Folk Sub-genres: Folk; Folk-Pop; Folk-Rock; Acoustic Rock; Celtic Artists: The Chieftains; Peter, Paul & Mary; Bob Dylan; Jackson Browne; James Taylor; Joni Mitchell; Simon & Garfunkel; Belle and Sebastian Idea: Predominantly acoustic music by singer-songwriters with roots in folk, folk-pop and folk-rock traditions.
Country/Western/Bluegrass Sub-genres: Country; Southern Rock; Honky Tonk; Cowboy; Western Swing; Bluegrass; Rockabilly Artists: Johnny Cash; Randy Travis; Willie Nelson; Lynyrd Skynyrd; Statler Brothers; Bill Monro; Stray Cats Idea: From traditional Country to Southern Swing, this category is made up of Western, Southern and backwoods sounds.
Rock 'n Roll Sub-genres: Oldies Rock and Roll; Surf; Boogie Woogie Artists: Bill Halley; Chuck Berry; The Rolling Stones; The Beach Boys; The Beatles (1962-65); Tom Petty Idea: Enthusiastic, straightforward, unpretentious Rock and Roll.
Pop Sub-genres: Pop; Pop-Rock; Glam Rock; Teen Idol; Bubblegum; Boy Bands Artists: Wham!; Michael Jackson; Michelle Branch; Bon Jovi; Queen; Ben Folds; Britney Spears; Air Idea: Mainstream Pop sound of commercial radio; hits with a hook, lighter than Hard Rock.
Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Sub-genres: Hard Rock; Heavy Metal; Psychedelic; Hair Bands Artists: Led Zeppeli; Guns 'n Rose; Jimi Hendrix; Megadeth; Cream; Metallica; Aerosmith; Joe Santriani; AC/DC Idea: Harder rock, usually with distortion; blues inflected rock; usually loud, aggressive guitar rock.
Punk/Grunge Sub-genres: Punk, Metal Punk; Grunge; Thrash; Goth-Rock; Emo Artsists: Sex Pistols; Nirvana; Green Day; Slayer; The Clash; The Ramones; Billy Idol Idea: Back-to-basics no-frills garage rock with an edge; simpler beat and usually more repetitive than Hard Rock; often low-fidelity production.
Progressive/Art Rock Sub-genres: Prog-Rock; Art Rock; Progressive Metal Artists: Yes; Rush; Dream Theatre; Emerson, Lake & Palmer; Peter Gabriel; Tool; King Crimson Idea: Elaborate, virtuoso rock that experiments with unusual meters; complex, heady, dense, epic.
Alternative/Indie Rock Sub-genres: Alternative Rock/Pop; Indie Rock; College Rock; New Wave Artists: Beck; Red Hot Chili Peppers; Keven Gilbert; Fiona Apple; Ani Difranco; Poe; Phish; Elvis Costello; Radiohead; Stereolab Idea: Music that breaks Rock/Folk/Experimental boundaries and becomes a unique expression of the musician; a place for hard-to-fit unique rock sounds; sometimes associated with artists that started without a label.
Soft Rock/Adult Sub-genres: Ballad; Adult Contemporary; Pop-Rock; Artists: Sting; Dido; Paul Simon; Melissa Machester; James Taylor; Carol King; Elton John; Fleetwood Mac; Michael Bolton Idea: Reflective, intimate, usually smooth and well crafted singer-songwriter tunes often with mature lyrics.
R&B/Soul/Gospel Sub-genres: Mowtown; Soul-Blues; Doo Wop; Memphis; Contemporary R&B; Nu Soul; New Jack Swing Artists: Marvin Gaye; Ray Charles; Aretha Franklin; The Coasters; Prince; En Vogue; Lauryn Hill; Mary J. Blige Idea: Evolving out of the African American Jump Blues of the 1940's; blues chord changes with steady rhythms and an urban sensibitily; Gospel is the precursor to Soul and comes from the religious/African American experience.
Blues Sub-genres: Blues; Blues Rock; Electric Blues; Jump Blues; Jazz Blues Artists: Lead Belly; Muddy Waters; B. B. King; Eric Clapton; Blues Traveler; Led Zeppelin's "Dazed and Confused"; Stevie Ray Vaughn; Billie Holiday; Etta James Idea: When you know the blues, you know the blues. If you don't, just wait...
Jazz Sub-genres: Jazz; Swing; Big Band; Bebop; Modal; Fusion; Vocalese-Scat; Dixieland; Ragtime Artists: Duke Ellington; Thelonius Monk; Miles Davis; Pat Metheny; Chic Corea; Weather Report; Squirrel Nut Zippers Idea: Complex chords, lead/vocal stylings, frequent syncopations, off-beat and polyrhythms separate jazz from its roots in blues; often played involving improvisation.
Showtunes/Vocal Standards Sub-genres: Musicals; Standard Vocal Jazz; Standards 1920-60; Lounge-Cabaret; Vaudeville Artists: Ella Fitzerald to Norah Jones; Rodgers and Hammerstein; Stephen Sonheim to Andrew Lloyd Webber; Burt Bacharach Idea: A place for mainly vocal music often sung in cabarets or on the musical stage.
New Age Acoustic Sub-genres: New Age Jazz; Smooth Jazz; Ambient Acoustic; New Age Celtic; Contemporary Instrumental Artists: Acoustic Alchemy; Alex de Grassi; Tangerine Dream; Kenny G; Windham Hill Artists; Kitaro; Yanni; Enya Idea: New Age music is different from Electronica New Age in that it is more akin to jazz and performed, at least in part, on acoustic instruments; meditative, spiritual, often peaceful and jazz inflected.
Ambient Electronica Sub-genres: Symphonic Electronica; New Age Electronica; Ambient Breakbeat; Downtempo; Tribal Artists: Moby; Biospere; Transglobal Underground; Bryan Eno; Wendy Carlos Idea: Relaxing, meditative, spiritual, beautiful and at times dramatic electronica and soundscape washes.
Electronic/Dance Sub-genres: Club/Dance; Synth-pop; Techno; Electro; Disco; Euro-Dance Artists: Sign; Orbital; 69; Kraftwerks; Depeche Mode; Howard Jones; Human League; Autechre; Squarepusher Idea: Synth, sample and loop driven; more playful and dancy than the other Electronica genres.
Industrial House; Acid House; Acid Jazz; Industrial; Darkwave; Rave; Hardcore; Trance; Breakbeat Artists: Cybotron; Ministry; Nine In Nails; Vinylgroover; Meat Beat Manifesto Idea: Heavier, more intense and driving than the other Electronica genres; sometimes harsh and aggressive.
Funk Sub-genres: Funk; Electro-Funk; Trip-Hop Funk; R&B Funk; Soul Funk Artrists: Sly Stone; Jamiroquai; Earth Wind Fire; P Funk; War; James Brown's "Sex Machine" Idea: A fusion of jazz and R&B, Funk tends to stay in a syncopated groove; gets "Slippery When Wet."
Hip-Hop/Rap Sub-genres: Rap; .Gangsta Rap; Hip-Hop; Urban; Hardcore Rap Artists: Run-DMC; Public Enemy; Dr. Dre; Snoop Dogg; Beastie Boys; 50 cent; Outkast; Eminem; Nellie Idea: Mostly spoken, rhythmic Rap and Hip-Hop genre songs often involve a confrontational and sometimes controversial message, spoken against a driving, repetitive beat.
Reggae/Ska Sub-genres: Reggae; Ska; Roots Reggae; Dub Poetry Artists: Bob Marley; The Skatalites; Twinkle Brothers; The Bosstones; The Police; No Doubt Idea: Jamaican music with roots in New Orleans, combining Jump Blues/R&B with Carribean rhythms, relying on skittering guitar and repetitive syncopated percussion notably replacing the downbeat with the upbeat on one or more instruments.
Latin Sub-genres: Latin Jazz; Salsa; Samba; Mambo; Cha-Cha-; Rhumba; Bossa Nova; Charanga; Bolero; Contemporary Latin Pop; Brazilian Jazz Artists: Tito Puente; Santana; Latin Sound Machine/Gloria Estaphon; Marc Anthony Idea: This genre ranges from the classic Latin Jazz instrumental bands to modern Pop Latin balladeers, all of which retain the sexy subtleties of this dancy, hot style.
World/Ethnic/International Sub-genres: World Pop-Rock; All National/Ethnic Indegeniouos Musical styles; Ethinic Folk Music; Pan-Global; Klezmer; Spanish Flemenco; ; Argentinian Tango; Peruvian Andes' Music; Pakistani Qawwali; African... Artists: Mickey Hart; Bulgarian National Women's Chorus; Ladysmith Black Mambazo; Caliche; Astor Piazzola Idea: This is a catch-all for indigenous music from around the world.
Classical Sub-genres: Renaissance; Baroque; Classical; Romantic; Twentieth Century; Opera; Pop Classical Artists: Bach; Mozart; Beethoven; Chopin; John Williams; Yo-Yo Ma; Kronos Quartet; Philip Glass; Segovia; Luciano Pavarotti; Josh Groban Idea: Everything classical in nature: piano; orchestra; vocal; solo instruments.
Game/Soundtrack Sub-genres: Video Game music; Cinematic Music Artists: John Selvia; Jake Kaufman Idea: A place of members to place their compositions that are inspired by or might be destined for Video Games or Film.
Abstract/Experimental/FX Sub-genres: Avante Garde; Noise; Special Effects; Post-Modern Artists: Negativeland; John Cage; Amon Tobin; Kid Koala Idea: Music not conforming to normal rhythmic or melodic customs; submissions utilizing mainly FX, special effects, noise, etc.
Political Artists: Rage Against The Machine; Woody Guthrie; Crosby,Stills, Nash & Young Idea: Music in any style that is dedicated to politcal or social content.
Religious Sub-genres: Christian; Contemporary Christian; Inspirational; Gospel; Chant; Meditative; Liturgical; Tibetan; Sung Prayers... Idea: Music of any style dedicated to religious themes or expression.
Comedy/Satire/Parody Artists: Weird Al Yankovic; Monty Python's Flying Circus; They Might Be Giants; Adam Sandler; Tiny Tim Idea: This category groups together songs in any genre that are meant to be funny, employ satire, or intend to parody an artist, style or specific song.
Partial (collaborative tracks) Idea: This category is either for shared submissions which are presented to the MacJams membership for collaborative purposes or are musical sketches of songs the songwriter intends to complete later but would like comments on before continuing.