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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3,098 1,098
Rock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rock

2
1,999 1,214
Alternative is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Alternative

3
2,063 911
Classic Rock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classic Rock

4
1,515 1,276
Classical is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classical

5
1,344 1,263
Jazz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Jazz

6
2,167 1,390
Heavy Metal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Heavy Metal

7
1,259 1,153
Blues is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Blues

8
1,305 549
Rock and Roll is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Genres of Music
jobill added Rock and Roll

9
1,242 892
Classical Rock/Progressive is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classical Rock/Progressive

10
1,076 1,454
Dance/Electronica is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Dance/Electronica

11
1,390 1,631
Rap/hip-hop is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rap/hip-hop

12
896 857
Oldies is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Oldies

13
1,059 902
Progressive Rock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Genres of Music

14
955 1,076
Indie Rock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Indie Rock

The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

15
717 842
Soundtracks/theme Songs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Soundtracks/theme Songs

16
722 1,037
Folk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Folk

17
759 473
Hard Rock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Genres of Music
RobinGallego added Hard Rock

18
624 957
Soul/funk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Soul/funk

19
773 1,351
Country is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Country

20
835 871
Thrash Metal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Thrash Metal

21
590 516
Púnk Rock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added Púnk Rock

The Best CBS Shows of All Time

22
597 667
Grunge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Genres of Music

23
645 797
Reggae is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Genres of Music
axelanti added Reggae

24
137 137
Heavy Metal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Heavy Metal

25
440 378
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26
286 258
R&B is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added R&B

27
356 501
Post Punk is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Genres of Music
erisedRi added Post Punk

28
372 392
Psychedelic Rock is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Psychedelic Rock

The Worst Bands of All Time

29
254 400
New Wave is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added New Wave

30
318 337
Blues Rock is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Genres of Music
BozinovskiMilan added Blues Rock

31
396 583
Hardcore is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Hardcore

32
262 609
Big band is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Genres of Music

33
254 609
Industrial is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Industrial

34
334 958
Religious is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Religious

35
253 585
Bluegrass is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Bluegrass

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36
213 273
Power Metal is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Power Metal

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136 350
Opera is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Opera

38
356 787
Metalcore is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Metalcore

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256 422
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erisedRi added Glam Rock

40
279 573
Folk Metal is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Genres of Music
scarerc0w added Folk Metal

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137 161
Soul is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Soul

42
161 274
Techno is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Genres of Music
edohalo92 added Techno

The Sexiest Artists of All Time

43
79 85
Rhythm and Blues is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rhythm and Blues

44
149 268
House is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added House

45
114 201
Black Metal is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Black Metal

46
165 313
Post-Rock is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added Post-Rock

47
170 367
Britpop is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Genres of Music
erisedRi added Britpop

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176 285
Drum and Bass is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Drum and Bass

49
134 253
Disco is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Disco

50
117 206
Art Rock is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Art Rock