Evolution of Music - The most famous musical genres of each decade. By Aleisan Marin G. 1940 Jazz and Swing The musical genres jazz and swing were the most popular of the 1940s. Singers such as Andrew Sisters, Frank Sinatra, and Nat King Cole were the favorites. 1950 Rock N Roll Rock n roll turned the world on its head in the 1950s. Everyone at that time was dancing to the songs of the king, Elvis Presley. 1960 Rock and Soul The Beatles and The Rolling Stones drove people crazy with their rock music, also the soul music genre from singers like Aretha Franklin. 1970 Disco and Rock The decade of mirror balls. Artists like Blondie and Abba were very famous. The rock band Queen also emerged. 1980 Pop and Techno Pop was the favorite rhythm of the 80s along with techno. Artists like Michael Jackson and Madonna were named the king and queen of pop. 1990 Hip-hop, Rap, and Pop Pop continued to reign in the 90s; however, hip-hop and rap music also emerged. Artists like 2pac and Snoop Dog were highly recognized. 2000 Pop and Reggaetón Pop became too famous. Artists like Britney Spears and Lady Gaga were the favorites. Also, reggaetón became more recognized. Singers like Shakira and Don Omar were the main representatives. 2010 R&B and Pop The most famous music genres, represented by artists like Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, and more.