The most comprehensive list of genres of music available on the Internet

Music comes in many different types and styles ranging from traditional rock music to world pop, easy listening and bluegrass. Many genres have a rich history or geographical significance, a cult following or music roots that go far beyond the 20th century.

What is a music genre?

The Music Genres List site covers many of the most popular styles of music, the site is becoming the definitive list of music genres on the Internet – thanks to you – and if you feel any music genres are missing (we’re sure there are many!) please send an email and we’ll add to get closer to completing the music list of genres.

And a big thank you to the folks who have already sent in suggestions. We haven’t added them all as some are not easily verified or differentiated from our current list (and we get many music genres suggestions that are duplicates), however all the genres we can research and confirm as valid or derivatives or existing genres or music types, we’ve added and have attributed by way of thanks.

 

LIST OF TYPE OF MUSIC | MUSIC GENRES

Alternative
Art Punk
Alternative Rock
College Rock
Crossover Thrash (thx Kevin G)
Crust Punk (thx Haug)
Experimental Rock
Folk Punk
Goth / Gothic Rock
Grunge
Hardcore Punk
Hard Rock
Indie Rock
Lo-fi (hat tip to Ben Vee Bedlamite)
New Wave
Progressive Rock
Punk
Shoegaze (with thx to Jackie Herrera)
Steampunk (with thx to Christopher Schaeffer)
Anime
Blues
Acoustic Blues
Chicago Blues
Classic Blues
Contemporary Blues
Country Blues
Delta Blues
Electric Blues
Ragtime Blues (cheers GFS)
Children’s Music
Lullabies
Sing-Along
Stories
Classical
Avant-Garde
Baroque
Chamber Music
Chant
Choral
Classical Crossover
Contemporary Classical (thx Julien Palliere)
Early Music
Expressionist (thx Mr. Palliere)
High Classical
Impressionist
Medieval
Minimalism
Modern Composition
Opera
Orchestral
Renaissance
Romantic (early period)
Romantic (later period)
Wedding Music
Comedy
Novelty
Standup Comedy
Vaudeville (cheers Ben Vee Bedlamite)
Commercial (thank you Sheldon Reynolds)
Jingles
TV Themes
Country
Alternative Country
Americana
Bluegrass
Contemporary Bluegrass
Contemporary Country
Country Gospel
Country Pop (thanks Sarah Johnson)
Honky Tonk
Outlaw Country
Traditional Bluegrass
Traditional Country
Urban Cowboy
Dance (EDM – Electronic Dance Music – see Electronic below – with thx to Eric Shaffer-Whiting & Drew :-))
Club / Club Dance (thx Luke Allfree)
Breakcore
Breakbeat / Breakstep
Brostep (cheers Tom Berckley)
Chillstep (thx Matt)
Deep House (cheers Venus Pang)
Dubstep
Electro House (thx Luke Allfree)
Electroswing
Exercise
Future Garage (thx Ran’dom Haug)
Garage
Glitch Hop (cheers Tom Berckley)
Glitch Pop (thx Ran’dom Haug)
Grime (thx Ran’dom Haug / Matthew H)
Hardcore
Hard Dance
Hi-NRG / Eurodance
Horrorcore (thx Matt)
House
Jackin House (with thx to Jermaine Benjamin Dale Bruce)
Jungle / Drum’n’bass
Liquid Dub(thx Ran’dom Haug)
Regstep (thanks to ‘Melia G)
Speedcore (cheers Matt)
Techno
Trance
Trap (thx Luke Allfree)
Disney
Easy Listening
Bop
Lounge
Swing
Electronic
2-Step (thx Ran’dom Haug)
8bit – aka 8-bit, Bitpop and Chiptune – (thx Marcel Borchert)
Ambient
Bassline (thx Leon Oliver)
Chillwave(thx Ran’dom Haug)
Chiptune (kudos to Dominik Landahl)
Crunk (with thx to Jillian Edwards)
Downtempo
Drum & Bass (thx Luke Allfree)
Electro
Electro-swing (thank you Daniel Forthofer)
Electronica
Electronic Rock
Hardstyle (kudos to Dominik Landahl)
IDM/Experimental
Industrial
Trip Hop (thank you Michael Tait Tafoya)
Enka
French Pop
German Folk
German Pop
Fitness & Workout
Hip-Hop/Rap
Alternative Rap
Bounce
Dirty South
East Coast Rap
Gangsta Rap
Hardcore Rap
Hip-Hop
Latin Rap
Old School Rap
Rap
Turntablism (thank you Luke Allfree)
Underground Rap
West Coast Rap
Holiday
Chanukah
Christmas
Christmas: Children’s
Christmas: Classic
Christmas: Classical
Christmas: Comedy
Christmas: Jazz
Christmas: Modern
Christmas: Pop
Christmas: R&B
Christmas: Religious
Christmas: Rock
Easter
Halloween
Holiday: Other
Thanksgiving
Indie Pop
Industrial
Inspirational – Christian & Gospel
CCM
Christian Metal
Christian Pop
Christian Rap
Christian Rock
Classic Christian
Contemporary Gospel
Gospel
Christian & Gospel
Praise & Worship
Qawwali (with thx to Jillian Edwards)
Southern Gospel
Traditional Gospel
Instrumental
March (Marching Band)
J-Pop
J-Rock
J-Synth
J-Ska
J-Punk
Jazz
Acid Jazz (with thx to Hunter Nelson)
Avant-Garde Jazz
Bebop (thx Mwinogo1)
Big Band
Blue Note (with thx to Jillian Edwards)
Contemporary Jazz
Cool
Crossover Jazz
Dixieland
Ethio-jazz (with thx to Jillian Edwards)
Fusion
Gypsy Jazz (kudos to Mike Tait Tafoya)
Hard Bop
Latin Jazz
Mainstream Jazz
Ragtime
Smooth Jazz
Trad Jazz
K-Pop
Karaoke
Kayokyoku
Latin
Alternativo & Rock Latino
Argentine tango (gracias P. Moth & Sandra Sanders)
Baladas y Boleros
Bossa Nova (with thx to Marcos José Sant’Anna Magalhães & Alex Ede for the reclassification)
Brazilian
Contemporary Latin
Cumbia (gracias Richard Kemp)
Flamenco / Spanish Flamenco (thank you Michael Tait Tafoya & Sandra Sanders)
Latin Jazz
Nuevo Flamenco (and again Michael Tafoya)
Pop Latino
Portuguese fado (and again Sandra Sanders)
Raíces
Reggaeton y Hip-Hop
Regional Mexicano
Salsa y Tropical
New Age
Environmental
Healing
Meditation
Nature
Relaxation
Travel
Opera
Pop
Adult Contemporary
Britpop
Bubblegum Pop (thx Haug & John Maher)
Chamber Pop (thx Haug)
Dance Pop
Dream Pop (thx Haug)
Electro Pop (thx Haug)
Orchestral Pop (thx Haug)
Pop/Rock
Pop Punk (thx Makenzie)
Power Pop (thx Haug)
Soft Rock
Synthpop (thx Haug)
Teen Pop
R&B/Soul
Contemporary R&B
Disco (not a top level genre Sheldon Reynolds!)
Doo Wop
Funk
Modern Soul (Cheers Nik)
Motown
Neo-Soul
Northern Soul (Cheers Nik & John Maher)
Psychedelic Soul (thank you John Maher)
Quiet Storm
Soul
Soul Blues (Cheers Nik)
Southern Soul (Cheers Nik)
Reggae
2-Tone (thx GFS)
Dancehall
Dub
Roots Reggae
Ska
Rock
Acid Rock (with thanks to Alex Antonio)
Adult-Oriented Rock (thanks to John Maher)
Afro Punk
Adult Alternative
Alternative Rock (thx Caleb Browning)
American Trad Rock
Anatolian Rock
Arena Rock
Art Rock
Blues-Rock
British Invasion
Cock Rock
Death Metal / Black Metal
Doom Metal (thx Kevin G)
Glam Rock
Gothic Metal (fits here Sam DeRenzis – thx)
Grind Core
Hair Metal
Hard Rock
Math Metal (cheers Kevin)
Math Rock (thx Ran’dom Haug)
Metal
Metal Core (thx Ran’dom Haug)
Noise Rock (genre – Japanoise – thx Dominik Landahl)
Jam Bands
Post Punk (thx Ben Vee Bedlamite)
Prog-Rock/Art Rock
Progressive Metal (thx Ran’dom Haug)
Psychedelic
Rock & Roll
Rockabilly (it’s here Mark Murdock!)
Roots Rock
Singer/Songwriter
Southern Rock
Spazzcore (thx Haug)
Stoner Metal (duuuude)
Surf
Technical Death Metal (cheers Pierre)
Tex-Mex
Time Lord Rock (Trock) ~ (thanks to ‘Melia G)
Trash Metal (thanks to Pierre A)
Singer/Songwriter
Alternative Folk
Contemporary Folk
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter
Indie Folk (with thanks to Andrew Barrett)
Folk-Rock
Love Song (Chanson – merci Marcel Borchert)
New Acoustic
Traditional Folk
Soundtrack
Foreign Cinema
Movie Soundtrack (thanks Julien)
Musicals
Original Score
Soundtrack
TV Soundtrack
Spoken Word
Tex-Mex / Tejano (with thx to Israel Lopez)
Chicano
Classic
Conjunto
Conjunto Progressive
New Mex
Tex-Mex
Vocal
A cappella (with kudos to Sheldon Reynolds)
Barbershop (with thx to Kelly Chism)
Doo-wop (with thx to Bradley Thompson)
Gregorian Chant (hat tip to Deborah Knight-Nikifortchuk)
Standards
Traditional Pop
Vocal Jazz
Vocal Pop
World
Africa
Afro-Beat
Afro-Pop
Asia
Australia
Cajun
Calypso (thx Gerald John)
Caribbean
Carnatic (Karnataka Sanghetha – thx Abhijith)
Celtic
Celtic Folk
Contemporary Celtic
Coupé-décalé (thx Samy) – Congo
Dangdut (thank you Achmad Ivanny)
Drinking Songs
Drone (with thx to Robert Conrod)
Europe
France
Hawaii
Hindustani (thank you Abhijith)
Indian Ghazal (thank you Gitika Thakur)
Indian Pop
Japan
Japanese Pop
Klezmer
Mbalax (thank you Samy) – Senegal
Middle East
North America
Ode (thank you Sheldon Reynolds)
Piphat (cheers Samy B) – Thailand
Polka
Soca (thx Gerald John)
South Africa
South America
Traditional Celtic
Worldbeat
Zydeco

 

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