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.

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3,043 1,074
Rock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rock

2
1,961 1,194
Alternative is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Alternative

3
2,018 896
Classic Rock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classic Rock

4
1,491 1,257
Classical is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classical

5
1,315 1,245
Jazz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Jazz

6
2,129 1,373
Heavy Metal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Heavy Metal

7
1,237 1,138
Blues is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Blues

8
1,273 539
Rock and Roll is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Genres of Music
jobill added Rock and Roll

9
1,222 882
Classical Rock/Progressive is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classical Rock/Progressive

10
1,062 1,438
Dance/Electronica is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Dance/Electronica

11
886 843
Oldies is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Oldies

12
1,363 1,606
Rap/hip-hop is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rap/hip-hop

13
1,044 893
Progressive Rock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Genres of Music

14
948 1,064
Indie Rock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Indie Rock

The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

15
706 829
Soundtracks/theme Songs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Soundtracks/theme Songs

16
710 1,025
Folk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Folk

17
740 465
Hard Rock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Genres of Music
RobinGallego added Hard Rock

18
617 948
Soul/funk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Soul/funk

19
766 1,333
Country is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Country

20
816 862
Thrash Metal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Thrash Metal

21
576 502
Púnk Rock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added Púnk Rock

The Best CBS Shows of All Time

22
582 652
Grunge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Genres of Music

23
636 777
Reggae is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Genres of Music
axelanti added Reggae

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120 119
Heavy Metal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Heavy Metal

25
277 242
R&B is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added R&B

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426 373
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Classical Crossover As exemplified by Jackie Evancho, Sarah Brightman, Josh Groban, Katherine Jenkins, and many more.

27
366 386
Psychedelic Rock is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Psychedelic Rock

28
350 500
Post Punk is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Genres of Music
erisedRi added Post Punk

The Worst Bands of All Time

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253 395
New Wave is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added New Wave

30
312 334
Blues Rock is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Genres of Music
BozinovskiMilan added Blues Rock

31
389 583
Hardcore is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Hardcore

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257 603
Big band is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Genres of Music

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253 603
Industrial is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Industrial

34
328 949
Religious is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Religious

35
249 580
Bluegrass is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Bluegrass

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36
204 272
Power Metal is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Power Metal

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133 343
Opera is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Opera

38
349 785
Metalcore is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Metalcore

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253 417
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erisedRi added Glam Rock

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272 570
Folk Metal is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Genres of Music
scarerc0w added Folk Metal

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134 158
Soul is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Soul

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160 269
Techno is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Genres of Music
edohalo92 added Techno

The Sexiest Artists of All Time

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77 81
Rhythm and Blues is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rhythm and Blues

44
145 265
House is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added House

45
164 308
Post-Rock is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added Post-Rock

46
110 197
Black Metal is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Black Metal

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169 363
Britpop is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Genres of Music
erisedRi added Britpop

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134 246
Disco is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Disco

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173 280
Drum and Bass is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Drum and Bass

50
116 203
Art Rock is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Art Rock