Music genre

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A music genre is a conventional category that distinguishes certain works of music as belonging to a common tradition or set of norms. The term "genre" comes from the French word "genres," which literally translates to "types." It should not be confused with musical form or musical style, despite the fact that in practise these words are often used interchangeably with one another.

There are many different ways in which music may be segmented into genres, such as popular music and art music, as well as religious music and secular music. Because music is an expressive medium, the classifications of musical styles are sometimes open to interpretation and debate, and certain musical subgenres may overlap.