The types of EDM – part 1

You’ve probably heard „EDM” so many times in your life. But what does exactly means EDM? And is this the only one kind of music?

EDM types

At the beginning lets see what it means this shortcut.

EDM – electronic dance music

Nowadays its the most popular genre of music in the world. But there are a lot of species.

You would be wondered how many there are. Lets get started!


Big Room – one of the most popular and commercial types of electronic dance music. It’s a subgenre of electro house.

The main tempo stays between 126-130 bpm. It often contains sublayered kickdrum and supersaw sounds with a lot of reeverb. The most popular artists of this genre are Hardwell, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Martin Garrix.


Drum’n’bass – comes from rave scenes in England. The main style of it’s fast breakbeats between 160-180 bpm.

There are two main kinds: liquid and neuro. Liquid is more focused on melodies, harmonies and its more instrumental. Neuro is focusing on deep & wobble basslines.


Dubstep – it’s a kind of music which draws from garage, techno, drum n bass and reggae.

Dubstep became very popular in 2010 when Skrillex started to produce this. One of the music websites Allmusic described dubstep as a „tightly coiled productions with overwhelming bass lines and reverberant drum patterns, clipped samples, and occasional vocals.”


Electro House – it were influenced by trash, pop, electro & pop.

The main tempo of this kind of EDM is between 124-132 bpm. It consists characteristic strong kick & sharp sounds bassline. Whole track makes impression austerity. It usually has 4/4 beats.


Hardstyle – coming from hard dance. There are two main kinds – nu style & rave.

Nu style hardstyle focusing more on melodies & harmonies. Rave is more underground and the main part of a track is focused on a bassline and ravy synths.


Like you see there are a lot of kinds of electronic dance music. You will find more in the next article.