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NOTE: In an attempt to maintain some form of order, admins must approve changes/additions to the following Free Music Archive genre tree. All users can create new genres, but they will not be published until an admin approves them. Your input is the water that will help this sprout grow into a healthy genre tree, and admin oversight is the clipper that takes down tree branches when they threaten the tree's livelihood. Questions, comments, concerns? Please email idea [at] freemusicarchive.org

Fully Agreed-Upon List of MP3 Genres

And their ever-expanding list of sub-genres. Genres in bold, subgenres listed after bullets.


Pop

  • Experimental Pop
  • Synth Pop

Rock

Metal
* Black-Metal
* Death-Metal
Garage
* Psych-Rock
* Surf
Punk
* No Wave
* Hardcore
* Thrash
* New Wave
* Electro-Punk
* Post-Punk
* Power-Pop
Industrial

Goth
Progressive
Krautrock

Shoegaze
Loud-Rock
* Noise-Rock
* Sludge
Post-Rock
* Space-Rock
Lo-Fi
Indie-Rock

Rock Opera

Easy Listening

  • Easy Listening: Instrumental
  • Vocal 
  • Lounge


International

  • French
  • Spanish
  • Latin
  • Flamenco
  • Brazilian
  • Reggae - Dub
  • Reggae - Dancehall
  • Latin America
  • > Salsa
    > cumbia
  • >> digital cumbia
African
  • Afrobeat
  • North African

Middle East

Asia-Far East

Indian
* North Indian Traditional
* South Indian Traditional
* Bollywood
  • Pacific
  • Europe
    --> Klezmer
  • Celtic
  • Balkan
  • Polka

  • Fado


Jazz

  • Be-Bop
  • Jazz: Vocal
  • Big Band/Swing
  • Jazz: Out
  • Free-Jazz
     
  • Modern Jazz


Old-Time / Historic


Country

  • Bluegrass
  • Americana
  • Rockabilly

  • Country & Western
  • > Western Swing


Folk

  • Psych-Folk
  • Free-Folk
  • Freak-Folk
  • British Folk
  • Singer-Songwriter


Blues

  • Gospel


Soul - R&B

  • Disco
  • Funk


Electronic

  • Ambient Electronic
  • Techno
    * Bigbeat
  • Drum & Bass
  • Jungle
  • House
    * Chill-out
  • Minimal Electronic
  • Glitch
  • Breakcore - Hard
  • IDM
  • Downtempo
  • Trip-hop
  • Chip Music
  • Dubstep
    *Skweee 




Novelty

  • Children's Music
  • Comedy (music)
  • Soundtrack
  • Sound Effects


Experimental

  • Avant-Garde
  • Noise
  • Sound Poetry
  • Drone
  • Ambient
  • New Age
  • Electroacoustic
  • Sound Collage
  • Field Recordings
  • Improv
  • Minimalism
  • Unclassifiable


Classical

  • Classical - 20th Century
  • Composed Music
  • Opera
  • Chamber Music
  • Choral Music
  • Symphony


Hip-Hop

  • Nerdcore
  • Alternative Hip-Hop
  • Wonky
  • Hip-Hop Beats


Spoken

  • Spoken Weird
  • Poetry
  • Comedy
  • banter
  • Radio Theater


Radio

  • Radio-Art
  • Talk Radio
  • Interview