Recently, I was listenting to a song, adn then a remix of the same song, and noticed that the melody/beat of the two were very different.

Are the two variations of the song different genres, and if not, why not?

  • I'm actually not sure if this is on-topic here or not. One thing that complicates this question is the problem that which genre a piece of music is in can be subjective. Genres are neither clearly nor objectively defined. – Todd Wilcox Feb 28 '19 at 16:05
  • I thought genres were objective, since Hollow Knight and Mario 64 are both platformers, why not the same apply for music. – user57845 Feb 28 '19 at 16:06
  • If genres are objective, then list the objective criteria for the genres you're asking about in the question. Once you've finished that list, it should be apparent which genre(s) the two pieces of music are in. I don't know what Hollow Knight or Mario 64 are. – Todd Wilcox Feb 28 '19 at 16:07
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    I think it might be best to illustrate your claim of objective genre using pieces of music, actually, instead of any other form of art. There's plenty of screaming and loud guitar that is generally not considered heavy metal - for example Nirvana, Soundgarden, or Pearl Jam. Some people don't really think of "heavy metal" as a genre, they consider it to be many genres, including speed metal, doom metal, thrash metal, progressive metal, etc. And not all of what people see as metal involves screaming or loud guitars. What about "The Unforgiven" by Metallica? – Todd Wilcox Feb 28 '19 at 16:18
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    @ToddWilcox It's true that genres are not defined exclusively by their performance practice, but it is an element worth discussing. On this forum, there are often discussions about different performance practices in the jazz and classical worlds, so I disagree that it is off-topic. – Peter Feb 28 '19 at 16:53

Yes, probably. If you're THAT worried about putting labels on things, I'd say that the rhythmic style was a strong factor in deciding what genre a pop song belonged to.