Top Rock Subgenres

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The Top Ten

1 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 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

Yeah um it is not exactly rock it has became a different genre - PanagosBoi

It's still rock, just a different flavor of rock born out of different interests. As much as I hate to say it, Heavy Metal is the same amount of Rock as Pop Rock. One is just for people who can't handle good music... Metal came from rock and just so happened to spawn its own infinite number of subgenres. So, sub... subgenres, I guess? - Aweso

That's...not rock...that's metal...:/ - Idiot244

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2 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.

So great. - Fullwalking2

3 Progressive (Prog) Rock

Music for smart people.

No other rock subgenres can match it in terms of complexity and over all musicianship as well being adventurous. Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, Jethro Tull and others might seem like dinosaurs to some but they influenced many of todays newer prog bands. Aside from that most people know about Pink Floyd and Rush but it's time to exlore not just the first bands I mentioned here but the genre as a whole. Unless you view music as aural wallpaper you won't be disappointed.

Don't be turned off to this amazing genre that say "it's for smart people only" or "you wouldn't understand it" This genre of music changed my life. Simply put: It is music without limits.

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?!?

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4 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

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


5 Alternative Rock Alternative Rock

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.

I would've voted for heavy metal, but seeing this at only 6 is disappointing.

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

6 Blues Rock Blues Rock

The best of the best, the stones, the doors

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

7 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! - RogerWatersfan1999

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

8 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.)

9 Christian Rock

just no. - sweetbeef

10 Folk Rock

The Contenders

11 Indie Rock

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

12 Soft Rock
13 Art Rock
14 Christian Metal

Religion + metal= doesn't mix - sweetbeef

15 Acid Rock
16 Experimental Rock / Avant-Garde
17 Southern Rock
18 Garage Rock
19 Electronic Rock
20 Krautrock Krautrock
21 Jazz Fusion

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

22 Stoner Rock

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

23 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.
24 New Wave
25 Comedy Rock
26 Post Rock

So sweet Euphoric...

27 Symphonic Rock
28 Pop-Punk

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

29 Rockabilly
30 Grindcore

Grindcore is a genre of metal. Not rock.

31 Nu Metal
32 Deathrock
33 Math Rock
34 Industrial Metal
35 Symphonic Metal
36 Rap Metal
37 Shock Rock
38 Gothic Rock Gothic Rock
39 Country Rock
40 Shoegazing


41 Proto-punk
42 Jazz Rock
43 Funk Rock
44 Industrial Rock
45 Rap Rock
46 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.
47 Black Metal
48 Death Metal
49 Deathcore
50 Mathcore
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