Best Rock Music Genres

The Top Ten

1 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.

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


Best genre! - ArcticWolf

2 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

3 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!

4 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.

Pink Floyd
King Crimson

Yeah, this genre is definitely my favourite!

Just some of them that make the history with the prog rock: Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Yes, Chicago and more!
You know this is the best because of the lyrics, the sound, the various types of music mixed in (normally folk, jazz, classical etc...) it's just a way of an expression of clever sounds and experimenting with various tecniques, for example: Moon Child by King Crimson is one of the best songs in the entire album, also, the part "The Illusion" is like a conversation with instruments. The Pop musick will never beat the Progressive Rock!

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

Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, Rush

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

Oh come on, this should be higher. Bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden?

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 Audioslave, 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.

6 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.

7 Psychedelic Rock

It carries a greater emotion than the other genres. It feels like a continuous sigh of emotion

8 Christian Rock
9 Blues-rock

Best sound from rock by far. Just watch Eric Clapton...

10 Pop Rock

How is this number 1? This sucks

This should be in the top too

The Contenders

11 Indie Rock

The sound is super vibey. Very easy to get into, very hard to get out."


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

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

15 Folk Rock
16 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

17 Country Rock
18 Post Rock
19 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.

20 Nu Metal
21 Melodic Hardcore
22 Industrial Rock
23 Surf Rock

Probably the most underrated genre of all time. Period.
But ya gotta check out some stuff of "The Atlantics" people.
Just try out "pipeline" by them! Its gonna open your eyes

24 Post Grunge
25 Soft Rock
26 Rap Rock
27 Art Rock
28 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!

29 Glam Rock

What the other comment said, +
The Glitter band, New York Dolls, Mott The Hoople and more

Slade? Sweet? T-Rex? Bowie?

Criminally underrated.

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 Rockabilly
32 Stoner Rock
33 Experimental Rock
34 Shoegaze

Trippy loud abrasive and dreamy

35 Japanese Rock
36 Electronic Rock
37 New Wave
38 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.
39 Dream Pop
40 Crossover Thrash
41 Skate Punk
42 Street Punk
43 Garage punk
44 Anarcho-punk
45 Crust Punk
46 Christian Punk
47 Glam Punk

The New York Dolls are my favorite band!

48 Hardcore Punk
49 Garage Rock
50 Protopunk
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