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What genre of music is this?

Asked by jz1220 (829points) March 24th, 2008

I have a collection of songs that fit a certain description but I’m not sure what to call it. It’s echo-y, isolated, usually with acoustic guitar “twangs” (but not necessarily country or folk). I feel like I would listen to this while driving on an interstate at night by myself in the middle of nowhere.

These songs are from all different types of artists that, when you at their entire music portfolio, do not belong in the same genre. Here are examples of the songs I’m talking about:

No Ordinary Love – Sade
Wicked Game – Chris Isaak
Fields of Gold – Sting
Wonderwall – Ryan Adams (more echo-y than Oasis)
You’re All I Need to Get By – Method Man and Mary J. Blige
Streets of Philadelphia – Bruce Springsteen
Into Dust – Mazzy Star
Aurora – Foo Fighters
Easy to Please – Coldplay
True – Spandau Ballet
I Want You – Third Eye Blind
House of Hope – Toni Childs

What do you think this music is called?

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squirbel's avatar

Alternative. Most of those songs/bands are my favs :)

That’s the music I listen to when I am in my moody/creative mode.

65Stang's avatar

Bruce Springsteen is classic rock.

GD_Kimble's avatar

I believe a radio programmer would call that set list “adult contemporary”

kevbo's avatar

I think soft rock or, yeah… contemporary ballad.

chloelily's avatar

I’d also say alternative/pop. Fields of Gold is one of my favorite questions on Earth!!!!

jz1220's avatar

Thanks for the responses so far. I’m thinking that I may have given Flutherites the wrong idea of what I’m looking for with the word “genre”. I guess what I’m looking for is more of a single descriptive and identifying word, rather than a genre such alternative rock. I would say that Pearl Jam produces alternative rock music but I wouldn’t put any of their songs on the list I gave because none of their songs have the sound and feel of the ones I gave above. Anyway, just a clarification. Thanks everyone for trying!

squirbel's avatar

“Trying”, says he. I feel so small.


jz1220's avatar

I didn’t mean it like that squirbel! I really appreciate your answer. And my, what good taste in music we have ;)

GD_Kimble's avatar

Oh. I “get” now what you’re asking. I know exactly what quality you’re talking about but haven’t the musical knowledge to name it.

kevbo's avatar

Plug them into It has really accurate descriptors. You can do it for each individual song.

jz1220's avatar

Great suggestion kevbo! Can’t believe I didn’t think of that sooner, but that’s what Fluther’s for.

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