A Newbie’s Guide To Popular Genres in EDM

If you’ve ever wondered what the term “genre” meant in the EDM context, here’s your complete guide to understanding a genre in EDM:

A Genre is a class or a type of particular music, in our context, a subclass of EDM. There are a loads of Genres in Dance Music and various artists have specialized in the different genres.

Basic Parameters in differentiating between genres:

  1. BPM – Beats per minute which defines the rate or the speed of the music being played. The BPM is de facto the main differentiating parameter between genres. The genres in EDM vary anywhere between 70 upto 180 bpm. So now you know how much the rate of the music matters.
  2. Variation of Synths – Certain genres like Techno have just a plain beat repeating over and over again whereas some other genres like dubstep have a lot of screams/wobbling synths in them.
  3. Melody – Certain Genres are more melodious than the rest i.e. theres a lot happening in some genres like complextro in comparison to genres like techno.

5 of the most popular genres in the dance music scene:


One of the most popular genres in EDM, House music originated in Chicago and spread like wildfire in the west. House songs usually are roughly around 128 bpm. Popular subgenres in house are Electro House, Tech House, Deep House, Progressive House, etc.

Some of the popular artists in this genre include Deadmau5, Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, Hardwell, Daft Punk, Vicetone, Nicky Romero, Madeon, Zedd, Wolfgang Gartner, Porter Robinson.

Wolfgang Gartner-Illmerica



Born in Germany, it is one of the most popular genres in EDM. It ranges in the bpm range of 110-150. Some of the most popular subgenres in Trance are Melodic Trance, Progressive Trance, Psytrance and Goa Trance.

Some popular artists in the Trance scene include Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto, BT, Goa Gil, Dash Berlin, Aly & Fila.

BT Skylarking




Dubstep is a genre of dance music that originated in South London. It is rumoured that dubstep took its form when certain artists got creative ideas listening to machine sounds. This particular genre of music clocks in a around 140 bpm and then drops to half its speed. Brostep is a popular subgenre in dubstep.

Popular artists include Skrillex, Bassnectar, Zedd, Caspa, Seven Lions, Alvin Risk

Seven Lions with Myon and Shane 54 – Strangers(Feat. Tove Lo)



This particular genre of dance music has been in the scene for the longest time. It evolved over time and the current techno sounds totally different from what it would at the time of its origin. Minimal Techno is a popular subgenre.

Popular artists include Richie Hawtin, Adam Beyer, Carl Cox

Fritz Kalkbrenner – Facing The Sun


Drum & Bass

Rooted in London in the early 1990s, this particular genre of EDM is very popular in the underground scene. It clocks in the bpm range of 160-180. Liquid Funk and Drumstep are the two most popular Drum & Bass subgenres.

Popular artists include Wilkinson, Sub Focus, Goldie, Bad Company

Wilkinson UK- Heartbeat(Calyx and Teebee Remix)

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