The biggest music trends in 2021

It goes without saying that 2020 was a year of change for the Arts, with many industries facing a boom or bust flip of the coin. Those that thrived despite the chaos were often those that adapted. Though some of these changes will die down as soon as the doors are opened and people are released back into the wild, others will continue to grow throughout 2021. But not all upcoming trends are down to the struggles of the last year, some have been steadily growing on in the background and are now coming into bloom. If you like listening to music while having a pint, check out The Rocksteady, a live underground music bar.


1. Fan-driven music

As the way we consume our music is changing so is the ease with which we can access new music types, from a global community of artists. As the rise in the popularity of K-Pop has shown, fans are no longer content with a composite ‘global music’ genre. With fans no longer constrained to what has been hand-selected by the industry, there’s plenty of room for new and exciting genres to emerge from all over the world. 


2. Gaming music

With the many lockdowns, furloughs and the closing of everything from the local pub to the opera house, gaming has been one sure-fire form of entertainment that’s still accessible and unchanged from your sofa. Gone are the days of the repetitive simplistic jingles, gaming music now has its own Youtube channels, fans enjoying the genre even when not wandering through the computer generate landscapes they were composted for. 


3. Live streaming

Whilst live streaming is no new thing, 2020 was undoubtedly the year to give it a boost. With most venues closed, concerts cancelled, and festivals deferred till a better time, for most people the only way to get their live music kick was to log online. Though a concert in your front room will never be able to recreate the excitement and atmosphere of being there in person, it seems likely these digital performances will be here to stay.  


4. Moods not genres

With platforms like Spotify having opened up the world of music to more small, independent artist than ever before, the market is bulging at the seams. With so many songs to choose from, and so many once clear genre delineations becoming blurry at the edges, consumers are more interested in how a song will make them feel than which box it might fall into.  


5.  Shorter songs 

Song length has been slowly decreasing for several years, and this trend is looking set to continue. This is once again consumer-driven, with longer songs no longer meeting the audience’s tastes. 


With the hope that 2021 will see the return of live music, with music venues hopefully able to reopen their doors later in the year, it will be an exciting transition for the music industry. Fans have gotten used to many new ways of enjoying their tunes, and only time will tell which will become the standard of the future, and which will be left to the past.  


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