Top Ten Best Music Genres

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21Soul

Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Four Tops, Diana Ross, Commadores, Jackson 5, Soul Train. Without this their would be no rap or R&B.

This is a genre you really feel and has provided consistently great artists

Why are there rock genres at the top? In soul music you can actually hear someone singing without damaging your ears.

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22Progressive Metal

By far the best genre. Bands like Tool, Dream Theater, Opeth, Symphony X, Prototype and Agalloch are some of the most talented bands ever. Hands down.

Prog is the best! Tool is the best and Dream Theater is second. (For prog metal)

My top bands:

1. Tool
2. System of a Down
3. Dream Theater

#3 and #2 can switch around. - moose4life19

System of a Down is a good band, but it's not progressive metal. It is alternative and nu metal. - Powerfultekin

By far, requires the most talent to play. People who listen to prog metal and prog rock are usually musicians and/or intelligent people.

It's not only the technical ability, but playing in odd time signatures and having polyrhythmic song structures removes rock and metal cliches.

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23Reggae

Reggae in my opinion is the only music genre that goes beyond music. Not many other genres sway the minds of our youth, with its meaningful and inspiring lyrics. Most of reggae artist stay away from mainstream tendencies, with the soul purpose of changing the world for the better. With its funky, flowing sound we can only hope people will catch on to this music that is more then music.

I call reggae a beautiful badass; its got some much soul and flows like classical music but also rolls in heavy with a strong bass line. Its like the product of the best parts of every other genre. In my opinion.

I knew that rap will be in top ten. I knew that hard rock will be in top ten. I know that reggae should be in top ten. Reggae is very positive music and I think that people just want be sad, this is a reason why reggae isn't in top ten...

I love the positive messages in this music! I can't believe people consider this as underground music!

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24Folk

Just listen to Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell. People like that.

They sing about things that are tried and true. There's no DJ that works with Folk music to get it right. It's the raw human voice and spirit.

Guys are you serious? Ever played/watched the game "Life is Strange"? The main theme Syd Matters- To All of You and Obstacles is so good. It feels like your at peace with yourself, just like a slice of heaven.

FOLK FOLK FOLK FOLK FOLK FOLK FOLK FOLK FOLK FOLK I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR THIS CATEGORY AND IT ENDS UP BEING 42ND? ARE YOU GUYS SERIOUS? WHERE ARE ALL THE SCREAMING FANS STANDING UP FOR THEY'RE FAVE GENRE?

Anyway...

I love Folk music, it's a mix of diff categories and can be rock, sad, really, anything. Folk is like a more soothing version of pop in my opinion. Of Monsters And Men is my fave Folk band. Check them out!

John Denver is the best!

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25Funk

Why isn't this in the top 10? Listen to bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and you'll get my drift.

Peppers represent this genre and they are the greatest band of all time. Funk is the best man!

Red hots are not funk band. Red Hot Chili Peppers is funk rock band.

Parliament fans unite!

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26Country

Easily the best music genre ever. Always has been, always will be! Sadly, it's also the most underrated music genre ever. I can't believe it's lower than garbage like hip hop, metalcore, rap, and electronic! Seriously people?! Country music is not a bunch of drunk cowboys crying because their cow died, or their pick up truck broke down! It's not all about beer and tractors! It's about LIFE! It's about family, faith, friendship, love, hope, God, being proud of where you come from even when people discriminate against you for it, learning valuable life lessons, being a better person, having fun, pursuing happiness, and other things that everyone cares about! There are also some really funny country songs out there! Sure, there are sad country songs, but they're sad because they mean something. They're sad because they're realistic. Country music is amazing because it sounds good, the lyrics actually have depth and meaning and everyone can relate to them, and country singers can actually ...more

Ok Country is definitely one of the best genres out there, if not the best. It's this genre that early American society was first based off of, and Country can be played anywhere, be it with just one acoustic guitar, or a full band. While it's true that country has evolved to more of a poppish tone, all music is evolving. Now pop music, mixed in with country, isn't just about love, having fun, but it actually has some real messages mixed in. A great example of modern country Is Rascal Flatts: listen to their songs Bless the Broken Road, My Wish, Changed. Etc, and tell me those are not incredible songs. Country is the best genre ever, no doubt

What? Early American society? Do you know how old country is? I think you mean folk and the blues, but that it still way younger than America. - MrWizard1234

Country music is basically the root of all other modern music genres, just look at Elvis he was country singer and he also basically invented rock and roll and blues. Country is also the longest lasting genre, gaining popularity around the early 1900's. Since country has been around for awhile a lot of changes have been made mostly for the worst it is all about drinking beer and saying how "country" they are but the genre lost what made it special, the ability to convey emotion in the lyric. Other things that made it great are also gone like telling a heart felt story, actually teaching you a lesson, and telling the struggles of day to day life. In conclusion modern country is crap, and older country, in my opinion, is the best genre.P. S this is for classic country not modern.

It is such a shame that this is #2 on the worst genres list. Went to the worst genres list and clicked dislike on almost all of the comments I came across dissing country music. I am a drumming student, and one of the reasons I grew to love the genre is the fact that it actually uses drums and instruments, not just synthesizers and drum machines.

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27Melodic Death Metal

I'm happy to see so many rock&metal-genres here at the top! :D
I have no clear favourite... Hard or punk rock? Power, heavy or melodic metal? Nu metal or metalcore? Or maybe grunge? Maybe alternative rock? No clue :P
But hey, just voted in honor of one of my favourite bands:
In Flames! M/ - Flav

Five years ago, I used to listen to meaningless idiotic songs on the radio.

But, then I discovered rock/metal music and its countless sub genres.

I never thought death metal song will ever make me cry. After listening to "Lethe" by Dark Tranquillity, I cried out loud and this song relieved me from some of my pain.

I have been a big fan of Dark Tranquillity, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Amon Amarth and Children of Bodom.

A lot of great Melodic Death Metal Bands from Finland, Sweden and Norway are excellent in our ears!

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28Metalcore

Maybe there are too much pop-emo-bands calling themselves metalcore, but the REAL metalcore like from As I Lay Dying or Parkway Drive is really really awesome! Very ambitious, diversified and melodic. love this genre!

Other memorable bands could be: August Burns Red, Unearth, Killswitch Engage, The Ghost Inside, The Agonist, The Devil Wears Prada - Flav

Older Bullet For My Valentine, As I Lay Dying, some Bring Me The Horizon, Asking Alexandria, older Avenged Sevenfold. - EvilAngel

Metal core is the best genre ever. It involves screaming, metal, and meanings. They have certain meanings and lessons

Deathcore should be next to this genre but I'm just happy to see it beat country!

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29Disco

Nothing makes me groove like those funky tunes.

It left its mark on American society. Nothing can match the distinct funky soul inspired sound

An amazing genre full of extraordinary voices and instrumental talent, including many classical elements.

Everybody likes disco music!

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30Rap Rock

How is rock rap so low on the list don't forget about bands such as the Red Hot Chile peppers and Rage Against The Machine, Linkin Park skillet three days grace breaking benjamin and many more

Rap rock should be ahead of classical. We got, linking park, Hollywood undead, skillet, breaking benjamin. With out rap rock we wouldn't be able to express ourselves and the bands struggled like us and help us move on.

Classical is the best kind of music out there, and rap rock deserves to be on #9 on this list - LargeDemon

It is a modern genre rap and rock listeners like Linkin Park is best for it

Basically another word for nu metal but it needs to be praised more

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31Death Metal

Like Metal but with more anger and power

They are speechless... Wonderful. Most beautiful part is that their Voice is in anger and powerful voice, Wonderful voice. Everyone should hear of this type of song. They will inspired you, just like they inspired by me. They have unique talent.

The only music that parallels the complexity, technicality and emotion of classical music. It's the hardest genre to play on Earth, besides classical.

Death metal is just amazing! - Oliwally

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32Groove Metal

Aggressive style of music. Like Nu-Metal, but adds more of what Metal really is, while removing what make Nu-Metal unpopular. Think of bands like Pantera and Sepultura, for example.

Groove metal is pretty good. Unfortunately, it also inspired that cancer most of us know as nu-metal.

I love groove metal, especially pantera and machine head

I thought Anthrax inspired nu metal

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33Blues Rock

Blues Rock. No 115?! Are you KIDDING me? Bands like Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and Deep Purple (my top 3 bands ever) all adopted a bluesy rock sound. It was mostly hard rock, but they had blues thrown in there. A few examples-

Led Zeppelin:
When the Levee Breaks

AC/DC:
Down Payment Blues
You Shook Me All Night Long
Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution

Deep Purple:
Lazy (AMAZING underrated song)

Blues Rock comes in second to hard rock. No. 115...

34New Wave

No... no way should New Wave be below half of this list. It's my personal favorite, and I think it's going to continue to age well.

The Police, The Clash, The Cars, Blondie, Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson, Depeche Mode, The Go-Go's, Duran Duran, Talking Heads, Eurythmics, The B-52s, Thomas Dolby, The Art of Noise, ' DEVO! There is no argument I can see for putting, say, Death Metal and Drum and Bass above this. THe amount of exciting diversity of this genre and time period can hardly be overestimated.

Such underrated genius. Really what about Depeche Mode? Or A Flock of Seagulls, Synthesisers!? Only the 80s. Heavy Metal comes a close second- Random 10 year old (literally).

Must be on the top, just listen to this genre

Yeah I like the new wave they put on 106.5 the end.

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35Power Metal

Fast paced instrumentals and intricate playing put the power into power metal. The sheer skill possessed by bands like Blind Guardian and Sonata Arctica, symphonic intricacies of bands like Rhapsody, and catchy melodies of bands like Sabaton and Stratovarius exemplify the diversity of power metal's reaches. Sub genres like pirate and viking metal also manifest power metal influences. Fantasy tinged lyrics and synth provide a distinct flavor to many bands, while others use more traditional, yet dramatized lyrics. By far one of the most skill-intensive genres one could listen to, and appealing to a wide variety of people.

An EPIC version of Heavy Metal Blind Guardian, Rhapsody of Fire, Helloween and much MUCH MORE!

Power is one of the most melodic metal I ever heard, so much that's in the atmosphere, the harmony changes, epic solos, it's a ballad in the metal sub-genre, its possibly the best music piece I ever heard, revitalising classicals, opera, 80s AOR, and Orchestral strings all done on keyboard

Not my favorite genre, but I do like Dream Evil. - DarkenedBrutality

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36Black Metal

Unique atmosphere that twists and enriches your Perception... So it is for everyone

Ahh, I grew up with this, mostly because my parents listened to it. And no, my parents aren't bad. they are very nice.

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37Alternative Rock

This is the best! Imagine Dragons play Alt. Rock! - Jackal2272

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38Glam Rock

This is the scene that reigned the 80's. It's part of rock n' roll so love it. Bands like Kiss, Motley Crue etc. Are great.

Already voted for punk, but next in line for me is glam rock. David bowie = God

This is a great genre cause it has and I have to say my most favorite bands of all time and that is GUNS N ROSES!

Needs to be in the top 10

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39Indie Rock

This is a genre that doesn't go mainstream. It's a good thing considering that having mainstream music will make bands looks creative and intellectual control over their music, which is what hip-hop, pop, and modern rock is failing in a way. But with indie rock, it's finally a genre that opens doors to well written lyrics, great beats, creative sounds, innovative direction of music, and intelligence yet fun listening. Modern music fails to make anything forever memorable, but yet for indie, it always marks the spot as the best of all time when an indie rock albums is released.

The White Stripes, Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Guided by Voices, Pavement, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, Neutral Milk Hotel, Liz Phair, and the rest are all worth your time.

How is this lower than pop? Pop sucks anyway

I am so glad I made it here. Pop and indie rock need to switch places...NOW. Anyway, indie rock is non mainstream, each band has a unique sound, and lyrics. Although Imagine Dragons are the most popular, let's not over look Arctic Monkeys, Modest Mouse, Arcade Fire, and many more. This genre takes a lot of talent because everything must be done by the band, not the record label. It is a lot better than these pop rock bands (although I like some pop rock bands such as The Fray, One Republic, etc)

Independent Rock

That's what It means - oldfashionedmickeymousecol1995

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40Swing Music

Go listen to some Benny Goodman and feel like you're in a Mafia movie.

It just gives a feeling of excitement and you feel as if you're right there in France or playing the instrument! It gives you a feeling to dance like your back in the good ol' days! Sounds so much better than a bunch of noises put together amd being called music, this is actually well written music for instrumentals!

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