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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.
list ordered by

1
3,517 1,288
Rock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rock

2
2,234 1,419
Alternative is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Alternative

3
2,304 1,073
Classic Rock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classic Rock

4
1,703 1,461
Classical is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classical

5
1,502 1,433
Jazz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Jazz

6
2,411 1,562
Heavy Metal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Heavy Metal

7
1,395 1,296
Blues is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Blues

8
1,513 658
Rock and Roll is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Genres of Music
jobill added

9
1,377 1,012
Classical Rock/Progressive is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classical Rock/Progressive

10
1,663 1,836
Rap/hip-hop is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rap/hip-hop

11
1,180 1,027
Progressive Rock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Genres of Music

12
1,230 1,618
Dance/Electronica is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Dance/Electronica

13
993 953
Oldies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Oldies

14
1,059 1,189
Indie Rock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Indie Rock

15
786 1,149
Folk is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Folk

16
781 935
Soundtracks/theme Songs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Soundtracks/theme Songs

17
875 554
Hard Rock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Genres of Music
RobinGallego added Hard Rock

18
694 1,044
Soul/funk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Soul/funk

19
856 1,502
Country is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Country

20
955 993
Thrash Metal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Thrash Metal

21
666 642
Púnk Rock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added Púnk Rock

22
680 832
Grunge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Genres of Music

23
715 976
Reggae is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Genres of Music
axelanti added Reggae

24
235 288
Heavy Metal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Heavy Metal

25
544 450
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Classical Crossover
As exemplified by Jackie Evancho, Sarah Brightman, Josh Groban, Katherine Jenkins, and many more.