Music's Influence on our Lives

Essay by bigjohnsonatorJunior High, 8th gradeA, October 2003

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Music is made for the enjoyment of people of every age, but we must ask ourselves, what is music's influence on young teens? The music we listen to today is much different than the music of the 60's, 70's and 80's. There are now new singers and different styles of music we listen to. These singers and this music have an affect on us, but is the way we act, dress, talk or even why we purchase something influenced by the music we listen to? We will now find out!

In the past few years, there has been a definite increase of people who listen to rap music. As well as these rap celebrities, young male teens are starting to take on a new image. Teenage guys are now starting to wear baggy pants that look ten sizes to big and huge chains around their necks. Another example of this is when the rap artist Nelly started wearing a band-aid on his left cheek; fans started wearing them not long after that.

As you may know, such stars as Brittany Spears and Christina Aguilera had a much different look than they do now. It appears that now they don't wear as much clothing as they used to. Although they're talented singers, parents had a problem because the younger listeners started wanting to dress like them. Which wouldn't be a good image for young kids.

Have you ever heard some of these expressions such as "Yo Dogg!" or "Sup?"? These are now some common expressions used by young teenagers in today's society. These slang expressions have been influenced on us by rap music. The music we listen to has affected our speech. Most of the lyrics in a rap song are slang, but why do we end up talking in slang?...