Greatest Genres of Electronic Music

Do you love electronic music? So do I. That's why I'm making this awesome list. If you want to add various subgenres, go ahead.

The Top Ten

1 Trance

Pure perfection, a glimpse into the cosmic mesh.

Uplifting trance is where it's at. It helped me get through some tough times.

Best music electronic genre of all time. Should be number one, House was ruined when it started to become mainstream due to David Guetta and his pop sounding music. Trance has managed to evolve without killing itself definitely number one.

Trance for life

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2 Dubstep

I just love those heavy drops! They are so damn good to headbang

Gives people head bangs!

Dubstep Is By Far The Best Music IN THE WORLD!

This genre contains both more modern dubstep ("brostep") like Skrillex and classic UK dubstep such as Skream. To be honest I like both styles.

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3 House

Future House and Future Bounce are absolutely bomb

Very awesome in my opinion. - pLix33

Not very well educated on electronic sub-genre types, that's why I came here; to learn. I'm up-voting house because throughout the course of my life I've noticed that House music "whatever it is" is awesome music. I'll leave the arguing to the "experts," but house music is definitely great for parties and dancing to.

30 year old male from US

Just the best of all genres.

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4 Drum and Bass

Fast and Cool

It just makes you relax man

Liquid, dancefloor, heavy, dark, neurofunk, chilled liquid, chill, jump-up... There's a lot of good D&B tracks. That's why I love Drum & Bass.

I believe drum and bass is very liberal. You have a fast-paced best and you layer on whatever. Jazz, piano, synths, vocals and it always works.

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5 Electro House

Encompasses a lot of the most talented producers. The genre requires comprehensive melodic/harmonic structure, melodies, countermelodies, drum lines, and overall a lot of theory. While I appreciate more minimalistic forms of music, electro/progressive house is a joy to dance and listen to alike. S/o to hardstyle and trance/psytrance as well

After thinking about it, this is my favorite. I realized how much of the music I was listening to was electro house. I like the heavy bass line that sounds a lot like dubstep, but doesn't wobble. It also always put me in a good mood. Despite its mechanical sound, it seams to still have soul. You just need to get used to it. And yes, electro songs can be considered "beautiful", you just have to get into it. It's my favorite genre ever right now. Second to only rock. - Slipperyjack40

Obvioiusly the best kind, because the number one dj in the world is martin garrix.

Electro house 4 life

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6 Synthwave

Amazing and fantastic vibes

Amazing genre if you're looking for some retro sounds with an action beat and some good kicks. Lots of really nice synths, and some great melodic cords. However if you want something a bit more relaxing you can always look to vaporwave.

Highly underrated genre. Amazing synths and some damn good drums.

Future Genre

7 Synthpop / Electronic Rock

Depeche Mode, New Order, and Pet Shop Boys. That is all.

I remember one time, for an egg drop project, my physics teacher was on the roof of the school. When other students looked out the window, and saw her, they started chanting the lyrics to Van Halen’s Jump. I wish that Van Halen actually showed up, and played the song themselves.

Synth rock and synth pop are better than dubstep why are they here - PanagosBoi

Genre of new gen. Most rock bands influenced from this genre and try to make electronc beat with the touch of rock by fusion of rock and electronic music this genre comes with great artist like 'Radiohead' one of the leading band in this genre 'Kid A' s masterpiece of their creativity with this genre another one is deepeche mode then Muse which recentley turned out in this genre electronic rock rules... ) - vishwarajvithuvivi

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8 Techno

Some people just don't get it. Sad.

Only one techno

Techno is surely number one now. just look at all the festivals over europe, yeah I've seen cheese Trance in the USA but number one DJ Carl Cox plays mostly Techno and just fluffs it up for Ibiza. Trance was great and massive mid 90's ref see Carl cox Fact. pivotal dance album dj mix

Orbital and Underworld. That is all.

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9 Drumstep

Different Heaven and EH! DE- My Heart <3. Favourite drumstep music on NoCopyrightSounds

I never really liked Dubstep, The older stuff was quite good but the newer Dubstep.. No Way, I hate it, as for Drum & Bass I was already into that genre. It wasn't till I realized the genre Drumstep and all of a sudden I got into that certain kind of genre, The thing I like about this genre is obviously because it's faster rather than slow, the bass is better, and the way it just is placed all together makes it a great genre.

A mix of Dubstep and Drum and Bass. How is this not top 5

Drumstep is obviously as you may've known a fusion between Drum Bass and Dubstep but the differences are is that Dubstep is usually around range of 138 - 142BPM's compared to Drumstep which is around 160 - 180 BPM's, another difference is that drumstep has heavier sub basslines influenced by Drum Bass and 'half time' percussion, snares, kicks or beats.

In my opinion I never really liked the newer dubstep that has been around but mostly preferred the older stuff and I'm also into B, but when I started to come across Drumstep I thought it was really good and since then I become interested in this genre.

If anything the best example for this genre would be Skibadee Feat. Lily McKenzie Never Gonna Break Sub Zero Remix

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10 Progressive House

Awesome rythms and melodies. Milder than other genres.

Definitely the best EDM genre in my opinion, it can be so chill yet so hard at the same time. Check out deadmau5 and Eric Prydz.

How it's only 12?

Better than all genres

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The Contenders

11 Hardstyle

Hardstyle is my style

Euphoric hardstyle

This kind of style embrace me to enter another side of the world, all thanks to Q-Dance of course!

Hardstyle is THE best genre of electronic music as it combines the best elements of Trance, Hardcore and nowadays even Trap or Industrial to create a genre of its own. If you've ever had the chance to listen to Hardstyle being played from a big soundsystem at a festival, you know how AMAZING the bass feels.

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12 Future Bass

I like future bass, this is my top 1 genre and is THE BEST OF ALL!

If only we had more artists in this subgenre. Flume takes the list on this one, and that alone should push future bass up the list

Monstercat fans anyone?

I love all EDM but future bass has had my ear for several years now.

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13 Downtempo

True. - CedreticFomento

Very surprised that it's not yet on this list. It's definitely one of my favourite subgenres. - PositronWildhawk

14 Ambient

Songs for people who like ambient chill:

AK- Discovery
Magic NCS- Senbonzakura

Sorry if I only have 2 songs. I'll try to find more

Music made more for the listening experience than dancing. I would recommend this genre to any newcomer interested in electronic music even though he's not a regular club attendant.

Ambient and really any of the downtempo genres are my favorites. Ambient, Trip-Hop, Chillout, Electronica, Minimalist, Avant-Garde, New Age, and what I have deemed "electro-classical" where large, orchestral sections (usually strings) provide the backing music while electronic noises, synths, bleeps, beats, and ambient sounds are layered over top of it.
My favorite electronic song is "Frozen" by Madonna, which I put under "electro-classical."

Ambient, a genre that can make me relax, sad, happy, and scare me to death. Check out Biosphere-Substrata, and Selected Ambient Works Vol. 2 by Aphex Twin, Brian Eno, and The Orb are also some artists to check out.

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15 Glitch Hop

This genre is just my life. I love it so much. THE BEST MUSIC GENRE EVER

Very, funky, like 80's music, but so new at the same time, - anonymous

Best genre.

A mix of funky beats and sick dubstep vibes. What is there to not love. My recommended artist is Opiuo. He makes true glitch hop.

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16 Chillout

Very good for studying, I recommend Nightcore

Is lit at

17 Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

I like music that makes you get up and dance but also gives you a chance to fall down... - KDProductions

EBM is the coolest yet heaviest especially Harsh EBM or Aggrotech. Examples are Front Line Assembly, Front 242, Gendal and Tactical Sekt.

18 Chiptune / Video Game Music

Does electronic music get any better than this? I think not!

Always fun to listen to especially in a car, go 8 bit!

The beginning of EDM

She, shirobon, chiptek, sabrepulse, the list goes on. Chiptune is awesome.

19 Trip Hop

I absolutely love trip-hop. It's so soothing. And it's easy to incorporate into other more commercially successful genres of music. - theOpinionatedOne

My favourite although I have to say my idea of what is trip hop is much less 90s and white than what a lot of other people think it is.

Bitter:Sweet

A balance between psychedelic - ambient -r and b - jazz -and sometimes progressive
Like post rock on rhythm
Listen to archive - massive attack

20 Moombahton

This is best genre when it comes to dance music

Why is this so low on the list? Its new, it has a nice beat to dance to and its reaching the top of the chart for a few years now. Some song you may have heard but probably didn't know where moombahtoon are major lazer - Lean on, major lazer - watch out for this, diplo - boy oh boy and jack u - jungle bae

By far best genre of music to dance to

21 Electronica

Electronica sums up all genres on the list lol

I haven't words for describe this... This is space where you can make everything.

Electronica is electronic music meant for concentrated listening instead of dancing.So basically it is an umbrella term used to describe music genres like Techno,Ambient and Industrial.Electronica can also be it's own genre too.I like Electronica better than Electronic Dance Music/EDM because EDM usually doesn't have good lyrics.The lyrics in most EDM songs are usually 2 sentences repeated 3 times.Electronica usually has more lyrics,better lyrics and deeper messages.Electronica also sounds a lot better.I highly recommend this for anyone looking for good electronic music or isn't a fan of it.Listen Electronica artists or artists that have Electronica influences.-DarkBoi-X

22 Psychedelic Trance

This genre should be on the top 10 list. People never know how the rolling bass triggers the soul inside and the atmosphere is just mystical...

Easily the best, most tripppy, put you in the 4th dimension music. If you haven't yet experienced psytrance you need to get yourself to a festival/party asap

22nd? Shuld be in top10! Listen to infected mushroom and azax syndrom.

23 Melodic Dubstep

Melodic Dubstep is combination of orchestral chords and modern synths

This is my favorite genre. Very melodic, very happy, very good-feeling, it's just an amazing experience listening to it. It is truly the only genre to really make me actually feel. It should definitely be #1, but it's just not well known enough to be.

Perfeck genre

24 Intelligent Dance Music

I hate the genre name, but the music itself is absolute gold

One Word: Idioteque.

Aphex Twin, Autechre and Boards of Canada. That is all.

Intelligent Dance Music should be added to the list, one of the most innovative artists in Electronic music Aphex Twin is a guy who know what he is doing, he writes his own programs and own many rare synths. Hope you will add it to the list, thank you.

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25 Progressive

Really good. Nice for relaxing too.

Progressive house/Progressive trance
Artists Include: Sander van Doorn, DubVision, Dash Berlin, Avicii, Tiesto, Above & Beyond, Paul Oakenfold

26 Darkwave
27 Classic Electronic

For lack of a better term, this describes artists like Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, Gershon Kingsley, and other artists from the period and before.

It's unfortunate that this has been forgotten. - PositronWildhawk

Classic is not kraftwerk or tangerine dreams it's artist like morton subotnick or delia derbyshire other classic genre like music concrete and la mat young
Lol you guys are so young

28 Chillstep

The few genres that are actually good. Screw dancing and that weird DJ starting with the letter S. In my opinion electronic music should not be danced to, so this is my favourite. - MChkflaguard_Yt

Lovely beats

love it

29 Industrial

I love Industrial music, It is so cool and has not been polluted by record labels trying to market it as much as most other music genres. Trance is my second favorite style of electronic music but it is not even close, Industrial runs away with this one.

One of the best electronic genre. It's the hard stuff of this genre with a lot of talented bands!

Awesome genre of electronic music with talented artists like Nine Inch Nails and Skinny Puppy.

Industrial is my favourite music genre because it just sounds epic,the lyrics can be dark but sometimes relatable and it is a genre of electronic music that sounds really awesome when combined with Rock music.Industrial Metal,Industrial Rock,Electro-Industrial,etc,it's all awesome.-DarkBoi-X

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30 Hardcore

Hardcore is beautifully melodic and hard at the same time. It just fills you with energy and emotion.

It's fast and brutal... I love it... - sam117

Hardcore bitches, everyone love it.

Thunderdome. 'enough said

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31 Synthpunk
32 French House
33 Electro Swing

Swing brought up to date, this varies from artists who stay close to the swing of the 30's and 40's, like Tape Five, to those who are more willing to experiment. Wonderfully danceable and full of joy.

Swing was great, Electro Swing ads a beat to it.

A very creative form of electronic music

Not widely known but very cool genre

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34 Alternative Dance

Good - CedreticFomento

Cool electronic music genre - waraypiso

35 Progressive Electronic
36 Deep House

One of the most timeless forms of electronic music. It often has an acoustic feeling, and even though it's mainly based for lounges, it can be danced to as well.

Underground Deep house is journey inducing. Simply the best for me.

Man, this is chill.

37 Rave

It's a festival not music genre.-DarkBoi-X

Isn't rave a type of festival thing, not a genre?

A rave is an event based around a genre of music. It isn't a genre itself.

38 Electro-Industrial
39 Kawaii Future Bass

That pulsing synth and short high pitch percs/notes makes it chill as hell

40 Electronic/Synth Rock

It is already here as Electronic rock/synthpop but this genre is awesome though.-TheCoolGuy1

41 Witch House

Scary stuff

42 Trap

Trap is one of the biggest genres of EDM, why isn't it any higher on the list?

Trap is what got me into edm. Not sure why it’s at number 66.

Would be on number 8 :(

You guys should try Jersey Club. Sounds good too.

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43 Electropop
44 Ambient Techno
45 Industrial Metal
46 Vaporwave

Combines every genre into one, amazing - Melvin_BigSmoke_Harris

47 Eurodance

Oh euro dance is extinct only because the radio doesn't cover them if we make euro dance a little deeper this far be the best genre of all time I mean house and ambient is in top 10 because the are deeper and more aggressive euro dance is a fun dance and happy music

Eurodance is great. Brings a great sense of nostalgia, and also it's really bouncy and quite light, a nice change especially after I've listened to a lot of house, drum and bass, trap etc - Aquaturtle

Eurodance forever! Great club material!

Should be Nr.1 in my opinion...why Nr.40?

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48 Electronic Body Music (EBM)

One of my favourites along with Industrial!

49 Post-Industrial
50 Drone Metal
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