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Genres of electronic dance music
This page contains examples for each musical genre on Mixupload. All users, who wish to upload music to Mixupload should discover genres map. In the case, when genre is hard to be determined, moderators should refer to this section as well.
Deep House could be defined as a sub-genre of Chicago House, but in a last few years it has become one of the most popular at the whole EDM scene with its new modern quality sounds and pitched vocals. Similar to Bassline House.
The most wide spreaded & without precise borders of the style. Originated in the late 80s in Chicago, absorbing elements of soul music and disco.
This genre is a combination of Techno & House music.
Most of the tracks are of a good sound qulity. At the begining progressive house is an amercan house, that was complemented by italian flavor in the early 90th.
Organic / Melodic House
This is the gentle kind of music, which is appropriate for music lovers of any kind, even without idea what electronic music is. The genre is often characterized with the presence of live instruments and vocals.
The main characteristic of this genre is an heave electro sound and a special way of drum beat, which is extremely simple and never changes from track to track in this genre. Electro house was especially popular in the early 2000th and it has got a lot of fans at the present time yet.
The genre is a direct extension of UK Garage. Similar rhythm and emphasis on bass linke. It has gained wide popularity in recent years along with Deep House.
This genre Is an inheritor of classic disco. This is one of the first melodic genres of electronic music itself. It is known for presence of vocals, piano, strings, brass and other live sounds combined with short drum loop and specific bassline.
Future house is a music genre that described as a fusion of deep house and UK garage and incorporating other elements and techniques of other EDM genres.
This section contains tracks, that include funk elements, such as short parts of guitar, bass guitar or keyboards.
Tribal House / Afro House
This genre is one of the most minimalistic one, because no melodic instruments and melodies are usually used in the tracks of Tribal house, but you can hear a lot ethnic percussion though.
Chicago / Jackin House
Also called Detroit House. One of the oldest house genre. It has clear swinging house beat. Chigaco itself is a place where two first vinyl dubplates were mixed.
Although G-House or Gangsta House is considered an offshoot of Chicago House, at the moment G-House has received its clear sound, characterized by a clear jerky "impudent" bass line, far from the classic sound of Chicago House.
The title of this genre is a also its description. Usually, it is the gentle house music with a full vocals.
In a present time it is possible to say, that minimal house doesn't exist, but minimal techno at the same time can be considered its successor.
Moombahton / Carnival
This genre is described as slow Dutch House, although it is not entirely true.
Big Room / Dutch House
Subgenre formed by combination of Electro House and Micro House. Drums have become simpler, leaving literally kick and hi-hats.
It is believed that this is a kind of Deep House, but the sound of Tropical House is quite different, both from the classic and the modern Deep House. The genre is characterized by the “beach” sound, as well as the presence of instruments such as flute, marimba and acoustic guitar.
The name is a description for this one. This is a house music with elements of latino culture: a lot of percussion sounds and guitars,
Hard / Pumping House
Hard beat, fast tempo, and special well-known bassline combined with cheerful vocals & melodies.
Fidget House / Dirty Electro
It used to be considered a form of Electro house, but from the middle 2000th it is independent kind of music with more rare but compressed power beat with extremely distorted garage basslines.
Acid / Oldschool House
Classy type of House music. It was born in the end of 80th and can be recognized for minor chord parts, that sound "acid".
French House can be described as speed and looped Disco House. It's a kind of a Disco House and Techno Blend.
There is no common Bass House definition, it's just House music with a lot of Bass samples. It's often described as a combination of House and Dubstep.
Genre that will be great to listen to in gym. It's like fater house starting from 135 BPM.
A style that originated in the early 2000s in the southern regions of the United States. It is characterized by aggressive lyrics and the use of 808 sub-bass kicks and hi-hats, as well as artificially low vocals, multiple synthesizer sounds superimposed on each other.
It has a polished record production style, drum machine-backed rhythms, an occasional saxophone-laced beat to give a jazz feel; and a smooth, lush style of vocal arrangement.
New School Rap
The era of the “new school” is associated with the works such artist as Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions, Juice Crew A Tribe Called Quest, Jungle Brothers, the texts of which were Afrocentrism, and the bits were based on electronic sampling.
Style was created in 1990ths in Panama & Puerto-Rico under Reggae influence, dancehall & hip-hop. It has more dynamic and dance rythm than classic hip-hop.
Lo-Fi / Instrumental Hip-Hop
Subgenre that has musical foundation of Hip-Hop, but has no vocals or few vocal samples.
It is a subgenre of hip hop music that evolved from hardcore hip hop. The genre was pioneered in the mid-1980s by rappers such as Schoolly D and Ice-T, and was popularized in the later part of the 1980s by groups like N.W.A.
Old School Rap
It is a name given to a period in mainstream hip hop, usually cited as being a period varying in time frames during the mid 1980s to the mid 1990s said to be characterized by its diversity, quality, innovation and influence. One of the definitive characteristics of this genre is the proliferation of sample-heavy music.
Jazz Rap / Jazz-Hop
Jazz samples, positive lyrics & lots of live instruments combined with hip-hop beats - that is what Jazz Rap is all about.
It incorporates multi-layered and melodic synthesizers, slow hypnotic grooves, a deep bass, background female vocals, the extensive sampling of P-Funk tunes, and a high-pitched portamento saw wave synthesizer lead.
Abstract / alternative Hip-hop
It is a sub-genre of hip hop that challenges the dominant cultural, political, philosophical, and economic consensus. It is often characterized by socially conscious, positive, or anti-commercial lyrics.
Its roots are directly linked to the electro-funk sound of the early 1980s. The use of the Roland TR-808 sustained kick drum, raised dance tempos, and frequently sexually explicit lyrical content differentiate it from other hip hop sub genres.
The Genre was born in middle 80th in Detroit. It has atrificial sound with an accent to mechanical rhymes and multiple loops of the main music elements.
Deep / Melodic Techno
The name of the genre speaks for itself. Deep techno features a deeper and slower sound than classic techno.
Minimalist sub-genre of techno, characterized by atonality, ascetic, deliberately simplified sound scene.
Techno with hip-hop parts. Extremely fast tempo and explicit lyrics.
Hardcore / Happy Hardcore
The genre was originated in the early 90th, when musicians started experiments with the tempo of techno music. This sub-genre is characterized by very fast tempo and using of atonal industrial sounds as well as the distorted kick drum.
Hard Techno / Acid Techno
The techno subgenre, which appeared after 2000 from a mixture of Shranz and Hardcore Techno. It is characterized by a fast tempo of 150 BPM and higher, as well as distorted kick drums.
Techno with ethnic elements. Mostly recognized for its saturated percussions.
The name of the genre is explained by the fact that musical compositions belonging to this genre contain so-called progressions, which are a lot of special effects, comprehensively developed drums that create the feeling the track is developing and progressing, rather than repeating itself together with a constantly evolving melody,
The genre probably came from a fusion of techno, house, and ambient. Trance got its name because of the repeating, smoothly changing bass and rhythmic melodies that immerse the listener in a trance-like state.
Prog Psy-Trance / PsyTech
It is symbiosis of Psychedelic and Progressive Trance.
The name of this genre can be explained by the fact that Uplifting trance tracks have high-octave melodies that sound very thin, easy and beautiful (melodic).
The genre separated from the Goa Trance in the middle 90th. Musical athmosphere is contrated on "psychodelia". Psy Trance is subdivided into numerous additional genres, such as Dark Psy (heavy), Psybient (Gentle), or Suomi (both heavy & gentle)
Subgenre has harder and faster rhythm than ordinary trance. The sound of Hard Trance is similar to Hardcore and Hardstyle.
Vocal Trance can be considered as a part of Pop music, but its internal structure is taken from House and Trance and has not a lot in common with pop songs.
Electro / NRG Trance
The mixture of Trance and Electro House from wich it has vorrowed electric bass parts.
Full-on is a more melodic form of psychedelic trance, which first appeared in Israel in the late 90s. The style is characterized by a higher tempo.
Trance, originated in the late 80s in the province of Goa, India.
Liquid funk is a genre with a deep gentle sound and a variety of basslines.
Modern Drum'n'Bass sub genre, specified by a extreme sharpness of the sound, achieved by hard sawtooth or "chewing" basslines combined with power broken beat.
Techstep / Deep DnB
Hard samples and pure short drum sounds is good to clearly understand what the broken beat is.
Jump Up / Rollers DnB
"Jump Up" was popular in the middle and the end of 90th. It has simple sound and melodies mixed with power melodic basslines. Hip-Hop vocals is often used in "Jump Up"
Soulful DnB / Mainstream
Drum'n'Bass sub-genre. that gained popularity in the 2000s. Melodic power club sound with the use of live instruments and vocals is characteristic for this genre.
Jungle / Oldschool DnB
All the modern Drum'n'Bass exist due to this genre. It appeared only because of one short drum solo, performed by Gregory Coleman in "Amen, Brother" song. The world famous sample "Amen Breal" was taken from that solo and became the basis of new genre and often used by musicians up to present time
Ragga / Ragga Jungle
Raggae Vocals mixed with jungle - that's how it started. Can be considered one of the first vocal DnB genre.
Drumstep / Futurebeats
Basically, this is the the faster kind of Dubstep, which is now played on DnB parties.
Hardstep / Crossbreed
This subgenre has strong emphasis on the rhythm. Very heavy samples are used for bass and percussion sounds. A completely crazy rhythm and poor melody.
Hard and heavy percussion soundsa with mystical tunes - that's how darkstep can be described. Pure saturation of drums, rough tough bassline and ambient noises usuallycomplete the gloomy picture of this kind of music.
Dubstep / Melodic Dubstep
Dubstep started in early 2000th in the south London, as a Garage sub genre. Dubstep has about 140 BPM, domintating low frequency basslines and sparse breakbeats in the background.
A modern version of the Glitch that originated in the 90s. Nowadays, Glitch Hop tracks have powerful shock section, very short samle cuts, a sharp sound and a general rock mood.
Dubstep subgenre with more calm and deep sound.
Chillstep is a mixture of Dubstep and Chillout music. Calm melody and classic live instruments combined with modern sythesizers.
The genre, created in early 2000th on the cross of Garage & Hip-hop. Broken beat and very fast rapping is how Grime can be described.
Booty Breaks / Miami Bass
One of the most common and popular subgenres of Breaks, which often uses samples of modern hit songs. It is characterized by club sound, suitable for a wide range of listeners.
Breakbeat is a broad genre of electronic music that utilizes breaks, often sampled from funk,jazz and rock earlier recordings.
Bass / Future Bass
Future bass is a kind of electronic dance music characterised by less intense drops, pulsating synth chords, exotic percussion and sometimes brass sounds.
Ghetto Funk / Funky Breaks
A kind of Breaks music, which can vary greatly in tempo, rigidity, or other parameters, but always includes jerky funk samples of guitars, keyboards, and other live instruments.
Electro / Progressive Breaks
This subgenre is characterized by crisp and loud drum parts along with hard electric sounds or repeating parts typical for Progressive.
Trance / Atmospheric Breaks
The name of the genre speaks for itself. It combines classic Breaks Rhythms and atmospheric sound of Trance music.
Chillout / Lounge
The style of electronic music, the name of which came from the English slang to chill out - cool, relax.
A genre of electronic music characterized by reliance on timbral modulations, lack of rhythm and atmospheric sound. Ambient was born in the 1970s. and since then has formed several varieties, from the lightest to the toughest and experimental.
Trap subgenre with less agressive sound.
Subgenre is characterized by a slow tempo, mosly broken. It close to trip-hop but has less depressive sound.
Psybient / Psychill
A genre of electronic music that combines elements of psychedelic trance, ambient, downtempo, dub, ethnic music, new age music
Nu Disco / Indie Dance
The modern type of Disco with highly compressed sounds and many cutted sounds. It has lower tempo than a classic Disco House though. Sometimes sounds similar to modern funky breaks!
One of the most diverse electronic music genre, which may include any tracks, that could not be related to any other genre.
UK Garage / Speed Garage
This genre appeared in the middle 90th under the influence american garage sound and early drum'n'bass, where basslines were borrowed. High pitched romantic vocals are often used in UK Garage songs.
Funk / Synth Funk
Classic funk combined with the modern groovy drum loops and often digital basslines becomes Synth Funk.
Heavily modified UK or 2-step Garage. The genre has inherited many elements from different styles of electronic music, mainly incorporating the softest elements.
Intelligent Dance Music. This is a name for some genres of electronic music that do not fit into the traditional framework. The emphasis on the word “intelligent” indicates that this type of music has certain characteristics that are different from the characteristics of "ordinary music". These characteristics may be the degree of compositional difficulties, using non-trivial ideas and moves, using unusual sound tones, special emotional and informational content.
The genre appeared in UK and Japan in the late 1970s. The main feature of the genre is the leadin sythesiser sound, which dominates over all other instruments. The genre doesn't try to simulate real instruments, but in oppsite concentrates on the artificial origin of the sound.
Jazz / Acid Jazz
A genre that needs no introduction. The genre appeared in early 1920s in the USA. Jazz has many varieties from the classical orchestral jazz to the modern Acid Jazz.
Dub / Reggae
Reggae appeared in the begining of 1970s in Jamaica. Dub is kind of reggae with less vocals or completely without vocals. Dub has a great influence on all modern electronic music genres, including House, DnB and Hip-Hop.
Garage sub-genre very similar to UK and Speed Garage, but with twice less kick hits. Essentialy it is Garage with the broken beat.
A musical genre that can be defined as a slow House, with BPM of 100-110. Basically, though not always, hard electro samples are used.
Pop music does not have any restrictions and can sound very different from track to track, but it always has clear meanings of lyrics, simplicity of melody and harmony.
Pop Rock is pretty similar to Pop, but with Rock elements, usually live instruments, such as guitars and drums.
K-Pop is a modern and very popular genre, that was born in South Korea. It has very "sweet" sound along with brught colorful videos.
Dance-Pop - this is obviously pop music for dancing with elements from electronic music, mostly House.
Classic Rock is an origin of all other Rock genres.
Rhythm & Blues
Rhythm & Blues
Genres list of electronic music
Ambient Ambient dub Dark ambient Dungeon synth Isolationism Drone Illbient New-age Andean new-age Neoclassical new-age Space music Reductionism Lowercase Onkyokei Bass music Future bass Kawaii future bass Slime punk UK bass Breakbeat Acid breaks Baltimore club Jersey club Big beat Breakbeat hardcore 4-beat Darkcore Broken beat Florida breaks Nu skool breaks Progressive breaks Disco Afro/cosmic music Electro-disco Hi-NRG Eurobeat Eurodance Bubblegum dance Hands up Italo dance Italo disco Spacesynth Space disco Euro disco Nu-disco Post-disco Boogie City pop Downtempo Acid jazz Chill-out Trip hop Trip rock Drum and bass Darkstep Drumfunk Drumstep Funkstep Hardstep Intelligent drum and bass Jazzstep Jump-up Clownstep Liquid funk Neurofunk Sambass Techstep Dub Dub poetry Electroacoustic music Acousmatic music Electroacoustic improvisation Live electronics Musique concrète Electronic rock Dance-rock Alternative dance Madchester Baggy Dance-punk New rave Electronicore Krautrock New wave Cold wave Dark wave Neoclassical dark wave Neue Deutsche Todeskunst Ethereal wave Nu-gaze Minimal wave Neue Deutsche Welle New romantic Synth-pop Dance-pop Disco polo Electroclash Electropop Indietronica Post-rock Space rock Synth-punk Electronica Berlin School Dubtronica Folktronica Funktronica Jazztronica Laptronica Livetronica Progressive electronic Ethnic electronica Asian underground African electronic dance music Afrobeats Azonto Coupé-Décalé Kuduro Mahraganat Shangaan electro Dancehall pop Nortec Rabòday Rara tech Shamstep Trival Worldbeat Manila sound Jungle Ragga jungle Hardcore Acidcore Bouncy techno Breakcore Raggacore Cybergrind Digital hardcore Doomcore Freeform hardcore Frenchcore Gabber Mainstream hardcore Happy hardcore UK hardcore Industrial hardcore J-core Lolicore Lento violento Mákina Speedcore Extratone Splittercore Terrorcore Hardstyle Dubstyle Jumpstyle Hauntology Chillwave Hypnagogic pop Synthwave Sovietwave Vaporwave Future funk Hardvapour Mallsoft Hip hop fusion genres Afroswing Alternative hip hop Hipster hop Cloud rap Crunk Crunkcore Snap music Emo rap Electro Latin freestyle Hip house Instrumental hip hop Lo-fi hip hop Merenrap Merenhouse Miami bass Funk carioca Funk ostentação Melodic funk Proibidão Rasteirinha Mumble rap Trap Afro trap Drill UK drill Latin trap Phonk Trap (EDM) UK trap House music Acid house Afro house Amapiano Gqom Kidandali Kwaito Ambient house Balearic beat Bass house Brazilian bass Changa tuki Chicago hard house Chicago house Deep house Diva house Hardbag Electro house Big room house Complextro Dutch house Fidget house Jungle terror Melbourne bounce Electro swing Euro house French house Funky house Future house Garage house Ghetto house Ghettotech Juke house Footwork Hip house Italo house Jazz house Latin house Microhouse Moombahton Moombahcore Moombahsoul New Jersey sound Outsider house Progressive house Soulful house Tech house Tribal house Tropical house UK hard house Hard dance Hard NRG Pumping house Hardbass Poky (genre) Scouse house Industrial Deconstructed club Electro-industrial Dark electro Aggrotech Electronic body music (EBM) Futurepop New beat Industrial hip hop Industrial metal Cyber metal Neue Deutsche Härte Industrial rock Martial industrial Neofolk Witch house Intelligent dance music (IDM) Drill 'n' bass Glitch Glitch hop Noise music Danger music Japanoise Harsh noise Harsh noise wall Power electronics Death industrial Power noise Plunderphonics Sampledelia Techno Acid techno Ambient techno Birmingham sound Bleep techno Detroit techno Dub techno Hardtechno Free tekno Schranz (genre) Industrial techno Minimal techno Schaffel Toytown techno Trance music Acid trance Balearic trance Dream trance Euro-trance Hard trance Goa trance Nitzhonot Neo trance Progressive trance Psychedelic trance Dark psytrance Full-On Progressive psytrance Psybient Psydub Suomisaundi Zenonesque Tech trance Uplifting trance Vocal trance Wartrance UK garage 2-step garage Bassline Breakstep Dubstep Brostep Powwow-step Chillstep Post-dubstep Reggaestep Riddim Future garage Grime Grindie Speed garage UK funky Wonky Video game music Chiptune Bitpop Skweee Nintendocore FM synthesis Sequencer music