A vocabulary of musical moods at Allmusic  

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The following is a list used at the music encyclopedia All Music Guide to categorize music via moods.

List of moods

As of 2010:

Acerbic - Aggressive - Ambitious - Amiable and Good-natured - Angry - Angst-Ridden - Atmospheric - Austere - Autumnal - Bitter - Bittersweet - Bleak - Boisterous - Brash - Brassy - Bravado - Bright - Brittle - Brooding - Calm/Peaceful - Campy - Carefree - Cathartic - Cerebral - Cheerful - Circular - Cold - Complex - Confident - Confrontational - Crunchy - Cynical/Sarcastic - Delicate - Detached - Difficult - Distraught - Dramatic - Dreamy - Druggy - Earnest - Earthy - Eccentric - Eerie - Effervescent - Elaborate - Elegant - Energetic - Enigmatic - Epic - Ethereal - Exciting - Exuberant - Fierce - Fiery - Fractured - Freakish - Freewheeling - Fun - Gentle - Giddy Gleeful - Gloomy - Greasy - Gritty - Gutsy - Happy - Harsh - Hedonistic - Hostile - Humorous - Hungry - Hypnotic - Indulgent - Innocent - Insular - Intense - Intimate - Ironic - Irreverent - Joyous - Knotty - Laid-Back/Mellow - Lazy - Light - Literate - Lively - Lush - Malevolent - Manic - Meandering - Melancholy - Menacing - Messy - Naive - Nihilistic - Nocturnal - Nostalgic - Ominous - Organic - Outraged - Outrageous - Paranoid - Party/Celebratory - Passionate - Pastoral - Plaintive - Playful - Poignant - Precious - Provocative - Quirky - Rambunctious - Ramshackle - Raucous - Rebellious - Reckless - Refined/Mannered - Reflective - Relaxed - Reserved Restrained - Reverent - Rollicking - Romantic - Rousing - Rowdy - Rustic - Sad - Sardonic - Searching - Self-Conscious - Sensual - Sentimental - Sexual - Sexy - Silly - Sleazy - Slick - Smooth - Snide - Soft - Somber - Soothing - Sophisticated - Spacey - Sparkling - Sparse - Spicy - Spiritual - Spooky - Sprawling - Springlike - Stately - Street-Smart - Stylish - Suffocating - Sugary - Summery - Swaggering - Sweet - Tense/Anxious - Theatrical - Thuggish - Trashy - Trippy - Uncompromising - Unsettling - Urgent - Visceral - Volatile - Warm - Weary - Whimsical - Wintry - Wistful - Witty - Wry - Yearning




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