Music genres - a guide
If you're browsing music cd's online and you're not quite sure what you want to buy - maybe you just want to get some music cd's suitable for a party. Do you go for Trance, or perhaps a little Hip Hop? Perhaps instead your party will go with a swing if you buy House or Garage, or maybe even Dormer Bungalow?
If you're now completely confused, then this article is for you. By the way, Dormer Bungalow music is my idea of a joke. But don't laugh - it could be the next big thing.
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Pop music is a general term to describe the "middle of the road" music that appears regularly in the single and album charts. Artists such as the Sugababes, Girls Aloud, Madonna and Robbie Williams all specialise in pop music. Sub genres include "Europop", where the songs feature a catchy "hook" (the chorus) together with an uptempo beat. Examples of Europop would be artists such as Abba, Roxette, A-ha (Take on Me), Kylie Minogue and Aqua (Barbie Girl). Other sub genres include pop-rock (Queen), glam-rock (The Darkness) and bubblegum pop (Britney Spears, Bewitched). Note that the choice of sub genre is subjective to a degree and artists may belong to more than one sub genre.
Heavy metal rock music tends to be powerful and loud guitar based music such as that performed by AC/DC, Motorhead, Iron Maiden and Metallica.
Dance music is difficult to categorise as there are many different sub genres. I will therefore go through each in turn, giving examples of each category where appropriate.
Popular in the late 1950's and 1960's and made famous by Bill Halley and the Comets' "Rock Around the Clock".
Rock music that is gentler in nature, including quieter tracks than heavy metal such as ballads. Soft rock artists include Dido, James Blunt, Daniel Bedingfield and Daniel Powter. Soft rock songs tend to be melodic, well put together and are more the typical "singer songwriter" ballads.
Country and Western
Popular Country or Country and Western includes artists such as Dolly Parton (Jolene), Shania Twain (That Don't Impress Me Much) and Billy Ray Cyrus (Achy Breaky Heart). It has a steady beat and often a southern guitar twang in the background.
Symphonies and sonatas by the great composers of our time, including Beethoven, Mozart, Holst and Bach.
Rebellious tunes popularised in the mid 1970's to 1980's by bands such as the Sex Pistols and the Clash.
Acoustic guitar based songs, similar to that popularised by Simon and Garfunkel in the mid 1960's.
There are many other genres which go beyond the scope of this article, but include:
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- A classical specialist, selling opera, vocal arrangements and more, together with jazz and film songs.
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- The one stop shop for printed sheet books on the web, all instruments and genres are featured.
- Specialists in rarities on vinyl, cassette and cd from all genres, especially punk, indie and dance. Based in Edinburgh, but offers worldwide delivery on all items.
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- A large variety of goods for the alternative music genres including cds, t-shirts and items including a demon door knocker, a skull mirror, and thousands of other Rock, Gothic and Metal accessories.