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

Just because Of Metallica

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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.

Rock is one of the best music genres of all time. Sure, kids at your school like crappy Pop and Rap and hate Rock, but Rock Music is actually good. Like, anyone could write a Pop or Rap song.

With Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, Guns N Roses, The Eagles, Jimi Hendrix, etc, Rock easily approves. - EpicJake

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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.

Rock n roll- father of all genres, so all are good

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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.

This genre is sick

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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.

Alternative is over Classical... well done humanity - somekindofaguy

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6 Punk Rock Punk Rock

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

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.

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.

One word: GBH

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7 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.

I'll always love Jazz; it relaxes me but Blues... It's as if it lifts my whole spirit. Everything about it makes me happy! Sometimes I wonder how I coped with life before Blues, Blues-Rock or anything related to it. I'm totally in love with it. - Britgirl

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8 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!

Jazz music is truly amazing and people say that it is dying. I love jazz and if it is dying then, well, we must revive it. I'm lucky enough to learn the saxophone and I am going to make sure that the jazz community thrives. It is sad that stars like Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and many others have passed away but that does not mean jazz will not live on. People need to stop underestimating jazz because jazz is better than any other music and it can't be beaten. Jazz will live on.

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9 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"

Honestly, the people who hate this contradicts themselves. They say Pop isn't a genre of music, but then they treat it like a genre by calling all of it garbage. - DCfnaf

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10 Thrash Metal Thrash Metal Thrash metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music characterized by its fast tempo and overall aggression. The songs usually use fast percussive beats and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead work.The genre evolved in the early 1980s from combining the fast drum beats ...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?

SLAYER!

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The Contenders

11 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

Rap (Hip-Hop) is the best cause I'm an urban guy, so I think its part of the culture

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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.

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 is not going to be the future of music. Many newer music genres like Metal are still getting on their feet, and they've been around for 50-60 years. When Metal first started, it was easily more popular than Rock, but then it's fame started to waver. It's going to be the same with Electric. It has a lot of fame now, but soon it will fade out and then eventually start to have a wavering fame scale. - The_Guy_With_That_One_Name

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

Electronic is life

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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 a good genre, but unfortunately some people know it only because Nirvana... Soundgarden, AIC and Mudhoney are much better. - somekindofaguy

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14 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

Old rhythm and blues music is very good. - MrWizard1234

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

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15 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!

I love pop rock especially OneRepublic.

Imagine dragons aren't pop rock dumbass

Does it for me

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16 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.

I honestly wouldn't say anything is true music, but this is a great genre. - DarkenedBrutality

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

Absolutely the best, extremely complex musical arrangements coupled with the greatest lyrics in music make prog magical

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17 Soul Soul

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

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

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

Two words: Aretha Franklin. - MrWizard1234

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18 Alternative Metal Alternative Metal

Think System of a Down, Tool or early Linkin Park. An upgraded version of nĂ¼-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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19 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

My favorite as well

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20 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.

Perhaps, one of the underrated genres of all time. One shouldn't forget that it was the game changer, which gave birth to progressive rock followed by hard rock, heavy metal and all...
You can't deny the impact of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, for sure.
Unfortunately, it didn't last for a much longer time. Yet it's short timed impact is simply revolutionary in the history of rock 'n' roll music. I still love this genre among others. Afterall music is subjective. Each of us have our own preferences which makes it special.
(PS. This is just a reference. Few more albums of 60s are inclusive in my opinion.)

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