Songs with Good Bass

The bass in a song is what makes a person start tapping his toes to the beats, and get into the dancing mood. You can play these songs in your hi-watt home theater system or your car audio system. The following lists some good bass songs, which includes strong drum beats and even bass lines.

Best Bass Songs

  • California Love – Tupac Shakur
  • Yeah – Usher
  • Right Round – Flo Rida
  • Marco Polo – Soulja Boy
  • Hey Mama – Black Eyed Peas
  • Many Men – 50 Cent
  • Ghetto Bass – 2 Live Crew
  • Just A Little Bit – 50 Cent
  • Hold Up, Wait a Minute – DJ Smurf
  • Hip-Hop – Dead Prez

Few good bass songs are mentioned in the following.

Good Bass Songs

  • Dilemma – Nelly
  • B-O-O-T-A-Y – Spank Rock & Benny Blanco
  • Stoplight – Snoop Dogg
  • Stay Fly – Three-6-Mafia
  • St. Louie – Nelly
  • In Da Club – 50 Cent
  • Ruff Ryders Anthem – DMX
  • Boys In Tha Hood – N.W.A.
  • Single – Lil Wayne
  • Get Ur Freak On – Missy Elliot
  • Grey Goose – Chamillionaire
  • Say it Right – Nelly Furtado
  • Let Me Ride – Dr. Dre
  • Beats for my Van – DJ Billy
  • Can’t Hustle Forever – Krayzie Bone
  • Things You Do – Jay-Z
  • Gimme the Loot – The Notorious B.I.G.
  • Journey Into Bass – DJ Laz
  • Can’t Believe It – T-Pain
  • Fiesta – R. Kelly
  • Still Dre – Dr. Dre
  • Low – Flo Rida
  • Vogue – Madonna
  • Two Words – Kanye West feat. Freeway and Mos Def
  • Like My Dady – Lil Wayne & Birdman
  • B.O.B. – OutKast
  • A Millie – Lil Wayne
  • Pimp Juice – Nelly
  • Crack a Bottle – Eminem
  • Blueberry Yum Yum – Ludacris
  • POW – Soulja Boy
  • Better Off Alone – Alice DeeJay
  • Thoia Thoing – R. Kelly
  • Get Up – 50 Cent
  • Superman – Eminem
  • Kush Is My Cologne – Gucci Mane

Now, let us see some songs which have good bass lines that can be used while playing the bass guitar.

Songs with Good Bass Lines

  • Last Kiss – Pearl Jam
  • Sad But True – Metallica
  • Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day
  • Money – Pink Floyd
  • Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple
  • Love Me When I am Gone – 3 Doors Down
  • Run Like Hell – Pink Floyd
  • Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
  • The Bed’s Too Big Without You – The Police
  • God Put a Smile Upon Your Face – Coldplay
  • Heroes – David Bowie
  • Paradise City – Guns N’ Roses
  • Fear Of The Dark – Iron Maiden
  • Fire – Jimi Hendrix
  • Sabbath Bloody Sabbath – Black Sabbath
  • Dazed And Confused – Led Zeppelin
  • Californication – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Nothing Else Matters – Metallica

Some of these tunes can also be used as bass songs for beginners. For example, ‘Paradise City’ by ‘Guns N’ Roses’ and ‘Californication’ by ‘Red Hot Chili Peppers’ can be considered as good songs to learn for novice bass guitar players. Since there is a big list of thumping hip hop songs, you can’t say that there is just one particular rap song with good bass. Note that the above list of songs is generally arranged without considering any ratings.

Software for Making Dubstep Music

Dubstep, In A Nutshell
Dubstep is an immensely popular genre of music, which made its advent in the early ’90s in the UK, and had influences from the ’70s’ reggae, Jamaican electronic music, dancehall, hip hop, and many other myriad avenues. Although it started out as a fairly underground genre, in the late 90s, it gained popularity in the USA, and various sub-genres stemmed from it, including ‘brostep’, which is identified by the non-music-connoisseur as the widely played music made by creative genius, artist Sonny Moore, aka Skrillex. The genre has now become so widespread, that mainstream artists of today, such as Britney Spears, Rihanna, and many more have incorporated it in their songs too.
Whether you are an aspiring EDM artist, a audio engineering-enthusiast looking to experiment, or simply bored, and looking to channel your pent up energy into something creative, making dubstep music is the ideal path to turning the monotony into awesomeness. A fan of the genre would hardly need a tutorial regarding the structure and general impression of a dubstep song. Anyhow, even beginners need not worry, because the genre itself is evolving daily, and actually, artists are the ones who deflect the trends and tastes of this music. Also, dubstep music is 99% electronically generated from samples of bass, percussion, and melody, put together using software, and unless an artist personally wishes to record in a studio, he (or she) can mull over, and produce his (or her) masterpiece from his own bedroom!

The software used to make dubstep music is of utmost importance in this connection. Since it literally sculpts and raises the song from scratch, it is evident that without the appropriate software to suit your needs, it will not be possible to produce music that is truly ethereal or transcendental in the way that we perceive our favorite dubstep songs. The right software for an artist can differ based on whether he or she is using a laptop or a tablet/smartphone. Also, there are some kinds of software that would be more conducive to an amateur’s or first-timer’s needs. While some are free to download, others could cost more than USD 500! We aim to provide you a guide that will help you select the dubstep-maker that is perfect for you.

I. Options for Newbies

1. FL Studio
2. Reason
3. Logic
4. BTV Solo

II. Experts’ Favorites

1. Ableton Live
2. Pro Tools
3. Sonar
6. Cubase
7. Samplitude

III. The Best Free Software

1. GarageBand
2. ACID Xpress

Disclaimer: Prices mentioned in this article are subject to change according to offer and location.

Options for Newbies

A common mistake that beginners make is that they get carried away by marketing gimmicks that profess simplicity to the level that understanding the software’s working is child’s play, unmatched cost, highlighted features that are actually prerequisites, and a lot more. What freshers in this field need to remember is that all legitimately good software obviously have a learning curve, and that if one encounters a cost that is too good to be true, it probably is.

If you aren’t really serious about making music and are actually looking for something that is easy on the pocket, and will not take much effort, yet will give you sounds that seem ‘cool’, you could opt for names like DUBTurbo, Dr Drum, or Sonic Producer, which have been successful in targeting that sort of market and seem to provide customer satisfaction too. However, Buzzle recommends the following software as the stepping stone into the big scene, as they provide authentic learning opportunities and a professional-feeling experience:

1. FL Studio

FL Studio 11 Fruity Edition: USD 99
(box version retail) USD 139

★ Formerly known as Fruity Loops, FL Studio is a name one will hear a number of times while setting out to make dubstep music.
★ Apart from being one of the best software that can be used to make custom beats, the interesting and rare features available on it include the ability to drag and drop loops, and then open and edit their parameters, and also, to copy and paste with ease.
★ The interface of this software itself is intelligently designed, so as to put minimal strain on the eyes of the artist during long working hours.
★ And of course, key features of any DAW, like an extensive range of samples, drum patches, loops, etc., to choose from, and support for VST plug-ins, and external input, are present in Fruity Loops.
★ On both PCs and Mac computers, one can download the demo version first, which can double as your tutorial, and later purchase the complete software. The Fruity Edition is suggested for beginners.

2. Reason

Reason 8 Full Version: USD 369
(upgrade from previous version) USD 129
Reason Essentials 8: USD 99

★ Developed by the Swedish developers, Propellerhead Software, Reason is not just one of the DAWs more favored by veteran dubstep developers, but is also widely recommended to freshers, because it is a complete package in itself. It provides you tools to create your sound from the beginning, and comes with a wide range of samples.
★ There is also a wide scope for experimentation, with support for plug-ins, and compatibility with external input hardware.
★ It can even be used in collaboration with other software, such as Cubase.
★ The internet is replete with tutorials for learning to use the software, so aspiring dubstep artists can leave their worries behind and safely invest their money in Reason.
★ Similar to FL Studio, a demo version is available for download, and if you feel you have found the right software for yourself, you can unlock the full software once you purchase it. There are versions for both Windows as well as Mac OS.

3. Logic

Logic Pro X: USD 199 (on Apple iStore)

★ A premium dubstep-making tool with the only notable drawback being that it is only supported on Mac OS computers, as Apple Inc. is its developer. Logic is an extremely good choice for budding dubstep artists.
★ It provides a host of interesting features; from a virtual drum session player to a large number of patches, strings, bass lines, voice effects, instruments, and a lot more.
★ It even supports the use of external input, such as a midi keyboard.
★ Apple’s love for integrating programs on their various platforms allows you remote access on other devices, such as an iPad, using an app. The perfect option for aspiring artists of this genre who are mainly patrons of Apple devices, Logic is one of our top recommendations.

4. BTV Solo

BTV SOLO Standard Library: USD 27

★ A software that can be used as a standalone DAW as well as in collaboration with other beat making software as a plug-in, BTV Solo is a much-liked, easy-to-use beat maker, that comes with a massive library of samples.
★ An interesting feature of this software is that if you miss the beat (which you absolutely shouldn’t, if you want to be a professional sound artist), the quantizer automatically sets it right by synchronizing with the tempo.
★ Its pros also include affordable pricing.
★ However, although BTV Solo allows you to draw inputs from external hardware, it doesn’t support VST and AU plug-ins in the Standard Library Version.
★ Nevertheless, it has a very user-friendly, minimalistic interface, and is thus quite easy to learn. Moreover, the developers themselves have posted tutorial videos on YouTube, and hence, it is the ideal option for beginners.

Experts’ Favorites

Generally, professional dubstep artists and producers of other genres of EDM tend to start with one software, and then get so accustomed to it that they stay loyal to it. What’s more, they make truly mind-blowing music on that very basic software. This is the case with software like FL Studio and Reason, which are not just great for beginners to learn, but also provide support for more professional requirements, for example, the ability to use something from it as a plug-in on a higher software.

Any professional music producer will tell you that the commercially successful music, because of which they rake in millions, was not designed on one software, but rather, their elements were separately created on different software which possess optimized tools for each particular niche. Unfortunately for us, truly professional software cost way more than beginners’ ones; however, they have a broader scope of functionality, and that is why they are favored by celebrity artists. We would like to name a few software that you should consider investing your energy and money in, if you plan to turn professional.

1. Ableton Live

Ableton Live 9 Intro: USD 99
Ableton Live 9 Standard: USD 449
Ableton Live 9 Suite: USD 749

★ The legendary artist who showed the masses that anyone with passion can create magic when it comes to dubstep, Skrillex, stated in an interview once that Ableton Live is his favorite beat making tool. However, the hype is not the real reason that a professional artist should prefer to opt for AL.
★ With tailor-made versions for Windows as well as Mac OS, AL is the absolute EDM artists’ package; it allows producers to compose, rearrange, mix, record, and master (a technique to fine-tune a finished song) the music they envision, as well as DJ-centric tools like a crossfader and beatmatcher.
★ The software not only comes with built-in instruments to create beats, but there are versions of external hardware that are created especially for it (like the Akai APC40 MIDI controller).
★ Sound engineers who love digital signal processing can allow their creativity to flow freely, as they are provided a vast choice of samplers, filters, compressors, equalizers, limiters, and so much more.
★ More than anything else, the software by itself allows artists to work intuitively, and this is what makes it so popular amongst celebrity dubstep and other EDM-genre atrists.

2. Pro Tools

Avid Pro Tools 11: USD 699
AIR Vacuum Pro plug-in: USD 149.99

★ Another software that possesses compatibility with different operating systems, this music production software has been developed by Avid Technology.
★ While it is often used to produce film scores or for TV and film sound recording, Pro Tools does possess some effective and incredibly handy features to help dubstep music production, such as its midi capabilities.
★ The software allows one to edit and mix tracks, add effects, and has a number of digital signal processing tools.
★ It supports external inputs and comes with a number of plug-ins, including Vacuum―a plug-in that lets you create the spacey wobble sound that is a characteristic of dubstep music.
★ Pro Tools is a very good option for making remixes.

3. Sonar

Sonar X3: USD 99 (upgrade for USD 49)
Sonar X3 Studio: USD 199 (upgrade for USD 99)
Sonar X3 Producer: USD 499 (upgrade for USD 149)

★ A DAW that is exclusive to Windows, Sonar by Cakewalk is one of music producers’ favorites worldwide. Since there are three different models based on one’s expertise and monetary capabilities, one can choose the version best suited for oneself.
★ It has a very mature platform (ACT, or Active Control Technology, is used in Sonar to modify the parameters of midi devices), and equips artists with handy tools for all their professional mixing, recording, producing, and mastering needs.
★ This software gives artists very professional support for VST plug-ins, and allows a wide variety of inputs.
★ With comprehensive features and reasonable pricing, Sonar is simply one of the best option for professionals who wish to make dubstep music.


ACID Music Studio 10: USD 59.95 (upgrade for USD 29.95)
ACID Pro: USD 149.95

★ Sony has always been the pioneer of revolutionary new concepts. When Sony Creative Software ACID was released in 1998, it took the world by storm. It has come a long way from its original premise of rearranging sample loops, with support for VST and midi inputs.
★ ACID comes with built-in tutorials for beginners, and is available in two versions; ACID Pro with advanced tools, and the less expensive version, yet equally effective, Acid Music Studio.
★ The ACID loops technology originally spearheaded by this software, where one could just drag-and-drop a loop, has been implemented in competing software like Sonar and Cubase.
★ This software is a favorite of old-school loyalists. It comes with a user-friendly interface that even beginners will be comfortable with, and yet allows one to produce music in a professional manner comparable to any extensive, feature-packed DAW.


Full license: USD 225
Discounted license (for individuals, educational institutions, gross annual commercial turnover less than USD 20,000): USD 60

★ Employing innovative wordplay, REAPER is actually an acronym for Rapid Environment for Audio Production, Engineering, and Recording. It was developed by Cockos, and is a shareware that is distributed with an uncrippled evaluation license.
★ With versions for both Windows as well as Mac, REAPER supports VST plug-ins on all platforms, but allows for DirectX plug-ins only on Windows, and AU plug-ins only on Mac OS X.
★ This software has tailor-made built-in support for different branded hardware controllers, and thus, exudes professionalism as far as customer requirements go, in a superior manner.
★ It also provides the right encouragement for budding professionals; for individual artists, its license is heavily discounted, and it provides an ideal research environment as well.

6. Cubase:

Cubase Elements 7 Full Version: USD 99.99
Cubase 7.5 (update from Cubase 7): USD 49.99

★ One of the first DAWs ever created, the first version of German musical software and equipment company, Steinberg’s Cubase was released in 1989.
★ It is a powerful tool, and plug-ins from a number of other software of similar nature, such as FL Studio, to make dubstep music as desired. It has versions for both Mac computers, as well as PCs.
★ This software is especially renowned for its ability to create amazing synth sounds.
★ The new version 7.5 update has brought with it a wonderful selection of new features, effects, and instruments. The re-record feature is a great example, and it allows users to instantly record again from the starting position.
★ It is a brilliant and very useful software and is favored by a lot of professionals.

7. Samplitude

MAGIX Samplitude Music Studio 2015: USD 99.99
MAGIX Samplitude PRO X: USD 499
MAGIX Samplitude PRO X Suite: USD 999

★ The beauty of this product, by MAGIX, is its uncompromising audio. It provides the perfect DAW environment, enabling artists to rearrange samples, and produce, mix, record, and edit songs.
★ Apart from interesting, handy tools (like, for example the time freeze and stretch function) for editing, and of course effects and mastering tools, Samplitude provides users a convenient way to organize their workflow, with functions such as the capability to zoom objects, and customizable toolbars.
★ You can also use sound analysis tools to monitor your work; there are a number of visual tools, including a direction meter, and peak meter, that come with this software.
★ Apart from the above, thanks to the advanced features like 64-bit and multi-core support, the internal hybrid audio engine, support for every kind of external hardware, VST plug-in, and midi, and surround sound (5.1) mixing, Samplitude is one of the most powerful DAWs in the market today.

The Best Free Software

The most essential things in the world may be free for all, but unfortunately that rule does not apply to dubstep making software, in which case, the free stuff is generally of poor quality with hardly any capability, or which may be a scam in some way. In fact, you should beware of free beat making software, as they may be malware in disguise waiting for you to download them.

However, do not be disheartened if you are a newbie and do not want to take the risk of spending a lot of money on software and equipment, when you are yourself not sure how long your tryst with music will last. There are a handful of inexpensive software available, exclusively for new artists like you. Also, many of the big names offer you a free-to-download demo, or trial version, which you can use for a limited time period, and can gauge if that particular software is the right tool or not. Other kinds of software also exist, where you can download the basic version for free; however, if you wish to update it, unlock a number of advanced features, or otherwise simply ask for technical support, you are charged. This is also a good option that you can look into. Meanwhile, we have unearthed information about a couple of software options that are inherently free of charge.

1. GarageBand

GarageBand is FREE to download on all Apple operating systems (iOS, as well as Mac); however, a one time in-app purchase of USD 4.99 can be made for additional instruments

★ For just a mere app, as opposed to powerful software packages that professionals use to produce music, GarageBand from Apple is surprisingly feature-packed.
★ One can do a lot with this app, from composing music from scratch with the help of built-in instruments to taking music lessons from experts, to making beats, recording, mixing, editing, and much more.
★ It can even accept plug-ins and external input devices.
★ With its large number of features and easy-to-understand interface, it is literally one of the most useful software ever that beginners as well as experienced artists can use. And best of all, apart from in-app purchases if you want to access an even wider variety of effects, it is completely free to download.
★ The only drawback is that it is an Apple-only app; however, it can be integrated across the many Apple platforms. Apple has repeatedly updated and perfected this app to function with the capability of their music making software, Logic.

2. ACID Xpress

FREE of cost

★ The free version of Sony Creative Software’s ACID, the powerful music making tool is equally awesome as the full version, albeit with a 10-track limitation.
★ Nevertheless, it offers you the opportunity to experiment in ways that other software do not, like in-line midi editing, freehand envelope drawing, alternate time signature support, and much more.
★ It simplifies the whole sound engineering process to painting loops onto a track base, playback, and editing. You have access to an extensive library of loops and samples, and the software also comes with integrated tutorials for beginners.
★ It is a wonderful first glance into what one can do with the full ACID Pro software, but it is quite powerful in itself, which is quite amazing for a free software, and beginners can learn a lot about loop-based music making by using it.

So this was our take on the best software one could use to make dubstep. With so many software available to choose from, all that an aspiring artist of this genre needs to do is to find the correct launchpad (a metaphor for software; however, the use of an external midi controller-cum-launchpad-type hardware, to launch tracks, is a good add-on to your ensemble) to propel him or her to success. A lot of patience and perseverance is required while embarking on any field, so always keep yourself motivated, and mix on to success.

Here are the Different Types of Music

No matter what the media ‘industry’ says or does, music shall always remain a form of art. Even when made solely for the purpose of getting rich, it still needs a source of expression. Every genre has a build-up and then a follow-up. Every style has its high point. Today we have such a large list of musical genres and styles, that it would be impossible for anyone to listen to every piece of music created even in a hundred lifetimes, let alone one! And that is why we make categories: to find a style that suits us and explore it as much as we can.

The music of the old days. The kind of music that most of us have forgotten, yet listen to everyday. Because most of what we hear now is derived from what the great classical composers created decades and centuries ago. The main categories in classical music are Orchestral music, Chamber music, and Opera.
We may think of classical music as what orchestras play in a giant auditorium, wearing black clothes, with a conductor frantically waving his staff about. That’s a very base description of something that the composers dedicated their lives to.
Orchestral Music
The usual grand collection of many musicians (more than eighty), grouped according to their instrument, guided by their sheet music, years of training and practice, and the conductor. It started in the early 17th century and evolved into different sub-categories.
A symphony consists of four movements (sometimes three). They usually differ from each other through the kind of emotion they are designed to invoke.
A suite (pronounced ‘sweet’, French for ‘a sequence’) is an arrangement of short movements, either self-composed or taken from someone else’s composition.
An overture is a piece of composition that acts as the curtain-raiser to the opera.
A concerto is essentially made of three movements, that are created solely for the purpose of letting the soloist instrument shine out. This is unlike a symphony, where all instruments perform in unison.
Ballet is orchestral music that is based on dance movements. This type was created and nurtured during the Romantic era.
Incidental music is directly related to stage music; it provides the motion to an act. The sections are short and often repetitive.

Chamber music is musical work composed specifically for a smaller instrumental arrangement (smaller than an orchestra).

The most popular type of classical music to come out of the Baroque era was the opera. It’s an orchestra set to an entire play. The composition can be created to accompany an act or display the emotions of a character on a colorfully constructed background.

You also have two other types in this category: vocal music and solo instrumental music. Vocal music may or may not be accompanied by instruments, while solo instrumental music is not accompanied by anything.

Apart from the above ‘types’, you also have the major ‘styles’ of classical music: Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic and Contemporary (or neoclassical). Each movement or era can be distinguished through chronology and the location of their origin.

The origins of rock ‘n’ roll are as foggy as the genre is popular; the term was coined in 1955 by Alan Freed, a disc jockey from Ohio. The oldest form of rock ‘n’ roll (1950s) was a mixture of R&B, country and rockabilly (it was just called hillbilly music back then), only it was faster, louder and ‘dangerous’. The man at the forefront of this genre was (and still is) Elvis Presley, followed by personalities like Chuck Berry and Little Richard.
The rock scene in the 50s was more about shock value, which included fashion statements, sexually-oriented lyrics and dance moves catering to a young audience in particular. There were generations of largely American and European artists, each influenced by their predecessors, trying to make something better, in rock music. Whether that was through clothes, the rhythm or harnessing and even catalyzing political agenda, rock music was, is and will be, all about shocking the current generation.

The one great push for music into the whole rock band scene was arguably done by The Yardbirds. The band includes the three guitarists that helped shape rock music – Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. Each member contributed heavily to the band as well as creating entire separate realms of rock, namely the band Led Zeppelin (founded by Jimmy Page).

All in all, rock can be largely sub-categorized into the following types or styles. Bear in mind that they are more of less styles of rock rather than completely different genres, and that an artist or a band can be found in more than one style (like Led Zeppelin can be found under hard rock, psychedelic rock and folk rock. Queen falls under progressive rock and glam rock).

Alternative rock is anything that peaked for brief periods of time and was out of the ordinary, even by rock standards. This includes grunge, indie, new wave, punk and goth to name a few. Alternative rock can be defined more through movements rather than individual bands.

Art rock, which is the early form of psychedelic rock and progressive rock. It is led by the bands Exploding Plastic Inevitable, Pink Floyd and The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Jimi was also known as the pioneer of acid rock).

Arena rock, which is just a different way to see the greater rock bands of old: under heavy lighting, dynamic stage acts and crowd inclusion. The style focuses more on the stage (like Woodstock) than any band in particular.

Metal is perhaps the branch of rock with the most number of offshoots. It is believed to be initiated by Black Sabbath. It also includes Iron Maiden, who are a part of the heavy metal movement called New Wave of British Heavy Metal.

Glam rock can encompass a wider range of other styles of rock, and add feminine detailing and promiscuity. This includes David Bowie, Queen, Elton John and T. Rex. There’s also glam metal with Alice Cooper and Aerosmith.

These main styles have a wide array of sub-categories, giving you hundreds of styles in rock music, like death metal, British invasion, southern rock, roots rock, college rock, Christian rock, etc.
The reason why blues became so popular can only be understood when you look at its time of creation. The origin of blues is too unclear to pinpoint to one artist or one year; for the sake of historic importance, it’s believed that the blues music was created in the late 19th century, by the black slaves that were forced to work in the cotton fields. Blues has firm roots in African traditional music.
The purpose of making the blues is always the same: the expression of intense emotions. It is the one reason why this genre had such a profound effect on America, and eventually the world. Blues is usually categorized by the location of a style, because everywhere the blues went, it caught a different feel.

Mississippi delta blues came from the Mississippi delta region. It’s the oldest known form of blues as a genre, from which other forms later evolved. Artists included in this style are Muddy Waters and Memphis Minnie (When the Levee Breaks is a perfect example of the delta blues).

Chicago blues came next, when the delta musicians started traveling to the big city to look for a better life. Which is why Muddy Waters can be considered as both a delta blues man and a Chicago blues artist. The biggest difference between the two styles is the use of electric guitars and a slightly faster pace in the latter.

Texas blues came out after America saw how big Chicago blues was getting. The style was made famous by artists like Lightnin’ Hopkins and Freddie King.

Blues rock was one of the last big blues styles to hit it big. It’s largely inspired by the Chicago blues and started in the 1960s by bands like Creedence Clearwater Revival and ZZ Top.

Jazz is the second genre born from African traditional music. It is considered to be America’s first indigenous form of music. It is believed to have started after the Civil War, when the black people were free to travel and seek employment.
Similar to the blues, the jazz styles are also classified according to time and location.

Ragtime was the most popular form of jazz. It started in the late 1800s and included heavy use of the piano. It was a little different from the other jazz styles because it was formally composed, rather than improvised. Check out ‘Shoe Tickler Rag’ and ‘The Maple Leaf Rag’.

New Orleans jazz started in that city and focused on collective improvisation.

Chicago jazz is where the swing really started swinging. It’s characterized by a fast hip-swerving rhythm fronted by a solo sax improvisation.

Bebop is all about nonsensical syllables that are more percussive than literary (like the Bill Cosby memes). Bebop came after the swing era and around the start of WW II.

Cool jazz is a direct response to the then-declining bebop jazz. It was more classical and formal.

Smooth jazz is one of the last styles implemented. It is heavily influenced by R&B and funk.

Scat jazz is a form of vocal jazz similar to bebop. Check out Ella Fitzgerald.
Electronic music is much older than you think. The first in the history of electronic music was Thaddeus Cahill and his telharmonium in 1897. Since then, composers started using the concept of electronically generated music to produce scores that were impossible to replicate by man through existing mechanical instruments.
Because of its definition, it becomes difficult to ascertain whether a piece of music is electronic or not. Electronic music means it is synthetically produced. So the previous century would call anything that wasn’t acoustic as electronic. Today, it means music that sounds synthetic, regardless of it being made using computers or not. It is mostly dance-oriented.

The full list being too big, I’ve mentioned the bigger categories of electronic music.

You have the house and lounge music that falls under ambient music. Electronic rock uses instruments like the etherphone and the mellotron

Then you have the big styles meant for dancing, like disco, eurodance, electronica and techno.

There are also experimental styles like industrial music and glitch.

Dubstep is a relatively new addition (late 90s) to the genre, which branches out into brostep and wonky.

The list also contains vague styles like chiptunes (video game music) of which nintendocore is an offshoot.

Listen to artists like Chemical Brothers, Infected Mushroom, Bassnectar and Daft Punk to get an idea of electronic music.

Folk music can be broadly classified into two groups, traditional folk and folk revival. Not styles, like other genres. There is only one type – folk. The actual folk songs are something that are indigenous to a culture, popularized at events and passed down mostly orally.
It is often the case that a folk song does not have a singular credible artist (or cannot be found). The songs are sourced as anonymous and are therefore, not owned by anyone. They are always lyrically important, with an easy rhythm to guide the song. Also, it is mostly the working class that engages in expressive songs. It is they who make the folk songs, which is why the songs are about daily life and the workers’ struggle, or about nature and wildlife, or even lullabies for children.

The other group can be collectively called folk music or folk revival music. It is commercially successful, credible to artists who exist and are relatively new (since the 19th). The sound is derived from the folk songs of old (usually sticking to one style) and the lyrics are created wholly by the artist or drawn from the folk song itself. Artists that have made folk music include Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Lead Belly, Pete Seeger and Joan Baez.
Country music originated around the 1920s, part in Southern U.S. and part in the Appalachian mountains. It comes from a combination of southern folk songs, gospel and blues music. It all started with ‘Sallie Gooden’ by Eck Robertson. His style was similar to what we can call country music. The genre was made famous by Jimmie Rodgers, who is also known as the Father of Country Music.
Here are the bigger styles of country music:

Bluegrass is heavily influenced by American traditional music or roots music. It was created by Irish and British immigrants that landed in Appalachia. The name actually comes from Bill Monroe’s band Bluegrass Boys, who are from Kentucky, the Bluegrass State.

Honky-tonk is a type of pub music that is derived from ragtime. The style is more about country and blues songs that refer to the honky-tonk pub life (southern pubs, the kind that would keep a mechanical bull), like Hank Williams’ ‘Honky-Tonkin” and ‘Honky-Tonk Women’ by The Rolling Stones.

Rockabilly is basically of “rock n’ roll” and hillbilly music. It can be considered a part of both the genres. It started out in the 50s and is popular to this day.

Outlaw country focuses on the ‘outlaw’ image and music of the Wild West, like Willie Nelson’s Shotgun Willie.

Alternative country is like alternative rock; it covers everything country that isn’t mainstream. It’s difficult to call an artist’s entire work as alternative, usually it’s only a part of their work.
R&B, which stands for Rhythm and Blues, was a name coined due to need rather than style. During the 40s, any music created by the African-American populace was termed ‘black music’ or ‘race music’. The term was quite offensive and therefore, stunted the growth and popularity of the artists. In order to make it sound more upbeat, Billboard reporter Jerry Wexler coined R&B, and the phrase has stuck since then.
A very generalized answer to what R&B means is the vocal styles of blues music, spread over different rhythms. These rhythms come from almost anywhere in mainstream parts of gospel, jazz, country and rock ‘n’ roll. It is this rhythm that sets R&B apart from blues. This implies R&B can encompass all the said categories, while maintaining its own style.

Funk can be considered to be a part of R&B. It includes James Brown (the creator of funk) and Earth, Wind and Fire. The music is primarily meant to be danced to.

Contemporary R&B is music that fits into the R&B category after the 80s.

Soul is a style generated from a heavy influence of gospel music on blues and R&B. The style was largely created by Ray Charles.

Neo Soul is almost like soul, except it includes influences from hip hop, rap and pop. It’s basically an R&B style that started in the late 90s.

R&B is also classified through the setlists that radio stations play, spawning branches like urban adult contemporary and urban contemporary.

The music of hip hop is just a part of the whole culture, a very big part. The music is marked by a significant importance to the bass and the beats, with rapping as the predominant vocal art form. Which is why rap is a part of hip hop culture and therefore, its styles are also a part of hip hop music.
The term was coined by Keith Cowboy of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. The man who is believed to be the originator of hip hop music is DJ Kool Herc. Afrika Bambaataa, one of the artists who created break-beating is considered the grandfather of hip hop. Then you have Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin who founded Def Jam Records. Them, along with others like Run D.M.C. and Public Enemy are called the pioneers of hip hop.

The music is divided into two parts, DJing and rapping, although both of them are regularly used together. DJ Kool Herc and many others started the art of turntablism, which includes disc-scratching, sampling and crowd control using live audio techniques.

Hip hop has an incredible number of styles, each bringing something different to the table.

the evergreen freestyle rap

the popular gangsta rap

the experimental branch, Avant garde hip hop

the rave scene’s ghetto house and ghettotech

the incendiary political hip hop

the geeky nerdcore



Christian hip hop

And the whole scene is divided into the East Coat and West Coast hip hop!
Ska and Reggae
To be precise, reggae can be called an offshoot of ska, because ska came before reggae. Ska is roughly a mixture of calypso and jazz. It is more percussive than melodic and very upbeat. You can divide the styles of ska into three generations or ‘waves’.
The first wave is the original ska movement started in Jamaica in the 1950s. It was the experimental stage, so you have a muddle of styles coming together. Jamaica was already exposed to jazz and blues at this time, so the influence is easily heard (Desmond Dekker, Toots and the Maytals).

The second wave (aka two-tone) was the opposite of what happened in the first wave. Britain’s grip on Jamaica was weakening, and Jamaica responded in an explosion of culture. Their music (like Bob Marley and the Wailers, who are from the first wave) was being heard in both Europe and America. By the 70s, you saw bands like Madness from London, that created and promoted ska.

The third wave came in the 80s and was way more punk than 2-tone. It was faster in tempo and was liked mostly by skinheads.

Rocksteady is the name of the genre between ska and reggae. It was intended for dance, was much slower than ska and used offbeat rhythms. Alton Ellis is known as the Godfather of Rocksteady. You’ll also find bands like the Skatalites and a number of popular ska artists in this style.

And then came reggae. The thing is, ‘reggae’ is used as the umbrella term for Jamaican music, not ska. So even though ska and rocksteady came before reggae, we call them a part of reggae, for the sake of convenience. So reggae basically takes all the most interesting elements from its past forms and melds them together to make the music of the Rastafari movement. Your prominent types of reggae music are:

Early reggae, which started in 1968. It had more elements of funk in it, making it groovy and often instrumental.

Roots reggae started after the 70s. It is the most popular form of reggae (read Bob Marley).

Rockers reggae is what you get when a rock musician gets into reggae. It’s more aggressive, pumped up and heavier on the sound of the drums than its beat.

Lovers rock is the romantic version of reggae. While Bob Marley sung about loving the world, Maxi Priest sung love songs.

Dub music came out of the 60s reggae scene. It took all the recorded reggae stuff and electronically modified to give a more “trippy” experience.

The last big one was dancehall, which is more vocal (rapping often replaces singing) and follows a live band that produces the ‘riddim’ (rhythm).

Raggamuffin is a sub-style of dancehall (more electronic), reggaeton is an urban mix of reggae (Sean Paul, Daddy Yankee. Reggaeton can also be a part of Latino music) and reggae-fusion is a mix of reggae and the genres popular in America, like R&B, jazz and hip hop.

You also have a few vague styles in reggae, like ragga metal (raggamuffin and metal), Nyabinghi (Rasta ceremonial music using special nyabinghi drums), dub poetry and toasting (talking over a riddim rather than singing).

Latin music goes a lot farther back and deeper than what it is today. While you have the Latino artists making pop dance-and-romance numbers, the older forms of Latin music are incredibly different and yet humble.
All in all, Latin music is something that comes from any part of Latin America, be it Cuba or Brazil or Argentina. Or it used to; now Latin music also includes artists from the U.S.A. and Europe that have a Latin background or style.

The older Latin music was all about instrumentation with a more percussive feel. The vocals would follow in and out with the instruments, but they were usually never more important than the instruments. Here are the types of Latin music, divided mostly by the demographic that enjoys them.

Mariachi is Mexican folk music played by bands. It is the urban version of the more traditional Son style.

Norteño is another rural Mexican genre that became popular amongst the Mexican and American urban population. It is a type of ensemble music that uses accordions.

Tejano (aka Tex-Mex) is a crossover style created on the borders of the U.S and Mexico. It combines mariachi and country (sometimes also blues) and relies heavily on acoustic guitars.

Samba is dance music related to the same dance style. It originated in Brazil, uses short key signatures and fast rhythms to set the pace for the dance.

Duranguense is another Mexican style that is popular in both the U.S. and Mexico. It is a derivative of Norteño.

Vallenato (which means “From the Valley”) is the folk music from the Caribbean. It uses the accordion along with traditional Colombian instruments.

Flamenco is the most popular type of Latin music. It is also the most simple one as it uses only three things – the guitar, vocals and hand-clapping. It is directly related to the flamenco dance form and the art, as a whole, is considered Spanish national heritage.
World music is a catch-all term to describe any music that doesn’t come into the major genres already mentioned above. More accurately, if it’s not something that doesn’t fall into featured lists in America and Britain, then it’s pretty much world music. That means world music gives you the most diverse types of music there are. And although reggae can be included in world music, it is still big enough to get a separate space for itself.
World music is usually based on ethnic music from different parts of the globe. It isn’t folk, and is therefore credible to artists and bands. For example, The Corrs, Shakira and Enya fall into world music. This means that world music can be just as popular as other mainstream genres, while still including culturally individual artists and works that cater to specific audiences. Thus, categories like j-pop (Japanese pop) and k-pop (Korean pop) are also world music.

This category will contain all the culturally rich music that isn’t mainstream, like traditional Turkish music, Inuit throat singing, Celtic music, the Indonesian gamelan, gypsy music, exotica, Enka and Caribbean music.

New Age
New age music is a recent genre – end of the 60s – and found popularity only after the 80s. It basically includes everything in music that is relaxing, spiritual and exploratory of the inner self. It can include any instrument, any language and any genre as long as it fits the new age bill.

Lyrics are usually chants or derived from an inclination towards spiritual. New age seems to have common influences from the Indian Sanskrit texts and Celtic folk music, sometimes even combining the two (check out Chinmaya Dunster). You can choose from a variety of artists and bands like Enya, Celtic Woman, Celtic Thunder, Mike Oldfield, Yanni, Kitaro, etc.. The primary aim of new age music is self-development through natural and healing music. The types of new age music are formed purely according to their purpose. You get to choose from:


Regardless, new age music is the one genre where there is absolutely no need to divide it into types. The music is supposed to be explored by experiencing it yourself. It won’t guide you to any meaning. It only helps you get to your own.
And it keeps going on and on. We usually follow a common pattern of simplicity when it comes to the broader genres, but for anything more specific, we all have our own ideas and tastes. I believe you need genres for the sake of being technical. Besides that, there is no division apart from personal choices. Which is why there is in essence, only one genre. And that is music.

Wnat to a Rappers

Their contributions to the world of rap music have made these following names immortal. Since the beginning of rap music, many artists have come and gone and left their mark on the scene. However few of them have done credible work, and are still remembered with fond memories. Not many people know, but rap was not encouraged some years ago. Why? The reason is pretty simple: it defied the ideal world, the perfect government and made the future generations aware of the reality which no one talks about.

Rappers and their lyrics have faced criticism from almost every corner, but that didn’t stop rap music from achieving worldwide fame. The last decade saw some amazing albums from the legends of the rap music, but there were also some new names who deserve credit for adding some freshness to the rap genre.

Disclaimer: All names mentioned in this article are the author’s personal choice, and in no way are intended to hurt the sentiments of others.

Tupac Shakur aka
2PacBest Song
Dear MamaBest Album
All Eyes on Me

Shakur is not just a name or an artist, he is the reason rapping and hip-hop became main stream. His music is a journey of his life and thoughts. Almost every big name in the rap industry today has a Shakur in him/her somewhere. Hailed as a prophet, God and a leader his presence will always remain in the hearts of millions around the world. Known as one of the most influential rappers, his lyrics are still inspiring thousands of potential MCs’ around the globe. His heart wrenching songs not only described his inner struggles, but also the plight of those whom the world had forgotten. Although his untimely death was pretty unfortunate and disappointing, his songs and all the great work that he has done will always remain in the hearts of rap enthusiasts.

Nasir Dara Jones aka
NasBest Song
Memory LaneBest Album

If you want to know why Nas is called the best lyricist, you need to listen and understand what he has to say. He is the creator of Illmatic, arguably the best rap album of the genre. The album is based on the rapper’s life experiences living in Queensbridge, New York. His ability to churn out great words and sync them with the brilliant music is the reason Illmatic still ranks in the top five in almost every list of great rap albums. In addition to his talent, the Nas vs Jay-Z feud also managed to gather international headlines and still remains the biggest battle of the rap industry. It was an epic battle and spawned the creation of his greatest LP Stillmatic which contained one of the greatest ‘diss’ tracks of all time, Ether. Ether was aimed at Jay-Z, and insulted the rap mogul like never before. Nas is one of the greatest rappers to ever set foot on the stage, and the world will always remain thankful for everything that he has done.

Christopher Wallace aka
The Notorious B.I.G.Best Song
JuicyBest Album
Ready to Die

A true American original, Biggie aka Biggie Smalls aka Frank White was one of the few greats of the industry. Wallace’s debut album Ready to Die is credited for increasing New York’s visibility in the East Coast hip hop scene during times when artists from the west completely dominated the genre. Some might say that he wasn’t perfect, but his outstanding ability to rhyme and his amazing flow with lyrics were just magical. His pairing with words was so good, you could almost call him a literary genius. One of the most talented storytellers, Biggie was simple and pure perfection. His most famous album, Life after Death was released 15 days after he was fatally shot and killed in 1997.

Marshall Mathers III aka
EminemBest Song
Lose YourselfBest Album
Marshall Mathers LP

He is a favorite of millions of people all around. Marshall Mathers III a.k.a Eminem is one of the most famous rappers ever to step foot in the world of rap music. He features in the list of top 10 rappers because of his amazing mixing sense of lyrics and music. In a genre dominated by African-Americans, Eminem is probably the only white rapper that tasted insane success and has fans mobbing him everywhere he goes. His lyrics always contain instances from real life which makes it easier for fans and the common man to relate to him. His songs are often criticized for their violent content, but there is always a hidden message that is only visible for those who want to see it. The man has won 13 Grammy Awards, and is the only rapper in history to won an Academy for ‘Best Original Song’ for ‘Lose Yourself’ from the movie 8 Mile.

André Benjamin aka
André 3000Best Song
Hey YaBest Album

André 3000 tasted early success by forming the OutKast with Big Boi. They released their first album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik which gained universal acclaim with the single, ‘Player’s Ball’. It was only after their fourth album Stankonia that Benjamin introduced his new alias, André 3000. He is known for being one of the most innovative storytellers of this generation and he just creates a different atmosphere every time he holds that mic. He is a gifted artist and is often praised for using his talents in hitting the right notes every time. His recent collaborations with Ke$ha, Beyonce and Lil Wayne’ shows the man still has the capability of making some amazing music even with artists of different genre.

William Griffin Jr. aka
RakimBest Song
Move The CrowdBest Album
Paid in Full

If millions look up to Rakim as God, there is some plausible explanation behind it. No one does it better than Rakim. Also known as the first original gangsta rapper, Rakim has been an inspiration to all the great names in rap at some point in their lives. If you have a favorite rapper, Rakim is somewhere in him/her. A true star from the golden age of hip-hop, Rakim is known to create music and lyrics that were far ahead of its time. His partnership with Eric B. resulted in some groundbreaking albums like Paid in Full and Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em. After going solo, he created another critical masterpiece, The 18th Letter. He is the pioneer of multi-syllabic lyricism, and is often lauded for his genius rapping which is still extremely hard to rival.

Brad Jordan aka
ScarfaceBest Song
Mary JaneBest Album
The World is Yours

Another true legend, Scarface started his career by being a part of the Geto Boys and tasted success with Grip It! On That Other Level. However it was his solo work, Mr. Scarface is Back that showed his true genius. Hailed as the ‘King of the South’, Scarface is one of the most talented and underrated rappers of all time. His rhyming is known all over the circuit for its raunchiness. He is one of the few MC’s that knows how to paint a great picture by using only his words. Although he has been criticized for his flow, he is one of the most fascinating storytellers of the generation. In addition to being a great artist, Scarface has been the President of Def Jam South where he has overseen the career of the popular Ludacris.

Felipe Coronel aka
Immortal TechniqueBest Song
Dance with the DevilBest Album
Revolutionary Vol. 2

Another great name in the list of top 10 rappers, Immortal Technique believes in telling truth and only the truth. He loves doing his job and won’t let anyone stand in his way. The man is known for his enthralling song writing technique, and is perhaps one of the few artists who have gained popularity without the help of a music label. His first album Revolutionary Vol. 1 was launched without a bar code and it was sold by the artist on the streets and on his shows. Although its best known single “Dance with the Devil” was criticized for its content, it made Immortal Technique an icon.

Lawrence Parker aka
KRS-OneBest Song
My PhilosophyBest Album

KRS-One has one of hip-hip’s most successful careers, one that spans almost 20 years, filled with some of rap’s most exemplary work. Kris (as he was know as, his middle name being Krisna) met with DJ Scott La Rock in 1985, with whom he formed Boogie Down Productions. Scott was fatally shot in 1987, which spurred Kris’ need to be heard on a bigger stage. He is influenced by the words of not only other hip-hop artists like Afrika Bambaataa, but also old-school scholars like Carter Woodson. He hit the big time in 1997, when his song “Step Into A World (Rapture’s Delight)” reached #3 on Billboard.

Wasalu Jaco aka
Lupe FiascoBest Song
Show Goes OnBest Album

The kind of artist like Lupe Fiasco, comes only once in a few decades. The man is so profound and independent, that he definitely deserves a rank of his own. When Lupe started out with rapping, he didn’t really take a liking to imbuing profanity or the gangsta way of life into his music. By the time he became an Internet phenomenon, he was spotted by Fort Minor and then Jay-Z. The latter offered him a place in his Roc-A-Fella record label. But Lupe had generated enough fame and money by that time, so he started his own label, 1st and 15th Entertainment, turning down Jay-Z’s offer. He then made his first solo album “Food and Liquor”, which gave him his shot to the big time.

In addition to the above names, popular names such as Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne’, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Drake, Jadakiss, Young Jeezy, Method Man, Busta Rhymes, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg are credited for making rap a worldwide phenomena.

It is quite obvious that these choices will draw its fair amount of criticism, some will find the names that they were looking for and some won’t. However, I have tried to list out almost every important name in the rap genre and the above list is not written by just keeping in mind the popularity of these rap artists; they have been enlisted on the basis of the lyrical content, word flow, concepts, rhyme scheme of their music, and the adaptability and persona of the rap artist.