Least Radio Friendly Music Genres and Styles

Some genres like classical or jazz have their own radio stations. However, apart from mainstream pop, just a few music genres can be played on a misellanous station.

The Top Ten

1 Black Metal

It depends on if there are Black Metal internet radio stations, and if this is the case, the only people who would tune into them would be Black Metal fans. I don't suppose they would listen if it became "radio friendly". - Britgirl

Majority of black metal bands don't even focus on satanism.

But of course, Anti Black metal comments will come...Because the blabbermouths speak as they're used to spouting garbage, and speak for the sake of speaking haha. - Ananya

I know it's not only about satanism. But the necro-sound, heavily distorted guitars and those vocals make it not radio-friendly.

Also note how most people don't know what satanism is, just hear this word and immediately think it's something awful. - Alkadikce

Self explanatory. - Userguy44

2 Dubstep Dubstep

There is some horrible dubstep out there, and mainstream dubstep artists have really given the genre as a whole a bad image, but there's a lot of it hidden in the shadows which really is beautiful. Check Electus, Seven Lions and Au5 out. They are nothing like what most people associate with dubstep. - PositronWildhawk

This genre is hated by almost the entire TheTopTens community, and although TheTopTens rarely reflects the whole population's opinion (e.g. see best music genres list), this says something. - Alkadikce

3 Doom Metal

Most songs are way too long and slow to be played on the radio.

Please note that I don't really know the difference between stoner rock and doom metal - Alkadikce

4 Death Metal Death Metal
5 Grindcore Grindcore
6 Noise Rock Noise Rock

Yeah. Try to listen to "Metal Machine Music" by Lou Reed, the whole album. Tell me your ears don't hurt after that. Even at half the volume my head aches. - JoLeKosovo

7 Contemporary Classical

Why wouldn't this be radio friendly? Are most movie soundtracks not contemporary classical?

Movie soundtracks yeah, but almost everything else requires a lot of concentration to find a melody in it - Alkadikce

Apart from piano hits like Yiruma's River Flows in You, most classical music written after the second world war appeals to a very small audience. It may have complex but melodiless phrases that most people regard as "note spam". Example: Kapustin - Impromptu op.66 No.2

You can't usually hear this even on classical stations. - Alkadikce

8 Opera

Hits like Habanera or some scenes from The Magic Flute are continously played on classical radios but even I (as a classical fan) can't appreciate most operas. - Alkadikce

9 Christian

You're talking about authentic church hymns, am I correct? I just want to clear the difference between actual hymns and the pop type songs they play on Christian radio today (they call it Contemporary Christian Music, or CCM). - Gg2000

If the radio started playing Christian songs with organ outside a service, 80% percent of people would switch station, including Christians themselves (although I wouldn't) - Alkadikce

10 Reggaeton Reggaeton

I think nobody likes this genre in the US or Europe, who listens to it just does because he thinks it's cool. Half of the 100 most viewed songs on YouTube are reggaeton, but under these compilation videos, we can find surprised English comments about how they didn't even know those songs. - Alkadikce

Screw this garbage music, it makes my head bleed.

People who do not understand the language, will not like it but as I understand it I like 50% only - YanRocky

This is actually quite popular with people I know, but I, for one, can't stand it. - PositronWildhawk

The Contenders

11 Screamo
12 Christian Hip Hop

Speaks for itself - Alkadikce

13 No Wave
14 Gothic Rock Gothic Rock
15 Extratone
16 Trap Trap
17 Hip Hop Hip Hop
18 Danger Music
19 Anti-Folk

Beck is the most famous anti-folk artist. And god, his anti-folk songs are VERY WEIRD. As radio-friendly as Trout Mask Replica, if not less. - JoLeKosovo

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1. Black Metal
2. Grindcore
3. Noise Rock
1. Black Metal
2. Contemporary Classical
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