Top Ten Misunderstood Music Genres


The Top Ten

1 Metal

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?

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

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

Say that metal is the devil's music is like to say that a pen be like a rubber

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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

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

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

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

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

Truth be told, Dubstep isn't all about making robotic noises. In fact, it was never the most important part of it. The most important parts of Dubstep are the bass (as in without robotic sounds) and the rhythm of the track. Meaning, a Dubstep track without the screeches and robotic noises is STILL considered as Dubstep, as long as it has a bass and a half-time beat. - 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

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 Rock 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.

The Contenders

11 Electro
12 Trance
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 K-Pop
15 Black Metal
16 Blues 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

17 Pop

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

Yep it's very misunderstood - RoseCandyMusic

18 Death Metal Death Metal
19 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.
20 Shock Rock
21 Electronic
22 Alternative Alternative Alternative rock is a style of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. In this instance, the word "alternative" refers to the genre's distinction from mainstream rock music.

What many people seem to not just realize is that alternative music, has many different forms of the genre. Not just pure rock. - XDhaaaaa

23 Gothic Rock Gothic Rock
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