23 Adjectives to Describe MUSIC

We all listen to music because it is not only something we enjoy doing but music also improves our mood when we are anxious or ill. In that sense, let’s look at adjectives to describe music which can improve your knowledge of English vocabulary a great deal.

Here is the list:

  1. Brassy
  2. Catchy
  3. Delicate
  4. Discordant
  5. Dramatic
  6. Ethnic
  7. Ecstatic
  8. Gentle
  9. Harmonious
  10. Improvised
  11. Instrumental
  12. Liquid
  13. Lively
  14. Melodramatic
  15. Military
  16. Nostalgic
  17. Off-key
  18. Romantic
  19. Sentimental
  20. Soft
  21. Subtle
  22. Traditional
  23. Upbeat


Meaning: music played on a brass instrument (horn, trumpet, etc.).

  • There was loud brass music playing for the Queen’s birthday.


Meaning: which is easy to remember.

  • Their song won the Eurosong Contest because it was danceable and catchy.


Meaning: fine, soft and subtle.

  • Sounds of some delicate music were coming from the background.


Meaning: producing an unpleasant sound, lacking in harmony.

  • Tom Waits is a famous musician who plays discordant music on the piano.


Meaning: full of excitement, striking.

  • When the main actor died in a play, the orchestra started playing dramatic music.


Meaning: relating to an ethnic group.

  • The radio programme was about different ethnic bands in South America.


Meaning: delighting, exciting.

  • The DJ was playing some ecstatic dance music in the club. 


Meaning: quiet.

  • The sound of gentle music in the room made him fall asleep.


Meaning: having a pleasant sound.

  • He played until he managed to produce a harmonious melody.
Adjectives to describe music
Adjectives to describe music


Meaning: to produce music from your imagination rather than prepare it beforehand.

  • A guitarist played an improvised solo for 10 minutes.


Meaning: the music with music only, without singing.

  • The second song on their latest CD is instrumental. She’s not singing.


Meaning: smooth, flowing music.

  • The music Mozart composed was simple and liquid.


Meaning: exciting and energetic.

  • The orchestra was playing lively music while everybody was dancing.


Meaning: exaggerated and emotional.

  • When the opera singer came onstage, the music became melodramatic.


Meaning: relating to the army.

  • The soldiers were marching with the sound of military music.
Adjectives to describe music
Adjectives to describe music


Meaning: the music that makes you remember happy things from the past.

  • There was nostalgic music coming from the car radio.


Meaning: music which produces notes higher or lower than they are supposed to be.

  • Clare could hear her neighbour singing off-key.


Meaning: relating to romantic love.

  • Molly and her fiance danced to the sounds of romantic music.


Meaning: the music that makes you feel unhappy.

  • The music he played was so sad that some people began to cry.


Meaning: emotional music.

  • Sentimental music from the car radio made me feel nostalgic.


Meaning: slow, with harmonizing rhythm.

  • Lucy let some soft music play in order to fall asleep.
Adjectives to describe music
Adjectives to describe music


Meaning: not very loud or noticeable.

  • Subtle music was balm to her ears.


Meaning: refers to local music which is popular in the area.

  • I love social gatherings with Scottish traditional music and dancing.


Meaning: fast music which sounds happy.

  • They usually play upbeat music at street festivals.
Adjectives to Describe MUSIC
Adjectives to Describe MUSIC

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