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How the 70s Sound has Affected Contemporary Music and Beyond

Despite a wide array of significant societal changes, music from the 1970s has had an everlasting effect on the industry. After seemingly dethroning the sounds of the 1960s in becoming music's golden age, the era remains a focal point in modern-day developments across a variety of different industries.

As a result, we're going to consider the 1970s influence on the contemporary music sector, while also looking at how the era has successfully been able to expand into new markets.

Musical Influence

Towards the end of the 1970s, the disco genre wasn't held in the highest regard by music fans at the time. However, many years later, and following the creation of some of the past decade's biggest songs, 'Get Lucky' by Daft Punk and 'The Less I Know the Better' by Tame Impala serving as just a few examples, the foundations laid by the disco genre back in the 70s formed the base for these contemporary hits.

While it is commonly believed that the specific disco sounds from the era can't be rescued, the fact that some of the globe's best-selling artists, including Bruno Mars and Kanye West, have turned to elements of 70s disco for inspiration, demonstrates its undeniable influence.

In addition to impacting the creation of modern-day sounds, the punk genre, which rose to prominence in the 1970s, later expanded into numerous sub-genres during the following decade. Although this type of music was growing in popularity, it wasn't until the 90s - with the emergence of bands like Nirvana and Blink 182 that the genre truly hit mainstream audiences.

Crossover Creations

Although, as a genre, the rock scene is not as prevalent within pop culture as it once was, there is no doubt that it still has a place within many different industries. During the 1970s, Black Sabbath rose to fame due to their heavy metal sound and, even today, their Birmingham-born frontman, Ozzy Osbourne, continues to impact the music industry and beyond. In addition to featuring on Post Malone's 'Take What you Want' earlier this year, the now 71-year-old was also a leading figure in taking the rock genre over to the gaming industry during the late 2000s.

Ozzy Osbourne in Philly

In external sectors of the entertainment industry, more specifically, gaming, Osbourne, along with Lemmy Kilmister and Rob Halford, were included in Brutal Legend, a 2009 video game that was released across multiple different platforms. Furthermore, the former Black Sabbath star has also influenced developments within the iGaming industry. For example, at PlayOJO, which is promoted by Casino Wings as being one of the best casino platforms of 2019, you don't have to go through complicated bonus terms to get the most out of titles such as their Ozzy Osbourne Video Slot, which features the man himself along with the classic Ozzy aesthetic, along with a great soundtrack to boot.

The Foundations of Modern Music

Ultimately, there can be no doubts that 1970s music and those who rose to prominence within the period have significantly impacted various facets of modern-day society. With the roots of contemporary disco and house music being sourced back to the 70s, and existing digital platforms focusing their latest developments around the era's specific individuals, the influence of the golden age remains there for all to see.  

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