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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
3,374 1,228
Rock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rock

2
2,147 1,356
Alternative is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Alternative

3
2,218 1,027
Classic Rock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classic Rock

4
1,638 1,407
Classical is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classical

5
1,439 1,382
Jazz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Jazz

6
2,324 1,514
Heavy Metal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Heavy Metal

7
1,338 1,252
Blues is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Blues

8
1,439 619
Rock and Roll is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Genres of Music
jobill added

9
1,329 971
Classical Rock/Progressive is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classical Rock/Progressive

10
1,137 985
Progressive Rock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Genres of Music

11
1,571 1,759
Rap/hip-hop is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rap/hip-hop

12
1,174 1,563
Dance/Electronica is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Dance/Electronica

13
947 927
Oldies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Oldies

14
1,016 1,153
Indie Rock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Indie Rock

15
763 1,110
Folk is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Folk

16
758 907
Soundtracks/theme Songs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Soundtracks/theme Songs

17
831 529
Hard Rock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Genres of Music
RobinGallego added Hard Rock

18
672 1,015
Soul/funk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Soul/funk

19
823 1,452
Country is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Country

20
907 956
Thrash Metal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Thrash Metal

21
637 605
Púnk Rock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added Púnk Rock

22
652 782
Grunge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Genres of Music

23
691 925
Reggae is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Genres of Music
axelanti added Reggae

24
200 244
Heavy Metal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Heavy Metal

25
514 426
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Classical Crossover As exemplified by Jackie Evancho, Sarah Brightman, Josh Groban, Katherine Jenkins, and many more.

26
334 294
R&B is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added R&B

27
278 441
New Wave is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added New Wave

28
242 309
Power Metal is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Power Metal

29
340 366
Blues Rock is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Genres of Music
BozinovskiMilan added Blues Rock

30
409 422
Psychedelic Rock is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Psychedelic Rock

31
381 536
Post Punk is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Genres of Music
erisedRi added Post Punk

32
272 648
Big band is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Genres of Music

33
421 617
Hardcore is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Hardcore

34
272 646
Industrial is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Industrial

35
353 1,019
Religious is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Religious

36
261 619
Bluegrass is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Bluegrass

37
295 599
Folk Metal is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Genres of Music
scarerc0w added Folk Metal

38
150 383
Opera is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Opera

39
270 453
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erisedRi added

40
377 822
Metalcore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Metalcore

41
146 219
Symphonic Metal is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Symphonic Metal

42
152 188
Soul is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Soul

43
135 227
Black Metal is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Black Metal

44
171 295
House is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added House

45
180 305
Techno is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Genres of Music
edohalo92 added Techno

46
175 335
Post-Rock is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added Post-Rock

47
178 391
Britpop is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Genres of Music
erisedRi added

48
195 307
Drum and Bass is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Drum and Bass

49
109 181
Celtic is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Celtic

50
86 105
Rhythm and Blues is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rhythm and Blues