Top 10 Best Genres of "Popular" Music

zxm
Not to be confused with most famous or popular music genre. Rather this is a list of music genres those fall under popular music, not art music. Popular music is those music which focuses on public popularity. While art music focuses on art, creativity more than popularity. Like, Classical, Prog rock, Experimental music etc.

Adding main genres first, then I will add sub-genres.

The whole music is divided into two sections. Popular and Art music. Popular music means that were emerged from traditional music and was raised to create popularity. Art music means it was created from various music genres by professionals.

Difference between art music and popular music-

- Art music are played by professionals. Required a lot of training. popular music don't have to be played from professionals. It can be done with few training.

- Art music needs more knowledge about music theory. Popular music doesn't need music theory.

- Art music doesn't concern about popularity but popular music cares about popularity and money.

-Art music is mostly instrumental, popular music is mostly with vocals.

See these,

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_music

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popular_music

The Top Ten

1 Rock Rock 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 .

For admin,
since they didn't understand or they didn't notice.

Difference between art music and popular music-

- Art music is played by professionals. Requires a lot of training. popular music doesn't have to be played from professionals. It can be done with few training.

- Art music needs more knowledge about music theory. Popular music doesn't need music theory.

- Art music doesn't concern about popularity but popular music cares about popularity and money.

-Art music is mostly instrumental. Meaning it has a strong lead section of instruments., popular music is mostly with vocals. - zxm

2 Jazz Jazz
3 Pop
4 Blues Blues
5 Folk
6 Funk Funk
7 Reggae Reggae
8 Electronic Electronic
9 Country
10 Hip Hop /Rap

The Contenders

11 R&B
12 Metal

On my previous list I described why its on the list. Metal is partially popular music. A huge part of metal is art music (which I already described on my previous list). Metal began with art music. But as time passed it got mixed with some popular music. Which I already mentioned, Doom metal is based on blues. And blues is popular genre. Thrash was sped up punk etc. I would add all those genres individually but I decided to go with main genre, that's why I added metal. Its mainly for those genres which weren't created from art music. - zxm

Maybe you should have added only the metal subgenres that are exceptions and not "metal" in general because it sounded misleading. Overall, metal is from the group of art music. - Metal_Treasure

Doom, thrash, and most punk based metal genres. - zxm

I disagree with metal on this list - metal isn't supposed to be part of the popular culture because it's too challenging. And in fact, metal isn't part of the popular culture - for example, metal isn't played in public, etc.
Also, metal is based on classical music, which is #1 on another list - Top 10 Music Genres of "Art" Music.
Metal is a "serious" genre that is difficult to write, play and "requires significantly more work by the listener to fully appreciate than is typical of popular music." (Catherine Schmidt-Jones). This was a quote from the definition of art/real music.
Besides, zxm said above that Art music doesn't care about popularity and money while popular music does (which is true). Metal certainly doesn't care and when metal bands do, they are called "sellouts".
But "poser metal" subgenres can be on this list - glam metal, nu metal, rap metal, alternative metal, etc., because they incorporate too many elements from popular music genres on this list - rap/hip ...more - Metal_Treasure

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