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Has TikTok Had The Greatest Influence On Music And Society? Rock Music Says No

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As the end of 2021 approaches, it’s time to enter a state of reflection. That’s especially true for music obsessives who have had a whirlwind of a year as anticipated albums were delayed or shelved entirely. Spotify’s Wrapped feature will make our listening habits throughout the year visible, but there’s one trend in music in 2021 that doesn’t need to be revisited. It’s still apparent even as the year comes to a close, and that’s how the popularity of TikTok has impacted music.

This influence started in 2020 but reached new heights this year, as more artists teased songs on TikTok rather than traditional mediums. In Canada, most songs on Spotify’s Viral 50 playlist are sounds that went viral on the app, including Nuestra Canción by Monsieur Periné. Of course, the worldwide scope of TikTok and its influence on what music and which artists are considered commercial shouldn’t come as a surprise. We’ve seen music and artists influence daily lives before. In the 1990s, hip-hop took over, and artists like Tupac influenced fashion and attitude. Yet, an example even greater than hip-hop’s influence on society in the 1990s is rock music in the 1950s, when the genre became interwoven in popular culture. 

Societal Effects of Rock Music

Rock music has influenced a range of industries. In particular, rock music and fashion have been linked since the 1960s, when the rivalry arose between “Rockers” and “Mods” first appeared. This influence continued after bands like The Beatles brought mop-top haircuts and Nehru jackets into fashion. In the 1980s, the launch of MTV further emphasized how audiences were integrating an artist’s fashion into culture. The 1990s introduced similar changes; the popularity of grunge brought in a fashion of its own, including torn jeans and flannel shirts. Kurt Cobain is an example of an artist whose look influenced this trend.

Rock music has also influenced entertainment. Since the 1950s, rock songs have been used in everything from television commercials to movie soundtracks. In recent years, one of the most praised rock soundtracks came from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie, which featured classics like Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit In The Sky.” Interestingly, an action-adventure video game based on the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise was recently released. Canadian company Eidos-Montréal developed the game, and like the movie, it features a soundtrack full of rock classics, including Mötley Crüe’s “Kickstart My Heart” and “I Love it Loud” by Kiss.

Of course, rock music has long influenced the gaming industry. There are entire franchises dedicated to the genre, such as Rock Band. What’s more, rock music has moved into the iGaming industry, which is forecasted to be valued at over $90 billion in 2023. The musical score is one of the biggest appeals of a slot game, so it’s no surprise there are dozens of rock-themed online casino slots. The Guns N’ Roses slot by NetEnt might be the most popular as it features iconic tracks and animated clips of the band meant to represent bonus multipliers. There are also casino games based on Metallica and Black Sabbath. The majority of these games come with free spins, so if you’re looking to capitalize on this, here are some more games that have a rock music theme. If not free spins, other bonuses are available such as first deposit bonuses and minimum deposits, and Bonusfinder’s Shallyn Goodhead has compiled a list here to find them. It’s important to note that video games and casino games are only two of the many niches in a massive gaming industry that has favoured rock anthems for years.

Today, music is everywhere, so seeing its impact on society has become harder. Tik Tok is the first example in a while that has made people question its influence, but it’s worth reminding that we have seen this before, both in hip hop and rap but especially rock music.


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