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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
3,440 1,251
Rock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rock

2
2,184 1,380
Alternative is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Alternative

3
2,257 1,048
Classic Rock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classic Rock

4
1,663 1,433
Classical is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classical

5
1,466 1,405
Jazz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Jazz

6
2,362 1,534
Heavy Metal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Heavy Metal

7
1,362 1,268
Blues is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Blues

8
1,469 635
Rock and Roll is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Genres of Music
jobill added

9
1,354 981
Classical Rock/Progressive is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classical Rock/Progressive

10
1,158 997
Progressive Rock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Genres of Music

11
1,614 1,791
Rap/hip-hop is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rap/hip-hop

12
1,197 1,584
Dance/Electronica is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Dance/Electronica

13
965 937
Oldies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Oldies

14
1,033 1,165
Indie Rock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Indie Rock

15
772 1,123
Folk is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Folk

16
772 914
Soundtracks/theme Songs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Soundtracks/theme Songs

17
852 535
Hard Rock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Genres of Music
RobinGallego added Hard Rock

18
678 1,029
Soul/funk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Soul/funk

19
836 1,477
Country is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Country

20
927 976
Thrash Metal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Thrash Metal

21
651 624
Púnk Rock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added Púnk Rock

22
668 802
Grunge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Genres of Music

23
701 947
Reggae is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Genres of Music
axelanti added Reggae

24
216 263
Heavy Metal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Heavy Metal

25
530 437
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