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
2,995 1,052
Rock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rock

2
1,933 1,172
Alternative is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Alternative

3
1,988 879
Classic Rock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classic Rock

4
1,469 1,239
Classical is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classical

5
1,293 1,226
Jazz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Jazz

6
2,093 1,351
Heavy Metal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Heavy Metal

7
1,213 1,123
Blues is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Blues

8
1,250 523
Rock and Roll is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Genres of Music
jobill added Rock and Roll

9
1,206 867
Classical Rock/Progressive is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classical Rock/Progressive

10
1,042 1,417
Dance/Electronica is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Dance/Electronica

11
875 827
Oldies is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Oldies

12
1,335 1,588
Rap/hip-hop is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rap/hip-hop

13
1,031 883
Progressive Rock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Genres of Music

14
938 1,054
Indie Rock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Indie Rock

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15
696 821
Soundtracks/theme Songs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Soundtracks/theme Songs

16
702 1,015
Folk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Folk

17
725 456
Hard Rock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Genres of Music
RobinGallego added Hard Rock

18
610 939
Soul/funk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Soul/funk

19
758 1,315
Country is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Country

20
806 849
Thrash Metal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Thrash Metal

21
567 491
Púnk Rock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added Púnk Rock

The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

22
580 634
Grunge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Genres of Music

23
629 757
Reggae is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Genres of Music
axelanti added Reggae

24
109 99
Heavy Metal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Heavy Metal

25
265 224
R&B is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added R&B

26
413 366
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27
252 386
New Wave is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added New Wave

28
360 378
Psychedelic Rock is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Psychedelic Rock

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29
346 495
Post Punk is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Genres of Music
erisedRi added Post Punk

30
308 330
Blues Rock is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Genres of Music
BozinovskiMilan added Blues Rock

31
254 599
Big band is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Genres of Music

32
251 599
Industrial is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Industrial

33
383 580
Hardcore is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Hardcore

34
326 941
Religious is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Religious

35
247 574
Bluegrass is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Bluegrass

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36
200 267
Power Metal is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Power Metal

37
132 335
Opera is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Opera

38
347 777
Metalcore is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Metalcore

39
252 412
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erisedRi added Glam Rock

40
270 564
Folk Metal is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Genres of Music
scarerc0w added Folk Metal

41
131 155
Soul is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Soul

42
157 267
Techno is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Genres of Music
edohalo92 added Techno

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43
75 78
Rhythm and Blues is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rhythm and Blues

44
142 260
House is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added House

45
108 193
Black Metal is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Black Metal

46
160 306
Post-Rock is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added Post-Rock

47
172 277
Drum and Bass is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Drum and Bass

48
133 245
Disco is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Disco

49
167 363
Britpop is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Genres of Music
erisedRi added Britpop

50
115 202
Art Rock is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Art Rock