Top Ten Best Music Genres

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1Heavy Metal

I'm so relieved now that see that Pop Music is below all the greater genres

Pop is actually #1 in the worst kind of music list on this website. There are much worse genres but there ya go.

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By Heavy Metal, they mean metal in general, not just the specific subgenre. Those bands are all metal, no matter which subgenera they are. - Songsta41

Your life is complete when you develop a taste for heavy metal.
Bands like led zeppelin, a7x, metallica, eluveitie are the best - siddharthiyer

Heavy metal is an awesome genre sure there's other good music genres out there as well like rock, jazz, blues and rap. But heavy metal is the best for me.

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2Rock n' RollRock music is a music genre that was created in the 1950s . The genre really got popular in the 60s, 70s and 80s . It generally consists of a guitar player, a drummer, bass player and singer . There are a lot of rock subgenres .

Metal, Alternative or punk. its all rock n roll! - beasthound

I like the origonal rock and roll like elvis but I also like G N R, acdc and awesome stuff like that - squire

Classical rock is the best there ever was and ever will be.

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3Alternative

Linkin Park, Three Days Grace, Green Day, Breaking Benjamin, Evanescence, My Chemical Romance, Skillet... And many others!

These guys are on top of the world and are more loved than Shakira, Akon, Eminem and Britney.

Alternative Music Is Pure Art, and it's very difficult to become a musical artist!

Eminem!? Eminem is amazing. I recommend looking into his music. My favorite genres are Alternative, Grunge, and Rock. Eminem has meaningful music. I'm okay with you not liking him, but categorizing him with the others mentioned? No. Just. No.

Bring out the guitar crank it up, gets some vocals and a drum and your all set. Alternative will always be the best and sure as hell is better than than those girls who call themselves pop singers. If you agree gimme a hell yeah! ( or a thumbs up, whichever comes first. ) - Giusti97

This genre is just filled with Yes. God, I miss the 90's. Pearl Jam, Days of the New, Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, etc.

I like this type of music its amazing

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4Hard Rock

I really like hard rock, the best bands: Aerosmith, GN'R, AC/DC, Queen, Deep Purple, Rush, Led Zeppelin, Stryper... - rock2metal

The best lyrics, bands and guitarists... yeah it is the best all right. One question, why is it 12th?!?!?! - nic1997ps3

I actually think this is the best one. , without this, the other genres couldn't have existed, this is the father of all other rock genres.

Led zeppelin is the best

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5Classical

You can spend a couple of hours writing a pop song or you could spend months writing a symphony. Classical music is great because of aesthetic subtleties, depth and expressiveness. Pop music just stays at one tempo, on volume for most of a song and has nothing subtle about it. The beat is obvious, chords are predictable and prominent instrumental parts are rejected.

Agreed. Classical is very difficult to write. That and you need to make the music fit for certain instruments, notes, etc. - LostDream258

The genre that requires the most skill to play, the most thought to write, but the hardest genre to appreciate. Classical should be number one.

It takes years of practice to play plenty of classical tunes.

Classical music is the only music genre that I love 100%. I like all kinds of music, except for classic rock, rap, metal, bro-country and screamo, but classical music is easily my #1 favorite. (Yeah, that's right. I hate classic rock and metal but I love classic country and 90s country... and I am not ashamed! X'D Country music is awesome... except for bro-country. Bro-country sucks just as much as class ic rock and metal... and that's saying A LOT because classic rock and metal ' SUCK!) There is just no such thing as bad classical music. It's all good. It's also the most influential music genre, and it will always be remembered as one of the greatest -- if not THE greatest -- music genre of all time. ( Suck it, class ic rock! HA HA! "Classic" rock will be long forgotten decades from now, no matter how much the media tries to shove it down our throats. Bad music like "classic" rock will always fade with time, but good music that is actually worth listening to -- ...more

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6Punk Rock

Punk rock is a music genre had soul, heart and spirit. I grew up as a kid with this type of music and it gave me a great influence in life, like the bad times, good times and the memorable times though I am a teenager I will always remember how much it means to me and others who appreciate punk rock and pop punk as much as I do

Keep up the music in the near future guys, really appreciate it

With it's insane lyrical quality to its diversity there is no doubt that Punk Rock is the best genre of music. Bands like The Clash, The Ramones, and the Sex Pistols may have really made Punk rock appeal to the masses we mustn't forget hardcore legends such as Minor Threat, The Bad Brains, Suicidal Tendencys, Dead Kennedys, Op Ivy, etc. Etc. Honestly anywhere from musical slam poetry to uplifting ska beats, to emo, to catchy hooks punk's got it all. Oh and without punk there wouldn't be Fugazi... Imagine the horror.

The Clash, Sex Pistols, Ramones, Dead Kennedys and The Damned. They are all excellent bands and it disappointing to see them being over shadowed by bands like Green Day and Good Charlotte that aren't half as good as the bands that were before them.

This is the music I grew from it's so like childhood its amazing

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7Pop

While not originally a music genre its now a genre describing artists like lady gaga Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber this is a genre that sucks ass

I had to vote, because I wanna tell all of you "pop" fans that POP is not a genre. Pop is short for popular, and those music that you listen to is not "pop". Oh, and by the way the music that you listen to is not music.

Why are people instantly criticizing those who put pop as a good music genre? I agree with many on this site that lots of pop music is not good music. However, we are forgetting other points. Good artists like Michael Jackson, Prince, Adele, One Republic and so forth sing pop. Also, some of these site visitors did not view the lists made by these people. Same people who put this as a good genre also put Michael Jackson and Adele in the best singer list. We should not say "all pop" is bad. There are bad singers in every genre. Pop music singers get the most flak simply because everyone knows them. In addition there are good music in the pop genre like "Where is the Love? " and "The Man". Generalizing an entire genre is stupid. You don't and won't hear me saying all metal is satanic or all rap is ghetto because I know those are lies. This genre defenetly has bad musicians in it. Justin Bieber and Miley should both go on a plane to Siberia and never come back. Not all pop singers use ...more

Because pop isn't a real genre, pop is just short for popular music, which would mean any band or artist that ends up on the billboard's top 40 list which would include rock, alternative, R&B or what people to consider pop "generic lyrics with a catchy tune that has choreography to it song by an average singer"

Hopefully all dinosaurs will die, and I'll be there to watch it fall. I do believe no one will cry.

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8Jazz

Its awesome. Best singer here is Frank Sinatra and I really think people are starting to underrate it so please start listening to jazz and you really will enjoy it

Jazz is the best, especially some of the older artists, such as Maynard Ferguson, Bill Chase, or go even more classic, Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis, and for all those who didn't know, modern music developed from things like jazz music

Ella Fitzgerald, Frank, Dean Martin, and Bing Crosby? You can't beat that! This is what true musicality looks like. I love the fact that it actually uses so many different instruments, uses intricate chord structurs, and is effective in putting anyone in a good mood!

You don't listen to Jazz like you do other music. It lives with in it's own dimension of music. Making no sense, while making all the sense in the world - it's spontaneity allows Jazz to convey the very inner workings of the human soul in a way that no other genre can.

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9Blues

Without the blues many of these genres wouldn't even exist. Some of the greatest guitarists of ALL time even had blues influences and played the blues style anyway.

Blues is the ultimate in music, not taking it to far like heavy metal, and always undeniably cool blues is king

The blues is in everything. Without the blues there would be nothing but pop.

Rhythm and Blues had a baby, and they named it "Rock and Roll."

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10Thrash Metal

Exodus, Metallica, anthrax, GWAR, megadeath, ministry, motothead, pantera, SLAYER! All of these great thrash bands and thrash is at 27 come on people it should at least be at 6 or 7. Dave Lombardo, Vinnie Paul, Lars Ulrich, Nick Menza, Paul Bostaph, all of them are great drummers who came from thrash metal. Kirk hammett, dave mustaine great thrash guitarists. This is the best metal genre!

Exodus, Testament, Vio-lence, Kreator, Destructions, Anthrax, Sodom, over kill, nuclear assault, Slayer, Metallica, Annihilator and Megadeth are just a few of the best Thrash Metal band to ever live. By far the most awesome genre of music!

The big four, Exodus, Sodom, Kreator, every band, oh, every known band in this genre is at least good or godly. This genre deserves to be in the top 5. AND HOW IS THIS LOWER THAN NU METAL?

Civilization Collapse by Kreator is awesome. Best Kreator song ever

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The Contenders

11Rap

Listen, rock, soul and rap are what makes the world great. Sure rock and rap have had dark days when people think/thought they spewed negative lyrics. ALL genres do, it's music. Rap has produced some of the greatest artist ever to live: Tupac, Big L, Nas, Eminem, Biggie, all influenced us. I'm an upstanding and respectful person because of them, rap is amazing.

Laugh out loud at all the ignorant rock fans, I mean rock/metal is great it really is, but I hate some of the fans that diss other genres. Anyway rap, while it is still young, has grown so much. It will always prosper and represent the ghettos of the world - hell, not just the ghettos, everywhere in fact, no matter who you are, where you're from, or what you like, you an pick up a mic and rap your soul out. Express yourself and remember, always keep it real.
RAP for the win.

Man, there are too many metal fans on this site. These days metal hardly prospers in the Industry (which in truth is a sad thing). HIP HOP, though it is still in early stages, has become a sort of new ROCK because ROCK at its time was a voice against the world and something totally unique. Now rock is a LEGENDARY genre but teens want something that is NEW and REBELLIOUS. Its the same thing as saying that the BEATLES came, got attention and are now legends... In the same way guys like EMINEM have come and to get attention and become LEGENDS.

Then again that atliens guy below me has a point. This is mostly just favoritism.

It is the best

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12Electronic

Electronic gets a bad rap because most people don't yet understand it. Its one of the newest forms of music with so many different subgenres with so many variations of its usage that its absolutely mind boggling. My personal belief is that there is a subgenre of Electronic music for everyone even those that claim to hate it. I hope someday that Electronic music joins the annals of the best music types of all time as I personally believe it's the future.

I produce electronic, particularly trance/electro/complextro with a touch of dubstep. It's my drug.

I've listened to every genre ever, play the guitar, play keys, sing, play drums even rap a bit etc I've done it all... and everything has lead me into this AMAZING genre of music.

Electronic is simply the future of music.

If you look at a chart of top 100 hits right now you'll see that the majority have a heavy electronic influence in them, if not entirely electronic.

Electronic is the future.

Are you drunk? Electronic is not going to be the future of music. Many newer music genres like Metal are still getting on their feet, and they've been around for 50-60 years. When Metal first started, it was easily more popular than Rock, but then it's fame started to waver. It's going to be the same with Electric. It has a lot of fame now, but soon it will fade out and then eventually start to have a wavering fame scale. - The_Guy_With_That_One_Name

This is a VERY new genre which many people can't connect with from previous generations due to it being so synthetic, but like almost any genre it has a unique brilliance to it, maybe not a great soothing melody like jazz, crazy riffs like rock, or intricate lyrics like (some) rap, but it has a HUGE range of sub-genres and unique styles; because of the general variety of sounds you can produce electronically. This genre is going to be around for a long time

It's the best genre...

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13Grunge

WHAT the hell is wrong with people!? Grunge at 24th place? It deserves to be in the top 10 and not HERE! Nirvana is a legendary and influential band and it is a grunge band. It deserves to be sitting at the throne. Kurt Cobain deserves a huge credit especially when it comes to Best-Music-Genre or whatever...

People, stop voting for that useless R&B, Pop music. It rots the brains of children of this generation.

Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you everyone, I'm 15 and I've been listening to Hair/Glam/Sleaze Metal, Grunge, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal and stuff like that since I'm 12. Other kids said that people like Justin Bieber, One Direction, Bruno Mars, Jay-Z etc. Are their inspiration or whatever and even say that they are proud as a fan. Me? I am more proud as a fan of Kurt Cobain more than how others are proud of themselves as fans of singers.

This is probably the worst comment on the list. So arrogant. And people can like what they like, nothing you can change. - SwagFlicks

WHAT GRUNGE at 24 oh no something wrong in this top ten grunge is the only genre who is 100% real, seriously guys we should kill the one who said nirvana created grunge I think because of people like him grunge is 24 nirvana is the third band who become mainstream soundgarden are the first alice in chains are the second I don't need to talk about the underground band bands like green river cause half of grunge fan todays know nothing about them
By the way if grunge didn't exists all genres in today rock music wouldn't existe

The fact that Grunge is not number one is an insult. Also, the guy who said Grunge was created by Nirvana should be shot in the foot.

Love grunge get counts

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14Progressive Rock

Progressive rock is probably one of the best genres out there. Often involving deep stories with morals and complex instrumentals, this music digs into the very depths of the human mind to create a revolutionary change to the mind of a human individual. Blending many types of music from different eras, cultures, as well as involving many instruments. This kind of music is the epitome of creativity in music.

Progressive rock is the best genre of all. It's the genre that takes the most talent to listen to and the one the requires the best taste in music. It's an extremely underrated genre. You've got bands like Pink Floyd, Yes, Genesis, Rush and King Crimson. What's not to like about this genre. I can't believe pop is above progressive rock. Pop music takes no talent, nor any good taste in music. Same goes to electronic. Progressive rock is very original. You have to really know how to play. I guess people rather go with what is mainstream, rather than what's actually good. Learn to listen to 20 minute songs with more than four chords. Learn to listen to long instrumental section like Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Roundabout, Echoes, Close To The Edge, 2112, Supper's Ready, Musical Box, etc. , not just three minute-easy to listen to-songs. Progressive rock makes you actually listen and pay attention. It's true music.

I honestly wouldn't say anything is true music, but this is a great genre. - DarkenedBrutality

Pink Floyd, Yes, Genesis, King Crimson. Come on guys also this includes Progressive Metal. The music is so complex and has time for long instrumentals

The pinnacle of music

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15R&B

Beautiful, I love music that you can actually hear the words in it and that you can relate to

This really the best genre of music. It sounds beautiful

Old rhythm and blues music is very good. - MrWizard1234

Clean, enjoyable, danceable music. Nothing beats r and b.

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16Hip Hop

Hip hop is culture and it's just hated cause of its bad rap because of the lyrics but you just need to understand it a bit and listen to some of Eminem songs to know that it's not that bad

People judge hip hop on certain instances but when you really give it a chance and find the right artist it truly is art and culture

Hip Hop is a culture, RAP is a genre, which is part of Hip Hop.

Hip hop is just stupid. Stupid. Just stupid.

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17Pop Rock

I love pop rock especially OneRepublic.

Well Panic! at the disco and fall out boy doesn't belong in this it belongs in alternative rock with my chemical romance. But those are my favorite bands. Twenty one pilots should be in alternative rock too

21 pilots and new fallout boy and panic releases aren't even rock at this point - maverick88

I love pop rock so much! It consists of many amazing bands like Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons, Coldplay, Fall Out Boy, One Republic, Panic! at the Disco, and so much more! Pop rock music always seems to cheer me up for some reason. Get this higher please!

I love pop rock it's my favorite genre - lovingicecreams

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18Alternative Metal

Think System of a Down, Tool or early Linkin Park. An upgraded version of nĂ¼-metal with more complex guitar riffs and different lyrical themes. (e. G, System of a Down's political lyric themes)

Linkin Park, system of a down, stone sour, breaking benjamin, three days grace, its all alternative metal

More lyrical version of metal. Bands like Seether, Breaking Benjaming, Three Days Grace, Evanescence fall under this category.

Dude I love Tool, System of a down and so many more... SO GOOD!

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19Nu Metal

I'm actually really surprised to see it so high on the list! This is my favorite genre, and honestly I was afraid to even say I liked nu metal, because I would get pounded into the ground by other metal fans, but really the only people that hate this genre are the brain dead metal fans that hate everything except what they like. Thanks for voting up, even though you don't know me I'm happy to see this genre is getting some positive feedback. Korn, slipknot, system of the down, and linkin park (not really sure if they still make nu metal) for the win!

Nu Metal is great because all the aspects combined make it melodic. Majority of nu metal songs have deep meaning, and most of the bands make their music for good reasons. - lukestheman4

Have you ever listen korn, slipknot, Linkin Park, limp bizkit or mushroomhead? You will be surprised because of basses, drums and DJ... And more

This is like the best genre ever. Though people would think you are stupid if you liked it fifteen years ago, today, with everyone liking music that's as fun as an ingrown toenail, it sure sounds a whole lot better.

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20Psychedelic Rock

Psychedelic rock. This is the best genre out there. It's not mainstream that's the problem. It was revolutionised by the 13th floor elevators in about 1965-1966 then became huge in 1967 what such bands as Pink Floyd bringing out piper at the gates of dawn, doors: the doors, Beatles sgt peppers lonely hearts club band and many more. Bands such as tame impala are bringing it back which is awesome and psychedelic was the roots of punk, pop rock and pop. Be grateful for it.

38 is way to low when we're talking about bands such as Floyd, Beatles, Doors and so many other of historys greatest bands, not to mention newcomers such as MGMT

I like most genres of music before 1995, and occasionally Id hear a new song which I like, but Psychedelic Rock is without a doubt the best genre. It combined all the great genres of its day like blues, folk, jazz, rock, classical, funk, Eastern music, etc. and added new elements that made your brain melt as you rode the psychedelic rollercoaster. Some of the greatest artists of all time explored psychedelia and opened our minds to the possibilities and complexities of music. Artists like the Beatles, the Grateful Dead, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Phish. it's a shame its not more well known, otherwise no one would listen to what people call music these days.

How is this so low?

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