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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
3,263 1,169
Rock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rock

2
2,085 1,296
Alternative is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Alternative

3
2,152 973
Classic Rock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classic Rock

4
1,579 1,352
Classical is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classical

5
1,394 1,327
Jazz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Jazz

6
2,259 1,461
Heavy Metal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Heavy Metal

7
1,307 1,205
Blues is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Blues

8
1,378 587
Rock and Roll is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Genres of Music
jobill added

9
1,287 934
Classical Rock/Progressive is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classical Rock/Progressive

10
1,100 946
Progressive Rock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Genres of Music

11
1,499 1,699
Rap/hip-hop is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rap/hip-hop

12
1,128 1,517
Dance/Electronica is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Dance/Electronica

13
921 891
Oldies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Oldies

14
990 1,116
Indie Rock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Indie Rock

15
743 1,073
Folk is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Folk

16
739 871
Soundtracks/theme Songs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Soundtracks/theme Songs

17
798 502
Hard Rock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Genres of Music
RobinGallego added Hard Rock

18
649 984
Soul/funk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Soul/funk

19
803 1,401
Country is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Country

20
871 913
Thrash Metal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Thrash Metal

21
615 560
Púnk Rock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added Púnk Rock

22
625 731
Grunge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Genres of Music

23
673 866
Reggae is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Genres of Music
axelanti added Reggae

24
171 201
Heavy Metal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Heavy Metal

25
486 398
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Classical Crossover As exemplified by Jackie Evancho, Sarah Brightman, Josh Groban, Katherine Jenkins, and many more.

26
315 276
R&B is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added R&B

27
265 423
New Wave is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added New Wave

28
331 352
Blues Rock is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Genres of Music
BozinovskiMilan added Blues Rock

29
229 289
Power Metal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Power Metal

30
268 628
Big band is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Genres of Music

31
391 408
Psychedelic Rock is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Psychedelic Rock

32
367 521
Post Punk is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Genres of Music
erisedRi added Post Punk

33
406 602
Hardcore is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Hardcore

34
260 631
Industrial is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Industrial

35
346 991
Religious is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Religious

36
257 606
Bluegrass is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Bluegrass

37
287 587
Folk Metal is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Genres of Music
scarerc0w added Folk Metal

38
144 367
Opera is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Opera

39
264 441
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erisedRi added

40
365 807
Metalcore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Metalcore

41
139 207
Symphonic Metal is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Symphonic Metal

42
145 177
Soul is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Soul

43
129 213
Black Metal is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Black Metal

44
171 323
Post-Rock is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added Post-Rock

45
171 292
Techno is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Genres of Music
edohalo92 added Techno

46
174 380
Britpop is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Genres of Music
erisedRi added

47
160 284
House is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added House

48
186 296
Drum and Bass is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Drum and Bass

49
82 97
Rhythm and Blues is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rhythm and Blues

50
103 171
Celtic is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Celtic