Let's share and recommend non-classical music that we feel is great.
Of course, there is some great music that isn't in the classical realm.
I would go even further and say that there is some great music in every single genre.
However, some genres are better than others, but even the worst genres have its good moments.
How do I define high quality music that has merit and can be considered art?
For me this is any music that contains clear expression of musical ideas, that contains genuine emotionality, and that is original in some way. It doesn't have to be very complex or developed or advanced - it only has to be powerful, and its power must come from sincere emotions and not from intentional efforts to make music commercial and likable.
So, the music in order to be art must reflect real feelings and ideas of those who made the music - if it is made only in order to satisfy public, then it isn't art.
Also, aesthetics is important element in deciding if the music is of merit or not - but this is purely subjective. And finally even if the music is not emotional it can be of merit if it is aesthetically pleasing or has some cerebral appeal.
My definition is, of course amateurish, so if you don't like it, just disregard it and in this thread post links to non-classical music that you consider great, according to your own definition.
All genres are welcome, pop, rock, metal, jazz, folk, world, country, techno, house, trance, rap, hip-hop, gospel, R&B, soul, ... really whatever comes into your mind.