AllMusic 5-Star Albums

Classical

CLASSICAL –


Jazz

Roots

Latin


Popular

Roots

These genres reach far enough back that much of them weren’t captured on record when they were performed.

  • BLUES – More than any other genre, the blues informed what became American music.
  • FOLK – Passed down from generation to generation, folk songs also formed a significant portion of the core of early American music.
  • REGGAE – The legend goes that Africans brought what became the blues to America and developed it while working the fields as slaves; reggae is what evolved from what slaves brought to the Caribbean and developed.

Rock

  • ROCK & ROLL – In the 1940s and 1950s, blues music finally crystalized into a punchier form that had lots of commercial potential.
  • BLUES-ROCK
  • ALBUM ROCK – When things got less weird but not necessarily less interesting.
  • ART ROCK – When things got weird. And then they got weirder.
  • PROG-ROCK
  • COUNTRY-ROCK

Pop

This is the album era of rock & pop (specifically, the vinyl era).

Metal

  • HARD ROCK – When lots of artists began pushing the boundaries of how loud and noisy they could make their music sound.
  • HEAVY METAL – These go to 11; in the aftermath of the punk explosion, these artists doubled down on distortion.
  • ARENA ROCK
  • DEATH METAL
  • ALTERNATIVE METAL

Punk/New Wave

Alternative

Country

R&B

Electronic

Hip-Hop

Stage & Screen


International

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