Best Rock Music Genres


The Top Ten

1 Alternative Rock Alternative Rock

Best rock genre because alt rock has a lot of experiment and variety in it. The definition of Avant-Garde.

Yes this is the best rock genre.With some good subgenres like Alternative Metal and Grunge.-TheCoolGuy1

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

The best! It describes the world's problems in it's face and is not hindered by mainstream bull crap.

All punk is is pop with barley any backbone of rock - RustyNail

Nothing to say,just is perfect!

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

Should be at number 1 - zxm

Lol...Hard Rock is just awesome..enough said

Why int it on the list

Led zepellin, deep purple, acdc, queen, metallica, van halen, hendrix? Should be number 1

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4 Progressive Rock Progressive Rock

Pink Floyd, rush, Genesis, king crimson, etc...

Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, Rush

Prog Is The real .. Prog Metal/rock just "rocks"!

examples :

ProgMetal: Dream Theater, Tool etc

ProgRock: King Crimson, Wishbone Ash, Pink Floyd etc

Love progressive rock, I hate alternative and punk. Hard rock, heavy metal, art rock, space rock, rock n roll are ok

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

Through the gates of hell as we make our way to heaven through the nazi lines. Primo Victoria.

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

Grunge should definitely be top 3. Iconic Vocalists like Eddie Vedder, Layne Staley & Chris Cornell. Iconic, bone chilling songs like Jeremy by Pearl Jam, and Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden. Criminally underrated genre and music

OKAY THIS WAS SO HARD TO CHOOSE FROM. But anyway, all other awesome subgenres aside, bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, and Soundgarden influenced my decision. - LeiaSkywalker

Grunge should be in the top 3 nirvana was Grunge and come on everyone likes nirvana.

8 Indie Rock


9 Pop Rock
10 Christian Rock

The Contenders

11 Blues-rock
12 Art Rock
13 Emo

Should be higher. Like at least in top 7. Great lyrics. Decent music. What else do you want?

Definitely the best, especially when mixed with Math rock. (We're not talking about pop rock or indie pop here, by the way. We're talking SDRE, Jawbreaker, Mineral, American Football, and revival acts such as TWIABP, Pianos Become The Teeth, football, etc., Tiny Moving Parts, and Foxing.

14 Dream Pop
15 Alternative Metal Alternative Metal Alternative metal is a music genre that infuses heavy metal with influences from alternative rock and other genres normally associated with metal.
16 Country Rock
17 Metal
18 Post Punk

Bands like Joy Division and The Cure along with several others have shaped the music industry and all of rock since the 70's!

19 Industrial Rock
20 Experimental Rock
21 Rock 'n' Roll Rock 'n' Roll Rock music is a music genre that was created in the 1950s . The genre really got popular in the 60s, 70s and 80s . It generally consists of a guitar player, a drummer, bass player and singer . There are a lot of rock subgenres .

Yes, now rock n roll is a sub-genre of rock. actual rock n roll means old 50s rock, the list "Top 10 Most Talented Rock N Roll Bands" is totally flawed. None of the bands there, at least on first page are rock n roll. - zxm

22 Psychedelic Rock
23 Shoegaze
24 Rap Rock
25 Folk Rock
26 Classic Rock

THIS SHOULD BE THE FIRST ONE! So many rock legends like the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, the Doors, etc. were a part of this genre! WHY ISN'T THIS FIRST?!

This explains why users who don't know much about rock shouldn't dmake rock-lists - waldo

27 Electronic Rock
28 Surf Rock
29 Soft Rock
30 Southern Rock

Simply the best from skynyrd to the allman brothers to Marshall tucker and now zac brown all very good bands with very good artists

31 Thrash Metal Thrash Metal Thrash Metal is a Heavy Metal subgenre developed during the early 1980s and an early precursor of Extreme Metal. Thrash Metal features a faster and more aggressive guitar work than Traditional Metal with shredding and double-bass drums and can range from melodic singing to loud shouts. more.
32 Japanese Rock
33 Crossover Thrash
34 Skate Punk
35 Street Punk
36 Garage punk
37 Anarcho-punk
38 Crust Punk
39 Christian Punk
40 Glam Punk

The New York Dolls are my favorite band!

41 Hardcore Punk
42 Garage Rock
43 Protopunk
44 Ska punk
45 Horror Punk
46 Glam Rock
47 Funk Rock
48 Rockabilly
49 Post Grunge
50 Nu Metal
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