Music Genres List

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 to add @ musicgenreslist dot com 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.

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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
    • Classic Female Blues
    • Contemporary Blues
    • Country Blues
    • Delta Blues
    • Electric Blues
    • Folk Blues
    • Harmonica Blues
    • Jazz Blues
    • Jump Blues
    • Memphis Blues
    • Modern Blues
    • New Orlean Blues
    • NY Blues
    • Piano Blues
    • Ragtime Blues (cheers GFS)
    • Rhythm Blues
    • Soul Blues
    • Swamp Blues
    • Texas Blues
    • Urban Blues
    • Vandeville
    • 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

Different types of music genres
2009-2018 Music Genres List

21 comments for “Music Genres List

  1. Carrie
    July 22, 2016 at 3:28 am

    You should also add Muzak, elevator music (which people say is different than Muzak and I think so too to an extent), new jack swing, and third wave ska. And yodeling, if it is considered a music genre. I don’t think you have any of these, at least that I could see.

  2. Moose
    July 26, 2016 at 10:53 am

    I beilive Tropical House should be added to the list. The artist who coined the term is Thomas Jack

  3. Alex
    August 13, 2016 at 1:22 am

    I’m trying to put together a playlist featuring a track from each genre… Have you already done this?

    • admin
      October 17, 2016 at 1:36 am

      Nope. But I was thinking about adding snippets of music for various genres. Just a lot of work! 🙂

      • Heather
        June 20, 2018 at 5:51 am

        Is calypso on the list?

  4. Terry Burns
    August 26, 2016 at 12:48 am

    What is boogy woogy music called?

    • admin
      October 17, 2016 at 1:34 am

      “Boogie-woogie is a musical genre that became popular during the late 1920s, but developed in African American communities in the 1870s. It was eventually extended from piano, to piano duo and trio, guitar, big band, country and western music, and gospel.”

  5. Mir
    August 31, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    I love rap.. I am a rapper

    • Alec Garner
      July 17, 2018 at 4:26 am

      I hate rap, i dont understand how people who dont play instrument’s consider them selfs artists? They could be called performer’s. I appreciate any music who actually uses instuments. Instead of sitting and plaing with a computer. No rap artist will ever reach the height oh zeppelin or the Beatles. Elvis or even MJ, pink Floyd, the stones. Never, bevause there lack of real talent. Most don’t even write their own music.

  6. Iván Guerrero
    September 3, 2016 at 6:01 am

    Metal Industrial
    Nu Metal
    Trash Metal
    Gothic Metal
    Black Metal
    Heavy Metal

  7. September 4, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    Inspirational: Spirituals, Hymns, Traditional

    Q. Is Hippie a musical genre?

    • admin
      October 17, 2016 at 1:32 am

      No 🙂

  8. Ian Dury
    September 12, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Love the list, would be great if you could start adding dates too!

  9. Ness
    September 19, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Post-grunge

  10. Jonathan
    September 29, 2016 at 5:16 am

    Hi. Where is Folk Metal? Represents bands like Finntroll, Enslaved, Korpiklaani etc 🙂

  11. KoSithu Nyeim
    October 13, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Please ! I want to learn musicgenres .
    Give me a chance

  12. Jacob
    May 31, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Maybe I missed it but where is Avant-Funk?

  13. Michael kanno
    June 25, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    I think house should be added to the list , as a genre on its own , because it has other sub-genres ,

    The sub genres should be:

    Funk House / Radio

    This is like electronica with a dull gospel background.

    Ghetto house

    This is like rap and electronica

    Ghost house

    This is like Ghost themed sounds with electronica

    House

    This is the normal sub genres of electronic

    Jazz house

    Spooky house

    This is like electronica with a soul background.

    Spooky funk House

    This is electrica with soul and gospel background ( e.g Sia bring it to me)

    Spooky rock house

    Electronica with soul and pop or rock ( e.g Katy Perry , Ur so gay)

    Fun house

    Like electronica and children’s song ( e.g pink funhouse)

    Electro house

  14. muranga jorums
    June 28, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Genres’must be added on

  15. Eva
    August 1, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    I think this list is more than wrong. And it’s quite wrong to put it at all, because this is spreading false information. For example, you are listing “christmas” as if it was an own genre — but infact a genre is not defined by the meaning of a tune. There are many Christmas songs that definitely and officially belong to the pop-genre for example. According to your list they make up an own genre..? And you are listing subgenres of Rock under another classification….? How does that make sense? I mean — you can “filter” genres — but not in the same breath as you are categorising them. It’s like making a list of mammals and all it’s species and amonst all the species and their subspecies, you start listing all animals that can swim. You wouldn’t do that either, would you? Please either correct this article or delete it.

  16. UNDERDOG
    September 26, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    What about Eminems gener of music:
    GARBAGE

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