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The Best Genres of Music 

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Originally by Ranker Community
Updated June 11, 2020 121.1k votes 11.5k voters 131.1k views 125 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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Death Metal is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Genres of Music
AustinBenson added Death Metal
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Soul is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Soul
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Rhythm and Blues is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rhythm and Blues
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Garage Rock is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Garage Rock
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Melodic Death Metal is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Laura Via added Melodic Death Metal
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Post Punk is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Genres of Music
erisedRi added Post Punk
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Symphonic Rock is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Genres of Music
SavioCamposBatistella added Symphonic Rock
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Symphonic Metal is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Symphonic Metal
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Pop Music is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Genres of Music
hellodalai added
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Comedy music is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Genres of Music
hellodalai added Comedy music
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Black Metal is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Black Metal
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Authentic Native America... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Genres of Music
hellodalai added Authentic Native American Music
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contemporary Christian ... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Genres of Music
hellodalai added contemporary Christian
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Rockabilly is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Genres of Music
BobStubbs added Rockabilly
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Experimental Rock is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Mark Lanzarotta added Experimental Rock
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hardcore metal is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Genres of Music
JohanH1980 added hardcore metal
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Western music is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Genres of Music
hellodalai added Western music
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Musical theatre is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Genres of Music
brosephone added Musical theatre

Broadway and other showtunes

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Gothic Rock is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Genres of Music
WilliamDagmanBndkBosco added Gothic Rock
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Power Pop is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Genres of Music
hellodalai added Power Pop
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Doom Metal is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Genres of Music
RobinGallego added Doom Metal
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Gulf and Western is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Genres of Music
hellodalai added Gulf and Western
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Bossa Nova is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Genres of Music
hellodalai added Bossa Nova
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Emo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Genres of Music
tjhbresler2 added Emo
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Surf Rock is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Genres of Music
hellodalai added Surf Rock