Words Related to Music

Words Related to Music - Music Genres and Styles 1

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Here you will learn some English words related to music genres and styles, such as "disco", "calypso", and "blues".
acid house
acid housenoun

a subgenre of house music first developed in the US, marked with a fast steady beat and distorted synthesized sound effects, especially popular among those who take psychedelic drugs

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avant-garde musicnoun

music that rejects the conventional forms and introduces new and progressive themes

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baroque musicnoun

a period of European music in the 17th and 18th centuries during which distinguished composers such as Vivaldi, Bach, etc. created their compositions

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bhangra
bhangranoun

‌a type of dance music that combines elements of traditional Punjabi music with Western reggae and jungle

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bluegrass
bluegrassnoun

a type of country music that uses unamplified stringed instruments such as banjos, guitars, etc. and is usually high-pitched

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blues
bluesnoun

a type of folk music with strong rhythms and a melancholic atmosphere, first developed by the African American community in the Southern US

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boogienoun

an instrumental version of blues with a fast strong beat, played on the piano

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bossa nova
bossa novanoun

a type of Brazilian popular music that is derived from samba but is more melodic, popular in the 1960s

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calypsonoun

a type of Caribbean music marked with syncopated African rhythm and improvised words that satirize a current event or local figures, originally from Trinidad and Tobago

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chamber musicnoun

an instrumental ensemble intended to be performed in a small room or auditorium in which one performer plays in each part, especially the string quartet of the 18th century

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chill-out musicnoun

a type of electronic downtempo music that is supposed to make the audience calm and relaxed

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choral musicnoun

music that is written for and performed by a group of singers or a choir

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classical music
classical musicnoun

a traditional type of music with European roots written according to long-established rules and in elaborated forms by composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, etc.

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country and western
country and westernnoun

a popular type of folk music originally from southern parts of the US with dance tunes and ballads played on stringed instruments such as banjos, guitars, etc.

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country music
country musicnoun

popular folk music originally from southern parts of the US with dance tunes and ballads played on stringed instruments such as banjos, guitars, etc.

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crossovernoun

the process of changing the style or form by a musician in order to appeal to a wider range of people

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dance music
dance musicnoun

any music that is intended for dancing to, especially a type of electronic music with strong synthesized beat played in the clubs

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disco
disconoun

a type of popular dance music characterized by hypnotic rhythm and repetitive lyrics with influences from soul

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drum and bassnoun

a genre of dance music originally from the UK with a fast drumbeat and heavy bassline

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dubnoun

a style of West Indian electronic music that has a strong beat, influenced by reggae

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early musicnoun

traditional European music from medieval, Renaissance or baroque period, especially when it is performed by the instruments of the same period

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easy listeningnoun

music that is generally tuneful and relaxing but is sometimes considered to be lacking in substance

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flamenco
flamenconoun

a type of Spanish music that is fast-paced and exciting and is intended for dancing, played by guitar

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folk music
folk musicnoun

traditional music that is specific to a region or community or modern music imitating that style

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funk
funknoun

a style of dance music originated from African music and jazz, characterized by having a strong rhythm

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fusion musicnoun

music that combines the elements and styles of two different genres and forms something new

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gangsta rapnoun

a subdivision of hip-hop music prevalent among black US communities, with themes of gang violence, sex and drugs

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garage housenoun

an electronic dance music that combines elements of house music with soul, first developed in the UK in early 1990s

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glam rock
glam rocknoun

a subgenre of rock music that emerged in the 1970s in England, with male performers who were dressed unconventionally

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glitch musicnoun

a subgenre of electronic music that is formed around the concept of aesthetic of failure during the 1990s, using glitch-based audio

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gospel musicnoun

a religious style of singing with soul and R&B elements that was first developed by the African American community of Southern Baptist and Pentecostal Churches

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grimenoun

a type of dance music with elements of UK garage, hip-hop, drum and bass and other styles, first developed in London in the 2000s

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grunge rocknoun

a subdivision of rock music with heavy metal and punk rock influences, popular in the early 1990s

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hard rock
hard rocknoun

a genre of rock music marked with a heavy beat and high amplification of electric guitars

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heavy metal
heavy metalnoun

a type of highly amplified rock music developed in the 1970s with heavy drum beats and loud vocals

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hillbilly music
hillbilly musicnoun

a popular type of folk music originally from the mountainous parts of the US with dance tunes and ballads played on stringed instruments such as banjos, guitars, etc.

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hip-hop
hip-hopnoun

popular music featuring rap that is set to electronic music, first developed among black and Hispanic communities in the US

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house music
house musicnoun

a style of electronic dance music marked with a fast repetitive beat and a tempo of 110 to 130 bpm

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independent musicnoun

music that is produced without the resources of a major label or is self-released by an artist

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indie rock
indie rocknoun

a genre of rock music with a fairly light tone that was first developed in the United States and United Kingdom in the 1970s

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