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How to determine the genre of a song?

The description of a genre is a collection of patterns. Songs that share patterns can be grouped in a genre that describes those patterns. You can find these patterns in any music dynamic: rhythm, ...
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Why does rap music belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

It's probably worth mentioning what "rock and roll" actually is. There are two definitions of "rock and roll". The first definition is a genre popular of music that originated in ...
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What's the difference between house and techno?

I would answer this in two ways: HISTORICALLY, "house" and "techno" are two regional variations of post-disco club music that grew up more or less simultaneously. House music is associated with ...
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"Oh we got both kinds. We got Country and Western." But what's actually the difference?

Country music is originally from the American South, it has origins in rural folk music, and originally centered around the lifestyle of farmers, miners and other blue-collar, rural Americans, usually ...
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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? Era: Given that 'Rock' evolved (and encompasses) 'Rock n Roll', one defining aspect of ...
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How to determine the genre of a song?

Visit http://everynoise.com/engenremap.html Scroll to the right and you'll find a little search box at the top of the screen, so now type in an artist e.g. Queen All genres associated with all songs ...
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Why do music genres exist?

In answering your title question, I agree with the other answer here (from Tetsujin): genres exist because classification Is What We Do and our brains our wired for the use of heuristics (see, for ...
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What is "The Seattle Sound"?

I have listened to a lot of music from the list you named and if I am not mistaken this is what it means: From Wikipedia: Grunge (sometimes referred to as the Seattle sound) is a subgenre of ...
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What classifies a band as "indie"?

Originally the term 'Indie' was a shortened form of 'Independent', as in not tied to a major record label. Of course, over the years, 'Indie' has become a genre of music so now refers to a style of ...
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Why do music genres exist?

Humans like pigeon-holes. They make people feel comfortable that they can categorise something, to put it in a slot they already understand. Humans are very uncomfortable with things that don't fit ...
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Studies about stereotypes' accuracy of different genre listeners

The British site YouGov runs surveys online and via mobile. They recently released a 'profiler' service on the site that links basically anything to anything. In other words, you can enter a band name ...
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Is "soundtrack" really a genre?

In the technical musical sense described in Wikipedia, soundtrack isn't a genre. It's better to think of iTunes genre as a one-word album description chosen from a menu of simple choices. It's usually ...
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Does a genre describe an artist, a song, or both?

It depends how tiny you make each pigeon-hole. In the 'old days' you were either pop, rock, dance, jazz etc. It didn't really differentiate much finer than that. The we got heavy rock, then heavy ...
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Why is the word "blue" so commonly used everywhere in Jazz: from lyrics, song titles, to record label names?

The blue note refers to a particular type of note: In jazz and blues, a blue note (also "worried" note1) is a note that—for expressive purposes—is sung or played at a slightly different pitch than ...
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Are there other "psychedelic" genres than rock?

There is certainly a psychedelic funk genre, or so the creators of the band Funkadelic, a portmanteau of "funk" and "psychedelic", believed. They released three albums during their actual psychedelic ...
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Does aging affect our taste in music?

A recent scientific research project actually demonstrated that yes, statistically speaking, your personal tastes align less and less with what's currently popular with each passing year. http://www....
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What exactly is 'epic music'?

joseem invited me to provide an answer based on my previous answer in I would like to get some fresh epic music. "Epic" music will be slightly different for everyone, and I think we can separate it ...
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What's the difference between Bluegrass and Country?

Bluegrass is a sub-genre of Country Music with characteristics that differentiate it from mainstream Country: The instrumentation is purely 'string band' based: Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle and ...
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Gospel music, specific term for a certain style

Chris Sunami is right-on: soul is the secular continuation of the kind of gospel music you describe, and if you're interested in not being limited to religious music, it's the place to start. It's ...
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What defines rock music as a genre?

Theodore Gracyk (Rhythm and Noise, Duke UP, 1996) makes the interesting claim that what separates "rock" from jazz, blues, soul and other kinds of rhythm & blues (including 1950s rock 'n' roll) is ...
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Why do music genres exist?

Most genres initially develop within a tight-knit, geographically delineated community of musicians and fans. They embody, in some sense, the culture and the preoccupations of that group. As they ...
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Musical difference between "Chicago blues" and "Detroit blues"

They're really just more to tell where a blues performer is from rather then describe the music as Chicago blues is blues from Chicago and Detroit blues is from Detroit. Just in general in music ...
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Is there still any potential for a major new popular music genre to appear?

First of all (this is a personal gripe), 'pop' isn't a genre of music. It's short for 'popular' and therefore, by it's very nature will keep on inverting itself. What was 'pop' (popular) in the 50's ...
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Are there other "psychedelic" genres than rock?

There's also psychedelic folk, from Simon & Garfunkel and the Byrds in the 60's through to modern groups like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and the Shins. Leaves That Are Geen - Simon &...
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Why does rap music belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame covers a multitude of "popular" music that is legendary and groundbreaking. Their inductees range from Jelly Roll Morton to Metallica. The Hall seeks to induct artists ...
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