The evolution of western pop music 西方流行乐坛过去50年的发展

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Image caption How many pop music revolutions have there been?

研究人员在对2010年前五十年的流行乐的发展进行了一番分析后发现了流行乐的三次进化发展过程。这支由伦敦大学玛丽皇后学院和伦敦帝国理工学院人员组成的研究队伍共对曾经登上美国排行榜的一万七千首歌曲进行了分析并追溯了 Blues 蓝调的衰落、Disco 迪斯科的起源和 Hip Hop 嬉哈的诞生。以下是 Rebecca Morelle 的报道。


The researchers say the first pop revolution happened in 1964, with British fans from The Beatles to The Who bringing a radical change of sound.

They came to this conclusion after analysing the harmonies, chords and tones of songs that appeared in the US charts between 1960 and 2000.

New technology, synth-samplers and drum machines, drove a second major style-shift in 1983, while the third started in the early 90s when hip-hop and rap went mainstream.

The researchers found that music continues to evolve and change, apart from in the 1980s when the dominance of arena rock kept everything sounding the same.