The Rise of Pop

There once was a time when rock was the dominant force on the charts, however as the 2000s moved along, it faded out and electronic pop music made its mark on the public. It was a force to be reckoned with, and rock music stood no chance. The terms “pop” and “rock” used to be synonymous, with bands such as The Rolling Stones being considered pop music (now called classic rock). It wasn’t until the late 1960s that pop and rock started to differentiate from each other. The two genres pushed away more and more as time went on until suddenly, rock music was old news for old people. The popular music for teens of the 2000s was Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, and a plethora of other artists. Their songs focused heavily on “hooks” that got people humming the tune. The genre had not only become seemingly “so easy anyone could do it,” it had now become a marketing scheme. Companies wanted the most attractive person to look good when shown all around the world. This was, of course, helped by the mainstream internet, allowing for content to be shared extremely fast and with relative ease. Pop has stayed the same since the early 2000s and remains mostly electronic with rap also topping the charts in today’s society.