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

Trance music is the most and unique genre that can take you into a beautiful, emotional and wonderful journey of pure emotions with endless euphoria, connecting you with your best life moments to make you smile and have you Uplifted without any drugs, especially Uplifting Trance.

Best genre of music if you have a schizoid personality like me - styLIShT

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.

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

2 Dubstep

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

You got Classic, Riddim, Brostep, Melodic, Drumstep(even though it more drum n bass), Deathstep... The list kinda never ends

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

Dubstep is amazing! Too bad some of my classmates don't like it though...

3 House

House is, together with Techno, the oldest genre of Electronic Dance Music (not of electronic music in general), rhythmic and energetic, but often with more melody and grooves than Techno, and usually softer kick drums.
Over time, a lot of subgenres have evolved from it. My favourites are Deep House and Progressive House. I also like the lesser known genre called Microhouse.

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

Should be no. 1 in my opinion. Progressive House and Electro House are my favorites

Deadmau5, Wolfgang Gartner, Porter Robinson, Kaskade, Zedd, Daft Punk and many others contribute to this great genre. Vote it up!

I've seen that many artists of other genres make awful opinions of house and electro. Just because these ones have such popularity doesn't mean they are commercial at all. Yes, it is true that they are getting lots of promotion but you don't have to make critics just because this type of music is the favorite for most people. The feeling of listening house or electro is a fantastic experience, it turns you on, it makes you wanna dance or scream, that's music.

4 Drum and Bass

Electronic music tends to be very beat/rhythm-centric, so laying the drums and bass on heavy makes it fun as hell.

Drum N' Bass feels under-appreciated, especially out of all those times it has impressed me. Most of my favorite EDM tracks are Drum N' Bass, I think it's because of the fast-pace elements sometimes mixed with some hard beats.

The confines of drum and bass are looser than a lot of other sounds, letting it splinter off into hip-hop, house, dubstep or juke anytime it pleases, while staying true to the original sound system culture that took Jamaican global and paved the way for the darker side of modern electronic music.

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.

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

This has to be a lot higher. House has its sub-subgenres, and this is its best. - PositronWildhawk

I love music that has a great melody and really makes you dance

6 Synthwave

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.

I honestly can't get tired of it.

Amazing and fantastic vibes

7 Progressive House

I think most of Electronica music are shifting to progressive house

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.

Have you ever listened to I Remember?

Nothing better than this!

8 Future Bass

Some of the sounds in this genre are so unique, it's hard to describe. The mellowed-out pulsing beat is intoxicating.

This genre is way better than trance if you look for emotion, listen to Illenium

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

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

9 Synthpop / Electronic Rock

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.

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

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

10 Techno

I can only say: It's the purest form of rhythm and full of energy. The feeling of excitement cannot be described in words. Amazing.
This is clearly not about much melody here, but we have other amazing genres for that.

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

Techno coming in at number 20? Shows you the amount of idiots using this site. There's no better music than techno. Fact

It's old but never get boring

The Contenders

11 Drumstep

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

Best for me as I like dubstep but prefer the style of it

12 Hardstyle

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.

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

Hardstyle is a crazy legendary music genre which is held at rave festivals and has great melodies and beats in their music which is also great to dance to, the scene is ruthless. This music genre feels (mostly to me) as if it gives you a charge of positive energy.

The best song that influenced me to the genre was Noisecontrollers - Jaydee, It sounds addictive and the whole song has awesome vibes.

I thought this said Harry Styles, and though I don't even know who that is, I went crazy and set the fire alarm at my school and now Ted Cruz is at our school lecturing us about how to win a senate race.

13 Downtempo

Underrated. I'm not sure what it is about this genre, but it's fantastic.

Very meditational, melodic music, with a relatively slow rhythm of beats, sometimes more Breakbeat/Hip-Hop-like, sometimes more 4-4 like (a slow verison of) Trance/Techno/House.
This genre is not always easy to separate from Ambient, there is a gradual transition between them.
Also very closely related is Trip-Hop, not easy to separate from it as well.

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

True. - CedreticFomento

14 Ambient

Pure emotion, meditation and beauty.
This genre is not always easy to separate from Downtempo, there is a gradual transition between them.
New Age can also be included here.

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."

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

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

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.

Best genre.

16 Chillout

Is lit at

Very good for studying, I recommend Nightcore

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

Much better than techno

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

18 Trip Hop

Like Downtempo (very related to it and not always easy to separate), very melodic and with relatively slow beats. It's a fusion genre, with many infuences of popular music, often called "Instrumental Hip-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

19 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

Fantastic

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 Darkwave
22 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.

Who doesn't like melodic stuff

Perfeck genre

23 Psychedelic Trance

I had no idea that I would like this genre this much but it's friggin' good!

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.

24 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

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 Intelligent Dance Music

So much great music in this genre. Unfortunately, it constantly gets beaten down by the popular trashy EDM of today. Younger listeners who listen to Deadmau5 and Skrillex should know that they listened to Aphex Twin and Autechre as kids! IDM needs more attension.

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.

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

One Word: Idioteque.

27 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

28 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

29 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

30 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

31 Synthpunk
32 French House

Not sure what it is about the French music scene, but it's pretty special.

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

34 Alternative Dance

Cool electronic music genre - waraypiso

Good - CedreticFomento

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 Industrial Metal
38 Rave

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.

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

39 Electro-Industrial
40 Trap

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

You guys should try Jersey Club. Sounds good too.

Can't believe this is not at least number ten.

This should be in top ten! For all those dubstep lovers, give trap a listen, the two genres are like cousins!

41 Kawaii Future Bass

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

Anime music + Future bass, just cute.

42 Electronic/Synth Rock

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

43 Witch House

I can see this being less popular, but damn, it's one of the most creative genres on this list.

Scary stuff

44 Electropop
45 Ambient Techno
46 Eurodance

This era is a really special one in my opinion; now go listen to doktorspiele - styLIShT

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!

47 Vaporwave

I love vaporwave - so much that I have a playlist of the data wing soundtrack and listen to some of that music often - styLIShT

The memes that came out of this genre alone should push it to the top 10.

Combines every genre into one, amazing - Melvin_BigSmoke_Harris

48 Industrial Rock
49 New Wave
50 Post-Industrial
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