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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

    110
    37

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

  • 2

    House 

    120
    50

    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!

  • 3

    Techno

    106
    49

    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!

  • 4

    Trance

    80
    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!

  • 5

    Deep House

    72
    26

    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

    71
    26

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

  • 7

    Drum & Bass

    70
    25

    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!

  • 8

    Future Bass

    91
    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!

  • 9

    Tropical House

    70
    30

    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

    Bass House

    60
    28

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

  • 11

    Dubstep

    82
    50

    Popular artists: Skrillex, Skream, Bassnectar, Flux Pavilion, Doctor P, Excision, Knife Party, Zomboy, Rusko, Nero, Eptic, 12th Planet, Kill The Noise

    Rank the best dubstep artists here!

  • 12

    Melodic Dubstep

    65
    34

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

  • 13

    Tech House

    54
    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 

  • 14

    Future House

    52
    22

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

  • 15

    Uplifting Trance

    56
    28

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

  • 16

    Hardstyle

    83
    56

    Popular artists: Headhunterz, Noisecontrollers, The Prophet, D-Block & S-te-Fan, Coone, Da Tweekaz, Ran-D, Showtek, Wildstylez, Brennan Heart, Hardwell

  • 17

    Synthwave

    55
    28

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

  • 18

    Psychedelic Trance

    46
    21

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

    Rank the best psychedelic trance artists here!

  • 19

    Big Room House

    45
    21

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

  • 20

    Acid House

    52
    33

    Popular artists: Phuture, DJ Pierrer, 808 State, Aphex Twin, Mr. Fingers, A Guy Called Gerald,  DJ Haus, Helena Hauff 

  • 21

    Nu-disco

    41
    21

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

  • 22

    Trap

    47
    28

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

  • 23

    Electro swing

    33
    14

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

  • 24

    Downtempo

    38
    21

    Popular artists: Kruder & Dorfmeister, Bonobo, Fila Brazillia, Tokimonsta, Thievery Corporation, Moby, Röyksopp, Télépopmusik, Shlohmo

  • 25

    Chill Out

    31
    13

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

    Rank the best chill out artists here!