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The worst genre of music to you is:?

Asked by octopussy (1217points) January 9th, 2010

For me it’s Death Metal.
Go listen to some Cannibal Corpse or Napalm Death…it’s just awful noise. Country western music isn’t far behind either.

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dpworkin's avatar

Australian aboriginal. I just don’t like the didgeridoo.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

OI! You’ve just been listening to the bad stuff
Death/Metalcore, hands down.

Tink's avatar

Rap and Hip Hop. Ugh!
I like Death Metal…

rangerr's avatar


Spinel's avatar

Harcore Punk and Rock and Rap.

I used to have an art teacher who loved the hardcore three, and played it all the time – during class. Do you know how hard it is to create a quality ink drawing when a half insane man is killing his lungs in the background?

Ivan's avatar

The one you like.

filmfann's avatar

Heavy Metal
Pat Boone and Neil Diamond

borderline_blonde's avatar

Okay, death metal is pretty bad… black metal, too. It’s nothing but noise.

I also can’t stand generic pop – you know, the crap that’s churned out daily and sounds like every other song on the radio. Personally, I can’t tell the difference between Miley Cyrus or Michelle Branch.

Bluefreedom's avatar

Definitely Rap music. Oh, and Country music also.

dpworkin's avatar

“Rap” is a pretty big tent. You hate Run DMC? Wyclef Jean? There are some pretty wonderful artists on the Hip-hop scene. I’m lucky I have kids, or I would never have learned about it.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

…Or wu-tang….

dpworkin's avatar

Bingo! Wu-Tang Clan!

Jacob23's avatar

rap I love rock

DominicX's avatar

Screamo, emo, death metal, etc. Any music with screaming, whining, grunting, no thanks.

Aethelwine's avatar

I agree with @DominicX. I also don’t like modern country. I do like early country and bluegrass though.

dpworkin's avatar

I love opera, jazz, samba, rock and roll, bluegrass, blues, afro-cuban, ska, reggae, komba, rock steady, Classical, lieder, cabaret, Sinatra, Zappa and Tom Waits (whatever they are), Patsy Cline, Motown, R&B, Zydeco, hip-hop, Doo-wop, Elvis, Marvin Gaye, David Bowie, The Cars, Iggy Pop, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, The Police, Dire Straits, Talking Heads, Little Millie Small, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Bonnie Rait, Gilbert & Sullivan… I’m sure I could keep going for another half an hour. I just love music.

Jude's avatar

Miley Cyrus music

Your_Majesty's avatar

Rock,Metal,or other genre with harsh melodies

I prefer smooth Classic,and smooth Jazz.

El_Cadejo's avatar

I hate saying it because i sound like a stuck up asshole every time i do, but i hate popular music. Its not that i hate it because its popular, its just what is for some reason popular now a days is just god awful. I cant stand country music at all or what is thought of as rap now. Some older rap and underground rap is great, but again the popular stuff is just BLCH
Its all just recycled commercialized shit.

I am much like pdworkin i love music, but for fucks sake, its gotta be original.

Your_Majesty's avatar

I agree with @jmah,it’s weird that she’s so popular with her song.

_Liliya_'s avatar

@pdworkin Whats wrong with the didgeridoo? I actually love that instrument and the Australian aboriginal’s kind of music. However everyone has their own tastes. So whatever. :)
Anyways the worst genre in music, for me, is probably country and rap. Especially Lil’ Wayne. His lyrics make me want to rip off my ears. Ugh.

And Death Metal isn’t that good either…

dpworkin's avatar

I don’t know. I gave it a good chance, listened to quite a bit of it, and then deleted it from my iTunes.

_Liliya_'s avatar

@pdworkin Well what if I found you a song without the didgeridoo? I know there was one song that I really liked and I’m pretty sure you might like it too. It also didn’t have any didgeridoo, as far as I could tell, in it and it was good. If I can find it again would you like for me to PM you the song?

dpworkin's avatar

That would be really nice. I love to try out new stuff.

Irishmar's avatar

For me, probably poka music. I know its all upbeat and stuff, but just cannot get into it.

octopussy's avatar

@pdworkin… can’t say I’m a huge fan of the didgeridoo either, I like it for a while but I find it a bit monotonous if played for too long, its actually a difficult instrument to master properly, it sounds good if played in conjunction with click sticks.

editingdiva's avatar

@Bluefreedom “rap music” is an oxymoron, as I’m sure you agree.
I have an eclectic taste in music that spans all legitimate genres. I don’t think there is a “worst genre,” just bad music within each.

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Bluefreedom's avatar

@editingdiva. This was a really good answer from you and very true also, “I don’t think there is a “worst genre,” just bad music within each.” Well done.

Harold's avatar

Rap needs a “C” in front of it.

DominicX's avatar

To amend my previous answer: if you count the ending of “Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett as screaming, then I do like one song with screaming in it. And I love that song. lol

dalepetrie's avatar

The knee jerk reaction for me is country, though by that I mean contemporary country, or country that has been made since about the mid 1970s. But even this has exceptions. What I don’t like specifically about most modern country is that it lacks originality and imagination. It often treads the same cliches…I mean if you see a mildly humorous saying printed on a T-shirt, chances are eventually it will become a country song. It also treads in a very specific sound, twang and drawl are key elements, but they are there for their own sake. Now you have to admire artists like Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash…these were great songwriters, incredible tune-smiths who did not stick to the same formula that everyone else was using at the time. But what you saw in the 1970s was that country music basically ripped off the sound and instrumentation of what was pop/rock 20 years before, enhanced it with a bit of twang and drawl and incorporated highly cliched lyrics…it basically became formulaic…in fact, much like most of the hits in the 1950s were written by paid songwriters in an office somewhere, much of country has gone this same direction in the past 35 years. Now of course, there has been good country music and talented country musicians continuously throughout the history of the genre…you have to respect some of what Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and a few others who became stars around the time country lost its way, and even 2006–2007, I would consider the Dixie Chicks’ “Taking the Long Way” album to be among the best albums released in those years hands down.

And the things I don’t like in country music are present in most forms of music….death metal was mentioned. Now I will agree, I don’t care for music with completely unintelligible lyrics that are growled/screamed rather than sung. And like in country, this is the majority, but there are exceptions to this as well. I do find heavy metal as an overreaching genre to be often some of the most creative, listenable, enjoyable and energetic music out there, some of it would “qualify” as death metal because the topic matter is death, but where there still exists melody, harmony and intelligible vocals which are sung.

Rap is a similar case…much of what is mainstream is unimaginative…I once heard a comedian say that rap is country music for black people, and though that’s a somewhat racist way of looking at it, but there is truth, in that a) rap (much like rock and roll) has its origins in black culture (though all races utilize this form of musical expression 30+ years on), and b) a lot of rap does lack in imagination, creativity, originality, etc. Rap, just like any other “popular” music is slavish to trends….most recently we had this whole auto-tune where every damn song sounded like it was sung by a robot. But I like heavier music, so I’ve always been a fan of more hardcore rap, something with a little pep…I’m not much into hip hop, with the focus on being “soulful”’s all been there done that. I like things like Public Enemy, Ice-T, Eminem, House of Pain, Cypress Hill, DMX, Ludacris, stuff with a kick to it, often times with extremely clever wordplay, which is every bit as amazing as Dylan when you listen to what they’re saying (and how they’re saying it).

Now I have to say that the one form of music which I feel like I “should” like, but absolutely don’t is jazz. In theory, I like the idea of a musical art form without rules or limits, but that utter lack of defined structure just seems like musical masturbation to me. I have to admit, I just plain don’t get it, though I have to respect the talent that goes into it…just not for me. Just like a lot of really popular rock and roll (which is what I primarily listen to) is not my bag. I don’t care for some people that everyone seems to like….the Rolling Stones, U2, Coldplay, Radiohead, Bruce Springstein, all these just plain bore me to tears and I find them to be highly overrated. Not for me….I like passion, intensity, originality, aggressiveness, melody, harmony, complexity, texture…some combination thereof. If I don’t hear enough of it in a particular song, I don’t like it.

But overall, I guess my answer boils down to one simple fact. I don’t like genres…I don’t like a system of enforcing labels on music to say this belongs to “death metal” and this belongs to “country”. For me, the most successful music transcends genre. Look at one of my all time favorite bands….Queen. They were a “rock and roll” band, but some times they were metal, some times they were glam, some times they were rockabilly or even country, some times they were operatic, some times they were jazzy, some times they were Broadway, some times they were even electronica….they transcended genres. Or the obvious example, the Beatles…they changed everything, and they did it by not repeating themselves…by continuing to innovate with every single album. So, the point being that regardless of what label ends up slapped on it, if it’s boring, routine, cliched, unimaginative, uninteresting, simplistic, basically not unique in any way, it’s not for me.

Kraigmo's avatar

American pop love songs. (Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, American Idol, etc)
Nothing on Earth is worse than those.

Death Metal is pretty bad, though.

Aethelwine's avatar

@Kraigmo You win with Celine Dion.

Tink's avatar

“Let’s have some fun, this beat is sick. I wanna take a ride on your disco stick.
Don’t think too much just bust that thick, I wanna take a ride on your disco stick…”

JesusWasAJewbot's avatar

I dont think Country is the worst, i just never really listened to it so its the genre i know the least about.

downtide's avatar

Rap and screamo/death metal. None of them are actually “music” at all.

dpworkin's avatar

@downtide I would be interested in knowing your definition of music.

downtide's avatar

@pdworkin something with a melody or tune of some sort. Rap has only rhythm but without melody. Screamo/death metal is just noise.

dpworkin's avatar

We disagree. I’m glad you’re not the one who gets to choose what music is.

downtide's avatar

does it matter? I only define it for myself according to my own tastes.

syzygy2600's avatar

any gangsta rap thats just noise, some douche talking about the crimes he commited and the women hes fucked.

any black/death metal that sounds like a baby being run through a blender.

any horribly generic, autotuned bubblegum pop or club music. Lady gaga is a prime example of this.

DeanV's avatar

I tend to think that hating one genre of music tends to shut you off from all the good stuff out there, so I try not to.
That being said, I can’t stand modern country or auto-tuned R&B crap.

I suppose I just find it hard to close off an entire genre of music. Nothing can be so bad there isn’t something out there I don’t like. I hated rap for the longest time, but I did find some stuff that I do like, mostly older hip-hop and British rap.

I’m sure there’s some modern country or auto-tuned R&B out there for me.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@dverhey i felt the same way about rap. I thought it was all garbage but then i realized its just whats popular now is shit.

viainfested's avatar

I’ve made a few attempts… but I just can’t get into:


TexasDude's avatar

Crunkcore, a combination of “crunk” and “hardcore,” best exemplified by this classic tune.

octopussy's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard.. THAT is hideous and unfit to be labelled music, they seem like some sort of reject 80’s throwback band, I couldn’t take any more after 4 minutes, thanks for the eye opener!

El_Cadejo's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard amen to that. The worst part is musically, that song aint half bad, its just the shitty vocals that completely destroy it.

TexasDude's avatar

Y’all think that’s bad, you should look up some of their other songs.


Aethelwine's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard haha. I just listened to another song. he’s got a fucking monster inside him!

Tink's avatar

Everything about Brokencyde is just horrible.

TexasDude's avatar

@jonsblond, I like the one where they sit there and scream into the girls’ ears while they dance. It’s pretty lol-worthy.

Aethelwine's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard never heard of them. thanks for the laugh. :) omg…the dancing pig on FreaXXX…lol

Kraigmo's avatar

death metal, punk, and Celine Dion/American Idol are the worst forms of music for me.

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