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


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.


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

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 is the forefront of musical innovation. You look into the Jazz community and you get some of the most technical musicians in history. You get people like Jacob Collier who is changing harmony for everyone and his music is one of the most complex music to understand. You get outstanding players like Wynton Marsalis and the whole Marsalis family who are incredibly talented individuals who are at the front of the Jazz community. All in all why is this not #1 as Jazz has been and will always be the beginning to the complex music of today and tomorrow and always

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

Which is harder on guitar? Through the Fire and Flames or Fracture?

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

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.


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

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

ye ye

The Contenders


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

Dude, latin music is hard

Classical Crossover

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

Death Metal

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


Talented musicians do well


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

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