Best Rock Music Genres


The Top Ten

1 Alternative Rock 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

2 Progressive Rock 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!

The best of the best

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

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

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

Should be at number 1 - zxm

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

Why int it on the list

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4 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!

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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 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.

I just like it the most

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

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7 Post Rock
8 Indie Rock

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


9 Pop Rock

This should be in the top too

How is this number 1? This sucks

10 Christian Rock

The Contenders

11 Blues-rock

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

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 Psychedelic Rock

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

16 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.
17 Country Rock
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 Rock 'n' Roll 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

20 Industrial Rock
21 Metal
22 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

23 Experimental Rock
24 Soft Rock
25 Shoegaze

Trippy loud abrasive and dreamy

26 Rap Rock
27 Folk Rock
28 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

29 Electronic Rock
30 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.

31 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

32 Rockabilly
33 Stoner Rock
34 Japanese Rock
35 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.
36 Crossover Thrash
37 Skate Punk
38 Street Punk
39 Garage punk
40 Anarcho-punk
41 Crust Punk
42 Christian Punk
43 Glam Punk

The New York Dolls are my favorite band!

44 Hardcore Punk
45 Garage Rock
46 Protopunk
47 Ska punk
48 Horror Punk
49 Funk Rock
50 Post Grunge
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