The world is filled with different types of Music because it is filled with different kinds of people. But, have you ever wondered how many music genres and styles are there?
October 1st, 2021
A complete list of musical genres worldwide is nearly impossible to create because there is no universally accepted way of categorizing types of Music. Nevertheless, these are the top recorded music genres in the world:
- Electronic dance music (EDM)
- Indie rock
- Rhythm & Blues (R&B)
Then we have music genres and styles classified by region or place of origin, including:
- African Music (e.g., Afrobeats, Chimurenga, Ethio-jazz, Rababah)
- Asian Music (e.g., Bollywood, Chinese folk, Goa trance, K-Pop, Punjabi)
- Caribbean Music (e.g., Calypso, Mambo, Merengue, Reggae, Salsa)
- European Music (e.g., Celtic chant, Euro-disco, Flamenco, Opera, Polka)
- Latin & South American Music (e.g., Bachata, Bossa Nova, Cumbia, Mariachi, Reggaeton, Tango, Vallenato)
- North American Music (e.g., American Folk, Blues, Gospel, Swing, Tejano)
How of these do you recognize? Let us know in the comment section!
This article is a re-post of “Major Types of Music From Around the World” with minor modifications, published on yourdictionary.com