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60s

Music from 1960 -1969.

The rise of the counterculture, particularly among the youth, created a huge market for rock, soul, pop, reggae and blues music produced by drug-culture influenced bands such as The Beatles, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Cream, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Bob Marley, Deep Purple, The Who, Sly and the Family Stone, Jimi Hendrix Experience, and The Incredible String Band

70s

Music from 1970 -1979, and probably some from outside this date range, but sounding similar.

Music of the 1970s saw the rise of experimental classical music and minimalist music by classical composers. funk, disco, art rock, progressive rock, hard rock, glam rock, and punk music were also popular

80s

The 1980s was the decade spanning from 1 January 1980 to 31 December 1989.

This tag consists of music first released in this time frame.

The decade began with a backlash against disco music in the United States, and a movement away from the orchestral arrangements that had characterized much of the music of the 1970s

90s

The decade of the 1990s was possibly the most diverse period of pop music in history. Starting soon after the 1980s ended, musical trends quickly shifted from the 1980s standards, most notably the shift from synthpop to House music from the years 1989 to 1991, the replacement of hair metal and classic rock with alternative rock and Grunge, and the popularity of Gangsta rap and the dominance of hip hop in general starting in the early 1990s.

United States and Canada

Pop

Modern R&B and urban pop the most powerful forces in the Top 40 from 1992 to 1998

Acid jazz

Acid jazz (also known as club jazz) is a musical genre that combines elements of soul music, funk, disco, particularly looping beats and modal harmony. It first developed in America in a simplistic form from artists such as Sonny Stitt who infused funk, gospel, jazz, and other popular genres with a recurring backbeat

Acoustic

The word “acoustic” is derived from the Latin term for the ear canal. Acoustics is therefore the branch of science which studies sound. By derivation, “acoustic music” is that which is made naturally, without the use of electricity, electronics, etc. Think of it as any type of natural sound. It is e

Alt-country

“Alternative country” can refer to several ideas. Most generally, any musician who plays a type of country music different from the prevailing trend can be said to play “alternative country”. By this standard, for example, the Bakersfield sound was alternative in the 1950s, and the Lubbock, Texas musicians were alternative in the 1960s.

In the 1990s, however, “alternative country” came to refer to a diverse group of musicians and singers operating outside the traditions and industry of mainstream country music

Alternative

Alternative pop/rock refers to artists that are rooted in the style, sound and/or ethos of punk rock. It is essentially a continuation of the post-punk and new wave genres of the early 80’s only even more fractured and diverse. The first wave of alternative rock included jangle pop, grunge, noise rock, and some of the more eclectic punk and hardcore bands

Alternative metal

Alternative metal is a style of alternative rock and heavy metal that gained popularity in the early 1990s.

Alternative metal usually combines heavy metal with alternative rock, and in some cases other genres, such as hardcore punk and progressive rock. Alternative metal bands are often charac

Alternative rock

Alternative rock (also called alt-rock) is a genre of rock music that refers specifically to the punk/new wave-rooted style that emerged in the 1980s and became widely popular in the early-mid 1990s. The term “alternative” was coined in the 1980s to describe punk rock-inspired bands on independent record labels that did not fit into the mainstream genres of the time

Ambient

Ambient music is a musical genre that is generally identifiable as being broadly atmospheric and environmental in nature.

Ambient music evolved from early 20th century forms of semi-audible music, from the impressionism of Erik Satie, through “musique concrete” and the minimalism of Terry Ril

American

Acts from the United States of America or less commonly, the American continent (the Americas) as a whole.

Americana

In music, Americana is a loose subset of American folk music, that is perhaps best defined as “classic American music”—ranging in style from roots-based bluegrass to alternative country, gospel, blues, zydeco, and other native forms. One of the main reasons Americana is used to describe such a wide variety of musical genres is because of the diverse range of cultural influences which is called American

Art rock

Art rock is a term describing a subgenre of rock music that tends to have “experimental or avant-garde influences” and emphasizes “novel sonic texture.” Art rock is an “intrinsically album-based” form, which takes “advantage of the format’s capacity for longer, more complex compositions and extended instrumental explorations.” The Golden Age of Rock lectures define art rock as “a piece of music in the rock idiom that is appealing more intellectually or musically, that is, not formulated along pop lines for mass consumption.” The lectures note that it is “…usually somewhat experimental”, using “a long structure with several themes like classical music” or “a suite of individual songs.” Art Rock “almost always features keyboards more than guitar.” As well, art rock is “not so much for dancing as for listening and it often tells a story or has a philosophical theme to the lyrics.”

Allmusic states that “progressive rock and art rock are two almost interchangeable terms describing a mostly British attempt to elevate rock music to new levels of artistic credibility.” Progressive rock eventually stuck as a label for a specific genre of rock music, while “art rock” was used to refer to a wider, more subjective and harder-to-categorize collection of bands.

Art rock may be considered “arty” through imitation of classical “art” music or literature, or simply through eclecticism

Atmospheric

Atmospheric music focuses on the timbral characteristics of sounds, particularly organised or performed to evoke an “atmospheric”, “visual” or “unobtrusive” quality.

Australian

Australian music is a broad generic description of music from Australia.

Australian music began to develop its individuality in the 1950s. Early rockers such as Johnny “The Wild One” O’Keefe paved the way for later bands. John Farnham, AC/DC, Kylie Minogue, INXS, Powderfinger and Savage Garden are amongst Australia’s biggest musical exports

Avant-garde

Music that is thought to be highly innovative or ahead of its time. Avant-garde music necessarily pushes the boundaries of what is acceptable as “music” to specialists as well as to the population at large. Historically speaking, musicologists primarily use the term “avant-garde music” for the radical, post-1945 tendencies Modernism in several genres of art music after the death of Anton Webern in 1945

Ballad

Music that’s slow in tempo, usually sung or performed with a romantic or sentimental emotion, and often out of character for the band or artist performing the song.

Baroque

Baroque music describes an era and a set of styles of European music which were in widespread use between approximately 1600 and 1750. This era is said to begin in music after the Renaissance and was followed by the Classical music era. The original meaning of “baroque” is “misshapen pearl”, a strikingly fitting characterization of the architecture of this period; later, the name came to be applied also to its music

Beautiful

Music of various genres and styles that individual users consider to be beautiful.

Due to the subjective nature of the tag, it is applied to a vast collage of different artists that not all users may agree with as being beautiful, instead reflecting an overall opinion of those who use the tag.

Black metal

Black metal is an extreme sub-genre of heavy metal featuring harsh screams or evil voices at the vocal styles, fast electric guitars with tremolo picking and blast beat drumming and raw recording and extreme guitar distortion and a harsh guitar sound with satanic or haunting lyrics. Often played by bands wearing all black, long usually black hair, black corpse paint make-up, spikes and studs, blood theatrics, pentagrams, upside-down crosses, black leather and white face paint

Blues

Blues is a vocal and instrumental form of music based on the use of “blue notes.” It emerged in Black communities of the United States from spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts and chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads. The use of blue notes and the prominence of call-and-response patterns in the music and lyrics are indicative of African influence

Blues rock

Blues-Rock is a hybrid musical genre combining bluesy improvisations over the 12-bar blues and extended boogie jams with Rock and roll styles. The core of the blues rock sound is created by the electric guitar, bass guitar and drum kit, with the electric guitar usually amplified through a tube guitar amplifier, giving it an overdriven character.

The style began to develop in the mid-1960s in England and the United States, as what one music critic called a “genre of rhythm’n’blues played by white European musicians”

Bossa nova

Bossa nova is a style of Brazilian music popularized by Antônio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes and João Gilberto. Bossa nova (which is Portuguese for “new trend”) acquired a large following, initially by young musicians and college students. Although the bossa nova movement only lasted six years (1957–63), it contributed a number of songs to the standard jazz repertoire.

The musical style evolved from samba but is more complex harmonically and is less percussive

Brasil

Brasil, officially in portuguese: República Federativa do Brasil (the Federative Republic of Brazil[) is the largest country in South America and the only Portuguese-speaking country in the Americas, and the largest lusophone country in the world. It is the world’s fifth largest country, both by geographical area and by population.

The music of brazil encompasses various regional music styles influenced by African, European and Amerindian forms

Brazilian

Music that’s from Brazil or is performed or composed by Brazilians.

Breakbeat

Breakbeat (sometimes breakbeats or breaks) is a term used to describe a collection of sub-genres of electronic music, usually characterized by the use of a non-straightened 4/4 drum pattern (as opposed to the steady beat of house or trance). These rhythms may be characterised by their intensive use of syncopation and polyrhythms.

History

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, hip-hop DJs (starting with Kool DJ Herc) began using several breaks (the part of a funk or jazz song in which the music “breaks” to let the rhythm section play unaccompanied) in a row to use as the rhythmic basis for hip-hop songs

Breakcore

Breakcore is a loosely defined electronic music style that brings together elements of industrial, jungle, hardcore techno and idm into a breakbeat-oriented sound that encourages speed, complexity, impact and maximum sonic density. Similar to punk, breakcore adheres to a loose set of stylistic “rules” and is defined more by an attitude than by a musical formula.Influences and Development

Breakcore began to evolve out of boredom with stagnant forms of more traditional techno and rave music, as well as an evolution within noise and sound art

British

Bands and artists that are from Great Britain.

Britpop

Britpop is a subgenre of alternative rock that originated in the United Kingdom. Britpop emerged from the British independent music scene of the early 1990s and was characterised by bands influenced by British guitar pop music of the 1960s and 1970s. The movement developed as a reaction against various musical and cultural trends in the late 1980s and early 1990s, particularly the grunge phenomenon from the United States

Brutal death metal

Brutal Death Metal was first used to describe Suffocation’s music in which they fused the predominant rhythmic styles of metal with extremely low, gutturally growled vocals.

Canadian

The tag “canadian” generally suggests music that is performed or written by those of Canadian nationality.

Celtic

Celtic music is a term utilised by artists, record companies, music stores and music magazines to describe a broad grouping of musical genres that evolved out of the folk musical traditions of the Celtic peoples of Northern Europe. As such there is no real body of music which can be accurately be described as Celtic, but the term has stuck and may refer to both orally-transmitted traditional music and recorded popular music

Chill

Welcome… Please, relax…

Es un género musical contemporáneo que engloba a gran cantidad de vertientes dispares de géneros musicales con un rasgo en común: su composición armoniosa y relajada.

Estilo musical normalmente compuesto con instrumentos electrónicos, que pretende relajar al oyente

Chillout

Chill out (sometimes also chillout, chill-out, or simply chill), a term derived from a slang injunction to relax, emerged in the early and mid-1990s as a catch-all term for various styles of relatively mellow, slow-tempo music made by contemporary producers in the electronic music scene; there exists a misconception on last.fm that all music that isn’t relatively hard on the ears can be termed chill or chillout

Christian

“Christian” is not a genre, but rather is a descriptor to music with lyrics containing Christian themes. Christian artists perform in all genres, and are often recognized as mainstream artists such as Switchfoot, Jars of Clay, Burlap, The Devil Wears Prada, Haste the Day to Cashmere and others.

Christian rock

Usually, Rock music incorporating Christian themes or with a Christian message stemming from the artists’ Christian beliefs. Christian Rock can span genres, styles and, trends as diverse as Rock itself.

There is controversy over the term, with many Christians and Non-Christians mainly just ta

Christmas

Christmas music is comprised of a variety of musical genres. It is normally performed or heard during the Christmas season. Traditionally, this started on Christmas Eve and lasted until January 6, the feast of the Three Kings (the original Twelve Days of Christmas); now, however, especially in the U

Classic

The word classic has several meanings. In general, these meanings refer to some past time. Something that is classical is a classic, but the word classic has more meanings. Such as:

A work of popular culture that inspires devotion or respect is often called a classic.

Something exhibitin

Classic rock

Classic rock was originally conceived as a radio station programming format which evolved from the album oriented rock (AOR) format in the early-1980s. In the United States, this rock music format now features a large playlist of songs ranging from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s, with some stations including a limited number of current releases.

The classic rock stations recreate the sound of Album Oriented Rock (AOR) stations of the 60s-90s (although usually with a much more limited playlist) and appeal mainly to adults, rather than teenagers