Music Genres From Around The World

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We have all heard it said that music is the universal language of the world and for a good reason. Music can transcend or break through any language barrier. You don’t really have to speak a certain language, or understand it, to love their music. The reality is that there are many different types of music genres around the world. That is part of what makes music so beautiful that we can all enjoy music from other cultures.


These music genres from around the world are some of the most popular out there. Every country has its own type of music and a way that they play, listen and dance to it. There are some countries that have more cultural diversity in their music. These countries tend to have a deeper, stronger root in whatever music genre they have claimed as their own. The great thing about the different types of music from around the world is that we can all enjoy them no matter where we are from.


United States

The US has a multicultural and long list of music genres that the people listen to. Unlike certain countries, there are dozens of music genres that are loved by many in the United States. Some of these include the following:

  • Country
  • Rock
  • Metal
  • Punk
  • Hip Hop
  • Blues
  • Gospel
  • Pop
  • R&B
  • Soul

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Out of all of these music genres in the USA, Rock leads the way as far as popularity at 30%. Second place belongs to R&B and Hip-Hop at 22% and Pop is in third place with 19%. Country is fourth at 10%. No matter which genre is your favorite, if you are from the United States, then you have many music genres to claim as your own or love.


Latin America

Latin American culture has several different music genres to claim as its own. That’s in part due to there being so many different countries that make up part of Latin America. For the most part, Salsa leads the way as one of the most popular genres since it is loved and followed in numerous countries such as:

  • Colombia
  • Cuba
  • Puerto Rico
  • Dominican Republic
  • Mexico
  • Costa Rica
  • Venezuela
  • El Salvador
  • Nicaragua


Still, even though salsa is loved in these Latin American countries, they sometimes have their own variation of it. In addition, some of them have other music genres that they follow as well. Other genres from Latin American countries are:

  • Cumbia
  • Son Cubano
  • Bachata
  • Bolero
  • Merengue
  • Reggaeton
  • Dembow
  • Conjunto
  • Samba
  • Boogaloo
  • Latin Hip Hop
  • Tropical Music
  • Latin Ballad


United Kingdom, Canada, Europe

Just like the United States, in the UK, Canada and most of Europe, they have a deep love for several different types of music. That includes Punk, Hard Rock, Punk Rock, Jazz, Trip Hop, Grime, Britpop, Bhangra, Electric Folk, and Acid Jazz.



The French have a few genres of music that they follow. Some of the most popular are:

  • Bal-musette
  • French Pop Music
  • French Hip Hop
  • Chanson
  • French House
  • Zouk
  • Ballad
  • Rock Music
  • Classical Music



One of the music genres which is widely associated to Italy is Opera. That is not to say that it is the only music genre that they follow though. In Italy, they also have a love for the following:

  • Italo House
  • Italian Folk Music
  • Italo Disco
  • Italian Jazz
  • Italian Classical Music
  • Ambrosian Chant
  • Ballet
  • Rock
  • New Wave
  • Hip Hop



Africa is one of the most culturally diversified countries in the world when it comes to culture and music. They have deep roots in their music and what they follow or claim as their own. Some of the music genres from Africa include:

  • Kwaito
  • Afrobeat
  • Blues
  • Highlife
  • Soukous
  • African Popular Music
  • Hip Hop
  • Funk
  • Rhythm and Blues
  • Makossa
  • Mbaganga
  • Juju Music
  • Marabi
  • Kwela
  • Ragtime
  • Isicathamiya
  • Spiritual
  • Mbube


Trinidad And Tobago

The people of Trinidad and Tobago love the sounds that come from the mellow steel drums which create calypso.



Mexico has a few music genres that they can proudly claim as their own. One of the most popular, loved and recognized loved is the Mariachi. It is very hard to watch a Mexican film or visit Mexico, without running into a Mariachi band. In addition to Mariachi, Mexico also has the following music genres:

  • Norteño
  • Banda
  • Corrido
  • Son Jarocho
  • Duranguense
  • Tejano Music
  • Bolero
  • Grupera
  • Ranchera
  • Narcorrido
  • Huapango
  • Son Huasteco
  • Mexican Cumbia
  • Salsa
  • Danzon
  • Trival
  • Chicano Rock, Rap

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Brazil can proudly claim to have given the world several music genres that they can enjoy. One of the most popular in Brazil is the Samba. Others include:

  • Forro
  • Axe
  • Choro
  • Bossa Nova
  • Frevo
  • Pagode
  • Lambada
  • Brazilian Rock
  • Maxixe
  • Funk Carioca
  • Tropicalia
  • Musica Sertaneja
  • Samba-Cancao
  • Jovem Guarda
  • Maracatu
  • Coco
  • Lundu
  • Brega
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