Top Rock Subgenres

The father genre of every genre that sounds good, the REAL music, ROCK ON!!! and vote for your favorite subgenre which was born from Rock Music!

The Top Ten

1 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 have to say it is, in fact, a subgenre of rock (at least most of it). - Adrian_4

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

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

2 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 most well-known rock bands in rock history fall under the genre of hard rock: Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Guns 'N Roses, Van Halen, Alice Cooper, Bon Jovi, UFO... - Adrian_4

The best subgenre rock/metal in the history.

So great. - Fullwalking2

Simply slaps

3 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.

Yeah, this site has a catastrophic perception of what alternative rock is.
I mean, bands like Linkin Park and Coldplay are great, but they're in no way representative of alternative.
For representative bands of alternative rock, try R.E.M., U2, Weezer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, etc. - Adrian_4

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.

4 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.

5 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


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

Should be number one

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

The Contenders

11 Christian Rock

just no. - sweetbeef

Look down on it and miss out. - emraldYE

12 Christian Metal

Religion + metal= doesn't mix - sweetbeef

13 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

14 Soft Rock
15 Southern Rock

Lynyrd Skynyrd? Marshall Tucker Band? CCR?

16 Industrial Metal
17 Electronic Rock
18 New Wave

I heard this subgenre was the backlash against disco.

The sound of the 80s.

19 Art Rock
20 Garage Rock
21 Power Metal

One of my favourite subgenres

22 Shoegazing


23 Post-Grunge
24 Symphonic Rock
25 Industrial Rock
26 Post-Punk
27 Pop Rock
28 Folk Rock
29 Stoner Rock

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

30 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

31 Post Rock

So sweet Euphoric...

32 Comedy Rock
33 Experimental Rock / Avant-Garde
34 Progressive Metal
35 Jazz Fusion

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

36 Metalcore
37 Gothic Rock
38 Symphonic Metal
39 Rockabilly

The start of it all and the best!

40 Melodic Death Metal
41 Rap Rock
42 Pop-Punk

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

43 Acid Rock
44 Proto-punk
45 Krautrock
46 Jazz Rock
47 Grindcore

Grindcore is a genre of metal. Not rock.

48 Black Metal
49 Rap Metal
50 Doom Metal
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