Musical styles around the world
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Musical styles

Musical styles around the world

Who is no longer wanting to know what the musical styles of some countries are? Perhaps you already wanted to know where the rock comes from, what kind of music do the Irish listen to, if there is only surf music in Australia …

Thinking about those curiosities about music, we chose 5 countries to talk about their musical styles. Thus, you can make a real trip to these destinations without leaving home.



The music of the United States is a true mix of ethnicities. The musical genres that will be born there will receive influences from Native Americans, European immigrants, and Africans.

Rhythms that are known all over the world will emerge in the country. Such as Blues, Jazz, Rock, Funk, Pop, Hip Hop, and Country. The blues, for example, is a kind of model for American musical styles. This is because most of them are derivations of the Blues, which in turn has African origin and was developed by slaves who worked on cotton plantations in the southern United States.

Jazz emerged at the end of the 19th century, gaining its first improvisational settings in New Orleans. Rock (as well as jazz, it was derived from blues) emerged in the 1950s and launched singers like Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley, who will influence the whole world. Funk and rap appeared to give voice to African-Americans, being part of a freedom movement and putting social causes into the discussion.


Just as English folk music influenced American music, the United States was also inspired by the music of England – that is because of the great spread of rock’n  roll throughout the world. In the late 1950s, many young people were influenced by the main American rock idols. Chucky Berry and Elvis Presley, and thus created their musical groups. It is between these groups that the Beatles will be born.

The Beatles began the “British Invasion” (words used by the media to describe the great success of British singers in the United States and Canada) in 1964.

English groups like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath created new styles of rock, heavy metal, and hard rock. England also drew attention to the rise of pop. With the pop-rock of groups like Queen, and Britpop, which launched singers like Oasis, Blur, and Radiohead.


Irish music always kept many of its traditional aspects, remaining alive to this day. Irish groups like U2, Little Fingers Stiff, and The Cranberries are examples of the mixture of typical music of the country with a rock. Groups like the Afro Celt Sound System and Beoga play offspring of Irish culture and are very popular.

The characteristic instruments of Irish culture are the harps, Irish harmonicas, violin, Irish flute, bodhran, concertina, banjo, mandolin, and bouzouki.

Irish / Celtic / Folk / Punk emerged from mixing these instruments with guitar, bass, and drums melodies, keeping Irish music alive and well.


Australian music has many British tones. Australia’s art scene is strong, and it is no coincidence that the Opera House in Sydney is one of the main symbols of the country. The roads were opened by names like AC / DC and INXS, forerunners of Australian music exposure around the world. Silverchair and Wolfmother, for example, will also become known worldwide. However, what could not be missing in Australia is surf music, represented by musical groups such as Midnight Oil, Youth Yind, and Sunnyboys. There are also more folk songs, with the didgeridoo, a wind instrument of the Australian Aborigines. This instrument is used in other musical rhythms, from relaxation to electronic music.

How about listening to some music to get into the beach climate that makes a lot of sense with Australia?


The musical style of Argentina is different in each region of the country. As it has many origins and different influences. Tango is the best-known rhythm worldwide and was developed in and around Buenos Aires. In the interior of the country, folk music is very strong, represented by names like Mercedes Sosa, Horacio Guarany, and Los Noches. The quartet and the cumbia, originating in the city of Córdoba, will begin to occupy space within the national music of Argentina.

In 1960, a type of Argentine rock emerged, sung in Spanish, by singers like Fito Páez and Charly Garcia.

At the same time, the rhythm of the Latin American romantic ballad also emerged.

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