Friday, July 12, 2013

The Influence of 70s Funk/Disco Music in Today's Pop Music

It's hard not to notice the strong influence of 70s funk and disco in today's pop music.

Three 70s influenced songs are in the top eight in Billboard's Hot 100 chart.  Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" is number one, followed by Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," and Bruno Mars's "Treasure" sits at number eight.

Even Justin Timberlake's new single "Take Back the Night" from his upcoming album 20/20 Experience- 2 of 2 embraces the disco sound.

I mean the fact you can just seamlessly set old "Soul Train" clips of people dancing to "Get Lucky" just proves how similar the sound is.

Then "Treasure," not only sounds like Michael Jackson's "Rock With You," but basically recreates the video.

If anything all this just proves how cyclical pop music can be.  Pharrell seems to be leading the charge of the 70s sound revival as he produced both "Blurred Lines" and "Get Lucky."

Of course it makes perfect sense that Pharrell would be pushing this type of music,  it's well-suited to his limited vocal range. He can hide behind the funky basslines which are the true stars of the songs.

Seriously though, listen to any Pharrell song and it's the same high-pitched voice in every one.

This 70s influence on pop music could have a short shelf life because it's kind of limited.  The music depends on heavy basslines and little else.

Since there are only so many variations of these basslines,  it gets repetitive.  "Get Lucky" has been over played to the point that just the bassline makes me turn the radio station.

But the true nail in the coffin of this trend will come when "Glee" obnoxiously covers these songs and everybody agrees it's over.


  1. Actually people have been talking shit about disco music since the 70's! It is in no way limited otherwise it would've died decades ago. There is nothing limited about this type of music, and it definitely has a more varied vocabulary than 50's rock 'n' roll, 80's new romantic pop or Motown - which is essentially the same thing over and over. You are ignorant, end of.

    1. jemester100 - You're So right! It's 2017 and have you heard "Awake my Love"? Funk is here to stay!