Timeline of electronic music genres

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A timeline of electronic music genres, with a date of origin, the locale of origin, and music samples.

Genre Date of origin Locale of origin
Electroacoustic music Early 1940s Egypt (Cairo)
Musique concrète 1940s Egypt (Cairo), France (Paris)
Acousmatic music Late 1940s France (Paris)
Drone 1960s United States
Dub Late 1960s Jamaica (Kingston)
Ambient Late 1960s – early 1970s Germany, Jamaica, Japan, United Kingdom
Electronic rock Late 1960s – early 1970s Europe, Japan, United States
Krautrock Late 1960s – early 1970s West Germany
Space music Early 1970s Germany, Japan[1][2]
Bhangra Early 1970s India, Pakistan, United Kingdom
Disco Early 1970s United States (East Coast)
Hip hop Early 1970s United States (New York)
Industrial 1975 (3 September) United Kingdom (England),[3] United States, Germany
Electronic dance music Mid-to-late 1970s Worldwide
Eurodisco Mid-to-late 1970s Europe
New wave Mid-to-late 1970s United Kingdom, United States
Space disco Mid-to-late 1970s Europe
Synthpop 1977–1980 Germany, Japan, United Kingdom
Dancehall Late 1970s Jamaica (Kingston)
Japanoise Late 1970s Japan
Industrial rock Late 1970s United States
Hi-NRG Late 1970s United States
Post-disco 1977 Worldwide
Chiptune Late 1970s – early 1980s Japan
Dance-pop Late 1970s – early 1980s United States, United Kingdom
Italo disco Late 1970s – early 1980s Italy, Spain
Electro Early 1980s Japan (Tokyo),[4] United States (New York & Detroit)
Electronic body music (EBM) Early 1980s Germany, Belgium
House 1983 United States (Chicago)
Garage house 1983 United States (New York & New Jersey)
Chicago house 1983 United States (Chicago)
Deep house 1985 United States (Chicago)
Acid house Mid-1980s United States (Chicago)
Techno Mid-1980s United States (Detroit), Germany
Detroit techno Mid-1980s United States (Detroit)
Downtempo Mid-to-late 1980s United Kingdom
Eurobeat Mid-to-late 1980s Italy, Japan, United Kingdom
Hip house Mid-to-late 1980s United States (Chicago, New York City, & Detroit), United Kingdom
Latin house Mid-to-late 1980s United States (New York City & Chicago)
New beat Mid-to-late 1980s Belgium
Acid techno Late 1980s United Kingdom, United States
Balearic beat Late 1980s Spain (Ibiza)
Breakbeat Late 1980s United Kingdom, United States
Eurodance Late 1980s Belgium, Germany, Netherlands
Funky house Late 1980s United States
Ghetto house Late 1980s United States (Chicago)
Italo house Late 1980s Italy
Kwaito Late 1980s South Africa (Johannesburg)
Tech house Late 1980s United States, Spain (Ibiza)
Tribal house Late 1980s United States
Trip hop 1988 United Kingdom (Bristol)
Ambient house 1989 United Kingdom, Japan
Ambient techno Late 1980s – early 1990s United Kingdom, United States
Breakbeat hardcore Late 1980s – early 1990s United Kingdom (London, Stafford, Manchester, Coventry)
Hardcore Late 1980s – early 1990s Netherlands, United Kingdom
Trance Late 1980s – early 1990s United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands
Dark electro 1990 Europe
Industrial techno 1990 United Kingdom
Progressive house 1990 Europe
Acid trance 1991 Europe
Ambient dub 1991 United Kingdom (London)
Baltimore club 1991 United States (Baltimore)
Glitch 1991 Germany, Japan[5]
Goa trance 1991 India (Goa)[6][7]
Intelligent dance music (IDM) 1991 Japan, United Kingdom
Psychedelic trance 1991 India (Goa)
Psydub 1991 United Kingdom (London)
UK hard house 1991 United Kingdom
Balearic trance 1992 Spain (Ibiza)
Big beat 1992 United Kingdom (London)
Dream trance 1992 Italy
Electronica 1992 United Kingdom
Gabber 1992 Netherlands (Rotterdam)
Jungle 1992 United Kingdom (London & Bristol), Jamaica
Hard trance 1992 Germany
Illbient 1992 United States (New York City)
Progressive breaks 1992 United Kingdom, United States
Progressive trance 1992 Europe
Ragga jungle 1992 United Kingdom (London)
Tech trance 1992 Europe
Bitpop 1993 Europe, Japan, United States
Bouncy techno 1993 United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany
Dub techno 1993 United Kingdom, Germany
Drum and bass 1993 United Kingdom (London & Bristol)
Free tekno 1993 Europe
Minimal techno 1993 United States (Detroit), Germany (Berlin)
Indietronica 1994 United Kingdom
Speed garage 1994 United Kingdom (London)
UK garage 1994 United Kingdom (London)
French house 1995 France
Funky breaks 1995 United Kingdom
Ghettotech 1995 United States (Detroit & Chicago)
Breakcore Mid-1990s United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands
Jump-up Mid-1990s United Kingdom (London)
Hardstep Mid-1990s United Kingdom
Nu-disco Mid-1990s United Kingdom
Suomisaundi Mid-1990s Finland
Techstep Mid-1990s United Kingdom
Vocal trance Mid-1990s Europe
Darkstep Mid-to-late 1990s United Kingdom
Drill 'n' bass Mid-to-late 1990s United Kingdom
Futurepop Mid-to-late 1990s Europe
Hardtechno Mid-to-late 1990s Europe
Microhouse Mid-to-late 1990s Europe
Nitzhonot Mid-to-late 1990s Israel
Asian underground 1997 United Kingdom
Broken beat 1997 United Kingdom (London)
2-step garage Late 1990s United Kingdom (London)
Electroclash Late 1990s United States (New York City & Detroit), Germany, Netherlands
Jersey club Late 1990s United States (New Jersey)
Juke Late 1990s United States (Chicago)
Uplifting trance Late 1990s Germany
Dubstep 1998 United Kingdom (London)
Liquid funk 1999 United Kingdom
Bass music (EDM) Late 1990s – early 2000s United Kingdom
Bassline Late 1990s – early 2000s United Kingdom (Sheffield & Leeds)
Breakstep Late 1990s – early 2000s United Kingdom (London)
Dark psy Late 1990s – early 2000s Europe, Russia
Electro house Late 1990s – early 2000s Worldwide
Footwork Late 1990s – early 2000s United States (Chicago)
Full-on Late 1990s – early 2000s Europe
Hardstyle Late 1990s – early 2000s Netherlands
Progressive psytrance Late 1990s – early 2000s Europe
Jumpstyle 2000 Belgium, Netherlands
Grime 2000 United Kingdom (London)
Hands up 2000 Germany
Electronicore Early 2000s Japan, North America, United Kingdom
Hardbass Early 2000s Russia
Nortec Early 2000s Mexico (Tijuana)
Tecno brega Early 2000s Brazil (Belém)
Funktronica Early-to-mid 2000s United States
Fidget house 2005 Europe
Future garage 2005 United Kingdom (London)
Synthwave 2006 France [8]
UK funky 2006 United Kingdom (London)
Wonky 2006 United Kingdom
Balearica 2007 Europe
Brostep 2007 United States
Chillwave 2007 United States
Dutch house 2007 Netherlands
UK bass 2007 United Kingdom
Witch house 2007 United States, Japan
Big room house 2008 Europe
Complextro 2008 United States
Drumstep 2008 United Kingdom
Dubstyle 2009 Netherlands
Future bass 2009 United Kingdom, United States
Moombahton 2009 United States
Post-dubstep 2009 United Kingdom
Melbourne Bounce Early 2010s Australia (Melbourne)
Outsider house 2010 United States
Trap (EDM) 2010 United States
Moombahcore 2011 United States
Future funk 2012 Worldwide
Jungle terror 2012 Netherlands, Netherlands
Tropical house 2012 Europe
Future house 2013 Europe
Gqom 2013 South Africa (Durban)
Hardvapour 2015 Worldwide
Amapiano 2016 South Africa
Hyperpop 2016 United Kingdom, United States
Future bass 2016 Europe
Slap house Late 2010s – early 2020s Europe
Future rave Early 2020s France, Denmark

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Thom Holmes (2015), Electronic and Experimental Music: Technology, Music, and Culture, page 453, Routledge
  3. ^ In this interview at 21:46, Genesis P-Orridge, for the first time, specifies the origin date and origin location of the term Industrial Music - Monte Cazassa and Genesis P-Orridge coined the term Industrial Music on Sept 3, 1975 in a park in The London Borough of Hackney, UK.
  4. ^ David Toop (March 1996), "A-Z Of Electro", The Wire, no. 145, retrieved 2011-05-29
  5. ^ Christoph Cox & Daniel Warner (2004), Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music, page 396, A&C Black
  6. ^ St John, Graham (1 June 2004). Rave Culture and Religion. Routledge. p. 242. ISBN 9781134379729. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  7. ^ D'Andrea, Anthony (24 January 2007). Global Nomads: Techno and New Age as Transnational Countercultures in Ibiza. Routledge. p. 177. ISBN 9781134110506. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  8. ^ "The Origins of Synthwave - PART 1".