I often ask my friends: “What kind of music do you listen to? Who is your favourite singer or group? “. Their answers are often obvious, or related to the singer or the group of a specific moment, but they don’t know that the world of music is particular complex and various. Pop music, for example, has always been associated with youth culture and a group generally makes its success through music. However. Music has changed over the centuries and the same thing has happen to our tastes. In the 1960s The Beatles had lots of hits and people loved them. In their songs there was a great interest in love, peace and happiness. Then new fashions appeared in clothes, hairstyles which were as long as possible, bell-bottom trousers and much more music. Even Pink Floyd were very popular in this period.
In the 1970s there was a reaction to the music of 1960s and music was dominated by some glitter rock singers like David Bowie and Elton John, who covered themselves with make-up, wore glitter and glamorous clothes. By the middle of the 1970s wanted to express the shock of unemployment and disillusion of the time, so grew the punk culture. It was the time of the Six Pistols, the Clash who wanted to regenerate pop music. In the 1980s and 1990s in the United States of America there were great artists like Mariah Carey and the Backstreet Boys, but ther wasn’t a real new movement, nor music culture. New music genres appare, such as the hip-hop and in America the britpop, with the Oasis group. In the 2000s, hip-hop, R&B, rock, rap and trap are the dominant genres and they attract a lot of young people. Music is above all a phenomenon of costume. It has a strong influence on young people who sometimes try to identify themselves with their favourite singer. I like music but I suggest teens to listen to music and even to follow their favourite singer and group, but never let music to overcome their personality and their life. Musi and life are different. Our life is not a big show.