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.

1
3,178 1,132
Rock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rock

2
2,040 1,251
Alternative is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Alternative

3
2,102 936
Classic Rock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classic Rock

4
1,544 1,309
Classical is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classical

5
1,367 1,293
Jazz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Jazz

6
2,215 1,424
Heavy Metal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Heavy Metal

7
1,284 1,177
Blues is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Blues

8
1,342 565
Rock and Roll is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Genres of Music
jobill added Rock and Roll

9
1,265 910
Classical Rock/Progressive is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classical Rock/Progressive

10
1,103 1,485
Dance/Electronica is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Dance/Electronica

11
1,441 1,662
Rap/hip-hop is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rap/hip-hop

12
910 875
Oldies is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Oldies

13
1,080 919
Progressive Rock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Genres of Music

14
974 1,098
Indie Rock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Indie Rock

15
733 1,054
Folk is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Folk

16
723 859
Soundtracks/theme Songs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Soundtracks/theme Songs

17
775 485
Hard Rock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Genres of Music
RobinGallego added Hard Rock

18
635 970
Soul/funk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Soul/funk

19
788 1,370
Country is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Country

20
855 889
Thrash Metal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Thrash Metal

21
602 541
Púnk Rock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added Púnk Rock

22
609 698
Grunge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Genres of Music

23
653 830
Reggae is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Genres of Music
axelanti added Reggae

24
156 163
Heavy Metal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Heavy Metal

25
459 388
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Classical Crossover As exemplified by Jackie Evancho, Sarah Brightman, Josh Groban, Katherine Jenkins, and many more.

26
297 265
R&B is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added R&B

27
362 510
Post Punk is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Genres of Music
erisedRi added Post Punk

28
382 399
Psychedelic Rock is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Psychedelic Rock

29
261 410
New Wave is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added New Wave

30
402 591
Hardcore is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Hardcore

31
265 617
Big band is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Genres of Music

32
322 344
Blues Rock is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Genres of Music
BozinovskiMilan added Blues Rock

33
257 619
Industrial is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Industrial

34
340 975
Religious is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Religious

35
225 279
Power Metal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Power Metal

36
254 596
Bluegrass is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Bluegrass

37
141 359
Opera is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Opera

38
364 799
Metalcore is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Metalcore

39
262 431
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erisedRi added Glam Rock

40
285 581
Folk Metal is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Genres of Music
scarerc0w added Folk Metal

41
142 170
Soul is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Soul

42
169 283
Techno is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Genres of Music
edohalo92 added Techno

43
122 208
Black Metal is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Black Metal

44
156 278
House is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added House

45
169 319
Post-Rock is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added Post-Rock

46
80 93
Rhythm and Blues is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rhythm and Blues

47
181 293
Drum and Bass is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Drum and Bass

48
142 262
Disco is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Disco

49
172 376
Britpop is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Genres of Music
erisedRi added Britpop

50
137 202
Symphonic Metal is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Symphonic Metal