The most comprehensive list of Dance Music genres available on the Internet

The Music Genres List site covers many of the most popular styles of dance music, we hope this becomes the definitive list of dance music genres on the Internet, send an email to add @ musicgenreslist dot com if you feel any dance music genres are missing and we’ll add to complete the music list.

Electronic dance music (also known as EDMdance musicclub music, or simply dance) is a set of percussive electronic music genres produced primarily for environments centered in dance-based entertainment, such as nightclub settings. The music is largely created for use by disc jockeys and is produced to be heard in the context of a continuous DJ set; wherein the DJ progresses from one record to the next via a synchronized segue or “mix”.
(also: EMD – Electronic Dance Music – with thx to Eric Shaffer-Whiting)Complete list of EDM music genres and sub-genres at the bottom of the page!!
  • Breakbeat
  • Dubstep
  • Exercise
  • Garage
  • Hardcore
  • Hard Dance
  • Hi-NRG / Eurodance
  • House
  • Jackin House (with thx to Jermaine Benjamin Dale Bruce)
  • Jungle/Drum’n’bass
  • Techno
  • Trance
Dance Music Genre Example Artists Example Songs
Club / Club Dance David Guetta, Calvin Harris “Titanium” by David Guetta, “Summer” by Calvin Harris
Breakcore Venetian Snares, Igorrr “Szamar Madar” by Venetian Snares, “Very Noise” by Igorrr
Breakbeat / Breakstep The Chemical Brothers, Freestylers “Galvanize” by The Chemical Brothers, “Push Up” by Freestylers
4-Beat Scott Brown, Hixxy “Elysium” by Scott Brown, “More & More” by Hixxy
Acid Breaks Plump DJs, Elite Force “Electric Disco” by Plump DJs, “You” by Elite Force
Baltimore Club DJ Technics, Blaqstarr “Mr. Postman” by DJ Technics, “Hands Up Thumbs Down” by Blaqstarr
Big Beat The Prodigy, Fatboy Slim “Firestarter” by The Prodigy, “Praise You” by Fatboy Slim
Breakbeat Hardcore Altern-8, SL2 “E-Vapor-8” by Altern-8, “On A Ragga Tip” by SL2
Broken Beat Bugz in the Attic, 4hero “Booty La La” by Bugz in the Attic, “Morning Child” by 4hero
Florida Breaks DJ Icey, Baby Anne “The One” by DJ Icey, “Bass Queen” by Baby Anne
Nu Skool Breaks Stanton Warriors, Plump DJs “Get Up” by Stanton Warriors, “Electric Disco” by Plump DJs
Brostep Skrillex, Zomboy “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” by Skrillex, “Like A Bitch” by Zomboy
Chillstep Blackmill, CMA “Let It Be” by Blackmill, “You’re Not Alone” by CMA
Deep House Kerri Chandler, Larry Heard “Rain” by Kerri Chandler, “Can You Feel It” by Larry Heard
Dubstep Burial, Benga “Archangel” by Burial, “Night” by Benga
Electro House Deadmau5, Steve Aoki “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” by Deadmau5, “Boneless” by Steve Aoki
Electroswing Parov Stelar, Caravan Palace “Booty Swing” by Parov Stelar, “Lone Digger” by Caravan Palace
Exercise Vengaboys, Cascada “We Like to Party” by Vengaboys, “Everytime We Touch” by Cascada
Future Garage Burial, Jamie xx “Untrue” by Burial, “Gosh” by Jamie xx
Garage Todd Edwards, MJ Cole “Saved My Life” by Todd Edwards, “Sincere” by MJ Cole
Glitch Hop KOAN Sound, Pretty Lights “Meanwhile, In The Future” by KOAN Sound, “Finally Moving” by Pretty Lights
Glitch Pop Grimes, Purity Ring “Oblivion” by Grimes, “Begin Again” by Purity Ring
Grime Skepta, Stormzy “Shutdown” by Skepta, “Big For Your Boots” by Stormzy

House Sub-Genres Broken Down

Dance Music Genre Example Artists Example Songs
Hard Core Angerfist, Miss K8 “Raise & Revolt” by Angerfist, “Raiders of Rampage” by Miss K8
Bouncy House DJ Ham, Brisk “Remember To This” by DJ Ham, “Airhead” by Brisk
Bouncy Techno Scott Brown, DJ Sharkey “Elysium” by Scott Brown, “Revolution” by DJ Sharkey
Breakcore Venetian Snares, Igorrr “Szamar Madar” by Venetian Snares, “Very Noise” by Igorrr
Digital Hardcore Atari Teenage Riot, The Mad Capsule Markets “Revolution Action” by Atari Teenage Riot, “Pulse” by The Mad Capsule Markets
Doomcore The Outside Agency, Ophidian “The Resurrection” by The Outside Agency, “Butterfly” by Ophidian
Dubstyle Sub Zero Project, Psyko Punkz “The Project” by Sub Zero Project, “Psyko Foundation” by Psyko Punkz
Gabber Paul Elstak, Neophyte “Rainbow in the Sky” by Paul Elstak, “Army of Hardcore” by Neophyte
Happy Hardcore Darren Styles, Hixxy “Save Me” by Darren Styles, “More & More” by Hixxy
Hardstyle Headhunterz, Wildstylez “Colors” by Headhunterz, “Year of Summer” by Wildstylez
Jumpstyle Jeckyll & Hyde, Chicago Zone “Freefall” by Jeckyll & Hyde, “Hands Up” by Chicago Zone
Makina DJ Chiky, DJ Borr-X “Remember” by DJ Chiky, “Crisis” by DJ Borr-X
Speedcore DJ Sharpnel, m1dy “Gate Opener” by DJ Sharpnel, “Speedcore Dandy” by m1dy
Terrorcore SRB, Noisekick “Terror Time” by SRB, “Ik Schop U Dood” by Noisekick
UK Hardcore Dougal, Gammer “Don’t Stop Go” by Dougal, “The Drop” by Gammer
Hard Dance Showtek, Brennan Heart “FTS” by Showtek, “Imaginary” by Brennan Heart
Hi-NRG / Eurodance Dead or Alive, Cascada “You Spin Me Round” by Dead or Alive, “Everytime We Touch” by Cascada
Horrorcore Figure, Midnight Tyrannosaurus “The Werewolf” by Figure, “Brain Sludge” by Midnight Tyrannosaurus
House Frankie Knuckles, Marshall Jefferson “Your Love” by Frankie Knuckles, “Move Your Body” by Marshall Jefferson
Acid House Phuture, 808 State “Acid Tracks” by Phuture, “Pacific State” by 808 State
Chicago House Marshall Jefferson, Farley “Jackmaster” Funk “Move Your Body” by Marshall Jefferson, “Love Can’t Turn Around” by Farley “Jackmaster” Funk
Deep House Kerri Chandler, Larry Heard “Rain” by Kerri Chandler, “Can You Feel It” by Larry Heard
Diva House Ultra Naté, Barbara Tucker “Free” by Ultra Naté, “Beautiful People” by Barbara Tucker
Dutch House Afrojack, Chuckie “Take Over Control” by Afrojack, “Let The Bass Kick” by Chuckie
Electro House Deadmau5, Steve Aoki “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” by Deadmau5, “Boneless” by Steve Aoki
Freestyle House Stevie B, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam “Spring Love” by Stevie B, “I Wonder If I Take You Home” by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
French House Daft Punk, Cassius “One More Time” by Daft Punk, “1999” by Cassius
Funky House Armand Van Helden, Masters at Work “You Don’t Know Me” by Armand Van Helden, “Work” by Masters at Work
Ghetto House DJ Funk, DJ Deeon “Booty Bounce” by DJ Funk, “Freak Like Me” by DJ Deeon
Hardbag The Shamen, Mrs. Wood “Ebeneezer Goode” by The Shamen, “Joanna” by Mrs. Wood
Hip House Fast Eddie, Jungle Brothers “Yo Yo Get Funky” by Fast Eddie, “I’ll House You” by Jungle Brothers
Italo House Black Box, Corona “Ride on Time” by Black Box, “The Rhythm of the Night” by Corona
Latin House Gregor Salto, Masters At Work “Para Voce” by Gregor Salto, “Work” by Masters At Work
Minimal House Ricardo Villalobos, Plastikman “Dexter” by Ricardo Villalobos, “Spastik” by Plastikman
Progressive House Deadmau5, Eric Prydz “Strobe” by Deadmau5, “Opus” by Eric Prydz
Rave Music The Prodigy, SL2 “Out of Space” by The Prodigy, “On A Ragga Tip” by SL2
Swing House Parov Stelar, Caravan Palace “Booty Swing” by Parov Stelar, “Lone Digger” by Caravan Palace
Tech House Carl Cox, Green Velvet “I Want You (Forever)” by Carl Cox, “La La Land” by Green Velvet
Tribal House Chus & Ceballos, Danny Tenaglia “Back 2 Rhythm” by Chus & Ceballos, “Elements” by Danny Tenaglia
Tropical House Kygo, Thomas Jack “Firestone” by Kygo, “Rivers” by Thomas Jack
UK Hard House Lisa Lashes, Andy Farley “Unbelievable” by Lisa Lashes, “Barriers” by Andy Farley
US Garage Todd Edwards, Masters At Work “Saved My Life” by Todd Edwards, “To Be In Love” by Masters At Work
Vocal House Robin S, Moloko “Show Me Love” by Robin S, “Sing It Back” by Moloko

Additional Techno sub-genres

Techno-dance music, a pulsating symphony of beats and rhythms, stands as a cornerstone of the global electronic music scene. Originating from Detroit in the mid-1980s, techno emerged as a voice of innovation and artistic expression, blending the raw energy of electronic sounds with the soulful depth of its urban roots. This genre, characterized by its repetitive beats and futuristic aura, has evolved into a diverse and rich tapestry of styles, each echoing the unique cultural and musical influences of its creators. As we delve into the world of techno, we embark on an auditory journey through its various genres and sub-genres, exploring the intricate layers and textures that define this dynamic musical landscape.

Each sub-genre of techno, from the minimalistic charm of Dub Techno to the high-energy rush of Hardcore Techno, offers a unique auditory experience. Ambient Techno transports listeners to a dreamlike state with its ethereal soundscapes, while Acid Techno captivates with its hypnotic use of the Roland TB-303 synthesizer, creating squelchy, acid-like sounds. Detroit Techno, the genesis of it all, remains true to its roots with a soulful, yet futuristic sound. On this section of the website, we celebrate the diversity and creativity of techno dance music, providing insights, histories, and notable tracks that paint a vivid picture of each sub-genre. Join us in this exploration, and immerse yourself in the pulsating world of techno, where every beat tells a story and every rhythm sparks imagination.

Dance Music Genre Example Artists Example Songs
Jackin House DJ Sneak, Gene Farris “You Can’t Hide from Your Bud” by DJ Sneak, “Nursery” by Gene Farris
Jungle / Drum’n’bass Goldie, Andy C “Inner City Life” by Goldie, “Heartbeat Loud” by Andy C
Liquid Dub Calibre, High Contrast “Even If” by Calibre, “Remind Me” by High Contrast
Regstep Radikal Guru, Coki “Kingston Town” by Radikal Guru, “Red Eye” by Coki
Speedcore DJ Sharpnel, M1dy “Pacemaker” by DJ Sharpnel, “Speedcore Dandy” by M1dy
Techno Carl Cox, Charlotte de Witte “Phoebus” by Carl Cox, “Selected” by Charlotte de Witte
Acid Techno Hardfloor, Josh Wink “Acperience 1” by Hardfloor, “Higher State of Consciousness” by Josh Wink
Detroit Techno Derrick May, Juan Atkins “Strings of Life” by Derrick May, “Clear” by Juan Atkins
Free Tekno Spiral Tribe, 69db “Forward The Revolution” by Spiral Tribe, “Live in San Francisco” by 69db
Ghettotech DJ Assault, DJ Godfather “Ass-N-Titties” by DJ Assault, “Player Haters in Dis House” by DJ Godfather
Minimal Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin “Dexter” by Ricardo Villalobos, “Minus Orange” by Richie Hawtin
Nortec Nortec Collective, Bostich + Fussible “Tijuana Makes Me Happy” by Nortec Collective, “Tijuana Sound Machine” by Bostich + Fussible
Schranz Chris Liebing, Adam Beyer “Dandu Groove” by Chris Liebing, “Compressed” by Adam Beyer
Techno-Dnb Current Value, Limewax “Dark Rain” by Current Value, “Everything” by Limewax
Technopop Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode “The Robots” by Kraftwerk, “Enjoy the Silence” by Depeche Mode
Tecno Brega Banda Calypso, Gaby Amarantos “A Lua Me Traiu” by Banda Calypso, “Xirley” by Gaby Amarantos
Toytown Techno Scooter, Charly Lownoise & Mental Theo “Hyper Hyper” by Scooter, “Wonderful Days” by Charly Lownoise & Mental Theo

Trance Music Sub-Genres

Trance made a very promising start in the early nineties (1990’s) in Europe, and is currently one of the most promising and influential music genres on the music scene. Trance itself is very wide-scoped, it occupies wide territory with a lot of space and brings its influence deeply outside and well beyond its bounds, which seems to be quite obscure.

Trance has become more popularized, thanks to talented trance music DJs and producers, trance music labels, and even large recording companies. Pop and rock stars are starting to collaborate with or even outsource their recordings to trance music composers and producers.

Trance Music Genre Example Artists Example Songs
Trance Armin van Buuren, Tiësto “Blah Blah Blah” by Armin van Buuren, “Adagio for Strings” by Tiësto
Acid Trance Hardfloor, Union Jack “Acperience 1” by Hardfloor, “Two Full Moons & A Trout” by Union Jack
Acid-House Phuture, 808 State “Acid Tracks” by Phuture, “Pacific State” by 808 State
Classic Trance Paul van Dyk, Sasha “For An Angel” by Paul van Dyk, “Xpander” by Sasha
Dark Psy Kindzadza, Osom “KinDzaDza” by Kindzadza, “Osom” by Osom
Deep House Kerri Chandler, Larry Heard “Rain” by Kerri Chandler, “Can You Feel It” by Larry Heard
Dream Trance Robert Miles, DJ Quicksilver “Children” by Robert Miles, “Bellissima” by DJ Quicksilver
Goa Trance Astral Projection, Man With No Name “Mahadeva” by Astral Projection, “Teleport” by Man With No Name
Dark Psytrance Infected Mushroom, GMS “Becoming Insane” by Infected Mushroom, “Juice” by GMS
Full on Vibe Tribe, Sesto Sento “Melodrama” by Vibe Tribe, “Lift Me Up” by Sesto Sento
Psybreaks Hedflux, Blazer “Mindcell” by Hedflux, “Toxic Girl” by Blazer
Psyprog Ace Ventura, Liquid Soul “The Light” by Ace Ventura, “Revolution” by Liquid Soul
Suomisaundi Texas Faggott, Peyote People “Back to Mad” by Texas Faggott, “Peyote People” by Peyote People
Hard Trance Scot Project, Kai Tracid “U (I Got A Feeling)” by Scot Project, “Trance & Acid” by Kai Tracid
Prog. Trance Above & Beyond, Ilan Bluestone “Sun & Moon” by Above & Beyond, “Spheres” by Ilan Bluestone
Psy-Trance Vini Vici, Astrix “Great Spirit” by Vini Vici, “Deep Jungle Walk” by Astrix
Minimal Techno Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin “Dexter” by Ricardo Villalobos, “Minus Orange” by Richie Hawtin
Tech House Carl Cox, Green Velvet “I Want You (Forever)” by Carl Cox, “La La Land” by Green Velvet
Tech Trance Simon Patterson, Mark Sherry “Bulldozer” by Simon Patterson, “Gravitational Waves” by Mark Sherry
Uplifting Trance Aly & Fila, Ferry Tayle “Unbreakable” by Aly & Fila, “Trapeze” by Ferry Tayle
Orchestral Uplifting SoundLift, Andy Blueman “Nostalgia” by SoundLift, “Sea Tides” by Andy Blueman
Vocal Trance Dash Berlin, Emma Hewitt “Waiting” by Dash Berlin, “Rewind” by Emma Hewitt

Named for what is arguably the birthplace of house music — the Paradise Garage in New York — Garage is the dance style closest in spirit and execution to the original disco music of the ’70s. Favoring synthesizer runs and gospel vocals similar to house music but with even more polished and shimmering production values than house, garage has more of a soulful, organic feel.

During the early ’70s, Hip-Hop started to incorporate breaks into their music. A break is a part of a track in which the beats stop allowing you to hear only the rhythmic patterns.

‘Kool DJ Herc’, the originator of breakbeat DJing, adapted this style and took it to another level by playing the same record on two record decks. The break would constantly be playing on one deck, with the beat on the other. He’d then interchange the break from one deck to the other. Other Hip-Hop DJs quickly began to copy and build upon this technique.

Dubstep (thanks to Erik Kirsten) is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in South London, England. The music has been described as “tightly coiled productions with overwhelming bass lines and reverberant drum patterns, clipped samples, and occasional vocals”.

The earliest dubstep releases date back to 1998 and were darker, more experimental, instrumental dub remixes of 2-step garage tracks attempting to incorporate the funky elements of breakbeat, or the dark elements of drum and bass into 2-step, which featured as B-sides of single releases.

In 2001, this and other strains of dark garage music began to be showcased and promoted at London’s night club Plastic People, at the “Forward” night (sometimes stylized as FWD>>), which went on to be considerably influential to the development of dubstep.

The term “dubstep” about a genre of music began to be used around 2002 by labels such as Big Apple, Ammunition, and Tempa, by which time stylistic trends used in creating these remixes started to become more noticeable and distinct from 2-step and grime.

 


Complete List of EDM (Electronic Dance Music) Genres and Sub-genres

  • Club / Club Dance
  • Breakcore
  • Breakbeat / Breakstep
    • 4-Beat
    • Acid Breaks
    • Baltimore Club
    • Big Beat
    • Breakbeat Hardcore
    • Broken Beat
    • Florida Breaks
    • Nu Skool Breaks
  • Brostep
  • Chillstep
  • Deep House
  • Dubstep
  • Electro House
  • Electroswing
  • Exercise
  • Future Garage
  • Garage
  • Glitch Hop
  • Glitch Pop
  • Grime
  • Hard Core
    • Bouncy House
    • Bouncy Techno
    • Breakcore
    • Digital Hardcore
    • Doomcore
    • Dubstyle
    • Gabber
    • Happy Hardcore
    • Hardstyle
    • Jumpstyle
    • Makina
    • Speedcore
    • Terrorcore
    • Uk HardcoreHardcore
  • Hard Dance
  • Hi-NRG / Eurodance
  • Horrorcore (thx Matt)
  • House
    • Acid House
    • Chicago House
    • Deep House
    • Diva House
    • Dutch House
    • Electro House
    • Freestyle House
    • French House
    • Funky House
    • Ghetto House
    • Hardbag
    • Hip House
    • Italo House
    • Latin House
    • Minimal House
    • Progressive House
    • Rave Music
    • Swing House
    • Tech House
    • Tribal House
    • Tropical House
    • UK Hard House
    • US Garage
    • Vocal House
  • Jackin House
  • Jungle / Drum’n’bass
  • Liquid Dub
  • Regstep
  • Speedcore
  • Techno
    • Acid Techno
    • Detroit Techno
    • Free Tekno
    • Ghettotech
    • Minimal
    • Nortec
    • Schranz
    • Techno-Dnb
    • Technopop
    • Tecno Brega
    • Toytown Techno
  • Trance
    • Acid Trance
    • Acid-House
    • Classic Trance
    • Dark Psy
    • Deep House
    • Dream Trance
    • Goa Trance
      • Dark Psytrance
      • Full on
      • Psybreaks
      • Psyprog
      • Suomisaundi
    • Hard Trance
    • Prog. Trance
    • Psy-Trance
    • Minimal Techno
    • Tech House
    • Tech Trance
    • Uplifting Trance
      • Orchestral Uplifting
    • Vocal Trance
  • Trap

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