9 of the Most Popular Music Genres


We all have our favourite music genres. Distorted electric guitar sounds are often labeled as rock or heavy metal. Some of the genres are classified by musical instruments used and some are based on patterns and timings. Here are some of the 9 most popular music genres in music.


1. Country

Country music originated from the south of the United States and evolved from a combination of different folk styles. It combines musical influences of Irish and Celtic folk as well as English ballads and cowboy music.


2. Classical

Classical music refers to a broad range of orchestral styles between 1750 to 1820. It is evolved as a reaction to the rules and restrictions found in baroque music that came before it. Classical music contains an amazing range of styles and categories and remains popular in our modern-day.


3. Dance

Dance is categorised as electronic music. It’s a modern genre with its roots in the late 1980s to the early 1990s. Musicians from the Pet Shop Boys to Fatboy Slim produced music in the dance genre. It is a broad genre as it includes a large number of sub-genres, some of which have become so popular it is considered full genres on their own.


4. Drum and Bass (Jungle)

Drum and bass is one such sub-genre that grew into a genre on its own from dance music. It is characterised by high BPM drums and heavy basslines and its harmonics are heavily borrowed from other genres. It is one of the most recognisable genres of music.


5. Dubstep

Dubstep evolved from garage and drum and bass. It became popular in the early 2000s and also consists of heavy bass lines and distorted tones found in drum and bass. Dubstep is a combination of garage timing and urban influences and is extremely energetic.


6. Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

Electronic dance music is the biggest sub-genre of dance. It is the fastest-growing genre of music and rose in popularity thanks to DJs like David Guetta, Calvin Harris, and Tiesto headlining this genre. It is closely associated with House music from the 1990s and came about after the decline of disco.


EDM is now mainstream and a part of the dance music genre with big-name DJ gigs headlining party events around the world.


7. Funk

Funk is characterised by syncopated beats and heavy bass lines with distinctive grooves. It rose to popularity in the 1960s with influences from African American music such as soul, jazz, and R&B. It has gone on to influence almost every other genre of music from dance to modern rock.


8. Hip Hop

Hip hop has grown to be a broad musical category like dance. It evolved out of a cultural explosion in the United States with vinyl records mixed on turntables and incorporating rap genre along with heavy bass-lines and samples. Lil Nas X and The Notorious B.I.G. are some of the most influential hip-hop artists.

9. Pop

Pop is another broad genre sound. Any music that is designed for the masses and is played mainstream on the radio can be categorised as pop or popular music. Pop has evolved from almost every genre from Motown to metal, hip hop to drum and bass.

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