The Most Popular Electronic Music Genres, Ranked

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Vote 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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  • Progressive House

    Progressive House

    136 votes

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

  • Drum & Bass

    Drum & Bass

    109 votes

    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!

  • Deep House

    Deep House

    94 votes

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

  • House 


    129 votes

    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!

  • Trance


    109 votes

    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!

  • Techno


    128 votes

    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!