instrumental music

instrumental music

/ˌɪnstɹəmˈɛntəl mjˈuːzɪk/
noun
music that is intended to be performed by instruments, in which vocals are only used for producing background sound effects

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jazz

jazz

/ˈdʒæz/
noun
a genre of popular music, with strong rhythms and improvisation (originated in New Orleans and created by African American musicians at the beginning of the 20th century)

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jungle music

jungle music

/dʒˈʌŋɡəl mjˈuːzɪk/
noun
a genre of electronic dance music rooted in the UK in the 1990s that has a fast drum beat and elements of hardcore and reggae

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klezmer

klezmer

/ˈkɫɛzmɝ/
noun
the traditional and instrumental music that is specific to Ashkenazi Jews in Central and Eastern Europe

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K-pop

K-pop

/kˈeɪpˈɑːp/
noun
a type of popular music that is originally from South Korea, combining a variety of styles with visual elements

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math rock

math rock

/mˈæθ ɹˈɑːk/
noun
a subgenre of rock music marked with complicated musical and rhythmic patterns

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merengue music

merengue music

/mˈɛɹɛŋ mjˈuːzɪk/
noun
a lively couple dance or its music that is originated in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, popular all over the Latin America

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mood music

mood music

/mˈuːd mjˈuːzɪk/
noun
music that is meant to create a relaxed or romantic ambiance

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MOR

MOR

/mˈɔːɹ/
noun
music that is not exciting or original but is pleasant to the ears

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music

music

/ˈmjuzɪk/
noun
a series of sounds made by instruments or voices, arranged in a way that is pleasant or exciting to listen to

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Muzak

Muzak

/mjˈuːzæk/
noun
(trademark) recorded background music that is played in public places through speakers

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pop music

pop music

/pˈɑːp mjˈuːzɪk/
noun
popular music, especially with young people, consisting a strong rhythm and simple tunes

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progressive rock

progressive rock

/pɹəɡɹˈɛsɪv ɹˈɑːk/
noun
a subgenre of rock music of the late 1960s with sophisticated wordings and improvisations accompanied by unusual time signatures and instruments

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psychedelia

psychedelia

/sˌaɪkɪdˈiːliə/
noun
the music, art or culture that is common among those who use psychedelic drugs

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psychedelic music

psychedelic music

/sˌaɪkɪdˈɛlɪk mjˈuːzɪk/
noun
music that emerged during the 1960s which is inspired by the culture formed around the use of psychedelic drugs in that era

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punk rock

punk rock

/pˈʌŋk ɹˈɑːk/
noun
a loud and fast-paced genre of rock music popular in the 1970s and 80s with themes of aggression and alienation

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ragga

ragga

/ɹˈæɡə/
noun
a type of dance music originally from the West Indies with elements of reggae and hip-hop

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rap

rap

/ˈɹæp/
noun
a genre of African-American music with a rhythmic speech

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reggae

reggae

/ˈɹɛˌɡeɪ/
noun
popular music originating in the West Indies; repetitive bass riffs and regular chords played on the off beat by a guitar

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rhythm and blues

rhythm and blues

/ɹˈɪðəm ænd blˈuːz/
noun
often called R&B, a type of popular music that combines elements of blues and Jazz, which employs a simple chord structure and strong beat, developed by the African American community in the 1940s

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rock music

rock music

/ɹˈɑːk mjˈuːzɪk/
noun
a genre of popular music, with a strong beat played on electric guitars and drums, evolved from rock and roll and pop music

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rockabilly

rockabilly

/ˈɹɑkəˌbɪɫi/
noun
a type of popular music that combines elements of rock and roll and country, dating back to 1950s

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rock and roll

rock and roll

/ɹˈɑːk ænd ɹˈoʊl/
noun
a type of popular music originating in the 1950s with electronically amplified instruments, a strong beat, and simple tunes

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salsa music

salsa music

/sˈælsə mjˈuːzɪk/
noun
a Latin American dance music that is influenced by jazz, R&B and rock

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ska

ska

/ˈskɑ/
noun
a fast-paced Jamaican music with a strong offbeat that was developed in 1960s which inspired reggae

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soca music

soca music

/sˈoʊkə mjˈuːzɪk/
noun
a Caribbean dance music that combines soul and calypso

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soul music

soul music

/sˈoʊl mjˈuːzɪk/
noun
a type of music that is associated by gospel music with elements of R&B and an emphasis on vocals expressing intense emotions

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synth-pop

synth-pop

/sˈɪnθpˈɑːp/
noun
a subgenre of wave music developed in 1980s that employs a heavy use of synthesizers and electronic instruments

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techno

techno

/ˈtɛknoʊ/
noun
a fast-paced style of electronic dance music with a few or no words

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thrash metal

thrash metal

/θɹˈæʃ mˈɛɾəl/
noun
a harsh and loud subdivision of rock music with a fast tempo that combines elements of heavy metal and punk

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trance music

trance music

/tɹˈæns mjˈuːzɪk/
noun
a type of electronic dance music with hypnotic rhythms and sounds

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Uk garage

Uk garage

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

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world music

world music

/wˈɜːld mjˈuːzɪk/
noun
popular music that is originated in or incorporates elements of non-Western traditional music

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