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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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'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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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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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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"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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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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Is there In English a music genre characterised by long songs? Similar to Tarab

I'm a Lebanese, in the Arab world, we had singers who sang extremely long songs, ranging from 30 to 130 min, the genre is called Tarab, طرب. It's no longer popular nowadays because today's generation ...
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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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Is "soundtrack" really a genre?

I have a lot of music composed for video games which I enjoy listening to. So naturally, I imported it into iTunes on my computer for ease of playback, playlists, sharing to devices, etc. I noticed ...
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What classifies a band as "indie"?

Is "indie" a moniker that indicates their record company is of a certain size, or not part of a larger music conglomerate, or is it a style or subgenre? Googling this seems to come up with multiple ...
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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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What defines Bebop as a jazz style/subgenre?

What separates Bebop from other jazz styles and subgenres? Which new things did it brought when compared to other jazz of the era? Which are the defining elements of Bebop jazz?
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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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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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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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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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Musical difference between "Chicago blues" and "Detroit blues"

When hearing a song for the first time, how can I tell whether it is Chicago blues or Detroit blues? Chicago blues and Detroit blues each have their own article on Wikipedia, the latter saying that ...
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Why do we associate different types of music with different behaviour?

Why is it that we associate metal and dubstep, for example, with aggressive behaviour, and we associate classical music with calm behavior? Is it based on superstition, or is there something else ...
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Studies about stereotypes' accuracy of different genre listeners

We all have in mind when we think of a typical metal listener a person wearing black clothes, long haired, with big black boots and etc. For almost each genre, there exist stereotypes of the typical ...
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What exactly is slam death metal?

What exactly is it, what is the differences between say deathcore and slam death, what are the main differences, does it have more than one sound? All the slam i have heard sounds like devourment.
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Does a genre describe an artist, a song, or both?

I've seen the term genre being used to refer to a specific song and other times to refer to an artist or their album. While typical there isn't much difference, many artists write songs of different ...
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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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What defines cool jazz as a jazz style/sub-genre?

What separates cool jazz from other jazz styles and sub-genres? Which patterns are commonly found in it? Which are the key and defining characteristics of cool jazz? What makes a cool jazz song a cool ...
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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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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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Material for rock history

I have been listening to rock songs for a couple of years now. I read several wiki articles, lyrics interpretation sites and so on. I have so many questions in my mind like: The 'inheritance' ...
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Is vaporwave the first global genre that originated online?

In the video Vaporwave: A Brief History of a Genre That No One Has Heard Of, the narrator says (from 0:50 to 0:59; my transcription, so might contain mistakes): It [the vaporwave genre] ...
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Web resource with different genres as a graph (and samples)

I remember a page (flash based?, it was like 7 years ago i visited it) where the genres were displayed as a graph, with edges between related genres, and I think you could listen to samples on each of ...
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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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What is hard bop?

How can one define the jazz style hard bop? In which way is it different from bebop? Which are the main characteristics of the style?
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Oh True Love - Everly Brothers

There were numerous such songs in 50's. All of them are characterized by the same rhythm and typically they are very similar. Is there some name for this kind of songs?
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What genre of music does G3: Vai, Satrianni, Malmsteen represent, what is the name for their guitar tone?

To me it seems that their basic tone falls in the same broad category of 'singing, sustained, liquid leads'. Heavy metal is commonly named as the genre (at least on wikipedia), yet heavy metal amps ...
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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 defines swing as a music genre/style?

Which patterns are commonly found in swing music? Which are swing's key and defining characteristics? What makes a swing song a swing song?
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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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What are popular genre of music in U.S

I am trying to find out popularity of music genres. This page provides the popularity of music genre, but its little old, can anyone share the ranking of genres based on popularity?
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What's the difference between experimental and avant-garde music?

As far as I know, avant-garde is about fusing different styles of music and adding different instruments, and experimental is just about experimenting with whatever the artist wants. Is avant-garde ...
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Looking for songs with tension-building guitar hammer-ons

I recently first listened to 'Can't Stop' by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I really like how this song builds up tension in the beginning using a (I think) guitar hammer-ons technique. I could swear I ...
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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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What genre the group VersaEmerge plays?

I really enjoy this band and their style of music. But there is no conrete information about the genre they play. It has quite an electronic touch. But I can't say exactly. The Wikipedia page and ...
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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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What defines ragtime as a music genre/style?

What makes a ragtime song a ragtime song? Which are the key and defining elements of ragtime? What differentiates it from other music from the era?
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What is Freebop?

In several liner notes the word "Freebop" is used to describe the music of Miles Davis' second quintet in the mid-60's. The writers usually use the term seemingly expecting the reader to know what it ...
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Is there an easy process to figure out a song's specific genre? [duplicate]

I always hear music that is apparently one genre, but it's actually another for some reason. For example, earlier today I was listening to Infected Mushroom and I noticed some of their songs are ...
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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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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 is Hillbilly Boogie?

I love blues rock and like some of related folk music. What is hillbilly boogie? Is it much different than normal boogie?
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how a musician feels inspired by music of a different genre?

It happens sometimes, I'm watching a music documentary for example about a rock band or any other purpose. And you know the guitarist that is talking, you know how he plays, you probably are fan, but ...
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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 ...