Top Ten Movements in Music

From Blues to Emo to Disco, this is the top ten movements in music that defined generations. (Not to be confused with favorite genre of music.)

The Top Ten

1 Thrash Metal (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax) Thrash Metal (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax) 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.

Metallica made the Thrash Metal massive and famous, without them, it'd still being an underground genre! Also Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Kreator, Overkill... All of them are of the greatest Metal bands ever!

Megadeth and Slayer for the win! And a bit to Metallica. By the way Metallica is half Thrash, Kill 'Em All, Ride The Lightning, Master of Puppets,... And Justice For All (R.I. P Cliff). All their early awesomely epic years, which is the 80's, were Thrash. Get your facts straight

Metallica was the biggest and best thrash band when thrash was big. That's why Metallica closed at the big 4 show. Slayer and Sepultura are awesome too Annihilator is amazing as well

All are good musical movements but this has had the least NOTICED (but the one I appreciate most) impact.

p.s. When will people realize that Metallica IS NOT THRASH?! - fireinside96

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2 British Invasion - (The Beatles, The Birds, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd)

pink floyd is the greatest band ever, then comes led zeppelin, although jimi hendrix is american the expireince is also a british band because it was started in england and the other members are british. - russian

what can I say? the beatles, the number one band in music history. not my favorite, but close. pink floyd as well. zeppelin and cream and rolling stones and the kinks are excellent bands too - pauler94

This is the best movement.I dont really like the beatles or the birds that much but I love Cream, Led Zeppelin,and especially Floyd. This movement trumps all the other movements. - Chris-1

The birds are one of the most overrated bands but yes the british invasion was the greatest "movement in music. Can't argue with that.

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3 New Wave of British Heavy Metal (Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne)

Nu metal at #8 and this at #32? Are there metalheads around to vote for this? - Metal_Treasure

Pff, how isn't this higher?

4 Death Metal - (Slayer, Sepultura, Arch Enemy, Necrophagist)
5 Grunge - (Nirvana, The Melvins, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Mother Love Bone) Grunge - (Nirvana, The Melvins, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Mother Love Bone) Grunge (sometimes referred to as the Seattle sound) is a subgenre of alternative rock and a subculture that emerged during the mid-1980s.

Relatable and true to life stuff

Grunge is simply the most passionate music I have ever heard.

Grunge killed hair metal. For that alone it should be considered one of the greatest genres of rock.

What the hell is emo doing on this list, emo sucks, and so does rap, this is the greatest time in music - HighSkoolArtist

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6 Power Metal (Helloween, Stratovarus, Blind Guardian)

Power metal is the best style of music!
Heavy, power and thrash metal must be the first!
Because there are the best voices and music in this metal!

Singers in power metal are amazing, one of the best out there. And yes, Blind Guardian and Helloween are great. - Metal_Treasure

7 Classical (Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Bach)
8 Groove Metal (Pantera, Machine Head, White Zombie)
9 Motown - (The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye)

The Jackson 5, and the rest... The most memorable to me. The Jackson family changed music. They where the first for music movement. They broke down racial barriers and brought the world together through their love for the human race and for the fans. A respected groupand family of our time. I'm so happy that I grew up in that time and loved and learned fromthe music of the Jackson 5. xo RIP MJ - love4mjj

Jackson 5(michael jackson), The Temptaitons, The Platters, Diana Ross, Boys 2 Men - preachinpreach

It is the best music ever and I love listening to it on stereo

I is the best music ever

10 Emo - (Fugazi, Jimmy Eat World, Weezer)

I wouldn't call Weezer emo... - OnlyInDreams

Fugazi isn't emo though. - DarkBoi-X

I don't know who Fugazi is, but I love Weezer and Jimmy Eat World, but Weezer isn't emo and Jimmy Eat World was emo, but I don't believe they were still emo during this.

Emo is so misunderstood. Anyone making fun of it has no clue about it. - Briks

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The Contenders

11 Pop-Classical (Sarah Brightman, Charlotte Church, Josh Groban)

With Jackie Evancho leading the way, a new generation is discovering the beauty, reverence, and fun of Classical Crossover music. - BobG

Will never be a mega-seller like the other genres, but miraculous new singers like Jackie Evancho can draw fans from rock, pop, and even metal, and provide a beautiful alternative.
Time and again, Jackie Evancho brings tough men to tears; bikers, soldiers, truckers, and more weep like little children at her concerts.

Classical Crossover can bring the beauty of Classical music back to the popular music scene. Listen to Jackie Evancho sing and be at peace.

You've heard of the British invasion; well Jackie will slowly take you over nicely when you're ready, and bless you with the greatest voice the human ear has ever heard and eyes have ever seen. Nothing invasive, you will respond at your own free will.

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12 Soul - (Al Green, Otis, Aretha, O'Jays, Gladys Knight, Marvin Gaye)
13 Progressive Rock (Yes, Genesis, Rush, King Crimson, ELP) Progressive Rock (Yes, Genesis, Rush, King Crimson, ELP) Progressive rock is a broad genre of rock music that developed in the United Kingdom and United States throughout the mid to late 1960s.

The most pompous, overblown, hyperbolic movement in rock history. Stretched and broke the boundaries of the music that could be made with drums, guitar, bass, keyboards and voice, then added new instruments to the scene. Long compositions, fantastic players, complex lyrics, constantly shifting tones, melodies, and time signatures. Prog has it all, and it's some of the finest music ever created. Every great prog band is distinct; you hear influences, but the core styles are all over the place (Pink Floyd, Gentle Giant, and Rush are all prog giants). Eclectic and excellent, prog is JUST THE BEST.

Progressive rock took what rock and roll started and took it to a whole new level. King Crimson's Court of the Crimson King, Rush's 2112, ELP's Brain Salad Surgery, Genesis's The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Yes's Close to the Edge, and Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon are some of the albums that defined this intense, dramatic movement of music. - c0mf0rta61ynum6

Psychedelic rock is a lite version of progressive rock

The music really takes you to an another world.

14 Nu-metal - (Korn, Limp Bizkit, P.O.D., Slipknot, Disturbed)

Nu-metal rocks dude... harder then marijuana... - Overdose

Ahem, Linkin Park. Enough said

The only Nu Metal band I really like is Slipknot - SirSkeletorThe3rd

Nu-Metal, definitely gonna get big

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15 Punk - (The Ramones, Sex Pistols, The Clash, Dead Kennedys, Joy Division, The Misfits)

Green Day, Blink-182, Sum 41 and then Fall Out Boy all brought Punk back into the mainstream. Punk Rock was huge during the 90's and 20's.

So influential. More moving than any other type of rock music. Should be number one, it IS the best movement.

Was such a social movement as well as musical, should be much higher

punk... why every teenager in America owns a guitar - crunchyjuice

16 Southern Rock - (ABB, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Marshall Tucker)
17 Glam Metal - (Motley Crue, Def Leppard, W.A.S.P., Twisted Sister)
18 Hip-hop/Rap - (Grandmaster Flash, The Sugarhill Gang, LL Cool J, Run DMC, Beastie Boys)

Hip-Hop isn't the best music but it is the best music to chill to so screw all you hip-hop haters - Chris-1

Hip-hop forever! I'm just cruisin'!

19 Singer/Songwriter - (Jackson Browne, Carole King, Paul Simon, James Taylor)


20 Visual kei (X-japan, Luna Sea, Dir En Grey, Versailles)

to the one who wrote somegreat bands: don't forget D'ERLANGER, DIE IN CRIES, BODY, ZI:KILL - ronluna

Some great bands started out as visual kei like X-japan, Dir en Grey and Luna Sea - TD17

from 80s until now but it hate it when some people forget some great bands - ronluna

21 Punk 2nd Wave (Green Day, Blink-182, Sum 41)

Did you forget about Rise Against? - OnlyInDreams

There ya go. PUNK- all three of these listed are great - cowboyskid2

22 Pop (Cher, Madonna, Tina Turner, George Michael, Michael Jackson, Belinda Carlisle, Whitney Houston)

I love pop unicorns

Unicorns are pop!


23 Psychedelic Rock (Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, Country Joe and the Fish, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd)

How can this be so low on the list. Come on people, the Doors and Pink Floyd! Jimi is more acid rock but also awesome!

Pink Floyd. The Doors. Jefferson Airplane. The Jimi Hendrix. Wow!

24 Blues - (B.B. King, Skip James, Elvis)
25 New Wave - (Devo, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Soft Cell)

DEVO is the greatest band ever! I don't really like the other bands mentioned, but I love Devo! Devo, The B-52's, Oingo Boingo, XTC, Sparks, Talking Heads, The Clash, Toni Basil, etc. make New Wave my favorite genre! But punk is a very close second! - asdfalexia

26 Hip-hop 2nd Wave (2pac, NWA, Biggy, Ice Cube, Dr.Dre, Nas, Jay-z, Wu-tang Clan, Snoop Dogg)
27 Disco - (The Bee Gees, Donna Summers, The Jackson 5, Barry White)
28 Hybrid Allt. Rock - (The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Incubus, 311, Primus)
29 Funk (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Jane's Addiction)
30 Industrial Metal - (Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, KMFDM, Rammstein, Skinny Puppy)

This type of Metal is the type of Metal that rules the night and becomes part of the listeners genetic make-up. The majority of us industrial types have sought therapy at one point and aren't to sure about reaching the age of 60 without at least one mental defect. - MinistryMonster

31 Bubblegum Pop (Britney Spears, N Sync)
32 Deathcore (Job for a Cowboy, Suicide Silence, The Red Chord, The Faceless, Whitechapel)

Despised Icon
The Juliet Massacre
Infant Annihilator
Bring Me The Horizon
Thy Art is murder
Waking The Cadaver
All Shall Perish

So I can go on endlessly

The faceless isn't deathcore! They r techinical death metal - mp74ify

33 Hardcore Punk (Black Flag, Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Dead Kennedys, Suicidal Tendencies, The Misfits)
34 Metalcore (Converge, Botch, Earth Crisis, Hatebreed, Lamb of God)

As I lay dying
Bullet for my Valentine
Killswitch Engage
The agonist
Bring me the horizon
Asking Alexandria
All that remains
Darkest hour
Earth crisis

... Enough said

Lamb of god isn't really metalcore though laugh out loud, I love lamb of god but they aren't metalcore.

35 Britpop (Oasis, Blur, Suede, Pulp, Gene, Sleeper, Supergrass) Britpop (Oasis, Blur, Suede, Pulp, Gene, Sleeper, Supergrass) Britpop is a UK based music and culture movement in the mid 1990s which emphasised "Britishness", and produced bright, catchy pop music partly in reaction to the US led grunge music and the UK's own shoegazing music scene.

Britpop should be top 15

36 Rap Metal (Rage Against the Machine, KoRn, Limp Bizkit, Slipknot, Kid Rock, Biohazard, (Hed) PE
37 R&B (Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Mary J Blige, Usher)
38 Acid Rock - (Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Greatful Dead)
39 Electronic (Kraftwerk, Moby, deadmau5)

Give this your vote! Come on! - PositronWildhawk

40 EDM (Skrillex, David Guetta, Avicii)

An iconic movement, leading to the rise of ZEDD, Calvin Harris, Dj Snake, The Chainsmokers, and other big names in music today. - ProPanda

41 Funk-Metal (Faith No More, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Primus, Rage Against the Machine, Fishbone, Living Colour, KoЯn, Mr. Bungle)
42 3rd-Wave Ska (Reel Big Fish, Streetlight Manifesto, Catch 22, Sublime)
43 Post Rock (Slint, Talk Talk, Tortoise, Don Caballero, and Godspeed You Black Emperor)

This is a great alternative to grunge in the 90s. The worst post rock got was maybe pretentious but at least it wasn't shallow and mindless like grunge.

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Top Remixes

1. Thrash Metal (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax)
2. New Wave of British Heavy Metal (Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne)
3. Death Metal - (Slayer, Sepultura, Arch Enemy, Necrophagist)


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