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Top 10 Most Hated Music Genres. Ever.

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You could be in your car. Or walking past someone else’s car. Or just in your room minding your own business. It doesn’t matter where you are. But sometimes, when you least expect it, all of mother culture’s fury collides in a wave of malicious fate, and you suddenly find yourself exposed to someone else’s horrific, unforgivable taste in music. Sorry, man. It happens to everyone. There’s nothing you can do about it.

Except what I’m doing, which is blogging about it. Here are the top 10 most detested genres of music, as per the average, reasonable person (i.e., me). You might not personally hate all of them – but realize that most people do. So do the world a favor and stop liking them now.

nickelback10. Hillbilly Rock. What? I’m talking about that goatee-sporting, tricep-flexing, urban cowboy grunge that seems to dominate mainstream rock airwaves. These are the bands who sort of sound like metal, but they drape themselves in an arrogant, pseudo-patriotic aggro vibe that endears them to guys who drive raised pickups and their drunken, bar-fighting girlfriends. This is when they’re not writing whiny ballads about how messed up their childhoods were. All of it actually sounds like one band (who might be called Three Doors of CreetherNickelMudd) who shoots all of their videos on the same crumbling hilltop and buys all of their clothes from the same Dickeys outlet. They’re around because radio DJs have to play them or else, and some people are tricked into liking them because they hear them on the radio all day. But in reality, everyone else hates them passionately.

techno ravers9. Techno. Dave Chappelle’s famous commercial satire depicting a rave girl groovin’ down in the passenger seat of a speeding car highlights the general public’s disdain for this mindless music genre, and so does the fact that no one really hears techno through mainstream channels. Maybe it’s because overhearing techno is akin to having your head clubbed by sand-filled pillow cases, or because listening to more than two songs in a row is like being in a sonic hamster wheel. If you can hear the same drawn-out intro, hyperactive buildup, watery bridge and pounding reentry over and over again, you are definitely on something. So, since most people are not tripping balls at any given point during the day, techno music lands square in the “hated genres” bin, where I’m sure it will just wake up the next morning and keep on pumping away.

pop punk8. Pop-Punk. This category also includes everything that sounds like pop-punk, which is more or less anything manipulated by record label execs for the purpose of targeting teenage girls. You’d be surprised, but this also nets a few bands who think they’re metal, indie, and real punk. Because somehow, back in the ’90s, the sweet, pitiable whimper in Tom DeLonge’s singing voice managed to start an unchecked wave of feigned sensitivity in male lead vocalists that happened to spark the maternal drive of white females between ages 13 and 17. And now teenage girls want dirty, smelly 30-something musicians to curl up with them and be their best friend. Wasn’t punk supposed to be ugly and menacing? Hearing this is like watching Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but somehow scarier.

50 cent7. Gangsta Rap. There’s nothing wrong with songs about killing fools. I want to murder people too sometimes, it’s understandable. The problem here isn’t the lyrical content. It’s the invasive, narcissistic, pretentious psychos who listen to it that ruin it for everyone. They don’t just want to listen to it. They want you to notice that they’re listening to it, and (unless you’re bumping it, too) they want you to be offended about it. They want to be like the red lion from Voltron, storming out of his volcano in an awesome ball of fury to cause earthquakes and blow everything away, and they want to make it crystal clear to the world that they don’t give a crap. In fact, they want to demonstrate they don’t give a crap so much that they’ll get bigger woofers installed, go out in their Hummers for the sole purpose of cruising, and roll down the passenger window when they’re the only one in the car just so everyone will be extra sure they don’t give a crap. I guess they know how to make a point.

kid rock6. Rap-Rock. This is a shining example of how something can become popular purely through hype. Limp Bizkit is not a good band. Kid Rock is not a good band, either. But these guys made the earth-shattering decision to split their time between being rockers and being rappers, and the result is an entire genre of confused musicians who aren’t sure how to act when they go out in public. Maybe they’re doing it because they want the best of both worlds, or because they actually like both styles individually. The problem is, if it weren’t for MTV’s force-feeding it down everybody’s throat, no one would pay attention to them, because people don’t naturally gravitate in that odd, unnatural direction. But the hype worked, and now we have rap-rock. Son of a bitch, y’all.

emo5. Emo. Not that emo is bad. It’s a fairly innocent genre, not too adamant about being shoved in anyone’s face and not especially unpleasant, aside from its pop-punk tendencies. But people really, really hate emo. My guess is it has nothing to do with the music — the haters have latched onto the emo kids themselves. For some reason, emo kids tend to romanticize the idea of being depressed, to the fury of alpha-males, aggros, parents, and people who are actually depressed. Plus, one of the most vexing things about emo people is their stubborn refusal to acknowledge what is actually emo. In fact, one of the easiest ways to identify an emo band is the overwhelming presence of fans who loudly insist they (and the band) are not emo. They dress emo, act emo, like emo things and talk all day about emo, but god forbid anyone label them “emo.” And since these people are too confused and finicky for us to bother figuring out, we just hate them and leave it at that. Sorry.

smooth jazz4. Smooth Jazz. Ford killed the Mustang with the Mustang II. Anheuser-Busch killed beer with the non-alcoholic Bevo. And smooth jazz murdered, befouled and spat upon jazz by extracting its teeth and making it consumable by nattering church folk and Republicans. The music you hear in dentists’ offices, elevators, the weather channel and the supermarket (especially when it’s an instrumental version of a real song) is to jazz what an American Idol contestant is to Aretha Franklin. As a style of music, it’s too timid to stand for anything, but too obnoxious to fade into the background. Instead it stays on the surface of one’s consciousness, chafing incessantly. Corporations use it to add background noise to neutral settings mostly because it doesn’t carry enough substance for anyone to have an opinion on it. But unlike other genres in this list that may provoke disagreement, it’s widely recognized by metalheads, punks, indie kids, oldies, rappers, bluesists, soulsmen, worship rockers, reggaeheads, cowpokes and classicalists alike, that just about everyone has it in for smooth jazz.

gloria estefan3. Adult Contemporary. Need I point out the contempt every youthful heart has for this wet rag of a musical style? The field of adult contemporary has evolved somewhat over the years to include softer alternative hits from the ’90s and 2000s (hilariously including Nickelback, according to Wikipedia). But the kind I’m talking about is the abysmal sap from the ’80s and early ’90s, mostly produced by Christine McVie and Anita Baker. Girls sometimes run to it for comfort after a bad breakup, or to drown out the sound of a screaming infant, but I actually can’t think of a positive social use for it — or at least one that is any fun. I suppose it will forever be the Preparation H of the music world, landing it at number three in this list.

country2. Country. Country music is so hated that it’s even hated by people who don’t care about music. How often have you heard someone say, “I like every kind of music, except country”? What they’re really saying is, “I don’t care enough about music to have an opinion on it, but I still hate country.” Could people really be less than charmed with music that celebrates the underwhelming things in life, like hometown honeymoons, lost rodeos and dysfunctional marriages? Do so many people disagree with old-fashioned, conservative values and vaguely Christian ideologies? Or are they turned off by the overplayed western stereotype that still seems to carry on, even through new Hollywood brats like Hannah Montana? My guess: all of the above, plus the Wal-Mart fascination, the SoCo aggression and the mullet factor. Country music, go away already.

nu metal1. Nu-Metal. Holy god, this music trend is awful. Just trying to describe how bad nu-metal is would probably make me burst a capillary in my brain (and spew gallons of blood everywhere). For most people, seeing bands like Slipknot evokes something closer to laughter and contempt than the whole shock-and-awe thing they’re going for. Goofy face paint worked with KISS because their entire image was about fantastical, otherworldly entertainment; these guys look like they’re still trying to be convincing as tough guys. It’s just another case of confused band identity (see: rap-rock). System of a Down isn’t doing any better by providing the soundtrack to Guantanamo Bay — goats make more pleasant sounds than what comes out of Serj Tankian, and the hyperactive guitar-spazzing makes me pity concert sound guys everywhere. This entire genre seems to be nothing more than a side-effect of trying to push the envelope of musical risk further than your parents pushed it. The problem is, when this wannabe Evil Knievel jumped its bike through the barn loft, it came out covered in chicken feathers and manure. For misguided abrasiveness stemming from a vast misinterpretation of “rebellion,” nu-metal tops this list as the most hated music genre ever. Go sacrifice yourself to something, nu-metal.

Opinions? I’m sure you have them. Go on, let ’em fly in the comments below.

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  1. I agree with a lot of this, but with 1 exception: If you do not like System of a Down, your opinion is void.

    Howie

    May 26, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    • i agree with howie. ur list is very good, but if ur whole basis for the list revolves in a musical taste that doesnt favor system of a down, im wondering wat the fuck ur listening to. i mean, what, do u hate iron maiden and metallica too?

      how do u hate system of a down? they r genius

      amarukenshin

      May 29, 2009 at 1:46 pm

      • dont compare Iron Maiden and Metallica to system of a down. they are far too awesome to be compared with a band that sounds like trash

        Samurai

        June 1, 2009 at 1:19 pm

      • nu metal is ad but what is worse is white metal or god metal and worse than that is jesus rap

        Sam

        June 18, 2009 at 11:26 am

      • How do you hate System of a Down? Easy. It’s simplistic, annoying, commie-rock with a very shrill-voiced lead. Come on man, check out some Cathedral. You’ll see what we’re talking about.

        Xero

        July 2, 2009 at 5:31 pm

      • I hate Metallica….

        Attaxer

        July 13, 2009 at 6:57 am

      • I was happy to see the first comment is exactly what I was thinking after reading the article. System of a Down are incredibly talented, ’nuff said.

        “nu-metal” is the most pointless tag in all music anyway. Slipknot, Linkin Park and System of a Down are all supposedly “nu-metal”. WTF? They’re not even alike…

        ChazOSulls

        August 12, 2009 at 8:51 pm

      • I don’t really think you’re qualified to decide whether or not a band is “genius.” Overlooking your inability to spell simple words like “you” and “what,” your conclusion that anyone who doesn’t like System of a Down has poor taste in music is ignorant and frankly, stupid.

        The only thing that System of Down has accomplished in their career is the injection of pseudo-political and social messages into cacophonic thrash metal. While their hearts may be in the right place, their message falls on the apparently deaf ears of their fans. Sorry, but if you think that they have anything close to musical talent, you must be either hard-of-hearing or just simply retarded.

        I hope you’re able to fix all of the social injustice in the world by listening to B.Y.O.B. way too loud on your Sony headphones, which were probably made by a four-year-old in some third world country. I’m glad that someone has decided to get out there and use awful music to make a difference.

        (Smarter than you)

        September 12, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    • I concur.

      Chaos

      May 29, 2009 at 2:39 pm

      • Lol, did he call SOAD trash? Metallica is trash. The minute they got rid of Mustane, they started sucking. Besides, what kind of douche do you have to be to have your THERAPIST in a recording session. All Metallica has become is a lot of whiny bitches.
        As far a SOAD, Serj came here to be in opera. It’s not trash, it’s just beyond your limited musical taste.
        Music must evolve or die. Welcome to genres of Rap/Rock, Prog Metal, and Electro-Black Metal.
        All music deserves to be heard. (With the exception of Gangta Rap written by a bunch of people who can’t play instruments. If you cannot play an instrument, you are not a musician. Beats don’t count, anyone can make beats. Deal.

        ConformOrDie

        July 21, 2009 at 10:26 am

      • Trash = garbage
        Thrash = the music genre

        So, no he didnt call SOAD thrash.

        vertic

        July 31, 2009 at 5:52 am

      • One thing about Gangsta Rap comment, (i do hate Gangsta Rap) but you said if you cant play an instrument, your not a musician, but singers that dont play an instrument are definitely musicians, especially if they write the lyrics.

        Dalton

        August 4, 2009 at 11:49 am

    • You are probibly a creepy 30 to 40 year old who listens to 80’s music

      Me

      May 30, 2009 at 11:20 am

      • By ’80s music did you mean …. Metallica?

        Peter Kimmich

        June 2, 2009 at 8:08 am

      • By 80’s music, did you mean, Music? As in, not basshunter or Jason Mraz.

        newfag.

        Peter

        June 23, 2009 at 5:27 pm

      • how did christian rock not make the list? listen to some dove awards christian contemporary and tell me you don’t want to peel your own skin off…

        slizzy

        July 30, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    • System of a Down STINKS.

      I could name so many more incredible musicians/bands than that crap.

      daniellelea

      May 30, 2009 at 3:30 pm

      • Name one who has actually impacted anyones life ever. if thats your oppinion your as retarded as Bubs down there.

        Stifler

        August 14, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    • If you DO like System of a Down, you’re in 5th grade.

      R.E.

      May 31, 2009 at 11:57 am

      • ummmmm…22 year post secondary educated person who loves System of a Down. People like what they like. Don’t insult because it is not something you would listen to. I like what I like, you like what you like, I’m not going to insult you for your choices, why insult others?

        MJ

        June 27, 2009 at 7:21 am

      • So your in what, 3rd grade?

        Stifler

        August 14, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    • System of a Down isn’t very good….NOW. The first album was pretty good but the majority of stuff put out after that just blows. They aren’t genius. Never were. I’m with daniellelea.

      I would have put Adult Contemporary and Smooth Jazz as 1 and 2, because they truly are the absolute worst. I’m a jazz fan, so smooth jazz is like an auditory yeast infection.

      Tater Brown

      June 2, 2009 at 1:59 am

    • I prefer to call them Syndrome of a Down.

      Ya know. On account of them being retarded and all. The band AND their fans.

      Bubs

      June 7, 2009 at 12:35 pm

      • Just a tip, Bubs…GOOD comedians don’t need to explain their jokes.

        Kris

        July 2, 2009 at 7:30 pm

      • hey now THAT was clever. syndrome of a down, i can’t believe i didn’t think of that first, you know me being a retarded soad fan and all. this coming from a guy who calls himself bubs. go figure…

        the messenger

        July 8, 2009 at 12:19 pm

      • out of all of this petty bullshit, yours stand out, as the most ignorant and in-comprehensive.system of a down has made some very noteworthy music. if you aren’t open minded enough to enjoy even one song by them, fine. But don’t criticize the people who can handle something different. I’m just curious, what do you listen to, that’s so much better?

        Mydeadbodynotmyobedience

        August 10, 2009 at 8:57 am

      • You know. That’s what the band was thinking about calling themselves. They were thinking up names. And Serj came upon one of Daron Poems titled “Syndrome of a Down” And he liked it. But thety figures that it wasn’t radio friendly. SO they changed it to system. Just fun fact I know.

        Christopher

        August 14, 2009 at 12:21 pm

      • Have you ever heard Spiders by SOAD they are genius ur the fricken retard

        Stifler

        August 14, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    • Hahahah go back to 1999

      youre an idiot

      June 27, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    • System of a Down sucks donkey dick… and if you don’t know that, you do too!!

      Rachel

      June 30, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    • i completely agree.. System of a down is the shit.. and if you put them in with nu metal then you are an idiot…. honestly.

      Brian

      July 3, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    • Yeah system of a down is like.. not nu-metal really its just too good nobody can dislike the music those guys made

      PhilGanja

      July 6, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    • Im on your side, SOAD for life!

      Roast

      July 11, 2009 at 7:20 am

      • System of a down are GODS of music, seriously who the fuch else thinks of them as a nu-metal band

        Smiffy

        July 28, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    • yeah. you should have included more pop punk and emo wannabe punk. green day included. and yeah, the nu-metal is really bad. system of a down is okay, and i wouldn’t really classify them as that, but there still not good. go listen to like meshuggah or mastadon or lamb of god if you want decent metal. for punk, go listen to like the exploited, crass, op ivy, a global threat, and if you don’t like that, you don’t like punk. just clarifying some stuff.

      jack

      July 12, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    • wow… soad was thrown in as a small example and a giant battle of love or hate soad has occured in the comments..
      it was just an example

      surprised

      July 29, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    • I absolutely hate system of a down, Serj has an interesting voice, but it gets really old really fast.

      Dalton

      August 4, 2009 at 11:45 am

    • Serj Tankian is an awesome singer and his solo stuff proves it

      will houghton

      August 25, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    • Alright, I’m just gonna sum this up. I agree with your list, except for nu-metal. You do not like Slipknot. (Shaq holding panda) That was Shaq, holding a panda. Your argument is invalid.

      Brian

      September 18, 2009 at 6:49 pm

  2. I think when it comes to Techno a lot of people lump all electronic music in the genre, particularly Americans which is ironic as Techno originated in Detroit. The description validates my point “the same drawn-out intro, hyperactive buildup, watery bridge and pounding reentry over and over again”. That sounds like Trance or some other cheesy shite. Even the picture in the article is wrong- no Techno fan would ever dream of dressing like that.

    deanbpm

    May 27, 2009 at 6:22 am

    • That came up on the first page of an image search for “techno”… and my guess is it’s a stereotype of the genre. Fortunately, this doesn’t make it any less ridiculous or funny, I think.

      Peter Kimmich

      May 27, 2009 at 11:11 am

    • I agree. In fact, it’s a bit of a joke in ‘dance music’ circles at just how many genres there are, and at the moment, ‘techno’ does not fit your description. Reminds me of when Eminem disses Moby saying “nobody listens to Techno” – huh? There’s also Electro, d&b, garage, dub step, hard house, fidget house, electro house, deep house, hard house, experimental, grime, trance, minimal, acid, jungle, hardcore, gabba, breakbeat, the list goes on, they are all drug related but not ‘techno’. Otherwise, agree with everything. Well done.

      Devlin

      May 28, 2009 at 2:42 am

      • Hmmm, this might require some more research. I’ll do it when I feel like being tortured by little fluorescent head-bobbing elves.

        Peter Kimmich

        May 28, 2009 at 12:32 pm

      • ^^its good to see a “music journalist” so open to expanding their own horizons and maybe correcting their completely wrong views about a genre of music they’ve obviously heard about 6 times in their life.

        judging by your taste from other posts on this blog, i’m sure you wouldn’t like anything the electronic music genre has to offer. that doesn’t excuse ignorance however.

        zzn

        May 30, 2009 at 12:21 am

      • @ zzn To the contrary, I’ve heard a lot of electronica bands I liked, both major-label and small-time, selling their CDs through Myspace. A friend of mine produces electronic music himself. But it’s not like the stuff discussed here. I consider “electronic” to be a wider field than “techno.”

        Peter Kimmich

        June 1, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    • Oh please just come off trying to defend that genre by pretending it’s a multi-faceted type of music.

      You can paint as much lipstick on a pig as you want.

      SeanGB

      July 28, 2009 at 12:51 pm

  3. i agree……

    chrome

    May 27, 2009 at 6:56 am

  4. Actually, I think you’re spot on. While I like bands like Slobberbone, Drive-By Truckers, and tons of what would be considered “alt-country” bands, I can’t stand the crap that comes out of Nashville. Nu-metal disgusts me as well.

    Are you going to follow up with the genres you actually like?

    Jez

    May 27, 2009 at 10:41 am

    • Maybe. Wanted to get this off my chest first…

      Peter Kimmich

      May 27, 2009 at 11:12 am

  5. Frickin’ hilarious.

    Belinda

    May 27, 2009 at 12:16 pm

  6. […] Top 10 Most Hated Music Genres. Ever. You could be in your car. Or walking past someone else’s car. Or just in your room minding your own business. It […] […]

  7. with one’s taste in music being such a personal and subjective thing what right do you have to say what music is good and what is bad? You’re just voicing your opinion and opinions are just like arseholes – every has one and no one wants to see yours.

    mike

    May 27, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    • “with one’s taste in music being such a personal and subjective thing what right do you have to say what music is good and what is bad? You’re just voicing your opinion and opinions are just like arseholes – every has one and no one wants to see yours.”

      Country music fan. Betcha!

      Frank

      May 28, 2009 at 10:51 am

    • This is without a doubt the kind of thing an extreme left-brainer with no musical sensibility whatsoever would say (i.e. my sister).

      molly

      May 31, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    • “with one’s taste in music being such a personal and subjective thing what right do you have to say what music is good and what is bad?”

      I agree, but hell, it’s HIS blog. If I want to go bash Metallica, I’d go do it at my blog; no one’s forcing anyone to look at it.

      “You’re just voicing your opinion and opinions are just like arseholes – every has one and no one wants to see yours.”

      They have a right to voice their opinions. Just because they don’t agree with you, does that mean they can order you to shut the fuck up, sit the fuck down, and listen to their music? No? So why bitch about it?

      Kris

      July 2, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    • So why did you read it? Nobody held a gun to your head I assume. Peter isn’t some arrogant dickwad at the pub spouting off nonsense to anyone who will listen (not yet anyway), you kinda had to find this article, right? Stop reading opinion columns if you want to wax all sanctimonious prick on everyone. I thought the piece was funny… Get over yourself,no one wants to see your cliched arsehole either.

      shoobidoobie

      October 9, 2009 at 11:02 pm

  8. “Adult Contemporary” sound more like a porn genre to me…

    And I have nothing agains Country or “Nu-metal” (as a matter of fact I do like Slipknot and Mushroomhead) but EMO, that should be put in a capsule and sent to Jupiter, can’t stand that stuff and even less can I stand the clowns who call them self “Emo”

    Stefan Aichholzer

    May 28, 2009 at 8:47 am

    • Haha when I read your first sentence I almost died laughing. Thank you. :D

      Erica

      June 29, 2009 at 5:24 pm

  9. try doing some research on a Romanian music genre called “manele” (plural) or “manea” (singular). that`s worse than anyting on your list.

    mike

    May 28, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    • Really, worse than Celine Dion and Toby Keith? wow, that’s pretty bad. I’ll have to check up on this. Thanks.

      Peter Kimmich

      May 28, 2009 at 12:34 pm

  10. mike

    May 28, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    • Actually, that sounds familiar — I think I’ve heard that at parties with a lot of Persian people, and the fashion bit sounds like something I’ve seen around also. Basically traditional-sounding music from eastern Europe or the middle east, spliced over a club beat. Very infuriating to hear for too long. Fortunately, it hasn’t quite broken into the mainstream as far as I’ve heard, sparing us the discomfort of being enveloped in it on an everyday basis. Thanks for the heads-up.

      Peter Kimmich

      May 28, 2009 at 12:39 pm

  11. You dont like soad. Then you are a sad pathetic little person. Confusing band identities? Only if the band identity they are supposed to be is the one you say they need to follow. You sound like a total asshole, although i do agree with 75% of your list.

    Ecl

    May 29, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    • So I’m 25% of a total asshole, and it’s because I don’t like SoaD? OK.

      Peter Kimmich

      June 1, 2009 at 12:55 pm

      • i don’t get how SoaD constitutes as nu-metal. please, by all means, elaborate…

        the messenger

        July 8, 2009 at 12:21 pm

  12. The way I see it, there’s good songs and bad songs of all genres. How many in each genre is a personal matter. I have yet to hear a light jazz song that I enjoy (it could happen), but there are thousands of punk songs that I love, and I like half of almost every System of a Down song I hear (and hate the other half). I find that people who denounce entire genres, usually do it because they think they are below them. I came to this conclusion based on the huge number of people who describe their taste as “everything except country and rap”, two styles of music who have little in common at first glance. Then I realized that country folks and urban folks tend to be seen as poor and low class by closed minded individuals. There you have it, my theory about genre hatred, take from it what you will.

    Robyn Robotron

    May 29, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    • I dont like rap or country (well some of it is ok). Country i dont like the twangy guitar and lyrics and Rap just dont like it cant put an exact point on it but i just dont like it. I think crunkcore is the single worst genre ever, listen to BrokenCYDE and you will know why.

      Jake

      September 27, 2009 at 8:43 am

  13. There’s couple of mistakes in your article. System of a Down isn’t nu-metal, it’s more on the alternative side. Looks like you only heard a few on their singles and decided the rest of their songs sounded the same. They have actual talent and talk about complex and important issues, unlike Slipknot. I suggest you listen to Empty Walls it shows Tankian is a skilled vocalist. Here’s the link: http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=17923787

    Although I agree on what you said about nu-metal, I think you should exclude KoЯn. They were the ones that invented the genre, and are the only ones in that genre who have talent. The other nu-metal bands are mostly garbage that ripped off KoЯn’s style and got way too much attention.

    Also make sure that you mention that Techno does not refer to all electronic music. I does not seem to me that you know much about the electronic genre; you might think it is all the same but that’s an incorrect assumption.

    Al

    May 29, 2009 at 5:02 pm

  14. You guys are lucky bastards, you’ve never even heard of regueton, cumbia villera and cuarteto, the three most despicable, disgusting “music” styles ever brought to life by the forces of Satan himself. Otherwise I agree with the rest of the article.

    Sprayette

    May 29, 2009 at 6:31 pm

  15. Everything was agreeable until your disdain for System of a Down(SOAD) was shown. I accept the fact that not everybody will like them, and that this is a critical article. However, I have met very few, if any, people that dislike SOAD and feel that for them to be pointed out at the top of your list of most hated music genres seems harsh and personal. Also, Serj Tankian is a musical genius.

    Gordon

    May 29, 2009 at 7:30 pm

  16. Agree with all of this. I do like “emo” music; some of it is quite good, and yes, I actually suffer from depression. But I try to generally be a happy person and not revel in my depression.

    Oh and if this means I’m actually emo, just kill me now. Please.

    Dan W.

    May 29, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    • Ok. I can mail you some razors.

      anon

      July 2, 2009 at 7:39 pm

      • That was an @$$hole comment. You know depression is a real and terrible thing I suffer to and just for the record if theres no cuts on your wrist youre not emo

        Stifler

        August 14, 2009 at 8:10 pm

  17. I agree with the article wholeheartedly, however I think you should define your (and mine, don’t get me wrong) hate of country music a little better. Surely you’re not dissing the Johnny Cash/John Prine/Townes van Zandt kind of country, but the Rascall Flats kind?

    Matt

    May 30, 2009 at 1:14 am

    • That’s a much longer discussion… the “old country vs new country” debate has raged across blog pages for eons. I’ll save that for a future article ;)

      Peter Kimmich

      June 1, 2009 at 1:00 pm

  18. This is a pretty shitty list. I am not particularly fond of contemporary country music but it is the most popular radio format throughout the United States. Therefore your theory of “most hated” by general public is debunked- as far as the author goes– if you can’t acknowledge the contributions of country and jazz to present day music– you don’t know shit and I would happily recommend taking a modern popular music class to educate yourself. Maybe you’ll develop some taste and appreciation for things outside of the top 40.

    Rae

    May 30, 2009 at 6:35 am

    • Thanks, I’ll definitely try to expand my horizons beyond Justin Timberlake and Kanye.

      Peter Kimmich

      June 1, 2009 at 1:02 pm

  19. Well I could made some intelligent statements there but lets go the easy way:

    You write like an arrogant nobody who wants to sound cool, underground, edgy or something.

    Yes, some of that generes sucks balls but you sound too much like an irritant smart ass.

    Bye.

    Rez

    May 30, 2009 at 10:41 am

    • I appreciate it when people invalidate the rest of the comment in the first sentence.

      Rez is all like, “I could put some thought into this, but it’s easier if I just spout off my bullshit knee-jerk reaction.”

      Thanks Rez! I don’t even have to read the rest of your post to know you are a condescending asshole.

      Anonymous

      June 4, 2009 at 1:04 am

      • (Editor’s note: This wasn’t me. But thanks, anonymous!)

        Peter Kimmich

        June 4, 2009 at 12:43 pm

  20. The writer of this article sounds like he’s fifty or so and hates all of that ‘new satanic music’.

    PeteNice

    May 30, 2009 at 11:00 am

    • no. he sounds like he’s about 30 and has invested a lot of time into finding interesting music since he was a teen and continues to do so, even if that means not going with what’s currently popular. Somehow I have trouble imagining him loving the radio crap from previous decades either.

      anonymous

      June 29, 2009 at 7:03 pm

  21. Whew. I’m just glad you didn’t include bluegrass. It is far more sophisticated than what people know.

    drtombibey.wordpress.com

    Dr. Tom Bibey

    May 30, 2009 at 3:10 pm

  22. Loved the article, this coming from an *indie kid*. Tss, whatever. But I really like Electronica music, so I’m a little put off by that. Actually I LOVE electronica music. So… it almost seems like every genre of music was listed as the Most Hated Genres. It’s amazing how debatable the topic of music is!

    I love knowing people’s opinions, whether I agree with them or not. It’s nice to know we don’t live in a world solely based on conformity where everyone has to love the same things as everyone else.

    missmotychko

    May 30, 2009 at 3:19 pm

  23. This post was possible because so many genres of music have come and gone. These bands were successful when they started. They just became boring over time.

    Sure I hate some kind of music and like some. In the end, I would just appreciate the effort that any musician takes in making music. No grudge against any musician.

    Life can be like “Coming up with a fresh tune.”

    Murtaza Soni

    May 30, 2009 at 3:34 pm

  24. Mushroomhead is awesome, wtf

    Xarisic

    May 30, 2009 at 6:57 pm

  25. Dear God, smooth jazz. Where do I begin? I worked in a big chain retail bookstore, (Book a Million, who suck and are the devil) and they not only played smooth jazz all the time, but the SAME ALBUM. All day. Every day. For the entire nine months I worked there. The customers complained. The employees complained. Corporate didn’t care. God help you if you had a migraine that day. I’ve passed kidney stones less painful than having to listen to that all day with a migraine. It sucked so bad we begged them to pipe in some Adult Contemporary. Like the Satan-juice guzzlers they were, they just laughed in our faces.

    Guh. I still have nightmares about it, and in those dreams, those songs are the soundtrack to an evil clown spewing acid-shooting spiders all over me.

    dahlia6

    May 30, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    • I feel your pain, that must have been awful. The same goes for the people who have to work in places like the Warner Bros. Store, where cartoons are blaring on a loop all day long. Suicide city, right there.

      Peter Kimmich

      June 3, 2009 at 11:09 am

    • LMAO

      surprised

      July 29, 2009 at 7:35 pm

  26. Ever heard of “noise music”? It’s supposed to be psychedelic or something, it is just a terrible combination of static, guitar banging and screaming. There is no music whatsoever, and it sounds like balls being scraped against concrete. Look up Wolf Eyes for an example.

    Matt

    May 30, 2009 at 10:56 pm

  27. “I agree with a lot of this, but with 1 exception: If you do not like System of a Down, your opinion is void.”

    Quoted for emphasis.

    Kitty

    May 31, 2009 at 2:22 am

  28. The sad part is that some of the “musicians” in these detestable genres actually have the chops to sing, but their taste in what they are using their voices for…ugh. I have yet to figure out why the gay community worships Celine Dion (who I call Saline for her lack of personality in her singing). The woman can sing no doubt, but totally uninteresting music. And Country music ….is just lame. There is a reason why people detest it (although I do believe that there are some country stars who defy this).

    HalfGay

    May 31, 2009 at 10:28 am

  29. The only problem I have with this article is the inclusion of “emo”, which rightfully belongs here: The current wave of what people call “emo” is really just a shitty permutation of what emo really is. While bands like My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy undeniably suck ass, old-school emo like Cap’n Jazz and Sunny Day Real Estate has nothing to do with slashed wrist and shitty hair and is some of the best music I’ve ever heard.

    R.E.

    May 31, 2009 at 12:00 pm

  30. Does Cowboy Troy count as a hated genre in and of himself? Really, I can’t imagine the rap/country genre every taking off. And if it does, I despair for humanity.

    molly

    May 31, 2009 at 9:10 pm

  31. System of a Down is a genius band… They have a great cause, meaning, technique, melody, everything. Repeat: they actually have a cause.

    Misha

    June 1, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    • don’t get me wrong, i like systems first two albums, but they are not genius. they have some good guitar solos and there singer is too unique to not like him but, a great cause is also a matter of opinion. great in your eyes not so much to someone else. if you really think about it this band started as a new age fuck government band now they are just hippies who hate republicans using heavy guitar and drums and crying because some guy shot some other guy at the order of yet another guy. c’mon humans as a race have been full scale slaughtering each other since time began i doubt it will stop

      happyman

      October 1, 2009 at 3:37 pm

  32. Hear hear! Sure I don’t agree with most of the Nu-metal part, but hey, it’s a rant. And I liked it. Maybe you should write a part about Greek dance music :PP

    hathor

    June 2, 2009 at 4:15 am

  33. You can categorize System Of A Down’s entire discography in one formula

    Vaguely political chorous + ad-libbed gibberish lyrics that kind of rhyme + Mediocre guitar solo with sitar effects = system of a down song.

    boners

    June 2, 2009 at 11:57 am

    • Only like 4 system songs even have a guitar solo. Most of their songs use a grungy distortion, dunno what song you’re thinking of with sitar sounds. The completely random lyrics are part of the bands style. I really don’t care if you dislike them but please know what you’re talking about if you want to bash them.

      Side note: If you like Lonely Day you aren’t a system fan. sorry :(

      Ben

      June 27, 2009 at 11:41 pm

      • They are talking about Aerials second half (Also known as Arto)

        Stifler

        August 14, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    • ha ha! Sweet comment…and somehow I still love to rawk SOAD on the stereo. Not for very long, but Toxicity is one of my favorite albums ever.
      Hey Peter Kimmich…how about Nu Country, instead of country? I can’t believe that you don’t like Johnny Cash, or Willie Nelson or Hank Williams sr.
      Hey you dumb haters who say “this is only your opinion…you don’t speak for me”…yes, you fucking dumassess, he KNOWS that. THis is a BLOG…an online opinion. It’s inherently implied that this is his opinion…stupid!

      andy love

      June 28, 2009 at 8:05 am

      • agree with the Toxicity part

        surprised

        July 29, 2009 at 7:38 pm

  34. Given that the title includes ‘Ever’, I think one of the entries perhaps should have been nudged out in favor of disco. When was the last time any of the listed genres inspired a world-famous baseball riot? At its height, “anti-disco” was way, way huger than “anti-adult-contemporary” ever will be. Just sayin’. ;)

    Lenoxus

    June 2, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    • WOW, think of the mayhem that would have stirred up… forget the System of a Down argument going on here, to criticize disco would be to invite chastising remarks from party people all over the world, as much as one could say about a genre that emphasizes high-pitched male vocals and cheesy euphemisms for tantric sex. But thanks for the call-out anyway.

      Peter Kimmich

      June 3, 2009 at 11:15 am

      • Whoa, on a second reading of the entry, I realized that you actually meant negative criticism by describing these genres as “hated” — where I come from, if a person says that “everyone” hates this or that art phenomenon, she’s really saying that it’s underrated. After all, hatin’ is a lot less fun when it gets all trendy… :D Personally, I tolerate disco just fine (along with all music genres ever, I hate to admit).

        Lenoxus

        June 3, 2009 at 2:58 pm

      • …plus there’s lots of great disco. Earth Wind And Fire…Chic…Debbie Harry even!

        andy love

        June 28, 2009 at 8:07 am

  35. Clearly you and Winston Rowntree have a similar opinion of the music world at large. His thoughts on the evolution of alternative music, for example.

    Emily

    June 2, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    • Haha, that graphic says a lot! everyone still reading this thread check that out, right now… thanks, Emily.

      Peter Kimmich

      June 3, 2009 at 4:27 pm

  36. I must be the only one here who agrees with all of this. I especially hate nu-metal and System of a Down. Yes, they are fucking nu-metal and they fucking suck. Deal with it. The one gripe I have is that you missed deathcore. The most horrible genre imaginable. It takes elements of emo, pop-punk and all the worst parts of death metal and combines it into one big, ugly cluster fuck of teen angst and bullshit noise.

    Unjesus

    June 2, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    • Cheers to descriptive language!

      Peter Kimmich

      June 3, 2009 at 11:16 am

    • “The most horrible genre imaginable. It takes elements of emo, pop-punk and all the worst parts of death metal and combines it into one big, ugly cluster fuck of teen angst and bullshit noise.”

      LMAO

      surprised

      July 29, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    • oh god yes deathcore blows

      happyman

      October 1, 2009 at 3:43 pm

  37. I’m gonna go ahead and be honest by admitting I listen to what a lot of people consider emo music, and have been known to dress a little emo too. That said, the part you wrote about emo music was incredibly accurate and funny. Interestingly though, a lot of what people think is emo is actually pop-punk.

    The country section was perfect as well.

    Emily

    June 4, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    • The problem with emo music is – it sounds nothing like how the subculture *looks*. Tends to sound like slightly whinier Blink 182, when the emo kids look like they should be listening to a whinier Marilyn Manson.

      Probably most people who hate emo have no idea what the music is like. I envy those people :D

      Ad

      June 5, 2009 at 6:17 pm

  38. O NO you didnt just talk shit about Kid Rock. He is like the sikkest shit ever you KNO hes a badass because hes always telling everybody wat a BADASS he is. then when you lisen to his music really LOUD in your’e rusted out pick up truck everyon KNOS that your a BADASS too! Its my favorite music to git drunk and beat my wife too. I lke KID ROCK so much I named my kids after him. One named Kid, other named Rock. Then I named my little girl Bud Light. They listen to KID ROCK or ill smack the shit outta them.

    If you dont like KID ROCK then you must be some kind of pansey you probaly listen to winey shit like Elliot Smith or Something. Prolly have a fuckn college degree.

    Tee hee… Just kidding… Catch der baby, sven.

    Redneck

    June 5, 2009 at 9:21 am

    • Olaf is about to get tarred and feathered up in heah…

      Peter Kimmich

      June 5, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    • dude, you should have left out that “Just kidding” remark, so that the morons could come out and reveal themselves by taking you seriously.
      Seriously.

      andy love

      June 28, 2009 at 8:10 am

    • again LMAO

      surprised

      July 29, 2009 at 7:43 pm

  39. Man, you go through and give all these sub-sub-genres of music as being of the most hated and then you just drop good ol’ country at #2. Humbug. So, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, and Waylon Jennings are flat out lumped in with Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, and Garth Brooks. Then based on your description, I’m not even sure you’ve ever heard it and if you did you probably would like the pussywillow stuff better anyhow.

    Bo Darville

    June 5, 2009 at 11:41 am

    • See the earlier comment on old country vs. new country. That argument’s for another article, Bo.

      Peter Kimmich

      June 5, 2009 at 12:05 pm

      • OOOOH HOWDY, who doesn’t love a little of that pussywillow stuff, right?

        shoobidoobie

        October 9, 2009 at 11:14 pm

  40. All in all this list is spot on. I totally get the general sentiment, and everyone that is so absurdly concerned with how much you appreciate SoaD or techno music slightly missed the point.

    Personally if I had any argument I would say the broad generalization of country music kind of sucks, mostly because I totally agree and hate radio country music, but I like a lot of the older stuff, and Johnny Cash will always be a classic, plus the older blue grass sounding stuff like Old Crow Medicine Show is pretty difficult for me to shit on.

    Although I’m not so infatuated with the music that I’m going to come here and say you’re a moron for not looking deeper into the genre and finding the hundreds of sub-genre’s and rating them individually. That’s clearly not the point of the article.

    Funny Shit man, I like it.

    Anon

    June 5, 2009 at 2:22 pm

  41. Mushroomhead aside this was a good article. Though emo should be number 1 honestly what is with those kids? And you are right I dont mind the music but the people themselves are ungodly annoying.

    kaylea

    June 5, 2009 at 6:52 pm

  42. Ho-hum.. I was really beginning to agree with this article until that bit about System of a Down and Serj Tankian at the end. While I’m not particularly fond of System and most Nu-Metal-esque bands, it was really a low blow mentioning Serj Tankian in particular. He’s used his music (his new solo album) as a brilliant tool of political activism, and I couldn’t help but feel saddened that people are being turned away from his music by the poor opinion of System.

    Lieutenant Aephie

    June 6, 2009 at 2:14 pm

  43. Rap rock is very confusing haha. what is your opinion about reggae?

    cal

    June 7, 2009 at 11:29 am

    • I dig some of it, starting with Marley of course. As a whole genre it’s pretty enjoyable, but I’m not too familiar with any particular bands. Any recommendations?

      Peter Kimmich

      June 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm

      • The Washington, DC area is surprisingly fertile with reggae groups. The ESL recording label (that includes Thievery Corporation) has a few reggae acts to check out. Look into See-I, the Fort Knox Five and Sleepy Wonder (who just put out an interesting reggae/rap album). As an aside, Thievery Corporation itself is an excellent melange of about five subgenres of electronica and world music.

        Find Dub Side of the Moon, it’s a reggae rendering of Dark Side of the Moon. It may sound sacrilegious and possibly horribly bad but it is actually a solid piece of music.

        Hell, I’m a classic rock guy and I’m getting into this stuff. I even like My Chemical Romance and System of a Down. Although, I don’t consider My Chemical Romance to be emo, they really whine much less than Green Day does. I considered Green Day as emo long before that was a term.

        New country is too much like the saccharin aspect of pop music. Old country is too close to being like bluegrass. All that twanginess makes me feel like I’m losing my teeth and IQ points at the same time.

        However, there is talent in all of the genres, that’s why they have popularity at all.

        I’ll give anyone credit who is able to make a living as a musician. More power to ’em. It’s a hard way to live in the beginning and the shelf life is not very long, ten years if they’re lucky.

        I may hate their music but I’ll respect their ability to survive because of it.

        Matt B

        June 9, 2009 at 12:31 am

  44. You missed out the worst one of all: HIPSTER INDIE. Guitar parts that a three-year-old could have come up with, practically no rhythm section, deliberately annoying vocals, lyrics that are always about being bored and self-consciously cool, the snobbiest fans ever, and terrible fashion sense. What’s not to hate there?

    As for your actual choices:

    10 – Post-grunge in other words. It’s middle of the road stuff really – it’s just “there”. Pretty inoffensive most of the time, there’s always been music like this.

    9 – Not my sort of thing really, but it suits the environment it’s designed for (clubs).

    8 – I don’t mind pop punk. As long as nobody goes round thinking it’s actual punk, it can be fun and enjoyable.

    7 – Don’t mind this either. And it’s good music to drive around to, which is why people do that.

    6 – It’s not that rap rock can never be good, it’s just that so many of the bands that play it recently have been so crappy. RATM and early RHCP are examples of how it can/should be done.

    5 – SPOT ON. It’s almost entirely the fans and the fashion that make emo so annoying, the music doesn’t have much to do with it. There’s no specific “emo sound” anyway.

    4 – True, although muzak is a very easy target.

    3 – Yeah, this is pretty boring.

    2 – Again, I don’t like most country so I don’t really listen to it. Music that has some country elements can be OK though (in small quantities).

    1 – A cop out. This is basically just bad rap rock that emo kids listen to, so of course it wouldn’t be good. Most bands that would have been called nu-metal 10 years ago are being called emo nowadays. It’s just a marketing thing.

    Jack

    June 9, 2009 at 2:08 pm

  45. I only have to say one thing: I do like a lot of types of music. I pretty much say “I like all types except country” because I really just dont want to break it down into specifics, you know? But I have to throw in loathing country. Thats just disgusting if you do actually like it.

    Blank

    June 9, 2009 at 2:55 pm

  46. well to really capture marley’s magic you should check out it’s early stuff, with: no woman no cry, I shot the sherrif, redemption song, and afterwards when you really start to enjoy the sound, try to go back in time and look for simmer down, put it on. slave driver. try it out.

    cal

    June 10, 2009 at 8:24 am

    • Reggae, agreed, best music ever. And Ska’s good too.

      What about Polka… missed that from your list.

      Silentbob

      June 28, 2009 at 8:46 pm

  47. well band’s steel pulse, gladiators, lucky dube, in such

    cal

    June 10, 2009 at 8:26 am

  48. That you lump techno into one big thing says that you don’t know alot about the genre, and I’m actually doubting that I should consider an authority on music. That’s a shame, because the other nine are dead on.

    SUGGESTED FIX- Replace every ‘techno’ with ‘trance’. You’ll only get complaints from gamer nerds. Our local rave bar, which normally plays really good DnB, had a trance night, and it was amazing how many basement-dwellers were flushed out of their holes. The place stunk of B.O and none of thm could dance.

    Jono

    June 12, 2009 at 11:56 pm

  49. Loved the list, man…. I agree with 90% of it… I was nervous when I started reading it that you would have “Industrial” listed. You didn’t… Sweet. I’m a big Ministry, KMFDM, and Laibach fan and many of my friends bitch when I play it in my car. At that point I throw in some Negativland or Residents and before long they’re begging me to go back to Ministry… I love having a diverse taste in music… I do like techno though…

    Keep up the great work!!!

    Jeffram

    June 13, 2009 at 1:42 am

  50. I agree with this list,except for country,now i am no country fan myself ,im a rock and metal fan,but there was not always screaming guitars and solos. trace back inspirational artist for some of the new bands,rock n roll,metal,and rock in general was not always here,some country should be appreciated,and you apparently do not listen to county at all or you would know that all country songs arn’t about “The underwhelming things in life” it seems that you have not studied up on your music.so get out of your box and see the world,if country is so hated why are the airwaves filled with it? apparently people are liking it,not hating it. thanks.

    Ben

    June 13, 2009 at 10:09 pm

  51. How can you say that emo is not all that bad? Have you even HEARD “my chemical romance”? or “panic! at the disco”?? These bands are so bad that to listen to them causes me physical discomfort. I want to shove a pitch pipe up the asses of these whiningly pretentious fucks because they really have no musical talent whatsoever. I mean I hate emo kids as much as the next chick, but come on, it’s not a “cultural” thing, emo music SUCKS ASS. Period.

    machinegirl

    June 14, 2009 at 7:04 am

    • do you know what’s seriously more annoying than emo music/fans? ignorant people that incessantly rant about said music and fans that think bands like my chemical romance and…panic!at the disco…” which ive never even heard referred as emo before now and most definitely are not. i agree that the fashion is generally bad, as is any fashion that attempts to make the wearer appear part of some group, but the music, especially the older stuff and NOT the pseudo emo pop-punk that comes on the pop radio, is amazing to those that actually give a shit about song writing.

      .....

      June 28, 2009 at 3:08 am

  52. Take it on the chin, folks.

    I know there’s no way SlipKnot will ever be mainstream. Ditto Mushroomhead. Look deep down and you’ll realize this guy isn’t being some elitist, pretentious dick, he’s stating the obvious. YOU KNOW rap is annoying when blared from a lowered Civic with a fart can. YOU KNOW every country song is about how much rednecks eerily love their daughters and beer. YOU KNOW that metal is not what your girlfriend wants to listen to . Ever (note: mine does).

    Myself, I hate rap and country, will listen to classical and techno, and use death metal to sleep and pork to.

    Variety. Love it. Take what you like and leave the rest.

    Except emo. Fuck emo. And those who listen to it. That reeeeeeally should go away. Make it so.

    Metal_Evangelist

    June 16, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    • This gets my vote as best comment. The academy is impressed.

      Peter Kimmich

      June 17, 2009 at 4:06 pm

  53. I laughed at the post. But I am laughing even harder at the comments. Bravo people, bravo.

    Sunshine King

    June 18, 2009 at 3:52 pm

  54. I love you.

    yup.

    June 20, 2009 at 5:47 am

  55. No hair metal?

    Rivertold

    June 26, 2009 at 1:19 am

  56. I thought this was a pretty decent list. At least you have the ability to distinguish between different subgenres of rap. Few things are more irritating than some Nickelback fan who “hates rap,” based on shitty radio rap.

    However, there are some great “emo” bands, mostly early ones that came to the genre before the MCR/teenage-girl/mall-soundtrack invasion. Sunny Day Real Estate, Boilermaker, Rites of Spring, etc.

    Again, good list.

    Jake

    June 26, 2009 at 11:06 am

  57. Christian rock sucks balls.

    Ben

    June 26, 2009 at 12:09 pm

  58. Not to be a troll or whatnot, but your list doesn’t leave many genres of music left. what kind of music DO you listen to?

    dlynn

    June 26, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    • Anyone can start to figure this out by reading more than just one entry on this blog…

      Peter Kimmich

      June 29, 2009 at 9:17 am

  59. More or less bang on. Except country, in my opinion, is awesome. Look at Johnny Cash! Now there is some awesome country. Hank Williams is another one of those country legends. Brad Paisley is not country, that’s garbage. People simply claim to hate country because they don’t know what it entails.

    Tom

    June 26, 2009 at 4:53 pm

  60. […] 10 most hated music genres, […]

  61. That whole thing came across to me as someone mouthing off on their personal opinion of what does and doesn’t suck without using any real scientific basis. Why does nobody ever do lists like this that aren’t affected by individual opinion?

    Cloudchaser Sakonige

    June 27, 2009 at 12:39 am

  62. I’d just like to say that System of a Down sucks fucking shit. I cannot believe the massive defense I’ve seen of this band. The lead singer is not a musical genius; he’s a bad impression of Pavarotti. I don’t give a shit what “cause” they stand for; Propagandhi stands for causes too, and at least they put out some quality music. SOAD never got taken seriously by most people for a reason. It’s the same reason nobody gives a shit about that band a few short years later.

    I’ll bet if you throw ’em a hundred bucks they’ll play your kid’s birthday party, or Darfur protest or whatever meaningless gesture will keep their fans on forums like this saying things like, “at least they have a CAUSE.” You people are dipshits, through and through.

    HelloKitty

    June 27, 2009 at 2:46 am

    • you probably just don’t agree with their ideas, and you’re just blowing smoke.

      manifest?

      June 29, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    • Total win for mentioning Propagandhi. Good comment.

      machina

      July 8, 2009 at 1:38 pm

  63. techno = disco

    Jim

    June 27, 2009 at 5:17 am

    • Interesting.

      Peter Kimmich

      June 29, 2009 at 9:17 am

    • That’s just incorrect.

      The Walrus

      July 2, 2009 at 4:11 pm

  64. Smooth Jazz is the Fusion concept taken to its ultimate, Xanax influenced, extreme. Most of the problem with it is repetition. Jazz not supposed to be in a box.

    I hate Nashville Produced Country pap. If I can get to the real thing, then I can enjoy myself.

    Another Government Employee

    June 27, 2009 at 8:04 am

  65. Ok, disliking System is fine, if you were my friend or family member I’d disown you but its a taste. But Serj can sing. Listen to his project with Arto
    Serart.
    Or any of his stuff on Bucketheads “Buckethead & Friends”

    Josh Schubert

    June 27, 2009 at 8:11 am

  66. What is on modern “country” stations isn’t Country. Mainly there is George Straight & a few others. Try some music like Straight’s, I have to get out my old records & tapes. I prefer music I can sing to like “classic” country & rock. Some blues & jazz can make it also. But just let them alone and enjoy the good stuff by supporting the artists.

    R. Lawry

    June 27, 2009 at 8:20 am

    • I’ve heard “Amarillo by Morning” and a few other Straight songs, and I agree with what you’re saying. Brad Paisley also comes closer to the “semi-old” country vibe that actually has personality. (Man, this whole old-vs-new country article thing is getting longer by the comment…)

      Peter Kimmich

      June 29, 2009 at 9:22 am

  67. I have never seen many quotation marks in my life. UNREAL. Stop copying other angry white guys with goatees who write about things online. BEEN DONE.

    Paul

    June 27, 2009 at 8:32 am

  68. this made me laugh. I don’t see why people are getting mad, it is solely the writers opinion and i guess it had to be ejaculated for the masses. number 11 should be any type of mexican bred music. Nobody likes hearing that god awful bass across the street with their stupid trumpets at 4:30 in the dern morning. Oh yes, and the police cant do anything about it. knocking on their doors and coming back out with a full stomach of enchiritos and pesole with salsa enchilada is very persuasive for a copper.

    latino cracker

    June 27, 2009 at 8:48 am

    • Ah, people take everything too seriously. Especially when it comes to music, which some people are very passionate about. Speaking of which, prepare to be persecuted by the devout fans of Mexican bass-and-trumpet music, L.T.

      Peter Kimmich

      June 30, 2009 at 11:45 am

  69. I will say that nu-metal has it merits. I think it is hard to place some “nu-metal” bands. Like slipknot. People=Sh*t, Disasterpiece, etc. are brutal songs, much more akin to metal, but they happen to have a sampler and a DJ so they are labeled “nu-metal”.

    (SiC)

    27's

    June 27, 2009 at 11:31 am

  70. 2-cents: I agree with almost everything. But I like SOAD because they are actually different from most of the schlock out there. And as for country, I like old country when it actually meant something and had individual talents. I’m talking way back and up until the day that Johnny Cash left this twirling ball of fail. Like everything else, country was infected with the semite desease of control and cookie cutter ‘diversity’.

    Check this out for musical value – http://www.sskiweb.com

    stansikorski

    June 27, 2009 at 12:17 pm

  71. I pretty much agree with most of this article, with the exception of Country. Country music is not entirely terrible and what was described in number 2 is a particular type of awful, 80s-style, mullet-loving country and western (Dolly Parton/Kenny Rogers etc)

    Country as an entire genre though is one of the best and most influential genres to ever have existed. It is the basis of pretty much all modern guitar-based genres, as it spawned rock and roll, which ultimately lead to rock and so on and so forth. The only other genre that has probably been more influential is folk, and that’s only because folk helped create country.

    Fire Bucket

    June 27, 2009 at 1:07 pm

  72. I’m so cool that I hate all music.

    hee haw

    June 27, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    • I think I may have just soiled myself with laughter after reading this comment. Hee haw, you have captured the whole essence and irony of this article in such a succinct yet devastatingly funny way. Brilliant. Thank you.

      Cakefonz

      July 5, 2009 at 2:02 pm

  73. Just wow man…. I cant believe you would diss system of a down???
    Your wrong bud, serj is an amazing singer, and the rest of them rock just as well.
    Conclusion: Don’t write these things ever again, you don’t know what your talking about.

    CamyBoy

    June 27, 2009 at 3:50 pm

  74. Totally agree with this list, in fact, everything after Mozart was just derivative garbage.

    E.Edwin

    June 27, 2009 at 6:34 pm

  75. Please replace Christine McVie with Phil Collins (after In-The-Air-Tonight) and/or Whitney houston.

    Thank You.

    Steve

    June 27, 2009 at 6:38 pm

  76. Ramones were pop punk, so you have some holes there. And none of the music in the 90’s was even close to any kind of punk. IMO, the only punk still left is Hank III. That shit is all punk.

    stigmutha

    June 27, 2009 at 7:19 pm

  77. This thread is a little dull considering how controversial the topic is, so let’s have some fun and try to breath a little life into it:

    It’s doubtful I’ve actually listened to much of the type of music you have listed here,but while scanning channels on the radio I have briefly heard some noise coming from the speakers that some people might call music. Either that or many radio stations enjoy playing what can most closely be described as the sounds of a man screaming from having his genitals caught in a lathe.

    One of the most interesting things about this entire article is the fact the modern day Rock world seems to have so many variations. Unlike the early days of Rock when there was either Rock and Roll or Motown, it would seem that modern rock musicians have become so confused that it has become necessary to try and define exactly what kind of music they are trying to make. On the other hand, Country music is just that, Country. No more. No less.

    No Gangsta Country, no Emo Country, no Counrty Hip-Hop… just good ol’ Country.

    While it’s true that some modern country music has degenerated to the point that is hard to differentiate from rock or pop, and the argument of old country vs. new country was raised in the replies, the genre still remains the same. It’s still just Country.

    I should mention that in addition to Country Music, I do enjoy listening to a variety of other music, including Classical, Gospel, Easy Listening, Rock and Roll, especially the pre-’90s music of musicians such as Bob Segar and The Eagles, and with the exception of any kind of rap (which cannot be considered music in any form) I have even heard some modern music that is not only tolerable, but actually enjoyable.

    So, with the exception of Country being listed, I would have to agree with your article, as it basically seems to be saying that any kind of music that has degenerated to the point that it requires a definition other than Rock and Roll, Jazz, Blues, Motown, Gospel, or Classical, is nothing more than a pathetic assault on human intelligence.

    It’s obvious from reading other comments that many people don’t like Country music, and they probably don’t like Rock and Roll, Gospel, or Classical either, but as one respondent pointed out, everyone has an opinion, and thankfully everyone’s opinion is not the same. It would be a boring world if it was.

    I have no doubt that many people will disagree with my opinions, and some will be inclined to express themselves in this forum. If you find that you do have the uncontrollable urge to react negatively and reply with childish comments, I’ll help you out based on some of the previous comments:

    I’m not a creepy 30 to 40 year old who listens to 80’s music… I’m 45 years old and have already listed my musical preferences.

    I have never heard (or heard of) System of a Down, Slipknot, Mushroomhead, EMO, Serj Tankian, or Cowboy Troy, and it’s doubtful I would want to.

    I have heard of Kid Rock, Metallica, Iron Maiden and KISS, and there are very few songs performed by any of them that I like.

    Rap takes no talent to perform. Some of the performers may actually be able to sing, but there’s no way to tell from what they do. The performers simply talk or yell as opposed to actually singing, the vocals are monotone and lack any vocal range, the lyrics are illiterate for the most part, lacking prose of any kind, and like the vocals, the musical accompaniment relies strictly on a monotone beat, ignoring rhythm entirely.

    In addition to the music genres I have already mentioned, I also enjoy the music of both Celine Dion and Toby Keith. I also enjoy what has been termed ‘Guitar Rock’ which apparently includes music like “Slow Ride” by Foghat and a majority of other music from the ’60s’, ’70s and ’80s where electric guitars were used prominently throughout the songs. More specifically, I enjoy Barry Manilow’s music (for those that do not it should be interesting to note that in 1978, five of his albums were on the best-selling charts simultaneously, a feat equaled only by Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson and Johnny Mathis. He has won three straight American Music Awards for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, and has also been named Radio & Records number one Adult Contemporary artist). I also like the songs “Who Are You” by the Who, “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake, “Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Def Leppard, “Rock and Roll All Night” and “Beth” by KISS, but most of their other songs are little more than obnoxious noise and can’t be considered music.

    I’ve been called a total asshole many times Mr. Kimmich. 25% is a good start, so there is hope for you.

    I’m not sure what Emo is, but a shrink telling you that you suffer from ‘depression’ sounds better than telling you ‘You’re a whining, worthless, weak minded little wiener that just wants everyone to feel sorry for you. Get over it and get a life!’ It’s also an easy way for the psychiatric community to make a buck off of insurance companies and the useless slobs that want self pity, but don’t really have anything wrong with them. And since they can get away with calling it a medical condition, the pharmaceutical companies can make a fortune by selling drugs that they ‘think’ will cure what they ‘think’ is causing the problem. Here’s an idea. A bullet is cheaper and not only solves your problem, but everyone else’s around you!

    It is true Robyn that “country folks and urban folks tend to be seen as poor and low class by closed minded individuals”. I’m sure there are people that can’t understand why rather than move to a cracker box sized house or condo in the city where I would be so close to my neighbors I could hear them breathing, I chose the ‘low class’ life and solace of a home in the country on two acres of land that this poor country boy paid cash for. As far as being close minded, there are a few little things many of us in the country don’t open our minds to. Things like American land and businesses being sold to foreigners; Corporate America moving jobs over seas to increase their profit margin; God being a bad word because it offends some atheist, buddhist, muslim, (I didn’t forget to capitalize those words, they don’t deserve it), or anyone else; Having our tax dollars spent to teach American school children how to speak Spanish; Letting foreigners come here and live tax free for seven years while more taxes get piled on the shoulders of the American people; Or the efforts our government makes to take away our civil and constitutional rights, just to name a few. Yeah, we’re close minded about a lot of the little things the rest of the country seems to not only accept, but embrace. In fact, a certain half-breed muslim whose name I won’t mention once said that (paraphrasing) “as long as we (southerners) have our Bible’s and our guns, we were happy”. Yep, we are, and we’re keeping those Bibles close at hand and those guns locked and loaded. He better hope God, alla and mohamed are all on his side if he tries to take them away from us, because he’ll need all the help he can get.

    For those that simply cannot resist replying to my opinions in a negative way, I will not become involved in a name calling session. Rather than react to the mindless droning of those types of individuals, I will simply read their comments and accept the fact that should they ever take an I.Q. test, the results would probably come back negative.

    If you can’t make your reply intelligent, at least make it imaginative. “Lay on, Macduff!”

    Note: Some of you reading this may be thinking about correcting my closing quote. I have no desire to educate you nor become engaged in a battle of wits with unarmed antagonists in a public forum, so before you do, I advise you to save yourself the embarrassment by first taking the time to read Shakespeare’s MacBeth… ’cause this poor, dumb ol’ closed minded country boy wrote exactly what he meant.

    Dave

    June 28, 2009 at 9:38 am

    • Wow, nice rant. Heading over to your blog when I get a chance.

      Peter Kimmich

      June 29, 2009 at 9:25 am

    • two words – HA HA!

      well said, well written but you fell a bit short in the relm of rap.

      though the “artists” that make up the rap and hip hop world can rarely truly sing, some can, however, beat you over the head with some mind-bending rhymes and alliteration that is in-human.

      granted, many of these individuals have the tendency to be ignorant, flashy and foolish s.o.b.’s; but some can be down right poignant and highly talented.

      just like it takes talent to growl unintelligably at break-neck speed like Cannibal Corpse; it takes equal talent to flow as effortlessly as the top tier of rappers can.

      granted, the true talent needs to be mined out of the vast heap of shite that comprises the hip-hop/rap world, but it does exist.

      otherwise, my friend, rant on.

      morgan

      July 13, 2009 at 10:20 am

    • holy shit, Dave. that was amazing and it changed my life

      surprised

      July 29, 2009 at 8:05 pm

  78. Hilarious. One suggestion though. Add “Peruvian Folk Flute” and the list will be complete.

    Guy

    June 28, 2009 at 10:10 am

  79. Whoever wrote this rant, is my hero. system of a down, metallica? are the most ridiuclously typical music ever heard, give a 15 year old a guitar, tune it to drop d, and let him rant about their depression. thank you for the top 10. youre amazing

    Daniel

    June 28, 2009 at 10:52 am

    • Not sure which System of a Down songs you’ve been listening to if you think they’re about depression? They are far from typical. I suggest you listen to their music, then come back and form a real educated opinion.

      Lark

      October 8, 2009 at 12:57 pm

  80. ha! this list is perfect.

    Telegram Sam

    June 28, 2009 at 1:34 pm

  81. Just like to throw it out there that REAL pop punk and REAL emo are completely separate from the genres you listed here.
    Emo died in the 80s in DC. Listen to Embrace, Rites of Spring and Moss Icon.

    Dave

    June 28, 2009 at 7:05 pm

  82. Oh, forgot to add that yes, the music called emo these days, which is what you’re referring to and what people hate, is generic, watered-down crap.
    Just thought I’d throw it out there that there is a difference.
    =P

    Dave

    June 28, 2009 at 7:06 pm

  83. i h8 tejano

    ace

    June 28, 2009 at 10:33 pm

  84. Emo music is bad completely because of the music, it’ douchey fan base is just sugar on top. This article seems like it was written by someone who doesn’t know shit about good music and just wants to talk about bands everyone obviously hates. If it’s on the radio that pretty much means it’s bad. System of a Down sucks, to all of you saying how great they are. System of a Downs and any other band accepted enough to be played on mainstream radio will never match the originality and awesomeness of people like Brian Eno or Bowie, they all fail.

    Anatoliy

    June 29, 2009 at 1:49 pm

  85. I agree with mostly all of this except rap rock, cause some (god knows not all) of it is good.

    Brian

    June 29, 2009 at 4:36 pm

  86. Haha this dude probably got his ass beat in high school while listening to nirvana and pearl jam. Probably 2 of the least talented bands to ever take a stage.

    Brendan

    June 30, 2009 at 8:34 am

    • Brenden, you’re a moron. Just because Nirvana and Pearl Jam fall under the ‘grunge’ category, does not mean you can group them together with regards to talent. While I agree with you that Nirvana, despite being a huge deal, are not very talented musicians and the music is almost painful to listen to now. But Pearl Jam have stood the test of time and have emerged as the only ‘grunge’ band to survive the hype. This is not a mistake. These are five very talented musicians that continue to make great music and will continue to do so. You have one of the greatest singer/songwriters in Ed Vedder and one of the best lead guitarists to ever be in a rock band in Mike McCready. Pearl Jam is legit my friend.

      Rob

      June 30, 2009 at 12:16 pm

      • Pearl Jam’s the only one to ’emerge’ from the grunge hype because they’re the only band that didn’t have band members die or have serious internal strife.

        Grunge face-off: Nirvana kicks’ Pearl Jam’s ass. So do Soundgarden, Alice, and Mudhoney. Hell, even Screaming Trees are more interesting musically.

        Though I admit, without Pearl Jam we wouldn’t be blessed with knock-off bands like Nickelback and Creed, and THAT would be a travesty of epic proportions.

        anon

        July 2, 2009 at 7:50 pm

  87. Great list and I agree with everything on it.

    There seem to be a lot of System of a Down defenders. Note: System of a Down is not a legitimate band. They are not important enough or versatile enough to be considered influential or ‘genius’. While I do not like either of them, Iron Maiden and Metallica have been quite influential and not just to metal music. SOAD will never be even close to the same level as either of those bands.

    Rob

    June 30, 2009 at 12:12 pm

  88. Celine Dion should have been a category so we could hate her. I’m Canadian, and I apologize on behalf of my country for releasing that garbage onto the world.

    Darren

    June 30, 2009 at 5:04 pm

  89. looks like you haven’t listened to reggaeton and cumbia villera before. They would make top two instantly :(

    Lorena

    July 1, 2009 at 5:52 am

  90. I’ve been arguing about music for a long while. It is self-defeating.

    My age group likes basic stuff like Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, System of a Down, Bullet for my Valentine, Bob Marley, Franz Ferdinald, The Fratelis, Linkin Park, Blink 182. These bands do very little for me and they speak volumes about what generation you were brought up in.

    I’ve given up trying to sub-categorize music. A band is in a category or it is not. You just start arguments and classification disagreements.

    My music is by ‘song’. I either like a song or do not. Few bands are good enough that every song is a good one. The indie scene is a joke.

    My categories are:
    – Catchy (songs with rhythm)
    – Beautiful (vocalists with good voices)
    – Weird (unorthodox music)
    – Energetic
    – Ambient
    You can put any band in these but to like any song, I’ve discovered these:
    – Voice has to be pleasant (Coldplay, Oasis and Radiohead are offenders here)
    – Voice has to go up and down and not sung the same throughout (Offenders are Blink 182 and every indie band in existence)
    – I have to be interested in the song throughout, no ‘waiting for the bit I like’
    – Instrumental talent (You do not have to be amazingly skilled to give an all-around good performance)
    – Epicness (I love music that sounds bigger than itself.)

    My most often criticisms of music are ‘this song goes nowhere’ or ‘voice is awful’ or ‘the voice is good but the song doesn’t use it’. I’ve actually had people at my age tell me ‘ignore his singing, the instruments are good’. I was shocked. I think many people ignore the parts of the songs they dislike and focus on what they like.

    There is a Slipknot criticism topic in my forums which is interesting.

    The dream police, they live inside of my head.

    Improfane

    July 1, 2009 at 7:30 am

    • There are a ton of theories on arguing music (including “don’t talk to me about music”), but definitely one of the big ones is “singing voice matters” vs “singing voice doesn’t matter.” Personally I can get past an abrasive singing voice if there’s real talent in the songwriting, and the music is good. Hence why I can listen to bands like Radiohead and Oasis (and even Babyshambles) without cringing. I’ve also found that the more you notice good songwriting, the more other stuff tends to slip into the background (Libertines, etc). That’s also why people who love explorative, original music tend to be disappointed by the Pop-culture-fication of it, I think. The mainstream trend is to put a lot more emphasis on surface-level things like voice tone and recording quality, and less on things like lyrical depth and musical complexity. Eh, I could go on, but as you said, it is self-defeating.

      Thanks for the comment.

      Peter Kimmich

      July 1, 2009 at 11:35 am

  91. I would like to point out that there is, in fact, good country music out there. I know it’s hard to find, but I swear it’s true. I would recommend Wilco or Ryan Adams or Calexico. Also, there are a few good bluegrass bands out there that I would imagine could be called country like Yonder Mountain String Band or Railroad Earth. Country music like every other genre of music has crap played on the radio, but if you actually look for it, there’s good stuff out there.

    paul

    July 1, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    • I’ve gotten into Wilco and Ryan Adams a little, but I think those are considered “alt country,” since they’re more like an alternative version of it. I also think bluegrass isn’t exactly the same thing as country, but people might disagree on that. But yes, those are all definitely better than country-country.

      Peter Kimmich

      July 1, 2009 at 4:01 pm

  92. I’m not much of a country fan, however if you differentiate between “Smooth Jazz” (which you hate), and other jazz (which you presumably do not hate), then you should obviously differentiate between “modern country” (which everybody should hate), and real country, which is actually quite good. Please don’t assume that greats like Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard belong in the same cess pool that Montgomery Gentry and Kenney Chesney come from.

    Josh

    July 2, 2009 at 6:07 am

  93. I don’t understand all the System hate, or why they get roped into nu-metal. And while neither Serj or Daron can sing by themselves, they’re harmonies can be pleasant. See Ego Brain, their best song…

    EXCEPT COUNTRY

    July 2, 2009 at 6:14 am

  94. So, this really isn’t a list of the “most hated music genres”. This is a list of music you hate. All of the genres you have listed here (aside from techno) are the highest grossing mainstream styles around. IE.
    Go to a bar in the mid-west: Everyone there likes Nickelback and/or Kidrock. (Trust me on this)
    Find me a coffee shop, that isn’t full of snarky little emo kids listening to Dashboard Confessional on their I-pods crying into their Lattes…

    Andrew

    July 2, 2009 at 8:19 am

  95. Terribly sorry to once again veer off the main path of this article, but just a quick note I’d like to add. It seems many of these people enjoy ripping on many bands for their apparent lack of musical talent, but I’m willing to bet most of them aren’t even capable of stringing together a few coherent notes themselves. These bands have become popular enough to be dissed in blog comments, so they must have done something right. So either start a band and become world famous, or kindly shut up.

    CB

    July 2, 2009 at 11:33 am

    • Mainstream music is more about image than it is about music. I’m going to paraphrase (I can’t remember the quote exactly) something said by the frontman of Matchbox 20: “We didn’t do well because we were good, we did well because we were marketed correctly.”

      beeeeees

      July 12, 2009 at 5:04 am

  96. Well, not all nu-metal is bad, i presume you are saying that the death metal and satan worshiping bands are the worst, but there are some good nu-metal bands i.e SYSTEM OF A DOWN, korn, Slipknot, Linkin Park (saw a linkin park song on a nu-metal tab book so i guess they consider them nu-metal), and more.

    Anthony

    July 2, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    • Death metal is not nu-metal, dumbass, it’s much older. The bands you listed as “good” (sic) are exactly what he’s talking about.

      Ziggy

      July 3, 2009 at 9:12 am

    • …wait, are you saying death metal is a sub-genre of nu-metal?

      Excuse me while I go shoot myself with a rifle and die

      Crna

      July 12, 2009 at 9:37 am

  97. you are all stupid for even replying
    this is nothing you can win
    they are his opinions you fuckin idiots

    go blow yourselves

    July 2, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    • They are not his opinions, he is not saying “Here are the genres I hate most” he is asserting that these are the genres that attract the most hate.

      Ziggy

      July 3, 2009 at 9:14 am

  98. I happen to like techno…it isn’t all the same, but, yes, the beats in each individual song are repetitive. I’ll give you that. I suppose I just don’t mind. *shrugs*
    Oh well. To each his own.

    The Walrus

    July 2, 2009 at 4:08 pm

  99. Jeez
    1. SOAD is a good band in my opinion: they produce an original sound and they actually have lyrics that stand for something.
    2. I could not bring myself to agree with “emo” music being good, or close to that. The sound is sooo generic and straight from the mold that when i hear an “emo” song play i could not for the life of me distinguish it from the last emo song, and for that reason i despise it.
    3. What most people have said about techno is correct, and you really do have to be a frequent listener to pick up on the subtleties of the genre as it is too often generalized by the masses. I would suggest hitting up some clubs or seeing a famous dj live before you knock a style of music that everyone in the world short of the U.S. adores.

    Yikes

    July 2, 2009 at 5:50 pm

  100. NOBLE LIST! Dude, that was very satisfying to read, at times hilarious. Your entry on pop-punk is laugh out loud funny.

    I say noble, because when you make a list like this, your own proclivities come out (a suspicious soft spot for emo, in your case), and more dangerous yet, at some point the list will personally incriminate all of us. I once spent two weeks obsessed with a System of a Down song, and I liked angsty post-grunge songs in highschool.

    Generally, my feel is that when a genre starts to be overplayed (most of the numbers on the list), or stereotype itself (see every number on the list), we start to recognize the inherent shitty elements we may have overlooked. And sometimes music is just bad.

    RECOMMENDED PASTIME (That will make you doubt humanity): Smooth jazz. There are fans. Many of them. On Youtube. They emerge like flies after even the most pathetic trolling attempts, and I want someone to tell me what sort of person waxes nostalgic about smooth jazz on the internet.

    Oh, and someone needs to make this list international, because we’ve got to get generic Japanese pop up there.

    anon

    July 2, 2009 at 8:04 pm

  101. Ha! Hilarious. Thanks for putting nu-metal on top, it’s a really pitiful and disgusting genre.

    M/K

    July 2, 2009 at 11:42 pm

  102. I guess my not-so-helpful comment to add to all this shit is that I seem to like a little from each category; I liked some of 3DD before they flipped out and went all “FUCK YEAH MILITARY YEAH”, and for me, modern Country was a major stepping-stone away from traditional gospel (yech) and old ‘rock’. I just can’t seem to find a genre or band whose sound I absolutely, positively love and enjoy.

    Kris

    July 3, 2009 at 8:44 am

  103. Dude, I fucking salute you. I heartily agree with this entire post.

    Keep up the fantastic work, yo.

    Zickleinmorder

    July 4, 2009 at 8:38 pm

  104. okay i sort of agree with this blog but tbh all music should be respected and considered properly before deciding if its bad or not(unless it comes under a Disney record label)

    i agree that new metal is a bit of a dismal pit but i disagree that System Of A Down fall into this catagory to me they should have their own catagory cuz i think there great

    the guitar lines are fast and heavy
    the drums kick ass and are tight as fuck
    and Serj Tankian’s singing voice is one of the most amazing voices out there

    i respect that people have their own opinions and i do to

    but some people just cant see tallent when it rubs its ass in their face

    Whatever

    July 5, 2009 at 12:22 pm

  105. I agree with everything you said till System of a Down. I love that band, however that is my opinion, just like your disdain (and many people who posted on here’s) for them is your opinion. Most of the mainstream influx of crappy music has to do with the record companies shoving that tripe down our throats. The mindless masses eat it up and thus we’re left with tripe rotting on the air waves.

    MorgansDead

    July 5, 2009 at 2:27 pm

  106. I dislike TECHNO but enjoy a lot of other things in the electronica supergenre. The way you’re using it you’re calling all electronic music “Techno”. That’s like saying everything under the “Rock” genre is “Metal”.

    You could at least get it fucking right if you’re going to insult it.

    lol

    July 5, 2009 at 3:37 pm

  107. Hey I like the mustang II

    cuffsncars

    July 5, 2009 at 4:01 pm

  108. i think you’re describing epic trance in the techno bit because that sounds nothing like what Techno is

    Alan

    July 6, 2009 at 8:48 am

  109. The whole argument is rendered obsolete when you consider that all genres of music have the same amount of haters in proportion to their amount of listeners. Obviously extreme metal, hardcore punk, classical music, etc., are going to have a much smaller hater-base since they’re not mainstream music.

    Adam

    July 6, 2009 at 5:35 pm

  110. Ok seriously, How is Emo not the number one hated Genre?

    balface mcgee

    July 7, 2009 at 3:47 am

  111. Hey Jimmy.

    I think possibly the worst form of music I have ever heard is Scream Crunk. It is so bad it is funny. I can’t help but laugh that they take themselves seriously. It is a horrible mix of the worst house, emo and maybe try hard death metal. Please check out this band BROKENcyde. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8F5YSA1Oz0. hahahaha.

    Tozza

    July 7, 2009 at 6:22 am

  112. You stole the Country bit from Chuck Klosterman.

    theoptimist

    July 7, 2009 at 10:49 am

    • Actually, I also read that bit about people liking “everything except country” in Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, but it’s more something I’d already done some pondering on and less something I was trying to quote directly. But yes, Klosterman came to the same conclusion … which is just one more vote for that opinion, I’d say. Cheers to the CK.

      Peter Kimmich

      July 13, 2009 at 12:42 pm

  113. deftones are on a class all their own. in my opinion they are incomparable…

    the messenger

    July 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm

  114. I think System of a Down is more Alternative sortof Metalish its hard to describe because their sound is so varied. I have never heard a nu-metal band. I have heard death metal, black metal, melodic metal, symponic metal, but never nu-metal. It must be really shitty.

    I just watched a video called the top 12 numetal bands and Korn was number 1. So yeah, really shitty

    AwesomeX

    July 8, 2009 at 1:31 pm

  115. I have to say I am amused at all the comments even more than I was amused by the post itself. Being a musician myself (in one of these categories), and being a fan of a few of the bands in this post, according to the commenters I should be offended.

    Well, I’m not, I found it quite entertaining. Thanks for making me smile on a bad day!

    Amused

    July 9, 2009 at 6:49 am

  116. i’m sorry, if you don’t like System of a Down, you shouldn’t be blogging

    melt

    July 9, 2009 at 9:30 am

  117. Yeah, seriously. System of a Down… not really new metal. I think they’re great and right up there with other big metal bands but I guess I see where you’re coming from.

    d-bag

    July 9, 2009 at 2:54 pm

  118. I agree with EVERYTHING ON THIS LIST
    what really made me laugh because it’s so true is the emo and gangster rap

    and omg everyone should shut up about system of a down
    they’re horrible damn it

    THE HONORARY TITLE
    listen to it :)

    nessa

    July 12, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    • Just so their name isn’t completely if and when they return from their hiatus I would bet like 5 of you actually have even heard soad so shut up and so we get off the topic where is NIN on list because Ive heard it been called Emo before.

      Stifler

      August 14, 2009 at 8:30 pm

  119. While you may not like the way opera sounds, you cant deny the talent someone has to have to perform it well. I have had many years of classical voice training, and opera is by far the hardest style to perform. Plus there are lots of good Operas out there, you just have to sift through the boring ones.

    anonymous

    July 12, 2009 at 9:30 pm

  120. I really do enjoy techno but everything else u said i agree with. =]

    Olivia

    July 13, 2009 at 11:27 am

  121. Why do I not see any deathmetal/screamo on this list?

    Random guy on the internet

    July 14, 2009 at 2:29 am

  122. Ahahahahaha. You are all sad and pathetic people.

    Anus

    July 14, 2009 at 1:26 pm

  123. I really liked this article, very well written.

    midnightrider

    July 15, 2009 at 10:10 pm

  124. I only say this because my mother was an opera trained vocalist, but to say that opera is terrible is probably the worst thing anyone could ever say. You’re taking a style of music that is eons old and comparing it to being waterboarded (had to make a current events reference). Have you ever actually taken the time to listen to those people. If you compare the vocal talents of any opera singer vs. Serj, he would fail miserably. Just imagine someone hacking his arm off with a spoon. That is how bad he would sound comparatively. Granted, opera isn’t my first choice nor my tenth when it comes to music styles, you still have to appreciate the sheer vocal talent these people have acquired over several grueling years of training. It’s not something that you just decide to do one day. Have some respect

    anonymous jr

    July 16, 2009 at 1:29 pm

  125. I agree with most of this list. However, I would come up with a different name for the genre of Three Doors of CreetherNickelMudd(genius band name, BTW). “Hillbilly Rock” really is not appropriate, as it is not truly descriptive of the genre.

    Music Lover

    July 17, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    • Chuck Klosterman has called it “Fabio grunge.” That’s pretty colorful, I think.

      Peter Kimmich

      July 17, 2009 at 6:25 pm

      • I’ve heard it called Frat-Rock or Fratboy-Rock, something fratty anyway..

        Muerte Del Toro

        July 30, 2009 at 12:44 pm

  126. system of a down is a BADASS band honestly, anyways, the thing is whoever writes this article probably isnt open to new things, i like almost all kids of music, country is mostly annoying but theres SOME Stuff that isnt so bad ha, i dont know much of it though, and techno is AWESOME i prefer to call it electronica as a whole, and youre stupid because the US is one of the only countries in the WORLD that hates it, go to europe, or anywhere outside of here and its much more mainstream, they actually have radio shows etc, we need more open mindedness, i like almost kinds of music as i said, ohand i HATE 50 cent ha

    Allan

    July 19, 2009 at 11:09 pm

  127. I like how the comments are only about system of a down and nothing else whatsoever.
    Dudes, they look like circus freaks and they suck like hell, get of it.

    ali

    July 21, 2009 at 8:18 am

  128. I’d recommend putting a list before each section of the worst offenders.

    Short of System of a Down – who else would you call Nu Metal (which indeed does suck).

    by the way – if Nickelback can be inlcluded in 3 to 4 of the categories listed, does that mean they suck 4 times as much? I believe so.

    fred

    July 21, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    • Nickelback is the worst band I have ever heard and to all who like them fuck u up your stupid asses

      Stifler

      August 14, 2009 at 8:23 pm

  129. Beethoven dominates all.

    meh

    July 21, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    • i like Bach better

      surprised

      July 29, 2009 at 8:21 pm

  130. I enjoy listening to techno, but otherwise, I wholeheartedly agree with this list. So thank you for putting my thoughts in writing.

    Logan

    July 23, 2009 at 4:02 pm

  131. imma semi liking this page, but i like nu-metal.
    what you really missed was acoustic. im sorry but THAT SHIT BLOWS…. there is just so much one person can take of “I’m Yours” or “Not Gunna Write You a Love Song”

    and also ANYONE who like the new shit like Lady Gaga, really needs to drop dead, like hardcore….

    and to the SOAD thing, cant you drop it? its a good band, its a bad band. Peter, its all up to you and quite frankly i agree (to a degree)

    and THANK YOU FOR SAYING EMO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! fuck that shit with the little kids who cut themselves and wear eye liner…. THAT SHIT IS FOR THE REAL METAL HEADS AND GIRLS ONLY YOU FAGS!!!!!!!!!!!

    DripRat

    July 23, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    • not sure what you mean by acoustic but if u ment acoustic guitar in general then i disagree

      surprised

      July 29, 2009 at 8:23 pm

  132. Music critics… right below conservatives.

    DdK

    July 27, 2009 at 3:49 pm

  133. I get the feeling that you do not like the pop-scene that much. Nu-metal is a what I think of as pop-metal (Soad is included yes). Gangsta rap = pop-rap, smooth jazz = pop-jazz (pop-punk goes without saying). I agree with you on 99% of all of the above, except possibly country, but as you said there is a whole new and old country debate. Much of the country now I find to be pop/new-country which could fall into the category of Emo, but there are others who still remember beer-drinking and hell-raising are still quite important.

    Granted I do think even within some of these hated genres there are those who have done the above correctly. Anthrax, who arguably was the first band to do rap-rock (probably more rap-metal), they did an ok job. But that did not become their staple.

    I think goo goo dolls fall under adult contemporary… I have not heard anyone “hate on them”, but eh just my ramblings.

    Good list though, and it was quite hilarious.

    Matt3347

    July 28, 2009 at 7:21 am

  134. I told myself growing up that adults don’t like my music. When I get older I am going to try to appreciate the kid’s music. I am now 42 and all was well until I heard some System of a Down. WHO IN THE HELL CAN LISTEN TO THAT ABSOLUTELY HORRID SINGING!!!

    I will give them an A for originality, but then so was GG Allin.

    For those who don’t know:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GG_Allin

    Gee Roy

    July 29, 2009 at 8:48 am

  135. Thank you for saying it. This list rocked. Whiners are in denial.

    Josh

    July 29, 2009 at 10:45 pm

  136. oh i love people who don’t know what emo music is.

    IMACULTCLASSIC

    July 30, 2009 at 8:29 am

  137. I agree 100% with your list but I would have had them in a slightly different order. I would also agree with other posters who said that you shouldn’t lump all country together. I absolutely hate, for lack of a better description, Top 40 Country (Toby Keith, Sugarland, Rascal Flats, Big & Rich). I think it’s the sorriest excuse for music ever and would be my #1 pick for worst genre of music. But there is some great alt-country bands/singers (Dar Williams, Iris Dement, Iron & Wine). I would even classify bands like The Reverend Horton Heat, The Orson Family, Southern Culture on the Skids and even The Cramps as alt-country (well maybe The Cramps are a bit of a stretch).

    Muerte Del Toro

    July 30, 2009 at 12:39 pm

  138. STOP TALKIN ABOUT SYSTEM OF A DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Me

    August 2, 2009 at 1:53 am

  139. I personally really like techno, but, yeah, a lot of people seem to really hate it.
    So yeah, good list.

    betamaxrules

    August 3, 2009 at 9:39 pm

  140. I think probably the only one on that list that I hate is gangster rap. For me, it has to do with lyrics. I can’t listen to a band for long if their lyrics suck. Inevitably, almost all bands sound exactly the same after about 4 or 5 songs, sometimes less. Thus, if there is nothing interesting for me in the lyrics, I can’t listen to the same crap anymore. Thats why I like very very few rap songs, because the majority of them are about women they may be attracted to or how awesome they are after having one single on the radio and how they are the greatest ever. The fact that Soulja Boy was even a hit in my mind just destroys the legitimacy of Hip-Hop. Of course, when there actually is a song that lyrically is about something,(and yes im going there), such as Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park rapping about his Japanese relatives in concentration camps, people go batshit insane and point to it as an example of how rap can be smart. Sure it can be, but it rarely ever is, and if it was smart more maybe it wouldn’t be shat on all the time.

    Going back to the lyrics issue, one of my favorite bands is Anberlin, mostly because even though I will honestly have to admit that all their songs sound the same, I think they write amazing lyrics. I like almost all of their songs because I can enjoy all of the different things they sing about and the clever metaphors and contradictory images that they use.

    As for techno, I love techno, but when I say that, I pretty much mean all random electronic music with either no singing or female artist singing something beautiful but forgettable. I cannot at all tell the difference between trance and house and techno and hardcore and happy hardcore etc. Who really cares? All of these different “styles” really come down to shit you can dance to. And why is that necessarily a bad thing? Just because I wouldn’t sit at home and relax while playing Sandstorm, doesn’t mean the song doesn’t pump me up in an awesome way. Another example would be the beautiful voice of the female singer in “Caught Up in Your Love” by Sy and Unknown. Not only that, but the scratching in this song is some of the sickest I have ever heard, it is practically a song in itself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FhsW4vwE2Q#t=2m09s
    I mean that takes talent.

    Gamer

    August 9, 2009 at 12:16 am

  141. I will agree with your hate of Nu-metal, however i believe you have it defined wrong. as a couple of your examples actually have understandable lyrics, i believe they are therefor excused from the nu-metal genre. i do believe a prerequisite to nu-metal is sounding like gibberish.

    Loy

    August 11, 2009 at 2:42 pm

  142. Personally, it just depends on the person.

    Kristin

    August 13, 2009 at 2:10 pm

  143. My opinion probably isn’t much, considering I hate Nirvana…

    Sam

    August 13, 2009 at 9:53 pm

  144. i dont like any music but contry….
    at least country stars and writers can
    tell a story with their songs
    and actually have to sing
    and not just play with their
    robot voice machine

    ellen

    August 15, 2009 at 4:32 pm

  145. Techno? Techno what? Can you name some techno DJ’s/producers? I know people who work steady office jobs in their 40s/50s who enjoy a drink in bars that play decent house/electro/break beat/electro clash & last but by no means least, yup, you guest it…techno!

    You’re trippin balls statement was pretty original though, I’ll give you that. Never heard that one before and I’m from the UK….

    Rich Dyson

    August 16, 2009 at 3:53 pm

  146. Ok, you’ve got some pretty good points here but one problem with it all…

    You’re saying that nearly every genre of music is shit!

    Fair enough, you haven’t listed Metal but you could easily compare SOAD’s solos to being similiar to bands suck as Exodus. I’m pretty sure that goes for a lot of other bands and genres as well…

    Are you an all music hater?

    Lucas

    August 23, 2009 at 4:59 am

  147. Every genere has something to offer.
    nobody can tell whats good or bad.

    AZTECKK

    August 24, 2009 at 7:29 am

  148. I am astonished by how many people are defending System of a Down.
    Just wow.

    Fletch

    August 25, 2009 at 2:30 am

  149. I agree with the sentiments about country music, but I think you’re referring to what I like to call “today’s best country”. To illustrate my point just compare anything by Johnny Cash to anything by a country artist who’s career started after 1990 or so. What I consider country helped inspire truly great artists such as Bob Dylan, The Band, and Neil Young.

    Ollie

    August 25, 2009 at 5:24 am

  150. ill agree with your hate for all of that except techno and country. im not huge fans of them, but they’re not shitty genres like emo and rap-rock and pop-punk. i would have first said ska, honestly, before either techno or country since it all sounds the same. but at the same time, like a few other people said, it depends on people’s tastes in music. who is one person to say what’s good and what’s not.

    also, SoaD is not nu metal last time i checked. and just because a band sounds different from every other band in a genre doesn’t make them bad.

    Krizzle

    August 25, 2009 at 12:30 pm

  151. Music sucks. I filled my I-pod with porn. Muted porn.

    snoozin

    August 26, 2009 at 1:56 pm

  152. ok most of that is true exept system of a down and there is good techno out there that isnt bubble gum consumer shit try aphex twin or boards of canada two bands that got me into techno and why isn’t hillbilly rock number one nickleback puddle of mud and the like are the downfall of alternative music

    jobob

    August 26, 2009 at 6:56 pm

  153. Very amusing reviews – spot on …

    Teleskopik Recordings

    August 28, 2009 at 12:17 am

  154. Im just saying.
    System of a Down sucks and always will, i hate them, their fanbase, and their sound, they were relatively original, but it spawned this whole scene of crappy nu metal and shitty macho assholery.
    i liked your list, yet i mantain that the hate for country is really hate for pop with twangy guitars made in nashville. real country died with johnny cash.

    Ian

    August 29, 2009 at 8:03 am

  155. So you’re pretty much saying the only kind of music you listen to is rock…OK very broad music taste there

    Mad Iguana

    August 30, 2009 at 7:05 pm

  156. I thought the list was awesome, even though I like SOAD. :-) I would probably say that they play ‘neo-progressive metal’. I totally get the “adult contemporary”! After being “forced” to listen to Soul Provider by Michael Bolton, for 16 hours a week for 6 months during the early 90’s, I tend to feel physically ill everytime I hear him.

    Magne

    September 7, 2009 at 12:17 pm

  157. I would like to come to Gangsta Raps defense…When you mean “Gangsta Rap” you SHOULD have referred to it as “NEW Rap” because the only Gangsta Rap worth mentioning is N.W.A., Wu-Tang Clan, Onyx, early Three Six Mafia and early Bone Thugs N Harmony.

    Yellow Jr.

    September 10, 2009 at 3:28 pm

  158. You obviously don’t know what the genre emo is. Emo is 80’s-90’s emotional hardcore. You’re just saying how people have emo kids. They generally don’t even listen to emo. Usually pop rock, pop punk, alternative, screamo, post-hardcore, etc. They don’t listen to bands like Sunny Day Real Estate, Mineral, The Promise Ring, Cap’n Jazz, etc.

    Nice try though.

    Name

    September 11, 2009 at 1:33 pm

  159. Really? SOAD = Nu-Metal?
    Sounds like the person who wrote this article has some serious classification problems when it comes down to music. We might as well move on and just start calling everything Nu-Metal. I mean, its not like a vast majority of SOAD’s songs arent very hardcore at all. Oh wait…

    Anonymouse

    September 15, 2009 at 1:26 pm

  160. People can like System of a Down if they want, and people can hate them if they want. You all should just keep quiet, honestly, no one cares about your opinion. If they like it then yay, if they don’t then okay, we don’t need to hear it.

    Anonymous, I guess.

    September 18, 2009 at 3:55 pm

  161. Holy crap. This forum isn’t even what it was supposed to be, it’s called “Top 10 Most Hated Music Genres. Ever.” Not, “Let’s all criticize Nu Metal!” If you hate Nu Metal, then go start a forum that says it in the title.

    Some You Don't Know

    September 20, 2009 at 11:34 am

  162. I can’t believe that Nu-metal is actually on the list. There is a whole lot of music worse than Nu-metal. Have you ever even heard Screamo?! I can’t even describe how bad it is!

    Doesn't matter

    September 23, 2009 at 8:04 am

  163. Fuck yeah, there’s worse shit on the air than Slipknot and Mushroomhead put together: screamo, crunkcore, deathcore (bree bree, muthafuckers) to name a few… Listen to some Attack! Attack! and brokeNCYDE and be ready to actually appreciate Slipknot even a bit… or not but man they’re far from the worst.

    imho SOAD ain’t really nu-metal, atleast they’re not very compareable to the rest of the nu-metal scene.. Pretty much you either like ’em or you hate ’em.

    My opinion matters so much really, lol

    September 24, 2009 at 10:48 pm

  164. Where may we ask is the new genre that Brokencyde and other artists with no talent class themselves under, “Crunkcore”?

    The worst music genre, ever. Even worse than all of these put together.

    Beat Smash

    September 27, 2009 at 7:57 pm

  165. i wonder what the writer of this blog listens to him(her)self? ok, i dont like most of these genres, but still saying that nu-metal is the worst thing ever.. ok, i dont like soad and slipknot myself, but i grew with bands like korn & limp bizkit, and i still like them, so it is your own opinion, but dont say that everything is bad….

    kestis_500

    September 28, 2009 at 12:58 pm

  166. I haven’t investigated System of a Down, and I don’t plan to. But I have no real opinion on their talent.

    I’m just glad to see that even though everyone may not like the music I like, at least they realize what sucks.

    Alice in Chains rocks.
    Clutch rocks.

    Miles

    September 29, 2009 at 4:02 pm

  167. Ok, I got about 1/3 the way through, and got bored of reading so many comments. The entire post was about what people in general dislike. While certain bands may have been inappropriately categorized, such as SOAD as nu-metal, it’s not the bands that the writer was saying were terrible, or anything else. All he was saying, was that the general populace do, in fact, dislike these things.

    Ryuuko

    October 7, 2009 at 12:46 pm

  168. So what music do you actually like?

    Lark

    October 8, 2009 at 12:55 pm

  169. I love this, actually I love Stumble Upon for bringing me to this site. With Music always playing a big part in my every day life, whether it be me listening to it on an every day basis at work or jamming out to my bro and nephews band Your Name in Vain (Google them), I’ve come to learn as you should to, that….Everyone has a different musical taste and because someone else likes a band such as System, it really inherits no warrant for comments such as “you suck” or “system of a down is garbage and your musical taste is garbage”. Yes, there are definitely some bands/genres that I have no desire to listen to, but it may be someone else’s favorite. There were way to many comments to read all of them, so I’m sure that someone may have wrote a more condensed version of what I just said somewhere else along the lines.

    Now, I’m just waiting for the childish comments to be thrown at me :) I always love hearing immature people, it makes my day to know that there is always someone out there more incompetent than me :)

    David E

    October 8, 2009 at 3:53 pm

  170. The very purpose of this list is truly appalling. All music is equal and deserves credibility in its own rights. Respect other people’s opinions, lest they disrespect yours.

    If you happen to dislike nu metal then that’s perfectly understandable, but it gives you no right to do a terrible thing by going out and shouting to everyone that is it the most hated style of music.

    I’ll bet my left arm there are plenty of people, myself thoroughly included, that happen to enjoy listening to artists such as Slipknot, Disturbed, Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park. I also happen to enjoy just about every other style of music under the sun. But for the few artists I don’t like, I don’t run around yelling that is shittest musicians in the whole world.

    Honestly, is this how low we are? I’m pretty sure that people would have much rather that you put a top ten most LOVED music genres.

    Angus

    October 10, 2009 at 4:35 am

  171. disliking genres is Ok, but hating them!? MJ is right, ur being ignorant.
    IMO limpbizkit, deftones, korn n soad are good eventhough u dont like it, u can just not listen to it.
    U who can only say ‘soad sucks ass’, u suck ass. unless u have a picture of them sucking ass, plz tell us why u dont like them (like we care) and stfu

    nuttss

    October 11, 2009 at 9:30 am

  172. Great list. And although System of a Down isn’t that bad, nu metal in general is horrific.

    Deb

    October 12, 2009 at 11:06 am


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