List of Genres and Subgenres

Pop

  • Vaudeville
  • Classic Pop
  • Instrumental Pop
  • Easy Listening
  • Adult Contemporary

Jazz

  • Ragtime
  • Dixieland
  • Hot Jazz
  • Gypsy Jazz
  • Stride
  • Swing
  • Bebop
  • Cubop
  • Cool Jazz
  • Hard Bop
  • Soul Jazz
  • Free Jazz

Blues

  • Field Calls
  • Vaudeville Blues
  • Folk Blues
  • Barrelhouse (Rooselvelt Sykes, Peter Clayton)
  • Boogie Woogie (Albert Ammons, Count Basie, Pete Johnson, Pine Top Smith)
  • Jump Blues (Louis Jordan, Wynonie Harris, Joe Liggins)
  • Smooth Blues (Charles Brown, Ray Charles, Percy Mayfield, King Cole Trio)
  • Electric Blues (Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Rice “Sonny Boy Williamson” Miller)
  • Rhythm & Blues (Ray Charles, Ruth Brown, Fats Domino, Lloyd Price)
  • Zydeco

Country

  • Appalachian Music (Hillbilly) [Early 1920s]
  • Western Music (Cowboy) [Early 1930s]
  • Cajun Music
  • Bluegrass [Mid-1930s]
  • Western Swing [Mid-1930s]
  • Honky Tonk [Early 1940s]
  • Country Boogie [1940s]
  • Countrypolitan (“Nashville Sound”) [Late 1950s]
  • Driving Country (“Bakersfield Sound”) [Early 1960s]
  • Country Pop [Early 1970s]
  • Outlaw Country
  • Honky Tonk Revival / New Traditional Country
  • Americana

Gospel

  • Spirituals
  • Jubilee Gospel
  • Gospel Blues (Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Gary Davis, Sister Rosetta Tharpe)
  • Sanctified Gospel (Mahalia Jackson, Brother Joe May)
  • Choir Music
  • Contemporary Gospel (Andraé Crouch

Modern Folk

  • Neo-Traditional Folk
  • Folk Pop

Rock

  • Doo-Wop (Clovers, Dominoes, Drifters, and Midnighters)
  • Rockabilly
  • Rock & Roll
  • Folk Rock
  • Merseybeat
  • Mod
  • Art Rock (Beatles, Beach Boys, Procol Harum, Left Banke)
  • Acid Rock
  • Space Rock
  • Raga Rock
  • Hard Rock
  • Prog Rock
  • Funk Rock
  • Punk

Soul

  • Protosoul (Ray Charles, James Brown, Sam Cooke).
  • Pop Soul (Supremes, Temptations).
  • Uptown Soul (Drifters, Impressions, Ben E. King, Jerry Butler, Chuck Jackson). A doo-wop and gospel inspired form.
  • Deep Soul (Joe Tex
  • Acid Soul (Sly & the Family Stone, Temptations, Isaac Hayes, Parliament/Funkadelic,
  • Smooth Soul (Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Al Green)
  • Quiet Storm (Luther Vandross, Freddie Jackson, Sade, Anita Baker)

Funk

  • Protofunk
  • Heavy Funk
  • Jazz Funk
  • Acid Funk
  • Synthfunk

Rap

  • Hip Hop
  • Synth Rap
  • Rap Rock
  • Boom Bap
  • Industrial Rap (Public Enemy, N.W.A.)
  • Jazz Rap
  • G-Funk
  • Bass
  • Crunk
  • Snap
  • Trap
  • Chill (Kid Cudi)
  • Ratchet?
  • Drill?

Dance / Rave

  • House
  • Techno

Modern Soul

  • New Jack Swing
  • Hip-Hop Soul
  • Neo-Soul
  • Crunk Soul
  • Snap Soul
  • Trap Soul

Reggae

  • Mento
  • Ska
  • Rocksteady
  • Reggae
  • Dub
  • Dancehall
  • Two Tone
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