Music Genres Requiring the Most Skilled Artists

This list is about the art in music and how skilled good artists of the genres have to be to make a good song. This contains the complexity, creativity and variety of the composition, the skill of playing of the instruments and the deepness of the lyrics.

The Top Ten Music Genres Requiring the Most Skilled Artists

1 Metal

Metal is alike skill-requiring as classical music (not as popular maybe) and very similar in composition!

Once my piano-teacher said: "if beethoven was born in these times he would be a metal-head. the complex structures of music and deep seizing sounds are in todays music in no other genre than metal."
(by the way: she didn't like metal that much, but she kinda admired it) - Flav

Don't vote ANYTHING without checking out Technical Death Metal bands like - Cattle Decapitation, Defeated Sanity etc. People don't even know that drumming at the speed of 320 bpm is possible! The guitarists have "spider fingers" and the vocalists are demons. Literally! They don't use no pitch shifters, only pure skill. All hail Death Metal!

Metal can be called contemporary classical music for many reasons. Most of the metal subgenres are even more demanding than classical. A classical singer and voice teacher said that many metal singers "sustain much higher and much longer than operatic singers are ever required to. It’s not just the microphone that makes this possible. These guys are singing their guts out with incredible commitment. Intention is a very powerful thing."

I know this is true. I don't even start talking about metal drumming and guitar playing. - Metal_Treasure

Metal rocks, enough said.

2 Classical

I am a metalhead and metal has always been my favourite genre. But I got to give this one to classic because it took me 9-10 years of violin playing to become a first violinist in an orchestra. My friend who plays guitar and another one that plays drums can do almost any solos/beats after about 5 years of playing.

I play the piano and I gotta tell you it is hard!

Good classical music is balm for the soul.
In todays main-music the complexity and variety got unfortunately lost, but this genre showcases polyphonys, tempo and scalar transpositions, arrangements of patterns, musically impressive instrument-plays and all in all with harmony and beautiful sound.
It's similar to metal, but not that loud and aggressive. - Flav

3 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".

Jazz has the most improvisation out of any style and requires a special musical talent. Jazz and Classical both require an immense amount of not only musical talent, but also musical theory and knowledge.

Criminally underrated music genre. No, I don't listen to Jazz, either. Jazz takes a lot of talent to make, tied with metal, rock, and classical. They all require instruments, let alone years and years of practice for the people playing the instruments. And don't even get me started on opera singing or death growling. - WheresMyGuitarPick

Metal only needs drums, bass, guitar, and vocals for talent. Entire orchestras eave to learn their instrument. - 445956

The King of musicgenres. There is also crappy jazz, but the good jazz is about making the most complex harmonys sound awesome!

4 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.

Eric Clapton anyone? This needs to be at least in the Top 5! - Lemoon

5 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.
6 Indie
7 Folk

Early basic structure aside, finger-style guitar work and intricate, poetic lyrics make folk music and it's American counterpart 'Americana' much more technical as current versions of the genre.

8 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.

Love it!

9 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.

I love metal, but generally speaking progressive is far more complicated - yungstirjoey666

I like to call progressive rock nerd rock because you have to be very invested in your art to be able to mess with the time signatures and make epics about various topics that Tolkien would probably get into. Also, a lot of these songs are 10+ minutes long. That's dedication.

10 Hip-Hop

Bad Hip - Hop is easy, like 6IX9INE, and Lil Pump. Good Hip Hop like Tupac is not as easy. - I80

No, this doesn't take much talent, I'm sorry. Autotune, autotune, autotune, no instruments, simple and repetitive beat, autotune, most of the artists are just talking about sex. Oh, silly me, how did I forget autotune? - WheresMyGuitarPick

I think the music itself (except the beat) isn't very talented. but there are artists which make this genre with the deepness of their lyrics incredible.
But also there are artists whose lyrics came straight out of someones posterior...

I'm no fan of this genre, but it has its advantages. - Flav

This genre obviously requires the most talent. - SwagFlicks

The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11 Industrial
12 Ambient

Love em/love/loved it

13 Medieval
14 Classical Crossover

Classically trained performers (most often operatic superstars) sing popular songs, folk music, show tunes, or holiday songs. Example - Jackie Evancho. - Metal_Treasure

15 Latin

I feel like dancing to Latin music for just 10 minutes would make you burn hundreds of calories.

Dude, latin music is hard

16 Death Metal

Really just combine all metal subgenres and rock subgenres into one and say rock/metal

Genre of metal

17 Trance
18 Rap

Talented musicians do well

19 Country

You need to learn the getar

20 Dubstep

Its not just noise and pressinf buttons! I think live djing is not much talent BUT producing is really hard! (I know many djs are good but like skrillex, I think they even prerecorded their sets! ) by the way. I love Skrillex :D

21 Downtempo
22 House

Singing with autotune is easy. - I80

23 Techno
24 EDM
25 Indie Hip Hop
26 Disco
27 Chillstep
28 Pop

Least skillful of all! Well, that and rap.

29 Nightcore
30 Alternative Metal Alternative metal is a music genre that infuses heavy metal with influences from alternative rock and other genres normally associated with metal.
31 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.
32 Alternative Hip Hop
33 Indie Rock
34 Indie Pop
35 Dream pop
36 Experimental Music

A style which you push the boundaries of music. It may not always be hard to play, but to compose is just talent at its fullest.

37 Shoegaze
38 Baroque

The polyphony and counterpoint included in this is just mindblowing.

39 Nu Gaze
40 Blackgaze
41 New Age
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