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Pop Music’s Effect On Teens

By Nichole Lyle

Music isn’t just beginning to influence teens. It has been an influence throughout several different times. Teenagers of America are a prime example of the effect music has on teens psychologically, physically and economically. Pop music is often used by companies as a marketing gimmick. Then there are those young teenagers trying to earn recognition by starting as a garage band. It is also used among teens simply for entertainment purposes. In whatever way it’s used, music is a powerful tool to impact teens of all times.

If we just focus on the last three decades we can still see the evidence in pop music’s heavy influence on teens. The popularity of pop music skyrocketed in the 80′s. Compact discs were introduced and the rise of the hip channel MTV helped pop stars like Michael Jackson rise to fame in a fast growing society. There were various styles of music that were born during the 1980′s such as: acid house, psychedelia, death metal, goth rock, folk and hip hop.

The music of the 1990′s started off strong for the music styles such as rap, pop, and even more one-hit wonders (like in the 80′s). Hip-hop and techno gradually rose in popularity due to its image of being “dance music”. Rap artists used different techniques in their music. For example, Tone Loc used sexual lyrics and innuendo MC Hammer rapped about the rise of his career. Rock used its lyrics to satirize society and its values as depicted in Nirvana’s “Smells like Teen Spirit” to make its way back into the radio airwaves. In its return to mainstream music, rock brought along with it the rise of grunge and alternative rock. Luckily grunge and early alternative’s dark style called for teens to search a more happy, lighter style of music. Musical figures such as N’Sync and Britney Spears dominated the late 1990′s era, but in doing so they brought back the sexual lyrics and innuendos of the previous era.

As we’ve gotten as far as a decade into the 2000′s, music has taken on new meaning. Old stars from previous decades like Madonna and Mariah Carey attempt to keep their career afloat by occasionally releasing singles. One pop star who has successfully revived his career is Justin Timberlake. Because of bands like Fall Out Boy and Simple Plan punk rock has risen in fame. The popular reality show “American Idol” has sparked various different styles of music during this time. Just like back in the 80′s, American Idol has allowed young adults to become stars. Foreign acts also started becoming popular in the eyes of the teenagers much like the foreign musical revolution in the 60′s. Lately pop music has started to blend in with R&B as seen in the music of Nelly Furtado, Rihanna, and Pussycat Dolls.

The advancements in technology have brought along MP3s. So many teens listen to music on their MP3 players nowadays and enjoy carrying their favorite tunes with them wherever they go. YouTube is an incredibly popular site among teenagers. Now there is a program that takes the two to enhance the music listening experience. If you have found a song on YouTube that you like you can convert it into an MP3 and listen to it with your portable player. Convert My Tube makes it possible. As we continue into more ages of music and teen trends enjoy the time we are in using Convert My Tube.

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Lyle, Nichole "Pop Music’s Effect On Teens." Pop Music’s Effect On Teens. 12 Jul. 2010. 4 Dec 2014 <>.

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