List of blues genres


List of blues genres

Blues can be categorized into a number of genres. There are also genres of music that are not blues but which can be described as "blues-like" or "bluesy". What may also be called blues is the actual chord structure of a piece, which goes through a standard chord progression, called the blues chord progression, containing the 3 basics chords: I, IV and V, which means the first, the fourth and the fifth degree.

Genres of blues

*Acid Blues
*Blues-rock
*Blues shouter
*Boogie-woogie
*British blues
*Canadian blues
*Chicago blues
*Classic female blues
*New Rhythm and Blues
*Country blues
*Delta blues
*Detroit blues
*Gospel blues
*Hokum blues
*Jazz blues
*Jump blues
*Kansas City blues
*Louisiana blues
*Memphis blues
*North Mississippi blues
*Piano blues
*Piedmont blues
*Punk blues
*Rhythm and Blues
*Soul blues
*St. Louis blues
*Swamp blues
*Texas blues
*West Coast blues

Blues-like genres

There are several genres unrelated to the blues in any factual sense but are described as "blues-like" or "bluesy". These are typically urban in origin, simple in instrumentation and featuring plaintive, melancholy vocals that emphasize the singer's poor luck and, often, violent or criminal behavior. Anthropologist Joaquim Reis de Brito describes the phenomenon this way:

:"Thus, if we take together the Fado of Lisbon, the Tango of Buenos-Aires and the Rembetika of Athens, we will note firstly that all of them emerged a little before or after the middle of the 19th century in poor districts of the big port cities of the nascent industry, attracting people from the country or from abroad, and who were confined to a marginal existence. And if we look for other parallels in the development of these urban popular cultures, we will find them again: first, their obscure and repressed beginnings, then their discovery and appropriation by elements of the higher social classes, later their acceptance and admission by the establishment (often after their success outside of the native land) before ending as a subject of tourist explorations."

Note that not all of the characteristics above are common to all the genres compared to blues, and not all are true of the blues itself.

*Bikutsi - Cameroonian music
*Bolel - Ethiopian music
*Bomba - Puerto Rican music
*Bozlak - Turkish music
*Calypso - Trinidadian music
*Country - American music
*Cumbia - Colombian music
*Doina - Romanian music
*Fado - Portuguese music
*Flamenco - Spanish music
*Kroncong - Indonesian music
*Llanto - Panamanian music
*Luk thung - Thai music
*Mariachi - Mexican music
*Merengue - Dominican music
*Morna - Cape Verdean music
*Rembetika - Greek music
*Rai - Algerian music
*Reggae - Jamaican music
*Rumba - Cuban music
*Samba - Brazilian music
*Schrammelmusik - Austrian music
*Sevdalinka - Bosnian music
*Sha'abi - Egyptian music
*Sawt - Kuwaiti and Bahraini music
*Taarab - Tanzanian music
*Tambú - Curaçao music
*Tango - Argentinian music
*Zilin - Beninese music
*Zydeco - Cajun music


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