It’s important to understand music genres as it enables you to tell various kinds of music apart. Categorizing songs in this way is a useful means for the industry to distinguish musically styles on streaming sites, digital platforms and in album sales.
All music is put into a category based on various musical elements. This can be related to the vocal style, instruments involved, pace, beats, timing, lyrics, structure and more. The term ‘genre’ isn’t specific to music either. Books, films, art and theater are all grouped in this way too.