Top Ten Music Genres That Teens Like

i only want people ages 12-21 voting on here please!

The Top TenXW

1RockRock 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 .

I listen to primarily rock. I've noticed that it really gives me a better appreciation for ALL genres of music. Ex: Deathcore, Metalcore, Jazz, Rap, HipHop, Pop, Country, Classical, Punk, Grundge, Metal, BlackMetal, Emo, Pop-punk, Alternative and etc... One thing that I really love and appreciate about Rock music is that I can ALWAYS find a song that describes how I feel, for example, if I'm feeling depressed "Hopeless" by Breaking Benjamin or "Someone Who Cares" by Three Days Grace would describe how I feel, or if I'm feeling daring "Do It Now, Remember It Later" by Sleeping With Sirens would work. But you can find a song to describe ANY emotion

Now, don't get me wrong, I listen to various kinds of music. You'll find Rock, Pop, EDM, and Hip Hop happily coexisting on my MP3 player. But rock is like popular music's home base. Everyone, evens those who aren't rock fans, know at least one rock song. Many of the great mass appeal artists are rock based, such as Queen. And a majority of the other genres no doubt have their origins in some form of rock. Plus, it's flexible. So many sub genres of rock exists, as well as fusion genres to suit any mood. While, like I said before, I listen to many types of music, my early years were heavily shaped by my parents musical interests. David Bowie in particular is like home to me (and he's a great example of a rock crossover artist).

Glad to see I'm not the only teen who hates rap and hip/hop and love rock.

A few teens do like rock. I have quite a few friends who like rock, then again that might be why! Most don't, and prefer pop, but a small percentage of teens do enjoy rock. - PianoQueen

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While it may have crazy artists, sometimes bordering evil, metal is often the fastest and the most intense of all the genres as well as the more mellower ones, which are still epic. This takes the most skill and sometimes the most creativity, and the only thing that matches metal is rock. It can go from your shredder bands to your metal/symphony bands and if the band isn't screamo, and god forbid I hope it's not screamo, then they tend to amaze. I don't see the appeal in pop which tends to be focused toward the singer, and I don't see the appeal in rap or hiphop which is centered toward a repetitive beat and continuously droning, ahem, singers.

Metal deserves to be number one because irs NOT simple and boring, its really complex and fast compared to other music genres like rap and pop. It also makes the whole band important instead of a backing track behind a singer and calling it music. Another thing is the topics, they are about soceity, politics, and history not about how a boy always gets a girl because he sings its about lifes ups and downs but at the same time it has a big punch that gets you happy and you can enjoy the bass behind the guitar solos while the singer is singing. If anyone is new to metal I would tell them to listen to either Iron Maiden or Megadeth. Also metal isn't all screamo, death, and goth there are more metal bands who don't have anything to do with that stuff then the stuff that do. Metal is a genre has shows importance in the whole band, but has important tipics but at the same time it will have really technical rythems with guitar solos and amazing singers such as Bruce Dickinson. That is why ...more

Progressive metal, It's a lot different than metal. It's THE most diverse and eclectic music genre ever, and is very dissimilar to popular metal, such as what most of the people on this list are listening to. For some reason though a lot of teenagers say they listen to "metal" when it's really just pop music with distortion and screaming. Very few popular "metal" are actually metal, and this is one of the most misunderstood genres.

Metal is so intense that it brings my grades up! I listen to Metal and Dubstep everyday! - InfernoTopTenners

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Radiohead, Joy Division, Placebo, Bright Eyes, Sigur Ros, Pixies, Gotye, Half Japanese, Mumford & Sons, The Vaccines, Vampire Weekend

Just a few of the brilliant alternative bands out there you will find
Right now I'm obsessed with Joy Division; post punk sounds and lyrics that I can really sense genuine emotion in
Mix in a little folky Simon & Garfunkel to revise to and Radiohead for everyday and you've got my eclectic taste in music
P. S - listen to Yann Tiersen, beautiful music - mixed with the Beatles and Broken Social Scene and you have a great morning combo x

Alternative music for the win! My favorites are Imagine Dragons, Fall Out Boy, Twenty One Pilots, Green Day, Panic! At the Disco... you get the picture. Alternative is different from most other genres because they have thoughtful lyrics that are far from shallow. They are obscure and beautiful and every song by every band has a completely different story and feel. I think alternative should definitely be number one.

Alternative music encompasses so much that it's hard not to like it. From The Offspring to Fall Out Boy to Nirvana, it's full of songs to rock out to, lyrics to make you really think, and emotional connections that make you feel a little more human. As a teen, that's often something you really need.

Twenty one pilots, green day, My Chemical Romance, and Panic! At the Disco! Alternative music everything!

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Today, teens don't like rock music at all. It was very sad, but I am the only one left in my whole entire school y
That even knows Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd. I am proud to love rock music of all kinds, but being a teen, I know that normal teens like pop, not rock or metal. There are a few of us left, but we are very scarce.

It's like people are dumbfounded; too simple. They can only handle the simple verse/chorus jingle playing as background music in their car, not real music. Music is ANYTHING but pop, from Classical music to Death Metal. Pop music is only called "pop" because the few underachieving, auto-tuned artists who run the industry are able to keep brainwashing the simpletons who keep listening to it, and block out good music at the same time.

Teens listen to pop music a lot most of all because 24/7 all the radio stations in the country play pop music and they are just too lazy to search and find some real and better music.

As good as rock is, most teens don't really care for that music anymore. They're into that auto-tuned crap that is popular today.

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5Electronic Dance Music

Daft Punk and Deadmau5 forever! I like that many of the top electronic artists don't actually have to have vulgarity in there songs to make them good.

This genre is great, gets you going in no time. Avicii - Levels is a song from heaven. I just wanna know how DubStep didn't make the list.

This genre is viewed by many who don't understand it as not real music. Its dance party music that can get anyone up and in it. Like the others said it's the real future of music.

Can't live without it...

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6Thrash Metal

Thrash Metal is amazing. The songs are fast paced and creative. In my opinion pop, hip-hop and rap is garbage. Thrash Metal is just pure creativity and skill. My friend introduced me to Thrash metal and I'm so glad he did

Megadeth, Metalica, Anthrax, Death Angel, Testament, Annihilator, Slayer, Exodus, Overkill...well you get the point

Thrash almost in best 10 again. I think it's because most of teens haven't ever heard about it -,-

Am I the only one in this generation who likes Thrash Metal?

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Music is what makes people pumped up or relax and dubstep is that genres that makes people pumped up but only those who enjoy it like drops because it makes them in the mood for it. Every sound in that sequence makes sense to people who truly enjoy this genres

A lot of people don't accept this genre of music yet because it is so different from everything else. But that's what they said about heavy rock 50 years ago, so I think with time dubstep will grow in popularity. Also, there are many cool styles, such as chill step, which is more relaxing and quiet, and more heavy brostep.

People say it's just noise and requires no skill. When really it requires just as much skill as others. And it annoys me that people only mention skrillex. He's not the only one. I LOVE DUBSTEP. It's the best music ever. My opinion so back off

Are 12 year olds teenagers? - FrozenHatingPokefan

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Grunge is easily my favourite genre of music, and way better then dubstep (which I don't actually consider music). And this is coming from a teen.

Grunge was exactly the thing I was listening to when I was in high school, and then I moved on to more metal music. - NuMetalManiak

With the teenagers that just wanna party and have meaning in it, grunge seems to be the way to go

Something that quasi-depressed teenagers fornicate over.

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I'm Filipino, and live in Hong Kong, so why is more than half of what I listen to country? Well, my taste was probably somewhat influenced by rock and alternative (from my dad), and one of my family's helpers was a pop music freak, and started showing me all these pop songs. Maybe it's just me, but I think modern country music is somewhere in between pop and rock. Maybe it was also because I was introduced to Taylor Swift (who unfortunately went pop in 2014), and I like how the genre tends to use real instruments (instead of a synthesizer and a drum machine like much of the pop/Kpop stuff my classmates listen to), but I dunno, I just somehow learned to like the genre. I also like pop-rock, as in, the stuff from the 2000s (today's pop-rock is just too synthesized and experimental for my tastes).

Country music is the best genres of music ever! There are so many amazing country singers out there. Johnny Cash, George Strait, Alan Jackson and Easton Corbin, and new people like Carrie Underwood and Josh Turner - they are all wonderful! And they have real talent.

This is the only genre I don't like because not too many people are as country as Johnny Cash. - MusicalPony

Country is the best! Scotty McCreery and Hunter Hayes are my top favorite! (: but all country music is good! I mean some of today's music is good and all but country is by far the ultimate best don't you think?

It is the best all the way!

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Dope, melodic and has to be the coolest

Rnb back in the 90's had soul like jodeci. Dru hill list of great rnb artist r kelly. Boyz 2 men. Keith sweat. Swv. TLC. Tevin Campbell and the list go on continue reading...

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The Newcomers


Nothing is better than listening to some good ol' German tunes from the '70s and having no one in high school with the same taste.

The Contenders


I'm the son of rage and love, The Jesus of Suburbia!

I like real punk like NOFX, Bad Religion, Black Flag, Minor Threat, Pennywise, Rancid, Propagandhi, The Clash, The Suicide Machines, No Use For a Name and The Descendents. Not that Warped Tour crap that everyone is talking about in the comments.

Don't forget punk guys rise against and Green Day and that's stuff you can dance to

Misfits, sex pistols, bad religion, yes. Green Day yes. Yes yes yes

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Okay I love emo/ screamo bands and the music style. And to the anonymous person who said and I quote " look at me guys I'm so edgy"
We don't listen to this music because we think it makes us seem edgy. ( I mean true I'm a CreepyPasta fan( the good kind not the kind that are attracted to them) but I still don't listen to it because I think it makes me seem edgy or insane. I listen to it because the genre has helped me through a lot in my life ) Just because you're anonymous doesn't give you the right to make fun of a genre and the people that listen to it

When I saw screamo I was so happy! I love the heavy screamo stuff! Metal, alternative and screamo are a part of me and forever will be and I agree why does everybody hate on screamo? If you don't like it, you don't need to rub in our faces (our faces being screamo fandom's faces)

Screamo helps people get through life. I don't understand why people think we are so different for listening to it. one of my favorite bands Of Mice &Men has really helped me. Don't hate.

Look at me guys, I'm edgy!

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13Hip Hop

Man, there are too many metal fans on this sight. 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. It's 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.

I just love the attitude it's my favourite out of all of them I have no idea why it's 3rd I think it should at least be 2nd it's ju

Hip hop too me if performed by the right person is very creative and can express so many feelings in a cooler way too me but everybody is different and some would oppose my opinion but in all honesty hiphop is the best too me but I still love other kinds of music like pop jazz and country especially because of the collaberations some artist do and beats they use which they sample from other genres of music.

Hip hop is life

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Rap is not real music. It's just an artform born out of the prison/ghetto culture for the musically challenged. Gangster rap is just garbage trying to help flush the world down the toilet faster. Be intelligent and cultured, don't support rap, hip hop, or other crap. Don't support anything that is violent or abusive. Instead, be a free thinking leader and lead the world to a better place.

Rap unlike rock or metal can combine with many different genres of music and brings out different emotions that will fit all moods whether you want party music (MC Hammer), something that you can blast in your car (Too Short), deep and meaningful (2pac), something with instruments (The Roots), etc. Those who criticize rap that has never even listen to it have no place to rant.

Kanye is a rich spoiled mamas boy. He could hardly function when his mama was gone. Most of the other rappers are creep loosers too. They have no real musical talent, so they talk you to death with real musicians providing musical background for peanuts, while the rappers spend tons of money on dope, sex, and other stupid and meaningless things that don't make this world any better.
When I saw that Paul McCartney teamed with Kanye, I totally lost respect for Paul. Kanye is a spoiled mamas boy creep with no real talent.

What is wrong with teen

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15Indie Rock

The musicians hate major labels because their music is not good enough to get signed to one. An endless pit of carbon copies of great bands, but with far inferior instrumentation and sound quality.

Gimme Indie Rock-Sebadoh, not necessarily a song that I enjoy, but it definitely has its place in the world of alternative/indie rock. It details the struggle to want to hear that hard driving, heavy hitting, heart pounding guitar that only rock music can provide.

I love indie rock! It is by far my favorite.

16Indie Pop

Indie music is probably the most patriotic, and loved music in my school. It shows people's love for country and can be used for competitiveness. I see the top 5 of this list and get sad. What has music come to? Apparently, all you have to do to get views is play loud music and sing out of tune. I don't mean to hate but seriously, what happened to all the country music. It's an excellent type of music, and should in my opinion be heard more around the world.

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17Pop Punk

Pop punk, punk and skate punk is the same. Blink 182 is the best band ever but guys in my school don't know who the hell blink 182 is, which sucks. They don't even try to listen but just consider it bad because it's not popular. Pop is popular nowadays, everyone listen to it because it's just popular. But I have listened to almost every genre and I like metal, rock all those sort of genres.

WHAT THE HELL? I can't believe that this wasn't even on the list! Pop Punk is aimed at and appeals more to teens than most genres here!

Pop without a little complex formations sucks! Sometimes, people ask: "Who the hell Green Day & Blink 182 are? " Stupid people are never gonna recognize legends, the godfathers of Pop-Punk...

Pop punk is amazing! All Time Low is an amazing pop punk band

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18Progressive Rock

Progressive rock should be on this list, the genre is known for mixing in genres like jazz and classical into rock. The songs are often longer, Yes, Genesis, Jethro Tull, Magma, and King Crimson are some examples.

I actually don't know any teens besides people on this site that listen to Progressive Rock. It's a good genre, and has lots of complexity and long instrumentals into it. Just listen to Pink Floyd, Genesis, or King Crimson, and you will want this to be much higher than it is. - DarkenedBrutality

Just listen to Tool's Lateralus album and you will want to vote this... - Jetticus12

I'm a teen and I listen to this great genre known as " Progressive Rock". - MusicalPony

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19Folk Rock

Subway to Sally isn't folk rock. They're folk metal. But still pretty good.

One awesome band is "Subway to Sally"

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From SNSD to 2NE1 to Miss A. They are all amazing! It doesn't matter what language its in. It's the music that matters. The feel of it and the beat. That is real music.

Why is this not in the top 10? I know LOTS of teens who adore the genre.

Hello I'm pretty sure psy gagnam style was the most popular song to listen to like a year ago. And Kpop is actually catchy music like wonder girls miss a girl generation super junior and so on are awesome then again I'm obsessed with Asian people in general :/

If more people knew about voting on this, Kpop would be in the top 10... probably first...

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