10 Most Bizarre Music Genres that Actually Exist


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Certain genres of music, like food, are an acquired taste. During your initial taste test, you might have gagged a little due to the odd ingredients that made up the sounds, or the mind-numbing lyrics that seemingly had little purpose. But after a while — after you began to understand and appreciate it better — you came back for seconds and numerous additional helpings, becoming an aficionado of something you previously detested. Below is a list of the 10 most bizarre music genres that actually exist. Believe it or not, each one has a devoted following of fans who eat it up. Perhaps you'll become one of them.

  1. Nintendocore: If you're a child of the late '80s and early '90s, you undoubtedly spent quality time with an eight-bit Nintendo system, playing popular games like Super Mario Brothers, Duck Hunt and Wizards and Warriors. In recent years, many from the Nintendo generation have paid homage to the theme songs of those games by enhancing them with the addition of electric guitars, drum kits and screamed vocals. If you like metalcore and videogame nostalgia, then Nintendocore may be your cup of tea.
  2. Folk Punk: Amid the several unique music genres that were pioneered in the '80s, few people remember folk punk, which was created by Irish band The Pogues. The music typically incorporates heavy use of punk rock with the addition of folk instruments, though bands have covered classic folk songs. The Pogues also inspired the Celtic punk genre, which includes popular bands like Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly.
  3. Folktronica: Generations collide as folktronica combines folk music and electronica, producing unique songs that feature hip-hop rhythms and acoustic instruments. Another bizarre genre that somewhat resembles folktronica is laptop folk, which includes homemade adaptations of past folk songs.
  4. Cuddlecore: Cuddlecore is a mixture of cuteness and punk performed by all-girl bands. It's a subgenre of indie pop that features stories of lost love, heartbreak and mushy stuff that girls seem to love, though some of the songs tend to be on the spicy side. Bands like Bunnygrunt and Cub were at the forefront of the genre during its creation in the '90s.
  5. Mongolian Throat Singing: It's takes a special kind of talent to produce a melody without the aid of a musical instrument — or limbs. A throat singer can do just that, creating varying pitches by changing the shapes of their mouth, larynx and pharynx. This jaw-dropping music genre is said to have originated in Mongolia, where Khoomii is the most common style.
  6. Japanoise: The Japanese noise music scene is characterized by bands that don't follow the norms of the more popular music genres. To the untrained ear, it's a hodgepodge of sounds that have little purpose. To the fan, it's an artistic mix of psychedelic rock, surrealist music and avant-garde jazz, forming a unique musical union not found in the mainstream.
  7. Krautrock: Krautrock originated in West Germany during the late '60s — hence the term Kraut, which some find offensive — and gained popularity in the next decade due to its crafty combination of elements from progressive rock, psychedelic rock and classical music. The songs feature a mix of rock band instrumentation and electronic instruments. Krautrock has been cited as an inspiration for many notable bands of today, including The Mars Volta, Wilco and Stereolab.
  8. Pornogrind: Although it's one of several subgenres of death metal, pornogrind sets itself apart with its unsavory lyrics that center on pornographic content. Of course, most of the songs are deemed too offensive for most mainstream purveyors of music, so take note before attempting to absorb the video posted below (it features a pornogrind song playing over a wedding dance).
  9. Pirate Metal: You may not have known about pirate metal until now, but it has been around for more than a couple of decades. The swashbuckling brand of music was created by the German heavy metal band Running Wild in 1987 with the release of the album "Under Jolly Roger." Today, Alestorm is the most recognized band of the genre, invading venues in Europe before throngs of pirate metal fans. The songs are fast-paced with heavy dosages lyrics that describe the pirate lifestyle.
  10. Viking Metal: Vikings were also well-known seafarers who pillaged ships and plundered the coasts of Western Europe. The Norse culture and its rituals — typically involving blood and battle — are the subject of this dark genre of metal that was originated by the Swedish band Bathory. In addition to the obvious focus of the lyrics, Viking metal is characterized by its quick pace and the presence of the keyboard.
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