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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.

Amazon UK
A huge range of chart cd's on a well laid out site.
MBop Megastore
- Download MP3s instantly from both top artists and independent labels. There is a huge range to choose from, at great prices.
Bang CD
- Huge online catalogue of CDs and DVDs with free delivery worldwide. They offer some great prices, eg the Mammamia sound track is just £6.99.

Pop Music

kylie minogue - get well soonPop 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

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

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.

  • Electronic - Catchy synthesiser based music popular in the 1980's, popularised by bands such as Human League and Orchestral Manouvres in the Dark.
  • Hip Hop - Also known as rap, this type of music tends to have a strong but slower beat. The vocals are spoken in rhythm over the top of a soundtrack, which can either be original or sampled from another song (eg Stan, by Eminem, incorporated the Dido song "Thank You"). Other examples include Coolio's "Gansta's Paradise". Hip Hop songs usually have a strong message or story in the lyrics.
  • House - House music has a strong beat, and is electronically created using a drum machine and synthesisers. It tends to be very repetitive and is popular at raves.
  • Garage - Similar to house music and again used at raves, some of the songs have a bit more of a tune to them, eg "21 Seconds" by So Solid Crew.
  • Anthems - Dance music with a good beat and a catchy hook, eg "Out of Touch" by Uniting Nations.
  • Trance - A continuation of the 1980's electronic dance music, probably also encompassing Techno, and characterised by synthesiser based melodic music samples and a drum machine beat. Vocals are often layered on top of the mix. The music is usually between 130 - 150 bpm making it good for aerobics classes. Examples of Trance include "Stay" by Sash, "Something" by Lasgo and "Toca's Miracle" by Fragma.

Rock'n'Roll

Popular in the late 1950's and 1960's and made famous by Bill Halley and the Comets' "Rock Around the Clock".

Soft Rock

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.

Classical

Symphonies and sonatas by the great composers of our time, including Beethoven, Mozart, Holst and Bach.

Punk

Rebellious tunes popularised in the mid 1970's to 1980's by bands such as the Sex Pistols and the Clash.

Folk

Acoustic guitar based songs, similar to that popularised by Simon and Garfunkel in the mid 1960's.

Others

There are many other genres which go beyond the scope of this article, but include:

  • Jazz
  • Funk
  • Soul
  • R'n'B
  • Latin
CD-Wow
- Chart cd albums at £8.75 post paid, plus a range of dvd's, console games and iPods.
Crotchet
- A classical specialist, selling opera, vocal arrangements and more, together with jazz and film songs.
Tesco Entertainment Warehouse
- Every CD, DVD and video on general release, together with and a wide selection of computer games.
Tunes
- 1000's of dance records, A-Z by artist and A-Z by title. Try the Tunes Jukebox, which allows you to listen to new releases, special selections and more.
Music Room
- The one stop shop for printed sheet books on the web, all instruments and genres are featured.
Elvis Shakespeare
- 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.
The Rock Matrix
- 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.