History of Modern Music

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Music can be dated as far back as Mesopotamian cultures from 2500 to 500 BC, and there is so much unrecorded history along with the recorded history, that telling you all about the history of singing since music was first created would take months, which is why I'm going to focus on the history of modern music, from the early 1900's to now. In the early 1900's, popular music was folk song, and campfire tunes that everyone knew and could sing along to. Then, Broadway music became popular, and in 1910 ballroom dancing, and the music that accompanies it, became big. Records were invented, and used to play music. During this time period, jazz also began to grow and thrive. Artists like Louis Armstrong and King Oliver were big, and their music was soulful and upbeat. Jazz thrived through the 1940's, set the basics for most modern music that would follow. Then came the fifties, and the birth of rock and roll had taken over, along with rhythm and blues music, love songs, and, of course, more jazz. Broadway was also big in the 50's. In the 60's and 70's motown and pop came along, and the birth of the rock band "The Beatles", which had one of the biggest influences on modern rock and roll ever. Led Zeplin was also a big artist in this time period. Then came the 80's and 90's, when rap, hip hop, metal, and boy band music became big. Michael Jackson, the "King of Pop", was a huge hit, along with his brothers, in the 80's. Some famous groups and artists of the 90's were Nsync, Backstreet Boys, Eminem, Mariah Carey, and Nirvana. The 90's music carried into the new millennium, and the music of the 2000's is moderately similar, with lots of rap, hip hop, and R&B. Music evolved greatly over time, and all the progress made is because of the roots early music planted long ago.


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