Top Genres of Music Played in Dance Clubs

Top Genres of Music Played in Dance Clubs

Dance clubs generally play a wide range of music types. This article lists the top genres of music played in dance clubs.


Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

Tracing its roots in the panoply of musical styles that emerged in the mid-1980s in the USA and Europe, EDM includes a wide range of styles from beat-less ambient music to 200-beats-per-minute hardcore, with house music, techno, drum and bass, dubstep, and trance among the most significant examples. EDM is characterized by intentionally inorganic sounds and timbres and a strong emphasis on rhythm. Some notable EDM stars are Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, and Nucleya.

Trap Music

Trap music first came from the south, a genre that is typified by a hard attitude that you can feel in the sound of the brass, triangle, loud kicks, snappy snares and low end 808 bass samples that are used when producing tracks. It was named that since places where people purchase and sell drugs are called as “the trap”. More recently, “trap music” has been used to refer to a genre of electronic music that combines elements of dubstep and hiphop. Some notable artists for trap music are RL Glime, Diplo, and DJ Snake.

Club/Top 40

This form of electronic music is heavily associated with pop and is defined by catchy vocals. If you listen to a Top 40 radio station, this refers to the "danceable" songs that you will hear. In the music industry, the top 40 is the current, 40 most-popular songs in a particular genre. It is the best-selling or most frequently broadcast popular music. Some popular Club/Top 40 musicians include Kylie Minogue and David Guetta.

Hip Hop

Hip Hop music, a genre that originated in the United States in the 1970s, consists of rhythmic music and rhyming speech. Typically, hip hop music is composed of intensely rhythmic lyrical form which utilizes musical techniques such as assonance, alliteration, and rhyme. The rapper is accompanied by an instrumental track, usually referred to as a “beat". Some notable hip-hop artists are Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and Jay-Z.