Whether you want to show off your music knowledge, or just love to keep up to date with all the latest trends in music, you’ll need to know which music genres are proving to be super popular in 2019.
When it comes to new music, there are now plenty of places for artists and bands to showcase their work. From powerful platforms such as Spotify to a massive increase in options for web hosting for bands, there are plenty of ways those who want to attract new listeners can be heard.
New music genres are cropping up all the time as technology improves, and artists strive to do something genuinely original. However, most remain pretty niche with only listeners who have particularly eclectic tastes giving them the time of day.
Saying that, however, some new music genres do stand the test of time, and continue to gain in popularity and go from strength to strength. Let’s take a look at some of them and explore some of the most popular music genres in 2019.
While drill has been around for a few years already, it is in 2019 that the genre has really taken off. Drill music is an offset of trap music and started in the South Side of Chicago. Typically, the characteristics of this musical genre include lyrics that allude to violence as well as foreboding, dark, heavy beats. Famous artists in Drill music are continuing to find success with projects from artists like Nines, Aitch, and AJ Tracey expected to do well in the charts. There is also a shift that is moving the music from ominous and threatening to a lighter, more fun side.
Zouk music is a genre that has been around for a while, though it was relatively unheard of until recently. This genre emerged from Caribbean street carnivals that took place in the 1980s, and the fast tempo and upbeat vibes are seeing a massive surge in popularity in the 21st Century. Jacob Desvarieux, Pierre-Edouard Decimus, and George Decimus are the artists to be thanked for bringing this genre to life.
Artists such as Noisia, Black Sun Empire, Spore, Phace, and TeeBee are all categorized under the Neurofunk genre. Neurofunk is a powerful spin-off of drum n’ bass beats and uses backbeats, and funk harmonies as well as absorbing influences from jazz music, house, and techno to bring a raging, dirty sound which has become increasingly popular in 2019.
J-Pop, or Japanese pop, has seen a 133% increase in popularity, according to TuneCore. This genre is a mix of Japanese and Western-influenced pop music and includes famous bands such as Babymetal, Perfume, and Scandal.
According to Tunecore, K-Pop has seen a 58% increase in popularity since last year and is growing ever more potent in 2019. K-Pop, much like J-Pop, refers to popular music with origins in South Korea. While K-Pop has technically been around since the early ’90s, it is only in the last couple of years that we have seen this genre truly take the world by storm. Some of the biggest bands that have found massive success of this kind include BTS, EXO, Wanna One, BTOB, JBJ., SEVENTEEN, Super Junior, and Highlight.
Of course, as time goes on, new genres of music will emerge, and different artists, pop stars, and bands will have their time in the spotlight. Keeping abreast of the latest styles of music can be tricky, though it is a fantastic way to learn about the history of music. By following new artists, you can learn about their influences, gain the roots overview of each music genre, and how each has developed and borrowed from previous. So if you love music and want to learn about the new music genre trends, check out some of the artists in the list above – you may not like all of them, but with such an eclectic mix of new music being created, you are sure to find something that you love!