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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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2,626 826
Rock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rock

2
1,702 976
Alternative is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Alternative

3
1,741 728
Classic Rock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classic Rock

4
1,303 1,048
Classical is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classical

5
1,127 1,038
Jazz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Jazz

6
1,874 1,173
Heavy Metal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Heavy Metal

7
1,055 968
Blues is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Blues

8
1,032 407
Rock and Roll is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Genres of Music
jobill added Rock and Roll

9
1,075 746
Classical Rock/Progressive is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classical Rock/Progressive

10
912 1,263
Dance/Electronica is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Dance/Electronica

11
924 773
Progressive Rock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Genres of Music

12
763 710
Oldies is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Oldies

13
839 935
Indie Rock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Indie Rock

14
1,110 1,422
Rap/hip-hop is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rap/hip-hop

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

15
640 897
Folk is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Folk

16
607 736
Soundtracks/theme Songs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Soundtracks/theme Songs

17
612 374
Hard Rock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Genres of Music
RobinGallego added Hard Rock

18
529 843
Soul/funk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Soul/funk

19
680 1,175
Country is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Country

20
482 391
Púnk Rock is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added Púnk Rock

21
720 737
Thrash Metal is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Thrash Metal

The Very Best Dog Breeds, Ranked

22
512 523
Grunge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Genres of Music

23
548 650
Reggae is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Genres of Music
axelanti added Reggae

24
289 287
Psychedelic Rock is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Mark Lanzarotta added Psychedelic Rock

25
367 284
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Classical Crossover As exemplified by Jackie Evancho, Sarah Brightman, Josh Groban, Katherine Jenkins, and many more.

26
307 413
Post Punk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Genres of Music
erisedRi added Post Punk

27
216 303
New Wave is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added New Wave

28
234 524
Industrial is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Industrial

The Worst Bands of All Time

29
348 509
Hardcore is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Hardcore

30
21 15
Heavy Metal is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Heavy Metal

31
176 162
R&B is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added R&B

32
262 276
Blues Rock is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Genres of Music
BozinovskiMilan added Blues Rock

33
227 537
Big band is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Genres of Music

34
222 508
Bluegrass is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Bluegrass

35
292 852
Religious is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Religious

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36
160 202
Power Metal is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Power Metal

37
107 264
Opera is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Opera

38
227 352
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erisedRi added Glam Rock

39
318 707
Metalcore is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Metalcore

40
248 499
Folk Metal is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Genres of Music
scarerc0w added Folk Metal

41
135 252
Post-Rock is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added Post-Rock

42
98 150
Art Rock is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Art Rock

The Sexiest Artists of All Time

43
146 307
Britpop is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Genres of Music
erisedRi added Britpop

44
127 215
Techno is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Genres of Music
edohalo92 added Techno

45
82 137
Black Metal is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Black Metal

46
116 210
House is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added House

47
80 111
Celtic is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Celtic

48
101 102
Garage Rock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Mark Lanzarotta added Garage Rock

49
88 114
Soul is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Soul

50
110 149
Symphonic Metal is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Symphonic Metal