Pop Culture Music
In today’s world, I believe pop culture has spun out of control. Other people and their beliefs have become more important than our own. Not to say that everyone is easily influenced by others’ thoughts. A lot of people today look or almost look for approval from the world when it comes to the music they listen to. Music has always been a part of our culture. Forming around the seventeenth century and growing larger in today’s society, it’s nearly impossible to miss. Although music is still an enjoyable subject that is loved in one way or another by everyone, it is not the same today as it was back then. Today music is not considered “worth listening to” unless it’s known worldwide or at least signed with a big named record deal. So, when did music become less of our wants and more of everyone else’s?
The complexity and reasoning to music has changed tremendously. When music first began, it was a calming activity that would happen on a porch with a few family members and close friends. Music was used to express feeling and thoughts. The object wasn’t to be the best on the street or to get that award every year for best voice, but to have a fun time. No one was judged about what was sung or how well it all sounded. Over the years we have somehow allowed everything to turn into a competition, nearly ruining the fun in today’s society.
By the 1800’s we had created a Greatest Hits chart which still remains today. Every music producer and music artist works toward the hope to one day be on that lists. On the 1800’s Greatest Hits chart are songs that everyone today has once heard, “Joy to the World” in 1839 “Oh! Susana” in 1848, and “Home on the Range” in 1873 are just a few (Pop Music Hits). Although it is an honor to have even one of your songs known two hundred years after being produced, that’s not how things should really be. When the first record label was produced things became even more competitive.
Record labels don’t just sign anyone...