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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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2,442 765
Rock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rock

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2
1,604 917
Alternative is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Alternative

3
1,638 674
Classic Rock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classic Rock

4
1,214 990
Classical is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classical

5
1,777 1,102
Heavy Metal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Heavy Metal

6
1,054 974
Jazz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Jazz

7
1,005 908
Blues is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Blues

8
940 370
Rock and Roll is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Genres of Music
jobill added Rock and Roll

9
1,022 707
Classical Rock/Progressive is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classical Rock/Progressive

10
861 1,203
Dance/Electronica is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Dance/Electronica

11
728 676
Oldies is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Oldies

12
881 732
Progressive Rock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Genres of Music

13
798 893
Indie Rock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Indie Rock

14
1,035 1,345
Rap/hip-hop is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rap/hip-hop

15
608 861
Folk is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Folk

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16
576 709
Soundtracks/theme Songs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Soundtracks/theme Songs

17
566 350
Hard Rock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Genres of Music
RobinGallego added Hard Rock

18
510 810
Soul/funk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Soul/funk

19
639 1,137
Country is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Country

20
679 703
Thrash Metal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Thrash Metal

21
446 366
Púnk Rock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added Púnk Rock

22
484 499
Grunge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Genres of Music

23
524 622
Reggae is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Genres of Music
axelanti added Reggae

24
274 251
Psychedelic Rock is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Mark Lanzarotta added Psychedelic Rock

25
291 384
Post Punk is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Genres of Music
erisedRi added Post Punk

26
353 265
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27
204 280
New Wave is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added New Wave

28
224 506
Industrial is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Industrial

29
336 491
Hardcore is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Hardcore

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30
220 519
Big band is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Genres of Music

31
242 263
Blues Rock is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Genres of Music
BozinovskiMilan added Blues Rock

32
213 490
Bluegrass is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Bluegrass

33
158 147
R&B is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added R&B

34
283 824
Religious is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Religious

35
215 335
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erisedRi added Glam Rock

36
142 188
Power Metal is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Power Metal

37
95 249
Opera is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Opera

38
312 687
Metalcore is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Metalcore

39
238 487
Folk Metal is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Genres of Music
scarerc0w added Folk Metal

40
140 295
Britpop is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Genres of Music
erisedRi added Britpop

41
123 242
Post-Rock is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added Post-Rock

42
89 140
Art Rock is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Art Rock

43
116 199
Techno is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Genres of Music
edohalo92 added Techno

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44
72 124
Black Metal is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Black Metal

45
79 103
Soul is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Soul

46
91 95
Garage Rock is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Mark Lanzarotta added Garage Rock

47
101 138
Symphonic Metal is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Symphonic Metal

48
140 226
Drum and Bass is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Drum and Bass

49
69 103
Celtic is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Celtic

50
101 197
House is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added House