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Top 10 Best Music Genres You Should Know


Afri musicThere are hundreds of music genres available, with new sub-genres cropping up every other day. Other genres become obsolete just after a few months after they have come up. It can be complicated to keep up with all these genres unless you write music for a living, or you are a great music lover. Listening to music when traveling to Las Vegas or any other place can be soothing and make the journey seem shorter. Here are top ten music genres you should know and possibly have on your device.

1. Trance

It is a genre of electronic music developed in Germany in the early 19909s. It is designated by hard kicks, strong, repeating melodic phrases, fully resonant basses, and a musical form that precisely builds up and down throughout a track. A typical song begins with a progressive beat that becomes an increasingly more complex throughout the song. It leads to a buildup beat and then to a theme or hook.

2. House

house musicIt is a genre of electronic dance music which originated in Chicago in the early 1980s. First, it was popularized in Chicago in 1984. It quickly spread to other American cities such as New York, Newark, Detroit, and later Europe and other parts of the world. House music is characterized by a prominent kick drum on every beat, off-beat hi-hats, repetitive 4/4 melodies and synthesized basslines. It is great for beginners considering getting into electronic music due to its minimalistic nature, noticeable integration into pop, presence on mainstream radio, and uplifting soul themes.

3. Symphonic Metal

This is a subgenre of metal music that combines heavy distorted guitar riffs of heavy metal with booming orchestras, traditional instruments, classical sounding music and wide vocal ranges. The song may incorporate synths, full symphonic orchestras, sometimes opera-style singing and choir.

4. Melodic Metal

A subgenre of metal combining elements of New Wave of British Heavy Metal and Power Metal with elements of Death metal (like riffing). It originated in Sweden and the United Kingdom where it developed during the early and mid-1990. Many melodic metal bands still include vocals while some bands strictly use death growls.

5. Dubstep

It is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in London in late 1990s. It developed from a lineage of related styles such as broken beat, 2-step garage, and DNB. The music is characterized by syncopated drum and percussion patterns with bass lines that contain notable sub bass frequencies. Normally includes a melodic build to a drop of distorted bass lines, dissonant breakdowns or chord progressions.

6. Punk Rock

puncIt is a subgenre of rock that developed in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia between 1974 and 1976. It is characterized by electric guitars playing power chords, deep bass lines, energetic drummings and beats, a hard rock volume originally rooted from pub and garage rock, and either singed or yelled vocals. The genre was popularized by bands such as the Sex Pistols, Ramones, The Buzzcocks, and The Clash. Typical themes for lyrics can be anything but mostly includes social issues, violence, anarchism, anti-establishment, and life scenes.

7. Hip hop

Also known as rap music. Is genre formed in the United States in the 1970s. It consists of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping – a rhyming and rhythmic speech that is chanted. Hip-hop culture is characterized by the four stylistic elements; rapping; break dancing; graffiti writing; and Djing/scratching.

8. Industrial rock

It is a type of musical genre that fuses particular rock subgenres and industrial rock. The early versions of industrial music and rock were practiced by a handful of post-punk groups, inclusive of Killing Joke, Chrome, Swans and Big Black. The genre is characterized by electric guitars, bass, and drums and pairs it with white noise blasts, and electronic music gear. Guitars are the most common used.  Industrial rock incorporates the sound of machinery and computers.

9. Power Metal

Is a subgenre of heavy metal combining features of heavy metal with speed metal, in combination with symphonic context. It is characterized by more uplifting sound, rather than heaviness and resonance. It is concentrated around folk, medieval, renaissance and science fiction themes. It originated in the 1970s.

10. Electronic Dance Music

Also known as club music. Consists of electronic music genres produced especially for nightclubs, festivals, raves. It is an umbrella for popular genres including techno, house, dubstep, trance, trap, Jersey club, drum and bass.

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