Questions tagged [genre]

For general questions related to musical genres and how they are defined, grouped or marketed. Do not use this tag to identify a genre (use the [identify-this-genre] tag instead) or for asking what bands or songs count as what genres.

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Why does rap music belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

This morning N.W.A. was announced as a 2016 inductee (coverage by Rolling Stone) into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In case you are not familiar, N.W.A. (the name stands for "Niggaz Wit ...
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What is the genre of Breakup by Aaron Zigman [closed]

I am trying to figure out the genre of this song so I can find more like it, but don't know how: Specifically, the section from 1:07 till 1:57
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What is a "bubble mix"?

A coworker of mine described Girl Talk's All Day as "a bubble mix" when I introduced it to him. It sounded a bit derisive, actually. I've never heard that term before, and all Google was no ...
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Doom Metal vs Epic Doom Metal

This is really pedantic, but I'm making a sub-genre specific Metal playlists on Spotify and I'm wondering if I should differentiate between these two, or if the differences are minor enough that one ...
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What is the name of this 50s/60s symphonic soundtrack style and who makes it nowadays?

Examples: This Christmas movie song MacArthur Park, though without the rock tinges. Can't think of a particular scene, but think of the stereotype of a scene where someone hears something shocking ...
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House, Garage, UK Garage, Speed Garage: What's the difference?

When talking about early electronic music, and the house scene specifically (in contrast with the Techno scene), four styles are always mentioned, and used interchangeably in many contexts (including ...
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Why is Heilung so related to metal?

According to Wikipedia, Heilung is classified as "Experimental folk", while some other use the term "Neo Folk". They describe their music as "amplified history from early medieval northern Europe". ...
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What is Pop Music?

Does something just have to be popular to be described as pop, or is there more to it? If it's just a question of popularity, how popular do you have to be to be 'pop'? Is pop a genre in its own ...
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What's the purpose of having so many subgenres of music?

I am quite aware that there are more than a thousand subgenres for music. So what is the use for them? Who needs them and why?
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Is there a term that describes such songs?

I've recently listened to a couple of songs and found a common beat. A quick google search for their genre shows that they fall under the umbrella of Hip-Hop/Rap. However, searching for 'Hip-Hop/Rap' ...
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Is there still any potential for a major new popular music genre to appear?

I'm of the generation that had their teenage years in the 90s. At that time, the mid-70s seemed musically very different - who could imagine a world with no techno and no hip-hop? The mid-90s are now ...
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What is the difference between R&B/Soul music of today than the traditional R&B/Soul?

I was listening to artists such as RINI, Sabrina Claudio and Bryson Tyler and lthough I can identify that they are very much R&B/Soul artists, I don't know why. I've searched up the ...
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What exactly is 'epic music'?

I have listened to some 'epic' music online and I find I more or less like it. But I'm having trouble understanding what makes it epic. For example, wikipedia mentions that this type of music can be ...
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Is there really a difference between Prog Rock and Art Rock?

I often see bands labeled with both genres, and even in the Wikipedia entry for Art Rock it says Progressive Rock under "Other Names" and vice versa. Of course, one of the terms (prog) being ...
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Discovering traditional international music

What are some good ways of discovering traditional music from around the world? When I try to find music from other cultures, I usually wind up finding: 1) Westernized pop music from those countries ...
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Definition of the cyberpunk genre?

How is the cyberpunk genre defined? Wikipedia says: Some musicians and acts have been classified as cyberpunk due to their aesthetic style and musical content. Often dealing with dystopian visions ...
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Are Bob Dylan's songs considered to have been part of a new brand of musical genre?

Bob Dylan's lyrics are one of a kind. To me his songs are categorized as a different genre of music. For example, his song 'Tambourine Man': He sings the song like prose with a tune, harmonica, and ...
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What genre best fits "Infinity" by LEMMiNO [closed]

Which genre of music is LEMMiNO's "Infinity"? I'm interested in exploring similar types of music.
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What traditional songs do parents and close family sing to their young (birth - 4) children? [closed]

Background I met a boy, about five years old, from a Persian family, and wanted to teach him some familiar (to him) songs on the piano. However, the children's songs familiar to me were not familiar ...
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Is there a composer who made a fusion between Latin and Bebop Jazz?

I'm lately really into Bebop music, like Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers and also Tecno Brega, really low-profile dance music from Brazil. I was wondering if there is like a fusion of these 2 ...
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Recognising genre and sub-genre

Is it possible to recognise a genre/sub-genre by listening a song? Is there any authority to approve a music genre? On what basis are they defined?
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What genre are groups like Chevelle, Helmet, Tool

Do all these groups fall in the same genre? If so, what genre is it? A Perfect Circle Breaking Benjamin Bullet for my Valentine Chevelle Deftones Helmet Linkin Park (early work) Nine Inch Nails Red ...
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Whats the genre of Hamilton Songs (Washington on your Side)

What is the genre of Washington on your side, , as performed in Hamilton?
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What is the difference between R&B and Hip Hop, and what are some (most famous) examples of these and areas of overlap?

I'm a bit shy to post here... I listen to a lot of music, many times I might know the name of the singer, our band, but most of the time I don't even know what style I am listening to. It may even ...
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What genre is "Dragonborn" by Jeremy Soule?

I really like this song, and would absolutely love to listen to songs like this when trying to read. I would sort of call it "classical", but I don't know how to distinguish the punchy ...
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Are there other "psychedelic" genres than rock?

Commonly I've seen psychedelic rock starts with The Doors and others, but is there any other "psychedelic-something" (i.e. "psychedelic jazz") genre? What are the examples (of the psychedelic-...
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Do genres have anything to do with what we like?

Many people say that one of the main purposes of genres and subgenres is to identify what we as individuals like to hear and what we don't like to hear. Here is a small selection of the artists I ...
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Jazz and hip hop aren't genres but approaches to music?

I remember a friend of mine (who studied music) told me once: Jazz and hip hop are not really genres. But they are actually approaches to music. Have any famous jazz or hip hop artists held this ...
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Any Plunderphonics recommendations? [closed]

I recently got into Plunderphonics and I'm aware of the works of John Oswald, Negativland, The Residents, The Avalanches, and Orchid Spangiafora. As I searched for more, I saw that finding ...
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Why is "Time Was" by Wishbone Ash considered progressive rock?

Some characteristics of prog that it seems to be missing: Very long songs and solos ✅Okay, so it's almost 10 minutes long, I'll give it that. More jazz or classical influences than blues ❌Time Was ...
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What is "The Seattle Sound"?

You often hear of early 90's Seattle music as having "Th Seattle Sound". What, exactly, are they talking about? Seattle has birthed Heart, Jimi Hendrix, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Nirvana and ...
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Genre which is purely rhythmic

I am interested in music which is purely rhythmic (where there is little variation in notes and instruments, the main interest of the music is the rhythmic patterns) preferably with unusual rhythmic ...
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What's the difference between Bluegrass and Country?

I'm diving into North American folklore music of the 20th century, and two of the staples are the Bluegrass and Country genres / styles. They seem to be intimately connected though, so: How are they ...
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How to determine the genre of a song?

I listen to many songs and I always wonder how the genre of a song is determined. Is it by listening to the song, or by the song's info like the artist, year released and so on?
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What are the defining characteristics of dubstep as an electronic music genre?

I know many dubstep styles don't use the "wobble" effect at all, and that the "wobble" effect is used by many other genres, so it's not a defining characteristic, even if it's sometimes considered a ...
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Why do music genres exist?

For instance, every band/artist is unique to what they call themselves (performer/stage name.) It would seem easier to describe a taste in music by specific bands you enjoy versus a particular genre. ...
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What is the difference between post-rock and shoegaze?

For me, Balmorhea was always an example of shoegazing. But now Wikipedia says, its post-rock. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balmorhea_(band)) What is the differentiating aspect between these genres, ...
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Genre of two songs

The genre of Love Yourself by Justin Bieber is Dance/Electronic. But the genre of Dancing On My Own by Calum Scott is Pop. They both are a bit sad and go slowly. So why are they considered different ...
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What's the difference between house and techno?

Both are considered pillars of electronic dance music, and probably its most known and recognized genres. They are often used interchangeably, sometimes to refer to electronic dance music in general, ...
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Why is the word "blue" so commonly used everywhere in Jazz: from lyrics, song titles, to record label names?

John Coltrane's "Blue Train", Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue", the record label "Blue Note". The list goes on and on. What's the reason behind the word "blue" and the Jazz genre being so closely tied?
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What defines rock music as a genre?

Which patterns, instruments, characteristics (or whatever) does a song need to have to be considered rock? Can this be objectively analyzed? If not, which subjective dynamics are involved?
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Can new-age be considered an indie genre?

Can new-age be considered an indie genre? Like Enya—the genre of her music is considered new-age, but I do not see many differences in her music from indie music. . .
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Is the old myth of reggae's creation true?

I've heard many times that reggae music what created by slowing down the ska beat by a too hot summer for the sake of dancers. I'm aware of the deep link between carribean musics and dance, so can it ...
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What music genre has noisy, distorted vocals and somewhat scary synth sounds?

I heard 5 songs with these genre characteristics approx. 3 months ago, the genre used by these songs (ALL of them) had distorted and low pitch vocals, noisy and scary synth sounds (with vibrato, ...
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Am I eclectic for listening to Pink Floyd [closed]

Currently, at work, I've got into a debate with someone who isn't very well versed in the nuances of music. They detest Pink Floyd and argue with my claim that I have eclectic music tastes because I ...
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What are the inefficiencies of Spotify? [closed]

I've been recommended unrelated songs a few times on Spotify. Many times the recommended songs do not carry the mood of the previous song. Have you also experienced the same as songs of different ...
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American music vs the rest of the world

Which artist have made a huge impact in the world in terms of music sales, that is not from USA? We know Micheal Jackson is among the names in American musicians.
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Is black metal without cult of evil esthetics still black metal

Does trebly distorted guitar with a lot of tremolo picking and dissonant intervals can be called black metal no matter what subject it refers? Or it is another genre then? Some genres definitions ...
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What acts play somber, soulful blues like Cassandra Wilson's cover of "Death Letter Blues" (True Detective season 3 theme)?

Cassandra Wilson is mostly a jazz musician, but recorded a cover of "Death Letter Blues" (used as the theme song for True Detective season 3) that -- unlike Son House's original -- is rich with a ...
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What is the difference between Trap and Drill?

What is the difference between the "Trap" and "Drill" subgenres of rap music? Both sound very similar.