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December 28 2019
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If trap is the funeral music of the Reagan revolution, then this decade began as a glorious wake. But then 2016 happened, and the country awoke wondering if reports of the revolution’s death had been greatly exaggerated. Trap took a turn for the emo, and we were left holding mournful, atonal tunes from the SoundCloud set.

What this decade has not been able to dampen, however, is the globalization of pop, a globalization that seeped in through the mainstreaming of electronic dance music, that built on the successes of Korean pop acts, and that peaked toward the end of the decade with the relentlessly danceable stylings of dancehall and reggaeton.

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