Any genres currently having their 'Golden Years'?

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I think a lot of these genres are made up just to be ‘an inventor’ of something. And thats ‘cool’. Its marketing. Not always justified or needed to label it a whole new genre.

I agree to a degree. That said electronic dance music (and other genres too) are survival of the fittest and its innovation and diversification that lead to some many new subgenre's branching off and keeping music fresh and vital. It's Darwin's Law music style and its absolutely essential. But for every recognized genre, there's debatable microgenres, and more failed attempts that went nowhere. The worst though are renaming the same new genre several different ways as its taking off because the term hasn't solidified. So it seems several names are floating around for the same scene but with different vibes from different labels.. There's no way around that as genres emerge from individual artists and labels and not via organized committees of course. :D
 

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I think you are missing a very obvious genre that I absolutely dislike hence I am sure it is in its peak atm - Reggaeton. Its huge in both Americas, Europe, Africa I am not sure about Australia and Asia though. And definitely has been on the rise in the past 5 years.
 

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I think you are missing a very obvious genre that I absolutely dislike hence I am sure it is in its peak atm - Reggaeton. Its huge in both Americas, Europe, Africa I am not sure about Australia and Asia though. And definitely has been on the rise in the past 5 years.
Well, yes but actually no.
Reggaeton had its first peak back in ~2004, when Daddy Yankee's Gasolina made it to the general mainstream. Before it, reggaeton had a darker, more aggressive, more underground vibe, and even after Gasolina it retained many of its original elements. Similar to early hip hop, this kind of reggaeton talked about the struggles of poverty in Puerto Rico (and elsewhere in LatAm).
The genre faded into obscurity outside of Latin America shortly after, and it did not resurface until ~2016 when a new wave of reggaeton flooded mainstream pop music. This version of reggaeton was softer, more commercial, more 4 chords-like and is the genre to which Despacito belongs. "Despacito" represents the epitome of reggaeton's popularity at any time in history.
Once the soundcloud rappers of 2018 took over, reggaeton faded from the mainstream focus. You still have a few mainstream hits here and there, but it's not like 2016-2017. I've also noticed artists pushing the boundaries to sound more underground (vs. fully commercial).
 
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