AllMusic 5-Star Albums

2010s

2000s

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1990s

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1980s

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1970s

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1960s

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1950s

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  • 1950

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, SINGER/SONGWRITER & SOFT ROCK – 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

Pop

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

  • PSYCHEDELIC – Yay for drugs and hippies.
  • CONTEMPORARY POP/ROCK – From the ’80s onward, pop music became much easier to segment; these artists transcended genre and became superstars.

Metal

Punk/New Wave

Alternative

Country

R&B

Electronic

Hip-Hop

Stage & Screen


International

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