This is a list of the commercially relevant genres in modern popular music. Applicable styles are classified in this list using Allmusic genre categorisation.
Caribbean and Latin American
Main article: Comedy music
Main article: Country music
Main article: Asian music
South and Southeast Asian
Main article: Easy listening
Main article: Hip hop music
Rhythm and blues
Genres or styles that are not contemporary or commercially marketed in substantial numbers have been excluded, as follows:
- Music written for the score of a play, musicals, film or similar: Filmi, incidental music, video game music, music hall songs and showtunes
- Ballroom dance music: tango, pasodoble, cha cha cha and others
- Religious music: Gregorian chant, spirituals, hymns and the like
- Occasional music: Military music, marches, national anthems and related compositions
- Regional and national music with no significant commercial impact abroad, except when a version of an international genre: Traditional music, folk, oral traditions, sea shanties, work songs, nursery rhymes, Arabesque, Chalga, Flamenco and indigenous music
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- Fabbri, Franco (1982) A Theory of Popular Music Genres: Two Applications. In Popular Music Perspectives, edited by David Horn and Philip Tagg, 52-81. Göteborg and Exeter: A. Wheaton & Co., Ltd.
- Frith, Simon (1996) Performing Rites: On the Value of Popular Music. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.
- Holt, Fabian (2007) Genre in Popular Music. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
- Negus, Keith (1999) Music Genres and Corporate Cultures. London and New York: Routledge.