Most Popular Types of Music in History

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1
Rock 'n Roll
Rock and roll is the best Ermigerd it's to die for. I would never give up my music. Here's a list of awesome rock bands and songs off the top of my head.

-R.E. M (Losing My Religion)-Sublime (Santeria)-Talking Heads (Psycho Killer, Burning Down the House)-Jane's Addiction (Been Caught Stealing)-Eve 6(Inside Out)-Smashing Pumpkins (Tonight, Tonight)-King of Leon (Use Somebody, Sex of Fire)- Blind Melon (No Rain)-The Cranberries (Zombie)-Better than Erza (Good)- Franz Ferinand (Take me out)-Modest Mouse (Float on)-MGMT (Kids)-Third Eye Blind (Semi Charmed)-The Black Keys (Lonely Boy, Tighten Up)-Red Hot Chile Peppers (My friends)-Foo Fighter (The Pretender, Everlong)-Thirty Seconds to Mars (The Kill)-Blink-182 (All Small Things) The Cure (Lovesong) Incubus (Drive)-Stone Temple Pilots (Plush, Creep)-Mumford and Sons (I will wait)-Three Days Grace (Never to Late)-Green Day (American Idiot, Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Holiday, Wake me up when September Ends)-Of Monsters and Men (Little Talks) Dirty Heads (Lay Me Down)-Temple of the Dog (Say Hello to Heaven)-Oasis (Wonderwall) MUSE (Uprising, Starlight, Madness)- The Killers (Mr. Brightside) -Phoenix (1901)-Cheap Trick (Surrender)-Puddle of Mudd (Blurry)-Gorillaz (Feel Good Inc. )-Staind (It's Been Awhile)-Live (Lightning Crashes)-Collective Soul (The World I Know, Shine)-Marcy Playground (Sex and Candy)-The Verve (Bitter Sweet Harmony-Sound Garden (Black Hole Sun)-SemiSonic (Closing Time)-Fuel (Hemorrhage)-Savior (Rise Again)-Awolnation (Sail)-Alice in Chains (Rooster, Heaven Beside You)-Radio Head (Creep)-Los Lonely Boys (Heaven)-Violent Femmes (Blister in the Sun)-Panic! At The Disco (Nine In The Afternoon)-All American Rejects (Dirty Little Secret; Swing, Swing)-Cage the Elephant (Ain't No Rest For The Wicked, Shake Me Down)-Young the Giant (Cough Syrup)-The Stokes (Last Nite) -One Republic (Stop and Stare) Death Cab for Cutie, , Black Veil Brides, Imagine Dragons, Pink Floyd, Pearl Jam, and SeetherLit (My Own Worst Enemy), Bowling for Soup ( I Gotchoo), Everclear (Santa Monica), Weezer, Vampire Weekend, Evanescense, The Smith, Squeeze, The Police, Fastball, Silversun Pickups
Hey Hey My My Rock and Roll will never die...
My My Hey Hey Rock and Roll is here to Stay

BigZ

Rock 'n Roll is the best. Techno the worst. Rock 'n Roll has lyrics and a tune. Techno is just bang bang boom boom. Are they overwhelmed with lyrics? You can make techno beats at your computer or just hit against the wall. Easy, right?
[Newest]All people like it

2Pop
I really love this type of music.. Its' like I feel a connection with it, although I also like rock music, but pop is my favorite
Pop is the best ever. I can dance to everything and I like all the artists ANYBODY OUT THERE like POP like I do because I'm rollin out like it's hot gettin in the groove like what I gonna rock it like it's hot and keep it movin all of them droppin the beat makes me wanna drop the beat in my moves when I'm in the grill you know how it is when it comes to music it is my inspiration it's my dream it's my LIFE wanna LIVE IT OUT LOUD if you know what I'm saying I LOVE MUSIC MUSIC is EVERYTHING to ME I like the beat the lyrics and all that it's pumping and I'm crunkin
I love Pop because it so diverse because borrows music styles from other genre's like, rock, indie, country, R&B, ETC... Then turns them into happy, fun and catchy songs but sometimes into dark, sad meaningful songs but still keeping that catchy beat. And please don't dislike this, I've done a lot of research between different genres, and found out that almost every major popular song is always at least pop or (sub-genre pop, EX: Pop-Rock). "Pop" means "Popular", that's where it got it's name. List of Pop artists today (All researched individually): Rihanna, Bruno Mars, One Direction, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Maroon 5, P! Nk, Michael Jackson (King of Pop), Robin Thicke, Far East Movement, Adele, LMFAO, Celine Dion, Shakira, Kanye West, Jennifer Lopez, U2, PSY, Mariah Carey, Carly Rae Jepsen, Skylar Grey, Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, David Garret, Avril Lavigne, Enrique Iglesias, Katy Perry, Madonna, Glee, Cher, Kelly Clarkson, Christina Perri, Lana Del Ray, Ke$ha, Robbie Williams, Demi Lovato, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas, B.O. B, Bridget Mendler, Ed Sheeran, Fergie, Janoskians, Cimorelli, Jonas Brothers, Justin Timberlake, Lenka, Leona Lewis, Neon Trees, Nikki Minaj, Olly Murs, Paramore, Foster The People, Train, Ariana Grande. (I'm not claiming all these artists are pop artists, I found out their information individually from Wikipedia. All of the above have been listed as pop artists. )

ScottBrady06

[Newest]It was a tie with rock, rap and techno

3Heavy Metal
It is the most famous genre and the only will that will live by it's own greatness.. Bands like Iron Maiden, Metallica, Judas Priest, Megadeth, Motorhead, Pantera, black sabbath. Will never die..

In my own mind I don, t like pop always talking about love.. And always slow no creativity at it all...

And rap is boring.. Talking fast is very easy with Explicit language.. But rap metal isn't so good or isn't so bad but I don't like rap metal bands like Limp Bizkit, Cypress Hill..

But metal with all it's side-genres got pure awesomeness!

And metal can be wrote about anything
Stories, personality, Death, Pain, Love, Brotherhood, Dadism, Family, Society, Memories, anger, Darkness, Wars, Peace... Metal is the only genre that will live by it is own creativity I

noore

For those of you who think that heavy metal consists of the singer screaming as loud as they can, the guitarist playing the guitar as fast as they can, and the drummer banging on the drums as loud as they can, just take a moment to think: would it REALLY be that popular if it was just as simple as that? Try listening to any heavy metal song. You'll be pleasantly surprised, I promise you. The lyrics have a much deeper meaning than almost any other genre of music, and don't let the way some bands present themselves off the stage put you off. I don't like it when bands dress up in all-black and wear black make-up and all that stuff either, but try and just concentrate on the music. There's far more to it than you think there is.
Fast, powerful and full of meaning, heavy metal runs where other genres crawl. And due to withe variety of sub genres, everyone can find something they like.
[Newest]Heavy Metal and Classical are all I need.


4Rap
RAP MUSIC IS BY FAR THE BEST. It doesn't have so much yelling and screaming that you find very common in rock music. Have you seen how a lot of these rock and rollers dress? DID someone say abusive childhood upbringing? Ask any professional psychologist to do a deep analyzation of individuals and groups of rock and you'll know why they create this type of psychotic so called music. Country music? I guess if you are that obsessed about your car, dog, truck, farm then you will be into country music. You can't pin all the violent messages being only from rap music either. FOR ALL you true rock listeners out there you know, you know for a fact that rock music over the many years has delivered much violence, drugs, sex, you name it. It outweighs any load inappropriate explicitness that you'll hear from other genres. I could go further but I'd have to write a really long essay just to get you listeners who like calling banging on drums and stroking metal strings things that sound good. I guess if you grow up in an old fashion home and don't know any better than you'd probably listen to rock. Expand your mind and grow a pair. Your dad probably likes the same groups as you and he's probably 20 years older than you...
This is the only type of music where I hear people expressing what they truly feel even though there is cuss, that's just an excuse for saying it's not good. The music in the songs may not be as good as rock or heavy metal or other ty
It always have a cool beat within each words. Also most songs I love listening to has a little or a lot of rap. & the rap part always sound terrific.
[Newest]Eminem is what makes this great!

5Country
I recommend stars like Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Kellie Pickler, Luke Bryan, and Hunter Hayes. Country is the best type of music ever and I don't listen to anything else!
Country music is one of the best types of music in history. I would definitely suggest you all lovers of music to listen to country music because it's fun, it's different, it's something like civilisation and it is very simple, and anyone could listen to those great country songs. If you are looking for the all time classics, I would definitely recommend Johnny Cash but if you are looking for new people that sing country (believe me, they are a lot and they are very good) I would recommend definitely Miranda Lambert, she is awesome! Bye!
They sing about what comes from the heart. Rap is mostly about how much drugs you do, or how much money you got. That's not real music. I don't mind rap, when they talk about how bad life is in the Ghetto or what its like. Listen to Brad Paisley, shes everything, or Luke Bryan, Do I. It comes from the heart.
[Newest]Country is the best type of music! From Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Jason Alden, and many many more! There ain't anything better than Country music!

6Jazz
Jazz is on of the most popular to dance to and there are a lot of choses that you can choose.
Well, Rock in Roll is probably the most popular, but I still vote Jazz. It's my personal favorite and if it weren't for Jazz there would be no, Rock, Metal, Pop or Rap.
Love the jazz fusion and latin Jazz
[Newest]At least the players can play more than one chord without sucking their bottom lip.

7R & B
R&B is a dying genre because most of the best R&B artists are now getting old (Mariah Carey, R. Kelly and Mary J Blige for example) or went pop (like Beyonce, Usher, Chris Brown and Rihanna for example). The ones did that define R&B and stayed are aren't able to keep it afloat because they aren't as creative as the ones mentioned above. They aren't visionaries and can't make the genre break out like it did in the past. The big guys of R&B don't see a point to work harder to bring it back to the scene while the older guys don't have mainstream appeal anymore.

Recently there has been a jolt of alternative R&B which is taking over the contemporary R&B that we've come to know since the early 2000s based on hip hop. This R&B is more focused on quiet storm, electronica and soul. Some of the new pioneers are The Weeknd, Miguel and Frank Ocean. We also have retro soul making a comeback with Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke and Pharrell produced tracks.

R&B suffered a lot because the special essence that it once had got fully transferred over to POP in the mid 2000's and it then transformed into Dance-Pop, taking the popularity of R&B with itself. The genre needs its top stars like Beyonce and Usher to really push the genre into the mainstream, something Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke some what did recently.
When did rhythm and blues transcend to R&B
R & B REALLY GRABS AT YOUR EMOTIONAL STATE

8Hip Hop
One not only do black people listen to hip-hop there is more white people and other people of different nationalities listen to hip-hop

ballaboi17

Hip hop is amazing I like new orleans bounce too go big freedia nicky minaj I love you
You didn't need to have the end part keep your personal opinions on other people out of this

9Punk
Punk how could you not love it? Come on guys grow up!
Grow up? Don't you mean we should mentally and emotionally regress?
Punk has been a large influence in music today and is easily one of my favorite genres!

10Soul
Greatest music ever and Nobody can sing a song like the soul legends - Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Aretha, Ray Charles, Al Green, Gladys Knight, Temptations, O'Jays, Isleys, Marvin, James Brown, etc,
Soul is where its at! With out WHITNEY HOUSTON & SOUL, there ain't no such thang as music!
Soul music is where all the negitive does not exsist. Unlike rap and hip hop, Soul music is a lengendary genre people of all ages are allowed to listen to. Soul Music never represents HOW TO BE A THUG like RAP & HIP HOP. The lyrics to Soul have an actual meaning.

The Contenders

11Reggae
The happiness wave coming from Jamaica
Reggae rules, there's no way you can be sad well your listening to it!
Music that speaks not only of morals, happiness and truth but also utilises an incredible array of of instruments... Enough said

12Classical
Well, sure not many people are big fans but I think the ability for the Classical Genre to remain so strong even today is a testament to it's popularity.

Tatatat

Classical music has been around for several centuries and is going strong even today, with hundreds of orchestras around the world. I do not believe that any other genre of music has yet attained a following that is as large AND long-lived. for example, Antonio Vivaldi died over 300 years ago, yet his music is still listened to across the globe.
Speaking in terms of "most popular in history", classical music has had the longest history of being popular. The only genres to which more people have listened and enjoyed, in the history of music, are tribal music and church hymns.
[Newest]So much more depth than the other genres


13Dance
Dance is the best

14Alternative
Alternative is band being original. Rap is some people talking really fast and pop is becoming more and more techno and dub-step. It really annoys me when I can fit pop into two categories love songs and dance/techno alternative is clearly better than pop and rap and should be in the top ten
Come on guys! Don't you all love Radiohead? Ok, rock and roll is great and coming from it there's the best band in the world, Queen. Jazz is cool too, but what is rap and pop doing here? Michael Jackson is a great singer and dancer but both genres suck! Talking as fast as you can with a dump beat is NOT music, rap is destroying music! Pop just has a orang card but please guys, stop listening to rap! We need to go back to the 60's, then we can see the golden years of music, 60-90, oh and the 40-50 were awesome too.
Come on it's awesome! I hate rap):(

15Techno
It makes old music sound better to dance too
Techno is going to be the next big thing. So grow up and listen to Monstercat or Deadmau5. This should be in number one.
Best type of song ever!

16Blues
Blues is the best, without no blues there would be no rock n roll Blues IS The 1st Music and thanks to him rock and hip hop are here as what they known.

copkiller

It has influenced Jazz and Rock, both of which are indigenous American musical styles.

mgenet

Nothing can compared to the blues

17Grunge
Grunge ruled the 90's and people hate it and say that this genre is dead whereas this genre laid the foundation for rock music today
We got to admit that without grunge there's no alternative and we must admit the grunge is the most hated genre to the industry they just conspired to destroy grunge music

18House

191920's Charleston

20Dubstep
-. - this is first
Not counting skrillex this is an awesome genre with a high amount of variety, whether you like music that is intense or really chill :D.
Dubstep is the all Time best. There is dubstep for every emotion. The best part is the drop

21Electronica
Electonica is the best ever if you don't believe me then just attend one live show from hardwell or afro jack you will be addicted to electro for the rest of your life

22Gospel
This is based on christian and catholic hymns. Many people are christian, but never get to vote gospel because not many people like to listen to gospel anymore. I want to give the people that love gospel to praise the lord, not be shy, and vote gospel for one of their votes, that says that is their favorite music, so all Christians and Catholics, show who you are by voting this option!
I love Christian music cause it's uplifting and leaves me feeling more renewed in my soul than any other kind of music.
Love listening to gospel as well as singing it. I was brought up in the church singing in the choir

23Dancehall
Born in 80, 90 and now taking over reggae music in jamaica.but I love reggae music.

24Ska
Madness, The Specials, The Selektor, The Beat, Bad Manners... All excellent!

Britgirl


25Disco

26Psychedelia

27Retro

28K-pop
I love K-pop! It is just amazing and it really makes you feel excited. The people in the band are really handsome and pretty too
Pick this or someones head will no longer be here
I love kpop because the music has so much energy and the music does not always talk about love, sex, drugs and alcohol like amarican pop! I love kpop a lot also because I love China, Japan and South Korea

29Folk
I think this genre has really lost it's popularity over the years and it has almost died. Peter, Paul, and Mary had the folk sound and they are easy to listen to. The genre isn't hurtful to your ears and unless if your obsessed with fast music then of course you are going to hate it. Its just an easy going genre. Some people don't appreciate it anymore... :( long live Puff the magic dragon...
Lots of good artists played folk... like the clasic ones!

30Metal
Metal is a great genre of music. It is incredibly diverse, from heavy metal, to speed and thrash metal, and even to pirate metal, like the band Alestorm, and there are even humor metal bands. Metal bands sing about death, pain, sometimes love, life, peoples personalities, it tells stories, and many other things. The music itself is diverse. There are songs that start off slow and progress to really fast solos, there are metal songs that are fast all throughout the song, and there are slow songs. All in all, metal is a great genre of music due to its great diversity.

31Indie
Come on! I know you all love Of Monsters And Men, Fun., Grouplove, and Mumford and Sons! Vote this here!
I can't believe that dubstep is over indie...
Seriously, why is pop 2nd. Love indie

32Death Metal
If death metal includes rob zombie and five finger death pun then it deserves a way better part of the list
All metal is great but this is the most manly

33Progressive
While progressive is common like salsa better while we can implement salsa instead of progressive. Like majority of people likes only salsa and R&B for their musics. Like wise it could be used ok...
Progressive is an amazing type of music. Not only does it bring a story to life by the words and actions in a song; but it also has a rock flare to grab the feelings and emotions of the listener.
Dream Theater, Opeth... Etc

34Art Rock

35J-Pop
J-Pop is awesome! It has its own creative style and beat. Whenever I listen I to it, I automatically feel more energized. The music always matches my mood. Go Vocaloid, Berryz Kobo, Morning Musume, Mano Erina, and Japan itself!
Very good it's my favorite, I just love to listen japanese music because it's a part of me, so relexing and makes me dance all the time of j-pop I'm never bored
J-pop is awesome it has great songs like maru kaite chikyuu

36Rap Rock
Linkin park, Hollywood undead, Limp Bizkit, Eminem... I just love this type of music. The rap rock must be #1, not the 29... Just think about it, you must love those band's and their music...
Linkin park is the best ever
Come on guys, it's the bands like Linkin Park and Hollywood Undead that should get votes, seriously guys, I bet you counted them in rock or probably metal, even when they're rap rock…

37Thrash Metal
Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax
To me this is my favorite kind of music, Metallica is my favorite band and I love all the four horsemen. I don't know why but most teenagers don't like this kind of music anymore, but I'm 15 and this is the first type of music I remember listening to and I grew up with this music. SO FOR ALL OF US METAL HEADS OUT THERE, KEEP ON HEAD BANGING! ✊😎

38Screamo
Its so different and makes you want to just rock out
Screamo is just amazing!
I love it! Its amazing!
[Newest]When you're in a bad mood it can calm you down and tell a story of how you feel with feeling

39Salsa
Salsa is boss. I have no idea what so ever as to why you all can't see this! I'm in 6 grade and it truly is a shame I even have to tell anyone that. I'm sorry, but you fools out there that say salsa isn't boss better get the steppin because it ain't happenin'!

40Hardstyle
Hard bass hard kicks with an uplifting uptempo melody hardstyle will always be the most energetic genre known to man
It has over 7 million people at hardstyle concerts and its being liked by 56 country and been in 24 countrys

41Funk

42Acoustic Rock
Most beautiful song genre there is.
Here comes the sun is good

43Hardcore Punk

44Synthpop

45Fusion

46Bluegrass
Bluegrass is enjoyable to listen to.

47Trap
Disclosure - you and me (baauer remix)

48Nu Metal

49Metalcore

50Christian Rock
Very fast growing format
Zero percent? I agree
Music with a reason

51Street Punk

52Garage Punk

53Celtic
Most of the people in the US have some Irish or Scottish in them. The popularity of the music is evident from the scores of Titanic, Braveheart, and The Last of the Mohicans.

54Burlesque

55Hard Rock
On the jazz drum

56Pop-punk
I don't like it because I don't think it's real punk, I think it's what posers and teenagers listen to. But it is extremely popular. It includes bands like Green Day, Blink 182, and Paramore.

57Skate Punk

58Psychobilly

59Christian Punk
For all those Christians who don't rock out to My Chemical Romance

60Horror Punk

61Rapcore

62Samba

63Stoner Rock

64A Capella
A Capella, often written as Acapella, is a musical art that started in the early days of the Russian Empire, in medieval times. A Capella is any lyrics without instruments, but nowadays instrument sounds are made with the mouth and hands. Many colleges have A Capella leagues, and this dying musical art is rising out of the ashes, with A Capella artists such as Rockapella, Pentatonix, The Beach Boys, and other single artists.
Capella really lets a person know if you can sing because you are not hiding behind the instruments

65Melodic Death Metal
Even Mozart would love "Decoherence" by Insomnium

66Black Metal
This stuff is mostly just funny to listen to

67Rhythm and Blues
I am middle age black. I grew up listening to R & B. When I hear some of the songs they bring back memories of the way things use to be.

68Atmospheric Metal
The best of Enya with the best of Metallica.

69Doom Metal

70Opera
I love all sorts of music from Punk to Classical, but there is something very special about opera. If it is performed well it's one of the most remarkable achievements in human art. Performed badly it's ridiculous.
Opera is sung all around the world...

71New Wave

72Visual Kei

73Dark Electro
The synths sounds really good sometimes, but most of the music contains dark vocals, sometimes overwhelmed like "Centhron" and "Agonoize" but still it's sounds cool to me.

74Space Prog
I do not understand what this genre of music is
Isn't that the theme to Doctor Who?

75Electro House
An amazing sound for many an emotion. Electrohouse is wonderous.

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