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

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.

A wise man once said, "Trance is what feelings sound like. " Can't but agree! Trance is so diverse and emotional. It takes you out of this world.

The best not very popular anymore but really good represents AVB, infected mushroom...


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2 Dubstep

Electro house, maybe, but progressive house is all so similar, and big room house is normally complete crap. Dubstep is more complex than house based on the beat pattern, and dubstep producers are diverse with it, making liquid dubstep, heavy dubstep and aggressive dubstep. My favorite song of all time is electro house though. - datrandomguy

Dubstep is some of the best electronic music I have heard. Although not the best for night clubs, I have seen some pretty awesome guys dance to Dubstep music!

Dubstep is awesome, though it doesn't have as many really popular artists compared to house : (

So many people are going to hate me for this but I like Dubstep.It's not as good as Electronic Rock or Drum and bass in my opinion but I still like this genre.-Trollishman1.Also yes I made that quote I forgot signature.

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3 House

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.

Electro-house is the best! I actually used to hate it, but only because I've never heard the work of so many great artists. Daft Punk, Deadmau5, and Wolfgang Gartner are all pretty good, but the one artist that made me like house at all is OVERWERK. His music is unparalleled by any other electronic artist.

Future House is a must to listen to if you really enjoy this genre. The future house / Future Bounce genre is so iconic and as a distinct sound to jump around to!

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4 Drum and Bass

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.

There's nothing so flexible and artistic as Drum and Bass.

The great tunes and fast pace beats are always great for running and workouts. Great to groove to.

DnB and all of its subgenres are plain amazing. - wrests

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5 Techno

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

House 1 techno 2

Lol! Techno at 5th? EDM kiddos...

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6 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.

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.

Best and most unique electronic genre out there with a lot of talented artists. Hardstyle kicks it all the way along with hardcore.

Transmits all the energy and power to the listeners is great

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7 Electro House

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

One of the best genres of electronic music.

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

The best! - OrangeCookie

8 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

Some nice Drumstep/Halfstep tunes:
Tristam & Braken - Flight
Noisia & Phace - Imperial
Skrillex - Nothing Yet
Mefjus - Continuous VIP
Evol Intent - Ghost
The Upbeats - Drum Stop (ft. Armanni Reign)

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9 Ambient

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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10 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.

The Newcomers

? Happyhardcore

Probably intergrates other genres already covered but so does half the other sub genres on this list...classifying is a matter of subjective opinion, that's why I hate pidgeon holeing as a matter of principle - espyorkshireman

The Contenders

11 Chillout

Is lit at

12 Downtempo

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

13 Synthpop / Electronic Rock

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

This is a genre that was around in the 70s and 80s. The guitars and synth really put me on the chill side. I like it better than trance. - JuniorBlitz99

Electronic Rock is my favourite music genre.The guitar honestly sounds better when it sounds a bit more electronic but that's just my opinion.The synthesizers are really good too.You should check out Celldweller and Blue Stahli,they are good Electro-Rock artists.Also how is this genre only 13? It should at least be in top 10.-TheCoolGuy1

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14 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.

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

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15 Glitch Hop

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.

16 Electronic/Synth Rock
17 Progressive House

Have you ever listened to I Remember?

Nothing better than this!

Amazing. Just amazing.

Best music genre,I love this genre.
The best progressive house artist is Avicii who is now back in 2017 with his new EP.

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18 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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19 Intelligent Dance Music

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.

IDM is more for the more thoughtful listener who wants food for thought yet can't resist an addictive beat. Eg. VNV Nation, Mesh, Apoptygma Berzerk, Assemblage 23, and Colony 5.

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20 Electronica

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

Electronica sums up all genres on the list lol

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