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    • Musical subgenres by genre

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    • Musical genres by region

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    • Lists of music genres

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    • Children's music


    • Classical and art music traditions

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    • Contemporary music

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    • Dance music

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    • Death music

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    • Easy listening music

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    • Folk music

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    • Instrumental music

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    • Musical instruments by genre

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    • Jewish music genres

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    • LGBT-related music

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    • Marching bands

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    • Maritime music

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    • Military music

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    • Music and humour

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    • Music genres by century

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    • Music genres with cultural origins in Norway

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    • Musical subcultures

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    • Opera genres

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    • Origins of music genres

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    • Outsider music

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    • Pioneers of music genres


    • Political music

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    • Popular music

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    • Progressive music

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    • Psychedelic music

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    • Religious music

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    • Sociomusicology

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    • Sports music

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    • Theatrical music genres

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    • Traditional music

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    • Tropicália


    • Urban street dance and music

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    • Vocal music

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    • Wedding music

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    • Work music

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    • World music

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    • Music genre

    • A music genre is a conventional category that identifies some pieces of music as belonging to a shared tradition or set of conventions. It is to be distinguished from musical form and musical style, although in practice these terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Recently, academics have argued that categorizing mu ... Read »


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    • 60s revival music


    • Absolute music

    • Absolute music (sometimes abstract music) is music that is not explicitly "about" anything; in contrast to program music, it is non-representational. The idea of absolute music developed at the end of the 18th century in the writings of authors of early German Romanticism, such as Wilhelm Heinrich Wackenroder, Ludwig T ... Read »


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    • Acid rock

    • Acid rock is a loosely defined type of rock music that evolved out of the mid-1960s garage punk movement and helped launch the psychedelic subculture. The term, which derives its name from lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), is sometimes deployed as a synonym of "psychedelic rock", but it may also refer to a more musical ... Read »


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    • Adult contemporary music

    • Adult contemporary music (AC) is a form of radio-played popular music, ranging from 1960s vocal and 1970s soft rock music to predominantly ballad-heavy music of the present day, with varying degrees of easy listening, pop, soul, rhythm and blues, quiet storm, and rock influence. Adult contemporary is rather a continuat ... Read »


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    • Alternative folk

    • Alternative folk is a music genre. The Daily Telegraph wrote of Bob Dylan on the occasion of his 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature: "Best known for his early hits such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "Like a Rolling Stone", Dylan was a key member of the Sixties alternative folk movement, but shocked his contemporaries by bec ... Read »


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    • Alternative reggaeton

    • Alternative reggaeton is a subgenre of reggaeton that emerged from the hip hop movement as a reaction to its repetitive and monotone dembow rhythm, and the predominant stereotypical gangsta content that became predictable. The result was a complex sound derived from world sounds, mainly rooted in Latin American folk mu ... Read »


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    • American fiddle

    • American fiddle-playing began with the early settlers who found that the small viol family instruments were portable and rugged. According to Ron Yule, "John Utie, a 1620 immigrant, settled in the North and is credited as being the first known fiddler on American soil". Early influences were Irish fiddle styles as well ... Read »


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    • Art music

    • Art music (also known as Western classical music, cultivated music, serious music, canonic music, or more flippantly, "real music" and "normal music") is an umbrella term that refers to musical traditions, implying advanced structural and theoretical considerations and a written musical tradition. The main tradition in ... Read »


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    • Banjo music

    • Banjo Music is a genre of music that consists exclusively, or primarily of, the banjo. Banjo music can be played as a solo, or it can be played with a band. Banjo music can be played with all types of banjos (four, five, or six string). Banjo music originated informally as a form of African folk music over a hundr ... Read »


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    • Beach music

    • Beach music, also known as Carolina beach music, and to a lesser extent, Beach pop, is a regional genre which developed from various rock/R&B/pop music of the 1950s and 1960s. Beach music is most closely associated with the style of swing dance known as the shag, or the Carolina shag, which is also the official state d ... Read »


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    • Black MIDI

    • Black MIDI is a music genre consisting of compositions that uses MIDI files to create a song remix containing a large number of notes, typically in the thousands or millions. People who make black MIDIs are known as blackers. Originating in Japan in 2009, Black MIDI spread to North America and Europe around 2011. The s ... Read »


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    • BMG movement

    • The Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar (BMG) movement is a music genre based on the family of stringed instruments played with a plectrum, including the banjo, mandolin and guitar. This became popular in the USA in the late 19th century and into the 20th century. It fell from favour in the 1930s but there is still an organised ... Read »


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    • Bravura

    • In classical music, a bravura is a style of both music and its performance intended to show off the skill of a performer. Commonly it is a virtuosic passage performed as a solo, and often in a cadenza. The term implies "effect for effect's sake". Therefore, while many pieces of Beethoven do require a high skill, they ... Read »


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    • Burban

    • Burban (portmanteau of "brown urban") is a musical sub-culture and an attempt to unify urban musicians of Asian descent. The idea has caused a split amongst the bigger artists and critics due to the ambiguity of the term itself. The common misconception of burban is that it is a musical genre of Asian origin, which is ... Read »


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    • Café-chantant


    • California Sound

    • California Sound

      The California Sound is a popular music aesthetic that originates with American pop and rock recording artists from Southern California in the 1960s. It was first related to the California Myth, an idyllic narrative inspired by the state's beach culture that commonly appeared in the lyrics of commercial pop songs. Late ... Read »


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    • Canadian hardcore punk

    • Canadian hardcore punk originated in the early 1980s. It was harder, faster, and heavier than the Canadian punk rock that preceded it. Hardcore punk (usually referred to simply as hardcore) is a punk rock music genre and subculture that originated in the late 1970s. The origin of the term "hardcore punk" is uncertain. ... Read »


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    • Canto livre

    • Canto livre is a kind of music with roots in Alentejo music, predominantly inspired by political messages, in particular from left-wing thinkers. It was very common after the 1974 carnation revolution in Portugal since the country had liberated from an almost 40-year right-wing dictatorship. Currently, it is not heard ... Read »


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    • Comedy music

    • Comedy music is music that is comic or humorous in nature, encompassing a wide variety of music genres. Popular types of comedy music include parody music, novelty songs, comedy rock and comedy hip hop. ... Read »


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    • Contemporary commercial music

    • Contemporary commercial music or CCM is a term used by some vocal pedagogists in the United States of America to refer to non-classical music. This term encompasses jazz, pop, blues, soul, country, folk, and rock styles. ... Read »


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    • Dark alternative music

    • Dark alternative music is music that is "dark" (in the metaphorical sense of darkness) and "alternative" (in the sense of being a musical alternative to more conventional or popular forms). In Germany, this genre falls under the term schwarze szene, which "translates to 'black scene' and [has been] used since the 1990s ... Read »


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    • Deuda song

    • Deuda song(Geet) is a Nepali music genre. Subgenres include Thadi Bhakha, Rateri, Hudkeuli and Dhamari. Deuda is presented in the far western region of Nepal, Sudur paschim and many regions of Madhya-paschim in the occasion of various festivals. Deuda songs are very popular in Dailekh, Kalikot, Jumla, Achham, Bajang, D ... Read »


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    • Divertimento

    • Divertimento /dᵻˌvɜːrtᵻˈmɛntoʊ/ (Italian: [divertiˈmento]; from the Italian "to amuse") is a musical genre, with most of its examples from the 18th century. The mood of the is most often lighthearted (as a result of being played at social functions) and it is generally composed for a ... Read »


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    • Dueling pianos

    • Dueling pianos (also known simply as "sing-along") is a form of entertainment, usually on stage with two grand pianos, each played by a professional player who sings and entertains; humor and audience participation are prevalent. Usually these types of piano bars have substantial sound systems, and most of the songs pe ... Read »


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    • Eclecticism in music

    • In music, eclecticism is the conscious use of styles alien to the composer's own nature, or from a bygone era. The term is also used pejoratively to describe music whose composer, thought to be lacking originality, appears to have freely drawn on other models (Kennedy and Bourne 2006). This word can also be used to des ... Read »


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    • Epic music

    • Epic music is a modern classical-like musical genre derived from a wide array of genres, primarily trailer music. The first official trailer music companies, which later became epic music producers, were created in the 1990s, with Immediate Music being one of the first starting as early as 1993. From then until th ... Read »


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    • Exploito

    • Exploito is a term generally given to describe cover version or sound-alike recordings that capitalize on the official recordings of artists. Typically they are of the budget release type of album. Often the buying public would think they are buying an album by the actual artist. The typical exploito album is aime ... Read »


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    • Famo

    • Famo is a type of music from Lesotho in Africa consisting of singing accompanied by the accordion, a drum and occasionally a bass. It originated in the drinking dens of migrant workers from Lesotho trying to relax after working in the mines in the 1920s but is now a popular form of music for Sesotho speakers. As a ... Read »


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    • Filk music

    • Filk music is a musical culture, genre, and community tied to science fiction/fantasy fandom and a type of fan labor. The genre has been active since the early 1950s, and played primarily since the mid-1970s. The term "filk" (originally a typographical error) predates 1955. (See also below.) It is used As Interf ... Read »


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    • Folk rhythm

    • Folk rhythm

      Folk music includes both traditional music and the genre that evolved from it during the 20th century folk revival. The term originated in the 19th century, but is often applied to music older than that. Some types of folk music are also called world music. Traditional folk music has been defined in several ways: as mu ... Read »


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    • Furniture music

    • Furniture music, or in French musique d’ameublement (sometimes more literally translated as furnishing music), is background music originally played by live performers. The term was coined by Erik Satie in 1917. Although other selections of Erik Satie's music can be experienced (and are sometimes indicated) a ... Read »


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    • Genealogy of musical genres

    • The genealogy of musical genres is the pattern of musical genres that have contributed to the development of new genres. Genealogical charts or family trees of musical genres show how new genres have emerged from existing genres and how multiple genres have contributed to a new genre. Since music can be endlessly brok ... Read »


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    • Hardcore punk

    • Hardcore punk (often abbreviated to hardcore) is a punk rock music genre and subculture that originated in the late 1970s. It is generally faster, harder, and more aggressive than other forms of punk rock. Its roots can be traced to earlier punk scenes in San Francisco and Southern California which arose as a reaction ... Read »


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    • Humoresque

    • Humoresque (or Humoreske) is a genre of Romantic music characterized by pieces with fanciful humor in the sense of mood rather than wit. The name refers to the German term Humoreske, which was given from the 1800s (decade) onward to humorous tales. Notable examples of the humoresque style are Schumann's Humoreske in B ... Read »


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    • Idyll

    • An idyll or idyl (/ˈaɪdəl/ or /ˈɪdəl/; from Greek εἰδύλλιον, eidullion, "short poem") is a short poem, descriptive of rustic life, written in the style of Theocritus' short pastoral poems, the Idylls. Unlike Homer, Theocritus did not engage in heroes and warfare. His idyl ... Read »


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    • Improvisation

    • Improvisation is broad term referring to the process of devising an atypical method of solving a problem due to lack of time or resources. In a technical context, this can mean adapting a device for some use other than that which it was designed for, or building a device from unusual components in an ad-hoc fashion. Im ... Read »


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    • Indie rock

    • Indie rock is a genre of alternative rock that originated in the United States and the United Kingdom in the 1980s. Indie rock encapsulates indie pop and lo-fi, among others. Originally used to describe record labels, the term became associated with the music they produced and was initially used interchangeably with al ... Read »


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    • Jaiva

    • Jaiva or Township Jive ("TJ") is a subgenre of South African township music and African dance form which has influenced Western break dance and emerged from the shebeen culture of the apartheid era townships. While closely associated with mbaqanga, Township Jive more broadly incorporates some influences from marib ... Read »


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    • Kapuka (music)

    • Boomba music, also referred to as kapuka (due to the beat pattern; not to be confused with kapuka rap), is a form of hip pop music popular in Kenya. It incorporates hip hop, reggae and African traditional musical styles. The lyrics are in Swahili, Sheng or local dialects. It is associated with the Ogopa Deejays and is ... Read »


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    • Krishnacore

    • Krishnacore is a genre of punk music which draws inspiration from the Hare Krishna tradition (formally known as the International Society for Krishna Consciousness). The name is a portmanteau of "Krishna" and "hardcore". In the western world, the band Shelter is widely viewed as having invented the genre in the early 1 ... Read »


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    • Logobi

    • Francophone Africa Logobi (also written in French as Logobie) is an urban musical genre that accompanies certain dance moves. It first appeared in Côte d'Ivoire in 1986 and was popularized initially in university campuses in Abidjan. It became an international dance trend that moved to other African countries and e ... Read »


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    • Martial music

    • Martial music or military music is a specific genre of music intended for use in military settings. Much of the military music has been composed to announce military events as with bugle calls and fanfares, or accompany marching formations with drum cadences, or mark special occasions as by military bands. However, mus ... Read »


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    • Masonic music

    • Masonic music has been defined as "music used in connection with the ritual and social functions of freemasonry". Two major types of music used in masonic lodges are lodge songs, played to keyboard accompaniment before or after meetings, or during meals; and music written to accompany specific masonic ceremonies and ev ... Read »


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    • Minimalism

    • In the visual arts and music, minimalism is a style that uses pared-down design elements. Minimalism began in post–World War II Western art, most strongly with American visual arts in the 1960s and early 1970s. Prominent artists associated with minimalism include Donald Judd, John McCracken, Agnes Martin, Dan Fla ... Read »


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    • Minneapolis sound

    • The Minneapolis sound is a subgenre of funk rock with elements of synthpop and new wave, that was pioneered by Prince in the late 1970s. Its popularity was given a boost throughout the 1980s, thanks to him and his musical adherents, including The Time, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Morris Day, Vanity 6, Apollonia 6, Ta Ma ... Read »


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    • Neues Geistliches Lied

    • Neues Geistliches Lied

      Neues Geistliches Lied (NGL, literally: new spiritual song) is a music genre of songs in German intended for church usage, and based on contemporary lyrics and with music by contemporary composers. The idea to reach young people by new songs for church services began in the 1950s. The first song in the genre was i ... Read »


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    • New Acoustic Music

    • New Acoustic Music is a music genre that blends influences from folk, bluegrass, jazz and world music and uses only acoustic instruments. Beginning in the 1970s it has been developed by artists such as Bela Fleck, Leo Kottke, Tim Ware, Tony Rice, Mike Marshall, Darol Anger and others. ... Read »


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    • Nightcore

    • A nightcore edit is a remix track that speeds up its source material, increasing its pitch. Formed in 2002, the name for the internet-based genre was originally defined as sped-up and pitch-shifted versions of trance and eurodance songs, but its definition expanded into non-dance territory by the time the remix style b ... Read »


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    • Nitzhonot

    • Nitzhonot (Hebrew: נצחונות, "victories") is a crossover between Goa trance and uplifting trance, emerged during the mid-late 1990s in Israel. Nitzhonot seems to blend hard pulsating basses, sometimes referred to as "laserkicks", with the Eastern melodies typical for Indian Goa Trance from 1996 and ... Read »


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    • Nòva cançon


    • Orchestral song

    • The orchestral song (German Orchesterlied) is a late romantic genre of classical music for solo voices and orchestra. What was effectively song with instrumental accompaniment – the cantata and the aria – had been part of music since the early baroque. Beethoven and Schumann too had occasionally provided ... Read »


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    • Pastoral

    • A pastoral lifestyle (see pastoralism) is that of shepherds herding livestock around open areas of land according to seasons and the changing availability of water and pasture. It lends its name to a genre of literature, art and music that depicts such life in an idealized manner, typically for urban audiences. A pasto ... Read »


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    • Perpetuum mobile

    • In music perpetuum mobile (Latin, English pronunciation /pəːˌpɛtjʊəm ˈməʊbɪleɪ, ˈməʊbɪli), moto perpetuo (Italian), mouvement perpétuel (French), 'movimento perpétuo' (Portuguese) movimiento perpetuo (Spanish), literally meaning "perpetual motion", has two distinct mea ... Read »


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    • Popular music

    • Popular music

      Popular music is music with wide appeal that is typically distributed to large audiences through the music industry. These forms and styles can be enjoyed and performed by people with little or no musical training. It stands in contrast to both art music and traditional or "folk" music. Art music was historically disse ... Read »


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    • Posi music

    • Posi Music (pronounced pah-zee) has been around since the 1940s, though only recently has a definitive label been applied to music in this genre. Short for Positive Music, Posi Music is categorized by its intention to have a positive effect on the listener. Musicians who write and perform Posi Music profess a desire fo ... Read »


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    • Progressive music

    • Progressive music is a type of music that falls between formalism and eclecticism, experimenting with alternative routes and expanding stylistic boundaries outward. Rooted in the idea of a cultural alternative, the music embodies a continuous move between explicit and implicit references to genres and strategies derive ... Read »


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    • Psychedelic trance

    • Psychedelic trance, psytrance or psy is a subgenre of trance music characterized by arrangements of synthetic rhythms and layered melodies created by high tempo riffs. By 1998 psytrance had become a mainstream form of music. Psytrance lies at the hardcore, underground end of the diverse trance spectrum. The genre offe ... Read »


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    • Raï'n'B


    • Reggae

    • Reggae

      Reggae (/ˈrɛɡeɪ/) is a music genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s. The term also denotes the modern popular music of Jamaica and its diaspora. A 1968 single by Toots and the Maytals "Do the Reggay" was the first popular song to use the word "reggae," effectively naming the genre and introducin ... Read »


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    • Religious music

    • Religious music (also sacred music) is music performed or composed for religious use or through religious influence. Ritual music is music, sacred or not, performed or composed for or as ritual. According to some scholars, the earliest music in the Christian Church came from Jewish worship music, with some additio ... Read »


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    • San Francisco Sound

    • San Francisco Sound

      The San Francisco Sound refers to rock music performed live and recorded by San Francisco-based rock groups of the mid-1960s to early 1970s. It was associated with the counterculture community in San Francisco during these years. San Francisco is a westward-looking port city, a city that at the time was 'big enough' bu ... Read »


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    • Secular music

    • Secular music; Secular means being separate from (not associated or concerned with) religion. In the West, secular music developed in the Medieval period and was used in the Renaissance. Swaying authority from the Church that focused more on Common Law influenced all aspects of Medieval life, including music. Secular m ... Read »


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    • Sentimental ballad

    • Sentimental ballads, also known as pop ballads, rock ballads or power ballads, are an emotional style of music that often deal with romantic and intimate relationships, and to a lesser extent, war (protest songs), loneliness, death, drug abuse, politics and religion, usually in a maudlin but solemn manner. Ballads are ... Read »


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    • Shaabi

    • Shaabi (Egyptian Arabic: شعبى‎‎ ShaÊ»bī  pronounced [ˈʃæʕbi]) is an Egyptian musical genre. It is a form of popular working-class music which evolved from baladi in the second half of the 20th century. Shaabi literally means 'of the people'. It originated in Cairo in the 19 ... Read »


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    • Singer-songwriter

    • Singer-songwriters are musicians who write, compose, and perform their own musical material, including lyrics and melodies. The genre began with the folk-acoustic tradition. Singer-songwriters often provide the sole accompaniment to an entire composition or song, typically using a guitar or piano. "Singer-songwri ... Read »


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    • Sociomusicology

    • Sociomusicology (from Latin: socius, "companion"; from Old French musique; and the suffix -ology, "the study of", from Old Greek λόγος, lógos : "discourse"), also called music sociology or the sociology of music, refers to both an academic subfield of sociology that is concerned with music (often i ... Read »


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    • Space-themed music

    • Space-themed music is any music, from any genre or style, with lyrics or titles relating to outer space or space travel. Songs or other musical forms influenced by the concept of outer space have appeared in music throughout history, both in instrumental and vocal pieces with lyrics. As early as Ancient Greece, Pythag ... Read »


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    • Music at sporting events

    • The use of music at sporting events is a practice that is thousands of years old, but has recently had a resurgence as a noted phenomenon. Some sports have specific traditions with respect to pieces of music played at particular intervals. Others have made the presentation of music very specific to the team—even t ... Read »


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    • Synthwave

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    • Temperance songs

    • Temperance songs are those musical compositions that were sung and performed to promote the American Temperance Movement from the 1840s to the 1920s. It was a distinct genre of American music. In 1830 the US per capita consumption of alcohol was 9.5 gallons yearly, almost four times the rate of consumption in 2008. In ... Read »


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    • Tombeau

    • A tombeau (plural tombeaux) is a musical composition (earlier, in the early 16th century, a poem) commemorating the death of a notable individual. The term derives from the French word for "tomb" or "tombstone". The vast majority of tombeaux date from the 17th century and were composed for lute or other plucked string ... Read »


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    • VIA (music)

    • VIA (music)

      VIA (Russian: ВИА) is an abbreviation for Vocal-[Music] Instrumental-Ensemble (Russian: Вокально-инструментальный ансамбль, Vokalno-instrumentalny ansambl). It is the general name used for pop and rock bands that we ... Read »


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    • Visual kei

    • Visual kei (Japanese: ヴィジュアル系, Hepburn: Vijuaru Kei?, lit. "Visual Style" or "Visual System") is a movement among Japanese musicians, that is characterized by the use of varying levels of make-up, elaborate hair styles and flamboyant costumes, often, but not always, coupled with andro ... Read »


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    • Wedding music

    • Wedding music applies to music played at wedding celebrations, including the ceremony and any festivities before or after the event. The music can be performed live by instrumentalists or vocalists or may use pre-recorded songs, depending on the format of the event, traditions associated with the prevailing culture and ... Read »


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    • Women's music


    • World music

    • World music is a musical category encompassing many different styles of music from around the globe, which includes many genres including some forms of Western music represented by folk music, as well as selected forms of ethnic music, indigenous music, neotraditional music, and music where more than one cultural tradi ... Read »


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    • Yacht rock

    • Yacht rock

      Yacht Rock was an online video series following the fictionalized lives and careers of American soft rock stars of the late 1970s and early 1980s. The series debuted on Channel 101 at the June 26, 2005 screening. It placed in the top five at subsequent screenings until the June 25, 2006 screening, where it placed seven ... Read »


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