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The Most Popular Electronic Music Genres, Ranked

List RulesVote up your favorite subgenres of electronic music.

Although electronic music seems like a relatively new genre, it has actually been around for decades. It first started to grow in popularity in the 1960s with greater access to affordable musical instruments, such as synthesizers. It wasn't long until the genre began to impact pop and rock music, and soon, entire songs were developed entirely electronically. With everyone having a computer these days, now anyone can become an electronic music superstar. As this list of electronic music genres shows, there are plenty of ways to create songs within this medium. 

Do you know what the difference between trance and ambient is? If you listened to two of these type of songs back-to-back, you'd certainly start to hear the nuances. Dozens of electronic music genres are on this list, and each entry is accompanied by a music video. Watch and listen to the song to get a sense for what each genre is all about.

How many of these types of electronic music are you familiar with? How many sound like someone is writing in a foreign language? Vote for your favorite EDM subgenres, but keep an open mind. You may just discover a new type of music you didn't even know existed before!

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  • 1

    Progressive House

    114
    40

    Popular artists: Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, Sasha, Deadmau5, Kaskade, Pryda, Alesso, Morgan Page, Mat Zo, Arty, Dirty South, Sander Van Doorn

  • 2

    Drum & Bass

    76
    26

    Popular artists: Andy C, Pendulum, Netsky, Sub Focus, Chase & Status, Metrik, Sigma, Goldie, Moving Fusion, Origin Unknown, Dimension

    Rank the best D&B artists here!

  • 3

    Trance

    82
    30

    Popular artists: Above and Beyond, Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Paul van Dyk, Rank 1, Tiësto, Solarstone, Gareth Emery, Robert Miles, Super8 & Tab, Dash Berlin, Darude, Paul van Dyk 

    Rank the best trance artists here!

  • 4

    House 

    124
    48

    Popular artists: Robin S,  Mousse T., Carl Cox, Robbie Rivera, Roger Sanchez, CamelPhat, Frankie Knuckles, Fisher, Chris Lake, Claude VanStroke, Fedde Le Grand, Oliver Heldens

    Rank the best house music artists here!

  • 5

    Deep House

    80
    30

    Popular artists: Dusky, CamalPhat, Hot Since 82,  Claptone, Maceo Plex, Lane 8, Loco Dice, Pryda, Yotto, Maya Janes Cole, Kaskade, Shiba San

  • 6

    Electro House

    74
    28

    Popular artists: Benny Benassi, Steve Aoki, Knife Party, Bingo Players, Tiesto, Felix Da Housecat, Laidback Luke, David Guetta, Zedd, NERVO, A-Trak

  • 7

    Techno

    113
    48

    Popular artists: Aphex Twin, Jeff Mills, Green Velvet, Richie Hawtin, The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers, Underworld, Moby, Jeff Mills, 808 State, Adam Beyer

    Rank the best techno artists here!

  • 8

    Tech House

    57
    23

    Popular artists: Eric Prydz, Green Velvet, Jamie Jones, Cirez D, Claude Vonstroke, Shiba San, Adam Beyer, The Martinez Brothers, Tale of Us, Chris Lake 

  • 9

    Tropical House

    73
    32

    Popular artists: Sam Feldt, Kygo, Dante Klein,  Seeb, Martin Jensen, KARD, Felix Jaehn, Broiler, Jonas Blue, Astrid S, Klingande

    Rank the best tropical house artists here!

  • 10

    Synthwave

    60
    26

    Popular artists: Kavinsky, Gunship, Mitch Murder, Perturbator, The Midnight, Com Truise, Trevor Something, Droid Bishop, Waveshaper, Futurecop!

  • 11

    Electro swing

    36
    15

    Popular artists: Wolfgang Lohr, The Swing Bot, Jazzotron, Yolanda Be Cool, Odd Chap, The McMash Clan, Swing Republic, Caravan Palace

  • 12

    Bass House

    63
    28

    Popular artists: Jauz, Ephwurd, Malaa, Habstrakt, Autoerotique, AC Slater, Wax Motif, JOYRYDE, Valentino Kahn, JVST SAY YES

  • 13

    Psychedelic Trance

    46
    20

    Popular artists: Astrix, Liquid Soul, GMS, Vini Vici, Juno Reactor, 1200 Micrograms, Astral Projection, Vibe Tribe, Hallucinogen

    Rank the best psychedelic trance artists here!

  • 14

    Future House

    53
    24

    Popular artists: Tchami, Oliver Heldens, Don Diablo, EDX, Tiesto, CID, Cheat Codes, Valentino Khan, Martin Solveig, Fedde Le Grand

  • 15

    Future Bass

    90
    44

    Popular artists: Illenium, Gryffin, Flume, The Chainsmokers, Porter Robinson, Louis the Child, Alison Wonderland, Odesza, Said The Sky

    Rank the best future bass artists here!

  • 16

    Big Room House

    47
    22

    Popular artists: Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Tiesto, Dada Life, Nicky Romero, Bassjackers, KSHMR, Quintino, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Showtek
     

  • 17

    Chill Out

    31
    14

    Popular artists: Zero 7, Bonobo, Massive Attack, Air, The KLF, Tycho, Enigma, Biosphere, Chicane, Blank & Jones

    Rank the best chill out artists here!

  • 18

    Electropop

    29
    13

    Popular artists: La Roux, Robyn, The Chainsmokers, Betty Who, Kesha, Ladytron, Goldfrapp, Owl City, Little Boots, 3OH!3, Tove Lo

    Rank the best electropop artists here!

  • 19

    Uplifting Trance

    56
    27

    Popular artists: 4 Strings, ATB, Ferry Corsten, Armin van Buuren, Dash Berlin, RAM, Jorn van Deynhoven, Tiësto, Above & Beyond, Aly & Fila, Arctic Moon 

  • 20

    Nu-disco

    43
    21

    Popular artists: Faze Action, Dimitri From Paris, Lindstrøm, Aeroplane, Purple Disco Machine, Ferrick Dawn, Joey Negro

  • 21

    Eurodance

    33
    16

    Popular artists: Basshunter, Cascada, Crazy Frog, DJ Sammy, Eiffel 65, Fun Factory,  Groove Coverage, Baracuda, Culture Beat, La Bouche

  • 22

    Jungle

    33
    16

    Popular artists: Shy FX, Goldie, Dillinja, Ed Rush, Rebel MC, Andy C, DJ Hype, Krust, 4hero, Ragga Twins, DJ Zinc

    Rank the best jungle artists here!

  • 23

    Melodic Dubstep

    66
    36

    Popular artists: Seven Lions, Zeds Dead, SLANDER, Nurko, Adventure Club, T-Mass, Mr FijiWiji, Minnesota, Trivecta, Illenium, Said the Sky, MitiS

  • 24

    Vocal Deep House

    32
    17

    Popular artists: Loud Luxury, Cheat Codes, Sigala, Meduza, MK, Duke Dumont, Gorgon City, SNBRN, Calvin Harris, Lost Frequenices 

  • 25

    Trap

    50
    28

    Popular artists: Flosstradamus, RL Grime, Baauer, GTA, Major Lazer, DJ Snake, TroyBoi, Yellow Claw, Carnage, Keys N Krates, UZ, SLANDER, NGHTMRE