Music Genres

Blues          Classical         Alternative      Country     Electronic         Gospel      R&B      Reggae     Rock     Hip-Hop/Rap

Definition of Music:
The art of arranging sounds in time so as to produce a continuous, unified, and evocative composition, as through melody, harmony, rhythm, and timbre.
2. Vocal or instrumental sounds possessing a degree of melody, harmony, or rhythm.
a. A musical composition.
b. The written or printed score for such a composition.
c. Such scores considered as a group: We keep our music in a stack near the piano.
4. A musical accompaniment.
5. A particular category or kind of music.
6. An aesthetically pleasing or harmonious sound or combination of sounds: the music of the wind in the pines.


 Blues: A style of music that evolved from southern African-American secular songs and is usually distinguished by a strong 4/4 rhythm, flatted thirds and sevenths, a 12-bar structure, and lyrics in a three-line stanza in which the second line repeats the first

"The Blues... it's 12-bar, bent-note melody is the anthem of a race, bonding itself together with cries of shared self victimization. Bad luck and trouble are always present in the Blues, and always the result of others, pressing upon unfortunate and down trodden poor souls, yearning to be free from life's' troubles. Relentless rhythms repeat the chants of sorrow, and the pity of a lost soul many times over. This is the Blues."- W.C. Handy


Blues Artists:

Blues artists include: BB-King, Smokey Robinson, Eric Clapton


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Classical: Serious or conventional music following long-established principles rather than a folk, jazz, or popular tradition.


Types of Classical:

Classical Artists:

Classical artist include: Mozart, Bach, Beethoven

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Alternative rock (also called alternative music, alt-rock or simply alternative) is a genre of rock music that emerged in the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. Alternative rock consists of various subgenres that have emerged from the independent music scene since the 1980s, such as grunge, Britpop, gothic rock, and indie pop. These genres are unified by their collective debt to the style and/or ethos of punk rock, which laid the groundwork for alternative music in the 1970s.[1] At times alternative rock has been used as a catch-all phrase for rock music from underground artists in the 1980s, and all music descended from punk rock (including punk itself, New Wave, and post-punk).

Alternative Artists:

Alternative artists include: U-2, Linkin Park, Green Day, Foo Fighters, Blink-182

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Country: A type of 20th-century popular music based on White folk music of the southeastern US Sometimes shortened to country

Types Of Country:

Country Artists:

Country Artists include: Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Faith Hill, Shania Twain


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Electronic: A form of music consisting of sounds produced by oscillating electric currents either controlled from an instrument panel or keyboard or prerecorded on magnetic tape

"Electronic music is produced from a wide variety of sound resources—from sounds picked up by microphones to those produced by electronic oscillators (generating basic acoustical wave forms such as sine waves, square waves, and sawtooth waves), complex computer installations, and microprocessors—that are recorded on tape and then edited into a permanent form. Generally, except for one type of performed music that has come to be called “live electronic music” (see below), electronic music is played back through loudspeakers either alone or in combination with ordinary musical instruments." - Lajaren Hiller


Electronic Artists:

Electronic artists include: Skrillex, Daft Punk

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Gospel: A kind of Christian music based on American folk music, marked by strong rhythms and elaborated refrains, and incorporating elements of spirituals, blues, and jazz.

"At its most basic level, gospel music is sacred music. It is a unique phenomenon of Americana which had its earliest iterations toward the end of the nineteenth century. It is folk music which suggests that it and its secular counterparts are greatly influenced by each other. Just as much of the contemporary gospel music of today sounds like R & B and Hip-Hop, so did most of the early gospel music sound like the Blues." -

Gospel Artists:

Gospel Artists include: Yolanda Adams, Marvin Sapp, Marvin Winans, Hillsong

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R&B/Soul: A style of music developed by African Americans that combines blues and jazz, characterized by a strong backbeat and repeated variations on syncopated instrumental phrases.

R&B Artists:

R&B artists include: Boyz II Men, User, R.Kelly, Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blidge

         R & B

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Raggae: A type of West Indian popular music having four beats to the bar, the upbeat being strongly accented

"Reggae music is musical genre which is a result of the evolution and development of several other musical genres and styles. Although it is strongly influenced by Afro-Caribbean music and American R&B, reggae music primarily originated from the progressive developments of rocksteady and ska back in the 1960s in Jamaica. Bob Marley, a popular reggae musician, said that the term reggae came from the Spanish term for “the king’s music”. Today, reggae music continues to be a significant influence on many other genres such as black music, soul music and chillout music."


Reggae Artists:

Reggae artists include: Bob Marley, Jah Cure, Sean Paul, UB-40, Ziggy Marely

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Rock: A genre of popular music originating in the 1950s; a blend of black rhythm-and-blues with white country-and-western; "rock is a generic term for the range of styles that evolved out of rock'n'roll."

History of Rock N' Roll:

Rock-and-Roll (räk'n roll') n. first so used (1951) by Alan Freed, Cleveland disc jockey, taken from the song "My Baby Rocks Me with a Steady Roll". The use of rock, roll, rock and roll, etc., with reference to sexual intercourse, is traditional in blues, a form of popular music that evolved in the 1950's from rhythm and blues, characterized by the use of electric guitars, a strong rhythm with an accent on the offbeat, and youth-oriented lyrics. A form of popular music arising from and incorporating a variety of musical styles, especially rhythm and blues, country music, and gospel. Originating in the United States in the 1950s, it is characterized by electronically amplified instrumentation, a heavily accented beat, and relatively simple phrase structure

Rolling Stones                                                                                                                    Kiss

Types of Rock:

Rock Artists:

Rock Artists include: Guns N' Roses, Kiss, AC/DC, Rolling Stones, Metallica

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Hip-Hop/Rap: A genre of African-American music of the 1980s and 1990s in which rhyming lyrics are chanted to a musical accompaniment; several forms of rap have emerged

Types Of Hip-Hop/Rap:

Hip-Hop/Rap Artists:

Hip-Hop/Rap artists include: Eminem, 2pac, Lil' Wayne, Jay-z, Notorious B.I.G.


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