The Music Tree

The Music Tree is an ongoing project that attempts to detail every major movement in music history, and some of my personal favorites from those movements. Some artists may appear in multiple categories. Some of the more influential bands will be given entire categories.

Table of Contents

Influential Acts
B.B. King
The Beatles
Beethoven
Bob Marley
Eminem
Jimi Hendrix
Michael Jackson
Mozart
Pink Floyd
The Grateful Dead
The Velvet Underground


Classical
Romantic Period


Blues
Blues Rock
Delta Blues
English Blues
Jam Bands


R&B/Vocal
Motown


Jazz
Gypsy Jazz
Jazztronica


Country
Alternative Country
Folk


Alternative
Alternative Rock
Grunge
Heroin Rock


Indie Rock
Elephant 6
Indie Alt-Rock
Indie Pop


Rock
Acid Rock
Experimental Rock
Funk Rock
Psychedelic Rock
Soft Rock


Metal
Hard Rock


Punk
Pop Punk
Post Punk
Proto Punk
Ska


Dance/Electronic
House


Pop
Adult Contemporary
Pop/Rock
Synth Pop


Rap
Alternative Hip-Hop
Gangsta Rap
Supergroup Rap


World
Flamenco
Reggae



 

B.B. King

Let the Good Times Roll
The Thrill is Gone
Lucille
Why I Sing the Blues (Ft. Eric Clapton, Albert King, Etta James, Phil Collins, and friends)
Gambler’s Blues

The Beatles

Strawberry Fields Forever
Blackbird
Hey Jude
Revolution
Twist and Shout

Beethoven

Diabelli Variations, Op. 120 No. 16
Beethoven’s 5th
Beethoven’s 9th (Ode to Joy)
Moonlight Sonata
Fur Elise

Bob Marley

No Woman No Cry
Don’t Worry Be Happy
One Love
Buffalo Soldier
Redemption Song

Eminem

Marshall Mathers
Infinite
Stan
Guilty Conscience
Bezerk

Jimi Hendrix

Hey Joe
Machine Gun
Little Wing
Star Spangled Banner
All Along the Watchtower

Michael Jackson

Smooth Criminal
Beat It
Billie Jean
Thriller
ABC

Mozart

Turkish March
Requiem in D Minor
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Piano Concerto in A
Piano Sonata No. 16 in C Major

Pink Floyd

Comfortably Numb
Have a Cigar
Another Brick in the Wall
Wish You Were Here
Money

The Grateful Dead

Lost Sailor/St. of Circumstance
Scarlet Begonias/Fire on the Mountain
Althea (Ft. John Mayer)
Estimated Prophet/Terrapin Station
Deep Elem Blues

The Velvet Underground

Sweet Jane
Waiting for the Man
Femme Fatale (Ft. Nico)
Venus in Furs
Pale Blue Eyes (Lou Reed)

Romantic Period

Frédéric Chopin (Nocturne Op. 15 No. 2)

Blues Rock

The White Stripes (Ball and Biscuit)
John Mayer (Everyday I have the Blues/Wait Until Tomorrow)
The Allman Brothers Band (Stormy Monday)
Stevie Ray Vaughn (Pride and Joy)

Delta Blues

Robert Johnson (Crossroad)

English Blues

Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac (A Fool No More)
Eric Clapton (Cocaine)
Cream (White Room)
The Yardbirds (Heart Full of Soul)
The Rolling Stones (Blue Turns to Grey)

Jam Bands

Warehouse (Dave Matthews Band)
The Allman Brothers Band (Jessica)

Motown

Otis Redding (Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay)
Marvin Gaye (Inner City Blues)
Sam Cooke (Wonderful World)
Jimmy Cliff (Many Rivers to Cross)
James Brown (I Feel Good)

Gypsy Jazz

Django Reinhardt (Minor Swing)

Jazztronica

Free the Robots (Jazzhole)

Alternative Country

Neil Young (Down By the River)

Folk

Bob Dylan (The Hurricane)
Simon and Garfunkel (The Sound of Silence)

Alternative Rock

Radiohead (Karma Police)

Grunge

Pearl Jam (Yellow Ledbetter)
Nirvana (Polly)

Heroin Rock

Lou Reed (Perfect Day)
Julian Cope (Laughing Boy)
Elliott Smith (Needle in the Hay)
Dave Bixby (Drug Song)
Television Personalities (A Picture of Dorian Gray)
Suicide (Cheree)
Disco Inferno (Second Language)
Bark Psychosis (All Different Things)

Elephant 6

Neutral Milk Hotel (King of Carrot Flowers)
Of Montreal (Belle Glade Missionaries)
Olivia Tremor Control (Jumping Fences)
The Unicorns (I was Born a Unicorn)
Islands (When There’s a Will, There’s a Whale Bone)

Indie Alt-Rock


Arcade Fire (Neighborhood #1)
The Black Keys (Gold on the Ceiling)
The Flaming Lips (She Don’t Use Jelly)
Arctic Monkeys (R U Mine)
Interpol (Evil)

Indie Pop


Milky Chance (Feathery)
Vampire Weekend (Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa)
Foster the People (Helena Beat)

Acid Rock

The Doors (When the Music’s Over)
Pink Floyd (Shine on Your Crazy Diamond)
Jefferson Airplane (White Rabbit)
The Beach Boys (Good Vibrations)

Experimental Rock

The Velvet Underground (Heroin)
Frank Zappa (Central Scrutinizer)
Brian Eno (Here Come the Warm Jets)
John Frusciante (Murderers)
Aphex Twin (Alberto Balsam)

Funk Rock

Red Hot Chili Peppers (Suck my Kiss)

Psychedelic Rock

MGMT (Astro-Mancy)

Soft Rock

Simon and Garfunkel (Mrs. Robinson)
Fleetwood Mac (Dreams)
Tom Petty & The Heartbreaks (Breakdown)
The Moody Blues (Tuesday Afternoon
The Eagles (Hotel California)
The Doobie Brothers (Hotel California)

Hard Rock

Led Zeppelin (Over the Hills and Far Away)

Pop Punk

The Offspring (You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid)
Jimmy Eat World (The Middle)
Blink-182 (All the Small Things)
Green Day (Basketcase)

Post Punk

The Police (Roxanne)
Franz Ferdinand (Take Me Out)

Proto Punk

Talking Heads (Psycho Killer)
Ramones (I Wanna Be Sedated)
Patti Smith (My Generation)

Ska

Sublime (Date Rape)
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones (Shipping Up to Boston ft. Dropkick Murphies)

House

Swedish House Mafia (Don’t You Worry Child)

Adult Contemporary

John Mayer (Daughters)
Bon Iver (Skinny Love)
Ben Howard (Old Pine)
Jack Johnson (Wasting Time)
Lifehouse (All in All)
John Butler Trio (Better Than)

Pop/Rock

The Beatles (Day in the Life)
Fleetwood Mac (The Chain)

Synth Pop

Disclosure (You and Me)
MGMT (Electric Feel)
AWOLNATION (Knights of Shame)

Alternative Hip Hop

A Tribe Called Quest (Scenario)
De La Soul (Me, Myself and I)
Outkast (Hey Ya)
MF DOOM (Rhymes Like Dimes)
Elzhi (Boomerang Slang)
Kid Cudi (CONFUSED)
Childish Gambino (Bonfire)
XV (UFC)

Gangsta Rap

Nas (The World is Yours)
AZ (The Format)

Supergroup

Capital Steez (Free the Robots)

Flamenco

Estas Tonne (Song of the Golden Dragon)

Reggae

Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (Somewhere Over the Rainbow)