Top Ten Music Genres Which Work Best with Rock


The Top Ten

1 Blues

Better than "Here she comes agin'" ;P - Britgirl

@Britgirl, yes. Led Zeppelin is a very blues band. Jimmy Page, their guitarist, was originally a blues guitarist. he played hard rock with mixture of blues rock - zxm

Hard to argue with Muddy: "The blues had a baby; and they called it rock 'n' roll."

Blues and rock work perfect! and there's a genre called blues-rock, which have some great musical artists. for example- Cream, Led zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughan etc etc. - zxm

2 Punk

That's why there's a genre of music call Punk Rock because it a great combo! - Curti2594

Punk is a subgenre of rcok - RecklessGreed

3 Country

Two words: The Band.

Yodeling doesn't help. Oh, I don't know though... :). - Britgirl

Ah, V: I hope I didn't offend you by asking that. I didn't mean "do you suggest any old random song" I asked because the lyrics to a few of them seem so personal... (a certain Elmore James and a Little Walter song in particular) Do you know what I mean?
Sorry if I offended you or completely misread the situation. It's not your fault I overthink things sometimes.:). - Britgirl

Was a different life, T. Different person, long time ago. playing' the bars, fergettin' who you are, or who you're s'posed to be. "Whippin' Post" is killer, right? Always wanted Gregg Allman's voice. But he's a tenor, so... "One Way Out" is actually an Elmore James cover. Might wanna give the original a shake. Not the same power and energy, but still...:).

4 Rap

Linkin Park is a band that raps, but it is not lame rap like Drake and Lil Wayne. Linkin Park actually is a good band.

Alone, rap sucks, but with rock music, it's actually pretty good. May I remind you that linkin park raps - AnonymousChick

@visitor - agreed! But regardless of what we think (and a few others) rap is *ahem* a popular genre. Made slightly less bad with rock.
A satisfactory compromise, yes? :). - Britgirl

Have to take issue with rap being called a "music" genre. Nothing musical about it.

5 Ska
6 Opera

RE Avantasia - they are a very diverse band with different types of songs and not all of them are metal: some are rock/hard rock. And yes - they have some poppy songs: for this reason Avantasia are liked by non-metal fans. But the songs you checked out aren't the ones I had in mind (these aren't even among my favorite by Avantasia). - Metal_Treasure

Yes, it's called rock opera (ex. Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber). Currently a good rock opera band is Trans-Siberian Orchestra and a good metal opera band is Avantasia. - Metal_Treasure

7 Cajun

A Cajun rock opera. I'd give my lucky armadillo boots to see that.

I'd gladly give you my Cajun rock opera tickets to see your lucky armadillo boots! - Britgirl

Lucky for me. For him, not so much.
(I'll see your recommended song, and raise you Ry Cooder, "If Walls Could Talk"-- studio, of course

Hmm...Ry Cooder "If Walls Could Talk" well, that wasn't bad at all! ;). - Britgirl

8 Folk

Folk is a good genre. But folk rock is always better! - zxm

V, have you heard of British Folk singer, Donovan? Would like you to listen to "Catch The Wind". Beautiful. See what you think :).
Have a gorgeous day :). - Britgirl

I'm ok, V. Just wasn't quite the response I expected (such a wishful thinker) :) I'm happy you like it. I only heard it myself yesterday because my mum mentioned it. Fell in love with the lyrics...
Ha! Therapist. You seem to have life pretty much sussed but you're still welcome to my leather couch (with ottoman) Just shout me if you need...anything ;). - Britgirl

Ah, can't win 'em all, V. I'm not a great lover of Folk either (never have been) but that song caught me. Just thought I'd share it. It's not to your taste. It's ok! :)
Anyway... :). - Britgirl

9 Gospel

Melanie Safka, T., "Candles In The Rain." Little hippie-dippy come-by-ya for this ol' rebel, but gotta admit it's gorgeous.

Nice. Very very nice. Very hypnotic, happy and calming "Candles in the Rain" I like! So this is how the ol' rebel winds down, eh? Rebel? Are you sure...? ;). - Britgirl

Mornin,T-Cup: Etta James, "God's Song." Have a sparkling, effervescent day (or at least don't stub a toe;)).

"Calming? " See, now, I find it rousing and a mite goosebumpy. Born a bit too far north to be an o-ffficial rebel. But mah heart absitively belongs in Dixie. Ya know, the song does elicit
warm feelings for an idealized sense of community, shared suffering, blah, blah... But in the real world of human nature, embracing such idealized visions inevitably leads to the dehumanization and misery of such "big ideas" as communism. Gotta take care which dreams overtake you. They are, after all, only dreams... as are nightmares. So endeth the sermon.:).

10 Classical

Yes, this combination exists - it's called heavy metal. Metal music is rock music inspired by classical and not by blues. I guess this is my favorite combination since metal is my favorite genre. Progressive rock is also classically inspired. - Metal_Treasure

Can just picture the Sex Pistols rendition of "Waltz Of The Flowers."

Will be a great combination. - zxm

The Contenders

11 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".

Rock guitar riffs and jazz drumming will work good - zxm

Ever listened to King Crimson? You'll see why this genre goes well after listening to the crazy instrumentals in Starless and 21st Century Schizoid Man.

Ooh...V: "Your Mind is on Vacation" stinging lyrics (not a bad song though). I have an idea on who you have in mind, just hope it doesn't apply to me too... - Britgirl

"Work Song," Butterfield Blues Band.
(Give it a second shot, T., now you've got a few more chops under yer belt... perhaps I should rephrase that;)).

12 Pop

Coldplay, Goo Goo Dolls, Echosmith, Imagone Dragons - ProPanda

Time was, T, "pop" included stuff like "Chain of Fools," "Mustang Sally," "Take Me For A Little While," "Dock Of The Bay," "Sunshine Of Your Love," "Want To Take You Higher," "Snowbird" (so pretty), "Without You"... What the hell happened?!
Hey, when's the last time you listened to "I Put A Spell On You" (Arthur Brown)?

"Has no soul." You struck the essence in three little words. T.res bien, belle amie:).

*sigh* V, all those songs you mentioned (especially Dock Of The Bay) made my heart warm. I was a teenager in the 1990s and even then, I didn't really connect to the songs that other teenagers did. I always loved "Sumner Breeze" and "Dock Of The Bay" and the others you mentioned. Pop music has changed so much. Most has no soul and very little meaning in the lyrics. I don't a way I'm glad. It gives us somewhere in our head to escape to to reminisce about the "good ol' days" ;)
Oh, I know "I Put A Spell On You" but it was only last night I heard Arthur Brown's version (which I really liked). :). - Britgirl

13 Electronic
14 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.
15 Industrial
16 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.

I don't understand this item - Heavy Metal is already rock and it's a rock subgenre: I don't see how metal could be combined with rock more than it is. Metal is rock. - Metal_Treasure

With rare exception, metal is noise.

Yes, rock and heavy metal will be a great combination. but heavy metal songs sometimes contain a lot of rock music elements. I mean, heavy metal and rock is pretty close. heavy metal is a sub-genre of rock (many say). but anyway, if its like that a song has some heavy metal elements, and some rock elements. then it could be like prog metal. then it'll sound very amazing - zxm

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