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Music Genres List: Definition

A genre is a category of music. There are many genres of music. The genres of music include jazz, hip-hop, salsa, classical, rock, pop, soul, blues, country, reggae, folk music, jazz fusion, heavy metal, and alternative. Many people like many kinds of music. There is music that is listened to by millions of people all over the world, and there is music that is listened to by a few people in the world. The genre of music contains many different types of music. Some of the genres of music include classical, pop, jazz, country, country pop, rock, soul, heavy metal, rap, and hip-hop.

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Alternative music is generally defined as any genre of the world’s music that is not mainstream or popular. The core characteristics that define an alternative music artist are creativity, dedication to the music, and sincerity. Alternative music is an interesting genre of music since artists are not very well known and are not able to make a success out of their music. This genre of music has a very less number of artists but the success of the music is very high.

  • Alternatives
    • Shoegaze (with thx to Jackie Herrera)
    • Punk
    • Progressive Rock
    • New Wave
    • Musique Concrète
    • Lo-fi (hat tip to Ben Vee Bedlamite)
    • Indie Rock
    • Hardcore Punk
    • Hard Rock
    • Grunge
    • Goth / Gothic Rock
    • Folk Punk
    • Experimental Rock
    • Emotional Hardcore (emo/emocore) – (Thanks Timothy)
    • Crust Punk (thx Haug)
    • Crossover Thrash (thx Kevin G)
    • College Rock
    • Britpunk
    • Art Punk
    • Alternative Rock
    • Anime

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Blues music is a genre of American traditional blues and American music. It is an amalgamation of African American blues, soul music, and folk music. It is also a style of American music that is primarily played on the electric guitar. It includes both solo artists and bands, playing a variety of blues styles.

  • Blues
    • Zydeco (thx Naomi McElynn – also under ‘World’ genre)
    • West Coast Blues
    • Vandeville
    • Urban Blues
    • Texas Blues
    • Swamp Blues
    • St. Louis Blues
    • Soul Blues
    • Soul Blues
    • Rhythm Blues
    • Ragtime Blues (cheers GFS)
    • Punk Blues
    • Piedmont Blues
    • Piano Blues
    • NY Blues
    • New Orlean Blues
    • Modern Blues
    • Memphis Blues
    • Louisiana Blues
    • Kansas City Blues
    • Jump Blues
    • Jazz Blues
    • Hokum Blues
    • Hill Country Blues
    • Harmonica Blues
    • Gospel Blues
    • Folk Blues
    • Electric Blues
    • Doom Blues (cheers Stephen)
    • Detroit Blues
    • Delta Blues
    • Dark Blues (thx Stephen)
    • Country Blues
    • Contemporary R&B
    • Contemporary Blues
    • Classic Female Blues
    • Classic Blues
    • Chicago Blues
    • Canadian Blues
    • British Blues
    • Blues Shouter
    • Blues Rock
    • African Blues
    • Acoustic Blues
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Children’s music is the genre of music that is created and released specifically for children, and it is typically performed by artists who specialize in its production. The genre is usually created to build on the child’s natural musical abilities, and it often contains lyrics that promote positive themes for the child. Some of the most popular musical acts working in children’s music are Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies, the Muppet Movie, and the Muppets from Sesame Street, the former of which was the first to feature a child lead role.

  • Children’s Music
    • Stories
    • Sing-Along
    • Lullabies

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Classical music is not always considered the most popular genre, but it has an attractive side. When you listen to classical music, it puts you in a relaxed mood. When it comes to classical music, it is not always easy to find who is the composer of the music, because the music is written by many people.

  • Classical
    • Cantata
    • Baroque
    • Ballet
    • Avant-Garde

The term Chamber Music was coined by the Italian composer Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525–94), who used it in his treatise on the art of counterpoint, “Omnium Musicum liber”. The term came to be applied to a wide range of music, including the contrapuntal (polyphonic) music of the Renaissance and Baroque eras, and the music of the early Classical period before the term came to be used for the works of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven.

  • Chamber Music
    • String Quartet
    • Wedding Music
    • Symphony
    • Symphonic
    • Sonata
    • Romantic (later period)
    • Romantic (early period)
    • Renaissance
    • Organum
    • Orchestral
    • Oratorio
    • Opera
    • Modern Composition
    • Modern Classical
    • Minimalism
    • Medieval
    • Mass Requiem
    • Impressionist
    • High Classical
    • Expressionist (thx Mr. Palliere)
    • Early Music
    • Contemporary Classical (thx Julien Pallier)
    • Concerto Grosso
    • Concerto
    • Classical Crossover
    • Choral
    • Chant.
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Comedy music is an interesting genre of music that is widely available on the internet; you can find a large library of songs on sites like YouTube or SoundCloud. It’s interesting because, while there are plenty of silly and often cringe-worthy songs, there are also songs that succeed as music. Sometimes it can be difficult to tell whether a song is meant to be funny or not—a lot of comical music has a very slow, low-key, monotone delivery, but not all of it is intended to be funny. But because comedy music is so popular, there are plenty of songwriters, bands, and artists that take it seriously and want their work to be authentic.

  • Comedy
    • Vaudeville (cheers Ben Vee Bedlamite)
    • Stand-up Comedy
    • Parody Music (Weird Al!)
    • Novelty
  • Commercial (thank you, Sheldon Reynolds)
    • TV Themes
    • Jingles

  • Country
  • Bakersfield Sound
  • Australian Country
  • Americana
  • Alternative Country

Bluegrass is a subgenre of country music that originated in the region of the southeastern mountains of Kentucky and northern Virginia during the period of the 1920s and 1930s. Although the exact moment and place of its birth are not known, the most popular story traces the style back to Bill Monroe and a group of followers who played a form of traditional bluegrass music at the Grand Ole Opry in 1939 known as the “Golden Era” or “Golden Strip”.

  • Bluegrass
    • Reactionary Bluegrass
    • Progressive Bluegrass
  • Zydeco
  • Western Swing
  • Urban Cowboy
  • Truck-Driving Country
  • Traditional Country
  • Traditional Bluegrass
  • Texas County
  • Sertanejo
  • Red Dirt
  • Psychobilly / Punkabilly
  • Progressive
  • Outlaw Country
  • Neotraditional Country
  • Nashville Sound
  • Lubbock Sound
  • Instrumental Country
  • Honky Tonk
  • Honky Tonk
  • Hellbilly Music
  • Gulf and Western
  • Franco-Country
  • Dansband
  • Cowpunk
  • Cowboy / Western
  • Country Soul
  • Country Rock
  • Country Rap
  • Country Pop (thanks Sarah Johnson)
  • Country Gospel
  • Contemporary Country
  • Contemporary Bluegrass
  • Close Harmony
  • Classic Country
  • Christian Country
  • Cajun Fiddle Tunes
  • Blues Country

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  • Dance (EDM – Electronic Dance Music – see Electronic below – with thx to Eric Shaffer-Whiting & Drew :-))
  • Breakcore
  • Club / Club Dance (thx Luke Allfree)
  • Breakbeat / Breakstep
    • Nu Skool Breaks
    • Florida Breaks
    • Broken Beat
    • Breakbeat Hardcore
    • Big Beat
    • Baltimore Club
    • Acid Breaks
    • 4-Beat
  • Grime (thx Ran’dom Haug / Matthew H)
  • Glitch Pop (thx Ran’dom Haug)
  • Glitch Hop (cheers Tom Berckley)
  • Garage
  • Future Garage (thx Ran’dom Haug)
  • Exercise
  • Electroswing
  • Electro House (thx Luke Allfree)
  • Dubstep
  • Deep House (cheers Venus Pang)
  • Chillstep (thx Matt)
  • Brostep (cheers Tom Berkley)

Hardcore music is a music genre that originated in the 1970s. Though many hardcore fans may be too young to remember the genre’s first wave of popularity, the genre is still alive and well today, with dozens of different subgenres and a fervent fan base. While there was a time when hardcore music was the only music for fans of the genre, today’s music scene includes a wide variety of popular music genres as well as non-mainstream flavors of hardcore.

  • Hardcore
    • Uk Hardcore
    • Terrorcore
    • Speedcore
    • Makina
    • Jumpstyle
    • Hardstyle
    • Happy Hardcore
    • Gabber
    • Dubstyle
    • Doomcore
    • Digital Hardcore
    • Breakcore
    • Bouncy Techno
    • Bouncy House
  • Horrorcore (thx Matt)
  • Hi-NRG / Eurodance
  • Hard Dance
  • House
    • Vocal House
    • US Garage
    • UK Hard House
    • Tech HouseTribal House
    • Swing House
    • Rave Music
    • Progressive House
    • Minimal House
    • Latin House
    • Italo House
    • Hip House
    • Hardbag
    • Ghetto House
    • Funky House
    • French House
    • Freestyle House
    • Electro House
    • Dutch House
    • Diva House
    • Deep House
    • Chicago House
    • Acid House
  • Speedcore (cheers Matt)
  • Regstep (thanks to ‘Melia G)
  • Liquid Dub(thx Ran’dom Haug)
  • Jungle / Drum’n’bass
  • Jackin House (with thx to Jermaine Benjamin Dale Bruce)

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Techno music has a long history. It is one of the most important musical genres in electronic music. The first known record of it was in the year 1976 when a record was made in Vienna Austria, called Tangerine Dream (Can) – Phaedra. It was a very experimental electronic record. It had no vocals and was entirely based on the use of electronic music equipment.

The person who made it was a man named Edgar Froese, and it was his first record. The technology was very primitive so it took a long time to make. Tangerine Dream is also known as the first band to use electronic music equipment. Their records are still popular today and are enjoyed by many people.

  • Techno
    • Toytown Techno
    • Tecno Brega
    • Technopop
    • Techno-Dnb
    • Schranz
    • Nortec
    • Minimal
    • Ghettotech
    • Free Tekno
    • Detroit Techno
    • Acid Techno
  • Trance
    • Dream Trance
    • Classic Trance
    • Acid Trance
    • Goa Trance
      • Suomisaundi
      • Psyprog
      • Psybreaks
      • Full on
      • Dark Psytrance
  • Tech Trance
  • Hard Trance
  • Uplifting Trance
    • Orchestral Uplifting
  • Vocal Trance
  • Trap (thx Luke Allfree)
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  • Disney
  • Easy Listening
    • Swing
    • Middle of the Road
    • Lounge
    • Furniture
    • Elevator
    • Bop
    • Background

  • Electronic
    • 8bit – aka 8-bit, Bitpop and Chiptune – (thx Marcel Borchert)
    • 2-Step (thx Ran’dom Haug)
  • Ambient
    • Ambient Dub
    • Lowercase
    • Isolationism
    • Illbient
    • Drone Music
    • Dark Ambient
    • Ambient Techno
    • Ambient House
  • Asian Underground
  • Chillwave(thx Ran’dom Haug)
  • Bassline (thx Leon Oliver)
  • Chiptune (kudos to Dominik Landahl)
    • Bitpop
    • Yorkshire Bleeps and Bass
    • Video Game Music
    • Nintendocore
    • Game Boy
  • Crunk (with thx to Jillian Edwards)
    • Downtempo
    • Trip Hop
    • Nu Jazz
    • Moombahton
    • Ethnic Electronica
    • Dubtronica
    • Dub Music
    • Chill Out
    • Balearic Beat
    • Acid Jazz
  • Drum & Bass (thx Luke Allfree)
    • Neurofunk
    • Liquid Funk
    • Jump-Up
    • Intelligent Drum and Bass
    • Hardstep
    • Drumstep
    • Drumfunk
    • Darkstep
    • Darkcore
    • Oldschool Jungle:
      • Ragga Jungle
      • Darkside Jungle
  • Raggacore
  • Sambass
  • Techstep
  • Electro
    • Electropop
    • Electro-Grime
    • Electro Backbeat
    • Crunk
  • Electro-swing (thank you Daniel Forthofer)
    • Electroacoustic
    • Tape Music
    • Soundscape Composition
    • Live Electronics
    • Live Coding
    • Field Recording
    • Electroacoustic Improvisation
    • Computer Music
    • Acousmatic Music

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The Electronica genre is a music genre that has been around for quite a while and it dates back to the 1980s. Although Electronica has been around for a long time, it was only until the late ’80s and early 90’s, when the genre started to really gain popularity. A large part of the reason why Electronica is such a popular genre is that it combines elements of electronic music with genres such as a house, techno, disco, and pop music. For example, a lot of the popular Electronica artists use guitars and piano in their songs while still keeping a lot of electronic industrial sounds.

  • Electronica
    • Synthcore
    • Sound Art
    • Skweee
    • Laptronica
    • Idm
    • Glitch
    • Freestyle Music
    • Folktronica
    • Electronic Dance Music
    • Electronic Art Music
    • Chillwave
    • Berlin School
  • Electronic Rock
    • Alternative Dance
      • Madchester
      • Baggy
    • Dance-Punk
    • Synthpunk
    • Synthpop
    • Space Rock
    • New Rave
    • Indietronica
    • Ethereal Wave
    • Electropunk
    • Electronicore
    • Electroclash
    • Dark Wave
    • Dance-Rock
  • Eurodance
    • Bubblegum Dance
    • Italo Dance
    • Turbofolk
  • Hardstyle (kudos to Dominik Landahl)
  • Hi-Nrg
    • New Beat
    • Hard Nrg
    • Eurobeat
  • IDM/Experimental
  • Industrial
  • Trip Hop (thank you, Michael Tait Tafoya)
  • UK Garage
    • Speed Garage
    • Grime
    • Bassline
    • 4×4
    • 2-Step
  • Enka
  • French Pop

Folk music, as defined by the Oxford Dictionary, is music that has been passed down from generation to generation by word of mouth. It is no surprise then that the genre has been around for centuries, with the oldest examples dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. In the early 1960s, the music style developed in the US, where it would go on to influence many of the artists of the British folk revival of the 1960s.

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  • Folk Music (also under various other categories)
    • American Folk Revival
    • Techno-Folk
    • Sung Poetry
    • Psychedelic Folk
    • Progressive Folk
    • Neofolk
    • Industrial Folk
    • Indie Folk
    • Freak Folk
    • Filk Music
    • Contemporary Folk
    • British Folk Revival
    • Anti-Folk
  • German Folk
  • German Pop
  • Fitness & Workout
  • Hip-Hop/Rap
    • Dirty South
    • Cumbia Rap
    • Crunkcore
    • Country-Rap
    • Conscious Hip Hop
    • Christian Hip Hop
    • Chap Hop
    • Bounce
    • Avant-Garde
    • Alternative Rap
  • East Coast
    • Brick City Club
    • New Jersey Hip Hop
    • Mafioso Rap
    • Hardcore Hip Hop
  • Freestyle Rap
  • G-Funk
  • Gangsta Rap
  • Golden Age
  • Hardcore Rap
  • Hip-Hop
  • Hip Pop
  • Hyphy
  • Industrial Hip Hop
  • Instrumental Hip Hop
  • Jazz Rap
  • Latin Rap
  • Low Bap
  • Lyrical Hip Hop
  • Merenrap
  • Midwest Hip Hop
    • Twin Cities Hip Hop
    • St. Louis Hip Hop
    • Horrorcore
    • Detroit Hip Hop
    • Chicago Hip Hop
  • Motswako
  • Nerdcore
  • New Jack Swing
  • New School Hip Hop
  • Old School Rap
  • Rap
  • Turntablism (thank you Luke Allfree)
  • Underground Rap
  • West Coast Rap
  • Holiday
    • Christmas: Rock
    • Christmas: Religious
    • Christmas: R&B
    • Christmas: Pop
    • Christmas: Modern
    • Christmas: Jazz
    • Christmas: Comedy
    • Christmas: Classical
    • Christmas: Classic
    • Christmas: Children’s
    • Christmas
    • Chanukah
    • Easter
    • Halloween
    • Holiday: Other
    • Thanksgiving
  • Indie Pop
  • Industrial
    • Death Industrial
    • Dark Electro
    • Cybergrind
    • Coldwave
    • Aggrotech
    • Electro-Industrial
    • Electronic Body Music
      • Futurepop
  • Industrial Metal
  • Neue Deutsche Härte
  • Industrial Rock
  • Noise
    • Power Noise
    • Power Electronics
    • Japanoise
  • Witch House.
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Inspirational music is a genre of music that most people can relate to, no matter what their age or background is. While the music industry has changed drastically over the years, it is certain that the genre itself hasn’t.

  • Inspirational – Christian & Gospel
    • Traditional Gospel
    • Southern Gospel
    • Qawwali (with thx to Jillian Edwards)
    • Praise & Worship
    • Gospel
    • Contemporary Gospel
    • Classic Christian
    • Christian Rock
    • Christian Rap
    • Christian Pop
    • Christian Metal
    • Christian & Gospel
    • CCM
  • Instrumental
    • March (Marching Band)
    • J-Pop (also under ‘Asian’)
    • J-Synth
    • J-Ska
    • J-Rock
    • J-Punk
  • Jazz
    • Trad Jazz
    • Third Stream (cheers Benjamin Jackson-Reynolds)
    • Smooth Jazz
    • Ragtime
    • Modal Jazz
    • Mainstream Jazz
    • Latin Jazz
    • Jazz-Funk
    • Hard Bop
    • Gypsy Jazz (kudos to Mike Tait Tafoya)
    • Fusion
    • Free Jazz
    • Ethio-jazz (with thx to Jillian Edwards)
    • Dixieland
    • Crossover Jazz
    • Cool
    • Contemporary Jazz
    • Blue Note (with thx to Jillian Edwards)
    • Big Band
    • Bebop (thx Mwinogo1)
    • Avant-Garde Jazz
    • Acid Jazz (with thx to Hunter Nelson)
  • K-Pop (also under ‘Asian’)
  • Kayokyoku
  • Karaoke

Latin Music Genres List

  • Latin
    • Bossa Nova (with thx to Marcos José Sant’Anna Magalhães & Alex Ede for the reclassification)
    • Bolero
    • Baladas y Boleros
    • Baithak Gana
    • Bachata
    • Argentine tango (gracias P. Moth & Sandra Sanders)
    • Alternativo & Rock Latino
    • Brazilian
      • Axé
      • Zouk-Lambada
      • Tropicalia
      • Tecnobrega
      • Samba Rock
      • Samba
      • Pagode
      • Música Sertaneja
      • Música Popular Brasileira
      • Maracatu
      • Lambada
      • Funk Carioca
      • Frevo
      • Forró
      • Choro
      • Brega
      • Brazilian Rock
      • Bossa Nova
  • Chicha
  • Criolla
  • Contemporary Latin
  • Cumbia (gracias Richard Kemp)
  • Flamenco / Spanish Flamenco (thank you Michael Tait Tafoya & Sandra Sanders)
  • Huayno
  • Latin Jazz
  • Mariachi
  • Merengue Típico (thank you Jeff Ortiz)
  • Nuevo Flamenco (and again Michael Tafoya)
  • Pop Latino
  • Portuguese fado (and again Sandra Sanders)
  • Punta
  • Punta Rock
  • Ranchera
  • Raíces
  • Raison
  • Reggaeton y Hip-Hop
  • Regional Mexicano
  • Salsa y Tropical
  • Soca
  • Son
  • Tejano
  • Timba
  • Twoubadou
  • Zouk
  • Metal (with massive thanks to Mich Weber)
    • Viking Metal
    • Thrash Metal
    • Symphonic Metal
    • Speed Metal
    • Sludge
    • Progressive Metal
    • Power Metal
    • Post Metal
    • Pirate Metal
    • Pagan Metal
    • Nu Metal
    • New Wave Of British Heavy Metal
    • Neue Deutsche Härte
    • Neoclassical Metal
    • Modern Metal
    • Metalcore
    • Math Metal
    • Kawaii Metal
    • Industrial Metal
    • Heavy Metal
    • Hardcore
    • Hair Metal
    • Groove Metal
    • Grindcore
    • Gothic Metal
    • Glam Metal
    • Folk Metal
    • Drone
    • Doom Metal
    • Djent
    • Death Metal
    • Crossover
    • Black Metall
    • Avantgarde Metal
    • Deathcore
    • Post Hardcore
    • Mathcore
  • New Age
    • Travel
    • Relaxation
    • Nature
    • Meditation
    • Healing
    • Environmental
  • Opera

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  • Pop
    • Classical Crossover
    • Christian Pop
    • Chanson
    • Chamber Pop (thx Haug)
    • Bubblegum Pop (thx Haug & John Maher)
    • Britpop
    • Baroque
    • Arab Pop
    • Adult Contemporary
    • Europop
      • Russian Pop
      • Nederpop
      • Latin Pop
      • Laïkó
      • French Pop
      • Balkan Pop
      • Austropop
  • Dance Pop
  • Wonky Pop
  • Vispop
  • Turkish Pop
  • Traditional Pop Music
  • Teen Pop
  • Synthpop (thx Haug)
  • Surf Pop
  • Sunshine Pop
  • Space Age Pop
  • Sophisti-Pop
  • Soft Rock
  • Schlager
  • Psychedelic Pop
  • Power Pop (thx Haug)
  • Popera
  • Pop/Rock
  • Pop Rap
  • Pop Punk (thx Makenzie)
  • Orchestral Pop (thx Haug)
  • New Romanticism
  • Motorpop
  • Mexican Pop
  • Louisiana Swamp Pop
  • Levenslied
  • Latin Ballad
  • Jangle Pop
  • Iranian Pop
  • Electro Pop (thx Haug)
  • Dream Pop (thx Haug)
  • Post-Disco
    • Boogie
    • Dance-pop
  • Progressive
    • Progressive House / Trance
      • Space House
      • Japanese House
      • Dream House
      • Disco House
      • Bounce / Scouse House
  • Progressive Breaks
  • Progressive Techno
  • Progressive Drum & Bass
  • R&B/Soul
    • Southern Soul (Cheers Nik)
    • Soul Blues (Cheers Nik)
    • Soul
    • Quiet Storm
    • Psychedelic Soul (thank you John Maher)
    • Northern Soul (Cheers Nik & John Maher)
    • Neo-Soul
    • Motown
    • Modern Soul (Cheers Nik)
    • Funk
    • Doo Wop
    • Disco (not a top level genre Sheldon Reynolds!)
    • Contemporary R&B
  • Reggae
    • Roots Reggae
    • Reggae Fusion
    • Dub
    • Dancehall
    • 2-Tone (thx GFS)
    • Reggae en Español
      • Spanish Reggae
      • Romantic Flow
      • Reggae Bultrón
      • Reggae 110
  • Lovers Rock
  • Raggamuffin
    • Ragga
    • Dancehall
  • Ska
    • 2 Tone
    • Dub
    • Rocksteady
  • Rock
    • Noise Rock (genre – Japanoise – thx Dominik Landahl)
    • Metal Core (thx Ran’dom Haug)
    • Metal
    • Math Rock (thx Ran’dom Haug)
    • Math Metal (cheers Kevin)
    • Jam Bands
    • Hard Rock
    • Hair Metal
    • Grind Core
    • Gothic Metal (fits here Sam DeRenzis – thx)
    • Glam Rock
    • Doom Metal (thx Kevin G)
    • Death Metal / Black Metal
    • Cock Rock
    • British Invasion
    • Blues-Rock
    • Art Rock
    • Arena Rock
    • Anatolian Rock
    • American Traditional Rock
    • Alternative Rock (thx Caleb Browning)
    • Afro Punk
    • Adult-Oriented Rock (thanks to John Maher)
    • Adult Alternative
    • Acid Rock (with thanks to Alex Antonio)
    • Post Punk (thx Ben Vee Bedlamite)
    • Rock & Roll
    • Psychedelic
    • Prog-Rock/Art Rock
    • Progressive Metal (thx Ran’dom Haug)
  • Rockabilly (it’s here Mark Murdock!)
    • Trip-hop (Ta Will)
    • Time Lord Rock (Trock) ~ (thanks to ‘Melia G)
    • Thrash Metal (thanks to Pierre A)
    • Tex-Mex
    • Technical Death Metal (cheers Pierre)
    • Surf
    • Stoner Metal (duuuude)
    • Spazzcore (thx Haug)
    • Southern Rock
    • Singer/Songwriter
    • Roots Rock
  • Singer/Songwriter
    • Traditional Folk
    • New Acoustic
    • Love Song (Chanson – merci Marcel Borchert)
    • Indie Folk (with thanks to Andrew Barrett)
    • Folk-Rock
    • Contemporary Singer/Songwriter
    • Contemporary Folk
    • Alternative Folk
  • Soundtrack
    • TV Soundtrack
    • Soundtrack
    • Original Score
    • Musicals
    • Movie Soundtrack (thanks Julien)
    • Foreign Cinema
  • Spoken Word
  • Tex-Mex / Tejano (with thx to Israel Lopez)
    • Tex-Mex
    • New Mex
    • Conjunto Progressive
    • Conjunto
    • Classic
    • Chicano
  • Vocal
    • Vocal Pop
    • Vocal Jazz
    • Traditional Pop
    • Standards
    • Gregorian Chant (hat tip to Deborah Knight-Nikifortchuk)
    • Doo-wop (with thx to Bradley Thompson)
    • Cantique (sacred vocal)
    • Barbershop (with thx to Kelly Chism)
    • A cappella (with kudos to Sheldon Reynolds)
world music
  • World
    • Africa
      • Zouglou
      • Taarab
      • Soukous
      • Semba
      • Seggae
      • Sega
      • Sakara
      • Raï
      • Palm-Wine
      • Museve
      • Morna
      • Mbube
      • Mbaqanga
      • Mbalax
      • Marrabenta
      • Maloya
      • Makossa
      • Kwela
      • Kwaito
      • Kuduro
      • Kizomba
      • Kapuka
      • Jùjú
      • Jit
      • Isicathamiya
      • Hiplife
      • Highlife
      • Genge
      • Fuji Music
      • Coupé-Décalé
      • Chimurenga
      • Cape Jazz
      • Bongo Flava
      • Bikutsi
      • Benga
      • Apala
      • Afro-Pop
      • Afro-Beat
      • African Hip Hop
      • African Heavy Metal
  • Asia
    • Taiwanese Pop
    • Sawt
    • Onkyokei
    • Mandopop
    • Liwa
    • K-Pop
    • Korean Pop
    • Khaliji
    • Kayōkyoku
    • J-Pop
    • Japanese Pop
    • Hong Kong English Pop
    • Fijiri
    • Fann At-Tanbura
    • Enka
    • C-Pop
    • Cantopop
    • Anison
  • Australia
  • Cajun
  • Calypso (thx Gerald John)
  • Caribbean
    • Méringue
    • Merengue
    • Mambo
    • Compas
    • Chutney Soca
    • Chutney
  • Carnatic (Karnataka Sangeetha – thx Abhijith)
  • South America
  • South Africa
  • Soca (thx Gerald John)
  • Polka
  • Piphat (cheers Samy B) – Thailand
  • Ode (thank you, Sheldon Reynolds)
  • North America
  • Middle East
  • Mbalax (thank you Samy) – Senegal
  • Klezmer
  • Japan
  • Hawaii
  • France
  • Europe
  • Drone (with thx to Robert Conrod)
  • Drinking Songs
  • Dangdut (thank you Achmad Ivanny)
  • Coupé-décalé (thx Samy) – Congo
  • Contemporary Celtic
  • Celtic Folk
  • Celtic
  • South / Southeast Asia
    • Thai Pop
    • Ragini
    • Pop Sunda
    • Pinoy Pop
    • Mor lam
    • Manila Sound
    • Luk Thung
    • Luk Krung
    • Lavani
    • Indian Pop
    • Indian Ghazal (thank you Gitika Thakur)
    • Hindustani (thank you Abhijith)
    • Filmi
    • Dangdut
    • Bhojpuri
    • Bhangra
    • Baila
  • Traditional Celtic
  • Zydeco
  • Worldbeat
music

Most Popular Music Genres 2020

  • 1. Hip Hop/Rap – 12.01%
  • 2. Techno – 10.38%
  • 3. R&B – 10.00%
  • 4. Punk – 8.82%
  • 6. House – 7.45%
  • 7. Country – 6.54%
  • 8. Indie Rock – 5.19%
  • 9. Electro – 4.72%
  • 10. Latin – 3.77%

What are the 6 genres of music?

  • Pop
  • Funk
  • Country
  • Rock
  • Classical
  • Techno
  • Soul Music
  • Rock Music
  • Rock and Roll Music
  • Rhythm and Blues Music
  • Jazz Music
  • Hip Hop Music
  • Dance Music
  • Country Music
  • Blues Music

There are more than 1300 music genres in the world.

According to BillBoard the Pop song is the number one genre of music in 2021.

How many genres of music are there

While researching a story on the subject of “how many genres of music are there”, I came across a list of 37 genres. (Apparently, there are more than that, but my research led me to an article on a website that had a list of 32 genres.)

This got me thinking about the question of what makes a genre. A genre is typically a type of music that has similar characteristics: it may include a particular type of instrumentation, lyrics, or other characteristics. Or it might be a sub-set of a larger genre, as a specific country music genre. (For example, there are country and folk-rock genres, but they don’t have all the characteristics of country or folk music.)

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