So I’ve decided to create the biggest most comprehensive list of the different types of music genres out there. This list of music genres 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.

Music is one of the oldest and arguably the most popular form of art. Everybody listens to music and over the years, experts have been continuously studying why it has such huge effects on people. We watch music videos, buy singles and CD’s, attend concerts and give attention on almost everything about the music and our favorite artists.

As time passes by, more and more music genres are being introduced in the music scene. The heavy metal genre has been a huge hit, influencing people of all ages and nationalities. Read on as we list down ten sub-genres that fall under the metal or heavy metal music.

Black Metal

Black metal music uses melody to create an illusion of atmospheric emotion and isolation. This music was born out of conflict brought about by war, racism, natural selection, misunderstanding and others. The main message of black metal music is for people suffering from isolation to rise and fight to overcome difficulties brought about by the judgmental society. Though black music is often related to crimes and mayhem in the west, there’s no doubt that it’s an honest and emotional expression of feelings from people who wants to be heard. Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse and Suffocation are considered some of the greatest artists of this genre.


The name thrash came from the word “thrashers” or teenage skate boarders. This genre incorporates heavy metal and punk music, giving focus on the view of punk music which questions how the society treat people who seem weird and different from others. Conceived in the 1980’s, trash gave popularity to artists including Metallica and Exodus. The later generation of Thrash music involving artists like D.R.I and Corrosion of Conformity started to strengthen the integration of hard core music to punk roots.


The main objective of Grindcore artists is to create sounds which are generally hard to listen to. This sound must be off time, semi-coherent, speedy, highly intensified and ugly. Technically, this genre is a combination of hardcore punk, death metal and thrashes music. Grindcore music usually sounds so off and creates an idea that the artist is singing from the outer space. The lyrics often talks about death, blood and other human limitations. At times, it also talks about political issues. Pig destroyer, Carcass and Nasum are some of the biggest names in this genre.

Speed Metal

Vendetta, Destruction and Raven are some of the most popular speed metal bands. To be a speed metal artist, one has to be very careful in playing electric guitar. Speed metal is about energetic playing of the guitar to create and enigmatic and influential sound. Speed metal is probably one of the most popular and entertaining genres of heavy metal music because it reaches wider audience.

True Metal

Also known as Traditional or Classic Metal, True Metal is said to be the ancestor of all other genres of heavy metal music. Rooted in 1980’s, True Meta introduced big names like Judas Priest, Manowar and Iron Maiden. The first True Metal bands use raging sounds and few lyrics but later on, other pioneering artists like Ironsword emerged, using rawer music production and gruffer vocals.

Power Metal

Power Metal is much easier to distinguish than other sub-genres of heavy metal. It incorporates music and vocals in a more subtle way. The lyrics are usually about a wide range of topics but sang on faster way incorporating strong music background and accentuated with keyboards. Just like other sub-genres, it makes use of the guitar more than other instruments but vocals are not left behind. Most power metal artists like HammerFall and Gamma Ray came from the Europe.

Progressive Metal

Known as the most artistic heavy metal genre, Progressive metal carefully combines progressive art rock of the 70’s and other heavy metal sounds to create more complex sounds. The modern Progressive Metal was pioneered by a band named Fates Warning in 1908’s.

Death Metal

As the name implies, Death Metal usually tackles about life and death and is almost comparable to Black Metal. The only difference is that while the former uses more subtle and emotional sound, Death metal is all about violent sound. It’s very easy to distinguish since it can be both melodic and harsh. Pioneers of Death Metal include Death and Slayer, two bands which emerged in mid-1980’s.

Doom Metal

Founded by St. Vitus and Candlemass, Doom Metal tackles sensitive topics of harshness and despair. The first Doom Metal albums are composed of a series of long songs that almost tell a novel. Doom Metal bands are known to sing about mourning, death, war and other tragic events. At times, they tackle all these issues at once, making listeners feel a subtle kind of feeling of sadness. This genre has been very popular for telling real stories of real people.

Gothic Metal

Gothic Metal artists like Theatre of Tragedy, Evanescence and Paradise lost are different from other heavy metal artists because they usually use female vocals with a male voice growling in the background. The number of Gothic Metal bands skyrocketed in the 1990’s when people are cheering mostly for cute pop artists. Today, this music genre has evolved, using techniques of other heavy metal bands while sticking to soprano female voices.