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Music of the 2010s

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Music that came from the 2010s.

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  • Alternative: Alternative is a genre that covers folk, indie and alternative versions of basic Rock and Pop. This continues to be the prevailing form of rock music in the mainstream. You'd be hard-pressed to find a rock band nowadays that doesn't have "alternative" or "indie" rock listed on their Wikipedia page. However, it's taken a Lighter and Softer turn starting from the beginning of the decade. Billboard and iTunes cross-referencing shows this to be somewhere between the 4th and 6th most popular basic genre in the 2010s. On the other hand, an often Darker and Edgier subgenre of Indie Pop called Bedroom Pop started getting exposure in the second half of the decade.
  • Country Music: Country music continues the slow and steady rise in popularity its enjoyed since the 90s. It's the third largest genre in the United States (thanks in part to the fall of R&B music) behind Pop and Hip-Hop. As well as the #1 most popular radio format in the United States. Stylistically, the biggest change in Country music is the rise of "bro-Country" artists such as Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and Florida Georgia Line. The subgenre of Country incorporates elements of Pop, Hip-Hop, R&B, Rock and even Electronic into its vocal delivery, instrumental, and lyrics. The subgenre has come under scrutiny and criticism from many older Country singers, mostly for abandoning the traditional storytelling oriented lyrics of Country for formulaic lyrics revolving around partying and negative Southern stereotypes. None the less, the genre has expanded and revitalized Country's popularity and has provided us with some of the biggest Country artists of this decade.
  • Dance: Dance covers a vast number of electronic production-based subgenres, where the star is the producer and the instrumental, rather than the vocalist and their vocals. Dance exploded in popularity in the 2010s and is the 4th - 6th most popular basic genre of this decade. In the mainstream, the genre ranges from party hits like LMFAO to artists who make feel good synthetic radio hits like Calvin Harris. Not only has Dance gained in popularity, it's also had a major effect on the world of Pop music, where Synth-Pop is one of the most popular subgenres of the current decade.
  • Hip-Hop/Rap: While declining in popularity from the previous decade, Hip-Hop remains the second-largest basic genre, behind Pop. The genre began a steep decline in 2011, but began to pick up again in 2015. This is likely because the genre's young, urban listener base moved away from radio and purchases, towards internet streaming sites like Spotify, Tidal, YouTube and even Vine, most of which had no way of accounting and reporting music's popularity until recently. Stylistically, Pop Rap artists like Flo Rida, Iggy Azalea, and The Black Eyed Peas have played arguably an even larger role in Hip-Hop than the previous decade. The word "Trap" ceased to be associated with artists like T.I., Young Jeezy and Gucci Mane, and began to be associated with artists such as Fetty Wap, Future, and Desiigner, whose music features a mumble-like auto tuned singing-rapping inspired by Lil Wayne. On top of this, a trend of internet phenomenon turned into rappers, inspired largely by Soulja Boy, began to take form with artists like Bobby Shmurda, T-Wayne, Silento, and Rae Sremmurd capitalizing on dance trends and internet virility. The ability to sing and incorporate some level of R&B into your performance became nearly a requirement for a Hip-Hop artist to make it big in the 2010's. Rap also managed to expand well outside its previous decade's black male norm. In 2017, the genre rose to prominence with both previously moderately successful acts (Rae Sremmurd, Post Malone, and Migos), already big but not huge names (DJ Khaled and Kendrick Lamar [Billboard wise]) and breakout performers (Cardi B and Lil Uzi Vert) all netting their first #1s this year. The decade also saw the rise of emo/hardcore rap led by artists such as XXXTentacion, Lil Peep, Lil Xan, $UICIDEBOY$, Trippie Redd, Ghostmane, Juice Wrld, 6ix9ine, and Scarlxrd among others.
  • Pop: This style of music returned to a level it hadn't enjoyed since the 1980s. With Hip-Hop and R&B out of the way, and fueled by the rising trend of Dance music, Pop takes center stage as the primary genre of the first half of the 2010s decade.
  • R&B/Soul: Other than Rock, this is likely the genre that declined the most from the previous decade. Ranked around 4th-6th place, R&B, both traditional and contemporary has largely been consumed by Hip-Hop and Pop. When radio stations shifted their focus from R&B to Pop in the mid 2000s, the person's share of the casual listening audience did as well. Singing rappers like Drake and Nicki Minaj bit into the core audience for R&B as well. The re-emergence of Electronic Music and Synth-Pop would also make a dent in R&B and many R&B acts changed their sound in order to stay relevant. With a few notable exceptions like The Weeknd and Usher (with Adele being THE R&B act of the 2010s), many R&B artists in the 2010s are seen as Chris Brown wannabes/knockoffs. Alternative R&B would arrive in this decade as well, which kept the genre on life support spurred by The Weeknd's success.
  • As Pop Punk and Emo Music declined, beginning in the early 2010's a smaller movement called Defend Pop Punk kept the idea going, with a more introverted and experimental take on the genre. Notable artists include The Wonder Years and American Football.
  • Rock: While hard rock has struggled to crossover into the mainstream, classic rock radio has sometimes begun to play a few newer songs. Mainstream Rock (or Active Rock) begins to diverge from Alternative, by playing more hard rock and heavy metal. The Eleven Seven record label (now known as Better Noise Music) rises to prominence.
  • Post-Punk/Goth Rock/Dark Wave: Genres under the goth genre umbrella experienced a renaissance during this decade, after two decades of obscurity and having been overshadowed by electronic based genres like Industrial and EBM in most goth circles. Bands such as Lebanon Hanover, Twin Tribes, Drab Majesty and a plethora of others led the charge. Meanwhile the post-punk scene exploded in Russia and the former Soviet Union, the most popular artist in the scene being Molchat Doma.

- Irene & Seulgi