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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2,273 699
Rock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rock

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2
1,482 858
Alternative is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Alternative

3
1,535 617
Classic Rock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classic Rock

4
1,133 908
Classical is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classical

5
1,666 1,021
Heavy Metal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Heavy Metal

6
981 903
Jazz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Jazz

7
944 837
Blues is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Blues

8
849 327
Rock and Roll is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Genres of Music
jobill added Rock and Roll

9
945 656
Classical Rock/Progressive is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classical Rock/Progressive

10
681 628
Oldies is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Oldies

11
794 1,134
Dance/Electronica is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Dance/Electronica

12
817 691
Progressive Rock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Genres of Music

13
741 844
Indie Rock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Indie Rock

14
578 809
Folk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Folk

15
934 1,269
Rap/hip-hop is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rap/hip-hop

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16
536 676
Soundtracks/theme Songs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Soundtracks/theme Songs

17
518 327
Hard Rock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Genres of Music
RobinGallego added Hard Rock

18
485 776
Soul/funk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Soul/funk

19
608 1,084
Country is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Country

20
641 670
Thrash Metal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Thrash Metal

21
396 342
Púnk Rock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added Púnk Rock

22
449 474
Grunge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Genres of Music

23
493 594
Reggae is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Genres of Music
axelanti added Reggae

24
237 218
Psychedelic Rock is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Mark Lanzarotta added Psychedelic Rock

25
332 244
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Classical Crossover As exemplified by Jackie Evancho, Sarah Brightman, Josh Groban, Katherine Jenkins, and many more.

26
267 348
Post Punk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Genres of Music
erisedRi added Post Punk

27
189 256
New Wave is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added New Wave

28
215 484
Industrial is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Industrial

29
321 475
Hardcore is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Hardcore

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30
208 500
Big band is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Genres of Music

31
269 783
Religious is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Religious

32
201 471
Bluegrass is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Bluegrass

33
220 253
Blues Rock is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Genres of Music
BozinovskiMilan added Blues Rock

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

35
85 231
Opera is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Opera

36
198 324
Ranker Video
erisedRi added Glam Rock

37
296 671
Metalcore is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Metalcore

38
120 177
Power Metal is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Power Metal

39
227 475
Folk Metal is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Genres of Music
scarerc0w added Folk Metal

40
131 280
Britpop is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Genres of Music
erisedRi added Britpop

41
58 94
EDM is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Genres of Music
EDM

42
114 232
Post-Rock is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added Post-Rock

43
46 70
R+B is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Genres of Music
R+B

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44
81 129
Art Rock is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Art Rock

45
107 184
Techno is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Genres of Music
edohalo92 added Techno

46
62 108
Black Metal is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Black Metal

47
91 170
Disco is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Disco

48
72 95
Soul is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Soul

49
129 214
Drum and Bass is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Drum and Bass

50
62 141
Shoegaze is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Shoegaze