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There are many different genres of music and each of these have several sub-genres. From the 1960s to the 80s, various music styles emerged; like the heavy metal music of the late 1960s and disco music which dominated the airwaves in the 70s. Let's look at four musical genres that emerged and further evolved during this period.

1. Ambient Music

Many of you have heard ambient music before but you may not have known what it's called. Ambient music are subtle instrumentals mostly used as background music but is also meant to be listened to.

2. Disco Music

Disco comes from the word "discotheque;" a term used to describe the nightclubs people went to during the 1960s and 70s. Disco music is meant to be danced to or to entice listeners to get up and dance.

3. Funk Music

The word "funk" has many meanings, but in music it refers to a type of dance music that was particularly popular during the late 1960s to the late 70s. Funk music evolved from different types of African-American music such as blues and soul.

4. Heavy Metal

The term "heavy metal" appeared in the lyrics of "Born To Be Wild" by Steppenwolf in 1968. However, the term is mostly attributed to a writer named William Seward Burroughs. It is a type of rock music with the electric guitar as the main musical instrument.

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