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The Best Genres of Music

Updated June 11, 2020 91.7k votes 12.3k voters 137.4k views125 items

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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  • 1
    4,372
    1,664

    Rock

  • 2
    2,739
    1,343

    Classic Rock

  • 3
    2,649
    1,758

    Alternative

  • 4
    1,388
    827

    Hard Rock

  • 5
    1,710
    1,193

    Classical Rock/Progressive

  • 6
    1,451
    1,210
  • 7
    1,928
    1,630

    Jazz

  • 8
    2,066
    1,754

    Classical

  • 9
    1,720
    1,497

    Blues

  • 10
    955
    888

    Púnk Rock

  • 11
    2,345
    2,251

    Rap/hip-hop

  • 12
    1,198
    1,131

    Oldies

  • 13
    291
    193

    Soft Rock

  • 14
    1,299
    1,144

    Thrash Metal

  • 15
    683
    584

    R&B

  • 16
    742
    606

    Psychedelic Rock

  • 17
    1,294
    1,240

    Indie Rock

  • 18
    296
    256

    Acoustic Rock

  • 19
    654
    638

    Classical Crossover

    As exemplified by Jackie Evancho, Sarah Brightman, Josh Groban, Katherine Jenkins, and many more.
  • 20
    542
    536

    Blues Rock

  • 21
    296
    238

    Death Metal

  • 22
    223
    200

    Rhythm and Blues

  • 23
    98
    83

    Symphonic Rock

  • 24
    277
    245

    Garage Rock

  • 25
    924
    967

    Soundtracks/theme Songs