The Different Types of Music

So I’ve decided to create the biggest most comprehensive list of the different types of music genres out there. This list of music types is going to take some time to get everything up here, so this will be an ongoing project. If I’ve forgotten anything, feel free to let me know in the comments.


Types of Blues

  • Delta blues
  • Piedmont blues or East Coast blues
  • Jump blues
  • Chicago blues

Classical Music

Types of Classical Music

  • Symphony
  • Opera
  • Choral
  • Chamber music
  • Gregorian chant
  • Madrigals

Country Music

Country music is music that developed from Southern American folk and western cowboy music in the rural regions of the Southern United States in the 1920s. Dance tunes and ballads with harmonies and simple form played with banjoes, acoustic and electric guitars, harmonicas and fiddles.

Types of Country Music

  • Early Country Music or Mountain Music
  • Blue Grass Music
  • Traditional Country music
  • Cowboy and Western music
  • Western Swing
  • Honky Tonk
  • Rockabilly
  • Nashvile Sound
  • Country Rock
  • Bakersfield Sound
  • Outlaw Country
  • New Traditionalist
  • Texas Country
  • Alternative Country
  • Contemporary Country

Electronic Music

The term Electronic music today suggests that the character and quality of the music is synthetic, the music is created and manipulated by electronics instead of performance by acoustic instruments.

This type of music began about 1942 when Pierre Schaeffer put up what is believed to be the first Electronic music studio using a mixture of recorded normal sounds, variable speed tape recorders, phonographs and microphones.

Types of Electronic Music

  • Ambient
  • Break
  • Downtempo
  • Electro music
  • Electroacoustic music
  • Electronica
  • Electronic rock
  • Eurodance
  • Hard dance
  • House music
  • Industrial music
  • Intelligent dance music
  • Jungle
  • Post-disco
  • Techno
  • Trance music
  • UK garage


Jazz music was born from a mix of European and African music traditions at the beginning of the 20th Century among African American communities in southern areas of the United States. African undertones are evident in the mixture of blue notes, polyrhythms, improvisation, syncopation, and the swing note.

Types of Jazz

  • New Orleans Jazz
  • The Chicago Style
  • Bebop
  • Fusion Jazz music

Latin Music

Latin music naturally originates from the broader Latin world, mainly from Latin America with fusions by Latinos of the United States as well as genres from European countries such as Portugal and Spain.

Language, the cultural background of the artist, geography and music style are the main elements that define Latin music. These four elements fuse in different ways usually with a combination of two or more of the main elements to give a production the Latin Music Tag.

Types of Latin Music

  • Salsa
  • Tango
  • Merengue

Pop Music

Often, pop music is confused with popular music. Whereas Pop music describes music that evolved from the rock and roll revolution of the middle 1950s and continues in a definite route today, popular music refers to music that is associated with the tastes and interests of the urban middle class during the period covering 1800s and industrialization to date.

From the 1950s until today, Pop music is identified as the hits most often played on radio, that which attracts the largest audiences, sells the most copies, and the musical styles that displayed by the biggest audience therefore it is really an amalgam of whatever is popular at any given moment and doesn’t represent any specific genre(s).


Metal music is characteristic of powerful and loud bass drums and aggressive electric guitars. It was developed in the United Kingdom in the 1960s and early 1970s and also in the United States. The words are usually about provocative and controversial themes. Metal music fans are referred to as head bangers and metal heads.

Types of Metal Music

  • Avant Garde Metal
  • Black Metal
  • Celtic
  • Death Metal
  • Doom Metal
  • Funk Metal
  • Gothic
  • Grindcore
  • Groove Metal
  • Hardcore Metal
  • Nu-Metal
  • Power metal
  • Speed Metal
  • Thrash Metal


Developed between 1974 and 1976 in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia, Punk Music is a type of Rock Music Genre based on Garage rock Protopunk music. Bands made hard-edged songs that were short, political, anti-establishment with stripped down instrumentation.

Types of Punk Music

  • Anarcho Punk
  • Celtic Punk
  • Cow Punk
  • Gypsy or Immigrant Punk
  • Pop Punk


Rap music originated among African-Americans’ inner-city street culture in the 1970s. Rap is considered as a mainstream type and is popular among people of all ages and background around the world.

Rap music is generally not sung. The words are spoken with a backdrop of music borrowed from soul, funk and rock pieces. Musicians remix sounds, and rhythms with their own innovations and synthesized musical elements.

Types of Rap Music

  • Gangsta Rap
  • Political Rap
  • Alternative Rap
  • Crunk


Reggae Music arose from Jamaica in the late 1960s. Reggae Music refers to a style that developed from Ska and Rock Steady.

Types of Reggae Music

  • Roots
  • Dub
  • Dub Poetry
  • Toasting
  • Lover’s Rock
  • Niyabingi
  • Slack Dancehall
  • Conscious Dancehall

Rhythm and Blues (R&B)

Types of R&B

  • Motown
  • Funk
  • Disco
  • Doo-wop
  • Club blues
  • Jump Blues


Types of Rock Music

  • Rock n Roll
  • Garage Rock
  • Punk Rock
  • Glam Rock
  • Southern Rock

All right, that should just about do it for the different types of music. This will eventually develop into the biggest, most comprehensive music encyclopedia on the web. Once again, if I’ve forgotten anything, let me know by shooting me an email or posting a comment.

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