Top Ten Music Genres That Teens Like

i only want people ages 12-21 voting on here please!

The Top Ten

1 Rock Rock Rock music is a music genre that was created in the 1950s. 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.

I listen to primarily rock. I've noticed that it really gives me a better appreciation for ALL genres of music. Ex: Deathcore, Metalcore, Jazz, Rap, HipHop, Pop, Country, Classical, Punk, Grundge, Metal, BlackMetal, Emo, Pop-punk, Alternative and etc... One thing that I really love and appreciate about Rock music is that I can ALWAYS find a song that describes how I feel, for example, if I'm feeling depressed "Hopeless" by Breaking Benjamin or "Someone Who Cares" by Three Days Grace would describe how I feel, or if I'm feeling daring "Do It Now, Remember It Later" by Sleeping With Sirens would work. But you can find a song to describe ANY emotion

Glad to see I'm not the only teen who hates rap and hip/hop and love rock.

Now, don't get me wrong, I listen to various kinds of music. You'll find Rock, Pop, EDM, and Hip Hop happily coexisting on my MP3 player. But rock is like popular music's home base. Everyone, evens those who aren't rock fans, know at least one rock song. Many of the great mass appeal artists are rock based, such as Queen. And a majority of the other genres no doubt have their origins in some form of rock. Plus, it's flexible. So many sub genres of rock exists, as well as fusion genres to suit any mood. While, like I said before, I listen to many types of music, my early years were heavily shaped by my parents musical interests. David Bowie in particular is like home to me (and he's a great example of a rock crossover artist).

aw yeah - TuxIsAPerson

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2 Metal

While it may have crazy artists, sometimes bordering evil, metal is often the fastest and the most intense of all the genres as well as the more mellower ones, which are still epic. This takes the most skill and sometimes the most creativity, and the only thing that matches metal is rock. It can go from your shredder bands to your metal/symphony bands and if the band isn't screamo, and god forbid I hope it's not screamo, then they tend to amaze. I don't see the appeal in pop which tends to be focused toward the singer, and I don't see the appeal in rap or hiphop which is centered toward a repetitive beat and continuously droning, ahem, singers.

Metal is my favorite genre, and I'm a 15 year old girl. From Children of Bodom, to Slayer, to Iron Maiden, Cannibal Corpse,'s literally the greatest thing I've ever been introduced to. But seeing it as number two on the list of "music genres teens listen to" is really shocking. I have many friends from many different schools and no one is into metal. You only get kids listening to emo crap. That's not even metal. Metal is something that more teens should get into, of course, but almost EVERYONE I know thinks it's satanic and not real music. Good to see that some people in this world, voting for it on this list, know music when they hear it. And congrats to rock for making it to number one.

I'm assuming by "emo crap" you're referring to bands like Pierce the Veil and Black Veil Brides. Many pretentious teens listen to those bands under the illusion that they're METAL AS HELL, when they are in fact pop rock bands with a slightly faster tempo + added screaming.

Metal deserves to be number one because irs NOT simple and boring, its really complex and fast compared to other music genres like rap and pop. It also makes the whole band important instead of a backing track behind a singer and calling it music. Another thing is the topics, they are about soceity, politics, and history not about how a boy always gets a girl because he sings its about lifes ups and downs but at the same time it has a big punch that gets you happy and you can enjoy the bass behind the guitar solos while the singer is singing. If anyone is new to metal I would tell them to listen to either Iron Maiden or Megadeth. Also metal isn't all screamo, death, and goth there are more metal bands who don't have anything to do with that stuff then the stuff that do. Metal is a genre has shows importance in the whole band, but has important tipics but at the same time it will have really technical rythems with guitar solos and amazing singers such as Bruce Dickinson. That is why ...more

Ohhh come one! I wish this was true, only a select few in my school listen to it. Most of them listen to cringey mainstream 2018 pop music and mumble rap. The closest thing I could find are the classic rock lovers. :(

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3 Pop

Today, teens don't like rock music at all. It was very sad, but I am the only one left in my whole entire school y
That even knows Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd. I am proud to love rock music of all kinds, but being a teen, I know that normal teens like pop, not rock or metal. There are a few of us left, but we are very scarce.

I don't know the bands you do, but I do know Linkin Park, Soundgarden and System Of A down. - LemonComputer

It's like people are dumbfounded; too simple. They can only handle the simple verse/chorus jingle playing as background music in their car, not real music. Music is ANYTHING but pop, from Classical music to Death Metal. Pop music is only called "pop" because the few underachieving, auto-tuned artists who run the industry are able to keep brainwashing the simpletons who keep listening to it, and block out good music at the same time.

Teens listen to pop music a lot most of all because 24/7 all the radio stations in the country play pop music and they are just too lazy to search and find some real and better music.

People are voting based on what they want teens to love not what most of them actually do. Pop not being in the top 2 is a prime example of this.

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4 Rap

Kid Cudi. That is all.

Kanye all the way baby

Rap unlike rock or metal can combine with many different genres of music and brings out different emotions that will fit all moods whether you want party music (MC Hammer), something that you can blast in your car (Too Short), deep and meaningful (2pac), something with instruments (The Roots), etc. Those who criticize rap that has never even listen to it have no place to rant.

Lil Uzi Vert, Migos, Swae Lee, A$AP Rocky as well as XXXTENTACION. Rip X

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5 Alternative 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.

Radiohead, Joy Division, Placebo, Bright Eyes, Sigur Ros, Pixies, Gotye, Half Japanese, Mumford & Sons, The Vaccines, Vampire Weekend

Just a few of the brilliant alternative bands out there you will find
Right now I'm obsessed with Joy Division; post punk sounds and lyrics that I can really sense genuine emotion in
Mix in a little folky Simon & Garfunkel to revise to and Radiohead for everyday and you've got my eclectic taste in music
P. S - listen to Yann Tiersen, beautiful music - mixed with the Beatles and Broken Social Scene and you have a great morning combo x

Wow, someone on this list who actually knows what they're talking about when it comes to a particular genre...

Alternative music for the win! My favorites are Imagine Dragons, Fall Out Boy, Twenty One Pilots, Green Day, Panic! At the Disco... you get the picture. Alternative is different from most other genres because they have thoughtful lyrics that are far from shallow. They are obscure and beautiful and every song by every band has a completely different story and feel. I think alternative should definitely be number one.

Every artist that you listed is pure pop rock, though I appreciate the fact that you don't seem to have a sense of superiority for liking them.

Alternative music encompasses so much that it's hard not to like it. From The Offspring to Fall Out Boy to Nirvana, it's full of songs to rock out to, lyrics to make you really think, and emotional connections that make you feel a little more human. As a teen, that's often something you really need.

The only genre I can live with. Pearl Jam, Green Day, Muse, Nirvana, Collective Soul, such good music.

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6 Electronic Dance Music

Daft Punk and Deadmau5 forever! I like that many of the top electronic artists don't actually have to have vulgarity in there songs to make them good.

This genre is great, gets you going in no time. Avicii - Levels is a song from heaven. I just wanna know how DubStep didn't make the list.

This genre is viewed by many who don't understand it as not real music. Its dance party music that can get anyone up and in it. Like the others said it's the real future of music.

Zedd, Daft Punk, and Lindsey Starling make great music.

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7 Hip Hop

Man, there are too many metal fans on this sight. These days metal hardly prospers in the Industry (which in truth is a sad thing). HIP HOP, though it is still in early stages, has become a sort of new ROCK because ROCK at its time was a voice against the world and something totally unique. Now rock is a LEGENDARY genre but teens want something that is NEW and REBELLIOUS. It's the same thing as saying that the Beatles came, got attention and are now legends... In the same way guys like Eminem have come and to get attention and become LEGENDS.

I just love the attitude it's my favourite out of all of them I have no idea why it's 3rd I think it should at least be 2nd it's ju

Hip hop too me if performed by the right person is very creative and can express so many feelings in a cooler way too me but everybody is different and some would oppose my opinion but in all honesty hiphop is the best too me but I still love other kinds of music like pop jazz and country especially because of the collaberations some artist do and beats they use which they sample from other genres of music.

Hate it... - PinkF

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8 Emo

If you liked My Chemical Romance, you should check out Gerard's solo album, Hesitant Alien (no shows, and action car are my favorites)

My Chemical Romance. Enough said.

Bands like My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy fall squarely into the realm of emo-pop, whereas bands like American Football are pure emo.

Okay, I actually wanted to vote for rock, but I had to comment this. MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE THEMSELVES HAVE STATED THAT THEY ARE NOT EMO! Pleeease stop labeling such an incredible band this.

*action cat

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9 Thrash Metal Thrash Metal Thrash Metal is a Heavy Metal subgenre developed during the early 1980s and an early precursor of Extreme Metal. Thrash Metal features a faster and more aggressive guitar work than Traditional Metal with shredding and double-bass drums and can range from melodic singing to loud shouts. more.

Thrash Metal is amazing. The songs are fast paced and creative. In my opinion pop, hip-hop and rap is garbage. Thrash Metal is just pure creativity and skill. My friend introduced me to Thrash metal and I'm so glad he did

Megadeth, Metalica, Anthrax, Death Angel, Testament, Annihilator, Slayer, Exodus, Overkill...well you get the point

Thrash almost in best 10 again. I think it's because most of teens haven't ever heard about it -,-

Thrash Metal should be workout music because it goes hard - christopherhadden1998

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10 Pop Rock

I like pop rock

The Newcomers

? Post Grunge Post Grunge

The Contenders

11 Kpop

From SNSD to 2NE1 to Miss A. They are all amazing! It doesn't matter what language its in. It's the music that matters. The feel of it and the beat. That is real music.

Why is this not in the top 10? I know LOTS of teens who adore the genre.

Even with the language barrier for some fans, the song reaches out to you, not by lyrics but by the melody and the tone of all of the artists' voices and you can literally hear the emotion in their voices.

K pop fan right here everyday all dayyy wooo wooo!

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12 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.

Awesome and I don't hate it

Grunge is easily my favourite genre of music, and way better then dubstep (which I don't actually consider music). And this is coming from a teen.

Grunge was exactly the thing I was listening to when I was in high school, and then I moved on to more metal music. - NuMetalManiak

Nirvana, enough said.

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13 Dubstep

A lot of people don't accept this genre of music yet because it is so different from everything else. But that's what they said about heavy rock 50 years ago, so I think with time dubstep will grow in popularity. Also, there are many cool styles, such as chill step, which is more relaxing and quiet, and more heavy brostep.

Music is what makes people pumped up or relax and dubstep is that genres that makes people pumped up but only those who enjoy it like drops because it makes them in the mood for it. Every sound in that sequence makes sense to people who truly enjoy this genres

People say it's just noise and requires no skill. When really it requires just as much skill as others. And it annoys me that people only mention skrillex. He's not the only one. I LOVE DUBSTEP. It's the best music ever. My opinion so back off

I'm like the chocolate dude from Chocolate With Nuts but instead of chocolate it's dubstep.

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14 Punk Punk 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.

I'm the son of rage and love, The Jesus of Suburbia!

Green Day All The Way

I like real punk like NOFX, Bad Religion, Black Flag, Minor Threat, Pennywise, Rancid, Propagandhi, The Clash, The Suicide Machines, No Use For a Name and The Descendents. Not that Warped Tour crap that everyone is talking about in the comments.

Sex pistols 'enough said

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15 Pop Punk

Pop punk, punk and skate punk is the same. Blink 182 is the best band ever but guys in my school don't know who the hell blink 182 is, which sucks. They don't even try to listen but just consider it bad because it's not popular. Pop is popular nowadays, everyone listen to it because it's just popular. But I have listened to almost every genre and I like metal, rock all those sort of genres.

Blink-182 were extremely popular in their heyday, particularly with pre-teens & teenagers.

WHAT THE HELL? I can't believe that this wasn't even on the list! Pop Punk is aimed at and appeals more to teens than most genres here!

Pop without a little complex formations sucks! Sometimes, people ask: "Who the hell Green Day & Blink 182 are? " Stupid people are never gonna recognize legends, the godfathers of Pop-Punk...

While the only good pop punk band is green day :I - NickelbackLinkinPark4Eva

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16 Country

I'm Filipino, and live in Hong Kong, so why is more than half of what I listen to country? Well, my taste was probably somewhat influenced by rock and alternative (from my dad), and one of my family's helpers was a pop music freak, and started showing me all these pop songs. Maybe it's just me, but I think modern country music is somewhere in between pop and rock. Maybe it was also because I was introduced to Taylor Swift (who unfortunately went pop in 2014), and I like how the genre tends to use real instruments (instead of a synthesizer and a drum machine like much of the pop/Kpop stuff my classmates listen to), but I dunno, I just somehow learned to like the genre. I also like pop-rock, as in, the stuff from the 2000s (today's pop-rock is just too synthesized and experimental for my tastes).

Country music is the best genres of music ever! There are so many amazing country singers out there. Johnny Cash, George Strait, Alan Jackson and Easton Corbin, and new people like Carrie Underwood and Josh Turner - they are all wonderful! And they have real talent.

This is the only genre I don't like because not too many people are as country as Johnny Cash. - MusicalPony

Country is the best! Scotty McCreery and Hunter Hayes are my top favorite! (: but all country music is good! I mean some of today's music is good and all but country is by far the ultimate best don't you think?

I have grown up with this music so its one of my favorites but the new pop music is also my favorite I love singing alone with it

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17 Indie

Why is indie down here I know loooads of people that like indie

18 Screamo

Okay I love emo/ screamo bands and the music style. And to the anonymous person who said and I quote " look at me guys I'm so edgy"
We don't listen to this music because we think it makes us seem edgy. ( I mean true I'm a CreepyPasta fan( the good kind not the kind that are attracted to them) but I still don't listen to it because I think it makes me seem edgy or insane. I listen to it because the genre has helped me through a lot in my life ) Just because you're anonymous doesn't give you the right to make fun of a genre and the people that listen to it

When I saw screamo I was so happy! I love the heavy screamo stuff! Metal, alternative and screamo are a part of me and forever will be and I agree why does everybody hate on screamo? If you don't like it, you don't need to rub in our faces (our faces being screamo fandom's faces)

Screamo helps people get through life. I don't understand why people think we are so different for listening to it. one of my favorite bands Of Mice &Men has really helped me. Don't hate.

Teen emos!

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19 Teen Pop

This should be higher on the list. So many teen girls are obsessed with Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Dove Cameron, Shawn Mendez, Taylor Swift, etc. Literally every idiot teen girl is obsessed with this genre along with mainstream rap and hip hop. I am a classical music fan. I even am playing the violin.

20 Skate Punk

One of my favorite music genres

21 R&B

I love R&B. It relaxes my soul.

Dope, melodic and has to be the coolest

R&b is the bestt!

This is at number 12? I'm 14 and I listen to all 90s R&B, and I'm not alone. Loads of people my age listen to 90s and early 00s R&B like JT, Destinys Child, TLC, Diddy and Blackstreet

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22 Progressive Rock 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.

Progressive rock should be on this list, the genre is known for mixing in genres like jazz and classical into rock. The songs are often longer, Yes, Genesis, Jethro Tull, Magma, and King Crimson are some examples.

I actually don't know any teens besides people on this site that listen to Progressive Rock. It's a good genre, and has lots of complexity and long instrumentals into it. Just listen to Pink Floyd, Genesis, or King Crimson, and you will want this to be much higher than it is.

Just listen to Tool's Lateralus album and you will want to vote this... - Jetticus12

It's my favourite genre - PinkF

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23 Electronica

Best music to relax

24 Classical

Classical music is the most underrated kind of music in the youths' world.

Most teenagers don't seem to understand the meaning of classical music. They think it's boring and complex for there's nothing to indicate what the composition is about except for the title, which sometimes also represent far too little information on what the piece is about.

But that is the beauty of it. Each person after listening to a classical piece will form their own opinions and thoughts about the music. Such of an example is whenever I listen to Moonlight Sonata 1st movement, my mood reaches sky high.

Another problem is that the kids that like classical music are regarded by their peers as trying to sound cool or being boring. How I hate those mindless idiots. They should learn to respect others.

I hope whoever reads this will give a vote for classical genre.

I'm 18. I'm heavy into music, all kinds, but classical works of great beauty and meaning are number one with me. After listening to everything, I've come to agree with the late Maestro Andres Segovia, that "the only real music, is beautiful music". I have come to feel that most of the other genres are mostly crap created from other crap from the past. Rap has been popular, but is not real music. It's just an artform that came out of prison culture / ghetto poverty and the lack of being able to actually sing. Kanye West says it's the rock of the future, but I think rap is dying, simply because more teens are smarter and more sensitive to real, great music these days. But, as always, crap minds will listen to... Crap. no matter what time in space. Not rocket science. The most intelligent and awesome people I know are into like Ralph Vaughn Williams, JS Bach, Debussy, and similar profound works of real music. The only other genre I have respect for is someone truly unique.. Like Burt ...more

It should be higher on this list. Many school academies have music teachers who are listening to classical music and opera. Most of students play classical instruments instead of electric guitars and other instruments that the teens who love metal are playing. The Same thing when you listening classical and heavy metal, most metal groups often hire additional players who play (cello,violin etc. for example) to mix with classical production to make an epic song or instrumentals. Today nobody is listening to classical music anymore cause of pop music attracts young teens or kids to be brainwashed and become more stupid that will ruin their behaviour completely because they think is good music genre, but it's not at all.

This is where the real beauty is, the classical music. The classical music is contemporary as it has been used in soundtracks. Sometimes the soundtracks are created I itating the classical style. You all love movies, don’t you?

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25 Vaporwave

Teens on Reddit, 4Chan, Cheezburger, all love Vaporwave. Vaporwave's the new genre everybody loves! Soon it will replace all annoying overrated pop music, I just know it

/music plays

26 Techno

Needs to be higher. Why is so many teens like this borefest of a genre. At least country music feels like music. - truespongebobfan

@truespongebobfan, Modern country music sucks, Old country is real country. Also teens don't listen to techno, they listen to dubstep, complextro, big room, like that.

I love Techno! :D

27 Bro-country
28 Trap
29 Blues 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.

Are you nuts?! Teens are not even close to blues... Blues is a profound genre that our parents and also people who are listening to good music love it. I really love blues and I'm a teen but I tall you you wont ever find a teen who is the biggest fan. - poisonforever

I like the blues and I'm 14. I even know Robert Johnson and the fact that Rock was influenced by blues! - MusicalPony

You can't get anything with more feeling and soul than this kind of music. It's Great.

I don't think so. Most teenagers don't listen to blues. Even if they do, its mostly blues rock. - zxm

Sadly, I have to agree. Speaking from personal experience, most kids weren't aware of the blues or its existence. A shame, really... - Gg2000

Love blues. Founder of Rock N' Roll.

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30 Indie Rock

I love this music genre. It's sad to see that, so far, I have not come across anyone in my school who is aware of the existence of indie rock. Most people adore K-pop, English pop or punk (emo is a very sensitive word so I won't mention it). It would be wonderful if everyone can come together and appreciate all sorts of music.

Gimme Indie Rock-Sebadoh, not necessarily a song that I enjoy, but it definitely has its place in the world of alternative/indie rock. It details the struggle to want to hear that hard driving, heavy hitting, heart pounding guitar that only rock music can provide.

The musicians hate major labels because their music is not good enough to get signed to one. An endless pit of carbon copies of great bands, but with far inferior instrumentation and sound quality.

I love indie rock! It is by far my favorite.

31 Acoustic
32 Jazz Jazz

I mainly like that jazz is played with real instruments over synthesizers, but I also love the feeling and soul that artists like John Coltrane and Bill Evans put into their work.

You don't have to read music sometimes and Jazz made other genres with advanced techniques

How can this be so low.

Ahh 50's jazz.

33 Schlager

Am I the only one that listens to this genre

This list is bizarre.

Nothing is better than listening to some good ol' German tunes from the '70s and having no one in high school with the same taste.

34 Hardstyle

Best music genre out there, fills you up with emotion & it's just so full of energy. Everyone should give hardstyle a chance, it could change their life just how it changed mine.

The best type of music, the buildups are amazing, and when that raw kick starts pumping it just takes over control

Best music there is. No doubts

Terrible... - PinkF

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35 Indie Folk
36 Hardcore Punk

I love hardcore punk

37 Disco

Disco dancing is the only dancing style that looks cool. There's nothing any sexier than a good looking lady disco dancing with a partner who also knows how to dance.

Dubstep and disco are such awesome genres of music.

80s disco isn't bad... - PinkF

38 J-pop

J-Pop needs more love!

J-pop is very diverse, which can range from the really cute & sugary to weird, wild, fun, sexy, edgy, etc. styles. I personally like k-pop more, but j-pop is amazing as well, too. Some really good artists include Arashi, Ayumi Hamasaki, E-girls, Generations, AKB48, Morning Musume, Perfume, EXILE, etc. Go check J-pop out, and you won't regret it ;).

Really? REALLY?!
People, I think the J-pop lovers need a chance. D:

39 Gospel

M it's a trending genre in my high school

40 Celtic Metal
41 Christian Punk

Punk bands that are Christian.

I love it

42 New Wave
43 Neo-classical Metal Neo-classical Metal Neoclassical metal is a subgenre of heavy metal that is heavily influenced by classical music and usually features very technical playing, consisting of elements borrowed from both classical and speed metal music.

This is what got me into metal. YNGWIE MALMSTEEN FOREVER!

44 Reggae

King of reggae is Bob Marley one of the greatest of all time

Why is this here. Reggae is such a deep and vibrant jam. Its time for reggae to rise up.

45 Reggaeton

Is the most listen genre in latin america specially in Puerto Rico

I really love it! It's very popular here in Argentina.

46 Gothic Metal

This wasnt even on the list yet. Not cool, this genre gave us many great bands, some bad ones, but many great.

47 Indie Pop

Indie music is probably the most patriotic, and loved music in my school. It shows people's love for country and can be used for competitiveness. I see the top 5 of this list and get sad. What has music come to? Apparently, all you have to do to get views is play loud music and sing out of tune. I don't mean to hate but seriously, what happened to all the country music. It's an excellent type of music, and should in my opinion be heard more around the world.

I'm so hipster! ' lolololol


48 Soul Soul Soul music (often referred to simply as soul) is a popular music genre that originated in the African American community in the United States in the late 1950s and early 1960s. It combines elements of African-American gospel music, rhythm and blues and jazz.
49 Latino
50 Dark Ambient

Like the death metal of ambient music

Oh yes

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