Although electronic music seems like a relatively new genre, it has actually been around for decades. It first started to grow in popularity in the 1960s with greater access to affordable musical instruments, such as synthesizers. It wasn't long until the genre began to impact pop and rock music, and soon, entire songs were developed entirely electronically. With everyone having a computer these days, now anyone can become an electronic music superstar. As this list of electronic music genres shows, there are plenty of ways to create songs within this medium.
Do you know what the difference between trance and ambient is? If you listened to two of these type of songs back-to-back, you'd certainly start to hear the nuances. Dozens of electronic music genres are on this list, and each entry is accompanied by a music video. Watch and listen to the song to get a sense for what each genre is all about.
How many of these types of electronic music are you familiar with? How many sound like someone is writing in a foreign language? Vote for your favorite EDM subgenres, but keep an open mind. You may just discover a new type of music you didn't even know existed before!
Popular artists: Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, Sasha, Deadmau5, Kaskade, Pryda, Alesso, Morgan Page, Mat Zo, Arty, Dirty South, Sander Van Doorn
Popular artists: Robin S, Mousse T., Carl Cox, Robbie Rivera, Roger Sanchez, CamelPhat, Frankie Knuckles, Fisher, Chris Lake, Claude VanStroke, Fedde Le Grand, Oliver Heldens
Rank the best house music artists here!
Popular artists: Aphex Twin, Jeff Mills, Green Velvet, Richie Hawtin, The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers, Underworld, Moby, Jeff Mills, 808 State, Adam Beyer
Rank the best techno artists here!
Popular artists: Above and Beyond, Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Paul van Dyk, Rank 1, Tiësto, Solarstone, Gareth Emery, Robert Miles, Super8 & Tab, Dash Berlin, Darude, Paul van Dyk
Rank the best trance artists here!
Popular artists: Dusky, CamalPhat, Hot Since 82, Claptone, Maceo Plex, Lane 8, Loco Dice, Pryda, Yotto, Maya Janes Cole, Kaskade, Shiba San
Popular artists: Benny Benassi, Steve Aoki, Knife Party, Bingo Players, Tiesto, Felix Da Housecat, Laidback Luke, David Guetta, Zedd, NERVO, A-Trak
Drum & Bass
Popular artists: Andy C, Pendulum, Netsky, Sub Focus, Chase & Status, Metrik, Sigma, Goldie, Moving Fusion, Origin Unknown, Dimension
Rank the best D&B artists here!
Popular artists: Illenium, Gryffin, Flume, The Chainsmokers, Porter Robinson, Louis the Child, Alison Wonderland, Odesza, Said The Sky
Rank the best future bass artists here!
Popular artists: Sam Feldt, Kygo, Dante Klein, Seeb, Martin Jensen, KARD, Felix Jaehn, Broiler, Jonas Blue, Astrid S, Klingande
Rank the best tropical house artists here!
Popular artists: Jauz, Ephwurd, Malaa, Habstrakt, Autoerotique, AC Slater, Wax Motif, JOYRYDE, Valentino Kahn, JVST SAY YES
Popular artists: Skrillex, Skream, Bassnectar, Flux Pavilion, Doctor P, Excision, Knife Party, Zomboy, Rusko, Nero, Eptic, 12th Planet, Kill The Noise
Rank the best dubstep artists here!
Popular artists: Seven Lions, Zeds Dead, SLANDER, Nurko, Adventure Club, T-Mass, Mr FijiWiji, Minnesota, Trivecta, Illenium, Said the Sky, MitiS
Popular artists: Eric Prydz, Green Velvet, Jamie Jones, Cirez D, Claude Vonstroke, Shiba San, Adam Beyer, The Martinez Brothers, Tale of Us, Chris Lake
Popular artists: Tchami, Oliver Heldens, Don Diablo, EDX, Tiesto, CID, Cheat Codes, Valentino Khan, Martin Solveig, Fedde Le Grand
Popular artists: 4 Strings, ATB, Ferry Corsten, Armin van Buuren, Dash Berlin, RAM, Jorn van Deynhoven, Tiësto, Above & Beyond, Aly & Fila, Arctic Moon
Popular artists: Headhunterz, Noisecontrollers, The Prophet, D-Block & S-te-Fan, Coone, Da Tweekaz, Ran-D, Showtek, Wildstylez, Brennan Heart, Hardwell
Popular artists: Kavinsky, Gunship, Mitch Murder, Perturbator, The Midnight, Com Truise, Trevor Something, Droid Bishop, Waveshaper, Futurecop!
Popular artists: Astrix, Liquid Soul, GMS, Vini Vici, Juno Reactor, 1200 Micrograms, Astral Projection, Vibe Tribe, Hallucinogen
Rank the best psychedelic trance artists here!
Big Room House
Popular artists: Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Tiesto, Dada Life, Nicky Romero, Bassjackers, KSHMR, Quintino, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Showtek
Popular artists: Phuture, DJ Pierrer, 808 State, Aphex Twin, Mr. Fingers, A Guy Called Gerald, DJ Haus, Helena Hauff
Popular artists: Faze Action, Dimitri From Paris, Lindstrøm, Aeroplane, Purple Disco Machine, Ferrick Dawn, Joey Negro
Popular artists: Flosstradamus, RL Grime, Baauer, GTA, Major Lazer, DJ Snake, TroyBoi, Yellow Claw, Carnage, Keys N Krates, UZ, SLANDER, NGHTMRE
Popular artists: Wolfgang Lohr, The Swing Bot, Jazzotron, Yolanda Be Cool, Odd Chap, The McMash Clan, Swing Republic, Caravan Palace
Popular artists: Kruder & Dorfmeister, Bonobo, Fila Brazillia, Tokimonsta, Thievery Corporation, Moby, Röyksopp, Télépopmusik, Shlohmo
Popular artists: Zero 7, Bonobo, Massive Attack, Air, The KLF, Tycho, Enigma, Biosphere, Chicane, Blank & Jones