Let's get one thing straight. Respect, and favor are different. Whether or not you like something, does not have anything to do with whether it should be respected or not. Some things deserve respect, some do not. Another thing is, respect is earned. It is earned in different ways, to different people. You can hate things about a genre, but that doesn't make it bad. There are MANY different genres and subgenres, the ones covered will be only a portion, but will best represent the greatest number of genres. The greats will be some of the more influential members of that genre. There will be 'better' people/bands, there will be 'bigger' people/bands, but I cannot list them all. Here goes.
The origins of rock. The origins of country. The origins of most genres, but still a genre in itself. Blues has it's roots in the African culture of the deep south in the late 1800's. Folk and spiritual music mixed with daily life to produce a powerful genre that would be continued, forever. Blues is everywhere, in every style of music you listen to in one form or another. It created your favorite genre of music.
The Greats: John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and MANY more.
Originated in the early 1900's, country music is about what is important to the people who make it. Yes, a lot of country music is similar, and often is about beer, women, and farms, but that's how the musicians grew up, singing about daily life. It brings rural communities together, and is fun to listen to.
The Greats: Hank Williams Sr., Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Carter Family, and more.
Rock 'N Roll
Your basic party rock of the 1940's and 1950's. Rebellious type of music for the teens who grew up then. Produced greats, and many genres spawned off of Rock N Roll!
The Greats: The Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, and that's just a start.
Usually thought of as the rock music of the 80's. Household names all over the world. They sing about anything and everything. It has loud guitar, loud drums, loud bass, loud everything. And it sounds great.
The Greats: Guns 'N Roses, Van Halen, Aerosmith, and Led Zeppelin.
Blues Rock/Soft Rock
A very difficult genre to categorize, but it is not hard rock, nor is it Rock n Roll. It is anything from rock ballads, to southern rock and back. It is for everybody.
The Greats: Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Eagles, ZZ Top, Derek And The Dominos, etc.
Not quite blues, but soft, musical sounding, just calming music. Has survived and thrived in centers like Kansas City, Missouri, and New Orleans, Louisiana for decades.
The Greats: Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, and more.
You love it or hate it. Not really an in between. Has some powerful songs, and many split off genres. The lyrics are often meaningful and deep, while on another song of the same album, it can be an absolute mess. Screamo is a subgenre of metal in my book, but they are NOT the same thing.
The Greats: Metallica, AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, and more.
Hip-hop is a sort of club music, great for dancing. While there is often rapping in hip-hop, rap to me, is a seperate genre. Hip-hop focuses on the suitability for dance and moving, while rap focuses on the lyrics and the meaning.
The Greats: The Sugarhill Gang, Public Enemy, RunD.M.C., etc.
Rap is often disliked and trashed by many. It is hated because the lyrics are often violent or sexual, however, like all other genres, it speaks to those who listen to it, because they can often relate. It began in the inner cities in the late 1900's, and hasn't stopped since.
The Greats: Eminem, 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G., etc.
People enjoy listening to pop because it is commonly lighthearted and energetic. Pop used to be short for "POPular music", but since has grown to mean it's own thing. I would describe it as a mix between light rock, hip hop, dance music, and more. It is usually good for dancing, and therefore popular.
The Greats: Michael Jackson, Elton John, Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys, and more.
Rebellious, 3 chord songs that inspire energy. Different, and welcomes it. Punk is about being different, and not succumbing to main stream.
The Greats: Sex Pistols, Ramones, Dead Kennedys, etc
Another difficult category, kind of a mix between rock, punk, and it's own thing. Again, different than everybody else, usually more heavy sounding than punk.
The Greats: Nirvana, Green Day, Linkin Park, R.E.M., etc.
I am sure I am missing many genres, but there is only so much you can cover in one article. I am 16 years old, and I welcome feedback. This is my first article written for UG. I play guitar, and I love music. Thank you for getting this far!