Top Ten Most 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?

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

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

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 really a catch-all term. It basically englobes certain genres, and doesn't. It stands for something, but it doesn't. Most of the musicians who go for independent labels are simply looking to not be lumped in the mainstream. Sadly, bands like Coldplay and Imagine Dragons have completely ruined the genre, and other genres are rejected just from being associated with indie. It's sad that such a bad reputation has struck this lovely a genre.

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

Some of the few Indie songs I like are absolute gems. - Kiteretsunu

Well I don't misunderstand it I just hate it - frankjackson

4 Dubstep

What happens when you combine the mainstream's vague perception of Metal, half the peak years of Grunge, and the mentality that electronic music isn't music? You get Dubstep.

Dubstep is a music genre which originated in the United Kingdom in the late-1990s. Before the genre peaked, it was calm and often percussive. But when the genre peaked, it was completely different from the original concept. Brostep, a genre often labelled as Dubstep, is a combination of between the original Dubstep, Electro house and Metal-esque drops. It was popularized by artists like Skrillex, Rusko, Excision, and etc. And because of how harsh Brostep sounded, the term and definition of Dubstep was ruined. It had mixed reactions from the people. The mainstream medias perception of the genre is really vague. Brostep, which was labelled as Dubstep, eventually died down quickly. But, unfortunately, Dubstep is still considered by most people as aggressive, noisy, unmusical, and a fad, while the people who ...more - Shawnty320

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

5 Jazz Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime. Jazz is seen by many as "America's classical music".

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 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

7 House
8 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


9 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

10 Electro

The Contenders

11 Trance
12 Rock Rock music is a music genre that was created in the 1940s. The genre got popular during the 60s, 70s and 80s. Rock bands 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.

13 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

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.

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

14 Black Metal
15 K-Pop
16 Bubblegum Pop


17 Pop

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

Yep it's very misunderstood

18 Electronic
19 Gothic Rock
20 Death Metal
21 Dream Pop

I love ❤️ you dream pop

22 Blackgaze
23 Blues Blues is a music genre and musical form originated by African Americans in the Deep South of the United States around the end of the 19th century.

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

24 Grunge Grunge (sometimes referred to as the Seattle sound) is a subgenre of alternative rock and a subculture that emerged during the mid-1980s.
25 Shock Rock
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