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Post-punk

Post-punk is a rock music movement with its roots in the late 1970s, following on the heels of the initial punk rock explosion of the mid-1970s. The genre retains its roots in the punk movement but is more introverted, complex and experimental. It found a firm place in the 1980s independent scene, and led to the development of genres such as gothic rock, industrial music and alternative rock.

Post-punk began in the late 1970s and persisted into the early 1980s

Post-rock

Post Rock is a subgenre of rock music characterized by the influence and use of instruments commonly associated with rock, but using rhythms and “guitars as facilitators of timbre and textures” not traditionally found in rock. Post-rock bands are often without vocals.

The post-rock sound incorporates characteristics from a variety of musical genres, including ambient, jazz, electronica, and experimental

Power metal

Power Metal is a generally up-beat metal genre consisting of fast guitar hooks and catchy tunes, often associated with neo-classical metal and progressive metal, and occasionally glam metal.

The earliest influences of power metal are traced back to 1976 when the musical group Rainbow(led by Ronnie James Dio) released the track, “Stargazer”

Progressive


Progressive metal

Progressive metal is a subgenre of heavy metal, which blends the powerful, guitar-driven sound of metal with the complex compositional structures, odd time signatures, and intricate instrumental playing of progressive rock.

Progressive metal is guitar-driven and often features varying (and sometimes sudden) changes in time signatures

Progressive rock

Progressive rock (often shortened to “progressive”, “prog rock” or “prog”, also sometimes called, although not synonymous with, “art rock”) is a form of rock music that evolved in the late 1960s and early 1970s as part of a “mostly British attempt to elevate rock music to new levels of artistic credibility”.

Progressive rock bands pushed “rock’s technical and compositional boundaries” by going beyond the standard rock or popular verse-chorus based song structures

Progressive trance


Psychedelic

Psychedelic music covers a range of popular music styles and genres, which are inspired by or influenced by psychedelic culture and which attempt to replicate and/or enhance the mind-altering experiences of psychedelic drugs. Broadly speaking, psychedelia generally employs non-naturalistic production techniques, which can include extreme stereo spatialization, reverb, reversed, phased, or flanged tape recordings, extensive editing, and extended improvisation

Psychedelic rock

Psychedelic rock is a genre of rock often (but not always) inspired or influenced by psychedelic (psychotropic) drugs, especially LSD and marijuana.

The musical style often incorporates flowing, hypnotic rhythms and use of guitar, vocal and organ effects, most notably the Wah-Wah pedal which is either used to make a fast, funky but psychedelic sound or used slowly to create a psychedelic wave of guitar sound, and Hammond organ used to make Blues psychedelic harmony.

There is a little debate as to which band was first known as being psychedelic rock but it is likely that it was either 13th Floor Elevators or The Charlatans (not the more recent UK band with the same name)

Psychobilly

Psychobilly is a genre of rock music that mixes elements of punk rock, rockabilly, and other genres. It is often characterized by lyrical references to science fiction, horror and exploitation films, violence, lurid sexuality, and other topics generally considered taboo, though often presented in a comedic or tongue-in-cheek fashion

Psytrance

Psychedelic trance or psytrance is a form of electronic music characterized by hypnotic arrangements of synthetic rhythms and mesmerizing melodies created by high tempo riffs. It first broke out into the mainstream in 1995 as the UK music press began to report on the exploding trend of Goa trance. Since then the genre has diversified immensely and now offers considerable variety in terms of mood, tempo, and style

Punk

Rooted in garage rock and other forms of what is now known as protopunk music, punk rock bands eschewed the perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock. They created fast, hard-edged music, typically with short songs, stripped-down instrumentation, and often political, anti-establishment lyrics. Punk embraces a DIY (do it yourself) ethic, with many bands self-producing their recordings and distributing them through informal channels

Punk rock

Punk rock (sometimes shortened to ‘punk’) is a form of hard-edged rock music part of the alternative subculture that features electric guitars playing power chords, deep bass lines, energetic drumming and energetic beats, either singed or yelled vocals and a loud hard rock volume which originally rooted from pub rock and even garage rock

Rap

Rap is a vocal style, usually coming together with hip-hop, the musical genre off-shoot of the hip hop culture. Rapping itself, also known as emceeing, MCing, spitting, or just rhyming, is the rhythmic spoken delivery of rhymes and wordplay. Rapping is one of the four pillars of the hip hop culture, along with DJing, graffiti, and breaking.

Rap is also considered a separate genre from hip hop in some cases where the artists do not make music compatible with the hip hop culture

Rapcore

Rapcore (also known as punk rap) is a fusion between punk music and hip hop. The genre is often confused with rap rock, rap metal, horrorcore and nu metal. A common misconception is that bands that fuse metal/rock with hip hop are rapcore, however this is not true, and bands like these fall under the rap rock and rap metal categories

Reggae

Reggae is a music genre first developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s.

While sometimes used in a broader sense to refer to most types of Jamaican music, the term reggae more properly denotes a particular music style that originated following on the development of ska and rocksteady. Reggae is based on a rhythm style characterized by regular chops on the off-beat, known as the skank

Relaxing

Relaxing music is simply music to help you to become calm. It usually doesn’t involve very complex parts, or big dynamic changes, and is often perceived to be quiet music.

Remix

A remix is an alternate version of a song released by the original artist/band. Remixes may vary from the original song, which can be modified by instrumentation, length, lyrics, tempo, and more. For this reason, remixes may possibly alter the genre of the work.

Rhythm and blues

Rhythm and blues is a popular music genre combining jazz, gospel, and blues influences.

Jerry Wexler of Billboard magazine coined the term rhythm and blues in 1948 as a musical marketing term in the United States. It replaced the term “race music”, which originally came from within the black community, but was deemed offensive in the postwar world

Rnb

Rhythm and blues is a term describing popular African American music that originated in the 1940s. The term was originally used by record companies to describe recordings marketed predominantly to urban African Americans, at a time when “urbane, rocking, jazz based music with a heavy, insistent beat” was becoming more popular.

The term has subsequently had a number of shifts in meaning

Rock

Rock music is a genre of music started in America. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll and rockabilly, which evolved from blues, country music and other influences. According to the All Music Guide, “In its purest form, Rock & Roll has three chords, a strong, insistent back beat, and a catchy melody

Rock and roll


Rock n roll

Rock and roll (also known as rock ’n’ roll) is a form of music that evolved in the United States in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Its roots lay mainly in rhythm and blues, country, folk, gospel, and jazz. The style quickly spread to the rest of the world and developed further, leading ultimately to modern rock music.

The term “rock and roll” now covers at least two different meanings, both in common usage

Rockabilly

Rockabilly and Rock n Roll evolved side by side during the late 40’s and early 50’s, but it was rock n Roll that would become the commercial success of the day, resulting in Rockabilly becoming a cult fashion. Rockabilly has never gone away, it has always had a cult following enabling it to survive the 60 years it has, with periods of commercial success.

The genre came about when poor white kids in the southern states of the US grew up listening to hillbilly, gospel and blues, and mixed these musical influences and developed the sound that would later be known as Rockabilly.

Most of the rock n Roll stars of the early 1950’s started their musical career in Rockabilly bands, such as Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Buddy Holly, indeed Elvis was spawned from Sun Records, the first record label to promote the sound at a national level.

The influence and popularity of the style waned in the 1960s, but during the late 1970s and early 1980s, rockabilly enjoyed a major revival of popularity that has endured to the present, often within a rockabilly subculture

Romantic

Romantic music is a term describing a style of Western classical music that began in the early 19th century; “romantic” is an adjective often used to describe music related to romance and love.

Romantic music as a movement evolved from the formats, genres and musical ideas established in earlier periods, such as the classical period, and went further in the name of expression and syncretism of different art-forms with music

Russian


Russian rock


Sad

Music that describes feelings of loss and sorrow. Songs for broken hearts, broken minds or broken lives.

Screamo

Screamo is a genre of rock music which evolved from emo, among other genres, in the early 1990s. The term “screamo” was initially applied to a more aggressive offshoot of emo that developed in San Diego in 1991, which used short songs that grafted “spastic intensity to willfully experimental dissonance and dynamics.”

An off-shoot of Emotive Hardcore, or Emo for short, Screamo surfaced in the 90’s, primarily

Shoegaze

Shoegazing is a style of alternative rock that emerged from the United Kingdom in the late 1980s. It lasted until the mid 1990s, peaking circa 1990 to 1993.

The British music press (notably NME and Melody Maker) called this genre “shoegazing” because the musicians in these bands often maintained a motionless performing style, standing on stage and staring down at their effects pedals while playing their instruments (hence, the idea that they were gazing at their shoes)

Singer-songwriter


Ska


Ska punk

Ska punk is a fusion music genre that combines ska and punk rock. It achieved its highest level of commercial success in the United States in the late 1990s. ska-core (sometimes spelled skacore) is a subgenre of ska punk, blending ska with hardcore punk.

The characteristics of ska punk vary, due to the fusion of contrasting genres

Sludge

Sludge metal generally combines the slow tempos, heavy rhythms and dark, pessimistic atmosphere of doom metal with the aggression, shouted vocals and occasional fast tempos of hardcore punk. As The New York Times put it, “The shorthand term for the kind of rock descending from early Black Sabbath and late Black Flag is sludge, because it’s so slow and dense”

Smooth jazz

Smooth Jazz is a genre mix that is heavily influenced by R&B, Rock, and Pop. It features heavy use of electric instruments a smooth R&B inspired beat and melodies. The smoothness makes it appealing to both core jazz lovers and core R&B lovers

While it is commonly known as smooth “jazz”, this is erroneous because smooth jazz is devoid of all detectable Jazz influence what so ever, as it does not meet any of the basic criteria of a subset of jazz, namely; free and common use of improvisation and musical value

Soft rock

Soft rock (also referred to as mellow rock, light rock, or easy rock) is a style of music which uses the techniques of rock and roll (often combined with elements from folk rock and singer-songwriter pop) to compose a softer, more toned-down sound for listening, often at work or when driving. Soft rock songs generally tend to focus on themes like love, everyday life and relationships

Soul

Soul music is a music genre that combines rhythm and blues and gospel music, originating in the United States. According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, soul is “music that arose out of the black experience in America through the transmutation of gospel and rhythm & blues into a form of funky, secular testifying.” The genre occasionally uses improvisational additions, twirls and auxiliary sounds

Soundtrack


Southern rock

Southern rock is a subgenre of rock music. It developed in the Southern United States from rock and roll, country music, and blues, and is focused generally on electric guitar and vocals. The sounds coming from obscure but now legendary recording studios such as Fame in Muscle Shoals, Alabama drip with southern charm wrapped within a hard, slightly twangy electric guitar

Spanish

Music with Spanish lyrics