Most Popular Types of Music in History

The Top Ten

1 Rock 'n Roll

Rock and roll is the best Ermigerd it's to die for. I would never give up my music. Here's a list of awesome rock bands and songs off the top of my head.

-R.E. M (Losing My Religion)-Sublime (Santeria)-Talking Heads (Psycho Killer, Burning Down the House)-Jane's Addiction (Been Caught Stealing)-Eve 6(Inside Out)-Smashing Pumpkins (Tonight, Tonight)-King of Leon (Use Somebody, Sex of Fire)- Blind Melon (No Rain)-The Cranberries (Zombie)-Better than Erza (Good)- Franz Ferinand (Take me out)-Modest Mouse (Float on)-MGMT (Kids)-Third Eye Blind (Semi Charmed)-The Black Keys (Lonely Boy, Tighten Up)-Red Hot Chile Peppers (My friends)-Foo Fighter (The Pretender, Everlong)-Thirty Seconds to Mars (The Kill)-Blink-182 (All Small Things) The Cure (Lovesong) Incubus (Drive)-Stone Temple Pilots (Plush, Creep)-Mumford and Sons (I will wait)-Three Days Grace (Never to Late)-Green Day (American Idiot, Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Holiday, Wake me up when September Ends)-Of Monsters and Men ...more

There's a band/album/song for every occasion and emotion. I love it because of how diverse it is

I don't like this music so much but is definitely the most knowed type of music of all time! - 80sGreatestOffice

Hey Hey My My Rock and Roll will never die...
My My Hey Hey Rock and Roll is here to Stay - BigZ

2 Pop

Pop is amazing

pop is yes

Suck - TMADE008

It suck - TMADE008

3 Rap

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

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. - 3DG20

And me I think is the best because ov word setting

I love rap so much
so what songs to listen rap god venom suicide

4 Heavy Metal

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 - noore

If anyone says this all sounds the same, listen to empire of the clouds, snuff, nothing else matters, and iron man and then tell me they are all the same
My friend who listens to country says it all sounds the same

Especially traditional heavy metal. - Userguy44

Metal is just what I can relate too because it sounds meaningless, but inside the lyrics is unknown meaning that you have to think about

5 Country

This is the best.

Country music is the best! I hate pop and rap

What makes you Country? Country music is my personal favorite Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Midland, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Nothing beats em'

Anyone who thinks otherwise is dumb

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.

Its just the best

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

R&B is the BEST!

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.

8 Jazz Jazz

This is the best music for your soul! Hella relaxing.


LOvE instrunments

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.

9 Classical

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.

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.

Best for vocal

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.

10 Alternative

Dude stop being a elderly person

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.


The Contenders

11 Hip Hop

Ever since the first song in 1937. Hip hop has been amazing

I love hip hop music

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

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 - ballaboi17

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!

Soul music is the best from 1965 to 1970

Soul music is where all the negitive does not exsist. Unlike rap and hip hop, Soul music is a lengendary genre people of all ages are allowed to listen to. Soul Music never represents HOW TO BE A THUG like RAP & HIP HOP. The lyrics to Soul have an actual meaning.

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13 Techno

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

This is the stuff

Best type of song ever!

It nice

14 Reggae

Righteousness in reggae music

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!

15 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.

I think Grunge is the father of modern rock and metal!

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

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

Best Genre In The World.

16 Hard Rock 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.

This and punk are the best genes in my opinion

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

On the jazz drum

Guns N' Roses and VH till I die

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17 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.

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.

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. - copkiller

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

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. - Donut

18 Nu Metal

Linkin park

What is the Nu Metal?

Nu is Rap + Metal


19 1920's Charleston

1920's music is great!

20 Metal

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

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

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21 Dance

I love everything about dance after meeting "seventeen"

I love to dance

Dance is the best

It's the best music ever!

22 Indie

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

Makes u wa a dance.

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...

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! - Britgirl

24 Gospel

There are a lot of awesome christian songs out there, you just have to search for them. God can touch your heart through christian/gospel music, you can become a new person, a better person! Turn away from your worldly lives! God loves you! God bless you. Vote gospel! <3 :) Try searching "For King and Country" on youtube. You should also try "Toby Mac".

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

25 Dubstep

It gets my emotions up when I am sad or depressed


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

26 Electronica

The blend perfectly matches with my personality!

Is my favorite type of music, I loved, it moves all my body and go into my heart

Alan Walker is my favorite

This stuff is the reason why we live, to groove to the awesome breasts of EDM

27 K-pop

It Trash - TMADE008

I feel like kpop should be so much popular nowadays

I LOVE k-pop My favorite Groups are BTS, blackpink, and Got7 I just love the way it sounds

I'm in love with KPOP (Espically BLACKPINK)

28 Disco

Disco is beast

Its sad that people cannot enjoy this genre nowadays. It's better than modern pop music any day of the week.

Disco is pretty good

The genere that influenced every popular genere after its boom, the one in were almost every artist participated is the Disco. It's a subgenere if R&B and pop, with roots in the soul and funk, that dominated the charts in the late 70s. And too, albums like Saturday Night Fever, Random Access Memories, Brothers In Arms, Thriller, Like A Virgin, and a lot of "biggest hits" of bands like Pink Floyd (Another Brick In The Wall), Kiss (I Was Made For Loving You), and a lot more were Disco, or were influenced by Disco. It may not be so loved as othe generes, but this subgenere of Pop, is the most succesful and one of the most influential of all time.

29 House

House comes from Disco! And house is still alive and well.

30 Retro

It makes life into a calm fantasy

31 Dancehall

Born in 80, 90 and now taking over reggae music in jamaica.but I love reggae music.

32 Death Metal


If death metal includes rob zombie and five finger death pun then it deserves a way better part of the list

All metal is great but this is the most manly

33 Thrash Metal Thrash Metal Thrash Metal is a Heavy Metal subgenre developed during the early 1980s and an early precursor of Extreme Metal. Thrash Metal features a faster and more aggressive guitar work than Traditional Metal with shredding and double-bass drums and can range from melodic singing to loud shouts. more.

Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax

To me this is my favorite kind of music, Metallica is my favorite band and I love all the four horsemen. I don't know why but most teenagers don't like this kind of music anymore, but I'm 15 and this is the first type of music I remember listening to and I grew up with this music. SO FOR ALL OF US METAL HEADS OUT THERE, KEEP ON HEAD BANGING! ✊😎

34 Psychedelia


It deserves a better place. - Undistinguished

35 Christian Rock

Christian music has such an impact on millions. There is always a message for everyone. God does great things because God is good all the time, all the tome God is good.

Zero percent? I agree

Music with a reason

Very fast growing format

36 Folk

Because this is a list of history folk music should definitely be one of top, because it is perhaps one of the oldest genres and technically it could even be considered multiple genres because every culture has it's own form of folk. But, because it is all just considered one genre it would definitely make it more popular throughout history.

Although In my case, it's mostly because of Peter, Paul, and Marry.

I think this genre has really lost it's popularity over the years and it has almost died. Peter, Paul, and Mary had the folk sound and they are easy to listen to. The genre isn't hurtful to your ears and unless if your obsessed with fast music then of course you are going to hate it. Its just an easy going genre. Some people don't appreciate it anymore... :( long live Puff the magic dragon...

Sure it's lost its momentum over the years but, this is supposed to be history! Rap and so many other things have only been around for like...1% of modern man's existence! - higgsboson2142

37 Hardcore Punk
38 Progressive

While progressive is common like salsa better while we can implement salsa instead of progressive. Like majority of people likes only salsa and R&B for their musics. Like wise it could be used ok...

Progressive is an amazing type of music. Not only does it bring a story to life by the words and actions in a song; but it also has a rock flare to grab the feelings and emotions of the listener.

Dream Theater, Opeth... Etc

39 Space Prog

I do not understand what this genre of music is

Isn't that the theme to Doctor Who?

40 Salsa

Salsa is boss. I have no idea what so ever as to why you all can't see this! I'm in 6 grade and it truly is a shame I even have to tell anyone that. I'm sorry, but you fools out there that say salsa isn't boss better get the steppin because it ain't happenin'!

Salsa is an elegant music to dance to it brings out your inner self and creativitie as well. When you dance and listen to this type of music there's no way you can't not move to the beat.

This should be in the top ten. Salsa and Merengue are based on rhythm. Rock n Roll, pop, hip hop, & country are boring.

41 Art Rock
42 J-Pop

I love it because it's amazing there are songs that touch me and have a unique meaning

Very good it's my favorite, I just love to listen japanese music because it's a part of me, so relexing and makes me dance all the time of j-pop I'm never bored

J-Pop is awesome! It has its own creative style and beat. Whenever I listen I to it, I automatically feel more energized. The music always matches my mood. Go Vocaloid, Berryz Kobo, Morning Musume, Mano Erina, and Japan itself!

J-pop is awesome it has great songs like maru kaite chikyuu

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43 Funk
44 Hardstyle


Hard bass hard kicks with an uplifting uptempo melody hardstyle will always be the most energetic genre known to man

It has over 7 million people at hardstyle concerts and its being liked by 56 country and been in 24 countrys

45 Acoustic Rock

Most beautiful song genre there is.

Here comes the sun is good

46 Rap Rock

Linkin Park is nu metal, that's the only reason Rap-rock is so low, it gets confused with nu metal which it is NOT!

ya mum gay

Linkin park, Hollywood undead, Limp Bizkit, Eminem... I just love this type of music. The rap rock must be #1, not the 29... Just think about it, you must love those band's and their music...

Linkin park is the best ever

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47 Christian


Christian music Is good to the soul

Has a lot of the form of pop, rock, blues, and/or country, but with purely inspirational lyrics that speak only true love, without focusing on the distractions of the darkness in the world. Brings together ideas from the distant past and modern, emotional instrumentals into pure, wonderful music

Everyone should listen to this music is the best.

48 Screamo

It's so different and makes you want to just rock out

Screamo is just amazing!

I love it! Its amazing!

When you're in a bad mood it can calm you down and tell a story of how you feel with feeling

49 Classic rock

Should be way higher than rap. - ForestFeline

Every body knows the classics s just listen to them.

Classi rock

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