List of styles of music: A–F

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  • 2-step garage - chaotic style of UK garage.
  • 2 Tone - late-1970s UK ska revival which fused ska with punk rock.
  • 4-beat - breakbeat hardcore subgenre played between 150 and 170 BPM consisting of a fast looped breakbeat and a drum at every 4 beats.


Aa-Ak - Al-An - Ap-Ax

  • A cappella - any singing performed without instrumental backing.


  • Acid house - psychedelic style of house
  • Acid jazz - psychedelic style of jazz influenced heavily by funk and hip-hop production
  • Acid rock - a form of psychedelic rock, characterized with long instrumental solos, few (if any) lyrics and musical improvisation
  • Acoustic - a music that solely or primarily uses instruments which produce sound through entirely acoustic means, as opposed to electric or electronic means.
  • Adult contemporary - a broad term for any music with lush and soothing qualities, and a focus on melody and harmony.
  • Afrobeat - a large-scaled and energetic combination of Yoruba, highlife, jazz, and funk music.
  • Afro-Cuban jazz - style of jazz influenced by traditional Afro-Cuban music.
  • Afropop - umbrella genre term for African popular music.


  • Aleatoric - music the composition of which is partially left to chance
  • Alternative country - any style of country that deviates from the norm
  • Alternative dance - any combination of rock and electronic dance music
  • Alternative hip hop - any style of hip hop that deviates from the norm
  • Alternative metal - any style of heavy metal that deviates from the norm
  • Alternative rock - any style of rock that deviates from the norm
  • Ambient - a form of incredibly slow electronic music that uses long repetitive sounds to generate a sense of calm and atmosphere.
  • Americana - a combination of all forms of roots music - folk, country, and blues
  • Anasheed - Islamic vocal music, usually sung a capella, or accompanied by a daff.
  • Ancient - music created in the early stages of literate cultures.
  • Anime - music, usually J-pop, used in anime soundtracks
  • Anti-folk - a mocking subgenre of folk that subverts the earnest, politically-informed lyrics of folk-revivalists.


  • Apala - Nigerian music originally used by the Yoruba people to wake worshippers after fasting during Ramadan.
  • Arabic pop - pop music informed by traditional Arabic styles.
  • Argentine rock - rock music informed by traditional Argentine styles.
  • Ars antiqua - European music from the Late Middle Ages, which advanced concepts of rhythm.
  • Ars nova - style of French music from the Late Middle Ages, rejected fiercely by the Catholic Church.
  • Ars subtilior - style of French music from the Late Middle Ages.
  • Art punk - experimental or avant-garde punk music
  • Art rock - experimental or avant-garde rock music
  • Art pop - experimental or avant-garde pop music
  • Ashik - music performed by mystic or travelling Turkish, Azerbaijan, Georgian, Armenian, and Iranian bands, using vocals and the saz, performed since ancient times.
  • Australian country - country music performed by Australians
  • Australian pub rock - style of hard rock founded in and drawing on themes native to Australian inner-city and suburban pubs and drinking establishments
  • Australian hip hop - hip hop performed by Australians
  • Avant-garde jazz - experimental or avant-garde jazz music
  • Avant-garde metal - experimental or avant-garde heavy metal or hard rock
  • Avant-garde - music considered to be ahead of its time, often using new, unusual, or experimental elements, or fusing pre-existing genres.
  • Axé - style of Salvadorian, Bahian, and Brazilian music informed by Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian styles


Bac-Bal - Bam-Bay - Be-Bh - Bi-Bl - Br-Bu


  • Bachata - Afro-Dominican style of rock music that became popular among Dominican farmers
  • Baggy - a British style that combined alternative rock and acid house, often creating a psychedelic and funky sound
  • Baião - a Brazilian rhythmic formula built around the zabumba drum that later combined itself with elements of mestizo, European, and African styles
  • Bakersfield sound - a raw and gritty country style that acted as a reaction against the slick, overproduced Nashville sound
  • Baila - Sri Lankan style that begun among the Afro-Sinhalese (or Kariff) community
  • Baisha xiyue - orchestral Chinese style used by the Naxi people, often found in Taoist or Confucian ceremonies
  • Bajourou - initially an acoustic style of Malian pop music played at gatherings (particularly weddings), which has since become mostly electronic
  • Bal-musette - 19th century style of French accordion-based dance music
  • Balakadri - Guadeloupean music made from the quadrille, usually performed at balls
  • Balinese Gamelan - Javanese and Balinese style made from xylophones, drums, and plucked strings
  • Balearic beat, also known as Balearic house, electronic dance music that was popular into the mid-1990s.
  • Balkan Brass Band - Serbian music made by soldiers that combined military brass with folk music
  • Ballad - generic term for usually slow, romantic, despairing and catastrophic songs
  • Ballata - 13th-15th century Italian musical and poetic form based on an AbbaA structure that acted as a form of dance music
  • Ballet - specific style of French classical music created to accompany the ballet dance
  • Baltimore Club - combination of hip hop and house music


  • Bambuco - Colombian style based on waltz and polska
  • Banda - brass-based Mexican music
  • Bangsawan - style of Malay opera based on Indian styles introduced by immigrants
  • Bantowbol - Cameroonian style of accordion music
  • Barbershop - an art song in four part harmony in a capella styling
  • Barn dance - folk music played in a barnhouse
  • Bassline - style of speed garage that combines elements of dubstep, particularly its emphasis on bass
  • Baroque - style of Western art music made between the 17th and 18th centuries
  • Bass - styles of EDM with an emphasis on bass, such as drum and bass, UK garage, and dubstep
  • Batá-rumba - Cuban rumba music that incorporates bata and guaguanco
  • Batucada - an African-influenced style of Brazilian sumba
  • Baul - A style of folk music, specially in Bengali region.


  • Beach - Californian genre from the 1950s that combined elements of all popular genres at the time, particularly big band and shag jazz
  • Beat- British fusion of all popular 1960s American styles - R&B, pop, jazz, rock
  • Beatboxing - a capella music created to emulate hip hop beats
  • Beautiful - term of endearment for various easy listening genres
  • Bebop - fast paced style of jazz popular in the 1940s and 1950s
  • Beiguan - style of Chinese traditional music popular in Taiwan and the province of Zhangzhou
  • Bel canto - a light, sophisticated style of Italian opera singing
  • Bend-skin - urban Cameroonian music
  • Benga - Kenyan popular music based on Luo and Kikuyu folk music
  • Berlin School - heavily experimental electronic music that acted as a more avant-garde form of Krautrock and inspired ambient and New Age music
  • Bhajan - Hindu religious music
  • Bhangra - fusion of South Asian and British popular styles, initially developed by Punjabi Indian-English as a combination of their respective cultural styles, but later used to refer to any South Asian/European fusion
  • Bhangragga - a fusion of bhangra and reggae and dancehall



  • Brass - music performed with brass instruments, prior to the advent of jazz
  • Breakbeat - a style of EDM known for its 4/4 drum pattern and heavy use of turntable scratching
  • Breakbeat hardcore - a fusion of breakbeat and acid house
  • Breakcore - fast and frantic style of breakbeat known for its intentionally diverse range of samples, which make it a hard-to-define genre
  • Brega
  • Breton - folk music of Brittany, France, known for its use of woodwind
  • Brill Building Sound - a distinct style of jazz and Latin-inspired pop developed in the Brill Building of New York, USA
  • Brit funk - funk performed by the British, often influenced by soul, jazz, and Caribbean music
  • Britpop - British rock music from the 1990s that subverted the depressing themes of the then-popular grunge movement in favor of jangly, optimistic, guitar-pop, often touching on the themes of partying and working class life.
  • British blues - blues performed by British musicians
  • British Invasion - British musicians, primarily of the beat movement, who became popular in America during the 1960s
  • Broken beat - EDM played in a syncopated 4/4 rhythm, with punctuated snare beats
  • Brostep - an aggressive and metal-influenced style of dubstep popular in America
  • Brown-eyed soul - soul music performed by Latinos
  • Brukdown - Belizean music inspired by European harmonies, African rhythms, and the call-and-response format
  • Bubblegum dance - fusion of Eurodance and bubblegum pop
  • Bubblegum pop - pop music known for its simplicity, happy and cute lyrics, and emphasis on image rather than substance.
  • Bikutsi - Cameroonian EDM, originating in the Beti community
  • Bulerías - fast-paced flamenco music
  • Bunraku - Japanese folk music often played at puppet theaters
  • Burger-highlife - style of highlife played by Ghanaian-Germans
  • Burgundian School - group of French, Belgian, and Dutch composers active in the 15th century, known for their secular forms
  • Bush ballad - Australian folk music often dealing with themes of Australian spirit and rebellion
  • Byzantine - Greek music performed during the age of the Byzantine Empire, known for its ecclesiastical form


Ca - Cc-Ce - Ch - Ci-Cl - Co - Cr-Cu


  • Ca din tulnic - Romanian folk music played with the alpenhorn
  • Ca trù - a style of Vietnamese chamber music performed by one lute player and a geisha-esque female singer, used to entertain wealthy audiences, who would be included in the performances, and to perform in religious ceremonies
  • Cabaret - an often jazz-informed style of music played at upbeat stageplays or burlesque shows
  • Cadence-lypso - fusion of kadans and calypso
  • Cadence rampa - upbeat style of kadans
  • Cải lương - modern Vietnamese folk opera
  • Cajun - roots music of Louisiana, USA, inspired by Acadian ballads and Creole
  • Calinda - Trinidadian folk music played during practices of the martial art of the same name
  • Čalgija - Macedonian folk style
  • Calypso - Trinidadian folk music, inspired by both African and French styles, and known for its lyrics dealing with the racist oppression of native Trinidadians at the time
  • Calypso-style baila - fusion of baila and calypso
  • Campursari - Indonesian fusion genre, combining several folk styles with pop music


  • Candombe - fusion of African and Uruguayan styles developed by African-Uruguayan slaves in the 19th century
  • Canon - any music that combines a melody with copies of itself
  • Cantata - any music sung by a choir with instrumental backing
  • Cante chico - the vocal component to flamenco music
  • Cante jondo - flamenco music that incorporates deep vocals
  • Canterbury scene - group of British avant-garde, progressive rock, and jazz fusion musicians based in the English city of Canterbury, Kent
  • Cantiñas - upbeat form of Andalusian flamenco music
  • Cantiga - Portuguese ballad style from the Middle Ages
  • Canto livre - Portuguese folk music known for its far-left political messages
  • Cantopop - any Chinese pop music sung in Cantonese
  • Canzone Napoletana - Italian music sung in Neapolitan
  • Capoeira - Brazilian music played during performances of the martial art of the same name
  • Cariso - Trinidadian folk music, often considered an early form of calypso
  • Carnatic - southern Indian classical music
  • Carol - a festive song, often sung on Christmas or, rarely, Easter
  • Cartageneras - a style of flamenco known for its focus on folklore


  • Cavacha - style of rhythm popular in Kenyan and Zairean music


  • Celempungan - Sudanese folk music
  • Cello rock - rock music that incorporates cellos
  • Celtic - folk music of the Celts, an ethnic group inhabiting Scotland, Ireland, Wales, the Isle of Man, some parts of France and Spain, and once England
  • Celtic fusion - popular music that includes a Celtic influence
  • Celtic hip hop - fusion of Celtic and hip hop music
  • Celtic metal - fusion of Celtic and heavy metal music
  • Celtic punk - fusion of Celtic and punk rock music
  • Celtic reggae - fusion of Celtic and reggae music
  • Celtic rock - fusion of Celtic and rock music


  • Cha-cha-cha - Cuban folk music
  • Chacarera - Argentinian folk and dance music
  • Chakacha - music of the Swahili people of Kenya and Tanzania
  • Chalga - fusion of Bulgarian etno-pop and dance music with Eastern and Arab elements, popular in Southern Bulgaria
  • Chamamé - style of Argentinian, Mesopotamian, and Brazilian folk music
  • Chamber - classical music performed for a small audience by a small orchestra
  • Chamber jazz - fusion of chamber and jazz music
  • Chamber pop - Fusion of alternative rock and chamber music
  • Champeta - African-Colombian folk music
  • Changüí - Cuban music that fused African and Spanish styles
  • Chanson - French vocal-driven music
  • Chant - singing or speaking rhythmically to a very small number of pitches
  • Chap hop - a variety of music originating from England that mixes the hip hop genre with elements from the Chappist or steampunk subcultures
  • Charanga - traditional Cuban dance music
  • Charanga-vallenata - fusion of charanga, vallenata, and salsa
  • Charikawi - music accompanying of the dance of the same name of the Garifuna people of west Africa
  • Chastushka - humorous and fast-paced Russian and Ukrainian folk music
  • Chầu văn - a downtempo, trance-inducing style of Vietnamese folk music


  • Chèo - a style of musical theater performed by Vietnamese peasants
  • Children's music - any music marketed towards children
  • Chicago blues - blues music performed by Chicago inhabitants
  • Chicago house - house music performed by Chicago inhabitants
  • Chicago soul - soul music performed by Chicago inhabitants
  • Chicken scratch - fusion of Native American, White American, Mexican, and European styles, performed by the Native American Tohono O'odham people
  • Chill-out - umbrella term for electronic music with a slow tempo, designed to calm people after raves
  • Chillwave - indie pop style known for its looped synths and calming effects
  • Chinese music - any music performed by Chinese people
  • Chinese rock - rock music performed by Chinese people, often fused with traditional styles
  • Chiptune - Electronic music that is made on vintage computers/game systems or emulations thereof. May also refer to electronic music that uses samples from video games or vintage computers.



  • Chumba - folk and dance style of the Garifuna people of west Africa
  • Chut-kai-pang - fusion of chutney, calypso, and parang
  • Chutney - Caribbean pop music that fuses calypso and cadence with several Indian styles
  • Chutney Soca - fusion of chutney and soca music


  • Classic country - umbrella term for country music released before the use of the term to describe it
  • Classic female blues - an early form of blues music known for its female vocalists
  • Classic rock - umbrella term for rock music released before the use of the term to describe it, but often referring to hard and blues rock of the 1960s and 1970s
  • Classical - umbrella term for Western art music known for its use of large orchestras and staff notation
  • Classical period - a clearer, slicker form of Western art music performed in the 18th and 19th centuries, known for its emphasis on homophones and melody
  • Close harmony - any music with notes performed in a close range


  • Coladeira - Cape Verdean folk music
  • Coldwave - French post-punk
  • Combined rhythm - Dutch Antillean folk music inspired by zouk, merengue, and soca
  • Comedy music - any music that incorporates heavy themes of humor and comedy
  • Comedy rap - fusion of comedy and hip hop music
  • Comedy rock - fusion of comedy and rock music
  • Comic opera - fusion of comedy and opera music
  • Compas - a modernized form of Haitian meringue music
  • Concerto - a three-part classical piece in which one instrument takes lead and is backed by an orchestra
  • Concerto grosso - a form of baroque concerto in which the soloists and orchestra alternate playing
  • Conga - Cuban music played to accompany the dance of the same name
  • Conjunto - fusion of Mexican and German styles developed by Mexican-Americans who had bought German instruments in Texas
  • Contemporary Christian music - pop music with overt Christian themes
  • Contemporary R&B - a style of R&B music popular in the 21st century that combines soul-inspired vocals with hip-hop and EDM-inspired production
  • Contradanza - 19th century Cuban dance music
  • Cool jazz - a relaxed, downtempo form of jazz heavily inspired by classical music, that existed as a reaction to the fast-paced bebop
  • Coon song - music about black stereotypes
  • Corrido - Mexican storytelling ballad


  • Country - American roots music played with acoustic guitars, banjos, fiddles, and harmonicas
  • Country blues - fusion of country and blues music
  • Country rap - fusion of country and hip hop music
  • Country rock - fusion of country and rock music
  • Country pop - fusion of country and pop music
  • Coupé-Décalé - Ivorian-French EDM drawing on zouk and African influences
  • Cowpunk - fusion of country and punk rock music


  • Cretan - Greek folk music performed by inhabitants of the island of Crete
  • Crossover thrash - fusion of thrash metal and hardcore punk
  • Crunk - fusion of hip hop and EDM, known for its heavy basslines and shouted, call-and-response vocals
  • Crunkcore - fusion of crunk and screamo
  • Crust punk - fusion of anarcho- and hardcore punk and extreme metal
  • Csárdás - Hungarian folk music
  • Cuarteto - Argentinian merengue music, originating in the city of Cordoba, and influenced also by Spanish and Italian styles
  • Cueca - umbrella term for Argentinian, Chilean, and Bolivian styles
  • Cumbia - fusion of Colombian folk music and African and Spanish styles bought from slaves and colonists, respectively
  • Cumbia villera - cumbia performed by inhabitants of the shantytowns of Buenos Ares
  • Cybergrind - fusion of grindcore and industrial


Da - De-Dh - Di-Dr - Du-Dz


  • Dabke - Arabic folk dance music, often played at weddings
  • Dadra - light vocal style of Hindustani classical music, originating from the Bundelkhand region
  • Dadra tala - a style of Hindustani classical music which utilizes six beats in two equal rows of three
  • Daina - Latvian folk music
  • Daina - Lithuanian folk music
  • Dance - any music designed to make the listener dance. Also known as club music, an offshoot to electronic music which gave rise to EDM.
  • Dance-pop - pop music with an emphasis on dance rhythms, fusion of dance and pop musical styles.
  • Dance-punk - a grittier and rawer form of new wave music, linked heavily to the contemporary indie scene
  • Dance-rock - fusion of post-punk and post-disco, linked heavily to the new wave
  • Dancehall - Jamaican pop music that abandons reggae's roots influences for a slicker, EDM-inspired production
  • Dangdut - melodic and heavily optimistic form of Indonesian pop
  • Danger - any music that will, somehow, potentially harm either the performers or the audience, linked heavily to noise rock
  • Dansband - Swedish folk music
  • Danza - Puerto Rican style of music that accompanies the ballroom-influenced dance of the same name
  • Danzón - Cuban dance music
  • Dappan koothu - Indian folk dance music, popular in the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, often used as filmi music in the movies produced in those states
  • Dark ambient - style of ambient music that creates a feeling of dread and foreboding, rather than the relaxation given off by most ambient
  • Dark cabaret - fusion of cabaret and gothic rock
  • Darkcore - techno with a dark and foreboding feel, acting as a reaction to the optimism of rave music in general
  • Darkcore - chaotic and sinister style of jungle, which relied on pitch-shifting and horror movie audio samples
  • Darkstep - style of darkcore jungle that takes its signature sinister feel and fuses it with upbeat breakbeats and ambient noises, creating an excessively chaotic tone
  • Dark wave - excessively pessimistic style of post-punk, which relied on tales of realistic sorrow, rather than the fantasy elements of the then-popular gothic rock


  • De dragoste - Romanian love music
  • Deathcore - fusion of death and punk metal
  • Deathgrind - fusion of death metal and grindcore
  • Death industrial - fusion of death and industrial metal, linked heavily to the power electronics scene
  • Death metal - Extreme metal known for its distorted guitar structure, growling vocals, blast beat drumming and dark or violent lyrics.
  • Death-doom - fusion of death and doom metal
  • Death rock - style of gothic rock known for its scratchy guitars, and lyrics focusing on supernatural and pessimistic themes, sometimes delving into intentionally campy horror themes
  • Décima - Hispanic genre of sung poetry
  • Delta blues - blues music performed by inhabitants of the Mississippi Delta
  • Deep house - form of Chicago house, inspired by jazz and soul music
  • Dementia - bizarre form of comedic avant-garde played by Dr. Demento
  • Descarga - a genre of improvised Afro-Cuban music
  • Desi - a style of Hindustani classical raga, associated with the Asavari and Kafi thaat
  • Detroit blues - blues music performed by inhabitants of Detroit, Michigan, USA
  • Detroit techno - techno performed by inhabitants of Detroit, Michigan, USA
  • Dhamar - a tala used in Hindustani classical music, associated with the dhrupad style, and played on a pakhawaj
  • Dhrupad - vocal style of Hindustani classical music, considered the oldest still being performed today
  • Dhun - a light instrumental form of Hindustani classical music


  • Digital hardcore - fusion of hardcore punk and hardcore techno, known for its far-left lyrics
  • Dirge - a song of mourning, often played at a funeral
  • Dirty rap - hip hop with sexual and pornographic themes
  • Disco - a form of music to dance to with elements of soul, pop and salsa.
  • Disco polo - Polish disco music
  • Diva house - style of house popular in LGBT nightclubs
  • Dixieland - an early form of jazz developed in New Orleans, USA
  • Djent - subgenre of progressive metal known for its elastic power chords
  • Doina - Romanian folk music, informed by Middle Eastern styles
  • Dondang Sayang - love ballads from the Malaysian state of Malacca, influenced by Portuguese styles
  • Donegal fiddle tradition - an Irish style of fiddle-playing from the Donegal county
  • Dongjing - Chinese traditional music of Nakhi people of the Yunnan province
  • Doo-wop - a simplistic and pop-oriented form of R&B known for its vocal harmonies and little to no instrumentation
  • Doom metal - A style of heavy metal known for its low-tuned sound, slow tempos, clean and non-growled vocals and pessimistic lyrics
  • Downtempo - a slow-paced style of electronic music that differs from ambient in that it also has a beat and rhythm
  • Dream pop - an atmospheric and melodic style of indie pop that makes the audience feel dreamy
  • Drone metal - fusion of drone and heavy metal music
  • Drone - experimental style of minimalism, known for drawn-out and repetitive tones, giving it a droning feel
  • Drum and bass - style of EDM known for rapid-fire breakbeats and heavy basslines
  • Drumstep - fusion of drum and bass and dubstep


  • Dub - subgenre of reggae in which pre-existing tracks are heavily remixed, emphasizing the drum and bass (or riddim) and dubbing snippets from other works
  • Dubtronica - fusion of dub and EDM
  • Dubstep - dub-inspired subgenre of UK garage known for its heavy basslines and reverberant drums
  • Dubstyle - fusion of dubstep and hardstyle
  • Dunun - family of west African drums
  • Dunedin Sound - style of indie pop based in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Dutch jazz - jazz performed by Dutch musicians


Ea-En - Er-Ez


  • Early - umbrella term for any music made from the prehistoric era until the advent of baroque music
  • East Coast blues - umbrella term for any blues music made by inhabitants of the American East Coast, usually used to refer to the New York or Piedmont scenes
  • East Coast hip hop - any hip hop produced by inhabitants of New York
  • Easy listening - pop style aimed at older listeners
  • Electric blues - style of blues played with electric instruments, most notably the electric guitar
  • Electric folk - associated with the folk revival of the 1960s, electric folk was a style of folk in which modern, often electric instruments, were substituted for classic folk instruments
  • Electro - early form of EDM which made its sounds intentionally robotic and computer-like, usually to channel a theme of transhumanism
  • Electro backbeat - any EDM which utilizes a 4/4 drum pattern
  • Electro-industrial - a style of post-industrial which used heavily produced and layered synths
  • Electro swing - fusion of EDM and swing-jazz
  • Electroclash - fusion of 1980s synthpop and 1990s techno
  • Electronic body music - EDM-informed style of post-industrial
  • Electronic dance - EDM; a fusion of electronic and dance music
  • Electronic music - music that utilizes electronic instruments, such as the synthesizer, Theremin, and computer
  • Electronic rock - fusion of electronic and rock music
  • Electronica - popular music that includes electronic instruments
  • Electropop - fusion of electronic and pop music
  • Electropunk - fusion of electronic and punk
  • Elevator music - comfortable and soothing music designed for and played in shopping malls, usually elevators therein, to create a sense of ambience and comfort
  • Emo - heavily emotional and pessimistic style of post-hardcore punk
  • Enka - a popular, modern adaptation of traditional Japanese music


  • Eremwu eu - work songs of the female bakers of the Garifuna people of west Africa
  • Ethereal wave - atmospheric subgenre of dark wave
  • Eurobeat - antecedent to Italo disco
  • Eurodance - European dance music and evolution of Euro disco that adapted elements of house and hi-NRG
  • Euro disco - European disco music, which incorporated elements of pop rock and synthpop
  • Euro house - European house music, usually a house-based form of Eurodance or Euro disco
  • Europop - European pop music
  • Eurotrance - European trance music, usually a fusion of Eurodance with uplifting trance and/or hard trance.
  • Exotica - fusion of many popular international genres from the 1950s marketed at Americans, who were attracted to the exotic label
  • Experimental - any music that breaches contemporary standards of music
  • Experimental rock - fusion of experimental and rock music
  • Extreme metal - umbrella term for aggressive, non-commercial forms of heavy metal


Fa - Fr - Fu


  • Fado - Portuguese folk music, often touching on the themes of melancholia and working class struggles
  • Falak - Afghan, Tajik, and Pakistani religious folk music
  • Fandango - Spanish music made to accompany the upbeat dance of the same name
  • Farruca - a light form of flamenco
  • Filk - style of folk (sometimes expanding to other genres) with heavy science-fiction or fantasy themes
  • Film score - any music written to act as a soundtrack to a motion picture
  • Filmi - Indian film scores
  • Filmi-ghazal - fusion of filmi and ghazal poetry
  • Fingerstyle - the act of plucking guitar strings with the fingertips
  • Flamenco - popular style of Spanish folk dance music developed in Andalusia by Romani-Spanish (or Gitanos), but latter expanding to the general Spanish populus
  • Folk metal - fusion of folk and heavy metal rock
  • Folk - broad term used to refer to the traditional music of an ethnic group, usually that performed by the working class
  • Folk pop - fusion of folk and pop music
  • Folk punk - fusion of folk and punk rock
  • Folk rock - fusion of folk and rock music
  • Folktronica - fusion of folk and electronic music
  • Forró - popular Brazilian folk dance music


  • Franco-country - style of country music performed by French-Canadians
  • Freakbeat - a frantic, raw style of beat and British Invasion music
  • Freak folk - experimental style of folk, often folk-rock
  • Free improvisation - completely uncontrolled improvisation
  • Free jazz - freely improvised jazz music
  • Free music - any music released without a pricing
  • Freestyle - Latin American electro-pop
  • Free tekno - style of techno developed by anarchists
  • Frevo - umbrella term for Brazilian dance styles associated with the Brazilian Carnivale


  • Fuji - - Nigerian folk music
  • Full on trance - style of psychedelic trance known for its rolling baselines and confrontational themes
  • Funaná - Cape Verdean accordion-based dance music
  • Funeral doom - incredibly slow style of doom metal, made to mimic funeral music
  • Funk - combination of elements of blues, jazz, and soul with the melodies and harmonies stripped in order to emphasize the bass guitar
  • Funk metal - fusion of funk and heavy metal rock
  • Funk rock - fusion of funk and rock music
  • Funky house - fusion of funk and house music
  • Furniture music - a calming, live form of background music
  • Fusion jazz - fusion of jazz and rock music
  • Future garage - style of UK garage that fused it with elements of all other contemporary EDM styles
  • Futurepop - style of EDM known for its similarities to synthpop and uplifting trance, as well as its heavy sampling

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