List of popular music genres

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List of popular music genres

This is a list of the commercially relevant genres in modern popular music. Applicable styles are classified in this list using Allmusic[1] genre categorisation.

African[edit]

Asian[edit]

East Asian[edit]

South and Southeast Asian[edit]

Avant-Garde[edit]

Blues[edit]

Caribbean and Latin American[edit]

Brazilian[edit]

Other Latin[edit]

Comedy[edit]

Country[edit]


Easy Listening[edit]

Electronic[edit]

Folk[edit]

Hip hop[edit]

Jazz[edit]

Pop[edit]

Rhythm and blues[edit]

Rock[edit]

Ska[edit]

Other[edit]

Exclusions[edit]

Genres or styles that are not contemporary or commercially marketed in substantial numbers have been excluded, as follows:

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Allmusic web site

Bibliography[edit]

  • Borthwick, Stuart, & Moy, Ron (2004) Popular Music Genres: An Introduction. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  • Fabbri, Franco (1982) A Theory of Popular Music Genres: Two Applications. In Popular Music Perspectives, edited by David Horn and Philip Tagg, 52-81. Göteborg and Exeter: A. Wheaton & Co., Ltd.
  • Frith, Simon (1996) Performing Rites: On the Value of Popular Music. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.
  • Holt, Fabian (2007) Genre in Popular Music. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Negus, Keith (1999) Music Genres and Corporate Cultures. London and New York: Routledge.