Top Ten Best Music Genres


The Top Ten

1 Heavy Metal Heavy Metal Heavy Metal music is a sub-genre of rock music that originated in the late 1960s-70s, featuring more distorted and heavier instrumental work and darker lyrical themes. Heavy Metal broke into mainstream success with bands such as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Metallica. more.

I'm so relieved now that see that Pop Music is below all the greater genres

Pop is actually #1 in the worst kind of music list on this website. There are much worse genres but there ya go.


By Heavy Metal, they mean metal in general, not just the specific subgenre. Those bands are all metal, no matter which subgenera they are. - Songsta41

Your life is complete when you develop a taste for heavy metal.
Bands like led zeppelin, a7x, metallica, eluveitie are the best - siddharthiyer

Death to all but metal.

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2 Rock n' Roll Rock n' Roll Rock 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 .

Metal, Alternative or punk. its all rock n roll! - beasthound

I like the origonal rock and roll like elvis but I also like G N R, acdc and awesome stuff like that - squire

Classical rock is the best there ever was and ever will be.

Classic Rock

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3 Hard Rock Hard Rock Hard Rock is a subgenre of rock music known for having heavier guitar riffs/solos. It originated around 1964-1965 with various Garage Rock bands.

I really like hard rock, the best bands: Aerosmith, GN'R, AC/DC, Queen, Deep Purple, Rush, Led Zeppelin, Stryper... - rock2metal

The best lyrics, bands and guitarists... yeah it is the best all right. One question, why is it 12th?!?!?! - nic1997ps3

I actually think this is the best one. , without this, the other genres couldn't have existed, this is the father of all other rock genres.


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4 Alternative Alternative

Linkin Park, Three Days Grace, Green Day, Breaking Benjamin, Evanescence, My Chemical Romance, Skillet... And many others!

These guys are on top of the world and are more loved than Shakira, Akon, Eminem and Britney.

Alternative Music Is Pure Art, and it's very difficult to become a musical artist!

Eminem!? Eminem is amazing. I recommend looking into his music. My favorite genres are Alternative, Grunge, and Rock. Eminem has meaningful music. I'm okay with you not liking him, but categorizing him with the others mentioned? No. Just. No.

Bring out the guitar crank it up, gets some vocals and a drum and your all set. Alternative will always be the best and sure as hell is better than than those girls who call themselves pop singers. If you agree gimme a hell yeah! ( or a thumbs up, whichever comes first. ) - Giusti97

This genre is just filled with Yes. God, I miss the 90's. Pearl Jam, Days of the New, Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, etc.

Yes! Alternative music is awesome especially Alternative Rock.Alternative Rock has many good subgenres but the best subgenres of Alt Rock would be Grunge and Alternative Metal.Linkin Park,Slipknot,System of a Down,Korn,Skillet,Three Days Grace,Nirvana and Alice in chains,those epic bands are part of this genre.Alternative Rock is the best Alternative subgenre but Alternative Rap and Alternative.Indie Pop are also good.Here is my version of this list.
1.Electronic/Electronic Dance music(My favourite)
2.Drum&Bass(Best EDM subgenre)
3.Rap/Hip hop(Motivating genre)
4.Electronic Rock(Best fusion of genres)
5.Trap(Calm but still good EDM subgenre)
6.Alternative Rock(Best rock subgenre)
7.Dubstep(Aggressive but good EDM subgenre)
8.Punk Rock(Another good rock genre)
9.Pop Rock(Good fusion of genres)
10.Indie Pop(Best pop subgenre)

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5 Classical

You can spend a couple of hours writing a pop song or you could spend months writing a symphony. Classical music is great because of aesthetic subtleties, depth and expressiveness. Pop music just stays at one tempo, on volume for most of a song and has nothing subtle about it. The beat is obvious, chords are predictable and prominent instrumental parts are rejected.

Agreed. Classical is very difficult to write. That and you need to make the music fit for certain instruments, notes, etc. - LostDream258

The genre that requires the most skill to play, the most thought to write, but the hardest genre to appreciate. Classical should be number one.

It takes years of practice to play plenty of classical tunes.

Classical music is great to listen to. It's good to listen to while you're studying n stuff because you don't have to listen to any lyrics you can just listen to the beautiful piece. But I feel like there's so many different genres in classical music. Like romantic and baroque. I saw a comment here that said pop music stays in the same tempo and volume. But pop music can be great it's not always the same beat and dynamic, twenty one pilots has so many different genres and tempo in their music. I would recommend listening to their albums because they're truly amazing. Just like classical music. But when you listen to their songs you have to pay attention to the lyrics because you can't just listen to it like classical music. It's very deep and it makes you think quite a lot. But i'm just saying that pop music isn't always the same throughout the whole song. Please listen to ode to sleep by them then you get me

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6 Punk Rock Punk Rock Punk rock is a subgenre of rock music. It usually has rebellious lyrics and down stroked power chords played on guitars. Bad Religion, Sex Pistols, and Green Day (actually pop-punk, which is still punk in a way) are a few punk rock bands. The subgenre influenced thrash metal because of it's down stroked more.

Punk rock is a music genre had soul, heart and spirit. I grew up as a kid with this type of music and it gave me a great influence in life, like the bad times, good times and the memorable times though I am a teenager I will always remember how much it means to me and others who appreciate punk rock and pop punk as much as I do

Keep up the music in the near future guys, really appreciate it

The Clash, Sex Pistols, Ramones, Dead Kennedys and The Damned. They are all excellent bands and it disappointing to see them being over shadowed by bands like Green Day and Good Charlotte that aren't half as good as the bands that were before them.

With it's insane lyrical quality to its diversity there is no doubt that Punk Rock is the best genre of music. Bands like The Clash, The Ramones, and the Sex Pistols may have really made Punk rock appeal to the masses we mustn't forget hardcore legends such as Minor Threat, The Bad Brains, Suicidal Tendencys, Dead Kennedys, Op Ivy, etc. Etc. Honestly anywhere from musical slam poetry to uplifting ska beats, to emo, to catchy hooks punk's got it all. Oh and without punk there wouldn't be Fugazi... Imagine the horror.

Yes.5 Seconds of Summer is the best.-Hippocrite

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7 Pop

While not originally a music genre its now a genre describing artists like lady gaga Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber this is a genre that sucks ass

I had to vote, because I wanna tell all of you "pop" fans that POP is not a genre. Pop is short for popular, and those music that you listen to is not "pop". Oh, and by the way the music that you listen to is not music.

Why are people instantly criticizing those who put pop as a good music genre? I agree with many on this site that lots of pop music is not good music. However, we are forgetting other points. Good artists like Michael Jackson, Prince, Adele, One Republic and so forth sing pop. Also, some of these site visitors did not view the lists made by these people. Same people who put this as a good genre also put Michael Jackson and Adele in the best singer list. We should not say "all pop" is bad. There are bad singers in every genre. Pop music singers get the most flak simply because everyone knows them. In addition there are good music in the pop genre like "Where is the Love? " and "The Man". Generalizing an entire genre is stupid. You don't and won't hear me saying all metal is satanic or all rap is ghetto because I know those are lies. This genre defenetly has bad musicians in it. Justin Bieber and Miley should both go on a plane to Siberia and never come back. Not all pop singers use ...more

Because pop isn't a real genre, pop is just short for popular music, which would mean any band or artist that ends up on the billboard's top 40 list which would include rock, alternative, R&B or what people to consider pop "generic lyrics with a catchy tune that has choreography to it song by an average singer"

While there are many bad pop artists (Think you know who they are) There are also good pop artists like Twenty One Pilots, Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons, etc. Twenty One Pilots is the best when it comes to pop. There are many music artists I like more than TOP but those artists do different genres. So just wanted to saybif you want good pop listen to Indie pop or Pop rock and by the way the artists I mentioned have some mainstream songs.-TheCoolGuy1

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8 Blues Blues

Without the blues many of these genres wouldn't even exist. Some of the greatest guitarists of ALL time even had blues influences and played the blues style anyway.

Blues is the ultimate in music, not taking it to far like heavy metal, and always undeniably cool blues is king

The blues is in everything. Without the blues there would be nothing but pop.

The roots of all good modern music.

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9 Rap

Listen, rock, soul and rap are what makes the world great. Sure rock and rap have had dark days when people think/thought they spewed negative lyrics. ALL genres do, it's music. Rap has produced some of the greatest artist ever to live: Tupac, Big L, Nas, Eminem, Biggie, all influenced us. I'm an upstanding and respectful person because of them, rap is amazing.

Laugh out loud at all the ignorant rock fans, I mean rock/metal is great it really is, but I hate some of the fans that diss other genres. Anyway rap, while it is still young, has grown so much. It will always prosper and represent the ghettos of the world - hell, not just the ghettos, everywhere in fact, no matter who you are, where you're from, or what you like, you an pick up a mic and rap your soul out. Express yourself and remember, always keep it real.
RAP for the win.

Rap in my opinion, is the greatest type of music, because you can really make it about anything and it will sound really great. I have learned to shift from Rock and Roll to Rap (i am white), because rock music really became unamusing to me. I needed something that I could listen to for hours upon hours without having to skip a billion songs over again because I don't like what chord the guitar is playing is or I don't like that they might possibly be talking about something that makes me more uncomfortable then what I might hear in any rap song. I also do not like how Rock and Heavy Metal fans often stereotype us and say that all rap is, is just songs about having sex and getting money and nice cars and all of that, but what they are not understanding is that their are rappers that talk about very interesting topics unlike sex and money. Some like to brag about not having anything at all except for a drug operation running in the Southern Part of Atlanta. Another example of a type of ...more

The "interesting" topics you're talking about aren't interesting. I prefer meaning in fictional stories, hidden political nudges, and metaphors describing real events to people plainly saying what happened in their life. Anyone can describe their life, it takes a musician to write music with meanings you can't immediately figure out or even appreciate. And that is why I like rock. - Songsta41

Eminem all the way

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10 Jazz Jazz

Its awesome. Best singer here is Frank Sinatra and I really think people are starting to underrate it so please start listening to jazz and you really will enjoy it

Jazz is the best, especially some of the older artists, such as Maynard Ferguson, Bill Chase, or go even more classic, Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis, and for all those who didn't know, modern music developed from things like jazz music

Ella Fitzgerald, Frank, Dean Martin, and Bing Crosby? You can't beat that! This is what true musicality looks like. I love the fact that it actually uses so many different instruments, uses intricate chord structurs, and is effective in putting anyone in a good mood!

In my opinion, jazz is the most free and stylistic form of music-whether it be swing, modal, funk, Latin, or Dixieland jazz, there’s always some creative aspect of it which sets it apart from all other music genres. Also I voted jazz because there is no reason for thrash metal to be number 10, it is (thankfully) a dying genre.

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The Contenders

11 Thrash Metal Thrash Metal Thrash Metal is a Heavy Metal subgenre developed during the early 1980s and an early precursor of Extreme Metal. Thrash Metal features a faster and more aggressive guitar work than Traditional Metal with shredding and double-bass drums and can range from melodic singing to loud shouts. more.

Exodus, Metallica, anthrax, GWAR, megadeath, ministry, motothead, pantera, SLAYER! All of these great thrash bands and thrash is at 27 come on people it should at least be at 6 or 7. Dave Lombardo, Vinnie Paul, Lars Ulrich, Nick Menza, Paul Bostaph, all of them are great drummers who came from thrash metal. Kirk hammett, dave mustaine great thrash guitarists. This is the best metal genre!

Exodus, Testament, Vio-lence, Kreator, Destructions, Anthrax, Sodom, over kill, nuclear assault, Slayer, Metallica, Annihilator and Megadeth are just a few of the best Thrash Metal band to ever live. By far the most awesome genre of music!

The big four, Exodus, Sodom, Kreator, every band, oh, every known band in this genre is at least good or godly. This genre deserves to be in the top 5. AND HOW IS THIS LOWER THAN NU METAL?

This genre is the most extreme genre that I listen to but this genre is cool because of Metallica.Might listen to Slayer.They better be good.-TheCoolGuy1

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12 Electronic

Electronic gets a bad rap because most people don't yet understand it. Its one of the newest forms of music with so many different subgenres with so many variations of its usage that its absolutely mind boggling. My personal belief is that there is a subgenre of Electronic music for everyone even those that claim to hate it. I hope someday that Electronic music joins the annals of the best music types of all time as I personally believe it's the future.

This is a VERY new genre which many people can't connect with from previous generations due to it being so synthetic, but like almost any genre it has a unique brilliance to it, maybe not a great soothing melody like jazz, crazy riffs like rock, or intricate lyrics like (some) rap, but it has a HUGE range of sub-genres and unique styles; because of the general variety of sounds you can produce electronically. This genre is going to be around for a long time

I produce electronic, particularly trance/electro/complextro with a touch of dubstep. It's my drug.

I've listened to every genre ever, play the guitar, play keys, sing, play drums even rap a bit etc I've done it all... and everything has lead me into this AMAZING genre of music.

Electronic is simply the future of music.

If you look at a chart of top 100 hits right now you'll see that the majority have a heavy electronic influence in them, if not entirely electronic.

Electronic is the future.

Are you drunk? Electronic has just started and can only get bigger. - ProPanda

Best genre ever.Who wouldn't enjoy those cool but somewhat calm beats and then that epic beat drop or bass drop.There are so many good genres such as Drum&Bass,Dubstep,Trap,Glitch Hop,House,Techno,etc.
Also here is my version of this list.
1.Electronic/Electronic Dance Music-The best genre
2.Drum&Bass-Best EDM subgenre in my opinion.Very awesome genre.
3.Electronic Rock-Best fusion of genres.
4.Dubstep-Good if you want some EDM that is aggressive.
5.Rap/Hip Hop-Motivating and cool genre.
6.Alternative Rock-Awesome genre and best rock subgenre in my opinion.
7.Trap-Kinda calm but still good to dance to and has epic beat drops still.
8.Punk Rock-Rebellious lyrics and stroked down guitar riffs are cool.
9.Indie Pop-This genre is very good actually.
10.Power Metal-Epic genre.

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13 Grunge Grunge Grunge (sometimes referred to as the Seattle sound) is a subgenre of alternative rock and a subculture that emerged during the mid-1980s .

WHAT the hell is wrong with people!? Grunge at 24th place? It deserves to be in the top 10 and not HERE! Nirvana is a legendary and influential band and it is a grunge band. It deserves to be sitting at the throne. Kurt Cobain deserves a huge credit especially when it comes to Best-Music-Genre or whatever...

People, stop voting for that useless R&B, Pop music. It rots the brains of children of this generation.

Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you everyone, I'm 15 and I've been listening to Hair/Glam/Sleaze Metal, Grunge, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal and stuff like that since I'm 12. Other kids said that people like Justin Bieber, One Direction, Bruno Mars, Jay-Z etc. Are their inspiration or whatever and even say that they are proud as a fan. Me? I am more proud as a fan of Kurt Cobain more than how others are proud of themselves as fans of singers.

This is probably the worst comment on the list. So arrogant. And people can like what they like, nothing you can change. - SwagFlicks

WHAT GRUNGE at 24 oh no something wrong in this top ten grunge is the only genre who is 100% real, seriously guys we should kill the one who said nirvana created grunge I think because of people like him grunge is 24 nirvana is the third band who become mainstream soundgarden are the first alice in chains are the second I don't need to talk about the underground band bands like green river cause half of grunge fan todays know nothing about them
By the way if grunge didn't exists all genres in today rock music wouldn't existe

The fact that Grunge is not number one is an insult. Also, the guy who said Grunge was created by Nirvana should be shot in the foot.

Grunge is one of the best music genres and it has some of the best bands in music including Nirvana and Alice In Chains and many other bands my favorite genre is Heavy Metal however but Grunge also rocks my favorite genres are Heavy Metal,Grunge,Alternative,Classic Rock,Alternative Rock,Punk,Old School Rap,Reggae,Ska,Avant Garde,Experimental Rock,Hard Rock,New Wave,Thrash Metal,Progressive Metal,Progressive Rock,Alternative Metal,A little bit of Free Jazz,and Funk Metal

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14 Progressive Rock Progressive Rock

Progressive rock is probably one of the best genres out there. Often involving deep stories with morals and complex instrumentals, this music digs into the very depths of the human mind to create a revolutionary change to the mind of a human individual. Blending many types of music from different eras, cultures, as well as involving many instruments. This kind of music is the epitome of creativity in music.

Progressive rock is the best genre of all. It's the genre that takes the most talent to listen to and the one the requires the best taste in music. It's an extremely underrated genre. You've got bands like Pink Floyd, Yes, Genesis, Rush and King Crimson. What's not to like about this genre. I can't believe pop is above progressive rock. Pop music takes no talent, nor any good taste in music. Same goes to electronic. Progressive rock is very original. You have to really know how to play. I guess people rather go with what is mainstream, rather than what's actually good. Learn to listen to 20 minute songs with more than four chords. Learn to listen to long instrumental section like Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Roundabout, Echoes, Close To The Edge, 2112, Supper's Ready, Musical Box, etc. , not just three minute-easy to listen to-songs. Progressive rock makes you actually listen and pay attention. It's true music.

Pink Floyd, Yes, Genesis, King Crimson. Come on guys also this includes Progressive Metal. The music is so complex and has time for long instrumentals

How the *#@! is rap higher than this classic genre? - Fuziion

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15 Nu Metal

I'm actually really surprised to see it so high on the list! This is my favorite genre, and honestly I was afraid to even say I liked nu metal, because I would get pounded into the ground by other metal fans, but really the only people that hate this genre are the brain dead metal fans that hate everything except what they like. Thanks for voting up, even though you don't know me I'm happy to see this genre is getting some positive feedback. Korn, slipknot, system of the down, and linkin park (not really sure if they still make nu metal) for the win!

Nu Metal is great because all the aspects combined make it melodic. Majority of nu metal songs have deep meaning, and most of the bands make their music for good reasons. - lukestheman4

Have you ever listen korn, slipknot, Linkin Park, limp bizkit or mushroomhead? You will be surprised because of basses, drums and DJ... And more

This genre is actually good.Listen to Linkin Park,System of a down or Korn.This genre,Dubsteo,Rap and Punk are good to listen to if you are pissed off.Favourite metal genre.-TheCoolGuy1

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16 Alternative Metal Alternative Metal Alternative metal is a music genre that infuses heavy metal with influences from alternative rock and other genres normally associated with metal.

Think System of a Down, Tool or early Linkin Park. An upgraded version of nü-metal with more complex guitar riffs and different lyrical themes. (e. G, System of a Down's political lyric themes)

Linkin Park, system of a down, stone sour, breaking benjamin, three days grace, its all alternative metal

More lyrical version of metal. Bands like Seether, Breaking Benjaming, Three Days Grace, Evanescence fall under this category.

System Of A Down,Linkin park,Breaking Benjamin,Staind,Three Days Grace and of course DISTURBED made me love metal music..

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17 Hip Hop

I like hip hop

Hip hop is culture and it's just hated cause of its bad rap because of the lyrics but you just need to understand it a bit and listen to some of Eminem songs to know that it's not that bad

People judge hip hop on certain instances but when you really give it a chance and find the right artist it truly is art and culture

Definitely should be #1.

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18 Pop Rock

Pop Rock is the genre that consists of many popular Bands! All their lyrics are relatable in life and love at the same time

I love pop rock so much! It consists of many amazing bands like Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons, Coldplay, Fall Out Boy, One Republic, Panic! at the Disco, and so much more! Pop rock music always seems to cheer me up for some reason. Get this higher please!

I love pop rock especially OneRepublic.

This genre might seem like an oxymoron bit this genre is very good.Twenty One Pilots,Maroon 5,Coldplay,Imagine Dragons and Fall Out Boy are awesome but there are still quite a few genres that are better than this but I am glad that this genre is popular.-TheCoolGuy1

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19 Psychedelic Rock

Psychedelic rock. This is the best genre out there. It's not mainstream that's the problem. It was revolutionised by the 13th floor elevators in about 1965-1966 then became huge in 1967 what such bands as Pink Floyd bringing out piper at the gates of dawn, doors: the doors, Beatles sgt peppers lonely hearts club band and many more. Bands such as tame impala are bringing it back which is awesome and psychedelic was the roots of punk, pop rock and pop. Be grateful for it.

38 is way to low when we're talking about bands such as Floyd, Beatles, Doors and so many other of historys greatest bands, not to mention newcomers such as MGMT

I like most genres of music before 1995, and occasionally Id hear a new song which I like, but Psychedelic Rock is without a doubt the best genre. It combined all the great genres of its day like blues, folk, jazz, rock, classical, funk, Eastern music, etc. and added new elements that made your brain melt as you rode the psychedelic rollercoaster. Some of the greatest artists of all time explored psychedelia and opened our minds to the possibilities and complexities of music. Artists like the Beatles, the Grateful Dead, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Phish. it's a shame its not more well known, otherwise no one would listen to what people call music these days.

Agreed I Love Psychedelic Rock, and in my opinion it's the best genre out there, and is so creative, I wish it was more popular today. - RogerWatersfan1999

Go to a list of the greatest albums of all time and the first places are for psychedelic albums.

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20 Soul Soul

Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Four Tops, Diana Ross, Commadores, Jackson 5, Soul Train. Without this their would be no rap or R&B.

I'm 13 years old, and this is my favourite genre. I really get invested in the beautiful music and meaningful lyrics.

This is a genre you really feel and has provided consistently great artists

It's a great music genre. - Fullwalking2

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21 Alternative Rock Alternative Rock

Why isn't this higher

This is the best! Imagine Dragons play Alt. Rock! - Jackal2272

Two words: Smashing Pumpkins


22 Reggae

Reggae in my opinion is the only music genre that goes beyond music. Not many other genres sway the minds of our youth, with its meaningful and inspiring lyrics. Most of reggae artist stay away from mainstream tendencies, with the soul purpose of changing the world for the better. With its funky, flowing sound we can only hope people will catch on to this music that is more then music.

I call reggae a beautiful badass; its got some much soul and flows like classical music but also rolls in heavy with a strong bass line. Its like the product of the best parts of every other genre. In my opinion.

I knew that rap will be in top ten. I knew that hard rock will be in top ten. I know that reggae should be in top ten. Reggae is very positive music and I think that people just want be sad, this is a reason why reggae isn't in top ten...

I just love how positive it is and how amazing it feels to wake up to the sunrise and listen to some Bob Marley or Rebelution

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23 R&B

Beautiful, I love music that you can actually hear the words in it and that you can relate to

This really the best genre of music. It sounds beautiful

This is latterly the best genre, it's just easy to relate to, it's so beautiful and meaningful.

ZAYN is a god of r&b. The Weeknd, PARTYNEXTDOOR are great, too.

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24 Melodic Death Metal

I'm happy to see so many rock&metal-genres here at the top! :D
I have no clear favourite... Hard or punk rock? Power, heavy or melodic metal? Nu metal or metalcore? Or maybe grunge? Maybe alternative rock? No clue :P
But hey, just voted in honor of one of my favourite bands:
In Flames! M/ - Flav

Five years ago, I used to listen to meaningless idiotic songs on the radio.

But, then I discovered rock/metal music and its countless sub genres.

I never thought death metal song will ever make me cry. After listening to "Lethe" by Dark Tranquillity, I cried out loud and this song relieved me from some of my pain.

I have been a big fan of Dark Tranquillity, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Amon Amarth and Children of Bodom.

Lethe is in my opinion the best song ever made, made me tear up too - Tylerlangford1234

Embrace of the Endless Ocean by Amon Amarth got me hooked on Melodic Death Metal. The music has the intensity of Death Metal, but the melody expresses more emotion and atmosphere.

One of the most complex and beautiful sub genre of metal. Melody, harsh vocals mixed with clean singing and heavily distorted guitar still tend to sound so damn awesome.
__ #Emran Perwaiz

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25 Progressive Metal

By far the best genre. Bands like Tool, Dream Theater, Opeth, Symphony X, Prototype and Agalloch are some of the most talented bands ever. Hands down.

Prog is the best! Tool is the best and Dream Theater is second. (For prog metal)

My top bands:

1. Tool
2. System of a Down
3. Dream Theater

#3 and #2 can switch around. - moose4life19

System of a Down is a good band, but it's not progressive metal. It is alternative and nu metal. - Powerfultekin

By far, requires the most talent to play. People who listen to prog metal and prog rock are usually musicians and/or intelligent people.

Just listen to bands such as Tool, Dream Theater, Opeth, Meshuggah, and Symphony X. I also heard Rush would be considered Progressive Metal as it has taken some of those elements of heavy metal, and King Crimson's 21st Century Schizoid Man was also considered one of the earliest metal songs, and probably the first Progressive Metal song.

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26 Folk

Just listen to Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell. People like that.

They sing about things that are tried and true. There's no DJ that works with Folk music to get it right. It's the raw human voice and spirit.

Guys are you serious? Ever played/watched the game "Life is Strange"? The main theme Syd Matters- To All of You and Obstacles is so good. It feels like your at peace with yourself, just like a slice of heaven.



I love Folk music, it's a mix of diff categories and can be rock, sad, really, anything. Folk is like a more soothing version of pop in my opinion. Of Monsters And Men is my fave Folk band. Check them out!

It doesn't matter if you are talking about old folk or new folk; all of it is amazing!

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27 Funk Funk

Why isn't this in the top 10? Listen to bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and you'll get my drift.

Red hots are not funk band. Red Hot Chili Peppers is funk rock band.

Peppers represent this genre and they are the greatest band of all time. Funk is the best man!

Best genre ever, I can't interact with anyone who disagrees

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28 Country

Easily the best music genre ever. Always has been, always will be! Sadly, it's also the most underrated music genre ever. I can't believe it's lower than garbage like hip hop, metalcore, rap, and electronic! Seriously people?! Country music is not a bunch of drunk cowboys crying because their cow died, or their pick up truck broke down! It's not all about beer and tractors! It's about LIFE! It's about family, faith, friendship, love, hope, God, being proud of where you come from even when people discriminate against you for it, learning valuable life lessons, being a better person, having fun, pursuing happiness, and other things that everyone cares about! There are also some really funny country songs out there! Sure, there are sad country songs, but they're sad because they mean something. They're sad because they're realistic. Country music is amazing because it sounds good, the lyrics actually have depth and meaning and everyone can relate to them, and country singers can actually ...more

Ok Country is definitely one of the best genres out there, if not the best. It's this genre that early American society was first based off of, and Country can be played anywhere, be it with just one acoustic guitar, or a full band. While it's true that country has evolved to more of a poppish tone, all music is evolving. Now pop music, mixed in with country, isn't just about love, having fun, but it actually has some real messages mixed in. A great example of modern country Is Rascal Flatts: listen to their songs Bless the Broken Road, My Wish, Changed. Etc, and tell me those are not incredible songs. Country is the best genre ever, no doubt

What? Early American society? Do you know how old country is? I think you mean folk and the blues, but that it still way younger than America. - MrWizard1234

Country music is basically the root of all other modern music genres, just look at Elvis he was country singer and he also basically invented rock and roll and blues. Country is also the longest lasting genre, gaining popularity around the early 1900's. Since country has been around for awhile a lot of changes have been made mostly for the worst it is all about drinking beer and saying how "country" they are but the genre lost what made it special, the ability to convey emotion in the lyric. Other things that made it great are also gone like telling a heart felt story, actually teaching you a lesson, and telling the struggles of day to day life. In conclusion modern country is crap, and older country, in my opinion, is the best genre.P. S this is for classic country not modern.

Haha,no.Country music is utter trash because all they sing about is just riding tractors while getting drunk on a farm.You might say that's bro country.Well I guess you're kinda right but in Country Music they sing so slow like that's boring.I can't believe people actually like this but ok if you like then fine but there was seriously a country fan that says that electronic and rap are garbage.Haha,I am dying from laughter-TheCoolGuy1

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29 Death Metal

Like Metal but with more anger and power

They are speechless... Wonderful. Most beautiful part is that their Voice is in anger and powerful voice, Wonderful voice. Everyone should hear of this type of song. They will inspired you, just like they inspired by me. They have unique talent.

The only music that parallels the complexity, technicality and emotion of classical music. It's the hardest genre to play on Earth, besides classical.


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30 Metalcore

Maybe there are too much pop-emo-bands calling themselves metalcore, but the REAL metalcore like from As I Lay Dying or Parkway Drive is really really awesome! Very ambitious, diversified and melodic. love this genre!

Other memorable bands could be: August Burns Red, Unearth, Killswitch Engage, The Ghost Inside, The Agonist, The Devil Wears Prada - Flav

Older Bullet For My Valentine, As I Lay Dying, some Bring Me The Horizon, Asking Alexandria, older Avenged Sevenfold. - EvilAngel

Metal core is the best genre ever. It involves screaming, metal, and meanings. They have certain meanings and lessons

This the best genre having mixes of tempos and dark and melodic times in one whole song🎸👿

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31 Disco

Nothing makes me groove like those funky tunes.

It left its mark on American society. Nothing can match the distinct funky soul inspired sound

An amazing genre full of extraordinary voices and instrumental talent, including many classical elements.

The best EVER

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32 Blues Rock Blues Rock

Fake n gay, deadmau5 is better - akyreaper

Blues Rock. No 115?! Are you KIDDING me? Bands like Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and Deep Purple (my top 3 bands ever) all adopted a bluesy rock sound. It was mostly hard rock, but they had blues thrown in there. A few examples-

Led Zeppelin:
When the Levee Breaks

Down Payment Blues
You Shook Me All Night Long
Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution

Deep Purple:
Lazy (AMAZING underrated song)

Blues Rock comes in second to hard rock. No. 115...

Acdc deep purple the who the stones so so so good

33 Power Metal

Fast paced instrumentals and intricate playing put the power into power metal. The sheer skill possessed by bands like Blind Guardian and Sonata Arctica, symphonic intricacies of bands like Rhapsody, and catchy melodies of bands like Sabaton and Stratovarius exemplify the diversity of power metal's reaches. Sub genres like pirate and viking metal also manifest power metal influences. Fantasy tinged lyrics and synth provide a distinct flavor to many bands, while others use more traditional, yet dramatized lyrics. By far one of the most skill-intensive genres one could listen to, and appealing to a wide variety of people.

An EPIC version of Heavy Metal Blind Guardian, Rhapsody of Fire, Helloween and much MUCH MORE!

Power is one of the most melodic metal I ever heard, so much that's in the atmosphere, the harmony changes, epic solos, it's a ballad in the metal sub-genre, its possibly the best music piece I ever heard, revitalising classicals, opera, 80s AOR, and Orchestral strings all done on keyboard

One name: SABATON. - Kolobanov

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34 Rap Rock

How is rock rap so low on the list don't forget about bands such as the Red Hot Chile peppers and Rage Against The Machine, Linkin Park skillet three days grace breaking benjamin and many more

Rap rock should be ahead of classical. We got, linking park, Hollywood undead, skillet, breaking benjamin. With out rap rock we wouldn't be able to express ourselves and the bands struggled like us and help us move on.

Classical is the best kind of music out there, and rap rock deserves to be on #9 on this list - LargeDemon

It is a modern genre rap and rock listeners like Linkin Park is best for it

Basically another word for nu metal but it needs to be praised more

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35 Groove Metal

Aggressive style of music. Like Nu-Metal, but adds more of what Metal really is, while removing what make Nu-Metal unpopular. Think of bands like Pantera and Sepultura, for example.

Groove metal is pretty good. Unfortunately, it also inspired that cancer most of us know as nu-metal.

I love groove metal, especially pantera and machine head

I thought Anthrax inspired nu metal

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36 Metal

Metal is awesome better than hip hop

So good that it's on here twice!

Metal is the best music in this world believe it or not is the greatest

Metal is awesomem/

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37 Pop Punk

I feel like the name "pop punk" contradicts itself. Pop means popular, and its what the majority listens to. PUNK is this rebellious spirit that pees on the majority and rules. Pop punk is what teen girls listen to to make them feel like rebellious punks, despite actually being preppy. If you want to understand what I'm talking about listen to Sex Pistols or The Clash or Bad Religion

And here folks you have genre of overrated bands, including but not limited to the sub-par bands licensed to fueled by ramen.

What the hell did people ever here about a band called blink 182 there the best band I've ever heard this genre should be definitely in the top 5.

BLINK-182 guys. blink-182. The best band.

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38 Black Metal

Lower than Nu Metal? Yeah right. - djpenquin999

Black metal for life.

Black Metal ist Krieg!

Ahh, I grew up with this, mostly because my parents listened to it. And no, my parents aren't bad. they are very nice.

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39 Trance

Let me put it this way...

Armin van Buuren
Paul van dyk
Markus Schulz
Dash Berlin
Gareth Emery
Ferry Corsten
Above & Beyond
Cosmic Gate

No one will ever beat them

I think trance is definitely the best genre that isn't that mainstream, the other people would rate Heavy Metal as the best genre, but that is more mainstream than trance, trance hasn't been at it's been since the 90's though really. But it's always been my favourite and it brings back memories of the 90's. It sure is better than dubstep, which is rated higher, shows this list is biased to what we know and what we don't.

Its my favorite music type because of its power to embrace and relax you with joy I'd give this 5 stars out of 3

Many genres Including Pop, Rap, Some other Electronic music, etc are going downhill but 138 BPM trance keeps Improving every year, but it's way too underrated.

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40 Orchestral

I grew up in Philly the Robin Hood Dell sponsored free concerts by the Philadelphia Philharmonic left an impression on my soul that I always come back to no matter if it's a movie theme a cartoon Boston Pops I love to see a large group of men and women cooperating to bring out a rainbow of sound

41 East Coast Hip Hop
42 Indie Rock

This is a genre that doesn't go mainstream. It's a good thing considering that having mainstream music will make bands looks creative and intellectual control over their music, which is what hip-hop, pop, and modern rock is failing in a way. But with indie rock, it's finally a genre that opens doors to well written lyrics, great beats, creative sounds, innovative direction of music, and intelligence yet fun listening. Modern music fails to make anything forever memorable, but yet for indie, it always marks the spot as the best of all time when an indie rock albums is released.

The White Stripes, Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Guided by Voices, Pavement, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, Neutral Milk Hotel, Liz Phair, and the rest are all worth your time.

How is this lower than pop? Pop sucks anyway

I am so glad I made it here. Pop and indie rock need to switch places...NOW. Anyway, indie rock is non mainstream, each band has a unique sound, and lyrics. Although Imagine Dragons are the most popular, let's not over look Arctic Monkeys, Modest Mouse, Arcade Fire, and many more. This genre takes a lot of talent because everything must be done by the band, not the record label. It is a lot better than these pop rock bands (although I like some pop rock bands such as The Fray, One Republic, etc)

Independent Rock

That's what It means - oldfashionedmickeymousecol1995

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43 Dance

I like it a lot good kinds of dance
House, trance, chillout, happy hardcore. So many and lots of them are good

Now, I know that I said voice trumps beat, but, why not have a dazzling voice and a killer club banger! I am a little raver, I love dancing to music (very poorly, mind you) but I love dance music! Rave, trance, dubstep, house, techno, synthpop, some disco, nu-disco, eurodance, EDM, alternative dance, dancehall, electro, you name it, I probably dance to it (alone in front of my mirror). Hell...rock, Latin music, jazz, I'll dance to just about anything. - theOpinionatedOne

David Guetta is king of this genre!

House music

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44 Symphonic Metal

No way in the world should symphonic metal be so low. Have you ever heard Nightwish? They are my favorite band in the world! Their lyrics are awe-inspiring, and their music is phenomenal. I refuse to believe that symphonic metal is hated this much in the world. Seriously, if you are looking for a genre of music that actually has bands that are talented, and not using computers to modify their music, symphonic metal is perfect! This should be in the number 1 spot. It definitely is in my world. By the way, I've been a symphonic metal and Nightwish fan since I was 6 years old. First heard Storytime, from Nightwish, and was instantly hooked. But I can't believe no one likes this amazing genre of music.

Why the hell is the best genre in the bottom spot? I'm not accepting this impulsive decision!

This is classic and metal together!

45 Electronic Dance Music

EDM has concerts that gain national notability! It is the highest climbing genre and mixes with pop and rap artists that score hundreds of thousands of views and positive feedback.

I wouldn't say it's the best; but it deserves to be much higher than this. It encompasses some of the other genres put on this list. - Lasvegasxavier

This is the kind of music that really hypes up the crowd!

I love EDM. It's a great genre and I don't have to sing! I love dancing! My favorite genres are:


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46 Experimental Rock

How is this SO underrated? Post (Experimental) Rock is a really good music genre. If you want something depressing, listen to this! If you want something calm or epic, listen to this! In my opinion, Godspeed You! Black Emperor is the best Post Rock group, you should definitely check them out!

I don't even care if I'm the only one voting for this, but, I just love the unlimited sounds and musical directions that fall under Experimental Music in general, not just Experimental Rock. In a society where 80% of new music seems to be going for the same thing (money) we need musical diversity more than ever.
P.S. this isn't my favorite genre, but I love the idea behind it, that's why I voted for it. - theOpinionatedOne

Yeah I'm only voting this because I like Radiohead, and I think this is one of their genres?

This is a weird genre but a good one. Listen if you like deeper meaning
Listen to the band Swans if interested

47 Neo-classical Metal Neo-classical Metal Neoclassical metal is a subgenre of heavy metal that is heavily influenced by classical music and usually features very technical playing, consisting of elements borrowed from both classical and speed metal music.

Has to be the best music genre. It gets me every time, taking advice from the masters of long ago and mixing it with the creativity and awesomeness that takes place today (called metal).

It's the answer for people who say metal is just noise.

A very great music genre. It takes a lot of skill too.

48 Punk Punk Punk rock is a subgenre of rock music. It usually has rebellious lyrics and down stroked power chords played on guitars. Bad Religion, Sex Pistols, and Green Day (actually pop-punk, which is still punk in a way) are a few punk rock bands. The subgenre influenced thrash metal because of it's down stroked more.

This should be number 4

Oh my god yes 5sos 4 life,!,1!,!

I hope this was a joke, punk (Bad Religion, Nofx, Dead Kennedys) is great, but 5sos is not punk, nor great - izaguf

49 Piano Rock
50 Swing Music

Go listen to some Benny Goodman and feel like you're in a Mafia movie.

Swing music is so underrated because people in the 20s r almost gone ;-; more people should listen to this genre

It just gives a feeling of excitement and you feel as if you're right there in France or playing the instrument! It gives you a feeling to dance like your back in the good ol' days! Sounds so much better than a bunch of noises put together amd being called music, this is actually well written music for instrumentals!


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