With the thousands of music blogs on the Web today, it can be a daunting task to wade through them all to find the rare gem.That's why we created the following list of what we feel are the top 50 music blogs online today. They're broken down into five of the top music genres and each list contains the top ten in each genre. If you're a music lover, this list will pinpoint the websites we suggest you visit. And all these blogs are awesome in their own way!
We used a number of important criteria to rank the blogs including Technorati ratings, Google PageRank (measures how popular Google thinks the site is using links), website age, Alexa rankings (measures the site's traffic), unique information offered, how frequently updated and a number of other factors as well including our own personal opinions. We realize that we may have left out some blogs and that any list is going to be subjective. However, we spent extensive time and effort researching sites in each musical genre and believe this list will guide many people to the music information they're looking for. Definitely take your time to go through all these, it will be worth your time. Bookmark this page as well.
The Top Alternative / Indie Music Blogs
- Largehearted Boy - http://blog.largeheartedboy.com/ -Although this fascinating site could be said to cover a wide variety of musical genres, we placed it in Alternative because it highlights many artists that are not in the mainstream. This blog is chalk full of compelling articles and posts.
- Gorilla Vs. Bear - http://gorillavsbear.blogspot.com - Gorilla Vs. Bear is an influential mp3 blog, focusing on independent music and pop culture. It was named Filter magazine's 2006 "Blogger of the Year"
- AltSounds - http://hangout.altsounds.com - An international alternative online music community. Here you'll find news, gig information, reviews, interviews games and more.
- HearYa - http://www.hearya.com/ - Indie bands. Live sessions. Daily downloads. They offer a music career job board, interesting articles and actual recordings of sessions recorded at Shirk Music and Sound in downtown Chicago, IL.
- Obscure Sound - http://obscuresound.com/ - An indie music blog created and written by by Mike Mineo. Find MP3 downloads, info on unknown bands, interviews, compilations, editorials and contests.
- Music Emissions - http://www.musicemissions.com/ - An independently run Music Review community. Get your music reviewed and rated, review others's music, get band recommendations based on your activity. This site is perfect for the alternative or indie music fan who has strong opinions to share or likes to hear what others have to say before they make a purchase.
- Indie Rock Cafe - http://www.indierockcafe.com/ - This is a great site for getting your music out there or for discovering obscure new bands. IRC promotes artists, bands and their labels by writing profiles and featuring their music. They strongly encourage indie artists to submit music links, photos, and whatever else as a vehicle of self-promotion.
- Indie Update - http://www.indieupdate.com/ - This blog is for the independent musician that offers excellent and useful information on the Indie scene and it is written with a creative and confident voice. The site says "Whether you’re an independent musician yourself, or you simply love the Indie scene then we’ll try to keep you abreast of the times as far as possible."
- Stereo Gum - http://stereogum.com/ - Stereogum says they are the leading online resource for indie and alternative rock music news, reviews, MP3s, and videos. Founder and editor-in-chief Scott Lapatine has done a terrific job with this site.
- MOKB - http://myoldkyhome.blogspot.com/ - Always fresh with unknown artists, My Old Kentucky Blog offers MP3’s, concert reviews, and more.
The Top Heavy Metal / Hard Rock Music Blogs
- Headbangers Blog - http://headbangersblog.mtv.com/ - This is MTV's foray into the heavy metal blogosphere and it a very popular blog. And tune into Headbangers Ball on MTV2 every Saturday night from 2-3am.
- About.com Heavy Metal - http://heavymetal.about.com/b/ - Chad Bowar's About.com guide to heavy metal since 2005. Maybe About.com is a little mainstream, but Chad's blog is anything but. He writes very intelligent and compelling blog posts that any heavy metal fan will love. From concert tours to review, or from interviews to top metal albums, there's something for everyone here.
- Blabbermouth - http://www.blabbermouth.net/ - A website dedicated to heavy metal and hard rock news, as well as album and music DVD reviews. A cool and stylish blog that has a great take on all-things-metal.
- Metal Underground - http://www.metalunderground.com/ - Want to discover new metal music? Then this may be your site. From mainstream to underground, any metal head is going to get a lot of useful information from Metal Underground. The site boasts many features including upcoming CD releases, photo gallery and metal resources and links.
- MetalSucks - http://www.metalsucks.net/ - Axl Rosenberg and Vince Neilstein are the founders and writers for this heavy metal blog where intelligent, thoughtful discussions take place. The site offers contests, reviews, interviews and a 'cinemetal' section with all kinds of cool free videos.
- Heavy Metal Music - http://heavymetalmusic.biz - A heavy metal magazine's online version known as Caustic Truth. This site is for the hardcore fan and has music downloads, concert tour in formation, news and interviews and hard rock DVD reviews too. Don't miss this site.
- Heavy Metal Addiction - http://hardrockheavymetal.wordpress.com - Steve Angulo is a self-proclaimed "Hard Rock/Heavy Metal fan with an addiction to buying CDs, DVDs, and other paraphernalia." Steve has done a great job compiling all kinds of great heavy metal information for any fan.
- Ape Shit - http://www.apeshit.org/ - Their site says "APESHIT is an extreme metal webzine" that offers news, reviews and interviews.
- Metal Temple - http://www.metal-temple.com/ - Here's an interesting heavy metal online magazine and a little obscure as well since it is from Greece. This site is full of reviews, news, interviews, reports, videos, samples and lots of specials for the thinking metal fan. The cool thing about this site is that they cover both U.S. bands and European bands alike.
- The Metal Minute - http://rayvanhornjr.blogspot.com/ - A daily shot of reviews, interviews and news in the heavy metal world. A great read and worth bookmarking.
The Top Pop and Rock Music Blogs
- Rhapsody - http://blog.rhapsody.com/ - This blog covers all musical genres but we put it in this category because they cover a lot of pop and rock. Really, this site is for pretty much and fan music.
- Wired Music Blog - http://blog.wired.com/music/ -If you like the Wired magazine or the site, you'll love their music blog called the Listening Post. This blog has lots of great posts on the music industry here.
- Rolling Stone - http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily - No music blog list would be complete without Rolling Stone. Dubbed the Rock & Roll Daily, it boasts a very substantial amount of current rock news. From lists of the top 100 greatest guitar songs or guitarists to the top 100 greatest singers to lots of rare photos of artists and bands, you'll spend hours on this blog alone.
- Unreality TV Music Blog - http://music.unrealitytv.co.uk/ - Unreality Music is a popular music blog from the UK featuring the latest music news and reviews. This site also features sections on reality and primetime TV.
- JamBase - http://www.jambase.com - This site is THE place to go online if you're into live music. They say that their site includes tour dates from over 40,000 artists performing in over 50,000 venues from all over the world.
- About.com Top 40 - http://top40.about.com/b/ - This is written by Bill Lamb and is a great place to find news and information on your favorite pop stars.
- Ear Farm - http://earfarm.com/ - From a banner gallery to a radio station and thoughtful blog posts to a Band of the Week feature, this music site offers a lot to do if you love music.
- Live Music Blog - http://www.livemusicblog.com/ - This site is another one that concentrates on live music, festivals and concerts and news.
- Spinner - http://www.spinner.com/ - This AOL owned popular music blog offers free music downloads, an MP3 Blog, music videos, interviews, songs and live performance information.
- Layla's Classic Rock - http://laylasclassicrock.blogspot.com/ - Written by Barbara (a.k.a. Layla), this blog offers excellent information on all-things-classic-rock and gives a unique and distinct perspective post after post.
Top Rap and Hip Hop Music Blogs
- About.com's Rap & Hip Hop Blog - http://rap.about.com/ - This blog offers a large amount of current hip hop information written by Henry Adaso. They have a cool Hip-Hop 101 section, artists and styles and reviews and lists as well.
- HipHopDX - http://www.hiphopdx.com/blogs/ - A blog brought to you by a website that is well-known for it's tough and insightful editorials about the hip hop world. They have a whole team of bloggers who write about some very interesting subjects and offer reviews and thoughts on the rap and hip hop community.
- Concert Loop - http://concreteloop.com - Started in 2005 and created by Angel Laws as a hobby, it has now grown to be one of the leading black entertainment blogs on the net. Look to this site for exclusive interviews, reviews, news, and what seems like a million other categories to check out as well.
- SOHH Blog - http://blogs.sohh.com/ - Check out this blog that has some cool and original content and is part of a larger hip hop website that has videos, news, columns and more.
- Rap-Up - http://www.rap-up.com/ - Their blog says Rap-Up is the first nationwide hip-hop and R&B magazine for Gen Y. Founded in 2001, the full-color, glossy publication has featured some of music's biggest stars.
- Crate Kings - http://www.cratekings.com/ - Crate Kings brings you the latest Hip-Hop production news, interviews, editorials, videos, beat battles, tutorials, equipment reviews, and tips.
- Pro Hip Hop - http://www.prohiphop.com/ - This site offers hip hop marketing and business news. They also have a great section that features new rap albums & hip hop releases.
- Byron Crawford - http://www.byroncrawford.com/ - Byron (Bol, which is Swahili for “The Gulliest One.”) writes thoughtful and insightful posts about hip hop and other related things.
- Hip Hop Blogs - http://www.hiphop-blogs.com/ - "All the hip-hop that fits in a blog ". This blog is worth checking out, you'll find some cool writings with a fresh perspective.
- Wake Your Daughter Up - http://www.wydublog.com/ - Travis offers videos, opinions, and information on the hip hop world. Another site really worth checking out if you're into rap and hip hop.
Top Country Music Blogs
- CMT Blog - http://blog.cmt.com/ - This is the king daddy of country music blogs that has a wealth of information on country music. They have everything from videos, lyrics, photos, radio, news and more. Their site says "With a mix of journalists and musicians, our authors want to give you a panoramic view of country music and we invite you to tell us what you think."
- About.com's Country Music Blog - http://countrymusic.about.com/b/ - By Shelly Fabian, About.com guide to country music since 1997. This is a great blog that gives the reader a lot of useful info on the country music scene.
- Yall Wire -
http://www.yallwire.com/ - Free Country Music Videos including country music videos, christian music videos, bluegrass music videos and country music video codes.
- The 9513 - http://www.the9513.com/ - Mainstream, Red Dirt, Texas Country, Americana, Bluegrass, they talk about it all here. Find the latest country music news and reviews.
- Pure Country Music - http://blog.purecountrymusic.com - They say on their blog that they are "Your #1 Source for Country Music News and Classic Country News". There's lots of useful country music information here for every fan.
- Rough Stock - http://www.roughstock.com/blog - Find a cool history of country music section here as well as reviews and contests.
- Country Music News - http://www.countrymusicnewsblog.com/ - Looking for country music news, gossip and updates? Then check this site out, you won't regret it. Look up artists by name right from their homepage.
- Twang Nation - http://www.twangnation.com/ - Country Music, Americana, and roots reviews and points of view.
- Country Music Alive -
http://countrymusicalive.blogspot.com/ - Kirk Fitzgerald
runs Country Music Alive, a free website that includes new release information, reviews, album reviews
- Country Music Stop - http://www.countrymusicstop.com - Member of the Starked Blog Network and B5 Media, this blog has some great news and information on everything in the country music world.