Songs versus Music

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lhworld

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Korean
Which one is correct?

I like listening to songs but I don't like singing.

I like listening to music but I don't like singing.

And what is the difference between song and music?

Thanks!!
 
  • Ceremoniar

    Senior Member
    USA
    American English
    The second sentence is better, but add a comma after music. Music refers to an entire body of music, or music in general. Songs refers to a specific set or collection of songs.
     

    JamesM

    Senior Member
    A song (almost always) has words. Songs are usually fairly short in duration. Music can be instrumental or vocal and anything from a guitarist playing a solo to a full symphony orchestra.

    In other words, songs are only one type of music.
     

    panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    Have you checked the dictionary definitions?
    song
    music
    Generally speaking, a song involves a human voice, and probably uses words.

    (I think both sentences are OK.)
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    I like listening to songs but I don't like singing.
    This is equivalent to: I like listening to songs but I don't like to sing.

    I like listening to music but I don't like singing.
    This could mean either of:
    I like listening to music but I don't like to sing.
    I like listening to music but I don't like listening to songs (to singing).
     
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    I like listening to songs but I don't like singing. To me, this one suggests that you don't mind listening to other people sing, but you don't like to sing yourself.

    I like listening to music but I don't like singing. This one suggests that you don't like vocal music at all, but you like instrumental music.

     
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