Top Ten Misunderstood Music Genres


The Top Ten

1 Metal

They aren't about screaming while jamming instruments. It takes talent, and real skill to learn to play and sing, without autotune. - ToptenPizza

People say that metal is satanic music but this is really nothing new. You guys do realize that jazz was considered satanic back then do ya? - Aragorn98

And until now, a lot of morons still fall for the "devils music" belief about metal.

Rock and Roll was also called "satanic"... - Metal_Treasure

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2 Screamo

Despite popular belief, screamed lyrics do not make a band screamo. Can I grab a guitar, start playing, scream,"HI" and boom, I'm a screamo artist? Of course, screamo artists do scream, but it is also among the lines of emo. - ToptenPizza

3 Indie

Indie is short for independent. It isn't about being hipster, it is just a DIY music genre, or being in a minor label.


Jamie is a 16 year old girl. There are two labels, a major one, bubblegum plastic, and a minor one, Lovely ducklings. She decides to join Lovely Ducklings. She then writes and produces songs without the label. She releases songs, and they all go platinum and now Jamie is an a-lister
She continues to write and produce her own songs about whatever is in front of her, and are all brainless. Guess what, Jamie is an indie pop artist! - ToptenPizza

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4 Emo

Emo is not short for emotional, it's short for emotional hardcore. It is bands like Rites of Spring, Jimmy Eat World, Embrace, Dag Nasty, Moss Icon. It is not My Chemical Romance. Emo is metaphorical lyrics often about failed relationships meant to spark an emotional reaction from the audience. It is not crappy lyrics about cutting. I love emo, and I wish people would get their facts right and listen to the legends before they start judging. - ToptenPizza

It's funny how people don't like it when people generalise genres they like but if it's a genre they don't like, it's automatically acceptable... - SuperHyperdude

5 Jazz Jazz

Jazz music is so rad! Speaking as a musician, I enjoy playing Jazz much more than any other genre. It's more complicated and does more for the mind. Instead of just using simple chord progressions, Jazz thinks outside the box. - SavannahCon93

The only reason people don't like jazz is they don't want to give it a chance, and figure since no one listens to it it must suck (lies) and that pop is great because everyone listens to it (lies). - ToptenPizza

6 Dubstep

Some people can't handle the idea that dubstep is an art. The mainstream form of it has given it a bad reputation, and I see why, but a lot of obscure dubstep is poetic, mentally soothing, supportive and mellifluous. There's various extremes in its good forms, from haunting and philosophical chillstep, such as Fallen by Electus, to melodic and energising breakbeats, such as Blue by Gemini. Give those a shot and it may change how you see this genre. - PositronWildhawk

7 Punk Rock Punk Rock Punk rock is a subgenre of rock music. It usually has rebellious lyrics and down stroked power chords played on guitars. Bad Religion, Sex Pistols, and Green Day (actually pop-punk, which is still punk in a way) are a few punk rock bands. The subgenre influenced thrash metal because of it's down stroked more.

Punk is a faster version of rock, made mainly by poor white guys and it has true passion, talent and pure angst, and is meant to point out politics and society's flaws, and strive to cause change. It is Sex Pistols (my favorite punk band), it is not blink182. - ToptenPizza

8 Classic

Why is classic seen as boring, or not good, when it is really so complex and intense, in my band class we once had to make our own instrumental music and it was very hard and you had to work a lot to get it right. - ToptenPizza

9 House
10 Electro

The Contenders

11 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 .

Since when is rock satanic? I love this genre, but my parents know pretty much every band and none of them sing about worshipping satan. Not all rock fans are weird drug addicts who like to smoke and practice satanic rituals. - ToptenPizza

Rock was not the first genre to be accused of being satanic. Many critics called Jazz satanic in the 1920s.

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13 Rap

Not one rap song is good for me. It's not just the awful sounds bought from unoriginality, even the most seemingly empowering tracks are twisted and deceptive. There is just nothing good about this genre. - PositronWildhawk

But I thought you hated rap.

Listen to the underground guys, like YC the cynic, black milk, soul khan,. Or Eminem and Tupac, or some of the creaters of rap, and you may like it, rap was supposed to be about social injustice or living on the rough side of town. Not butts and being rich. - ToptenPizza

What ToptenPizza said, rap is good if you know the right people.

14 Blues Blues

Blues is what create many of the genres we all love today. It is severely underrated, it was what rock was first created by. - ToptenPizza

15 Pop

Pop isn't misunderstood... It just sucks.

Yep it's very misunderstood - RoseCandyMusic

16 K-Pop
17 Black Metal
18 Grunge Grunge Grunge (sometimes referred to as the Seattle sound) is a subgenre of alternative rock and a subculture that emerged during the mid-1980s .
19 Shock Rock
20 Electronic
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