Top Ten Worst Music Genres

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Pop
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.
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. 2010's? I don't think so. We should return pop back to it's original state.
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, not some posers! It's amazing how many people like this genre.

andrewtuckey

[Newest]I miss the old pop, specifically Michael Jackson and the Beatles, but the pop right now just makes me question my existence.
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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 you are a polite person. If Eminem was Irish, he'd be Father Jack from Father Ted. Only he would make Father Ted all the more explicit. Especially if you speak "chav" fluently. Because chances are they're "singing" about drugs and/or sex. Either involving a girl, a guy, or themselves. How very sophisticated. I respect this philosophical and possibly Freudian thinking for song lyrics. And, well, what do you expect? They put a lot of thought into their work. Their income, for instance. What's more important to them than money, may I ask? Meanings to their songs? No, I think they'll throw in whatever they've got, as long as there's over fifty million in it for them. Ever hear the phrase "money can't buy happiness"? Must have skipped past them. And that's all I can say really. Worst genre ever.

PositronWildhawk

This argument that rap means nothing hold ABSOLUTELY NO GROUND. Most rappers don't shout ever. They keep their voice under tone and control to the background beat. Even if they do shout it's not that bus rolling over someone's face loud shouting nor screeching tone. " what it is is a bundle of noise, infused with more suicide-inducing screeches and moans." Funny you should mention that given that all music is a bundle of noise with screeches and moans. The claim that it's about drugs and/or sex is also wrong too, there's plenty of meaningful songs and lyrics to their work. Many cover various points of views, subjects and issues in their music. To generalize and assume that rap is just a beat, shouting, drugs, sex and money is wrong and even if you don't enjoy rap you can't just attack an entire genre with baseless arguments that don't even have plausible points
[Newest]I'm sorry but rap is either something that
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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 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!
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!
[Newest]Country today isn't as good. I prefer George strait over Luke Bryan to be honest

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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.
[Newest]Dubstep is noise. Horrible ear-burning noise.
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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

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.
[Newest]This is also a very poor excuse for music that's about it. It sucks

6Hip-Hop
People who don't respect Hip-Hop/Rap probably just know Nicki Minaj
Hip Hop is not a genre of music first of all, it's a culture. To put the music of this culture in a box as worst is closed minded, especially with artist like Common, Outkast, Kendrick Lamar, Wale and others. Don't forget the greats like Tupac and Biggie. In any case, people need to stop talking down about this music due to their knowledge of mainstream artist like Nicki Minaj and French Montana or other non lyrical geniuses. Stick to underground, more substance. Besides, everyone knows that once an artist becomes mainstream they begin to suck (some). Just saying. ~Carpe Diem
Come on! Hip hop and rap is the same crap, both suck ass and any form of rock and metal shouldn't be on the list.

7Pornogrind
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...
[Newest]This worthless piece shouldn't exist. I love extreme metal and I even listen to goregrind. But this awful pile of steaming rot is nothing but garbage. Album cover are all stupid like blood covered girl with mutilated body sucking... Lyrics? Who needs lyrics? Just make very deep growls for 2 minutes. This genre should be abolished from the music industry.

8R&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


9Bollywood
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!
[Newest]Modern Bollywood is annoying as hell and if you watch their music videos you will see that they are trying too hard to imitate American culture and they are failing terribly at it.
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10Dance
... DANCE SHOULD BE TOP OF THE LIST! Ugh worst type of music, if you can call it that. I honestly hate the fact that mainstream pop music nowadays is so popular. I'm in my early teens! I listen to folk/folk rock, alternative rock, post-hardcore, acoustic, soul, pop punk... Sleeping with sirens, mayday parade, go radio, you me at six... But also 5 seconds of summer (I'm a teenage girl, forgive me! ), nina nesbitt, ed sheeran, mumford and sons, CHRISTINA PERRI <3 the fray, the Script. The lyrics are much more worth listening to than people rapping/singing (barely - they're mostly autotuned idiots) about getting drunk, having sex, girls and stuff like that. Ugh this really annoys me
A boring repetitive beat with a bunch of trend followers being the only fans

wolphert

Well of course people don't like it! You have to be high as a kite to 'Get it! '

The Contenders

11Screamo
Oh you vegetables screamo is a type of singing technique not genre... Please, for the love of God, PLEASE KNOW BEFORE YOU SHOW.
Screw it. This genre is just plain annoying. Hair Metal was actually comprised of very good bands (Ratt, Motley Crue, Whitesnake, Twisted Sister), and Regular Metal spans many types, so heavy, thrash, death, and classic are the four best in my opinion. But screamo bands just plain suck. No sane person would listen to some dude (I think it's a dude) just try to emulate those vocalists who can actually scream (Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford, Chuck Schuldiner, Phil Anselmo, etc). Just no.
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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.
[Newest]Screamo is not that bad guys... Every genre has a good and a bad side


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.
[Newest]This deserves a number three spot.

13Gangsta Rap
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.
This just promotes illiteracy 😂
Seems like everyone here knows nothing about rap in the 90s

14Metal
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

[Newest]Who the hell hates Metal?
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15Hair Metal
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
Ug where do I begin? The stupid outfits? The complete and utter lack of talent? The lack of originality? The lyrics that might as well be written by Justin beiber? The fact that a vastly superior genre replaced it, but hair metal fans say it sucks becaue the only grunge band they know is Nirvana, not good bands like Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, and
The Smashing Pumpkins? To put it simply, thank God this horrible piece of crap Genre is long dead.
[Newest]Hair Metal is why people hate Metal. because somewhere along the line Hair Metal and Metal were considered the same genre (which they're not).

16Black 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 BM and worship satan.

9. Most of the musicians of this genre are the pussies, poser satanists and wouldn't even kill an ant, although, they write lyrics about satan and sacrificing the goats and etc.
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.
[Newest]I really love metal music, but not this type of metal music.

17Teen Pop
This music is awful.
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.
[Newest]Kick this up a notch.

18Techno
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.
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.
Techno is really BAD. The worst song of techno is like garbage while the best song of techno is the worst

DerrARC


19Adult Contemporary
And of course, a moron would put this here.
Musix about new age astronomy? And old people listen to it.

admonlee


20Classical Crossover

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