Top Ten Artists Who Have Played Multiple Genres

The Top Ten

1 Metallica Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". more.

Released 4 great Thrash Metal records that helped pioneer and popularize the genre.
Switched to an old school metal/hard rock sound with The Black Album, and kept releasing commercial hard rock albums.
Death Magnetic returned to thrash in some ways - ryanrimmel

2 Blind Guardian Blind Guardian Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large more.

Thrashy Speed Metal, Power Metal, Progressive Metal, Symphonic Metal. Created at least one masterpiece in every of these subgenres:
Speed Metal - Majesty
Power Metal - Nightfall
Progressive Metal - And Then There Was Silence
Symphonic Metal - Sacred Worlds - Metal_Treasure

3 Bathory Bathory Bathory was a Swedish Black/Viking Metal band formed in 1983 by Quorthon and Jonas ├ůkerlund. Bathory's first 4 albums layed the blueprint for Scandinavian Black Metal. Quorthon is often credited with creating the "shrieking" vocal style of Black Metal. Their 5th album, Hammerheart (1990) displayed more.

One of my favorites.
Started out with a Black Metal style, with Quorthon being credited with creating the guttaral Black Metal vocal style.
Their 5th album began an era of Viking/Folk Metal, which leaves Bathory credited with creating Viking Metal.
They also released a few Thrash albums - ryanrimmel

4 Gary Moore Gary Moore Robert William Gary Moore was a Northern Irish musician, most widely recognised as a singer, songwriter, and virtuoso rock and blues guitarist.

In time order: hard rock, heavy metal, blues rock, blues, jazz - Metal_Treasure

Gary could play anthing. That is what you call a multi talented guitarist and legend. ­čÄŞ

5 Pink Pink Alecia Beth Moore known professionally as P!NK, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress.
6 Nickelback Nickelback Nickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger, and drummer Daniel Adair.
7 Kid Rock Kid Rock Robert James Ritchie Sr., known professionally as Kid Rock, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, musician, record producer, activist, minister and actor.
8 Sepultura Sepultura Sepultura is a Brazilian heavy metal band from Belo Horizonte. Their first album, Morbid Visions presented a proto-black metal sound with Wagner Lamounier of Sarc├│fago. Sepultura's sound varies by the album, from thrash metal, groove metal, and even death metal.

Started out with an early black metal album with the current Sarc├│fago vocalist.
Then released 4 great thrash metal albums with slight death metal influences.
Released 2 Groove Metal albums which helped pioneer the genre. The second of which (Roots) is credited with pioneering Nu Metal.

They've been releasing mostly Groove Metal albums since Max Cavalera left - ryanrimmel

9 The Beatles The Beatles The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented more.

Most diverse band ever

The second is The Who

They are number 1

Just on the White album ALONE, they did;
Pop rock, hard rock, surf rock, psychedelic rock, folk rock, punk rock, Minuet Waltz [Piggies], Western Cowboy Lament [Rocky Raccoon], Political Protest, Dance Hall [Obladi-Oblada],Lullaby [Goodnight], Experimental [Revolution 9], the most popular "birthday" song ever except for HB itself, and even a good old traditional ballad.
Absolutely nobody can touch them for versatility.

10 Behemoth Behemoth Behemoth is a Polish blackened death metal band from Gdańsk, formed in 1991. They are considered to have played an important role in establishing the Polish extreme metal underground.

Started out Black Metal
Switched to Death Metal
Now play a great fusion of Death and Black Metal - ryanrimmel

The Contenders

11 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie (January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016) was an English singer born in London, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He is credited for his experimental and creative musical discography which has won praise and accolades for many critics and fans. more.
12 Carcass Carcass Carcass are a British extreme metal band from Liverpool, who formed in 1985 and disbanded in 1995. A reformation was enacted in 2007 without one of its original members, drummer Ken Owen, due to health reasons.

Bill Steer: "What should we do today? "
Jeff Walker: "Let's create a new genre and push it to perfection! "

Started out with 2 Grindcore/Goregrind albums, which helped pioneer Grindcore along with Napalm Death.
Switched to a more pure Death Metal sound.
Then started playing Melodic Death Metal, and played a big role in the spread of Melodeath.
Today, they play regular death metal - ryanrimmel

13 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, author, and artist who has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades.
14 Slayer Slayer Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. They rose to fame with their 1986 album Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the big four of thrash metal bands, the others being Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. more.

I don't agree with this. Slayer has been playing thrash since day 1, and some say they are the only band of the big 4 to stay true to thrash.

Diablos in Musica is considered a Nu Metal album, but still has thrash elements in it. So I wouldn't say the played different genres - ryanrimmel

I agree with Ryan. - Metal_Treasure

15 Heino
16 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is best known for writing break up songs and for having more than 5 Grammys. She became interested in country music when she was around 9 years old and after watching a documentary about more.

Never thought I'd see Slayer and Taylor Swift on the same list.

She sang a duet with def leppard

17 Pantera Pantera Pantera was an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The band started out as a Glam Metal act in the 1980s with little success. After discarding their original lead vocalist and enlisting Phil Anselmo, the band signed a major record deal with more.

Started out with a few Glam Metal records, and were not well known.
New vocalist came in, and they released a Traditional Metal/Speed Metal album with 'Power Metal'
Released 5 Groove Metal albums, which invented Groove Metal, and made them the biggest Metal band of the 90s. - ryanrimmel

18 Moby Moby Moby is an American musician, who has produced inventive new styles to various subgenres of electronic music, inspired by 1950's gospel as much as by modern rock, and musicians from New Order to David Bowie. more.

I don't think there's a musical genre he hasn't been inspired by. - PositronWildhawk

Moby I love You - oldfashionedmickeymousecol1995

19 Darkthrone Darkthrone Darkthrone is a Norwegian black metal band. It formed in 1986 as a death metal band under the name Black Death. In 1991, the band embraced a black metal style influenced by Bathory and Celtic Frost and became one of the leading bands in the Norwegian black metal scene. Their first three black metal more.

Started out as one of the most infamous and popular Norwegian Black Metal bands, and today they play Crust Punk - ryanrimmel

20 Queen Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury more.
21 XXXTentacion XXXTentacion Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy (born January 23, 1998), known professionally as XXXTentacion, and often referred to as X, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter.

Definitely has a lot of genres in his music, lives up to his words

22 Linkin Park Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Alternative more.

Tge other word for diversity is Linkin Park. Not only they switched genres multiple times, but also they were hugely successful in those genres

23 Burzum Burzum Burzum is an influential black metal solo project of Norwegian musician and writer Varg Vikernes. Burzum came to prominence at the beginning of the Norwegian Black Metal scene in the early 1990s. Vikernes was imprisoned for 21 years for the murder of Mayhem guitarist Euronymous, and charges of church more.

Very notorious Norwegian Black Metal band, and while Varg Vikernes was in prison, he released a few ambient albums under Burzum - ryanrimmel

24 Kreator Kreator Kreator is a German thrash metal band from Essen. Their style of music is similar to that of their compatriots Destruction, Sodom and Tankard; along with those three bands, Kreator has been referred to as one of the "big four" of Teutonic thrash metal, and they are often credited with helping pioneer more.

Started off with some crazy thrash albums, and in the 90s, they released a couple Industrial/Gothic Metal albums - ryanrimmel

25 Leo Moracchioli

He often combines several other genres with metal.

26 Zedd Zedd Zedd is a Russian- German DJ known for his hits such as Clarity, Transmission, and Break Free. He is best known for his album True Colors, which has the highest debut on the Billboard 200 for an EDM album (tied with Skrillex's Recess). He is one the the richest EDM artists in the industry.
27 Skrillex Skrillex Skrillex is an American (Born in 1988, in Los Angeles, California) EDM producer who is known for popularizing dubstep. He is part of the bands Jack ├ť (DJ) and From First To Last (Lead Singer). His album Recess debuted at 4 on the BB200, tying him with Zedd for the highest debut for an EDM album on more.
28 Major Lazer
29 Cher Cher Cher is an American singer and actress. Her song Believe was the first song to use autotune. Described as embodying female autonomy in a male-dominated industry, she is known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and for having worked in numerous areas of entertainment, as well as adopting a variety more.
30 Beck Beck Beck Hansen, known by stage name Beck, is an American singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He is mostly known for his musical composition, as well as a palette of sonic genres.
31 Fear Factory Fear Factory Fear Factory is an American heavy metal band that was formed in 1989. During the band's career, it has released nine full-length albums and has evolved through a succession of styles, including industrial metal, death metal, groove metal, and thrash metal.

Genres include:
Industrial Metal
Groove Metal
Thrash Metal
Death Metal
Nu Metal
Heavy Metal
Alternative Metal

32 Tech N9ne Tech N9ne Aaron Dontez Yates, born November 8, 1971, better known by his stage name Tech N9ne, is an American rapper. In 1999, Yates and business partner Travis O'Guin founded the record label Strange Music. He has sold over two million albums and has had his music featured in film, television, and video games. more.
33 Journey Journey Journey is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch.
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Updated 15 Jul 2019

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Top Remixes

1. The Beatles
2. Bob Dylan
3. David Bowie
1. Blind Guardian
2. Gary Moore
3. Metallica
1. Bathory
2. Blind Guardian
3. Metallica


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