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Which are the Most Popular Genres of American Music?

American music dominates the world entertainment scene. There are more American artists in World top music charts at any one time, more than any other nationality. Many genres of music trace their origins to the US, for example Jazz, Hip hop, and Country music, which are uniquely American. There are tens of music genres in the American music scene. However, there are some that continuously dominate the American charts.

Pop music

This is probably the biggest American cultural export. These are songs that temporarily catch the attention of the listeners becoming wildly popular, dominating the charts for a few weeks and then fading as fast. These songs can hardly be remembered two or three years after they were hits. Some of the most popular American pop artists include:

  • Madonna
  • Katy Perry
  • Lady Gaga
  • Beyoncé
  • Britney Spears
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Maroon 5
  • Usher
  • Pink

Rock and roll

This genre of music dominated the American music scene in the 1950’s and 60’s giving rise to the first group of superstars. Rock music is still wildly popular with many Americans attending massive concerts when popular rock bands are playing. Some of the well-known rock bands include:

  • Metallica
  • Foo Fighters
  • Kings of Leon
  • Aerosmith
  • The Beach Boys
  • The Grateful Dead
  • Bob Dylan
  • The Eagles
  • Nirvana
  • The Ramones

Country music

Country music is often associated with American rural setting with fans preferring to don cowboy boots and Stetson hats to country music events. There are different sounds in country music including the classical country music, country pop and country rock. The versatility of strong vocals and one man guitar performance attracts many fans to this genre. Some of the well-known country music stars are:

  • Johnny Cash
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Dolly Parton
  • Tim McGraw
  • Emmylou Harris
  • Reba McEntire
  • Garth Brooks
  • Willie Nelson
  • Loretta Lynn
  • Patsy Cline
  • Hank Williams, Sr. and Jr.

Jazz and blues

Most American music traces its roots in jazz and blues. This is ancient music, originating in the slow soulful music of slaves from Africa and the Caribbean. This music is especially popular in Southern US where many of the blues greats came from. Some of the popular artists in this genre include:

  • Miles Davis
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Jelly Roll Morton
  • Billie Holiday
  • Etta James
  • John Coltrane
  • John Lee Hooker
  • Nina Simone

Hip hop and Rap

Rap and hip hop music goes back to the 1970s when artists started speaking poetry to musical beats. DJ produced beats with a heavy thumpy rhythm are the hallmark of this genre. Some of the artists popular in this genre include:

  • Snoop Dogg
  • Eminem
  • Jay-Z
  • Kanye West
  • Public Enemy
  • Lauryn Hill
  • Missy Elliot
  • A Tribe Called Quest
  • Run DMC
  • Nicky Minaj