Top Ten Best Music Genres

A music genre categorizes individual works of music into a set of traditional conventions. This list includes such genres whether they be popular, artistic, or traditional.
The Top Ten
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.

Absolutely awesome genre but why isn't rock and metal or at least all rock genres "other than metal" in the same category here.

Heavy Metal where do I begin with this? Before I discovered this amazing genre, I was branching to many genres of music and I wanted to find what sounds best for me. After being bored of hearing pop music everywhere, I looked up a band called Disturbed and when I heard it, it sounded awesome and I continued to listen to other bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Slipknot, Three Days Grace and the list keeps going on. Some people think that metal music is just noise but you have to look above and beyond for the metal band that sounds right for you. Heavy Metal is here and it's not going anywhere anytime soon

"You can't kill the metal. The metal will live on." Metal is the only genre that never dies out. "Others challenge or imitate, but it never goes away." It goes in waves of excellence. When the mainstream starts to suck (like it does now with metal core), just head underground and you will find New Wave of Thrash. Then the mainstream will just evolve into something else. This alone is enough reason to say metal is the best. My statements don't even include the highly valid points like: Talent, musicianship, fans, lyrics, diversity, role models, etc. Believe me. I would much rather have kids who idolize Dave Mustaine, Bruce Dickenson, Cliff Burton, or anyone else then kids who follow lil Wayne, Miley Cyrus, and other musical abominations.

Metal has been the strongest music genre, all 40 of the years it has been around. In those 40 years, metal has endured far more controversy than any other genre. In spite of this, it is still going strong. Metal has the most devoted fans than any other genre.

Unlike most of the genres here, a good metal song is timeless. With a popular pop song, two years tops and then its off to never never land with the rest of the forgotten stuff. No one remembers Big Time Rush anymore but plenty of people are still headbanging to pantera, and they've been gone for a while. I know people will disagree with this but metal has gotten better as it has evolved. It is also one of the most varied genre of music out there, with all of the subgenres. If you don't like brutal death metal you can listen to some old judas priest, or something like that. With how much it has evolved, I'd go as far to say that its on a new level. All of these things make metal what it is, and makes it a step above ...more

2 Rock n' Roll Rock music is a music genre that was created in the 1940s. The genre got popular during the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Rock bands generally consists of a guitar player, a drummer, bass player and singer. There are a lot of rock subgenres.

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

I hate to see metal at number 1. Some bands and artists that I enjoy come from many different types of rock music like Glam Rock: Roxy Music, T. Rex, David Bowie, Mott The Hoople (around the release of all the young dudes); British Invasion: The Kinks, The Zombies, The Who, Small Faces; Rockabilly: Elvis Presley (duh), Buddy Holly (duh), Chuck Berry (rest in peace), Fats Domino; Pyschobilly (a weird one): The Cramps, The Gun Club; Punk Rock: The Clash, The Jam; Post Punk: Wire, The Fall; Singer Songwriter (this is quite broad just in case you didn't know): Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt, Van Morrison, Billy Joel, Elton John; New Wave: XTC, Squeeze.

This genre in terms of music in general is probably holds the advantage because it is the most musical. It isn't just an electronically altered voice over a repetitive melody. It takes actual talent to create this music and the people who create it are actually people, not pretty faces and whacky costumes that seem to be the only method that person has of getting attention. Rock artists earn this attention through a mix of hard work and real musical talent. They love what they do because they love music, not attention.

Heavy metal for the most part is garbage. It's just a bunch of guys screaming about blood and guts. They focus more on being shocking and provoking to get more attention then they do on making good music. I have no doubts that most of them are very talented musicians, but the music still sucks for the most part. Classic rock is where it's at. Bands like Queen, Led Zeppelin and Rush put their hearts in the music and not their image. This is very different from most genres today, like heavy metal and pop. Long live rock!

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.

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.

Alternative is the best genre because it's the most creative. Look at the MANY famous bands which are considered "alternative" Linking Park, Seether, Three Days Grace, Green Day, Evanescence, My Chemical Romance, Radiohead, Skillet, Nirvana and the list goes on and on... What I also like about Alternative is that you can't find a band that is only "alternative", their music must be influenced by some other genre, for example, Evanescence is influenced by Gothic, Nirvana by Grunge, My Chemical Romance by Emo, Green Day by Punk, Linking Park by Nu-Metal, etc..

Hands down my Fave and the Best Genre when it Comes To Real Music I love Rock & Roll But Nothing Beat Alternative Music

Coldplay, Green Day, ShineDown, Theory Of A Deadman, Default, Fuel, Creed, Evanescence, Rise Against, Finger Eleven, Puddle Of Mudd, My Darkest Days, Avenged Sevenfold, Breaking Benjamin, Alter Bridge, Art of dying, Seether, Paramore, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Linkin Park, 3 Doors Down, Nickelback ( I consider then Alternative Rock) And others

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!

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.

This music makes you feel good and makes you just want to rock out. Rock music is awesome for multiple reasons. One of the best parts about rock music is the guitar riffs. Let's name a few that are awesome
1. Panama- Van Halen
2. Heartbreaker- Led Zeppelin
3. Money For Nothing- Dire Straits
4. Stairway To Heaven- Led Zeppelin
5. Time- Pink Floyd

Not only the riffs but the drums too. The drums make up the beat of the music. They are one of the most important parts of Rock because they give it that Rock "vibe". Just look at John Bonham. Oh my God, Is he amazing? The groove and the feel good tone of Rock makes you feel better when sad or makes you feel EVEN better when happy. Some of my fave rock bands are: Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Van Halen, Jet, definitely Leppard and Queen, just to name a few. Rock music is amazing and should get more recognition in this day and age.

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.

All genres have their appeal in different ways for different people, but hard rock has a certain energy to it that always appealed to me. Of course the lines get blurred between genres and Hard Rock creeps it's way into all kinds of music. At the end of the day, who cares about classifications, just listen to what you enjoy! Rock out!

This would be my favourite, second would be punk rock. Hard rock is bands like Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Queen (earlier stuff), AC/DC, Rush, Deep Purple. Aka some of the greatest bands ever. It doesn't get better than this. Pop and Rap might be the genres people are fans of these days, but let me tell you if rap and pop come close to this genre or any other genre really, that'll be the day lol.

5 Classical

All of us will agree that most kids nowadays love to listen to pop music, and are obsessed with pop artists like Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and more. However, despite being a kid, I don't like pop music, instead I spend my time listening to oldies and classical music.

Classical music is the start of everything. Without it, there would never be jazz, rock and also pop. It requires the most skills to play, and the most thoughts to write. It includes the expressions of the composers.

Classical music should be at the top of this list, and all other lists about the greatest music genres.

I actually think that Classical is not inherently a better genre than rock and roll, but classical music is old enough that if you are going to listen to classical music, you are going to listen to what hundreds of years of listening has picked out as the best of hundreds of years of music. We have not even had a century to pick out what is truly the best of only a half-centuries worth of music. I truly think that if Mozart had written rock and roll instead of classical, that rock and roll would be just as good as the classical that he did write. And I think Rock and Roll has its geniuses - The Beatles, David Bowie, and Queen, to name my personal favorites.

Great... some refreshing music! Give me this over metal or rap any day. It is a nice, relaxing, yet tense music style! Making a good classical melody, or a huge symphonic song. Classical music has rhythm, heart, soul, and time built into it. It may be very long to produce, play, and conduct, but it is worth it! Orchestras make great music, conductors are a nice touch to a symphony, and the original producer has to be great to even make a song! So, why do people prefer Heavy Metal and Rap?! They are disappointing in my mind. What could have been a new era of Classical and Jazz, turned out to be trash, that needs to be taken to a dump. I love classical music! It fills me with endless joy. I can't enjoy it enough!

I love classical music, do not take this as an attack. Classical music is in fact one of the best genres, after rock. But if you like this music just because it is complicated, then you are just appreciating the music, not actually enjoying it. Symphonies have lots of instruments incorporated into them, and most of them are like ten pages long. And most of the instruments have like three different parts. There is why these songs take like 6 months to write. Rock songs only have typically 4 instruments (voice, guitar, bass, drums), and pop songs less, and both genres are usually very simple, so it takes like a weeks to write them. There are also lyrics in other genres, and most of the thought usually goes there. Songs like Bohemian Rhapsody and Us and Them have lots of thought put into the lyrics.

6 Pop

Pop is the best. Pop is the only genre in the world you will here elements of every genre imaginable all around the world because it does not belong to any culture or people. You can make jazz pop, rock pop, rap pop or any kind of pop. The essential element of pop is that the song catches your ear and keeps it with catchy and relatable lyrics, melodies and harmonies. The best pop music is addicting it makes you feel so wonderful you want to play it again and again. Because pop music is usually not very complex and is usually light sounding the novelty of a pop song can wear off if repeated too many times. The bigger the pop song the worst this is.

People on this site look down on pop because they are trapped in low vibrational energies like depression anger and despair which rock/metal is a vibrational match for but that is no reason to say pop is a garbage genre for untalented artists.

To make great pop you have to be the most talented because you have to be in tune ...more

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

Ok seriously after reading some the comments here on the pop section I can honestly say that you pop haters should really stop putting these mean comments. I mean how would you like it if I said your metal or rock music you listen to isn't music just because I didn't like it? Exactly not good right? So basically stop saying that pop is not music just because you don't like it. Like I don't like rock or metal but I don't go around saying that these two genres are not music because they are just like how pop IS music! I'm 19 years old and I love pop songs and will always love them! They are catchy and upbeat and my favourite kind of songs! Like my mom loves gentle and soft songs and I tried to like them but it didn't work like I couldn't stand it at all and kept waiting for the soft song to end. I gave rock a chance too and the same thing happened. Like in order for me to like a song and download it it has to be pop songs! Sometimes with the things I find about pop music on the internet ...more

Pop is literally a music genre even the word itself comes form the word "popular", based in history of music. And it is the most common and the most famous kind of music genre, nowadays. Every where you go, there is always a pop songs that is always played. Mostly, in malls and on radio stations. Even in any different countries, there is always pop songs being played because, it is the most common and the easiest way to be appreciated by listeners. How did heavy metal genre became the top one on the list? Most of the people don't like that kind of genre. It's too much noisy and disturbing to listen.

7 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.

For new comers of the metal genre, I point towards the big four first (Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer, Metallica) and then some thrash metal bands from the New Wave of American Heavy Metal (Pantera and Machine Head as far as my knowledge goes) as the bands mentioned cite the big four as their influence towards there sound. I like to think of listening to the bands from earlier eras and then bands years later as if I'm a newcomer to a series of movie, video games, manga, etc. and progress through the material in chronological order. Come on...even if you, reader, may like a specific artist from, let's say, the 2000s, you know that the members are influenced by someone else. In a way, makes me remind myself Master of Puppets (1986).

The only reason that needs to be given as to why this is the greatest genre is simply that the band Vektor is a thing that exists. Vektor combines the subtlety of classical music with the excitement of metal while also telling album based stories with more complexity and commentary than any other space opera ever written. It is the Bioshock of the music world; an all encompassing symphony of the future and the scientific progress of mankind. Not to mention the most talented guitarist/singer and drummer of our time. This band is the biggest reason Thrash's potential is so great.

One of the purest forms of heavy metal. Not much compares. Simply put, I feel bad for the people who are influenced by today's "pop stars". My top 10 thrash bands:

1. Megadeth
2. Kreator
3. Metallica
4. Overkill
5. Testament
6. Exodus
7. Annihilator
8. Sodom
9. Death Angel
10. Anthrax

As fro Slayer, I respect what they do, but I just never got into them as much as the ones above. I do think South of Heaven is a fantastic album, though. Oh yeah, Reign in Blood is extremely overrated.

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!

8 Rock Rock music is a music genre that was created in the 1940s. The genre got popular during the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. 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...

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

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9 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 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.

This is the most complex genre out there, and is better to listen to than one of those easy-to-listen to 4 minute songs. People should listen to longer songs at 20 minutes in length, with a bunch of tempo changes, key changes, and many different chords and time signatures, and stuff like that. It takes a lot of talent for someone to make good songs like these, with all the really long instrumental sections, with many solos in any instrument, whether it be keyboards, or saxophones, or flutes, they are all there. Unlike other genres, this one actually gets you to listen very closely and pay attention to the song to enjoy it. A lot of these songs are masterpieces because of all these things, and I recommend listening to Pink Floyd, Genesis, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Rush, and Kansas.

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

Progressive Rock involves a lot of talent to create complex songs with long instrumental sections and a variety of different musical sections with little verse-chorus structure. The music takes elements from the classical and jazz genres which creates a classical song made with a variety of instruments mostly including your typical rock instruments, and sometimes saxophones and violins. British bands including Pink Floyd, Genesis, and King Crimson have greatly influenced the genre with their good music, and others like Rush and Kansas have brought the music to North America. This is real music.

10 Rap

Rap was actually pretty good in the 80s, 90s and 2000s, as it sounded more energetic and the beats were a little more original, but now it's just so much autotune, that same hi hat cymbal buzz beat, dirty lyrics and cuss words. I mean, one of them mentions the word "autistic". Not to mention "Fack" by Eminem. A decent rapper made one of the most horrible songs in history, filled with dirty words.

I love rap, I have no idea why so many variations of rock and metal are at the top. I respect old rap but I really like how rap is changing and evolving.

I grew up listening to heavy metal... Black Sabbath, Metallica, iron maiden... You name it. And I thought I was super-hardcore cause while all the other kids at school were listening to Linkin Park and daft punk, I was listening to "real" music. But as I grew older, I realized how tasteless metal was being a bunch of grown men screaming and whining about little problems they encounter in life. Don't get me wrong, I firmly believe all music has something we deserve to appreciate but heavy metal is way too overrated. Although a lot of rap is complete crap (too many artists see narrating a bunch of perfect rhymes over a beat as a way to get rich) when it comes to good hip-hop, no other genre of music in this world can compare to the diversity, complex lyricism, storytelling and originality of it.

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

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11 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".

Jazz is the most beautiful, inspirational, astonishing, smoothest, coolest, classiest, fun-filled, and universal genre of music ever crafted by the power of the human mind.

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.

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!

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

12 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.

Best genre of all time! It combines the alt rock sound with emotional/angsty lyrics, revolutionary singers, amazing guitar riffs, carefree attitude, and hard core energy to become the greatest sound to grace this earth! Grunge is also home to some of the greatest bands, songs, albums and artists of all time. It is the perfect remedy for anyone who feels alone, depressed, fed up with life, or needs to get over a break up or something. Grunge is the penicillin for a broken heart and deserves more appreciation from everyone!

Pretty much punk/or hard rock with a sad undertone. was popular for like a pretty short time. The grunge quartet is made up of Nirvan(duh), Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, and Soundgarden. Nirvana killed hard rock with grunge. This combo of plaid, angst, and distorted guitar with catchy riffs and hooks took the world by storm. Nirvana had the world at their feet and it was rock's last great stand in American culture. Nothing else after the grunge scene was as powerful when considered to be rock. People consider grunge's "death" to be the death of rock, but neither genre died. Also listen to Mudhoney.

Grunge is basically Hard Rock/Punk Rock with really good lyrics with meaning to them. Honestly, I don't expect Grunge to be put on number 1 (However I think it deserves to be) but it should at least be Number 3. Grunge was so influential that once the death of Cobain, Rock became dormant. This has never happened to Pop music because so many Posers get signed off for a Major Company after a one-hit wonder.

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.

Everything else in modern music owes this genre. Blues actually grew up in hardship and has the most power to pull the audience into the feeling of the music. Misunderstood to be sad, the blues covers every emotion ther is, and defines each simply but to great effect. Improvisation is where the technical and theoretical skills are in blues, the structure is always easy for the listener to keep up with.

I love the blues - they not only kickstarted rock n' roll thus ALL other versions of pop music (Rock, Metal, Modern Country, Hip Hop), but sound great. Blues music is only based off very generic chord sequences, so it takes genius musicians to make blues as it is - one of the most influential genres of all time.

Truly the music that speaks to your heart and soul, simply because it gives its heart and soul. It has real meaning; not just the lyrics but the music too. It took years to appreciate just how special Blues is. Just goes to show you can't hurry love.

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.

14 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.

The best type of rock, which is the best kind of music. Only punk can make amazing songs with just 2 or 3 notes. Joyful songs (not depressive as metal ones) with simple messages and high speed. Punk rock saved rock'n'roll, and grunge, alternative and even dark rock wouldn't exist if it wasn't for punk. PUNK'S NOT DEAD.

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.

People seem to be off put by punk rock, probably because they assume that it is written by angry teenagers. However, what you don't understand is that these teenagers and young adults who make this music have a deep passion, and a message. Unlike the musicians of other genres such as pop, rap, or metal, punk bands do not start with the hopes of making money, or becoming famous. In fact, that's the last thing they want. Punk rock is the purist music you can find. Why not give it a try?

Many genres itself have been influenced by punk. In my opinion it's the most respectful genre cause you don't need to have a certain trend or style when it comes to punk you just say I don't need to sing how they want me to Ill do whatever I want. Plus its quite risky...uh not risky, dangerous what move punk bands make with their different and innovative ways of playing. Society will call this the worst genre for decades but they need to think again.

15 Hip Hop

Hip-hop, like pop, is an often misinterpreted umbrella term. It refers to a specific culture of music started by African-Americans (and Latino-Americans & Caribbean-Americans,) with the most well-known subgenre of this culture being Rap. Yes, Rap and Hip-Hop are two different things, and Rap itself can be broken down into, probably more subgenres than any other primary genre out there. Trap, Cloud Rap, Gangsta Rap, etc... Hip-Hop itself as a music term refers more to the rhythms and sounds that are heavily utilized in (earlier) rap, and while there are tons of subgenres named Hip Hop, (East Coast, West Coast, Southern, Hardcore, etc.) they usually mean a combination of the two musical elements. The only exception to this is Instrumental Hip Hop, which kinda gives an idea of what I'm talking about and is just awesome. Go check it out.
But none of this above stuff matters because this site is biased against hip-hop, all thanks to Lil Wayne's autotuned stuff and the earlier visitors ...more

Hip Hop and Rap are the same thing it's just that Hip Hop is a culture that's it so ima say Hip Hop/Rap was but no longer is because of how much it sucks now was the greatest musical genre from 1979 to 2009. The first 30 years of Hip Hop was epic. No other genre in history talked about as much stuff Hip Hop has and it always fused with more genres than any other genre ever and Hip Hop has the greatest beats. People who don't like Hip Hop or R&B just don't know what true music is. If someone says they hip hop because of how it sounds now then I don't blame them. If they say they hate it period then I don't know what's wrong with them. They obvious don't have a good taste for music.

Hip Hop is not the best genre, it's a beautiful culture that brings society together. To truly be in a jam in your life and finding a bit of lyrics that describe your journey on top of music, priceless. HIP HOP is CULTURE. I WISH HIP HOP COULD ADOPT ME.

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.

16 Pop Rock

Sellouts! The lot of them.
Pop rock is just what 12 year old girls trying to be cool call their favourite po singing-boy bands, if some one off One Direction picks up an electric guitar and plays the simplest power-cord then the next thing you know the whole population of teenage girls will be thinking that there all into rock n roll, but if you ask them who Guns n' Roses is, they'll say it's a perfume company.

The moment Five seconds of summer become a rock band is the day music dies.

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!

Pop Rock is the beez kneez! Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons, Coldplay, Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco, & I don't even know if these amazing artists are considered to be Pop Rock: Hinder, Seether, Evenescence, Simple Plan, Good Charlotte & Bowling for Soup!

Well Panic! at the disco and fall out boy doesn't belong in this it belongs in alternative rock with my chemical romance. But those are my favorite bands. Twenty one pilots should be in alternative rock too

17 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!

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.

I find that I enjoy things the most when they're just the tiniest bit off-kilter, and that's what Nu-Metal feels like to me. Slipknot, Linkin Park (still like their new albums, but their first three are the best in my opinion), Korn, System of a Down... All incredibly talented groups, along with so many others who put out the most meaningful, and darkest music you can find anywhere.

I feel like the atmosphere Nu Metal creates is incredible, I'm not a big big Slipknot fan, but I saw Korn at mayhem 2014 and there were grandmas head banging to Right Now! Korn is definitely the gold standard of Nu Metal for sure!

18 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.

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)

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

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

19 Electronic

I seriously think that the reason why so many people hate it is that they can't understand it yet, they are not used to concentrate on the melody and enjoy the vibe of the music. I love this genre - of course it's a wide expression, when we re talking about "electronic music" - and even though there are repetative, lame tracks, (as in every genre) this is the only form of music which can give me chills or energy when I need. It focuses on your vibes and feelings during listening, and this is what I love about it, and without deep/future/progressive house my life would get a much worse perspective.

Electro is one of the best music genres going, you say it's not music? You're just plain arrogant. Music can be anything, from a Rhythm to a beat. You underestimate Electro, don't be arrogant because you think Rock and Pop music are the most popular. They're not. Electro is the future you benders, it's the future of music. Future House, Deep House, Electro, Trance, Trap, Dubstep, Drumstep, Progressive, Chill, EDM, Drum and Bass and Teckno are the future of music, if you like it or not, rock and pop music will soon die, not just yet, but trust me it will. Look at all the DJ's now, they are slowly getting a good reputation. They will wipe the rest off their feet, you're just being arrogant because you've never given it a chance. Pigs.

This genre of music is amazing, I love it especially some of the older and more obscure music. People just don't appreciate this genre. This genre also has so many subgenres and people I believe just want the same old stuff. I also believe that Electronic does have a subgenre for everyone, you can also see the extremes of music, one electronic genre is super slow music while on the other end of the scale, you have fast aggressive music like Splattercore. This pretty much shows that electronic music has a subgenre for everyone.

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.

20 R&B

Great love songs I have listen in R&B. most romantic musics. nothing shout like other genres.

Claude, Claude Kelly, B5, Jackie boyz, chris brown. are such a lovely singers

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

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

R&B can be so cool is such lovely tones. It's just incredible. Definitely my favorite genera!

21 Country

I am addicted to country music and I listen country music every day . my favorite country stars are Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood and Shania twain . Since I grew up in the Country and I would always love country music .

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

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!

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

22 Progressive Metal

Oh, prog-metal, let me count the ways in which I adoreth the.

- Excellent musicianship: Progmetal can claim pretty much all the best instrumentalists.
- Variation in tone and theme, but steady in quality.
- Toying around with layers and time signatures makes for music that keeps getting better after each listen.
- Heavy Metal fusing with other genres can create funky, majestic, or atmospheric themes, making for a lot of variety.
- Clean singing, melodic grunting, mysterious chants, opera-like performances, up-beat meters, or atmospheric narration: take your pick, and don't be surprised by a refreshing alternation and combination of these sorts vocals.
- Music unhampered by pop-institutionalized songwriting: haunting power ballads, solid rockers, or soaring epics; it's all there, and often in unique forms.
- Holding music theory high, and thus creating a sonic marriage of science and art.

Of course there's much more to be said, but I think this alone ...more

Progressive Metal isn't nessesarily a style of its own mainly because bands labeled prog metal range from death metal back grounds to classical backgrounds. But bands labeled under the prog metal banner like:
-meshuggah
-dream theater
-tool
-mastodon
-rush
-Dillinger escape plan
-Sikth
-gojira
-racer x
-queensrych
Are some of the most technically impressive bands ever and are usually well versetile in other genres. So I think prog metal is easily the 2nd best rock styled genre right behind progressive rock like yes and king crimson.

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.

Absolutely. Dream Theatre, Erra, Born of Osiris, Hands Like Houses (even though they're considered progressive rock, but they're too heavy for "rock") they're all amazing. This genre needs innovative people to not make a cookie cutter sound that metal may have, and people that are good at it make amazing music. Still sad to see this below pop and rap

23 Psychedelic Rock

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!

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.

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.

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.)

24 Melodic Death Metal

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.

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.

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/

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

25 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.

Radiohead, My Bloody Valentine, Pixies, Arcade Fire, Slowdive, Coldplay, and the list goes on...

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