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I have been searching for a comprehensive list of song classifications and examples, for the sake of developing a better understanding of them.

By song classification I mean using labels like:

Ballad, Torch song, Novelty song, Anthem etc.

I am not referring to structure (as in "AABA"), or subject (as in "break up song"), or genre (as in "country" or "show tunes").

I am looking for classifications of types that may or may not fall into multiple structures, subjects or genres.


Id like to start this as a thread that people can respond to by listing examples.

Also If you know of such lists already existing please provide links. thank you.

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I think I get what you're after, so if you have a song that is AABA, and is a folk song,  you then add another descriptor to further identify it.  Couldn't you just make a list of adjectives?  Are you looking at tags that people put on songs when they post them?  What's the purpose of the list and what's the payoff, in relation to the the song?

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