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

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

It is still a rock subgenre in my opinion

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.

This makes other rock seem boring and bland by comparison

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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 Blues Rock Blues Rock

The best of the best, the stones, the doors

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

6 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.

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

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

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 .
9 Christian Rock

just no. - sweetbeef

10 Folk Rock

The Contenders

11 Soft Rock
12 Art Rock
13 Indie Rock

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

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 Comedy Rock
25 Post Rock

So sweet Euphoric...

26 New Wave
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 Math Rock
33 Symphonic Metal
34 Rap Metal
35 Shock Rock
36 Country Rock
37 Deathrock
38 Shoegazing


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