Top Ten Worst Music Genres

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1Pop

It shouldn't be called pop nowadays because it's a disgrace to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Prince was good, too. The Beatles were considered pop artists as well. And you can tell your brain is not working correctly if you hate the Beatles. Justin Bieber is NOT pop. He just sings in his annoying girly voice. Michael Jackson, the KING of pop, however, sings, and DANCES. He also cared for the world. Disagree? Come back when you have heard his Earth Song. Now, tell me which is better. Bieber's "Baby" or Jackson's "Man in the Mirror"? And both are pop songs. Michael Jackson's songs are danceable, too. Justin Bieber gets me off the dance floor, while Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" and "Bad" make you wanna move like you never did before. Prince had some danceables, too ("1999"). Did I ever mention Justin Bieber decreases your brain size (especially girls)? Conclusion: I like pop. 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, and most of 2000's. ...more

Pop is horrible. I don't understand how and form of metal/rock is even on this list. The people who write rock/metal songs have talent because they learn instruments and play them. Pop 'musicians' don't need to learn how to mime at concerts, or auto-tune their voice, or sing, or put any of the 'beats' in the back ground. Rap is just people talking over a noise. The only rapper who deserves respect is tupac and maybe eminem because they sung about real issues. And death metal is awesome, come back when you have heard cannibal corpse or children of bodom. Black metal is awesome, come back when you have heard gorgoroth or watain. Emo is not all bad, other than when they are making depressed ballads like in black veil brides (who are still good) they are good screamo bands. Like black veil brides. They are just not meant for ballads. Oh, and go and listen to five finger death punch and then you will see what real music is.

I'm sick of people with almost no talent going onto shows like the X-Factor saying that they "Just want to make music. " I'm sorry but that is bull, they just want to make money. If they really wanted to make music they would be writing it instead of going on all these shows auto-tuning everything. Kids can easily play this music on the keyboard, drum kit or guitar after minimal lessons. In metal, it takes years to learn a basic song. In pop, the music just repeats itself. You need to have more than just one tune! And the lyrics are all about fame, being rich and sex. But the pop "musicians" aren't famous for their music most of the time. If the boy band 1 Direction was comprised of ugly hobos but still produced the same music they wouldn't be famous. One time when I was walking through the markets of Malasia, I saw an old man with his legs backwards playing a violin in rags with extreme skill with a few measly coins in front of him. People like these deserve all the money and fame, ...more - andrewtuckey

Yes this is one of the most annoying genres and yet the vast majority of my school listens to it. How, why? It is beyond me

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2Rap

How is this seriously on here? I'm not a big rap fan myself and find myself listening to a lot of rock/ metal oriented bands most of the time
But come on?
I bet most of the people who have voted rap have only heard Lil' Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Drake.

Older rap and hip hop is brilliant.
Dr. Dre, Nas, Snoop Dogg, N.W. A, and for all you metal fans. Listen to "She Watch Channel Zero" by Public Enemy. It uses the riff of Raining Blood (I think) by Slayer. - Gasmaskboi19371945

Here are the steps for making a rap album:

1. Talk about drugs, partying and sex for three minutes (don't forget to cuss 500 times! )
2. Autotune it to the point of sounding like a foreign language.
3. Put the stupidest computer-techno crap in the background.
4. Repeat steps 1-3 fifteen times.
5. Put the cheesiest artwork on the cover.
6. Watch the money come pouring in.

Good thing that people have sense. By putting rap in first. Now, I like various genres of music, in particular electronic with a bit of rock, and I keep an open mind about genres of music. But rap music is just so bad it's unreal. There is no talent to it; what it is is a bundle of noise, infused with more suicide-inducing screeches and moans. I would VERY much say that this deformation of all sense of rhythm is satisfactory, if I were paid Bill Gates' salary for every word used in my sarcasm. And then there's the singing. Hold on there. Singing? It's talking. No, shouting. Shouting in the same way one shouts when your face is being crushed as the wheels of a bus roll over it. And it's not in time to anything you hear in the background. It's probably the sound of the bus running over the rapper's face. Quite melodic, isn't it? Ignoring the continuous, tuneless, mindless beats, let's see if we can make out what they're trying to say, shall we? Oh, no. Probably not. Especially not if ...more - PositronWildhawk

To clarify, I am not generalising. I know each rapper is different, but that's still no different from the disgraceful background which they belong in, in a culture which actively enforces a series of misdemeanors: gang violence, mass egotism, discrimination. If hip-hop held a dominant ground in modern society, nine out of ten of us would be on ecstasy, and there would be near no civilised public behaviour or justice.

Empowering the youth? Essentially, what it's doing to the youth is encouraging them to murder each other, and with rappers such as Tupac having to get shot before their music is considered meaningful doesn't surprise me. It's the only reason why rap can get away with being called poetry, where it is in a fact a culture which thinks it is above its others and above law and order because it's claimed casualties.

One song can be different in that sense, but look at the bigger picture, and look under the double-meanings to it. Rap isn't about trying to get you ...more - PositronWildhawk

I don't like rap but I am not saying there is no talent because my brother is trying to be a rap artist and he is a good singer other than that it is mostly crap

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3Country

This genre used to be good. Now, it's just a bunch of idiots with really crappy southern accents singing about beer and tractors. It's really no different than pop, except that it is worse because pop doesn't try to be something it's not.

This music gives me a headache. It's so annoying! The redneck accent, banjos, what they sing about, it's just horrible! All they sing about is country girls in bikinis on rusty old tractors, and living on farms with a dog! Living in Nashville, I hate it! The music environment is all country, and it bugs me. I hate country music!

This one girl in my class was singing a stupid song from his genre and some kids like, "Shut up. No one likes country music" Personally, I totally agree because its boring, sexual, and annoying. I hate it. So do people I meet, even the girls. (well some). I ask them: what kind of music do you guys like? And they always respond: "everything except country. HAHA! METAL IS THE BEST GENRE!

How do you know nobody likes country music? 7 billion people live in the world and I highly doubt that your have asked every single slicing person if they like country music and not one person said yes I do and you know how I know this because if you ask me, I'll say yes because I do like country music and guess what else, so does my best friend and my mom and even my dad and my cousin. I know a lot of people that like country music so I highly suggest that you keep your dumb comments to yourself especially the highly stupid ones. - JamiePrice

There's an Australian guy that sings with a southern accent. People pay for his music

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4Dubstep

How could this be so low on the list? At least the genres above are actually music. Dubstep is the worst thing that has EVER happened to the world of music.

Ok I'm not a death metal fan like surprisingly everyone on this list. I like rock. Especially hard rock and prog rock. I also like some alternative and a lot of non-death metal, like Metallica or Mötley Crüe. Pop stinks but is harmless for the most part. Rap can be good (like rage against the machine if you ignore the lyrics or the beastie boys) but can also trash. I have at least some respect for all of those genres. Dubstep is a result of some random guys who are playing around on a computer. And the sounds that come out are not even good. Listen to scary monsters and nice sprites and then bohemian rhapsody. Big difference - jhism

Dubstep is by far the worst music genre ever made, just collections of random noises from someone screaming most of the time. There are, however, Dubstep artists that make really good songs, not ones that sound like women screaming from giving birth. But there are still lots more that make.. I don't know if it's even NOISE! If it weren't for 11-15 year-old young men pure-pressuring other helpless victims into listening to it, Skrillex's parents would've disowned him by now.

Pop music has become horrible, and Rap music may be decreasing in quality over the years, but dubstep was always bad and always will be. - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

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5Emo

No one wants to hear your crappy 3 chord songs while your singer with his girl haircut whines emotional lyrics that he wrote in an hour. This is the absolute worst, paramore, 30 seconds to mars, fall out boy. These bands are absolutely awful and deserve to be forced to fly over the Bermuda triangle. - mcdonogh13

@the dude who wants to name Metal Bands with better lyrics than fob:1. Fob isn't Metal2. To name a few, Tool, Megadeth, Napalm Death, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Suicidal Tendencies, Mastodon, Dream Theater, Gojira, and many more. Those bands I listed sing about real things, like politics, war, animal cruelty, religion, spirituality, etc. They don't just sing about their first world problems like Fall Out Boy - ryanrimmel

First off, modern emo is being all whinny and stuff but the real emo was a lot different. Original emo was a music genre and was mostly not sad at all in fact it was quite a happy type of music. It was called emo because o the emotion the musicians put into their music unlike pop singers who just sing what they are told to. Sunny day real estate is a good example they were original emo. Listen to their music and look at the actual band members none of them have dyed their hair, wore eyeliner or anything like that. Modern emo can be annoying but if you're going to put up a music genre make sure you're clear about it.

Emo is just terrible. The songs typically sound like a big jumbled mess. What really makes it terrible is the emo music everyone hears isn't real emo anyway. It sounds nothing like the original emomusic from the 80's. What you're hearing now is basically pop punk with occasional screaming and trying to be depressed. I wish they would just go away.

Absolutely terrible, if you wanna hear the same terrible lyrics and song structure, then listen to emo

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6Hip-Hop

People who don't respect Hip-Hop/Rap probably just know Nicki Minaj

I respect music with classical influences, guitar solos, techniques that take years to develop. But this garbage isn't part of that. I'm not middle aged too, the stereotype people say when someone hates "new music." I'm actually in California, 16 years old.

Hip Hop and rap are the same thing. Rap is just an informal name for hip hop. This list contains way too many duplicates - ryanrimmel

Not a genre a culture

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7Dance

A boring repetitive beat with a bunch of trend followers being the only fans - wolphert

Why does this genre exist other than for people to dance to. I am definitely not the smartest person when it comes to criticizing music but I don't think I have to be a necessary "Good." Critic to say that this genre is almost pointless and lacks any actuall fun besides dancing.

Some are good, some are horrible. Kids now at dances just whip, tweak, nae nae, "superman," and do other dumb ass moves.

It is just plain bad. Do not listen to It.

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8Bollywood

Imagine talking regularly

Now insert some really bad rap (the kind that gets you beat up), some classical Bach symphonies, some random classical Indian sitar, layer and overproduce the hell out of it in some studio. Make sure you turn the vocals up so that they hurt the ears. Make sure you add some lyrics in English "because Bollywood will make it big in America, no"

Hey baby, I want to love you, love me, we are the one and only, lets go yea
Play this to two badly dressed people running around trees

Someone please shoot me

I don't understand how people in India have the guts to even call Bollywood a music industry. I mean, seriously? A talent-less bunch saying "Your eyes, your face, our love, our marriage" over and over again in every song. And some random-ass "rapper" who occasionally chips in to "rap", which always consists of "Get on the floor, yeah, groove it, yeah, yo, yo, move it". 99.9% of the songs are like that. Plus, no production quality at all. Everything borrowed from other international music. Bollywood is just commercial marketing noise which is sold off as music to a billion people with no taste and no clue as to what real music is.

Damn, how can this be at #3? Vote this up people!

Ok, lets be honest about this. I'm a 18 year old guy and I'm from India and I hate this crap called Bollywood so much that I can simply commit suicide before I had to hear it. And guess why I hate it so much?.. Because, this is not a music industry, this is totally programmed for business and for making money. THIS IS NO Indian MUSIC GUYS, India HAVE A VERY ENRICHED CLASSICAL MUSIC GENRE CALLED 'RAGA' INVENTED HERE IN India ALMOST 2000years AGO!

I feel you, Raga is amazing music. Ravi Shankar is like the Jimi Hendrix of sitar. - SammySpore

Meaningless Stupid Piece Of Garbage.

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9Pornogrind

Hate this genre. I hate pop more but voting for this due to this genre being a huge disgrace to the Metal family of genres.

Disgusting genre. I even like Rap more than this garbage.

Modern pop, rap and dubstep are really sucks... But on the top of this list no doubts should be grindcore with all of subgenres except the classic grind and deathgrind...

Is this even a genre?

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10Screamo

Oh you vegetables screamo is a type of singing technique not genre... Please, for the love of God, PLEASE KNOW BEFORE YOU SHOW.

I'm sorry to say, but screamo isn't a style of singing... It's a genre of music... The style of singing that you're thinking about is just called screaming. There's also growling and shrieking. Thanks for the misinformation pal. - MistaCrave

Seriously people? This singing style (I emphasize that is is a singing style, and not a genre) takes A TON of talent. I don't like death metal or any other genre of music that screams that much, but I highly respect their talent.

Death Metal is different from Screamo, Death Metal vocals are normally referred to as growling - BlackSabbathIsLife

I have some things to say. 1: "Screamo" is actually not a genre of music. You sound like a godamn nob when you say "screamo". Call it "deathcore" or "death metal" or "black metal". Call it by the name of a real genre. Not a made up one. 2: This kind of singing style actually takes a lot of talent. Lots of people say "Its just screaming into the mic about satan." Uh... WRONG! Try it. You wont ever get as good as George Fisher from Cannibal Corpse. Or even Chester Bennington from Linkin Park. It takes a hell of a lot more talent than dubstep and pop.

Christ... Or should I say antichrist?

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The Newcomers

?Big Beat

Most dated genre of music of all time. Unlistenable.

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The Contenders

11R&B

it used to be Rhythem and blues know WTF IS IT

Rihanna is pop, and honestly decent pop, which is more than I can say about most pop artists these days. But yeah, the new Chris Brown song, and Don't Tell Em'? That song is terrible. REAL R&B is TLC, Destiny's CHild, older Beyonce songs, and R. Kelly. So listen to that and you will know that is was good. Also Alicia Keys. The 90's and the early 2000's (2000 to 2009) were the best times for R&B.

It should be called T&T Trash and Trash - dragon13304

Well, not much I can say but that artists that work with this genre usually are not talented at all.

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12K-pop

The worst thing I had ever heard in my life. I used to like K-pop, but then it started to get boring, especially when they try to get famous by trying to look handsome/pretty. And the worst thing is fans like them because of their looks, not because of their music. - CrazeBoutMayday

You're reasoning to hate this is the same thing as boy bands. Actually, that's it, you just hate boy bands. Don't hate k-pop when you don't just hate them, you hate all boy bands. Get you're facts straight. - Loopnines

Why do so many people like it? It's just nine girls who have gone through plastic surgery singing on stage. - admonlee

Stupid music genre that none of the singers acturally play the instroment and produced the music. Only thing they do is trying to look like a teenage boy. K-pop is the worst music genre of all.

Ugh. I hate K-pop. Like, the videos are EXTREMELY bad, the music isn't even catchy and sucks, and they try copying American rap bands or rock bands. I just hate it. Like J-pop might have bad videos, and their music might not be the best, but at least they don't try copying everyone else and hae something of their own

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13Techno

To the guy saying no talent. Ill give you three months to produce a track and I bet it turns out like crap. And secondly; techno is ONE TYPE of electronic music. Go listen to trance or something and youw ill see the difference.

It does take talent for one techno is part of genre edm which composes of dubstep, techno, trance, etc. It takes talent to be able to actually make the sounds come together and not screw up the drop. What other genres do you know that build up and actually do a drop right. That is coming from someone who favorite music is rock, hard rock.

There is n lyrics in techno you idiot. I'd like to see you get enough talent to even operate any kind of electronic that these people do.

Have any of u listened to daft punk or deadmau5?

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14Nu Metal

Nu metal, did not, I repeat, DID NOT in any way shape or form "kill metal", whoever said that needs a serious spanking. Korn, system of a down, slipknot, all great bands. Even if you don't like those bands, you can't say there songs aren't emotional or powerful, just listen to them! (I suggest snuff by slipknot or aerials by system of a down, or falling away from me by korn, all very emotional songs.). If you think nu metal sucks you need to listen a little more, I promise you'll find something you like, take my advice, before jumping to conclusions maybe actually give it a legitimate chance. Nu metal is awesome, and like I said before, it did not kill metal.

Nu Metal is sort of what happened to metal post-grunge. It was pretty popular with my peers when I was a teenager. The common aspects of it seem to be: an increased emphasis on the kind of depressed emotional and lyric content that came from grunge, the near complete elimination guitar soloes and of the technical aspects of metal that had preceded it, and a largely propensity for influences that have a bit more in common with styles like hardcore punk and industrial. The vocals tended to become whiny, or otherwise a sort of standardized format between clean vocals and screaming.

The worst genre in my opinion. I don't think I have ever heard a genre so insipid in my life. However there are one or two exceptions, like System of a Down and Deftones, just because they get lumped in with the rest even though they are so much better.

I used to like Linkin Park. Can't imagine why. Nu-metal is crap. Metal and rap do NOT mix! And its made even worse because the raps are SUPER atrocious and the screaming is just awful. - SammySpore

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15Teen Pop

Oh my god. Nothing could be worse. The only reason these guys have any fame is because teen girls (in the name) think the lead singer is hot. Listen to some of Ross Lynch's music and tell me those songs would be considered even remotely likeable if he was average looking. And the worst thing is he isn't even attractive, so he is officially the worst musician ever. People tell me that their songs are meaningful and cool are also the people who claim that Ross Lynch is a better singer than Freddie Mercury and a better guitarist than Jimi Hendrix. It also disgusts me that people call R5 rock, but refuse to say they are pop. Teen pop is not music. R5 is not a band. Ross Lynch is not a musician. Led Zeppelin is music, Pink Floyd is music, The Rolling Stones is music, Jimi Hendrix is music. - therootbeer

There are people who say that Ross Lynch is greater than Freddie Mercury? 😂 - Pony

I can't even say how much this music genre FAILS at every second of each Teen Pop song. I am a teenager and I listen to Electronic Music but this is just insulting for my age. As a music producer, I can say this following: Everyone listens to this horrible music, literally everyone on my class. The melodies and progression are the main problem, like Alison Gold - Chinese Food... it starts abruptly with drums and the main melody with it and it feels like the melody was made in a dishwasher. The autotune, oh my god. I hate when some producer uses autotune, because it Messes up the vocals and I am like "EVERYBODY DO THE FLOP! "... this should be on first place really.

This is so terrible. please put this on the top. I don't have too much time to fill out my full opinion because it would take days and I think I would run out of room to type. all I can say is PLEASE make this #1!

Suicide is preferable

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16Metal

Which retard put metal here? Whoever did, I encourage you to blow whatever you have for a brain out with a shotgun. Metal is amazing. Bands like Avenged Sevenfold and Trivium have excellent music and inspirational lyrics. There's metal songs for whatever mood you're in. It's not all just senseless screaming and Satanism like the average retard thinks. - MetalFoREVer1228

I agree! Everyone who voted to put metal on here should listen to "Welcome To Hell" by Slayer and "Hell Awaits" by Venom, because that's exactly what is waiting for them.

Really? Metal is one of the worst genres? Whoever put this, YOU. CAN GO TO THE PIER, TIE A STONE ON YOUR LEG, AND THROW YOURSELF TO THE SEA! Metal is one of the best genres ever existed. No one can top Metal (except Rock).

I'm really surprised to see metal here, metal is the best music genre of all time, bands really take much time and effort to create their own music, and they make their own music with real passion and love to their fans, lyrically metal is the best genre you can find everything for every mood, and you can find it fast, slow, brutal, evil, melodic and dark, forever who says metal is just untalented musicians are trying to scream with no talent at all, try to play on the instruments like they do, try to growl like they do and try to write lyrics like they do..you will fail if you don't have the real passion of playing music..rap doesn't take any talent to make a song.. - nooreldeen

Metal is a variation of rock that just intensifies it with mostly better guitar / bass stronger lyrics a more intense drum beat overall more talent except with some singing and more intense emotion. Just an overall better in almost every way version of rock. And it is real music that has had much more effort put into it than any other genre except MAYBE classical. Older metal even has a lot of the style from rock incorporated into it for example Carpe Diem Baby Re-load album Metallica

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17Hair Metal

Maybe it's partly a generational thing, since I was born in 84 and by the time I was a pre-teen, I knew of this music as something advertised on commercials for 80's power ballad compilation CD's. When I went through a metalhead phase as a teenager, we resented these bands because there was nothing particularly heavy or rebellious about them - they are viewed as bands that appeal to teen girls.

In my perception, this genre was sort of a commercial bandwagon largely based on image/fashion, in which the music was essentially cheesy pop songs with distorted guitars and too much reverb on the drums, and maybe a gimmicky technical guitar solo thrown in as a saving grace to an otherwise bland, predictable song. It became incredibly cliche, slickly produced, and wasn't about much of anything other than some glorified rockstar lifestyle. When it wasn't power ballads meant to woo the female demographic, it was dumb party songs. All the spandex and crazy poofy hair was basically a great ...more

Who put grunge above hair metal, grunge is objectively known to be one of the best times in music, hair metal was a bunch of wussies making pop songs to sell to 13 year old girls that they called "metal".

Hair metal is still out their sadly, its just taken on the shape of pop punk and pop metal. Everywhere you see rock that's more about appearance then substance, you can thank hair metal. Grunge 2 will take care of these guys

I think hair metal is really cheesy and lame. All these bands like Green Day, Linkin Park, Bon Jovi, Journey, are really just pop music disguised as rock with screaming and heavy guitars. - SammySpore

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18Gangsta Rap

Seems like everyone here knows nothing about rap in the 90s

I don't think anyone actually likes rap or hip hop so much that they get goosebumps listening it. Rap and hip hop are just a disguise to one's personality to stick in their group.

Trash subgenre of rap and this thing would be better to be the number 1 worst and most disturbing genres

Rap is for crack heads bums and has no good ability

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19Gospel

I love it and it is the best out of all of them. God bless.

Actually there are Christian bands that actually do metal and have the electric guitar riffs and. Have better drum beats than country, rap, and pop all together

This is offensive on so many levels - anewman

This is gospel for the fallen ones

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20Black Metal

The reasons why I hate Black Metal (2nd movement)

1. It's Repetitive. The guitar riff of one of the songs sounds exactly the same as the riff from the other song. So do drums.

2. Guitar. They either tremolo-pick throughout the song, or they just strum 2 powerchords followed by 3 simple notes all the time. Solos don't exist in the genre.

3. Bass. Do they have bassists in the bands?

4. Drums. Nothing special, just blast beats (which do require some talent, but once you learn it, it's easy) and double bass drumming.

5. Vocals. That's one of the areas where BM shines, but they are incomprehensible and sometimes disgusting.

6. Lyrics. Another area, where the BM shines. But I personally don't care about the lyrics and, what's the point of them, if you can't even understand them?

7. It's overrated as a metal sub-genre.

8. Most of it's fanbase of this genre is full of dumb teenagers, that think they are cool, just because they listen to ...more

I like black metal. it may not be my favorite genre but I like bands like immortal, enslaved, emperor, burzum, dimmu borgir, bathory and even behemoths early stuff. I don't see why this, death metal, rock, heavy metal, prog rock, and even country but the only country I like is johnny cash besides him country sucks. but those genres besides country (but including johnny cash :)... ) are good and should be off the list I'm probably forgetting more but still black metal is a fairly good genre and one of my favorite

I like black metal and the pure emotion it gives off, I do not think it should be on this list, nor any other genre. Just because you do not like something does not make it bad. Also the lyrics are not all about killing Christians and satanism! The lyrics can be about anything, social problems, politics, they can be personal to the artist, they can even be about history. Please learn before you criticize something.

Black metal is okay. Atmospheric black metal RULES! - SammySpore

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