Popular music or Pop is commonly called mainstream music. Some people think that it is a separate category, but they do not realize that pop music actually consists of different genres such us hip-hop, rock, dance, jazz, electronic, R&B, among others.
I think the best way to describe pop music is to think of it as the current fad or musical style of the moment. If we go back in time, we will realize that certain music genres stood out and became the pop music of the period. For example, in the 1950s, rock and R&B are the raves. In the 1980s, hip-hop music prevailed. Now, at this current time, it seems that dance music is the chosen genre of pop music. I rarely hear band acts on the radio lately. In fact, other artists are evolving and adapting their music to meet what the listeners want to hear at the moment.
It gives me a feeling that genre is not that important as before. Twenty years ago, you can say that you like a particular genre. You write “alternative rock” when asked what your favorite music is. I even recall my school mates forming cliques based on the music they prefer as hip hop vs. metal (rock music).
Now, you cannot claim to belong to an exclusive music genre anymore. You get to hear everything and discover new music to love with just one streaming. Before, people go to a record bar and go straight to the aisle of his selected genre. Today, we are given a library consists of million songs and sounds to choose from. Although the streaming sites still categorize the music, I am pretty sure that one does not stay in one box of criteria. With all the music available right at your fingertips, it is impossible not to trail off and find something new to like.
The internet seems to shatter the stereotype of music and let everyone hear whatever music they like. One day, we might see that there will only be two music genre, the one you like and the one you don’t.