Top Ten Music Genres That Shouldn't Even Be Considered Music


The Top Ten

1 Modern Rap

Not music. Just angry words spoken very quickly

Yeah duh they are it is just talking

Rap in general just sucks

I listen to Metallica for a reason - lilrocketman

2 Pornogrind

I have no idea what this is, but since the name includes THAT word, I'm not even going to bother listening to it. - Misfire

I've never heard of this genre. And judging by the name of it, I'll never check it out.

The music itself aside, the REAL reason why pornogrind shouldn't be a genre/subgenre is because it's the same thing as grindcore, just with pornographic lyrics. The same goes for goregrind. They should simply be considered "Grindcore" - ryanrimmel

For the love of God, why would you put Modern rap in first place when there's this "thing". When I think of modern rap, I think of Kendrick Lamar and Kid Cudi. Not those messed up mumble rappers People refer to.


3 Pop

Just because you don't like a genre doesn't mean it shouldn't be a genre. - Luckys

I like Michael Jackson... - Misfire

Modern Pop Music is actually pretty good if you dig deep into the genre and find genres like Art Pop, Baroque Pop and Experimental Pop. Also, there's Indie Artist with large influences and some Pop Rock that's also worth listening to.

With that said, I do agree that most of what is in mainstream ranges from mediocre to plain bad. - CrimsonShark

Most pop music is so awful.

4 Modern Country

Whatever the heck fronts Country Music nowadays is simply embarrassing. There are some acts like The Church Sisters, Mariah McCarthy and Miranda Lambert who are positive benchmarks for Country, but when most people tend to associate the genre with Sam Hunt and Florida Georgia Line, there's a big problem right there. - CrimsonShark

Old Country (early 80's and back) is where it is at. - Stalin

To be more specific, the term for modern country is bro-country, and yes, it's awful. It's probably the worst "music" I've ever heard. It makes me want to jab scissors into my ears. First of all, some country is good and some hip hop is good, but by all means, they DON'T go together. Second, 3/4 of everything they sing/rap about is girls, and not even in a romantic manner - just sexual, which is very degrading. This genre should've never been invented.

Modern country = pop song with countryesqe voice and some acoustic guitar, barely any difference - RustyNail

5 Deathgrind

A mix of Death Metal and Grind Core? - Userguy44

In order to say what's not music, we obviously have to define music.

Several simple things may help:
1) there is musical and non-musical sound
2) musical sound is composed of structured noises
3) non-musical sound is composed of unstructured noises (we call it noise).

So we have Music and Noise.

From this viewpoint, the genres that shouldn't even be considered music, are those with the biggest share of noise at the expense of music. I added Noise Music and submitted a comment. Noise Music is a component of many punk subgenres. - Metal_Treasure

Why is Deathgrind #2? It takes the vocals and technicality of death metal and mixes it with the chaos of grindcore! Listen to Cattle Decapitation, Aborted, Brujeria, and Terrorizer. They are awesome bands - ryanrimmel

This is a good genre - Brobusky

6 Noise Music

Noise music uses noise within a musical context and noise as a primary aspect. This type of music tends to challenge the distinction between musical and non-musical sound.

So this is one of the several relevant items on this list that are on the borderline (music - not music) and pretty much deserves to be in the top 5, if not higher.
Noise music is an important component of several extreme punk subgenres.

However, probably it isn't a typical music genre - I think it's a style that can be applied to different genres. - Metal_Treasure


Noise is a really important part of music for some genres, and you won't get the feeling achieved without some of it, the homemade studio or garage band vibe, which makes or breaks a band in some cases. music is about making people feel one way or another when thinking about a listener, so including feedback and noise is very important.

What’s this? - Userguy44

7 Deathcore

Deathcore simply has too much going for the genre. Most bands are either underwhelming, garbage or just too over-the-top and cannot be taken seriously.

Now, there are some good Deathcore bands like Whitechapel, Thy Art is Murder and Carnifex, but the selection is small. Unlike Metalcore which can be experimented upon more for more interesting variations, Deathcore simply doesn't offer much unfortunately. - CrimsonShark

Some deathcore is good, like Thy Art is Murder. However, Suicide Silence us pretty bad. - WheresMyGuitarPick

Punk wannabe death metal. - Metal_Treasure

Death core is awesome

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8 Gangsta Rap

To be honest this list makes no sense and should never have been created, it was clearly made by someone who does not know the definition of music. - JoLeKosovo

I like this better than pop rap like pitbull

That's because it's not actual music.

I think we can shorten this to just rap. - PositronWildhawk

9 Dubstep

Just a bunch of noises. - Userguy44

I actually like dubstep. - Jordansalesguy2392

Worst genre of noise

As a metalhead I appreciate electronic music, too, but dubstep is simply c**p.

10 Pornogore

What? - Userguy44

I don't even wanna know what this is...

Pornogore = Pornogrind (just synonyms).
I don't know why both are on this list as different items. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Reggaeton

This crap is all the same and it's terrible. Get this crap out of our ears. - RobertWisdom

Country is the best music ever

NO! Get this off here now!
- TheDuttyGyal

Ugh! Worst music genre in the history of music and genres.

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12 Crunkcore

Think about it as the following
Mix screamo vocals, half of the time with Lil Wayne-style autotune, bad sounding guitar loops straight from the producer's DAW, add some crunk/Dirty South rap synths, bass, and drums, and some girl who dyed her hair in many colors who is singing about a bad relationship.

Crunkcore is a genre that mixes the vocals of screamo with those of amateur MySpace rappers. Thankfully, this musical trend died out as MySpace did. However, many of the biggest crunkcore acts from those days (like brokenCYDE, Blood on the Dance Floor, and Dot Dot Curve :) ) are still together to this day.

This genre sucks.Combining Crunk Rap,Screamo and Dance isn't really a good idea.Some bands like Breathe Carolina are good at this and do it in a proper way but then there's bands like Brokencyde,Blood On The Dance Floor and Dot Dot Curve which are nothing but abominations.This genre consists of really cheesy bands that only emo/scene kids like but everyone else hates it and I really hate it.The screams are so easy that even I can do it and I'm in middle of puberty.I'm glad this crap died out shortly after myspace did.-DarkBoi-X

How this is below dubstep?
Deserves to be №1!

13 Grindcore

Trash - Userguy44

Hate me, but there is good grindcore out there. It isn't for everyone obviously. If you hate bands like Napalm Death and Carcass, I urge you to give Pig Destroyer a listen, they are my all time favorite grindcore band. Some other really cool grind bands are Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Extreme Noise Terror, Terrorizer, and Repulsion - ryanrimmel

I love all types of metal, but I just found this specific kind of metal particularly hard to listen to

Gosh this is horrible.It's just Death Metal but with short sings and a few influences from Crust Punk(Combination of Extreme Metal and Punk).This isn't music because the vocals just consist of pig squeals and bear noises.The "music" in Grindcore is just noise and barely has any musical element.And before you Metalhead elitists call me a "pop fan" my favorite music genres are Alternative Rock and Rap/Hip Hop and I only like a few pop singers but I hate most pop music.-DarkBoi-X

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14 Goregrind

Somewhat similar musically to grindcore, except with disturbing themes (typically violence against women) added to the mix.

15 Dirty Rap
16 Screamo
17 Bro Country

This is already on here.. IT'S THE SAME AS MODERN COUNTRY - -ddlovesyou-

18 Djent

What?! Why is djent on here? - Metal_Treasure

Djent is a guitar playing style, not a genre. That's like naming a genre shredding. Anyway, some really cool bands have been labeled as djent, them being Meshuggah, Animals as Leaders, and Periphery - ryanrimmel

Not because it's bad, but because it's a style of playing, not a genre. That would be like calling a metal genre "pinch harmonics." - AngryByrd

I guess the name stuck and it became some sort of pseudo "genre", heh. But really, it's a guitar sound style, not something for other instruments in a given djent band. Listen to ERRA though, they are fantastic. - NuMetalManiak

19 Hip-hop

Worst &donot have music

20 Death Metal

Check out the lists:
Top 10 Death Metal Bands Whose Lyrics Aren't Gory
Top 10 Death Metal Bands Whose Lyrical Themes Are Different From the Stereotyped Image
Top 10 Non-Gory Death Metal Album Covers
Top 10 Non-Metal Album Covers Depicting Blood or / and Violence - Metal_Treasure

I can't believe my eyes. Death Metal is one of the most technical (sub)genres ever and it's very demanding (requires talent!).
Great drummers and guitarists out there. First came to mind George Kollias (Nile) - his drumming technique is gonna be studied in percussion departments.
Growls also require very good technique(s), otherwise you are gonna lose your voice in no time.

By the way, I'm not sure that talent is the most appropriate criterion to identify 'Music Genres That Shouldn't Even Be Considered Music'.
Talent is the most important thing in general but it doesn't work very well as a criterion here, in my opinion. - Metal_Treasure

What about Amon Amarth?

Aw come on! Not all death metal is about gore and killing.

21 National Socialist Black Metal

A disgrace style of black metal - BorisRule

It's not a music genre, it's just black metal with specific lyrics.

And we can't say it's not music based on its lyrics because it's already another type of art - literature, or "poetry" if you wish. - Metal_Treasure

National Socialist black metal is a lyrical style, not a genre. Themes include nationalism, neo-Nazism, and white supremacy.

22 Trap Music

Can we spam vote this to 1? - RobertWisdom

There are some great trap songs out there that are meaningful and melodic. You just have to dig deeper and look past the mainstream, like with any other genre.

It's a mix of trash and crap!

Get this to #1 - CommanderLudwig

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23 Crunk

Crunk deserves to be #1

Pitbull. - 12cc

24 Danger Music

Why is this not number one?!

Oh... this one... should be number one to be honest. - Misfire

Honestly, if you ask me, danger music is something you DEFINITELY should never consider music. If you think metal is "all screaming" then you should take a listen to danger "music." What's musical about someone having a mental breakdown and destroying a bunch of things in their path? Nothing? Yeah.

This literally isn't music. It's some kind of post-modern avant-garde performance art. And by that I mean it's absolute garbage. You thought black metal was just some guy screaming? How about watching a guy on stage literally just scream with no rhythm or melody and knock stuff over.

25 Modern Black Metal
26 Rape Metal

Misspelling? Hardly. I think it's a pretty accurate description for what my ears feel when I listen to rap metal.

That spelling though. - Misfire

This one is misspelled - ElSherlock

I guess this isn't a genre, maybe it's just a group of bands from different metal subgenres focusing on certain lyrical themes.
Never heard of this genre before (if it's a genre). - Metal_Treasure

27 Nightcore

It’s a type of remix, not a genre - JazzPunk

I don't think this qualifies as a "genre" anyway.

Jesus Christ this should be #1.

This isn’t really a music genre, but I agree. All it is is taking good songs and making them sound like ****. - 3DG20

28 K-Pop

It's not music, just a bunch of autotune.

29 Extratone

This genre is far too experimental to be considered "enjoyable" or "musical" - Atham

30 Moombahton
31 Mumble Rap Mumble Rap

I like some mumble rap, most mumble rap I can understand what they say... - Luckys

It's already on here as modern rap

Quite obvious why. Just look at the image above. You can't even understand what they say!
- TheDuttyGyal

32 Pure Satanic Black Metal

Let's face it. Black metal overall does not promote devil-worship, this style is, which is a small number of this. - BorisRule

This isn't a genre. - ryanrimmel

Now what is pure satanic black metal? - zxm

33 Future Bass

Screw you, future bass is great. - Atham

34 Country Rap
35 Electronic Dance Music Electronic Dance Music

It's not my thing, but it it isn't that bad. - Userguy44

36 Black Metal
37 Punk Rock Punk Rock Punk rock is a subgenre of rock music. It usually has rebellious lyrics and down stroked power chords played on guitars. Bad Religion, Sex Pistols, and Green Day (actually pop-punk, which is still punk in a way) are a few punk rock bands. The subgenre influenced thrash metal because of it's down stroked more.

What Why Is Punk Rock Here? - FettiMC

Why Is Punk Rock Here? - FettiMC

Punk was very influential towards other genres. Even metal. Punk rock doesn't mean swearing in songs. - zxm

38 Nu-Metal

I used to like it, call it peer pressure? Of all the music of my youth, this alone I can't stand these days.

Nu metal is okay, but it's not respected by metalheads. Except for Slipknot or Korn. - WheresMyGuitarPick

It good

While the bulk of what is considered nu-metal is absolutely awful (see Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach, Crazy Town, et al), there are actually a few decent bands in this category. Ultimately, however, I would say that the vast majority of nu metal is absolutely crap.

39 Heavy Metal Heavy Metal Heavy Metal music is a sub-genre of rock music that originated in the late 1960s-70s, featuring more distorted and heavier instrumental work and darker lyrical themes. Heavy Metal broke into mainstream success with bands such as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Metallica. more.

The early metal I like, some stuff during the 80's were ok. I am more of a classic/psychedelic rock fan. - Stalin

I'm surprised that no one has bashed the person who put this here yet. Music doesn't have to be beautiful to be music, and sometimes it is. Listen to the more melodic bands, Rhapsody of Fire, Blind Guardian, Ghost, etc. - Caleb9000

These are pretty much great genres. The only genres that can't be considered as music are happy or sad metal, (I saw recently). - zxm

Metal is not beautiful! It has howled vocals, and a distorted guitar, all the ugly music instruments. It should not be music!

40 Rap Metal

That's better. Rap metal is not that bad. - BorisRule

41 Classic Rock

60's and 70's and the second wave is early to mid 80's this would also cover early metal songs, and psychedelic rock, and even some early pop and or glamour rock. I say this has the most variety and best sounds. - Stalin

Some say it's a standard form of rock music, some say classic rock are famous old rock songs. Like Smoke On the Water. Which is hard rock but also considered as a classic rock song. - zxm

I don't think it's a genre. Its just songs which are classic. - zxm

Classic Rock is more likely a term. - malamJONES

42 Polka
43 Post Hardcore

Post-hardcore is pretty good. However, many modern pop-punk & metalcore bands (namely Pierce the Veil and Sleeping with Sirens) are put into this category for whatever reason.

44 Viking Metal

This shouldn't be called music cause it's not an actual genre. It's just heavy metal with viking themed lyrics. You're literally making a genre out of a lyrical theme.

45 Pirate Metal
46 Christian Rock

Many Christian songs are good, it is just not the mainstream ones, the good Christian music you hear in churches, that's it really, just look for hymns those books have the good music - Stalin

While Christian rock (and Christian music in general) is typically seen as a lyrical style rather than a genre, much of it seems so derivative and similar. Many popular bands in this genre, like Third Day, sound just like a Christian Nickelback. I wish that more religious musicians were willing to open their horizons and experiment more.

47 Bluegrass Bluegrass

Old bluegrass is the best! - Stalin

48 Trance
49 Jazz Jazz

Jazz isn't my thing.

It isn’t that bad in my opinion. Not music for everyone, but at least it’s music. - Userguy44

50 Conquer Divide
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