In the entirety of the music world, teen pop is one of the most popular genres that resonates with its listeners the most. The primary fans of the genre - teenagers - tend to be rabid followers of trends and consumers of culture who actively share their interests with other on social media, so it should come as no surprise that many pop musicians' popularity has shot up with the help of teenagers. While teen pop is generally marketed to teens, the music has the typical elements of pop music - catchy hooks, upbeat lyrics, and simple melodies - that make it appealing to a wide audience.
Remember Apple's iPod silhouette ads? The psychedelic TV spots where people would dance hyperactively with an MP3 player in their hand and headphones in their ears? Talk about a throwback; those ads stopped running during the Bush administration.
This is a picture of Noisey's teen Eli. Photo credit goes to his friend Jake Miller, who we assume is also a teen. All other photo credits go to Eli.
Too often when writing about what teenagers like, we neglect to talk to the most important group of all: teens. So we decided to put together a State of the Union on the American teenager. To learn what American teenagers in really like, and what they don't, we polled about 60 of them from across the US. We spoke with teens ages 13 to 19, in middle school, high school, and college.
Seriously, teens are so, so savvy when it comes to trends — especially music trends — and they're also WAY smarter than anyone gives them credit for. That's why I had to ask members of the BuzzFeed Communityalong with my high-school-aged sister and her friends what's hot and what's not in popular music today. The answers to my wide-ranging survey shed light on what teens REALLY think about music, and boy, were there some serious surprises.
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How do we keep our young people in the church? What is it about our congregations and our worship services that make young people leave? How do we transform our worship to make teens and young adults feel they are part of the body?
Teenagers today prefer to watch their music. According to a new survey, YouTube has surpassed radio and CDs to become the most popular way American adolescents listen to music. Nearly two thirds of the 3, young people polled by Nielsen said they use YouTube, Google's video streaming site, to listen to songs.
What happens between a teenager's headphones? Today's kids aren't listening to the bands you liked at their age -- you already know that. Young people tend to use music as a way of defining and sharing their sense of self, identity, or "personal brand.