Top 10 Music Genres of "Art" Music

Art music is a type of music which focuses on creativity and talent rather than popularity. It usually forms an art. These are genres of art music.

The whole music is divided into two sections. Popular and Art music. Popular music means that were emerged from traditional music and was raised to create popularity. Art music means it was created from various music genres by professionals.

Difference between art music and popular music-

- Art music is played by professionals. requires a lot of training. While popular music doesn't need professionals. It can be done with few training, learned from family.

- Art music needs more knowledge about music theory. Popular music doesn't need music theory.

- Art music doesn't concern about popularity but popular music cares about popularity and money.

-Art music is mostly instrumental, popular music is mostly with vocals.

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The Top Ten

1 Classical

Yes, #1 - classical is the base of all art music genres, including metal which is rock music based on classical.
Great list, by the way. Also it's opposite - Top 10 Best Genres of "Popular" Music. - Metal_Treasure

Zxm described very good the features of Art music (aka Real music) in the list description. I just wanna add one aspect that defines art music from the viewpoint of the listener:
Art music "requires significantly more work by the listener to fully appreciate than is typical of popular music." (Catherine Schmidt-Jones).
This is true for metal music as well. - Metal_Treasure

2 Neoclassical Metal

Yes, it's definitely Art music. It's classical music played on electric guitars by virtuoso guitar players - Yngwie, Becker, Friedman, and many more.
These guys are like the Paganini of the modern era, the era of electricity.
I love Neoclassical Metal and the musician who started it all - Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow). - Metal_Treasure

3 Progressive Rock Progressive rock is a broad genre of rock music that developed in the United Kingdom and United States throughout the mid to late 1960s.

Yes, Pink Floyd music is great. - Metal_Treasure

4 Progressive Metal

Yes, very close to classical music in every possible way - it's just rocked out.
Extreme progressive metal is more challenging but it's also great for me and it's the metal subgenre I've been listening the most recently - Ne Obliviscaris, Obscura, and similar bands.
Example: Ne Obliviscaris - And Plague Flowers The Kaleidoscope (2012) - Metal_Treasure

5 Metal

Metal in general imitates classical music in many ways, except the metal subgenres that are often called "poser metal" - nu metal, rap metal, glam metal, alternative metal, etc. These subgenres have too many elements from popular music genres - rap/hip hop, pop, electronic, funk, etc., which are on your other list (Top 10 Best Genres of "Popular" Music)
Overall, metal isn't supposed to be part of the popular culture - it's too challenging for many reasons. - Metal_Treasure

What zxm said in the list description is true - "Art music is mostly instrumental, popular music is mostly with vocals."
I want to broaden this a little bit and say that even when art music has vocals, the focus is still on the instrumental part (i.e. the music) and not on the lyrics.
This explains why metal fans can enjoy metal songs even when they don't hear the lyrics very well - because metal focuses more on the instrumental part, the music: guitar riffs and solos, drums, composition, etc.
On the other hand, many songs from popular music genres are just lyrics with minimum music accompaniment, usually pretty simple. - Metal_Treasure

6 Symphonic Rock
7 Symphonic Metal

Blind Guardian - Wheel Of Time, Sacred Worlds, Grand Parade. - Metal_Treasure

8 Experimental Rock
9 Flamenco Instrumental
10 Avant-Garde Jazz

The Contenders

11 Avant-Garde Metal
12 Darkwave
13 Post-Rock
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