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The Best Genres of Music 

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Updated June 11, 2020 118.9k votes 11.4k voters 130.4k views 141 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.
list ordered by
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Rock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rock
2
Alternative is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Alternative
3
Classic Rock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classic Rock
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Classical is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classical
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Classical Rock/Progressi... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classical Rock/Progressive
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Hard Rock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Genres of Music
RobinGallego added Hard Rock
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Jazz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Jazz
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Progressive Rock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Genres of Music
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Blues is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Blues
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Oldies is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Oldies
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Rap/hip-hop is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rap/hip-hop
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Púnk Rock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added Púnk Rock
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Thrash Metal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Thrash Metal
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Indie Rock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Indie Rock
15
Grunge is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Grunge
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Classical Crossover
As exemplified by Jackie Evancho, Sarah Brightman, Josh Groban, Katherine Jenkins, and many more.
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Blues Rock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Mark Lanzarotta added Blues Rock
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Soundtracks/theme Songs ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Soundtracks/theme Songs
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Psychedelic Rock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Psychedelic Rock
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R&B is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added R&B
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Dance/Electronica is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Dance/Electronica
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Power Metal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Power Metal
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Reggae is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Genres of Music
axelanti added Reggae
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Acoustic Rock is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Genres of Music
danman082200 added Acoustic Rock
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Soft Rock is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Soft Rock