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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.
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1
3,228 1,146
Rock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rock

2
2,069 1,267
Alternative is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Alternative

3
2,128 953
Classic Rock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classic Rock

4
1,561 1,330
Classical is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classical

5
1,381 1,312
Jazz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Jazz

6
2,238 1,443
Heavy Metal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Heavy Metal

7
1,297 1,193
Blues is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Blues

8
1,362 578
Rock and Roll is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Genres of Music
jobill added

9
1,277 922
Classical Rock/Progressive is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classical Rock/Progressive

10
1,117 1,501
Dance/Electronica is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Dance/Electronica

11
1,468 1,681
Rap/hip-hop is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rap/hip-hop

12
1,088 935
Progressive Rock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Genres of Music

13
917 886
Oldies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Oldies

14
983 1,108
Indie Rock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Indie Rock

15
736 1,066
Folk is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Folk

16
732 867
Soundtracks/theme Songs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Soundtracks/theme Songs

17
785 494
Hard Rock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Genres of Music
RobinGallego added Hard Rock

18
640 979
Soul/funk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Soul/funk

19
796 1,390
Country is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Country

20
862 900
Thrash Metal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Thrash Metal

21
611 548
Púnk Rock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added Púnk Rock

22
621 709
Grunge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Genres of Music

23
664 845
Reggae is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Genres of Music
axelanti added Reggae

24
163 180
Heavy Metal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Heavy Metal

25
470 395
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Classical Crossover As exemplified by Jackie Evancho, Sarah Brightman, Josh Groban, Katherine Jenkins, and many more.

26
263 417
New Wave is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added New Wave

27
305 271
R&B is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added R&B

28
327 348
Blues Rock is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Genres of Music
BozinovskiMilan added Blues Rock

29
267 624
Big band is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Genres of Music

30
365 516
Post Punk is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Genres of Music
erisedRi added Post Punk

31
386 404
Psychedelic Rock is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Psychedelic Rock

32
404 597
Hardcore is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Hardcore

33
260 624
Industrial is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Industrial

34
343 982
Religious is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Religious

35
228 284
Power Metal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Power Metal

36
256 600
Bluegrass is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Bluegrass

37
143 363
Opera is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Opera

38
264 436
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erisedRi added

39
365 803
Metalcore is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Metalcore

40
287 584
Folk Metal is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Genres of Music
scarerc0w added Folk Metal

41
144 173
Soul is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Soul

42
139 204
Symphonic Metal is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Symphonic Metal

43
126 211
Black Metal is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Black Metal

44
170 322
Post-Rock is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added Post-Rock

45
170 288
Techno is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Genres of Music
edohalo92 added Techno

46
174 377
Britpop is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Genres of Music
erisedRi added

47
159 281
House is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added House

48
82 94
Rhythm and Blues is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rhythm and Blues

49
185 295
Drum and Bass is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Drum and Bass

50
102 170
Celtic is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Celtic