Most Diverse Music Genres

Diverse doesn't necessarily mean good, and not diverse doesn't necessarily mean bad. It's just about the diversity.

The Top Ten

1 Metal

Every single band that plays within the metal genre brings their new and individual style and perspective to the genre. Sure some bands may sound similar, but the overwhelming majority have nothing in common. This is opposed to other genre's very similar beats, vocals, even song topics. There are also so many sub-genres within the general metal category. The reason there are so many sub-genres is because people keep making new genres to define new bands that provide that unique sound I mentioned earlier. Metal, in my opinion, is undoubtedly the most diverse genre out there.

Just look all of the sub-genres of metal

I think metal is more diverse than rock. (1) Metal has both the fastest (TDM) and the slowest music subgenres (doom), and everything in between. Rock doesn't cover such a big distance. (2) Metal has more diversity in terms of vocals - in rock you have clean vocals and sometimes rough vox but in metal you also have death vox/growls, black metal shrieks and several other vocal styles. (3) Metal has about 30 major subgenres, or about 50 with the main sub-subgenres. If we count some smaller sub-subgenres, I would say about 100. - Metal_Treasure

So much diversity. You have upbeat bands like Helloween and blind guardian, and some dark and heavy bands like Emperor, skepticism, electric wizard, and Cannibal Corpse, and everything in between. Yet they all fall under this umbrella term called metal - ryanrimmel

2 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'm a metalhead, but metal music is basically a subgenre of rock, so in a way rock music itself is more diverse. - yungstirjoey666

I like 50s and 60s

I have to put this above metal - not because metal could be considered a subgenre of rock - but because rock is the only genre that can ACTUALLY take any shape possible, the only one whose lyrical content can ACTUALLY be about anything, and the only one that can ACTUALLY be fused with any other music genre AND have that fusion be successful - something that metal and classical both come close to, but fall just short of.
In other words, unlike all other genres - rock is universally applicable!

Just take a look at how many subgenres of rock there are, and what are they:
hard rock
soft rock
punk rock
progressive rock
psychedelic rock
alternative rock
pop rock
heavy metal
space rock
new wave
thrash metal
power metal
folk rock
disco rock
electronic rock
jazz rock
blues rock
noise rock
rap rock
hardcore ...more - Adrian_4

3 Classical

Classical music has so many different styles to it, it can be fast or slow, upbeat or sad, romantic or angry, soothing or energizing, it's probably one of the most diverse music styles there are!

Classical music is the most diverse genre of them all! People who say otherwise are ignorant!

4 Electronic

There are so many different subgenres in electronic. You can have electronica, with indie/folk influences, or trance, dubstep, or house. Electronic can be melodic, meaningful, powerful, angry, or sad. Electronic music gives you the ability to cover a wider range of emotion because you are able to create almost any sound you could not otherwise create with a regular instrument. Electronic should be higher!

I love electronic music! Some of it has even a tune of psychedelic, world like, oriental twist onto them. If you think all of it is the same then check out some of these albums: Daft Punk - Random Access Memories. Pendulum - Hold Your Colour. Radiohead - Kid A. Infected Mushroom - Vicious Delicious. Avicii - True. Shpongle - Are You Shpongled? Korn - The Paradigm Shift. The Prodigy - The Fat Of The Land.

Listen to how it sounded in the 20's, later on and now

Electronic music is the best

5 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".
6 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 is not it's own genre, in my opinion. It's just a subgenre of rock/metal - ryanrimmel

7 Dance
8 Pop

Pop itself is not a music genre, but since any style of music can be "popular" (eg, rock, edm, blues, rap, etc.), I guess pop music is the most diverse out of all. - yungstirjoey666

Drawing from nearly all other genres and always innovating, it will basically never die

9 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.
10 Hip-Hop

Highly flexible, it can collaborate with almost every other genre out there.

Though one may not initially think that this genre would be so varied, it very much is. There are so many sounds that artists have fused with rap such as Jazz (Kendrick Lamar), Gospel (Chance The Rapper), and Electronic (Vince Staples) it doesn't feel stale.

Clearly one of the most diverse genres of all time, and it's expanding and changing each year, new sub-genres are born every year.

The Contenders

11 Latin
12 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.
13 Death Metal

There are many subgenres of this subgenre, the only thing they share are the Death Growls, because it wouldn't be Death Metal without them. - christangrant

14 R&B
15 Reggae
16 House

There are so many different subgenres of house. From tropical house to big room house, house can sound very different depending on the subgenre.

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