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African@ Alternative Rock@
Big Band@ Bluegrass
Blues Celtic@
Choral Classical
Classical Indian Country
Cajun and Zydeco@ Disco@
Dance Electronic
Electronica Experimental
Early Music Easy Listening
Folk Gospel@
Gamelan@ Heavy Metal@
Hip Hop Holiday
Jazz Klezmer@
Lounge Latin@
Middle Eastern@ Military Bands and Music
Marching@ New Age
Native American@ Opera
Polka@ Pop
Progressive Rock@ Punk@
Parody and Humor Reggae@
Religious@ Rhythm and Blues
Rock Rap@
Show Tunes@ Swing@
Traditional Pop@ Vocal

See Also:

  • A Taxonomy of Musical Genres: Two French experts re-define genres to improve musical databases for electronic distribution, paper submitted to a conference in Paris in 2000.
  • AllMusic Guide: Genres: Musical style sort with detailed definitions from site maintained by musical journalists. Requires free registration.
  • American Music Center: Musical Genres: Links to articles and representative artists of styles such as pop, rock, blues, folk, classical, theater, jazz, and world music.
  • Audiogalaxy: Glossary of Musical Styles: Hundreds of sub-genres defined in non-technical language mentioning sample artists. Organized under headings such as pop, hip-hop, jazz, blues, classical, Latin, modern rock, rock, and heavy metal.
  • Christian Music Place: Artists by Genre: About two dozen musical genres including blues, a capella, dance/techno, and Southern gospel, with as many as several hundred links to Christian music artists in each.
  • DataDragon: Music Genre Sampler: Children's site with simple definitions of a few genres including rock, Celtic, and classical with artist and site links.
  • Duke University Library: Women in Music By Musical Genre: Text lists and links to library resources such as books, periodicals and recordings on women performers and composers by musical genre.
  • Ectophiles Guide by Genre: Self-described "Guide to Good Music" from a `group` founded in 1991 to support the music of singer Happy Rhodes. Links to artists, almost entirely female vocalists, sorted by genre such as pop, blues, experimental, performance art, beautiful and fierce, and traditional.
  • Indiana University School of Music: Genres: Categorized links organized by researchers at the William and Gayle Cook Music Library. Unusual categories include 20th-Century music, ancient music, band music, tango, flamenco, ragtime, and choral music.
  • InfoUSA: Musical Genres: Links organized by genre such as blues and jazz, classical and opera, folk and country, and early American music.
  • Music Classification by Genre: System Performance: Research project completed in 2003 by Mitali Banerjee at Rice University used automatic process to determine musical genre of audio samples.
  • Music Web Hunter: Styles & Genres: Ken Davies has grouped resources in five categories: classical, folk/ethnic/world, jazz, musicals/operas/theater, and pop/rock/country.
  • Representing Musical Genre: A State of the Art: Journal of New Music Research article from 2003 discusses manual, prescriptive, and emergent approaches to genre classification for the European CUIDADO project, Content-Based Unified Interfaces and Descriptors for Audio/Music Databases Available Online.
  • Wikipedia: Musical Genre: Brief explanation of the way styles can be defined by region, chronology, technical requirements, marketing trends, or the ideas of critics. Extensively linked to sub-genres and examples of significant artists.

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