Timeline of electronic music genres

A timeline of electronic music genres, with a date of origin, the locale of origin, and music samples.

Genre Date of origin Locale of origin
Electroacoustic music Early 1940s Egypt (Cairo)
Musique concrète 1940s Egypt (Cairo), France (Paris)
Acousmatic music Late 1940s France (Paris)
Drone music 1960s United States
Dub music Late 1960s Jamaica (Kingston)
Ambient dub Late 1960s–early 1970s
Ambient music Early 1970s Germany, Jamaica, Japan, United Kingdom
Space music Early 1970s Germany, Japan[1][2]
Disco Early 1970s United States (East Coast)
Hip hop music Early 1970s United States (New York)
Electronic rock Early 1970s Europe, Japan, United States
Krautrock Early 1970s West Germany
J-pop 1970s–1980s Japan
Industrial music 3 September 1975 United Kingdom (England)[3]
Electronic dance music Mid-1970s – early 1980s Worldwide
Space disco 1977 Europe
New wave music Late 1970s United Kingdom, United States
Synthpop 1977–1979 Germany, Japan, United Kingdom
Japanoise Late 1970s Japan
Dancehall Late 1970s Jamaica (Kingston)
Euro disco Late 1970s Europe
Industrial rock Late 1970s United Kingdom, United States
Hi-NRG 1977–1980 United States, United Kingdom
South Asian disco Late 1970s – early 1980s India, Pakistan
Chiptune Late 1970s – early 1980s Japan
Post-disco Late 1970s – early 1980s Worldwide
Electronica Late 1970s – early 1980s Europe, Japan, United States
Breakbeat Late 1970s – early 1980s United States
Electro Early 1980s Japan (Tokyo),[4] United States (New York & Detroit)
Electronic body music (EBM) Early 1980s Germany, Belgium
Contemporary R&B Early 1980s United States, Canada
Dance-pop Early 1980s United States
Industrial dance Early 1980s Europe, United States
Italo disco Early 1980s Italy, Spain
House music Early 1980s United States (Chicago)
Garage house Early 1980s United States (New York & New Jersey)
Chicago house Early 1980s – mid-1980s United States (Chicago)
Arabic pop music 1980s Egypt (Cairo)
Al Jeel
Asian underground 1980s United Kingdom
Bhangra 1980s India, Pakistan, United Kingdom
Modern dancehall Mid-1980s Caribbean
New beat Mid-1980s Belgium
Acid house Mid-1980s India (Bombay),[5][6][7] United States (Chicago)
Deep house 1985 United States (Chicago)
Techno Mid-1980s United States (Detroit)
Detroit techno
New jack swing Mid-1980s United States
Eurobeat Mid-1980s – late 1980s Italy, Japan, United Kingdom
Hip house Mid-1980s – late 1980s United States (Chicago, New York City, & Detroit), United Kingdom
Italo house Late 1980s Italy
Latin house Late 1980s United States (New Your City & Chicago)
Downtempo Late 1980s United Kingdom
Balearic beat Late 1980s Spain (Ibiza)
Funky house Late-1980s United States
Kwaito Late-1980s South Africa (Johannesburg)
Tribal house Late 1980s – early 1990s United States
Acid techno Late 1980s – early 1990s Germany, United States, United Kingdom
Ambient house 1989 United Kingdom, Japan
Trance music Late 1980s – early 1990s Germany, India (Goa)[8][9]
Breakbeat hardcore Late 1980s – early 1990s United Kingdom
Ragga jungle Late 1980s – early 1990s United Kingdom (London)
Baltimore club Late 1980s – early 1990s United States (Baltimore)
Ghetto house Late 1980s – early 1990s United States (Chicago)
Tech house Late 1980s – early 1990s United States, Spain (Ibiza)
Ambient techno Late 1980s – early 1990s Europe
Bouncy techno Early 1990s United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany
Dub techno Early 1990s United Kingdom, Germany
Free tekno Early 1990s Europe
Industrial techno Early 1990s United Kingdom
Gabber Early 1990s Netherlands (Rotterdam)
Minimal techno Early 1990s United States (Detroit), Germany (Berlin)
French house Early 1990s France
Hard house Early 1990s United Kingdom
Progressive house Early 1990s Europe
Dark electro Early 1990s Europe
Jungle Early 1990s United Kingdom (London & Bristol), Jamaica
Intelligent dance music (IDM) Early 1990s Japan, United Kingdom
Progressive breaks Early 1990s United Kingdom, United States
Flex dance music (FDM) Early 1990s United States (Brooklyn)
Balearic trance Early 1990s Spain (Ibiza)
Dream trance Early 1990s Italy
Goa trance Early 1990s India (Goa)[8][9]
Hard trance Early 1990s Germany
Psychedelic trance Early 1990s India (Goa)
Drum and bass Early 1990s United Kingdom (London & Bristol)
Big beat Early 1990s United Kingdom (London)
UK garage Early 1990s United Kingdom (London)
Bhangragga Early 1990s United Kingdom (Birmingham)
Rave Early 1990s United States (Chicago & Detroit), United Kingdom (London & Manchester)
Hardcore Early 1990s Netherlands
Indietronica Early 1990s Europe
Trip hop Early 1990s United Kingdom (Bristol)
Acid trance Early 1990s – mid-1990s Europe
Progressive trance Early 1990s – mid-1990s Europe
Psydub Early 1990s – mid-1990s United Kingdom (London)
Hands up Early 1990s – mid-1990s Europe
Tech trance Early 1990s – mid-1990s Europe
Eurodance Early 1990s – mid-1990s Belgium, Germany, Netherlands
Speed garage Early 1990s – mid-1990s United Kingdom (London)
Ghettotech Early 1990s – mid-1990s United States (Detroit & Chicago)
Broken beat Early 1990s – mid-1990s United Kingdom (London)
Illbient Early 1990s – mid-1990s United Kingdom, United States (New York City)
Glitch music 1990s Germany, Japan[10]
Bitpop 1990s–2000s Europe, Japan, United States
Suomisaundi Mid-1990s Finland
Vocal trance Mid-1990s Europe
Jump-up Mid-1990s United Kingdom (London)
Techstep Mid-1990s United Kingdom
Hardstep Mid-1990s United Kingdom
Breakcore Mid-1990s United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands
Nu-disco Mid-1990s United Kingdom
Microhouse Mid-1990s – late 1990s Europe
Darkstep Mid-1990s – late 1990s United Kingdom
Hardtechno Mid-1990s – late 1990s Europe
Drill 'n' bass Mid-1990s – late 1990s United Kingdom
Futurepop Mid-1990s – late 1990s Europe
Nitzhonot Mid-1990s – late 1990s Israel
Uplifting trance Late 1990s Germany
2-step garage Late 1990s United Kingdom (London)
Juke Late 1990s United States (Chicago)
Jersey club Late 1990s United States (New Jersey)
Electroclash Late 1990s United States (New York City & Detroit), Germany, Netherlands
Liquid funk 1999 United Kingdom
Dark psy Late 1990s – early 2000s Europe, Russia
Full-on Late 1990s – early 2000s Europe
Progressive psytrance Late 1990s – early 2000s Europe
Bassline Late 1990s – early 2000s United Kingdom (Sheffield & Leeds)
Breakstep Late 1990s – early 2000s United Kingdom (London)
Hardstyle Late 1990s – early 2000s Netherlands
Footwork Late 1990s – early 2000s United States (Chicago)
Electro house Late 1990s – early 2000s Worldwide
Dubstep 2000 United Kingdom (London)
Jumpstyle 2000 Belgium, Netherlands
Electronicore Early 2000s Japan, North America, United Kingdom
Tecno brega Early 2000s Brazil (Belém)
Grime Early 2000s United Kingdom (London)
Nortec Early 2000s Mexico (Tijuana)
Funktronica Early 2000s – mid-2000s United States
Christian EDM (CEDM) 2000s Worldwide
Future garage 2005 United Kingdom (London)
UK funky Mid-2000s United Kingdom (London)
Bass music Mid-2000s United Kingdom
Synthwave Mid-2000s Worldwide
Fidget house 2006 Europe
Wonky 2006 United Kingdom
Balearica 2007 Europe
Brostep 2007 United States
Chillwave 2007 United States
Witch house 2007 United States, Japan
Complextro 2008 United States
Drumstep 2008 United Kingdom
Dutch house 2008 Netherlands
Dubstyle 2009 Netherlands
Moombahton 2009 United States
Trap music 2010 United States (Atlanta)
Future bass 2010 United Kingdom, United States
Chillstep 2010 United States
Outsider house 2010 United States
Big room house 2011 Europe
Moombahcore 2011 United States
Tropical house 2012 United States
Jungle terror 2012 Netherlands, Netherlands
Future house 2013 Europe
Future funk 2013 United States
Gqom 2014 South Africa (Durban)

See also[]


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