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A

Aa-Ad - Af-Ak - Al - Am-An - Ap-Ax

  • A cappella - any singing performed without instrumental backing

Aa-Ad

  • Aak - Korean court music
  • Aaroubi - evolved form of al-andalous classical music which comes from Algiers
  • Abaimajani
  • Abajeños - folk music of the Perépecha of Mexico
  • Aboriginal rock - rock and roll mixed with Australian aborigine music, began in 1980s
  • Abstract hip hop
  • Abwe
  • Acoustic Rock
  • Acid croft - mixture of traditional Scottish music with house influences
  • Acid house - house music using simple tone generators with tempo-controlled resonant filters
  • Acid groove
  • Acid jazz - jazz mixed with soul, hip hop and funk
  • Acid rock
  • Acid techno
  • Adai-adai
  • Aduk-aduk
  • Adult contemporary

Af-Ak

  • Afoxé
  • African blues
  • African jazz
  • Afrobeat - African rhythms mixed with American funk
  • Afro-Cuban jazz - jazz mixed with merengue, salsa or other Latin forms
  • Afro-Cuban rumba
  • Afro-juju
  • Afro-Manding blues
  • Afro-reggae
  • Afro-soul
  • Afro-zouk
  • Afroma
  • Aguinaldo
  • Ahouach
  • Ahidus
  • Air
  • Akyn - Kazakh folk music made by travelling musicians also called akyn

Al

Am-An

  • Amanédhes
  • Ambient - atmospheric electronic music combined with jazz, New Age and other influences
  • Ambient acoustic
    Ambient breakbeat
    Ambient dub
  • Ambient house
    Ambient groove
    Ambient techno
    Ambient trance
    American fingerstyle guitar (American primitive guitar)
    Americana
    Anadolu rock - Turkish rock music
  • Anarcho-punk - 1970s mixture of punk rock with anarchist lyrics
  • Andártika
    Andean New Age - a mixture of native Peruvian and Western musics which arose in tourist areas in Lima, Cuzco and Ollantaytambo
    Angklung - Osinger and Balinese style of gamelan performed exclusively by young boys
    Angolan merengue
  • Anti-folk
  • Antiphonal

Ap-Ax

  • Apala
    Appalachian folk - in the United States, commonly referred to as simply folk music
    Arabesk - Turkish popular music
    Areito
  • Arena rock - 1970s catchy, bombastic mixture of hard rock, prog and pop music
  • Argentinean rock
    Arpa grande - a style of rural Mexican folk music
    Arribeño - lyrical folk music from Sierra Gorda, Mexico
  • Ars antiqua
  • Ars nova
  • Art metal
    Art pop
    Art punk
  • Art rock
  • Ashiq - Azeri bards who sing and accompany themselves on a saz (a kind of lute)
    Ashoug
    Asian Underground - British-based form of Indian and Western fusion
  • Australian country music (see also Country music)
  • Australian pub rock
  • Australian hip hop
  • Australian humour
    Australian warmetal
  • Avant-garde jazz
  • Avant-garde music - any kind of experimental music incorporated bizarre ideas, structures or instrumentation
    Axé - pop music from Salvador, Bahia

B

Ba - Be-Bh - Bi-Bl - Bo - Br-Bu

Bac-Bal

  • Bachata
    Baião
  • Bakersfield sound - gritty, hard-edged reaction against 1950s pop country (Nashville sound)
  • Bakshy - Turkmen folk music made by travelling musicians also called bakshy
    Baiáo - Dance music created by a trio of triangle, bass drum and accordion
    Baila - Sri Lankan dance music derived from African slaves held by the Portuguese
    Baisha xiyue - a song and dance suite from the Naxi of Lijiang, China
    Bajourou
    Bakou - trilling vocals that accompany Wolof wrestling
    Bagad
    Bal granmoun
    Bal-musette
    Balakadri
  • Ballad - generic term for usually slow, romantic, despairing and catastrophic songs
  • Ballad calypso
    Ballata
  • Ballet (music)
  • Balkan music
    Balss

Bam-Bay

  • Bamberas
    Bamboo band - originally from the Solomon Islands, music played by hitting bamboo tubes with sandals
    Bamboula wake
    Bambuco
    Banda - Mexican brass norteño pop music invented in the 1960s
    Bangsawan
    Bantowbol
    Barbarian Black Metal - exreme black metal about paganism and barbarism
    Barbershop music - extremely melodic a cappella vocal style
    Barndance
  • Baroque music - 17th-18th century European classical music
  • Baroque metal
    Bass music (Miami bass, Booty bass) - electro influenced form of hip hop dance music arising in Miami, Florida
  • Bastard Pop
  • Batá
    Batá-rumba
    Batucada
    Batuco
    Bayin - Taiwanese Hakka instrumental music

Be-Bh

  • Beach music
    Beatboxing
  • Bebop - 1940s jazz style with complex improvisation and a fast tempo
  • Bedoui
    Bedoui citadinisé
    Beguine (biguine)
    Beguine moderne
    Beguine vide
    Beiguan - Taiwanese instrumental music
    Bel canto - Italian vocal style which arose in the late 16th century and which ended in the mid-19th century
    Belair
    Bend-skin
    Benga
    Bhajan - a northern Hindu religious song
    Bhakti
    Bhangra - originally Punjabi dance music which became popular in the UK
    Bhangra-wine
    Bhangragga
    Bhangramuffin

Bi-Bl

Bo

  • Bocet
    Boi - Central Amazonian folk music
    Bolero - Spanish and Cuban dance and music
  • Bomba
  • Bombay pop
    Bongo - distinctive African drum and style of drumming
    Bongo wake
    Boogie rock
    Boogie woogie - style of piano-based blues popular in the 1940s US
  • Boogaloo - soul and mambo fusion popular in 1960s United States
  • Booty bass (Miami bass, Bass music)
  • Borbangnadyr
    Borbannadir - type of Tuvan xoomii said to sound like the rapids of a river
  • Border ballad
  • Bossa nova
  • Bouncy techno
  • Boy band

Br-Bu

C

Ca - Cc-Ce - Ch - Ci-Cl - Co - Cr-Cu

Cad-Cam

  • Ca din tulnic
    Ca pe lunca
    Ca tru - (hat a dao) Vietnamese folk music
  • Cabaret
  • Cadence
    Cadence-lypso - guitar-dominated Cadence music combined with calypso horns
    Cadence rampa
    Café-aman
    Cai luong - Vietnamese opera
    Cajun music
    Cakewalk
    Calenda - Trinidadian drum dance
    Calentanos - folk music of the Balsas River Basin, Mexico
    Calgia - traditional urban ensemble music from Macedonia
    Calipso - Venezuelan calypso music
    Calypso - Trinidadian folk, and later pop, genre
    Calypso-style baila - Sri Lankan baila mixed with calypso influences
    Campursari - Indonesian modern folk music, a fusion of dangdut, langgam, and pop music
    Campillaneros

Can-Car

  • Caña
    Candombe
    Canon
    Cante chico
    Cante jondo
    Canterbury Scene
    Cantiñas
    Cantiga - Portuguese ballad form
    Cantique
    Canto livre - Portuguese modernized fado
    Canto nuevo - Bolivian pop-folk music which evolved out of Chilean nueva cancion
    Canto popular - Uruguayan singer-songwriter nativist music
    Cantopop - western-style pop music from Hong Kong
    Canzone napoletana - urban songs from Naples
    Capoeira music
    Caracoles
    Carceleras
    Cardas
    Caribbean
    Carimbó - dance music of Belém, Brazil
    Cariso
  • Carnatic music
  • Carol
  • Cartageneras

Cas-Cav

Cc-Ce

  • CCM (Contemporary Christian Music)
    Celempungan
  • Cello rock
  • Celtic
  • Celtic metal
    Celtic reggae

Cha

  • Cha-cha-cha
    Chakacha
    Chamamé - Argentinian folk music
    Chamber jazz
    Chamber pop
  • Chamber music
  • Champeta - Colombian musical form derived from African communities in Cartagena
    Champloo
    Changuí
  • Chanson
  • Charanga
    Charanga-vallenato - 1980s mixture of salsa, charanga and vallenata
    Charikawi
    Chastushki - humorous Russian folk songs
    Chau van - Vietnamese trance music

Che-Chi

  • Chemical breaks
    Chèo
    Chill-Out
  • Chicago house
  • Chicken scratch - Arizona-based Native American music
    Chimurenga (mbira)
    Chinese music
    Chinese rock - rock and roll from China, often with protest lyrics
    Chip music

Cho-Chr

Chu

  • Chumba
    Chut-kai-pang
    Chutney - popular Indo-Trinidadian music
    Chutney-bhangra
    Chutney-hip hop
    Chutney-soca - Chutney mixed with calypso and other influences

Ci-Cl

Coc-Cor

  • Cocobale
    Coimbra fado - a form of refined fado from Coimbra, Portugal
    Colombianas
    Comedy rock
  • Comic opera
  • Comparsa
    Compas direct
    Compas meringue
    Concert overture
  • Concerto
  • Concerto grosso
  • Congo - Panamanian dance music
  • Congolese sound
    Conjunto
    Contemporary Christian Music (CCM)
    Contonbley
    Contradanza
  • Cool jazz
  • Cocorrido
    Coladeira
    Coldwave (or industrial rock)
    Combined Rhythm - music of the Dutch Antilles
    Corsican polyphonic song
    Cothoza mfana

Cou-Cow

Cr-Cu

  • Crapcore
    Creative jazz
    Creole
  • Crossover music
  • Crunk
  • Crust punk
  • Csárdás
    Cuarteto - Argentinian folk music
    Cueca
  • Cumbia - popular dance music, originally Colombian but now popular across Latin America, especially Mexico
  • Cumbia panameña - Panamanian cumbia
    Cumfa
    Cybercore
  • Cumbia villera - Argentinian type of cumbia which contains marginal lyrics

D

Da - De-Dh - Di-Dr - Du-Dz

Da

  • Dabka - Palestinian dance music for weddings
    Dadra
    Daina - Latvian sung poetry
    Daino - Lithuanian traditional music
    Dalauna
  • Dance (music) - dance (form of musical composition)
  • Dance music - any rhythmic music intended for dancing
  • Dance pop - comtemporary form of dance music with pop music structures
  • Dance-punk
  • Dancehall
    Dangdut - popular Indonesian dance music with influences from Arabic and Indian music
    Danube New Wave - mixture of Viennese schrammelmusik and American blues and rock and roll
    Danza
    Danzón
  • Dark ambient
  • Dark trance
  • Darkwave
  • Dementia - relating to the style of music popularized by the Dr. Demento Show

De-Dh

  • De codru
    De dragoste
    De jale
    De pahar
    Death industrial
  • Death metal
  • Death rock (also known as death punk)
  • Death techno
    Deblas
    Deboche - Brazilian fusion of electric frevo and ijexá
    Décima
    Degung
  • Delta blues
  • Deep house
  • Deep soul
    Dementia
    Desi - Indian folk music
  • Detroit blues
  • Detroit techno
  • Dhamar - a type of highly-oranemented dhrupad
    Dhimotiká - traditional Greek songs
    Dhrupad - Hindustani vocal music performed by men singing in medieval Hindi
    Dhun

Di-Dr

  • Dialect rock - rock music sung in various Swiss-German dialects
    Digital hardcore
    Dirge
  • Dirty South (also known as Southern rap)
  • Disco
  • Disco house
    Disco Polo - Polish nightclub dance music.
    Dixieland jazz (Chicago jazz)
    Djambadon
    Dodompa - Japanese tango
    Doina
    Dombola
    Dondang sayang - slow folk music that mixes Malaysian forms with Portuguese, India, Chinese and Arabic music
    Donegal fiddle tradition
    Donjiang - Chinese Naxi form of folk music, related to silk and bamboo music from Chinca
    Doo wop
  • Doom metal
  • Dopé
    Downtempo
    Dream pop
  • Drill and bass
  • Dronology
  • Drum and bass (DNB)

Du-Dz

  • Dub
  • Dub techno
    Dundun - Yoruban drum music
    Dunedin Sound - early 1980s alternative rock sound based out of Dunedin, New Zealand and Flying Nun Records
    Dutch jazz
    Dutch trance
    Dziesma
    Dzoke - type of yang chanting

E

Ea-En - Er-Ez

Ea-En

Ep-Ez

F

Fa-Fr - Fu

Fa-Fr

  • F-Step - variant of hardcore jungle with simultaneous, overlapping beats
    Fado - Portuguese roots-based popular music
    Falak - Tajik folk music
  • fandango - Spanish dance music
  • Farruca - a genre of flamenco
    Filk - modern, science fiction-oriented music
  • Film scores
  • Filmi - Indian film music
  • Filmi-ghazal - filmi based on Hindustani ghazaal
    Finger-style
    Fjatpangarri - Aboriginal Australian music local to Yirrbala
  • Flamenco - dance music of Spanish Gypsies
  • Foaie verde - classical form of Romanian Gypsy doina
    Fofa
  • Folk metal
  • Folk music
  • Folk pop
  • Folk punk
  • Folk rock
  • Folktronica
  • Fonn Mall
    Forró - extremely popular music of Northeastern Brazil
    Franco-country
    Freak-folk
  • Free improvisation - freeform musical improvisation
  • Free jazz - improvised 1960s jazz
  • Free music
  • Freestyle house - a cross-culture mix of hip-hop/electro/house/pop
  • Freetekno
  • Frevo - folk music from Recife, Brazil
    Fricote - dance music from Salvador, Brazil

Fu


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