popular opinion The Best Genres of Music  

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One of the biggest questions in the music world is what is the best genre of music? For many, this can be the source of heated arguments as everyone has their own opinion and tastes of what is good and what isn't. Today's music genres are more broken down and deeper than ever, which can cause multiple arguments for or against a different subgenre within a particular genre. For example, fans of alternative rock and indie rock could argue the merits of one particular brand of rock versus the other. These are both under the rock umbrella, but alas, they're separate genres.

The same thing can be said for hip hop and even heavy metal, where both can be broken down further. No matter what your outlook, taste, or musical preferences are, you can make a claim here on this list what the best genre is. These are the most popular and top genres of music. There are plenty of choices on this Ultimate List of the best genres of music, but only one can be considered the best. If you want to voice your support to why your favorite genre should be known as the best, then vote for your top choice. If you see a genre or even a subgenre missing from the list feel free to add it. That could be anything, as long as it's not on the list.
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2,279 701
Rock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rock

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2
1,487 859
Alternative is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Alternative

3
1,537 620
Classic Rock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classic Rock

4
1,136 910
Classical is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classical

5
1,668 1,024
Heavy Metal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Heavy Metal

6
985 906
Jazz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Jazz

7
948 839
Blues is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Blues

8
852 328
Rock and Roll is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Genres of Music
jobill added Rock and Roll

9
949 657
Classical Rock/Progressive is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classical Rock/Progressive

10
685 631
Oldies is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Oldies

11
797 1,137
Dance/Electronica is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Dance/Electronica

12
819 693
Progressive Rock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Genres of Music

13
745 847
Indie Rock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Indie Rock

14
582 811
Folk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Folk

15
939 1,273
Rap/hip-hop is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rap/hip-hop

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16
541 678
Soundtracks/theme Songs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Soundtracks/theme Songs

17
519 330
Hard Rock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Genres of Music
RobinGallego added Hard Rock

18
486 781
Soul/funk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Soul/funk

19
611 1,089
Country is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Country

20
643 673
Thrash Metal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Thrash Metal

21
398 344
Púnk Rock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added Púnk Rock

22
451 476
Grunge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Genres of Music

23
495 596
Reggae is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Genres of Music
axelanti added Reggae

24
239 222
Psychedelic Rock is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Mark Lanzarotta added Psychedelic Rock

25
333 247
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Classical Crossover As exemplified by Jackie Evancho, Sarah Brightman, Josh Groban, Katherine Jenkins, and many more.

26
268 351
Post Punk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Genres of Music
erisedRi added Post Punk

27
190 258
New Wave is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added New Wave

28
216 487
Industrial is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Industrial

29
321 477
Hardcore is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Hardcore

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30
209 501
Big band is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Genres of Music

31
269 785
Religious is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Religious

32
202 472
Bluegrass is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Bluegrass

33
221 253
Blues Rock is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Genres of Music
BozinovskiMilan added Blues Rock

34
138 136
Rythm & Blues is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Rythm & Blues

35
87 231
Opera is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Opera

36
200 324
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erisedRi added Glam Rock

37
296 672
Metalcore is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Metalcore

38
120 178
Power Metal is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Power Metal

39
228 476
Folk Metal is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Genres of Music
scarerc0w added Folk Metal

40
132 280
Britpop is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Genres of Music
erisedRi added Britpop

41
49 70
R+B is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Genres of Music
R+B

42
60 94
EDM is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Genres of Music
EDM

43
82 129
Art Rock is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Art Rock

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114 233
Post-Rock is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added Post-Rock

45
107 185
Techno is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Genres of Music
edohalo92 added Techno

46
62 109
Black Metal is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Black Metal

47
73 95
Soul is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Soul

48
91 171
Disco is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Disco

49
92 183
House is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added House

50
129 215
Drum and Bass is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Drum and Bass