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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
3,311 1,194
Rock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rock

2
2,117 1,318
Alternative is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Alternative

3
2,178 994
Classic Rock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classic Rock

4
1,604 1,375
Classical is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classical

5
1,413 1,350
Jazz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Jazz

6
2,286 1,478
Heavy Metal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Heavy Metal

7
1,318 1,226
Blues is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Blues

8
1,402 598
Rock and Roll is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Genres of Music
jobill added

9
1,302 948
Classical Rock/Progressive is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classical Rock/Progressive

10
1,114 962
Progressive Rock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Genres of Music

11
1,524 1,728
Rap/hip-hop is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rap/hip-hop

12
1,145 1,534
Dance/Electronica is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Dance/Electronica

13
931 905
Oldies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Oldies

14
998 1,130
Indie Rock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Indie Rock

15
749 1,086
Folk is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Folk

16
744 885
Soundtracks/theme Songs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Soundtracks/theme Songs

17
814 510
Hard Rock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Genres of Music
RobinGallego added Hard Rock

18
661 995
Soul/funk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Soul/funk

19
811 1,420
Country is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Country

20
885 929
Thrash Metal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Thrash Metal

21
625 581
Púnk Rock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added Púnk Rock

22
637 758
Grunge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Genres of Music

23
684 893
Reggae is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Genres of Music
axelanti added Reggae

24
186 219
Heavy Metal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Heavy Metal

25
503 409
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Classical Crossover As exemplified by Jackie Evancho, Sarah Brightman, Josh Groban, Katherine Jenkins, and many more.

26
325 282
R&B is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added R&B

27
272 430
New Wave is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added New Wave

28
335 355
Blues Rock is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Genres of Music
BozinovskiMilan added Blues Rock

29
234 294
Power Metal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Power Metal

30
399 411
Psychedelic Rock is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Psychedelic Rock

31
270 635
Big band is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Genres of Music

32
371 527
Post Punk is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Genres of Music
erisedRi added Post Punk

33
412 606
Hardcore is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Hardcore

34
267 638
Industrial is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Industrial

35
350 1,003
Religious is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Religious

36
258 611
Bluegrass is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Bluegrass

37
291 591
Folk Metal is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Genres of Music
scarerc0w added Folk Metal

38
147 374
Opera is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Opera

39
267 444
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erisedRi added

40
372 809
Metalcore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Metalcore

41
145 209
Symphonic Metal is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Symphonic Metal

42
147 181
Soul is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Soul

43
133 217
Black Metal is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Black Metal

44
174 295
Techno is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Genres of Music
edohalo92 added Techno

45
172 327
Post-Rock is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added Post-Rock

46
162 287
House is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added House

47
175 384
Britpop is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Genres of Music
erisedRi added

48
188 299
Drum and Bass is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Drum and Bass

49
105 175
Celtic is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Celtic

50
150 268
Disco is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Disco