Various late-twentieth-century styles, including as rock, pop music, metal, hip hop, R&B, EDM, country, and indie, have remained popular in American society. As computer technology as well as internet sharing improved, a number of genres began to merge, resulting in the emergence of new styles. To distinguish them from previous forms, terms like “modern,” “nu,” “revival,” “alternative,” as well as “post” are added to the labels of many genres, with nu-disco and post-punk revival being famous examples.
Acts like *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera dominated the charts in the early years of the decade, although teen pop continued to grow in popularity.
With popular albums like Invincible and Music, formerly known Pop Music singers like Michael Jackson and Madonna made a resurgence in the early 2000s. With performers including Usher, Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, and Rihanna, contemporary R&B was one of the most popular genres of the decade (particularly inside the early and mid-2000s). In 2004, contemporary R&B accounted for 15 of the top 25 hits on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100.
The garage rock resurrection and the creation of a new indie rock style dominated the decade. Grime was created in the United Kingdom during this decade, whereas chillwave gained popularity in the United States at the end of the decade.
Following the deaths of several notable musicians like as 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G. in the 1990s, hip hop music became more popular. Artists from cities like as Atlanta, Houston, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Toronto, and the Bay Area have all attained popular success outside of New York and Los Angeles. Crunk, Snap, Hyphy, and Alternative Hip Hop were all popular rap movements in the 2000s.
Despite the dominance of hip hop, particularly Southern hip hop, which lasted for the majority of the decade (particularly the middle years), rock music remained popular, particularly alternative rock, particularly post-grunge, post-Britpop, nu metal, pop punk, emo, post-hardcore, metalcore, and in some cases indie rock.