Top Ten Best Music Genres

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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. ...read 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.

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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

Long live the king (tony Iommi)!

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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 got popular during the 60s, 70s and 80s. Rock bands 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.

Metal is well deserved #1 but I like the calmer (if you can even call it that) of rock in its base, generic form. Half the time people claim the music I listen to to be metal even though it's not usually. Metallica definitely had a special place on this earth and music all together and the genre behind them but pure rock is where I'm usually at. I'm glad to see the real down to earth, fully skilled and full personality poured into music higher than most of the mainstream nonsense nowadays.

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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.

Not too fast, not too slow, just right. There are hundreds of great songs between the 60’s and 80’s, that told great stories you could understand.

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4 Alternative Alternative Alternative rock is a style of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. In this instance, the word "alternative" refers to the genre's distinction from mainstream rock music.

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.

WHY isn't THIS SECOND BEHIND ROCK N ROLL
?!?!?

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5 Classical 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.

I hope one day it will be rediscovered

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6 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. ...read 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?

Love this genre - lilrocketman

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7 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!

I listen to Predominantly Hip-Hip music, namely within the underground scene, but I vote Jazz because of how little recognition it gets in shaping New age Music. People forget its importance in pushing blues music to the masses, which led to the eventual creation of Rock, Motown, Hip-Hop etc. I find the sampling of Jazz tracks in Hip-Hop one of its most interesting creations. Madlib, JDilla, Pete Rock and Just Blaze, to name a few, have brought me to the likes of Ahmad Jamal, Bill Evans, Coltrane, Miles Davis, Sun Ra... The list goes on!

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8 Progressive Rock Progressive Rock Progressive rock is a broad genre of rock music that developed in the United Kingdom and United States throughout the mid to late 1960s.

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

The music without limits. Progressive Rock and its variants are amazingly complex and beautiful. As classical music does Prog can transmit so many feelings when you listen to it. It's so complex that is hard even to define this genre because mostly of its bands are unique and this is simply amazing. There are hard rock bands that seems to be the same because of the standard of hard rock composition that they follow and this doesn't happens in progressive rock. That's the reason for why I stopped to listen to hard rock bands - after listen to fifteen hard rock albums that follows so exactly the standard of hard rock composition I decide to look for a new type music because I was bored to listen to the same thing over and over again. At least in hard rock some bands can be really unique and beautiful. In other music genres as pop or even other rock genres as the punk rock the bands are even worse. I always wonder how can someone likes a musical genre that the songs don't even have solos ...more - Brunorsk

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9 Pop 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"

George Michael makes The Pop Culture a masterpiece - CedreticFomento

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10 Rap 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

If you don't like rap you probably haven't listened to Joyner Lucas, NF, Mgk, Logic, Tupac, Eminem, or Busta rhymes.

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The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11 Blues Blues Blues is a music genre and musical form originated by African Americans in the Deep South of the United States around the end of the 19th century.

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.

There could still be metal since it's based on classical music. - Powerfultekin

If I could vote for both blues and jazz I would. Something in me became cheesy about rock and I've been listening to more jazz rock and blues than ever before. - Nyoom

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12 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 ...read 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.

Like Green Day obviously but also my chemical romance,panic! at the disco,fall out boy,paramore,pierce the veil,sleeping with sirens,blink182,misfits etc. - Emofag

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13 Alternative Rock Alternative Rock Alternative rock is a style of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. In this instance, the word "alternative" refers to the genre's distinction from mainstream rock music.

Alternate rock is a really good music genre, one example of a band from this is Radiohead.

Why isn't this higher

Two words: Smashing Pumpkins

Beautiful gene. why isn't it number 1 people!?!?!?

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14 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.

Should be at least 10th place... - whattheheckamidoing

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15 Nu Metal 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!

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

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

There are some awful bands like Limp Bizkit but some there's also some good bands like Korn.Also I think some of Lnkin Park's older stuff was considered Nu Metal. - DarkBoi-X

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16 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

How is this so low here? Love this genre

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17 Hip Hop 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

Best

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18 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.

Chevelle, Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Tool (kinda). Chevelle is so underrated. This music is so good.

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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

This is my current addicition

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20 Pop Rock

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!

Thank you for not categorizing those artists as alternative.

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 especially OneRepublic.

Pop rock sounds way better than rap. Rap... it’s not really music. Yes, it’s an art, but it’s not really music. Bad lyrics are bad lyrics, no matter how many times you listen to it. But pop rock is true music. I’m thinking Chicago. I hate modern pop rock but 70s and 80s pop rock is more my type. The drums and keyboards and guitars... especially the bass guitar.

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21 Progressive Metal 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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22 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.

Its good to see this so high up

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23 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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24 Metal Metal

So good that it's on here twice!

Metal is awesome better than hip hop

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

Metal is awesomem/

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25 Soul Soul Soul music (often referred to simply as soul) is a popular music genre that originated in the African American community in the United States in the late 1950s and early 1960s. It combines elements of African-American gospel music, rhythm and blues and jazz.

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

How did this die? Bring it back!

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26 Rock Rock Rock music is a music genre that was created in the 1950s. The genre got popular during the 60s, 70s and 80s. Rock bands generally consists of a guitar player, a drummer, bass player and singer. There are a lot of rock subgenres.

How about rock itself? Everyone likes rock

27 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.

Love it

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28 Blues Rock Blues Rock Blues rock is a fusion genre combining elements of blues and rock. It is mostly an electric ensemble-style music with instrumentation similar to electric blues and rock: electric guitar, electric bass, and drums, often with Hammond organ.

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

AC/DC:
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

29 Rap Rock 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

Challenging question: who did vote on this NOT because of Linkin Park? - Alkadikce

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30 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.

Why does not many like disco on this website? This makes me sad... - Kevinsidis

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31 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

Metalcore should be higher than country. Parkway Drive, Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dead, Bullet For My Valentine, Avenged Sevenfold, Asking Alexandria, and Bring Me The Horizon are all good. - KingSlayer93316

Metalcore rocks,not electronicore though

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32 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.

FOLK FOLK FOLK FOLK FOLK FOLK FOLK FOLK FOLK FOLK I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR THIS CATEGORY AND IT ENDS UP BEING 42ND? ARE YOU GUYS SERIOUS? WHERE ARE ALL THE SCREAMING FANS STANDING UP FOR THEY'RE FAVE GENRE?

Anyway...

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!

THE LUMINEERS - thatguy32

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33 Power Metal 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 Country 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.

It's fin to listen to.

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35 Funk Funk Funk is a music genre that originated in African-American communities in the mid-1960s when African-American musicians created a rhythmic, danceable new form of music through a mixture of soul music, jazz, and rhythm and blues (R&B).

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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36 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.

Thrash metal: Who are you?
Death metal: I'm you but stronger.

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37 Trance

Let me put it this way...

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

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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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38 Electronic Dance Music 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!

Marshmello, Martin Garrix, Avicii, Kygo, Major Lazer, The Chainsmokers, Robin Schulz, Skrillex, and Calvin Harris all lit and fire they drop club bangers that are all fire and with some of the features they spit lyrical bars

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39 Black Metal

Lower than Nu Metal? Yeah right. - djpenquin999

Black metal for life.

True Norwegian black metal is the real deal

Lol black metal is better than death and nu metal

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40 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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41 New Wave

No... no way should New Wave be below half of this list. It's my personal favorite, and I think it's going to continue to age well.

The Police, The Clash, The Cars, Blondie, Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson, Depeche Mode, The Go-Go's, Duran Duran, Talking Heads, Eurythmics, The B-52s, Thomas Dolby, The Art of Noise, ' DEVO! There is no argument I can see for putting, say, Death Metal and Drum and Bass above this. THe amount of exciting diversity of this genre and time period can hardly be overestimated.

Such underrated genius. Really what about Depeche Mode? Or A Flock of Seagulls, Synthesisers!? Only the 80s. Heavy Metal comes a close second- Random 10 year old (literally).

Its so groovy laugh out loud

Tears For Fears. :3 - Gehenna

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42 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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43 Soundtrack

Soundtracks, or so-called "movie trailer music" or "epic music," should definitely rank in the top tens. It has the power of the orchestra and a distinct melody all within the timeframe of a couple minutes. Think of all the movies you have watched and a couple of great soundtracks.

Epic music is by far the most underrated genere

Do you hear that? Yes, it's the vocals taking a backseat. There is no autotune, no crappy lyrics about sex and drugs here. Just sit back and let this genre take you to a different world each time.

WARNING: Listening to this or, if you're lucky, actually playing these songs may negatively change your view of every other genre. The only negative effect is groaning loudly when a pop song starts playing.

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.

Symphonic metal is like the ultimate answer to ones who search 'the perfect rhythm'...It inspires me in facing life and dream...i believe it is the best music genre from what I have heard...However I agree that we're all different so...suit you?

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 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

46 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)

I just love how genuine it is. Of course, genres are stupid, but for what its worth, Indie Rock wins. Jazz too.

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47 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 ...read 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

48 Hardcore Punk

A more abrasive, faster and aggressive version of Punk Rock. In addition, a lot of bands and music genres take several odes from Hardcore Punk.

Alternative Rock, Thrash Metal, Grunge, Screamo, Death Metal, Ska Punk, Noise Rock, Black Metal and Metalcore are all influenced and have elements based on Hardcore Punk. While not the best, one cannot deny the influence it had.

Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer, Linkin Park, Green Day, Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Evanescance, Sum 41, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Trivium, Death, Opeth, Mayhem, Gorgoroth and so many others can be traced back to Hardcore Punk in a way. Its almost unbelievable... - CrimsonShark

Dude...hardcore has got to be higher than that, that's disappointing, bands like Bad Religion, NOFX, Black Flag, and so much more have paved the way for so many other genres...where do you think the "core" in metalcore/deathcore comes from? Bands like Killswitch Engage, Lamb Of God, Avenged Sevenfold, Thy Art Is Murder, etc. Have all derived the breakdown in most metal hardcore genres because of hardcore punk

I like Hardcore Punk a lot.I'm mostly like Alternative Rock and Rap/Hip Hop but Punk Rock is awesome.Hardcore Punk is the best type of punk.Dead Kennedy's,The Misfits,Bad Religion,Anti Flag,Rise Against,Crass and Fugazi are great and 52 is too low for a genre with these bands.-DarkBoi-X

49 Industrial Metal

One band: Rammstien

50 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.

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