Music is an essential need for every human being living on this planet. This does not necessarily mean we all have a passion to learn an instrument or have the same tastes in genre, but we are constantly surrounded by the art. It has been proven by scientists that by listening to feel-good music, your brain releases a chemical called dopamine, which is associated to both motivation and addiction. This explains why most humans feel obligated to listen to music whilst working, running or relaxing.
Music consists of many varying genres, from classical to metal, meaning there is at least one genre suited to everyone’s taste. One of the most common genres is, of course, pop music which originated from the word “popular”. This genre was introduced in the 1950’s and has clear influences from other previous genres, including jazz, country and dance music, and is recognized by its short-to-medium length, catchy hooks and simple structure. This type of music is appealing to the public and is usually played in clubs, shops and the main radio stations. This genre is commonly linked with R&B, rap and alternative artists who may take some influences from pop music, or collaborate with an artist in this genre.
A lot of famous musicians and well-known artists are also seen as ‘idols’ to the public nowadays, whether it be for looks, personality or talent. For example, Justin Bieber is looked up to mainly by young girls for his handsome looks, whereas Adele is looked up to purely for her flawless vocal and song writing talents. Either way, these ‘idols’ give the public hope and aspirations for success themselves and can be seen as a type of sanctuary for fans in times of need.
Due to the large range of genres in the music industry, different festivals have been formed in order to please everyone. The iTunes Festival, V Festival and Glastonbury Festival have been created for pop music fans which in the past has included massive artists such as Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, Rihanna, Eminem, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and The Script. The Reading Festival, Download Festival and The Vans Warped Tour are focused on the genres of rock, metal and pop rock, including artists such as Paramore, You Me At Six, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Marilyn Manson and Slipknot.