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
2,745 891
Rock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rock

2
1,769 1,037
Alternative is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Alternative

3
1,811 777
Classic Rock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classic Rock

4
1,355 1,103
Classical is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classical

5
1,177 1,090
Jazz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Jazz

6
1,948 1,224
Heavy Metal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Heavy Metal

7
1,095 1,015
Blues is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Blues

8
1,090 440
Rock and Roll is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Genres of Music
jobill added Rock and Roll

9
1,113 775
Classical Rock/Progressive is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Classical Rock/Progressive

10
947 1,308
Dance/Electronica is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Dance/Electronica

11
955 803
Progressive Rock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Genres of Music

12
785 741
Oldies is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Oldies

13
868 967
Indie Rock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Indie Rock

14
1,168 1,467
Rap/hip-hop is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Rap/hip-hop

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15
629 760
Soundtracks/theme Songs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Soundtracks/theme Songs

16
652 929
Folk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Folk

17
645 395
Hard Rock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Genres of Music
RobinGallego added Hard Rock

18
550 869
Soul/funk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Soul/funk

19
694 1,219
Country is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Country

20
745 764
Thrash Metal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Thrash Metal

21
499 419
Púnk Rock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added Púnk Rock

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22
530 557
Grunge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Genres of Music

23
567 681
Reggae is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Genres of Music
axelanti added Reggae

24
315 317
Psychedelic Rock is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Mark Lanzarotta added Psychedelic Rock

25
382 310
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26
318 442
Post Punk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Genres of Music
erisedRi added Post Punk

27
43 33
Heavy Metal is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Heavy Metal

28
223 328
New Wave is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added New Wave

The Worst Bands of All Time

29
194 176
R&B is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added R&B

30
355 528
Hardcore is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Hardcore

31
236 547
Industrial is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Industrial

32
269 291
Blues Rock is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Genres of Music
BozinovskiMilan added Blues Rock

33
232 554
Big band is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Genres of Music

34
225 526
Bluegrass is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Bluegrass

35
298 875
Religious is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Religious

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36
172 216
Power Metal is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Power Metal

37
115 282
Opera is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Opera

38
233 366
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erisedRi added Glam Rock

39
326 724
Metalcore is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Metalcore

40
254 515
Folk Metal is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Genres of Music
scarerc0w added Folk Metal

41
141 266
Post-Rock is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Genres of Music
muzziac added Post-Rock

42
152 324
Britpop is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Genres of Music
erisedRi added Britpop

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43
102 165
Art Rock is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Art Rock

44
132 230
Techno is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Genres of Music
edohalo92 added Techno

45
99 124
Soul is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Soul

46
88 151
Black Metal is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Black Metal

47
110 114
Garage Rock is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Mark Lanzarotta added Garage Rock

48
119 223
House is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added House

49
112 210
Disco is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Disco

50
80 124
Celtic is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Genres of Music
Ferry73 added Celtic