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Music Throughout the 20th Century

By 17GammL
  • Jazz, Gospel, Blues and Ragtime

    Jazz, Gospel, Blues and Ragtime
    Jazz, Gospel, Blues, and Ragtime were created/and or were very popular. All similar in pitches, tunes, and styles, these genres of music were prominate throughout 1900 to the 1920's, over two decades of overall popularity.
  • Country and Western

    Country and Western
    These two regional styles coalesced in the 1920s when recorded material became available in rural areas, and they were further consolidated after musicians from various sections met and mixed during service in World War II. A primary traditional difference between the two styles is that country music is simpler and uses fewer instruments.
  • Swing

    Swing music, is a form of American music that developed in the early 1930s and became a distinctive style by 1940. The danceable swing style of big bands and bandleaders such as Benny Goodman was the dominant form of American popular music from 1935 to 1945, (a period known as the Swing Era.)
  • Rock and Roll

    Rock and Roll
    Rock and Roll began in the 40's and through the early 50's. This genre was a/the fusion of the music genre popular for the era; folk, gospel, blues, country & western, and jazz.
  • Rhythem and Blues

    Rhythem and Blues
    Rhythm and blues, often abbreviated to R&B and RnB, is a genre of popular African-American music that started in the 1940s.The term was coined by Jerry Wexler in 1947, when he was editing the charts at the trade journal Billboard and found that the record companies issuing black popular music considered the chart names then in use to be demeaning.
  • The British Invasion

    The British Invasion
    The British Invasion was a phenomenon that occurred in the mid 1960s when rock and pop music acts from the United Kingdom, as well as other aspects of British culture, became popular in the United States.Bands such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Moody Blues would get their start during this time, and go on to make a lasting impact on the US music scene.
  • Folk Rock

    Folk Rock
    Folk rock is a musical genre combining elements of folk music and rock music. The term referred to a genre that arose in the United States and the UK around the mid-1960s.The genre was pioneered by the Los Angeles band The Byrds.
  • Art Rock

    Art Rock
    Art rock is a subgenre of rock music that originated in the United Kingdom in the 1960s, with influences from art (avant-garde and classical) music The first usage of the term, according to Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, was in 1968. Influenced by the work of The Beatles, most notably their album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Art rock was a form of music that wanted to "extend the limits of rock & roll", and opted for a more experimental and conceptual outlook on music.
  • Disco

    ... Disco.
    Disco is a genre of dance music. Disco acts charted high during the mid-1970s, and the genre's popularity peaked during the late 1970s.
  • Punk Rock

    Punk Rock
    Punk rock is a rock music genre that developed between 1974 and 1976 in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Starting from garage rock and other forms of what is now known as protopunk music, punk rock bands eschewed perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock. Punk bands created fast, hard-edged music, typically with short songs, stripped-down instrumentation, and often political, anti-establishment lyrics. The are often self recorded and distributed through informal channels.
  • Rap

    Rap is a subset of hip-hop music that originated in the 1990s. This often-violent style of music, of "battling" with other artists became known as rapping.