Popular music throughout the decades
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Popular Musicthroughout thedecadesBy Jonny Fitzgerald
1950’s In the 1950’s people were still reeling from the devastation of the war. Music around this time generally consisted of a solo artist supported by an orchestra or big band.
1960’s For the first time, British people had money in their pockets to spend on music. An underground music movement began to materialise to light up the teen scene. This overtook the cosy cardigan comfort music that people’s parents and grandparents enjoyed listening to. It was an exciting time for young people and this new, fresh and vibrant style overwhelmed the country. Things really started to hot up when The Beatles arrived. With their catchy melodies and strong personalities, they captured the hearts of Britain. Along with media hype, Beatlemania swept into other countries and soon Britain was considered to be the centre of the music world. The Americans have even termed this as the “British Invasion”. They continued to dominate the decade, becoming the most influential band of all time.
1970’s Also remembered as “the decade that taste forgot”, the 1970’s brought with it glam, glitter and stadium rock as well as punk, soul and the dance music that many (very) secretly loved….disco. The 70’s began with a major increase in LP sales from acts such as Led Zeppelin, The Who and Deep Purple. However, the decade itself also brought with it various fads, with term “One Hit Wonder” making its first appearance, with acts including Pilot and The England World Cup Squad.
1980’s By the 1980’s, popular music was part of everyday life, whether in soundtracks to films or in the background of commercials. Also the introduction of the Compact Disc (CD) replaced vinyl and the quality of sound recordings vastly improved. The 1980’s were an interesting musical decade. It brought the last waves of disco and music splintered into many different styles. Advances in technology resulted in genres from acid house to death metal to glam rock to techno-pop.
1990’s The 1990’s brought with it the phenomenon of “Britpop”. Largely of the indie genre, this music provided the soundtrack to British youth of this era. Crucial to Britpop were the melodies and catchy choruses, all having a distinctly “British” taste. There were many British bands that emerged under this title. “Mad fer it” Oasis occupied the grittier side of the scene, whereas bands such as Blur and Pulp were more art-rock and middle-class. With Oasis and Blur came a well-documented rivalry. This culminated in the race for number 1 between Blur’s “Country House” (the winner) and Oasis’ “Roll With It”.
2000’s There has been a massive growth in manufactured pop with boy-bands such asWestlife, Blue and 5ive providing plenty of squeals of delight from teenage girls across the country. In fact, Westlife set a new record with their first 5 singles going in at No.1. Along with this has been the appearance of TV programmes, such as “Pop Idol”, producing acts such as Gareth Gates and Will Young. Pop Idol proved to be a huge British success that it then moved over the Atlantic to American success.
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