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List of genres of the blues

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List of genres of the blues

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Blues can be categorized into a number of genres. There are also genres of music that are not blues but which can be described as blues-like or bluesy. What may also be called blues is the actual chord structure of a piece, which goes through a standard chord progression, called the blues chord progression, containing the 3 basics chords: I, IV and V, which means the first, the fourth and the fifth degree.

Genres of blues

Blues-like genres

There are several genres unrelated to the blues in any factual sense but are described as blues-like or bluesy. These are typically urban in origin, simple in instrumentation and featuring plaintive, melancholy vocals that emphasize the singer's poor luck and, often, violent or criminal behavior. Anthropologist Joaquim Reis de Brito describes the phenomenon this way:

Thus, if we take together the Fado of Lisbon, the Tango of Buenos-Aires and the Rembetika of Athens, we will note firstly that all of them emerged a little before or after the middle of the 19th century in poor districts of the big port cities of the nascent industry, attracting people from the country or from abroad, and who were confined to a marginal existence. And if we look for other parallels in the development of these urban popular cultures, we will find them again: first, their obscure and repressed beginnings, then their discovery and appropriation by elements of the higher social classes, later their acceptance and admission by the establishment (often after their success outside of the native land) before ending as a subject of tourist explorations.

Note that not all of the characteristics above are common to all the genres compared to blues, and not all are true of the blues itself.

Bikutsi - Cameroonian music
Bolel - Ethiopian music
Bomba - Puerto Rican music
Bozlak - Turkish music
Calypso - Trinidadian music
Country - American music
Cumbia - Colombian music
Doina - Romanian music
Fado - Portuguese music
Flamenco - Spanish music
Kroncong - Indonesian music
Llanto - Panamanian music
Luk thung - Thai music
Mariachi - Mexican music
Merengue - Dominican music
Morna - Cape Verdean music
Rembetika - Greek music
Rai - Algerian music
Reggae - Jamaican music
Rumba - Cuban music
Samba - Brazilian music
Schrammelmusik - Austrian music
Sevdalinka - Bosnian music
Shaabi - Egyptian music
Sawt - Kuwaiti and Bahraini music
Taarab - Tanzanian music
Tambú - Curaçao music
Tango - Argentinian music
Zilin - Beninese music
Zydeco - Cajun music

Blues | Blues genres
Jug band - Classic female blues - Country blues - Delta blues - Jump blues - Piano blues - Fife and drum blues
Jazz blues - Blues-rock - Soul blues
African blues - British blues - Chicago blues - Detroit blues - Kansas City blues - Louisiana blues - Memphis blues - Piedmont blues - St. Louis blues - Swamp blues - Texas blues - West Coast blues
Styles of American folk music
Blues (Ragtime) | Country (Honky tonk and Bluegrass) | Jazz | Native American | Spirituals and Gospel
Music genres
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