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The Best Genres of Music

Updated June 11, 2020 90.1k votes 12.4k voters 137.4k views125 items

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
    4,308
    1,629

    Rock

  • 2
    2,697
    1,321

    Classic Rock

  • 3
    2,609
    1,732

    Alternative

  • 4
    1,368
    814

    Hard Rock

  • 5
    1,687
    1,173

    Classical Rock/Progressive

  • 6
    1,434
    1,189
  • 7
    1,900
    1,602

    Jazz

  • 8
    2,034
    1,723

    Classical

  • 9
    1,691
    1,471

    Blues

  • 10
    938
    872

    Púnk Rock

  • 11
    1,174
    1,112

    Oldies

  • 12
    1,281
    1,124

    Thrash Metal

  • 13
    2,300
    2,222

    Rap/hip-hop

  • 14
    286
    191

    Soft Rock

  • 15
    733
    594

    Psychedelic Rock

  • 16
    670
    575

    R&B

  • 17
    1,276
    1,220

    Indie Rock

  • 18
    291
    253

    Acoustic Rock

  • 19
    531
    526

    Blues Rock

  • 20
    643
    625

    Classical Crossover

    As exemplified by Jackie Evancho, Sarah Brightman, Josh Groban, Katherine Jenkins, and many more.
  • 21
    293
    237

    Death Metal

  • 22
    218
    197

    Rhythm and Blues

  • 23
    98
    83

    Symphonic Rock

  • 24
    273
    240

    Garage Rock

  • 25
    907
    954

    Soundtracks/theme Songs