Most Popular Types of Music in History

The Top Ten

1 Rock 'n Roll 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.

I find it hilarious how people are arguing over which genre is the best, as if that's what the poll is asking. Rock and roll isn't my favourite genre, but it's had a tremendous influence on music throughout recent history, which is why I voted for it. I love EDM, but the genre is relatively new and hasn't had a large impact on music history yet, which is why I didn't vote for it.

Rock and Roll has been around since the 50's and it's still around today, it keeps making itself different each decade. 50's - Rock and Roll - 60's Classic Rock - 70's Classic Rock - 80's Retro Rock - 90's Punk and Alternative - 00's Hard Rock - 10's New Wave and still gonna change. Even though it's not on the billboard 24/7 it's still is a experimental, creative, diverse type of music.

Rock N Roll will never die as it has more fans than pop will ever get. It will live forever, just like the legacy of great bands like Queen (my favorite! ), Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Van Halen, The Doors, Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, and SO many more rocking bands. PS I'll love Queen forever!

Beat R N R... Didn't think you could!

Long live all types of ROCK. Pop does not even deserve to be in the top 5. Most of pop is just people who have no talent in singing about inappropriate themes and etc. Rock actually brings the true emotion and anyone can relate to to it and feel better. Additionally, the music is amazing and almost everyone has talent.

2 Pop

Doesn't the name explain it?! Pop is short for popular. A lot of it is on the Billboard charts.

I really love this type of music.. Its' like I feel a connection with it, although I also like rock music, but pop is my favorite

Well, pop used to be good like Michael Jackson etc but now pop is TERRIBLE. It is ruined by artists like aRiAnA gRaNdE or jUsTiN BiEbErr

Pop is the best ever. I can dance to everything and I like all the artists ANYBODY OUT THERE like POP like I do because I'm rollin out like it's hot gettin in the groove like what I gonna rock it like it's hot and keep it movin all of them droppin the beat makes me wanna drop the beat in my moves when I'm in the grill you know how it is when it comes to music it is my inspiration it's my dream it's my LIFE wanna LIVE IT OUT LOUD if you know what I'm saying I LOVE MUSIC MUSIC is EVERYTHING to ME I like the beat the lyrics and all that it's pumping and I'm crunkin

3 Rap

This is the only type of music where I hear people expressing what they truly feel even though there is cuss, that's just an excuse for saying it's not good. The music in the songs may not be as good as rock or heavy metal or other ty

I agree with everything else, but not about rap being the only genre where the artists express how they feel. Feelings can be expressed in many different ways.

Personally I think rap is the only good type of music screw pop all the others

I just voted on this to say something to the person who started a rant totally ignoring other peoples' opinions, saying that rap is the best.

1. When you say that "rock and rollers" dress like they've had an abusive childhood, you must mean punk rock or heavy metal (not to offend anybody, but that's just my opinion), because I haven't seen any "rock and roller" dress like they're had an abusive childhood.

2. Rock music does not always have yelling and screaming.

3. Country music isn't always about trucks, dogs, and farms. I haven't heard the old Taylor Swift sing about trucks or dogs ever in my life.

4. Ok. I agree with you that rock music can have some inappropriate words or themes, but not all the time. Probably about 20% of the time, it's not suitable for younger people.

5. Banging on drums and stroking metal strings can actually sound good, believe it or not. (sarcasm) Have you ever heard of The Tragically Hip? Yeah, those guys. They used to call ...more

I like to rap and I like to hear Khalid and and I like rap because it has some wonderful beats but the problem is that it has cuss words sometimes but rap is still awesome

4 Heavy Metal Heavy Metal music is a sub-genre of rock music that originated in the late 1960s-70s, featuring more distorted and heavier instrumental work and darker lyrical themes. Heavy Metal broke into mainstream success with bands such as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Metallica. more.

It is the most famous genre and the only will that will live by it's own greatness.. Bands like Iron Maiden, Metallica, Judas Priest, Megadeth, Motorhead, Pantera, black sabbath. Will never die..

In my own mind I don, t like pop always talking about love.. And always slow no creativity at it all...

And rap is boring.. Talking fast is very easy with Explicit language.. But rap metal isn't so good or isn't so bad but I don't like rap metal bands like Limp Bizkit, Cypress Hill..

But metal with all it's side-genres got pure awesomeness!

And metal can be wrote about anything
Stories, personality, Death, Pain, Love, Brotherhood, Dadism, Family, Society, Memories, anger, Darkness, Wars, Peace... Metal is the only genre that will live by it is own creativity I

For those of you who think that heavy metal consists of the singer screaming as loud as they can, the guitarist playing the guitar as fast as they can, and the drummer banging on the drums as loud as they can, just take a moment to think: would it REALLY be that popular if it was just as simple as that? Try listening to any heavy metal song. You'll be pleasantly surprised, I promise you. The lyrics have a much deeper meaning than almost any other genre of music, and don't let the way some bands present themselves off the stage put you off. I don't like it when bands dress up in all-black and wear black make-up and all that stuff either, but try and just concentrate on the music. There's far more to it than you think there is.

Fast, powerful and full of meaning, heavy metal runs where other genres crawl. And due to withe variety of sub genres, everyone can find something they like.

Huh? If pop should be first, Why isn't it...? Heavy Metal all the way!

5 Country

I once liked country. People like Waylon Jennings, Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, and many others from that era were great. Todays country is a sell out! Ever since Garth Brooks came on the scene in the late 80's/ early 90's he changed things for the worst. He would run around the stage and jump off things. I feel that ushered in country/ rock (crock) and country/ rap (crap). The country industry will do anything to make a buck, like redo rock classics an try to claim them as their own. Also, do you see the way the country artist look today? They wear wore out jeans and t-shirts, have long hair, and have tattoos. They look like a bunch of guys that couldn't make it in rock, so they go country. It just seems like in about every genre of music, artist are judged more on the way they look an not the substance of their music. Country and pop seem to be the worst in that regard.

Country music is the best I like all kinds of country music it beats pop and rap and heavy metal

I recommend stars like Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Kellie Pickler, Luke Bryan, and Hunter Hayes. Country is the best type of music ever and I don't listen to anything else!

I just like country because Its something I can relate to,I grew up on it and I really don't like any other types of music, not saying that the other types of music are terrible,I do occasionally listen to other types of music.

6 Punk

Punk how could you not love it? Come on guys grow up!

Grow up? Don't you mean we should mentally and emotionally regress?

Punk has been a large influence in music today and is easily one of my favorite genres!

Punk will always have fans since it will always give positive emotions to young people.

Punk is what defines music common people

7 R & B

R&B is a dying genre because most of the best R&B artists are now getting old (Mariah Carey, R. Kelly and Mary J Blige for example) or went pop (like Beyonce, Usher, Chris Brown and Rihanna for example). The ones did that define R&B and stayed are aren't able to keep it afloat because they aren't as creative as the ones mentioned above. They aren't visionaries and can't make the genre break out like it did in the past. The big guys of R&B don't see a point to work harder to bring it back to the scene while the older guys don't have mainstream appeal anymore.

Recently there has been a jolt of alternative R&B which is taking over the contemporary R&B that we've come to know since the early 2000s based on hip hop. This R&B is more focused on quiet storm, electronica and soul. Some of the new pioneers are The Weeknd, Miguel and Frank Ocean. We also have retro soul making a comeback with Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke and Pharrell produced tracks.

R&B suffered a lot because ...more

Beyonce and Usher are most likely returning to R&B because Beyonce new album is R&B and Usher's new track Good Kisser. Duh - JaysTop10List

When did rhythm and blues transcend to R&B

Whenever I say R&B, people are always thinking Chris Brown, R. Kelly, Mariah Carey, etc, when I actually mean Ray Charles, James Brown, Elvis Presley, The Contours, Isley Brothers, Wilson Pickett, Little Richard, etc.

R&B is not dying. whoever thinks it is is dead wrong. There's still up and coming people in R&B who will make a big impact in the future.

8 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".

Well, Rock in Roll is probably the most popular, but I still vote Jazz. It's my personal favorite and if it weren't for Jazz there would be no, Rock, Metal, Pop or Rap.

Jazz is on of the most popular to dance to and there are a lot of choses that you can choose.

Jazz has to be my favorite type of music because of all the possibilities, and it is so nice to listen to, and easy to get the beat of it.

Jazz is clearly the best. Beautiful singing, real instruments. No electronic stuff, no autotune. Just a real singer with a real song.

9 Classical

Classical music is actually a specific genre, but most people group it in a broad conglomerate of styles including baroque and opera. All of these are like the best five-star restaurants that serve delicious healthy food that is only enjoyed by people with matured tastes and the means of appreciation. Pop music is like McDonald's. It has the mass appeal, mass consumption because it is designed to please in the easiest manner.

In classical music, emotion is being expressed in a very unique way. Also, there are so many styles and eras in classical music, which all are good in there own way. People who think classical music is boring do not understand the depth and meaning behind it.

Only classical music will outlive any other genre. It is the depth and harmony which will give an everlasting impression of the melodies in the human mind. Long live Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner and so many other composers.

Well, sure not many people are big fans but I think the ability for the Classical Genre to remain so strong even today is a testament to it's popularity.

10 Alternative

Come on guys! Don't you all love Radiohead? Ok, rock and roll is great and coming from it there's the best band in the world, Queen. Jazz is cool too, but what is rap and pop doing here? Michael Jackson is a great singer and dancer but both genres suck! Talking as fast as you can with a dump beat is NOT music, rap is destroying music! Pop just has a orang card but please guys, stop listening to rap! We need to go back to the 60's, then we can see the golden years of music, 60-90, oh and the 40-50 were awesome too.

Alternative is band being original. Rap is some people talking really fast and pop is becoming more and more techno and dub-step. It really annoys me when I can fit pop into two categories love songs and dance/techno alternative is clearly better than pop and rap and should be in the top ten

My very very very very favorite. It was best in the 80's - mid 90's with groups such as Depeche Mode, Men at Work, New Order, Queen, The Smiths, Etc. Rap is people swearing and talking really fast. Pop is okay I guess. Rock is okay sometimes. And I also think R & B has ties into Alternative Music too.

If one more person says rap is people talking fast, I'm going to lose it. I also really like alternative, but saying rap is people talking fast is saying altenative is people complaining a lot. There is no 'better music genre, and those on this page bashing other genres are being ignorant.

The Contenders

11 Hip Hop

One not only do black people listen to hip-hop there is more white people and other people of different nationalities listen to hip-hop

I personally don't like hip hop I prefer county or/and rock along with some other styles but I can see why people may like hip hop its up beat and fun to dance to

Hip Hop is the worst music in the world. I don't understand why it is number 12. Tis website should be illegal

Hip hop is great and it create motivation

12 Soul

Greatest music ever and Nobody can sing a song like the soul legends - Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Aretha, Ray Charles, Al Green, Gladys Knight, Temptations, O'Jays, Isleys, Marvin, James Brown, etc,

Soul is where its at! With out WHITNEY HOUSTON & SOUL, there ain't no such thang as music!

It helps express feelings and it's amazing

Soul music is the best from 1965 to 1970

13 Techno

I just feel so much vibes. All the songs that are Techno is so overrated for me.

Best type of song ever!

Techno is going to be the next big thing. So grow up and listen to Monstercat or Deadmau5. This should be in number one.

This is the BOMB it should be way HIGHER ON THIS LIST!

14 Reggae

The happiness wave coming from Jamaica

It is one of the best music because it has a lot of soul into it and it grabs a lot of persons attention and heart. It touches a lot of people in so many ways...

Reggae rules, there's no way you can be sad well your listening to it!

Music that speaks not only of morals, happiness and truth but also utilises an incredible array of of instruments... Enough said

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

Grunge ruled the 90's and people hate it and say that this genre is dead whereas this genre laid the foundation for rock music today

We got to admit that without grunge there's no alternative and we must admit the grunge is the most hated genre to the industry they just conspired to destroy grunge music

A special type of music for a certain generation and probably the more to come.

Alice In Chains
Pearl Jam
Can stand up to any other 4 bands on this list

16 Hard Rock Hard Rock is a subgenre of rock music known for having heavier guitar riffs/solos. It originated around 1964-1965 with various Garage Rock bands.

I like a lot of rock genres, but I like it most.

This and punk are the best genes in my opinion

On the jazz drum

Modern hard rock is the best..I really enjoy bands like Disturbed,Avenged Sevenfold and Stone Sour.

17 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 the best, without no blues there would be no rock n roll Blues IS The 1st Music and thanks to him rock and hip hop are here as what they known.

It has influenced Jazz and Rock, both of which are indigenous American musical styles.

This is the foundation for all of popular music. It inspired rock n roll which is in just about every song in some way and is very well-known. Deserves more credit if you ask me.

For me, there is nothing that beats real blues. When you got it, there is nothing more beautifull. Can listen to any kind of blues for hours. It's a shame that the genre has died out a little.

18 Nu Metal

What is the Nu Metal?


Linkin park

Nu is Rap + Metal

19 1920's Charleston

1920's music is great!

20 Metal

Metal is a great genre of music. It is incredibly diverse, from heavy metal, to speed and thrash metal, and even to pirate metal, like the band Alestorm, and there are even humor metal bands. Metal bands sing about death, pain, sometimes love, life, peoples personalities, it tells stories, and many other things. The music itself is diverse. There are songs that start off slow and progress to really fast solos, there are metal songs that are fast all throughout the song, and there are slow songs. All in all, metal is a great genre of music due to its great diversity.

"Thunder! Ah. Thunder! Ah. Thunderstruck!

Type is wonderful song

Metal is my favorite you should check out these metal bands: Hammerfall System of a Down Metalica. My favorite Hammerfall. Most popular obviously Metalica!

21 Dance

Dance is the best

It's the best music ever!

I love everything about dance after meeting "seventeen"

I love to dance

22 Indie

Indie is amazing I just love it like God. In my opinion it's the best in the world. A great indie band are circa waves who are great at this kind of music.

I can't believe that dubstep is over indie...

Indie is an amazing type of music and has some great history

I know many of bands this genre is best, very deep feels

23 Ska

Ska is music that began in the late fifties and early sixties in Jamaica. After Ska came Rocksteady and Reggae. The groups that you mention are part of the late seventies / early eighties Ska revival.

Madness, The Specials, The Selektor, The Beat, Bad Manners... All excellent!

24 Gospel

This is based on Christian and catholic hymns. Many people are Christian, but never get to vote gospel because not many people like to listen to gospel anymore. I want to give the people that love gospel to praise the lord, not be shy, and vote gospel for one of their votes, that says that is their favorite music, so all Christians and Catholics, show who you are by voting this option!

I love Christian music cause it's uplifting and leaves me feeling more renewed in my soul than any other kind of music.

God is great he loves us so we should love him to, he protects us so there is nothing to fear by voting for music that honors and uplifts him

It's the most beautiful type of song. I am Christian and praising the Lord is what makes happier. I love to love God.

25 Dubstep

Not counting skrillex this is an awesome genre with a high amount of variety, whether you like music that is intense or really chill :D.

Dubstep is the all Time best. There is dubstep for every emotion. The best part is the drop

Dubstep is the combination of Pop, Electro, Sometimes rock

All dubstep is good, but bassnectar is something special.

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