The Evolution of Music

Selene Thompson, Leopard Life Staff Writer

In modern-day and age, we recognize music that dates back to old times whether it be the classics, rock, or today’s pop hits. 

 “People love to reminisce about their past. Music is a way to reconnect with one’s past, so having music from the past is important. The past music will always affect the future musicians as well,” said Suzanne Reiners, English teacher.

During the last few decades, songs themselves have changed quite dramatically. Now, in 2020, the music industry introduces new artists every day, each with their own unique style of producing music. 

“The industry seems to have changed quite a bit. We used to save up and buy albums, then cassettes, 8 tracks, and CDs. Now we stream music from Spotify, Pandora, and Amazon Prime,” said Kay Bordelon, WSMS counselor.

During the 1980s, our music taste was a lot less diverse than it is now. Songs like “Beat It” by Michael Jackson, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston, and “Don’t Stop Believin” by Journey were very popular during this time. 

In the 80s, I listened to The Rolling Stones, Queen, Pink Floyd, REO Speedwagon, David Bowie, Tom Petty, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, John Mellencamp, Kenny Rogers, TOTO, and so many more,” said Bordelon.

Even though a lot of artists from the 1980s continued to be relevant in the 1990s, there was still an abundance of new creators. The 90s also brought up more kinds of music like pop, techno, rap, and hip hop. Iconic artists include Mariah Carey, The Backstreet Boys, Nirvana, Aerosmith,  and Celine Dion. 

“In the 90s and early 2000s, I listened to a lot of Backstreet Boys. Then I was a huge Maroon 5 fan for a while,” said Caleb Goff, algebra teacher.

The 2000s took the 1990s and expanded it to something far greater. The pop, rap, and hip hop that had only been recently introduced in the 90s had now been used as almost a common form in music. Songs like “Lose Yourself” by Eminem, “Crazy In Love” by Beyoncé, and “Hey Ya!” by Outkast were highly listened to according to Billboards Top 100.

“Hannah Montana and Camp Rock songs are always and forever will be bops,” said Grace Motsney, 8. 

Today in 2020, there is such a diverse environment for music. Artists today express themselves through music and tell a story in a way. They give a deep meaning to music and a reason for listening to all of the different kinds of music in the world around them.