Top Ten Best Music Genres

The Top Ten Best Music Genres

1 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

I totally agree. Heavy metal is one of the greatest genres ever!

Heavy metal is such A ridiculously diverse genre from the traditional metal of the 60s to the much more aggressive complex and extreme genres like Death metal and Neo-classical.

There's something for everybody in metal (including rap, electronic, CLASSICAL, trance, JAZZ, FOLK, punk and even beautiful atmospheric music fans because metal has been CROSSED with all of these styles... which make up the 100s of subgenres heavy metal now contains. )

From the truly beautiful and epic like Nightwish, Helloween, Dream theatre, Blind guardian, stratovarius, While heaven wept, Kamelot, Rhaposdy of fire, Draconian and Ensiferum.

To the blistering complexity and technicality of the likes of ygnwie Malmsteen, Paul gilbert, Jason Becker, Nevermore, Spawn of Possession, Necrophagist, Nocturnus, Brain drill, Coroner, Watchtower, Blotted Science and I hate to admit it but also Dragonforce (they aren't as technical as most of the guys on the list but deserve A mention. )

I ...more - technicalbrutaldeath

2 Rock n' Roll Rock music is a music genre that was created in the 1940s. 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

Elvis is definitely not the original Rock and Roll. That would be Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Big Momma Thornton etc. - RobertWisdom

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

Unlike all the other "big" genres on this list (Classical, Jazz, Blues, Metal, Rap, Pop, Electronic, etc.), rock is the only music genre that can ACTUALLY be about anything.
It can actually take any shape or form you could possibly imagine, regarding both musical and lyrical content.
From the beautiful sound of psychedelic rock and folk rock, to the rebellious spirit of punk rock, to the raw sound of heavy metal and hard rock, to the creativity of alternative rock, as well as everything in between, this genre encompasses every single situation, feeling or message - everything that one could possibly relate to.
It is also the only music genre that can be fused with EVERY other genre. Disco rock? You have it. Folk rock? You have it. Electronic rock? You have it. Country rock? You have it. Blues rock? You have it. Jazz rock? You have it. Rap rock? You have it. And so on and so forth...
Put it simply: there is a rock song for every occasion.
The genius of rock music lies in ...more - Adrian_4

3 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.

Alternative does deserve #4 (or possibly even higher) on this list, but not for bands that most people here seem to mention (Linkin Park, Coldplay, Evanescence, My Chemical Romance, Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, etc.)
I'm not saying those bands are bad (quite the contrary), or that they are not alternative (I, personally, would classify them as such).
I'm saying those are not the essential alternative bands.
The essential alternative bands are bands like R.E.M., U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, The Smiths, The Cure, Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, Stone Temple Pilots, Oasis, Blur, Radiohead, Green Day, Weezer, Rage Against the Machine, Nine Inch Nails, etc.
The thing is, alternative already gained worldwide recognition in the 80s and was at its peak in the 90s, not so late as the 2000s.
If you do like the 2000s alternative that is mostly mentioned here, I highly recommend you check out the 80s and 90s alternative.

4 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 laid out the way for this, but heavy metal is the pregnancy of this legendary genre. For Steve Perry to Steven Tyler. From Slash to Angus Young. The creativity and power conveyed by this genre is without question. I love a lot of music, as a musician myself who sings, plays guitar, plays piano, plays bass, and plays drums, there are a lot of different genres and aspects of genre I investigate. My personal preference is always Hard Rock because of their infamous songs that can be recognized on contact. I can near promise that people recognize Aerosmith and Guns N' Roses before they recognize Metallica. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Metallica. Fade to black is my second favorite song to play on guitar behind Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne (Crazy Train in my opinion is a mix of metal and Hard rock, a hard rock feel with a metal style of guitar playing). But you just don't always get the crowd to feel the same about metal or classic rock as you do with Hard Rock.

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 must be the best genre of Music of All Time! The source of music is Classical, the reason it is one of the best is since the root of this good music that follows is from it. The nicest compositions are of classic origin when it comes to enjoyable easy listening or maybe something more proactive. Much to do when it comes to classical music from slower to faster or quicker tempos. Should really be learn in school or at least to begin with before any other sort of music is basic the normal of modern civilization as well as some of the older foundations. Classical music is also the Christmas present of music to the world of sound, much to adore just have to know a few compositions that resound most with the personal. Some just enjoy the technical side and natural properties as well as what builds the instruments as well as how in order to really find appreciation though it is not necessary to do such. Music is rich in classical genre and it remains to do so well into the ...more - iliescu

6 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!

Ministry, Motorhead and Pantera are industrial metal, speed metal and groove metal, respectively. The rest is fine. - Adrian_4

The big 4 are great. Toxic Holocaust, Sodom, Kreator are also great too - DarkBoi-X

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?

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.

Pop is a genre lol. If a heavy metal song is popular does that mean it is classified as pop. Just because you don't like pop doesn't mean you get to say it is not a genre. - Luckys

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"

I'm not a pop fan, but to all the pop haters out ther, I would like to talk about pop music. Indeed, it used not be a genre. Like heavy metal, for example, who was classified as some sort of "hard rock" or "heavy blues" or "heavy psych". So yes at first it was not a genre, and yes, it came from "popular". But if we decorticate names like this, it gets weird, like the accusation of pop being too "dancey" while "rock n' roll" does imply some sort of moving. Not too important. So, pop emerged as a genre while progressive rock and psychedelic rock started branching out from rock. And then, progressively, it became a thing. Michael Jackson and Madonna finalized it into and existing, definable genre.

I would characterize the genre like this. In one plainly objective sentence, I would say that Pop music in general is music that centers on singing. That's it. Less instrumental passages than rock, for example. Of course, there are other characteristics, like following in general more ...more

8 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.

I love prog rock, but you must have a very limited definition of talent if you think electronic music takes none of it. - Adrian_4

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

Most people listen to the mainstream, unoriginal, and even sometimes hypnotic rap music, with absolutely no rhythm, less than four chords, and the abominations known as 4/4 time and major scales.

Progressive Rock is nothing like that. Unlike mainstream rap, Prog isn't afraid to experiment. It's innovative, creative, and blends a variety of music and instruments to form music that, unlike AC/DC or Metallica, isn't defined by a single genre. Many progressive songs even get rid of the two abominations I mentioned by adding in unusual time signatures, different musical modes and scales, and adding in long instrumental sections.

For starters, listen to King Crimson's first album, the album that invented the genre. Larks' Tongues in Aspic is another masterpiece. Also listen to Yes, Jethro Tull, ELP, Dream Theater, and Tool. - shadomatrix

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.

No, he shouldn't. Stop crying like a baby whenever someone has a different opinion than yours. - RogerMcBaloney

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.

Why is rap so enjoyed? It contains curse words, sex talk, and one even mocked autistic people (Up In Here). And every rap song has the same beat, so why does everyone like rap?

Why does everyone like rap? Rap is overrated and makes my ears bleed. Sure old rap songs are good, but new ones make me want to chug a gallon of bleach.

Here is the way I see it, it is a great genre with noticeably terrible artists. - USGC

10 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

Soundgarden, STP, Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog and the masterpiece Above album by Mad Season. absolutely incredible

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.

The Contenders

11 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.

It's so good it deserves it's own subgenres.
Pop-punk (Green Day, The Offspring), skate-punk (NOFX, Bad Religion), ska-punk (Operation Ivy, Interrupters), hardcore-punk (Black Flag, Minor Threat), classic punk (Ramones, Clash), and more

12 Jazz Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime. Jazz is seen by many as "America's classical music".

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 genre of music, as it is calm when it has to be, soothing when it wants to be, and fast if it needs to be. Used to relax and rewind, it is definitely an under-rated genre of music, especially by children of the modern generation.

In my personal opinion, there are few music genres as varied, as expressive, and as downright groovy as jazz. Not to discredit other styles of music, as people often do, but there must be something wrong with you if you don't at least appreciate what jazz has accomplished for music as a whole and in my personal opinion, stands out as a titan among music

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

13 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.

Blue is the grandfather of modern music. How can it be listed below pop?!?!

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

My absolute favourite genre. Tool, Rage Against The Machine, System Of A Down, Deftones, Primus and Korn are fantastic bands. For more info see my remix of this list. - DarkBoi-X

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.

15 Hip Hop

No hip hop is the worst because it ruined music and is constantly being played all the time. It ruined rock music and other genres I like.

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

Original and better then rap(in my opinion) it had a culture back in the olden days. Turn tables, break-dancing, and graffiti. These built up hip-hop with rap and it feels fresh still looking back on it. Souls of Mischief are a great hip-hop group. Highly underrated and cool. - SmokedSalmon

16 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

Alright alright I won't say this genre was perfect or better then heavy metal or metal in general, BUT there were some great Nu Metal bands in the early 2000's like Slipknot, Korn, and System Of A Down. I'm surprised it's ranked this high at 16, but it was cool how bands from this genre mixed other genres into it. Most notable from my experience System of a Down for using jazz, middle eastern, ballad, folk and more music influence in certain songs of theirs almost effortlessly. Can't compete with other metal, but its great deeds are worth noting. - SmokedSalmon

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

17 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

Pop AND rock?! Sign me up! - RoseWeasley

This should be #1

18 Rock Rock music is a music genre that was created in the 1940s. 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.

I think we should honestly just use the most broad terms rather than all these sub-genres, also I couldn't find classical or pop rock sooo...

Whcievvkehrjf just checking to see if this will show up later - EliS

I mean, it is a very broad genre, but it contains all of the greatest music ever made

How about rock itself? Everyone likes rock

19 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.

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In my opinion, electronic (or edm) is the best music genre. Sadly there are a lot of really underrated artists out there who make really good electronic music but that does not take away from the fact that it is not an amazing genre. Proof that songs do not need lyrics. - apero

Most people think of the generic unoriginal garbage that is Marshmello and The Chainsmokers, but that's not what electronic music is at all. There is so much electronic music that just takes your mind on a journey. It's indescribably beautiful. It's such an incredible genre that it definitely deserves to be higher on this list.

20 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

Listen to The Odyssey (Symphony X) or A Change of Seasons (Dream Theater).
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If you didn't think it the best, you do now.

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

21 R&B

Easily. I knew Rock would be on top because of the all the angsty white folks.

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.

22 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.

Okay guys, I know you people think country Is horrible. But, you guys have to be crazy. You think it about old guys with southern accents sitting on tractors and drinking beer. But, if you would be kind enough to listen to the music, you would know that it isn't. It has a meaning (unlike some other genres ). Yes, it does talk about tractors and beer a little bit but, it is about love and the usa. It also talks about problems or situations people encounter in their life. Really, it inspires me. You people don't actually LiSTEN to the music. You most likely heard these rumors from some stupid stranger. In conclusion, country is and will always be THE BEST music.P.S. I think everybody should be patriotic to our country and stop changing their lives to be "cool". So come on people don't be stupid (like many other people ) and stand up for your beliefs!

I appreciate the well thought out comment, most people don't do that. Country is personally my least favorite, because I find it dull and it's just not my style. I do like some of the older stuff though, like Ring of Fire. I feel kind of insulted by some parts of your post, but while I disagree, at least you put effort into your response and provided evidence. Thanks for that.

-Anonymous

23 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.

A lot of great Melodic Death Metal Bands from Finland, Sweden and Norway are excellent in our ears!

24 Psychedelic Rock

In my opinion, the best Rock genre. It's so soothing and relaxing, but there's some songs like Mr. Blue Sky (my favourite song) that is so upbeat that it just makes your day better. Overall, it's these types of song that really makes you feel great.

This is the best genre out there in my opinion. Sadly it's not mainstream. It was huge from 1965-1969, after from 1969 progressive rock came. Psychedelic rock is amazing. There were amazing bands such as, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, The Velvet Underground, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, etc. 1967 was a turning point, with albums like: Piper At The Gates of Dawn, The Doors self-titled, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Velvet Underground and Nico and Surrealistic Pillow. Psychedelia is just fabulous and does stuff to your brain which I can't even explain (that's how good it is). I love psychedelic rock. Let it live on!

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

25 Metal

So good that it's on here twice!

Greatest genre ever

Metalhead for life
Metal
Classic metal
Death metal
Metal core
Deathcore
Brutal death metal
Black metal
Etc

It's literally one of the catchiest genres you can listen to. Also without metal, there'd be no heavy metal.
Edit: Ugh, I just realised I was really cringe-inducing on this site 4 months ago

Metal is awesome better than hip hop

26 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.

The world is filled with soft emo peeps who are too soft to listen to this genre. You gotta be hardcore, tough to enjoy death metal and groove to cannibal corpse, morbid angel, etc. anyway happy to see metal and rock genres on top!

27 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...

Reggae is very underrated, but without any doubt the greatest music genre ever, in my opinion. Pop music nowadays sucks, Rap music has become lame, and metal? Excuse me? Reggae has soul behind it, and brings a positive message. The music can be slow but funky. R.I.P. bob Marley

28 Black Metal

For me, black metal is an incredibly emotional experience. Much more than just satan and screaming. It's a musical expression of the darkness within us all and there is true beauty in darkness.

So atmospheric, so pure. A genre for very few people, who can understand the beauty of it.

Lower than Nu Metal? Yeah right. - djpenquin999

Lol black metal is better than death and nu metal

29 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!

30 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.

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

31 Folk

Nice simple melodies. Basically classical music not intended for showing off skills or historically aristocratic.

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.

James taylor oh gosh cannot explain how cool is these musics

32 Disco

Disco is my #1 favorite and contrary to belief disco did not die, it went underground and had a large following in clubs - JazzyJulie

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.

33 Electronic Dance Music

Ok so until edm on place 40 there was only trash? First and last time on this site yikes - xIceman_Z7

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!

34 Indie Pop

It's outside-the-box pop. I am a jazz musician, and I listen to a wide variety of genres, including hip hop, classical, funk, etc, but I do find myself really drawn to indie pop, because it's energetic and powerful but it still has original and organic meanings to it. A lot of times, the people who play it have more interesting stories to tell, too.

So underrated! This genre is like pop music but has more meaning then generic topics! Indie pop Artists/Bands write, compose, and produce their own tracks which gives this genre a Uniqueness!

I'm in love with this but it's so underrated. Some don't even know indie music exists!

Best Genre Ever. Listen to it.

35 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

Power Metal is epic. Bands like DragonForce are so awesome because of the vocals, fast guitar playing, great keyboard playing, and much more. I recommed you listening to Throught the Fire and Flames.

36 Art Rock

It's low because people vote for prog instead, as the difference is ambiguous. - JoLeKosovo

One particular band has turned me onto this expressive style of rock, and that band is Florence + the Machine. Her ethereal vocals and the incredible backing music was just so captivating to me, and her lyrics complement the style so perfectly. It's a very unique style and that's why I like Art Rock so much. - theOpinionatedOne

Art Rock acts include Roxy Music, David Bowie, Jethro Tull, Electric Light Orchestra, Moody Blues, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Procol Harum, Peter Gabriel... And still on 51?!
Come on people..

Radiohead and Pink Floyd are great examples of this. - DarkBoi-X

37 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.

Greatest Music Genre Ever! - Soulstealer

38 Rap Rock

I don’t really know what bands would be rap rock but In my opinion bands like limp bizcuit (I don't know how to spell lol) or rage against the machine. Those bands sound like rap rock I guess?

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

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

Edit: This comment is from a long time ago, I don't know why I made it. - Alkadikce

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

39 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

Yay for indie! Coldplay, Mumford and sons, Bastille, Arcade fire, Oasis, The Verve, embrace, snow patrol, Keane, Travis

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)

40 Dubstep

Extremely awesome. Stands out from the rest. If you say dubstep is just a bunch of electronic noises then you don't know what is true music!

Everything before all that 2009 noise was great. Even though I like some of the new stuff these producers pull out, I think the early years of the genre were the best.

Go listen to Burial, Skream, Benga, whatever, and compare that to Skrillex. The difference is quite notable.

Get with the times, sure it may sound like a bunch of weird noises, but once you get a feel for dubstep it attaches to you like a limpet. People say it's not real music, but I think to be a dubstep artist you need to have some musical talent to string those sounds together and let it flow. So yeah, dubstep is a real form of music, and it's addictive!

Hear some of skrillex and agree with me - Mushroom99

Dubstep tells a story within the bass drops, techno-style notes and sometimes some lyrics. I like punk, metal, emo, rock etc, but all those tell a story with only lyrics, some songs even just tell a story that is so simple that it's like from a children's story book. If you listen to a song in dubstep, you will find that the song has no meaning. However, there is a meaning, but you need to find it out yourself. All dubstep songs can make you rave out and dance, and sometimes calm you down or make you feel better. Dubstep is the genre with the deepest meaning and it's the best raving music. Good job Skrillex.

Please keep your crazy-ass deepness to yourself. If you wanna go that far into it, just interpret Pink Floyd and Rush albums, or something. - MrWizard1234

41 Video Game

I should say so! I like Wii, Gamecube, N64, SEGA Genesis and Xbox Soundtrack.

Yeah, this used to be nothing to scoff at in its early days and even at the turn of the century - but in recent times, video game soundtracks have gone out of this world and have come up with some pretty unreal stuff. You get tons of different types of music, and most of the time, they're not tied down by the lyrics - which gives you as the listener that much more control over how you personally interpret each track. Video game music has advanced so far now, it's nowhere near a laughing matter. A recent example? Kirby Star Allies. Take your pick of the wondrous array of tracks there. Really, that was the first OST that came to mind; but any game could have a masterpiece of a song that you will have been so thankful to hear after the fact. And let's not forget the indefinite amount of ear worms too.

Just listen to Jump up superstar from Super Mario Odyssey and you will see why this genre is the best - Dragon12604

For some reason, I always find myself humming to the tune of Dangan Ronpa executions...

42 Dance

Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Jason Weaver & Joseph Williams are gay

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

Classic house is the best - JazzyJulie

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

43 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!

Red hot chili peppers are not a funk band Jesus Christ. Parliament is a funk band

44 Symphonic Metal

Someone mentions Here come the Vultures by Delain! My favorite Delain song is Frozen. You should also check out Elan by Nightwish. Or Abandoned by Kamelot. Check out Eluveitie, Powerwolf, and Wind Rose! Their epic!

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!

45 Experimental Rock

Radiohead did this type of music. Swans is a great Experimental Rock band too. Battles and Velvet Underground make good stuff too. - DarkBoi-X

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?

46 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

47 Pop Punk

Nah. A lot of it is generic, cheesy and a watered down version of good Punk. Green Day is good though. - DarkBoi-X

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.

A lot of good bands. Green Day, Blink-182... an amazing genre!

48 Alternative Hip Hop

The best type of Rap, it's a broad term but with many Alternative Hip Hop artists either taking influences from other genres or just sounding unique in their instrumentals or rapping make this the best subgenre of Hip Hop. - DarkBoi-X

This genre is fantastic. Broad term but tons of great artists. Get it higher - DarkBoi-X

Best type of Rap. Again, see more info on my remix of the list. - DarkBoi-X

Rap music that is art

49 Metalcore

Metalcore should be in the top 20. It showcases some of the most sophisticated, mature bands out there, such as Parkway drive, Architects UK, Born of Osiris, Bring me the Horizon, Bad Omens, Fit For A King, and more. On the downside, A lot of other metalcore bands are just groups of scene kids who like to steal killswitch engage riffs and sing/scream/growl about breaking up with their girlfriends in a gay-sounding annoying generic voice, but this is in the past. Modern metalcore bands are revolutionizing the genre, coming up with new, exciting, and complex styles and sounds that are changing the industry. Better lyricists are maturing lyric writing so that lyrics are as beautiful, brutal, and realistic as possible -without using cliches. This is the genre that is based on pure emotion and how music makes you feel. It is also one of the most diverse subgenres out there, housing singing, screaming, rapping, growling, scream-singing, growl/scream-rapping, whispering, and shouting. it ...more

I don't like genre labeling but metalcore is the best of both worlds

Metalcore is truely underrated. Especially on this site
Fun fact: I'm listening to it right now

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

50 New Wave

This should be number 1. It is the genre of the 80's and seeing it this low just breaks my heart... - GehennaTheSecond

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).

Best genre of all time, glad I left dubstep for this

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