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List of popular music genres

This is a list of the commercially relevant genres in modern popular music. Applicable styles are classified in this list using AllMusic[1] genre categorization. Popular music is defined as music with wide appeal.[2] It does not include forms of art music like Western classical music or Indian classical music.

By regions

African

Asian

East Asian

South Asian

Southeast Asian

Genres

Afro


Avant-garde

Blues

Caribbean and Caribbean-influenced

Comedy

Country

Easy listening

Electronic

Flamenco

Folk

Hip hop

Jazz

Latin

Pop

R&B and soul

Rock

Exclusions

Genres or styles that are not contemporary or commercially marketed in substantial numbers have been excluded, as follows:

References

Bibliography

  • Borthwick, Stuart, & Moy, Ron (2004) Popular Music Genres: An Introduction. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  • Fabbri, Franco (1982) A Theory of Popular Music Genres: Two Applications. In Popular Music Perspectives, edited by David Horn and Philip Tagg, 52-81. Göteborg and Exeter: A. Wheaton & Co., Ltd.
  • Frith, Simon (1996) Performing Rites: On the Value of Popular Music. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.
  • Holt, Fabian (2007) Genre in Popular Music. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Negus, Keith (1999) Music Genres and Corporate Cultures. London and New York: Routledge.
  1. ^ [1] Allmusic web site
  2. ^ "Definition of "popular music" | Collins Englis Dictionary". www.collinsdictionary.com. Retrieved November 5, 2017.

Afro