How can people tell the difference between different musical genres? Like, even in my favorite broad brand of music, there's psychedelic folk and freak folk and indie folk and folk jazz and folk rock and the blues...
It hurts just trying to keep my head around it all. And the trouble is that most musicians in whatever style are ones I don't like, with a select few who are special. Not a fan of psychedelic folk, but Linda Perhacs is pretty great. Freak folk is awful, but Vashti Bunyan is the world's greatest (although she begins sounding more like After Dinner than any sort of folk singer towards the end of her career). Speaking of After Dinner, I love them and supposedly they're... baroque art pop or something? Who the hell knows, I doubt they do.
The only consistent style I care for is a brand of folk shared by Martin Carthy, Anne Briggs, Shirley Collins etc. The brand that utilizes old folk songs with minimal accompaniment.
"I wanted to be a wife so that I could have been her real mother. I wanted to be a boy so that she could be in love with me. I wanted her to be my full sister instead of my half sister. I wanted her to be a slave so that I could set her free and make her rich."
No order but basically Punk Rock/New Wave, Power Pop, Pre-Punk, Amerindie (if people even use that term anymore), 50s Blues......I listen to everything but it's far more likely to fit there.
I also like to create my own genres like Loser-ism songs about not getting the girl, and often not getting the girl cause your wasted, not having money etc. - that comes from the blues and was later perfected in sly ways by The Beatles No Reply (or I'm a Loser), Big Star, Johnny Thunders "So Alone" album .......Loserism factors into all the above genres and also singer/songwriter, Alt-country and many other genres that go real well with booze or calling a lawyer.