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

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

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!

Yep just that the omission here is Guns 'n' Roses... ACCA DACCA...

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2 Pop

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

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

I loved this genre because of Michael Jackson! He revolutionized everything about it.. however I doubt the pop artist of today are good some are just recording rubbish.. but still nevertheless it had Greats also. - graciadolinobv

Sounds good and easy to listen to

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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

RAP MUSIC IS BY FAR THE BEST. It doesn't have so much yelling and screaming that you find very common in rock music. Have you seen how a lot of these rock and rollers dress? DID someone say abusive childhood upbringing? Ask any professional psychologist to do a deep analyzation of individuals and groups of rock and you'll know why they create this type of psychotic so called music. Country music? I guess if you are that obsessed about your car, dog, truck, farm then you will be into country music. You can't pin all the violent messages being only from rap music either. FOR ALL you true rock listeners out there you know, you know for a fact that rock music over the many years has delivered much violence, drugs, sex, you name it. It outweighs any load inappropriate explicitness that you'll hear from other genres. I could go further but I'd have to write a really long essay just to get you listeners who like calling banging on drums and stroking metal strings things that sound good. I ...more

It always have a cool beat within each words. Also most songs I love listening to has a little or a lot of rap. & the rap part always sound terrific.

so good

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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

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.

For sure the largest music genre, with over 150 different types of metal out there, Thrash metal being my favorite, with bands such as Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Metallica, Overkill, Kreator, Testament, Suicidal Tendencies, Pantera. Also the British Metal from England such as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Deep Purple, Motörhead, Saxon, Def Leppard. You can't forget the German Metal either such as, Accept, The Scorpions, Yngwie Malmsteen, Helloween, Rammstein. All of these bands prove that metal is unstoppable and will always be the greatest and most evolved genre of music out there

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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.

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!

Country music is one of the best types of music in history. I would definitely suggest you all lovers of music to listen to country music because it's fun, it's different, it's something like civilisation and it is very simple, and anyone could listen to those great country songs. If you are looking for the all time classics, I would definitely recommend Johnny Cash but if you are looking for new people that sing country (believe me, they are a lot and they are very good) I would recommend definitely Miranda Lambert, she is awesome! Bye!

Country is the best

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6 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.

THROW PIE AT YOUR MOM

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7 Jazz Jazz

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 can be mellow or intense. It is based on the moods and improvised decisions of the musicians. What's not to love?

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8 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.

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. - Tatatat

Classical music has been around for several centuries and is going strong even today, with hundreds of orchestras around the world. I do not believe that any other genre of music has yet attained a following that is as large AND long-lived. for example, Antonio Vivaldi died over 300 years ago, yet his music is still listened to across the globe.

The music that began all music. - naFrovivuS

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9 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.

The best punk band is the Ramones, easily

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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.

Alternative is the bamb

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The Contenders

11 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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12 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 - ballaboi17

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

Spotify says that's no true

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13 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!

Love it

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14 Techno

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.

It makes old music sound better to dance too

Better than the other crap

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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 .

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.

Grunge is the reason the other genres exist - TwilightKitsune

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16 Blues Blues

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

So smooth

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17 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.

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

On the jazz drum

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

18 1920's Charleston

1920's music is great!

19 Dance

Dance is the best

It's the best music ever!

Dance is pretty good but rap is a little better

I love Dance

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20 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

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