Scenario: Life in the 2020s

This page describes a scenario. The developments outlined here are possible, but unlikely and depend on a number of random factors.

The 2020s are going to be a prosperous time with a high economy and very low government. The 2020s will have a revival of many 1990s and 2000s trends along with many 1950s trends while some of it will be a rehash of the 1980s. A slight nostalgia of the 2000s, particularly the early 2000s might occur in this decade just like the 2010s had a slight nostalgia of the early to mid 1990s. By the 2020s (when Generation Z enters adulthood), despite the resurgence of conservatism (the conservatism will more likely be more economic with deregulation and tax breaks), non-conservative and non-traditional family values will be the norm for families in the 2020s and beyond. The technology of the 2020s will be improvement upon 2010s technology, with Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and Google becoming the four most worldwide recognized companies (it will eventually become nicknamed "The Big Four" of tech, with other companies such as Sony and Samsung continuing to rise. Smartphones and social media will not have as much hype as the previous decade while other emerging technologies of the 2010s such as Virtual Reality Interfaces, drones, 3D printing, self driving cars, Google Home type things etc. will be more the rage. By 2027, things such as the iPhone and the iPad will be just as obsolete and cheesy as the iMac and iPod in the 2010s. DVDs and even internet music downloads will become more obsolete as streaming takes over. Many retail stores will stop selling physical CDs and DVDs all together, or have a very limited supply. This is already starting to happen with retailers such as Best Buy as of 2018. [1]The same effect will take place with video games. This will change the face of many retailers especially in the home entertainment industry. Physical books and magazines will still be popular despite the use of eReaders, smartphones, and tablets. The internet will start becoming a part of more everyday objects instead of being confined to a computer, tablet, or smartphone. The Smart TV is the start of this trend.

Music of the 2020s

  • Music from Disney will rise.
  • A new wave of rappers against the use of autotune will emerge, turning back to a more traditional way of rapping. The beats may return to a more traditional rap beat that was common in the 1990s and early 2000s instead of the trap influences of the 2010s. Beats similar to lo-fi hip-hop will emerge. Rappers will begin to rap more about socially conscious and intellectual subjects, instead of the glitz and glam that was common in the 2000s and 2010s.
  • A major backlash with the loud drum and bass sounds that was prominent in popular music, especially hip-hop since the mid 2000s will take place. Softer drum sounds and less focus on bass, rhythm and more focus on harmony and melodic structure will take place in the 2020s, especially in the later end of the decade. EDM style music will be common but will have softer drum sounds and more focus on genres such as house, trip-hop, chill out, 2 step garage,  ambient, and trance instead of trap and dubstep influences. Ambient style music will rise to the mainstream. The happier sounding dance music of the 1990s and late 2000s-early 2010s ( circa 2009-2012) will make a slight comeback in the later end of the decade.
  • Songs with completely synthetic voices will emerge more and more in the charts and mainstream music. Animated artists in the likes of Gorillaz and Crazy Frog will become more common, along with more masked personas in the likes of Marshmallo will emerge.
  • Boy bands will be common all over the world, starting with overseas countries (South Korea, Japan, etc.) with the likes of BTS but then starting to become mainstream once again in the UK and the USA.
  • A new form of music called Doo hop becomes common with a combination of hip-hop and doo wop, which features beatboxing, doo wooping, and breakdancing.
  • Comeback of classic '50s style rock and roll.
  • Grunge Music will make a comeback, and post-grunge music will comeback around the later part of the 2020s.
  • Britpop will make a comeback.
  • A brand new style of music like "Rock and Roll" will emerge in the '20s
  • Electronic pop music will continue its rise and evolve.
  • R&B music will make a strong comeback, starting with 2010s trap music influences and then turning into a more mature, traditional sound.
  • Vocal pop and a capella will be more common.
  • Country music will become more mainstream especially with the Republican take over of the 2020s.
  • Jazz influences will come back in music again. A resurgence of New Jack Swing music will take place in the R&B and hip-hop community, along with some element of both contemporary (smooth jazz etc.) and traditional jazz. Lo-fi hip hop music will continue to grow in popularity, creating a returning interest in jazz music.
  • Instead of complete focus on synthesizers and computers, more acoustic and orchestral instruments will become more common in pop music, especially with the rise of ambient music and chillout music.
  • Many influences from Eastern countries such as Japan, South Korea, and India will start having an influence in Western pop music.  More K-pop groups like BTS and Blackpink will become more mainstream in Western countries as well J-pop music/anime influences starting to enter the mainstream.  Bollywood style artists will start to emerge as well.
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