15 Spotify genres you probably didn’t know existed
Did you know that Spotify has more than 2,000 genres in its backend? Did you even know that many existed?
Spotify data alchemist Glenn McDonald creates the genres by using an intricate science system we can’t even begin to understand. All of these genres—and the ones that have been created since then—are charted on Every Noise At Once.
In June 2018, Spotify had 1,742 genres. As of Dec. 10, Spotify has 2,424 different genres.
As the streaming site’s data alchemist, he translates numbers into “musical experiences.” Because McDonald uses science to chart and even create new genres, we have features such as Related Artists and even the Daily Mix playlists.
There’s many different reasons to use the Every Noise map. We’ve used it to find 15 genres that you might enjoy based on the music you probably already listen to—check it out below.
This genre is filled with pop punk and scene familiars. The music sounds bright, poppy and has an immense amount of energy. The pixie genre is just a few coordinates away from the pop-emo genre on Every Noise.
The sound is the name: a combination of hardcore and trance. Even though it’s filled with some of our favorite bands, we still had no idea this genre existed. But we’re here for this genre, with its rhythmic tones and melodic screams.
Technical, almost EDM video game style music blends with your favorite hardcore sound in this intriguing genre. Most of the time, we’re not purposely listening for that technical repetition in our hardcore music. In this case, we’re glad it exists for this interesting genre.
We don’t know how this genre got its name. Its heavier mixture of music is combined with harmonized vocals. The instrumentals and vocals unite into a solid foundation of heavier music. Just one notch away from melodic hardcore, orgcore is a genre you might enjoy.
Music in this indie-pop sub-genre tends to make people feel happy, bright and optimistic. Maybe it’s the upbeat tempos or the lyrics. There’s just something infectiously optimistic about these indie-pop artists.
Wave was very popular in the ’80s. It helped lead into the punk acts we know and love today. But permanent wave is its own genre with a massive variety of artists who encapsulate that sound and apparently are going to do it forever.
Softer melodies combine with metalcore instrumentals to create this genre. You get the best of both worlds with melodic metalcore. This genre is just a few charts away from alternative rock and screamo on the Every Noise chart.
Artists classified as this genre: Linkin Park, Hollywood Undead, Faith No More, Bodycount, Sevendust
Rap metal is a genre that’s been around for a while, but there’s a constant stream of artists adding to it. The genre’s sound is in the name: rap beats combined with metal guitars.
Escape room is a genre that’s hard to describe. If you’ve listened to any of the artists listed here, you might have had trouble describing them, too. It’s almost like indie combined with trance, with an addition of interesting lyrics.
Similar to indie-poptimism, the bubblegum nature of this genre can’t be ignored. What gives this genre its attractive bubblegum nature though are elements of pop punk mixed with traditional pop.
Odds are you might listen to a lot of this music already. But anthem emo with its live sound and rough vocals is such a wonderful subgenre of emo that we couldn’t let it be ignored.
Artists classified as this genre: The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, the Who, Iggy Pop, the Kinks
This protopunk genre spans across decades. Basically, all of these artists combined left the trace elements of what would turn into punk. To hear where it all started, this is a good genre to investigate.
Artists classified as this genre: Lil Peep, Frank Ocean, Azealia Banks, ILoveMakonnen, Angel Haze, Taylor Bennett
There’s a whole genre dedicated to artists who are either in or supportive of the LGBT community. Really, that’s all that needs to be said for us to get behind this genre.
Conscious hip-hop is music with a message. We appreciate these bands and artists who take the time to put statements in their songs. That’s common for many genres, but this one gives a hip-hop spin to it.
This weird mash-up of artists seems to be named after its audience than the musicians. However, we can’t deny that these artists create pop that appeals to post-teens. With their smooth pop-rock sounds and infusion of genres, this is one that we’ll keep coming back to.