You know, when I was growing up in the 60s and 70s, we really only had one style to wear. Whatever was in style is what we wore. I'm sure there were people on the fringes and edges who flaunted the norm and chose their own styles, but in my world we were all kind of stuck in the same rut. I just don't think that's true today. There are clearly some trends, but it's much more okay to do your own thing and wear what you like. I feel as if it's kind of the same with music. We had a few kinds of music which were popular but we kind of just picked one and went with it. (I know I'm not the only one, because when I visit with contemporaries, we narrow our music choices to popular, rock, or hard rock--and that's it, every time.) Today, their music choices are as eclectic as their style opportunities. What that reflects, I think, is the diversity of this generation. The ipod has made it easy to be diverse, since they can purchase a song or two from all kinds of genres and artists without committing to a complete album...or eight track...or cassette...or CD.
Say "music" and "current generation" in the same sentence, and most people think of rap. Some of it is shocking and violent, but certainly not all of it. To make broad generalizations about young people on the basis of some controversial rap lyrics would be ridiculous. Today's youth also listen to country and rock (both hard and soft). So, what music does this current generation listen to? All kinds. What does this say about them? I think it says they are an interesting group of individuals with various musical tastes who listen to the music that happens to express their feelings at a particular moment--just as their parents did. And like their parents, they seem to like music best when it is played at one volume: loud!
There is a great deal of interest in the music different generations appreciate. The current music that kids appreciate seems to be music to be danced to, as well as featuring a very heavy beat. Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, as well as others are music that might not be very big on messages, but speak to many kdis. I am not sure if it is meant to say anything other than each generation finds music as a form of culture to help bridge their experiences and create a level of "difference" and "uniqueness" from others.
It is 2014 now that I am answering your question from 2009, but the type of music that my friends and I are listening to has been revolving around hip-hop or rap. It is the music that is widely being made within the United States and is therefore the type of music that is readily available when you turn on the radio.