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 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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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 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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I would like to get some fresh epic music

I am finding some epic music, like Strength of a Thousand Man from Thomas Bergersen or Time from Hans Zimmer. Thanks.
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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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Does aging affect our taste in music?

When I was in school I was fan of pop music as I grow up I found Rock more interesting. Later I found myself more in hiphop which end into trance,techno and electronic music in college days. Now I ...
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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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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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Gospel music, specific term for a certain style

Gospel is a very broad term for a lot of different genres and styles of music. I really enjoy the "toe-tapping", "black gospel" variant, including songs as "Oh happy day" "I go to the rock" "I can ...
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Is there a service that tags songs based on the subject matter of the lyrics?

Today we are improving tagging a song/album/artist a lot with music streaming applications where music search is pivotal. I'm looking for a certain type of music which concerns the lyrics, so I'm ...
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Where did synth-pop and electro-pop come from, and what it's difference?

I recognize that they're both using synthesizer on their songs, that I think that they're came from the same roots, but nowadays they likely to expand their type. For example, I define The 1975 (band)...
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"Oh we got both kinds. We got Country and Western." But what's actually the difference?

When were "Country" and "Western" music regarded as two distinct styles? Where did these terms come from, and what was the distinction? Is there anything that could be put forward as an example of '...
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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 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 ...