dance music

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dance music ‎(uncountable)

  1. Music composed to accompany social dancing.
  2. Synonym of electronic dance music

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It is possible to use dance + music in reference to any music played or composed for dancing. But in general parlance, it is rarely used for certain styles, for example, ballet music. The gloss (music composed to accompany social dancing) can refer to many kinds of both folk and popular music, ranging from polka to the macarena. As a synonym of electronic dance music (EDM), it refers to a complex array of modern styles like house and techno, and is often used to differentiate the EDM-influenced genres of hip-hop from the rapping-focused genres (in phrases like hip-hop dance music).

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