The fact that music reflects the community is well-known for more than a century. This is why the investigation of tribes that lived in the past is conducted through exploration of their way of life, which includes music.
People like to express their state of being through songs. This applies to everything from the genre and tune to lyrics. The downfall of one style and the rise of another means that the culture is changing and people are looking for different means to express themselves.
What does this mean?
This means that we can analyze the songs and see what kind of the society either existed or still exists. This allows us to examine the modern society and see what place in our world the music has and how it interacts with the culture.
If you take a look in the past, then you can quickly recognize the state of society through the songs that existed through the time. Sixties are memorable through the rise of rock and other genres that expressed the freedom and rebellious nature of the people of that time.
Seventies were full of rock and hard rock bands with the emergence of metal in last few years of the decade. This reflected the freedom people acquired which allowed them to express their opinions without fearing for their safety.
The modern music in a modern age
The contemporary age took a somewhat different turn when it comes to the connection between the society and the music. The state of the community stopped affecting the music (in a way). The variety of songs started shaping the culture in turn.
Mainstream music follows trends to cater to the society and to change how it perceives the world. This is different than how it was in the past. But this doesn’t mean that there aren’t music genres that represent the people. Hard rock, metal, hip-hop (not the mainstream) are just some of the styles that express the feeling of people who don’t act like sheep and listen what is most popular at the moment. Then some artists bring the sentiments of the society into mainstream music because they adapt to the popular trends.