A Little History, and a request for some help!

I guess it’s a funny story when a hobby that’s not really a hobby becomes something viable!

I first started the music genres list site in 2009, registered the domain in 2010, and built the first list of what at the time was THE definitive list of music genres.

Fast forward to 2012 and I hadn’t really updated the site, was attracting lots of Google search engine traffic, so decided to open up the information to the larger Internet public for contributions to help build and maintain a list of music genres that would be crowd-sourced, up-to-date and available free for teachers, scholars and “average Joes” to download. The hope is that this is useful for education, information and a bit of trivia fun.

I realize it isn’t 100% complete, but with your help it will get there!

The definitive list of music genres is being built… please chip in and help build it!!


Seeing the value? Consider buying me a cuppa! (Thank you)

What is a Music Genre?

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What is your favorite music genre?

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6 Responses
  • TrYb
    August 15, 2019

    PC Music
    Miami Bass
    Baile Funk
    Balearic beat/house
    Drill (Grime)
    Trill (HipHop)
    Jersey Club
    Daisy Age HipHop
    Afrobeats (with the S)
    Afro fusion
    Afro swing
    Baltimore Club
    Ballroom/Vogue House
    Global Bass
    Electro Funk
    UK Funky House
    Tropical House
    Brit Soul

  • Blaine Klingaman
    January 3, 2021

    Hi Grant,

    I wanted to thank you for your perseverance in creating and maintaining your Music Genre List.

    I hope you don’t mind, but I am using your genre list on my website… I am giving you a “Special Thanks!” at the top of the page:


    I myself, am in the beginning stages of building the largest International Online DJ Music Pool available, and I was wondering if you have any suggestions or ideas on how I may contact DJs and Music Lovers about my project?


    Thanks again, and any assistance that you may give will be greatly appreciated.

    Yours truly,
    Blaine Klingaman, Founder
    Blaine’s Party Network®

  • Akinori Tago
    July 6, 2021

    Like others genres, but if ia have to choose one… thats electronic

  • trevor
    January 19, 2022

    Great work keep it up.

  • Armin
    September 30, 2022

    I’m currently studying Music & Sounddesign and a question I would love to have answered, how many suggestions do you get in per day and compared to just a year ago, how many new genres are they? I would love to know! I am working on an assignment where I’m writing about the growth of genres!

    • admin
      October 14, 2022

      Hey Armin

      1-2 emails a day… quite a few suggestions (2-3) in comments.

      I think there are a lot of ‘edge genres’ that are either localized or a differentiation tactic for bands… true top level genres are pretty rare, but sub-genres make up most of the suggestions to add… and at least ½ have close overlap with existing and / or are already on the list.

      I have noticed a slow down in suggestions, but that’s also a function of being found… and depending on what Google does, or how Wikipedia ranks, that can vary… post pandemic I also thing music lovers have less time on their hands to browse.


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