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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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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!

Is good

I love the rebellion and pissing everyone off. I also love how loud and fast it is. There are so many great bands to come out of this genre like the ramones, Green Day, bad religion, the Sex Pistols, hüsker dü, fang, clash, rancid, bikini kill, and so many more. It should AT LEAST be at number 3.

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5 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.

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

My Chemical Romance,P! ATD,FOB,PTV,SWS,Imagine Dragons,TØP,Linkin Park,Paramore,Skillet,etc - Emofag

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6 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''...

7 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.)

8 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

9 Indie Rock

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

10 Soft Rock

The Contenders

11 Christian Rock

just no. - sweetbeef

12 Art Rock
13 Southern Rock

Lynyrd Skynyrd? Marshall Tucker Band? CCR?

14 Folk Rock
15 Acid Rock
16 Christian Metal

Religion + metal= doesn't mix - sweetbeef

17 Electronic Rock
18 Krautrock Krautrock
19 Experimental Rock / Avant-Garde
20 Garage Rock
21 Symphonic Rock
22 Jazz Fusion

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

23 Stoner Rock

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

24 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.
25 New Wave

The sound of the 80s.

26 Comedy Rock
27 Rockabilly

The start of it all and the best!

28 Pop Rock
29 Post Rock

So sweet Euphoric...

30 Nu Metal

Should be number one

31 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

32 Gothic Rock Gothic Rock
33 Pop-Punk

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

34 Grindcore

Grindcore is a genre of metal. Not rock.

35 Symphonic Metal
36 Country Rock
37 Deathrock
38 Proto-punk
39 Math Rock
40 Industrial Metal
41 Rap Metal
42 Shock Rock
43 Melodic Death Metal
44 Shoegazing


45 Post-Punk Post-Punk
46 Jazz Rock
47 Funk Rock
48 Industrial Rock
49 Rap Rock
50 Black Metal
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