comfort you in some ways. If you want to focus on reading or doing some work, you can also listen to some songs that can help you concentrate more. If you just want to have a relaxing time, music can also offer you some music that can give you time to rest and relax.
There are a lot of wonderful things that music can do for you. Based on studies, music or listening to music or maybe playing an instrument such as guitar, piano, cello, and other musical instruments can help your entire brain function compared to the scenario when you do not do anything that is related to music.
This study has been done through different scientific research studies done by different experts, researchers, and scientists. This studies have been done by observing through Functional magnetic resonance imaging or functional MRI (fMRI) which has a neuroimaging function that can scan the activities of the brain of a human being. Studies have also gone through PET scanners or scientifically known as Positron Emission Tomography (PET, FDG-PET) which also helps researchers to monitor the brain activity,
Music has a lot of scientific effects and benefits for people. But aside from the benefits of music for your brain, you can also enjoy your time. It simply fills the dead air on your environment making it more easygoing and free flowing for you. Studies also show that music can make your mood even better.
This can lighten up your mood and can give you more productivity as you work on something important. It also affects the actions of a person as they listen to the songs. Their actions depend on the music that they are listening too. So aside from the scientific effects for the brain of a person, it also has a lot of effects for a person in terms of psychological and behavioral matters.
There are different types of music that you can enjoy listening to. In order to give you a guide that will enlighten you about music, here is a list of some popular genres of music that can give you ideas and further knowledge about it:
1. Alternative Rock Music
Taken from its name itself, alternative rock music is a kind of music that originated from the 1980s. It became even more popular in the year 1990s and 2000s. Until now, it is still famous and popular for a lot of people in the whole world. This music is a rock music that has a blatant distinction from the mainstream and cliché rock music nowadays. It emerged and started as an independent and underground music however it is now very prominent to the taste of the people as of today.
Alternative rock music has a lot of sub genres as well such as ambient, art rock, college rock, electro-acoustic, emo, folk rock, grunge, indie rock, krautrock, new wave, noise, punk, singer songwriter or folk, skate rock, and tropical.
2. Blues Music
This kind of genre originated from the 19th century. It emerged from the African Americans in the United States. It has entrenched from the African-American spirituals, works songs, and also from the African musical tradition. This is a famous genre of music that can give people a nice environment and ambiance most especially if they want to concentrate and become more productive.
Some of tis sub genres are the acoustic blues, contemporary blues, country blues, delta blues, and electric blues.
3. Classical Music
This type of music entrenched from the Western art music including the secular music and liturgical or religious music as well. It is also termed as classical since it originated during the classical era on 1750 until the year 1820.
It has also a lot of sub genres such as cinematic, cinematic or contemporary, contemporary, minimalist, small ensemble and solo classical music.
4. Country Music
Country music entrenched from the popular music of the United States of America (USA). It originated from its southern region in the 1920s. This genre rooted from the recorded history of the southeastern genre. It has a lot of dance tunes and ballad tunes that made it even more popular in the 1940s. Until now, country music has still a lot of positive vibrance towards its listeners because of its wonderful lyrics that gives meaningful interpretations.
Its sub genres are Americana, contemporary, and bluegrass.
5. Dance and electronica Music
This genre of music is defined by its name. This is a type of music that creates techno and electric effects. It has a style of electronic, techno, drum and bass, jungle, industrial, ambient, and dance base. This type of music originated in the 90s which lead to its rise and growth until today. It has become more popular for people most especially for teens and young people.
It has a lot of sub genres such as acoustic electronica, ambient, big beat or chemical beats, blip core, break step, breakbeat, breaks, broken beats, chemical beats, cinematic, dance rock, deep house, down tempo or chill out, drum and bass, dub, dubstep, electro, electroclash, electronica, female vocal, garage and grime, house, IDM or experimental, leftfield, nu jazz, pop, progressive house, tech house, techno, trance, trap trip hop, and world electronica.
6. Folk Music
This traditional music entrenched during the 20th century of folk revival. However, it got its name from the 19th century. It is a music that is rooted based on old traditions.
Some of tis sub genres are the following: alt folk, cinematic, contemporary folk, country, folk punk, folk rock, folk tronica, new acoustic, sea shanty, singer song writer, and traditional folk.
7. Funk Music
This type of music entrenched during the mid-1960s on the reign of the creation of danceable and rhythmic African American music. This has a lot of combinations of music such as bluers, rhythms, jazz, and some mixture of soul music. Chord progressions and melody are often highlighted on this kind of genre.
Its sub genres are 70s, electro funk, and percussive.
8. Hip hop Music
This genre of music has originated upon the development of music by Latino and African American youth most especially those young people coming from New York City in the 1970s. Until today, this kind of art and music is still recognized and still prominent among the tastes of the youth. A lot of people still listen to this wonderful genre that has been a highlight of most especially for dancing.
It has actually a lot of sub genres such as alt rap, crunk, dirty south, east coast, gangsta, instrumental or down tempo, old school, party hip hop, trip hop, UK, underground, west coast, and different hip hop sub genres depending on which country is it played.
9. Jazz Music
This famous genre in music entrenched from the music arts and creation of the African Americans during the 19th and 20th centuries in New Orleans, United States. It is a difficult music since it has a complicated rhythm and ways in playing its instruments for jazz. However, no matter how complicated it must be for musicians, but when these individual instruments are played together, it would sound really fantastic and amazing. This genre of music is famous among music lounges, coffee shops, restaurants, high class hotels, and famous venues for parties.
Just like other genres of music, it has also a lot of sub genres such as abstract, acid or fusion, Brazilian jazz, Brazilian samba, cinematic, contemporary jazz, cool, crossover, electro swing, hard bop, hip hop, Latin jazz, mainstream, nu jazz, ragtime, and smooth jazz.
10. Pop Music
This type of music has entrenched during the 1950s from the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK) . It is now one of the most prominent types of music for young people today. A lot of people listen to this kind of music as a lot of celebrities or musicians, or singers indulge to these kinds of music. Pop genre has become a part of the hit charts all over the world. A lot of people admire this music for its lively and “young” ambiance that it can give to its listeners.
This type of music has a lot of sub genres as well such as adult contemporary, brit pop, contemporary or acoustic, dance pop, eloctro pop rock, electronic pop, indie pop, lounge, MOR, Pop dance, pop rock, soft rock, and urban pop.
11. R&B or soul Music
R&B is a short term for rhythm and blues. This type of music entrenched in the 1940s and became popular because of African American music. Up until today, this genre of music is still prominent to the taste of many ages.
It has a lot of sub genres as well such as contemporary RnB, disco, doo wop, electro soul, and soul.
12. Reggae Music
This famous genre in music has originated in the 1960s in Jamaica. This genre of music has become more famous because of the reggae icon Bob Marley. He is an icon of this type of music. A lot of reggae artists are still into this type of music as it gives a chill out ambiance that can totally make you feel relaxed. Along with reggae is the connotation of the dread locks hair and the reggae style. A lot of people find this very relaxing and comforting. Furthermore, the lyrics and meaning of this type of music has a very high standard. Almost all types of songs that is associated to reggae has a lot of advocacies and calls in enlightening people through out the world.
Just like the other genres, it also has a lot of sub genres such as dance hall, dub, roots reggae, SKA, and many more.
13. Rock Music
This type of music originated in the United States in the year 1950s. Its meaning or terms is called rock and roll. Nowadays, it has developed a lot of styles and it is still famous among a lot of people until now.
It has a lot of sub genres such as acoustic, alt, American trad rock, Americana, arena rock, blues rock, brit invasion, celtic rock, classic rock, classical, country maericana, electro rock, glam rock, hard rock, jam bands, krautrock, latin rock, metal, pop, pop rock, pop punk, post rock, prog and alt, psychedelic, punk rock, rock and roll, rockability, roots rock, singer song writer, southern, surf, and UK indie.