Top Rock Subgenres

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The Top Ten

1 Hard Rock 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.

The best subgenre rock/metal in the history.

So great. - Fullwalking2

2 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.

Technically still a rock subgenre. Similar debate with anime and cartoon. - yungstirjoey666

It used to be a rock subgenre. But not it’s not. - MegadethFan07

The best of the best of the best of the BEST! If you hate this then you're waste of human flesh and blood! - Nord666

It is still a rock subgenre in my opinion

3 Progressive (Prog) Rock

The right sub genre to arrive at the right time

Until rather recently, prog rock was a rather overlooked and relatively undiscovered rock subgenre. While most of the bands are still far from mainstream(with maybe a few exceptions)it has gained a lot of acceptance over the past several years due to an increase awareness which possibly stems from a lot of fans of Pink Floyd, Rush, Yes, Genesis, King Crimson and Porcupine Tree(among others) discovering it.

People who think that Prog Rock is chick repellent haven’t listened to Kate Bush

Glad to see this so high. Love psychedelic, blues, folk and hard too, but I think prog caters to most of my tastes as it is so broad. And I couldn't let punk win! Bands like yes, rush, Floyd and ELP are GODLY. A little surprised to see pop rock so low but WHY IS CHRISTIAN ROCK #9?!?

4 Alternative Rock Alternative Rock 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.

The best rock sub-genre ever. - Soulstealer

Great music genre. - Userguy44

A very wide and popular sub-genre, it is everywhere, if you don't listen to alternative rock, you're either living in an indigenous tribe or, god forbid, a psychopath.

It gives such a wide range of creativity without being tied to one specific genre

5 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.

I like punk rock so much

Is good

Come on,punk rock should be on #1,is the best genre of rock!


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6 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.

Grunge is not only Nirvana, by far. And I consider that Nirvana is not the best grunge band. Grunge means two different things :

The Grunge genre, a dirty and punk sound. Like The Melvins, Green river, Mudhonney, the early Soundgarden and... Nirvana.

The Grunge scene or the Seattle Seattle, with the success of Nirvana, other Seattle bands have become most popular. The most popular bands of this scene are (with Nirvana) Soundgarden, Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam. Their style are very different, but they take a lot of alternative, Hard Rock, punk or heavy metal sound.

This IS the rock genre of the early 90's! And it's a great history!

(I'm not english sorry for my mistakes.)

7 Blues Rock Blues Rock Blues rock is a fusion genre combining elements of blues and rock. It is mostly an electric ensemble-style music with instrumentation similar to electric blues and rock: electric guitar, electric bass, and drums, often with Hammond organ.

The best of the best, the stones, the doors

Just listen Joe Bonamassa ''Just Got Paid''...

8 Indie Rock

Why do I have to explain my pick when it's based exclusively on personal taste? It feels completely unnescesary :S

9 Christian Rock

Look down on it and miss out. - emraldYE

just no. - sweetbeef

10 Soft Rock

The Contenders

11 Nu Metal

Should be number one

Love love love ❤️ Slipknot, System of a Down, Papa Roach, Korn, & many more talented bands ❤️

12 Alternative Metal Alternative Metal Alternative metal is a music genre that infuses heavy metal with influences from alternative rock and other genres normally associated with metal.
13 Christian Metal

Religion + metal= doesn't mix - sweetbeef

14 Psychedelic Rock

This is honestly my Favorite Musical Genre of All time (prog would be a close second), and I feel for good reason too. I mean what is there not to like about Psychedelic Rock. It is I feel the most creative music genre of all time. The Fuzz Guitars make the music sound awesome as well. With some of the most talented band ever being Psychedelic rock such as The Beatles (Later on in their Career), Pink Floyd (Early), Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, and even the more obscure bands like Blue Cheer, Love, and Iron Butterfly, I also like or may even love a lot of the modern Psychedelic bands like Tame Impala, The Black Angles, The Flaming Lips, etc. And without it we would not have Prog, Kraut, Acid, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, and much more!

It makes me feel great and out of touch with this world, I love it

15 Southern Rock

Lynyrd Skynyrd? Marshall Tucker Band? CCR?

16 Art Rock
17 Electronic Rock
18 New Wave

I heard this subgenre was the backlash against disco.

The sound of the 80s.

19 Industrial Metal
20 Post-Grunge
21 Industrial Rock
22 Garage Rock
23 Folk Rock
24 Symphonic Rock
25 Power Metal

One of my favourite subgenres

26 Shoegazing


27 Post-Punk Post-Punk
28 Stoner Rock

Just put everything above Christian metal, for the love of Zeus.

29 Post Rock

So sweet Euphoric...

30 Pop Rock
31 Comedy Rock
32 Experimental Rock / Avant-Garde
33 Jazz Fusion

Combination of Jazz and Rock make this an awesome genre. - Nord666

34 Progressive Metal
35 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.

Should be higher up the list what

36 Gothic Rock Gothic Rock
37 Metalcore
38 Pop-Punk

Oh come on! Post punk is better than Krautrock! Id put it in my top 5

39 Rockabilly

The start of it all and the best!

40 Krautrock Krautrock
41 Grindcore

Grindcore is a genre of metal. Not rock.

42 Rap Rock
43 Symphonic Metal
44 Rap Metal
45 Melodic Death Metal
46 Country Rock
47 Deathrock
48 Acid Rock
49 Proto-punk
50 Jazz Rock
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