Most Popular Types of Music in History

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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]Rock and Roll has been around since the 50's and it's still around today, it keeps making itself different each decade. 50's - Rock and Roll - 60's Classic Rock - 70's Classic Rock - 80's Retro Rock - 90's Punk and Alternative - 00's Hard Rock - 10's New Wave and still gonna change. Even though it's not on the billboard 24/7 it's still is a experimental, creative, diverse type of music.
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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]Most modern day songs like ones by Taylor Swift and Katy Perry are awesome and their pop


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]How could you not love this


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]Rap is beast blood

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 number 1

6Punk
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!
Punk music calms me down

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.
Beyonce and Usher are most likely returning to R&B because Beyonce new album is R&B and Usher's new track Good Kisser. Duh

JaysTop10List

When did rhythm and blues transcend to R&B
R&B is not dying. whoever thinks it is is dead wrong. There's still up and coming people in R&B who will make a big impact in the future.

8Jazz
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.
America's only original music art form. After 100 years it still remains fresh and innovative.

9Classical
Classical music is actually a specific genre, but most people group it in a broad conglomerate of styles including baroque and opera. All of these are like the best five-star restaurants that serve delicious healthy food that is only enjoyed by people with matured tastes and the means of appreciation. Pop music is like McDonald's. It has the mass appeal, mass consumption because it is designed to please in the easiest manner.
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.

10Alternative
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.
My very very very very favorite. It was best in the 80's - mid 90's with groups such as Depeche Mode, Men at Work, New Order, Queen, The Smiths, Etc. Rap is people swearing and talking really fast. Pop is okay I guess. Rock is okay sometimes. And I also think R & B has ties into Alternative Music too.

The Contenders

11Soul
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.

12Hip 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 great and it create motivation
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
[Newest]Christian hip hop/ rap is the best

13Reggae
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
[Newest]I love it aim high pasay and get high ^_6

14Techno
It makes old music sound better to dance too
Best type of song ever!
Techno is going to be the next big thing. So grow up and listen to Monstercat or Deadmau5. This should be in number one.

15Grunge
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

16Hard Rock
On the jazz drum

17Blues
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

18Nu Metal

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20Metal
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.

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