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Music that came from the 2020s.

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  • Alternative: Entered the decade by continuing alternative pop's late 2010's dominance, while also shaking things up by incorporating throwbacks to Pop Punk.
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  • Hip-Hop/Rap: Trap and Melodic Rap's dominance of the genre from the mid-2010s continued into the early 2020s, though there's been a bit of a rise in classic boom-bap, thanks in part to Nas' King's Disease trilogy and Magic.
  • Pop: The Weeknd set a record for the longest stay on the Hot 100 with 90 weeks for his 2020 smash "Blinding Lights", a synth-driven tune that has influenced a wave of 80's nostalgia on pop. However, Trap has continued its reign from the late 2010's. It is also noted for the seeming decline of one of the most dominant acts of the 2010s, pop band Maroon 5, who saw decreasing returns for their 2021 album Jordi.
  • R&B/Soul: Retro-styled R&B dominated the charts for the early decade. New Jack Swing continued to see massive popularity among K-Pop artists, and a rise among western R&B artists as well. Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak took it further by reviving 70's soul and funk (particularly Philladelphia soul) in the mainstream with their collaborative release An Evening With Silk Sonic. The Weeknd got in on the retro train with his albums After Hours and Dawn FM, both of which took heavy influence from 80's R&B, synthpop, funk, and even City Pop.
  • Rock: Rock continued to struggle with crossing over until a 2017 cover of "Beggin'" blew up on TikTok in 2021, causing an unexpected international pop hit for Italian glam-rock band Måneskin, roughly around the same time they won the Eurovision Song Contest representing their home nation. It remains to be seen if this is a blip or the start of a return to prominence for a genre that struggled for much of the 2010's.
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