Dubstep is a genre of electronic dance music. Originating in the U.K.'s garage genre in the late 1990s, dubstep didn't find mainstream success in the U.S. until the late 2000s.

At its core, dubstep is experimental and critics can't agree on whether it will become a staple in music or a be just another over-sensationalized fad. But at the 54th Grammy's one dubstep artist, Skrillex, received five nominations, including the coveted Best New Artist.

Based heavily on strong bass, dubstep often incorporates nearly unrecognizable vocals. A focus on high energy tempos and intense beats causes the genre to in fit well with the dance club and pop music scenes.

The genre primarily includes the work of producers, with both original productions and remixed songs.

Signs you might be listening to dubstep:

  • Heavy bass
  • Tempos at 140 beats per minute with half-time drums
  • You're in a techno club
  • Electronically remixed vocals
  • Wobble bass