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Published on September 8th, 2023 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


Top Trends in Urban Music This Year

Check out the top trends in urban music that you need to know about this year. 

It’s an awesome time to be a fan of urban music. There are lots of exciting trends going on at the moment, inspiring new ideas, sounds, and experiences.

Whether you’re a casual fan of music or treat it as a full-time hobby, these are the top trends in urban music right now. 

  • Music and Gaming Combined 

It’s become very popular for people to play games while listening to music. This is highlighted through most Twitch and YouTube streamers, who now play music in the background while streaming to their large audiences. No matter who you choose to watch, you’re going to hear some type of playlist that the streamer has created. 

If you’re a gamer, too, then it’s recommended you listen to some urban music the next time you play. Casinos have long understood the appeal of having different types of music while playing. The online casino games at are extremely popular with music listeners, with some of the best games including:

  • Ozzie Osbourne
  • Guns N Roses

Both are music-themed online slots, so you’re guaranteed to enjoy them. This site also has a great sign-up bonus, so you might want to hang around and find some great music to go with Poker or interact with their computer-generated hosts at roulette. 

  • Reverb Songs 

Thanks to popular social media platforms like TikTok, reverb versions of songs (which are often slowed down) have become a major hit. The reverb effect makes the music sound like it has an echo, which ultimately makes it more immersive. On top of this, when the music is also slowed down, it focuses the listener’s attention and creates another level of immersion. 

If you want to discover the best slowed and reverb songs, it’s a good idea to create a TikTok account and browse through the trending sounds. Pretty quickly, you’ll discover some songs that you like, from 80s classics to modern-day releases. 

  • Sped-Up Songs 

Another big trend at the moment is sped-up songs. 

Sped-up songs are exactly what it says on the tin: they’re songs that have been sped up. Not only are these songs popular on TikTok and YouTube, but they’ve also become popular on radio, with many artists now releasing songs that’ve been intentionally sped up for the audience to enjoy. 

  • Shareable Playlists 

In 2023, everyone is making playlists. 

To start making your own playlists, you’ll need to join a music streaming platform. Here are some of the most commonly used ones: 

  • Spotify 
  • YouTube Music 
  • Tidal 
  • Amazon Music 
  • SoundCloud 

On any of these platforms, you can create urban music playlists that include all your favorite songs. After you’ve finished creating a playlist, you can then share it with your friends and followers on social media. 

The best thing about the playlist trend is that you can make a playlist for pretty much any occasion, whether it’s going to the gym or when you’re relaxing at home. 

  • Shorter Song Lengths

The fifth and final trend for today is the rise of shorter song lengths. 

Over recent years, all kinds of artists, from mainstream stars to underground artists, have started releasing shorter songs. The reason for this is because it’s what Gen Z and Millennials enjoy the most. Additionally, shorter songs tend to get more plays on streaming platforms, which then enables artists to boost their revenue.  


About the Author

Journalist, Editor-in-Chief of The Hype Magazine, and Media Consultant. Ph.D. and retired military. Member of ForbesBLK, the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, and the United States Press Agency. Partner at THM Media Group. Connect with Jerry across social media @jerrydoby_

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