Every Musical Genre Ever

"Bands with a million styles"

...is a line from a song by Huey Lewis And The News called "The Heart Of Rock And Roll". I first heard the line many years ago but it's stuck with me since. Are there really a million styles of music? If not, how many are there?

Here, I aim to find out.

The criteria to add a genre is very, very simple: No making up genres. To be added, there must exist some music of that genre. If I do a Google search for your genre I expect to find something concrete (and that's more than just a last.fm tag!). Other than that: wide open.

Obviously the list below is incomplete. Mail me your suggestions.

Perhaps I should clarify: the aim here is to compile a long list. Not a definitive one. :)

Genres, alphabetical

  1. 16-bit
  2. 2step
  3. 8-bit
  4. A cappella metal
  5. A cappella
  6. A.O.R.
  7. Aak
  8. Abstract
  9. Abstract hip hop
  10. Accelerated funk
  11. Acid
  12. Acid house
  13. Acid jazz
  14. Acid punk
  15. Acid tekno
  16. Acoustic
  17. Adult-orientated rock
  18. Adventure metal
  19. African
  20. Afro-Caribbean
  21. Aggrotech
  22. Aleatory
  23. Algorithmic
  24. Alpine
  25. Alpunk
  26. Alternative
  27. Alternative country
  28. Alternative country rock
  29. Alternative rock
  30. Amateur
  31. Ambient
  32. Ambient industrial
  33. Ambient psy
  34. Americana
  35. Anarcho-punk
  36. Andean
  37. Anime
  38. Anthem
  39. Anthem rock
  40. Anthem trance
  41. Anti-folk
  42. Aquacrunk
  43. Arabian metal
  44. Arena rock
  45. Aria
  46. Art rock
  47. Art song
  48. Art-pop
  49. Asian American jazz
  50. Ataricore
  51. Atmospheric
  52. Atmospheric sludge metal
  53. Australian aboriginal
  54. Avant-garde
  55. Avant-garde metal
  56. Avant-pop
  57. Avant-progressive rock
  58. Bachata
  59. Baggy
  60. Bakersfield sound
  61. Ballad
  62. Band
  63. Barbershop
  64. Barcarole
  65. Baroque
  66. Barrelhouse
  67. Bass
  68. Bass & drum
  69. Battle metal
  70. Batucada
  71. Beat
  72. Bebop
  73. Bhangra
  74. Big Band
  75. Big beat
  76. Bitpop
  77. Black metal
  78. Blip hop
  79. Bluegrass
  80. Blues
  81. Bongo flava
  82. Boogie
  83. Boogie woogie
  84. Booty bass
  85. Booty house
  86. Booty music
  87. Boredcore
  88. Bossa nova
  89. Bouncy techno
  90. Bouyon
  91. Braindance
  92. Brass band
  93. Brazilian funk
  94. Breakbeat
  95. Breakbeat hardcore
  96. Breakcore
  97. Britpop
  98. Britrock
  99. Broadway
  100. Brutal death metal
  101. Bubblegum pop
  102. Bubbling
  103. Business funk
  104. Cabaret
  105. Cafe
  106. Cajun
  107. Calypso
  108. Calypso jazz
  109. Candombe
  110. Cantata
  111. Canterbury scene
  112. Cantopop
  113. Caribbean
  114. Carnatic
  115. Carnival
  116. Casiocore
  117. Celtic
  118. Celtic metal
  119. Chaabi
  120. Cha-cha-cha
  121. Chamber music
  122. Chanson
  123. Chaotic hardcore
  124. Charleston
  125. Chicago blues
  126. Chicago house
  127. Children's music
  128. Chillgressive
  129. Chillout
  130. Chillstep
  131. Chinese opera
  132. Chip
  133. Chip tune
  134. Chipstyle
  135. Choppage
  136. Choral
  137. Christian
  138. Christian country
  139. Christian gangsta rap
  140. Christian hip-hop
  141. Christian metal
  142. Christian pop
  143. Christian punk
  144. Christian rap
  145. Christian rock
  146. Christian ska
  147. Christian worship
  148. Circus
  149. Classic electronic
  150. Classic rock
  151. Classical
  152. Classical crossover
  153. Classical mass
  154. Classical modern
  155. Classical romantic
  156. Classical spoken word
  157. Classigrass
  158. Click folk
  159. Cliq-hop
  160. Close harmony
  161. Clownstep
  162. Club
  163. Club-house
  164. Cockney
  165. Coldwave
  166. College rock
  167. Comedy
  168. Computer
  169. Concerto
  170. Conga
  171. Contemporary Christian
  172. Contrapuntal
  173. Cool jazz
  174. Country
  175. Country noir
  176. Country punk
  177. Country rock
  178. Country-western
  179. Couplet
  180. Cover
  181. Cowpunk
  182. Creole
  183. Crossover
  184. Crunk
  185. Crust
  186. Crust hardcore
  187. Cubist funk
  188. Cult
  189. Cyber trance
  190. Dance
  191. Dance hall
  192. Dance metal
  193. Dancehall reggae
  194. Dangak
  195. Dark ambient
  196. Dark metal
  197. Darkcore
  198. Darkstep
  199. Darkwave
  200. Deathcore
  201. Death industrial
  202. Death metal
  203. Deep house
  204. Delta blues
  205. Detroit bass
  206. Detroit techno
  207. Deutschrock
  208. Devotional
  209. Dhrupad
  210. Digital
  211. Diluted gabber
  212. Disco
  213. Disco house
  214. Dixieland
  215. Djent
  216. Dodecaphonic
  217. Doo wop
  218. Doom
  219. Doom metal
  220. Doom/death metal
  221. Doo-wop
  222. Downbeat
  223. Downtempo
  224. Dream
  225. Dream trance
  226. Drill and bass
  227. Drone
  228. Drum
  229. Drum and bass
  230. Drum solo
  231. Drumfunk
  232. Dub
  233. Dubstep
  234. Duet
  235. Early electronic
  236. Early music
  237. Easy listening
  238. Edits
  239. Electro
  240. Electro industrial
  241. Electroclash
  242. Electrofunk
  243. Electronic
  244. Electronic body music
  245. Electronic dance music
  246. Electronic grindcore
  247. Electroswing
  248. Elegy
  249. Elektro
  250. Elevator music
  251. Emo
  252. Emocore
  253. Enka
  254. Epic metal
  255. Epic trance
  256. Eski
  257. Ethereal
  258. Ethnic
  259. Etude
  260. Eurobeat
  261. Eurodance
  262. Euro-house
  263. Europop
  264. Euro-techno
  265. Euro-trance
  266. Experimental
  267. Experimental rock
  268. Expressionism
  269. Fado
  270. Fast-fusion
  271. Favela funk
  272. Field recording
  273. Filk
  274. Film
  275. Filmi sangeet
  276. Flamenco
  277. Folk
  278. Folk metal
  279. Folk punk
  280. Folk rock
  281. Folklore
  282. Free jazz
  283. Freeform hardcore
  284. Freestyle
  285. FreeTekno
  286. Frenchcore
  287. Fugue
  288. Funcore
  289. Funeral doom metal
  290. Funk
  291. Funkabilly
  292. Funk carioca
  293. Funky
  294. Funky house
  295. Fusion
  296. Futurepop
  297. Futurock
  298. Gabba
  299. Gabber
  300. Gabber house
  301. Gagaku
  302. Gaita
  303. Galante
  304. Game
  305. Gamecore
  306. Gamelan
  307. Gangsta rap
  308. Gangsta-funk
  309. Garage
  310. Garage-house
  311. Geek rock
  312. G-funk
  313. Gharnati
  314. Ghazal
  315. Ghetto
  316. Ghetto house
  317. Ghetto-funk
  318. Ghettotech
  319. Glam metal
  320. Glam rock
  321. Glitch
  322. Glitchcore
  323. Glitch-folk
  324. Glitch-hop
  325. Glock Rock
  326. Gloomcore
  327. Gnawa
  328. Goa
  329. Go-go
  330. Gore grind
  331. Gospel
  332. Gothenburg metal
  333. Gothic
  334. Gothic metal
  335. Gothic rock
  336. Gregorian chant
  337. Grime
  338. Grindcore
  339. Grindwhore
  340. Groove metal
  341. Grunge
  342. Grungecore
  343. Gstanzl
  344. Guiju
  345. Guoyue
  346. Gypsy
  347. Gypsy jazz
  348. Gypsy punk
  349. Hair metal
  350. Hair rock
  351. Hamburger Schule
  352. Happy gabber
  353. Happy hardcore
  354. Hard bop
  355. Hard dance
  356. Hard house
  357. Hard rock
  358. Hard trance
  359. Hardcore
  360. Hardcore/sXe
  361. Hardcore emo
  362. Hardcore trance
  363. Hardstep
  364. Hardstyle
  365. Harsh noise
  366. Hatecore
  367. Heavy metal
  368. Hellektro
  369. Heterophonic
  370. HI NRG
  371. Hick rock
  372. Hillbilly
  373. Hindustani classical
  374. Hip-hop
  375. Hip-hopera
  376. Hiphouse
  377. Hipjazz
  378. Horror glam punk
  379. Horror punk
  380. Horrorcore
  381. House
  382. Hua'er
  383. Humorcore
  384. Humour
  385. Humppa
  386. Hyangak
  387. Hymn
  388. Ibiza goth
  389. Illbient
  390. Impressionist
  391. Improvisation
  392. Indie
  393. Indie pop
  394. Indie rock
  395. Indietronica
  396. Industrial
  397. Industrial metal
  398. Industrial noise
  399. Insect electronica
  400. Instrumental
  401. Instrumental pop
  402. Instrumental rock
  403. Insurgent country
  404. Intelligent dance music
  405. Intelligent drum and bass
  406. Intelligent jungle
  407. Intergalactic punk rock hip-hop
  408. Interpretive
  409. Italo
  410. Italo Disco
  411. Jamgrass
  412. Javanese
  413. Jazz
  414. Jazz blues
  415. Jazz fusion
  416. Jazz rap
  417. Jazz rock
  418. Jazz vintage
  419. Jazz-funk
  420. Jazzstep
  421. Jeongak
  422. Jewish
  423. Jive
  424. J-metal
  425. Joik
  426. J-pop
  427. J-rap
  428. J-rock
  429. J-trance
  430. J-urban
  431. Jtek
  432. Juke house
  433. Jumpstyle
  434. Jump-Up
  435. Jungle
  436. Junkanoo
  437. Juoiggus
  438. Kabuki
  439. Kantrum
  440. Karaoke
  441. Karnatak
  442. Khoomei
  443. Khyal
  444. Klezmer
  445. Klezmer-punk
  446. Kompa
  447. Kouta
  448. Kozmigroov
  449. K-pop
  450. K-rap
  451. K-rock
  452. K-urban
  453. Krautrock
  454. Kuaiban
  455. Kunqu
  456. Ländler
  457. Latin
  458. Latin freestyle
  459. Latin jazz
  460. Latin pop
  461. Library
  462. Lied(er)
  463. Lift music
  464. Liquid chillstep
  465. Liquid dubstep
  466. Liquid funk
  467. Lo-fi
  468. Lo-fi country
  469. Lounge
  470. Loungecore
  471. Lu
  472. Luk thung
  473. M.O.R.
  474. Madrigal
  475. Malhun
  476. Mambo
  477. March
  478. Mariarchi
  479. Martial
  480. Martian industrial
  481. Mashup
  482. Mass
  483. Math metal
  484. Math rock
  485. Mathcore
  486. Mazurka
  487. M-Base
  488. Mechanical Death
  489. Mediaeval
  490. Meditative
  491. Mele
  492. Melodic black metal
  493. Melodic death metal
  494. Melodic rock
  495. Melodic trance
  496. Mento
  497. Merengue
  498. Metal
  499. Metalcore
  500. Metalstep
  501. Mexican rock
  502. Miami bass
  503. Microhouse
  504. Microtonal
  505. Middle Eastern
  506. Military
  507. Mincecore
  508. Minimal techno
  509. Minimalist
  510. Minsogak
  511. Modal jazz
  512. Modern classical
  513. Moombahton
  514. Mor lam
  515. Motet
  516. Motown sound
  517. MPB
  518. Murder metal
  519. Music-core
  520. Música Popular Brasileira
  521. Musical
  522. Musique concrète
  523. Muzak
  524. N.S.B.M.
  525. Nashville sound
  526. National folk
  527. Native American
  528. Native American metal
  529. Nederhop
  530. Negerpunk
  531. Neo progressive
  532. Neo soul
  533. Neoclassical metal
  534. Neoclassicist
  535. Neofolk
  536. Neotraditional
  537. Nerdcore hip-hop
  538. Neue Deutsche Härte
  539. Neue Deutsche Welle
  540. Neurofunk
  541. New Age
  542. New beat
  543. New jack swing
  544. New metal
  545. New romantic
  546. New school breaks
  547. New Wave
  548. New Wave Of British Heavy Metal
  549. New Wave Of Swedish Death Metal
  550. New-school metallic hardcore
  551. Newgrass
  552. Nightcore
  553. Nightstep
  554. Nintendocore
  555. Niyabinghi
  556. No depression
  557. No wave
  558. Nocturne
  559. Noise
  560. Noise pop
  561. Noise rock
  562. Noisecore
  563. Norteño
  564. Northern soul
  565. Novelty
  566. Nu funk
  567. Nu gabber
  568. Nu Italo
  569. Nu jazz
  570. Nu punk
  571. Nu school breaks
  572. Nu soul
  573. Nu tango
  574. Nu-metal
  575. Nunstep
  576. Octet
  577. Oi
  578. Old school hip hop
  579. Old school progressive electronic
  580. Oldies
  581. Oldskool
  582. Old-time
  583. Opera
  584. Operetta
  585. Oratorio
  586. Orchestral
  587. Oriental metal
  588. Pagan
  589. Pagan metal
  590. Pingju
  591. Pipe & drum
  592. Pirate metal
  593. Pirate rock
  594. Pleng phua cheewit
  595. Plutonium rock
  596. Political
  597. Polka
  598. Polsk Punk
  599. Pop
  600. Pop punk
  601. Pop/funk
  602. Pop-folk
  603. Porn groove
  604. Porngrind
  605. Porno gore
  606. Post-black metal
  607. Post-emo indie rock
  608. Post-emo style rock
  609. Post-grunge
  610. Post-hardcore
  611. Post-industrial semi-punk nekronoise ambient happy hardcore triphop shoegaze
  612. Post modern bovine smut funk
  613. Post-punk
  614. Post-rock
  615. Postromantic
  616. Post-thrash metal
  617. Power ballad
  618. Power electronics
  619. Power metal
  620. Power noise
  621. Power pop
  622. Powergrind
  623. Pranks
  624. Prelude
  625. Primus
  626. Progressive
  627. Progressive country
  628. Progressive death metal
  629. Progressive folk
  630. Progressive house
  631. Progressive metal
  632. Progressive rock
  633. Progressive sludge
  634. Progressive trance
  635. Psybient
  636. Psychedelic
  637. Psychedelic noise
  638. Psychedelic rock
  639. Psychobilly
  640. Psycore
  641. Psytekk
  642. Psy-trance
  643. Pubrock
  644. Punk
  645. Punk cabaret
  646. Punk country
  647. Punk hardcore
  648. Punk oi
  649. Punk pop
  650. Punk rock
  651. Punkgrass
  652. Purple sound
  653. Pyjama funk
  654. Qawwali
  655. Quan họ
  656. Quartet
  657. Queercore
  658. Quickstep
  659. Quintet
  660. R.A.C.
  661. Ragga
  662. RaggaJungle
  663. Ragtime
  664. Raï
  665. Ranchera
  666. Rap
  667. Rap opera
  668. Rave
  669. Recitative
  670. Red dirt
  671. Reggae
  672. Reggaeton
  673. Regressive country
  674. Religious
  675. Rembetiko
  676. Renaissance
  677. Retro
  678. Retrowave
  679. Revival
  680. Rhapsody
  681. Rhythm
  682. Rhythm and bass
  683. Rhythm and blues
  684. Rhythmic noise
  685. Rhythmic soul
  686. Riot grrrl
  687. Robot hip hop
  688. Rock
  689. Rock and roll
  690. Rock in Opposition
  691. Rockabilly
  692. Rocksteady
  693. Rococo
  694. Romantic
  695. Romantic doom metal
  696. Roots country
  697. Roots rock
  698. Rumba
  699. Rural contemporary
  700. Sacred steel
  701. Sadcore
  702. Salsa
  703. Samba
  704. Satire
  705. Scat
  706. Schlager
  707. Schrammelmusik
  708. Schranz
  709. Screamo
  710. Seasonal
  711. Serial
  712. Serialism
  713. Sextet
  714. Scenecore
  715. Shibuya-kei
  716. Shoegaze
  717. Shomyo
  718. Shona
  719. Showtunes
  720. Sichuan
  721. Sickcore
  722. Ska
  723. Ska noise
  724. Ska punk
  725. Skacore
  726. Skiffle
  727. Slack-key
  728. Slamgrass
  729. Slamming Gore Groove
  730. Slow jam
  731. Slow rock
  732. Slowcore
  733. Sludge metal
  734. Smooth jazz
  735. Soca
  736. Sogak
  737. Son
  738. Sonata
  739. Soul
  740. Soul jazz
  741. Sound clip
  742. Soundtrack
  743. Southern gospel
  744. Southern rock
  745. Southern soul
  746. Space
  747. Space rock
  748. Speech
  749. Speed garage
  750. Speed metal
  751. Speedbass
  752. Speedcore
  753. Speedwood
  754. Spiritual
  755. Square dance
  756. Stadium rock
  757. Stoner doom
  758. Stoner metal
  759. Stoner rock
  760. Straight Edge
  761. Street bass
  762. Street punk
  763. String pop
  764. SubIndie
  765. Sublow
  766. Suicide metal
  767. Suicide rock
  768. Surf rock
  769. Swamp rock
  770. Swing
  771. Symphonic
  772. Symphonic black metal
  773. Symphonic poem
  774. Symphonic rock
  775. Symphony
  776. Synthpop
  777. Synthtron
  778. Synthwave
  779. Taiko
  780. Tango
  781. Tartan techno
  782. Tech
  783. Tech hardcore
  784. Tech-house
  785. Techmospheric
  786. Technical death
  787. Techno
  788. Techno rock
  789. Techno-industrial
  790. Techstep
  791. Tejano
  792. Terror
  793. Terror EBM
  794. Terrorcore
  795. Tex-Mex
  796. Theatrical
  797. Theme
  798. Theme and variations
  799. Third Stream
  800. Thrang
  801. Thrash metal
  802. Threnody
  803. Throat singing
  804. Toccata
  805. Tone poem
  806. Traditional
  807. Traditional Chinese
  808. Trailer
  809. Trance
  810. Trancecore
  811. Trancestep
  812. Trap
  813. Trashcan Americana
  814. Tribal
  815. Trio
  816. Trip-hop
  817. Troll metal
  818. Tropicália
  819. Tropicalismo
  820. True Scottish Pirate Metal
  821. Turbo-folk
  822. Turntablism
  823. Tuvan
  824. Twang core
  825. Twee
  826. Twee pop
  827. Twelve-tone
  828. Two step
  829. UK garage
  830. Unblack metal
  831. Uplifting trance
  832. Uptempo
  833. Urban
  834. Vallenato
  835. Vaporwave
  836. Vedic metal
  837. Victoriandustrial
  838. Viking metal
  839. Visual kei
  840. Vocal
  841. Vocal house
  842. Vocal-trance
  843. Vomitcore
  844. Waltz
  845. Wedding
  846. Weirdo
  847. West coast
  848. Western
  849. Western swing
  850. White metal
  851. Witch house
  852. Wizard rock
  853. Wobble
  854. Wong shadow
  855. Wonky
  856. World fusion
  857. World music
  858. Worldbeat
  859. Wrock
  860. Wyrd folk
  861. Y'allternative
  862. Yang
  863. Yayue
  864. Yellow cocktail
  865. Yodel
  866. Yoik
  867. Zeuhl
  868. Zouk
  869. Zydeco

Fake genres

Given how large the above list has grown beyond my expectations, it seems that coming up with fake genres might be a greater challenge. Here's your starter pack (and no obvious hybrids like "Ambient classical death", please, unless they're really funny):

  1. Raggagoth
  2. Plickplock
  3. Cakecore
  4. Fliprock
  5. Slip-hop
  6. Slap-pop
  7. Disco polo - UPDATE: apparently this genre, which I made up, is actually real
  8. Demoncore

And as a last resort, my good friend P gives us a way to generate your own:

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