What Genre of music do I identify with?

MD4221 - Music Cultures and Economies

The music genre I identify with most would be pop punk/punk. My love for this genre began when I was a baby and used to dance in my nappy to Green Day and Blink 182. Although these bands styles have changed throughout the years I’ve still stuck to listening to them, my favourite bands have grown over the years and now consist of bands such as Green Day, Panic! At The Disco, All Time Low and State Champs.

I think at time the pop punk genre can make you look like a bit of a sell-out. As a big Green Day fan I’ve been a fan of all of their styles and I’ve had a fair few people comment on how the changed their sound although I’m still a fan of them. 

An example of this can be found from the song ‘Burnout’ from the album ‘Dookie’ which had quite a dirty guitar tone and was in their punk days, where as in comparison to their most recent single ‘Father of All’ this has a completely different sound.

https://open.spotify.com/track/7dVDWf0wud70V4PgYfKnaG – Burnout – Dookie


https://open.spotify.com/track/2mfs3UOe9AtmvJyRJsI27f – Father Of All… – Father of All Mother Fuckers

Pop punk is definitely an upbeat energetic type of music and I relate to it in the sense of that I’m always moving and fidgeting and can’t sit still

I would say that my guilty pleasures would be Cher and Britney Spears, I have a soft spot for the type of music they produce and outside of my pop punk covers it definitely a contrast in the usual styles I listen to.

https://open.spotify.com/track/2goLsvvODILDzeeiT4dAoR – Believe – Cher

https://open.spotify.com/track/6I9VzXrHxO9rA9A5euc8Ak – Toxic – Britney Spears

According to my Spotify.me although my main genre is pop punk

‘One of the new streaming habits we’re measuring is listeners’ music Diversity. As one component of Diversity, we study genre. Did you know there are over 1,500 genres available on Spotify? Your top artists span across 36% genres. We might call users like you Eclectics— bouncing around from genre to genre, open to hearing anything.’


Analysis of Jacuzzi Boys – Big One as a “Popular Song”

MD4221 - Music Cultures and Economies, Semester 1, Year 1

Analysis of “Jacuzzi Boys – Big One”

Jacuzzi Boys – The Big One on Spotify

I would say the approximate genre of this song would be Indie Rock.

The three elements I would say this song has which would make it indie rock would be

  • Solos do not form a very important part of the music
  • Backing vocals are not usually a big feature, so the music tends to be relatively sparse
  • Guitar amplifiers and effects play a big part in the sound of Indie music – The light, sustained tone and use of delays is common in many bands

There are also many more aspect which give this song an indie rock feel including the influences feeling very psychedelic rock.

We can see the fingerprints of indie rock songs here: https://musictechstudent.co.uk/indie-rock/stylistic-fingerprints-indie-rock/ (October 2019) and I feel this definitely hits a lot of the criteria for it rather than the fundamental’s for a pop song which can be found here:

There is also a handy slideshow which shows the elements of pop music from the 1980’s to now: https://prezi.com/mrijdz6sx4vg/elements-of-pop-music/ (October 2019) some more examples can also be found in the following links about how songs can be considered Pop(ular) music

https://mashable.com/2017/12/14/science-of-pop-music/?europe=true (October 2019)

https://www.englishclub.com/vocabulary/music-pop.htm (October 2019)

Although this song is what I would consider indie rock it doesn’t mean it would not be popular in their field and if the genre becomes popular this song may be brought with it which would then make the song pop.