Top Ten Bands that Aren't Pure Metal but Have Some Great Metal Songs

The Top Ten

1 Deep Purple Deep Purple Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, more.

One of their earliest songs, Child In Time, was a mixture of heavy metal, progressive rock and psychedelic rock(little bit of). It's pretty obvious that they aren't a pure metal band. Cause they had to create a new genre. - zxm

Deep Purple have songs that are pure metal but also songs that are hard rock, prog rock, blues rock.
Circa 1970 metal was at its experimental stage and there were no "pure" metal bands. Even most of the Black Sabbath songs from the early 70s weren't exactly metal. - Metal_Treasure

Non-metal bands release metal songs
Blues bands release metal songs
Hard-rock bands release metal songs
Psychedelic-rock bands release metal songs
Everybody releases metal songs
But none of them are metal bands

2 Rainbow Rainbow Rainbow are a British rock band led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore from 1975 to 1984 and 1993 to 1997. They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio as the lead singer and lyricist. Rainbow were ranked No. 90 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. The band has sold over 28 million albums more.

Both hard rock and metal songs by Rainbow are great. Same goes for Deep Purple. - Userguy44

Some songs are metal classics, some others - hard rock. - Metal_Treasure

3 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. more.

Black Sabbath isn't a real metal band. They are blues inspired bands. Metal is classical inspired.

What they are pure heavy metal

Black Sabbath is a pop-rock band

"Black Sabbath is a pop-rock band"
is by far perhaps the worst definition I have heard for them. The concept of "Pop Rock" didn't exist then. - SoldierOfFortune

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4 Scorpions Scorpions Scorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf Schenker. Since the band's inception, its musical style has ranged from hard rock to heavy metal.
5 Thin Lizzy Thin Lizzy Thin Lizzy are an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in 1969. Their leader Phil Lynott was composer or co-composer of almost all of the band's songs, and the first black Irishman to achieve commercial success in the field of rock music. Thin Lizzy's most successful songs, "Whiskey in the Jar", "Jailbreak" more.

Yes, songs like Angel Of Death, Thunder And Lightning, are 100% metal. - Metal_Treasure

6 Uriah Heep Uriah Heep Uriah Heep are an English rock band formed in London in 1969 that was one of the top rock bands in the early 1970s. Twelve of the band's albums have made it to the UK Albums Chart (Return to Fantasy reached No. 7 in 1975). Uriah Heep's distinctive features include a massive keyboard sound, strong vocal more.
7 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.
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9 Budgie Budgie Budgie are a Welsh rock band from Cardiff. They are described by author Garry Sharpe-Young as one of the earliest heavy metal bands and a seminal influence to many acts of that scene, with fast, heavy rock (an influence on the new wave of British heavy metal being played as early as 1971. The band has more.
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The Contenders

11 Alice in Chains Alice in Chains Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley.

Agree... Somewhere in between grunge and alternative metal. Love it

I don't really think they were grunge they were a metal band for me

12 Red Red Red is an American rock band from Nashville, Tennessee, formed in 2002 by brothers guitarist Anthony Armstrong and bassist Randy Armstrong, with lead vocalist Michael Barnes.
13 Demon Hunter Demon Hunter Demon Hunter is an American Christian metal band from Seattle, Washington, started in 2000 by brothers Don Clark and Ryan Clark. Although the brothers created the band together, only Ryan remains, since Don left the band to take care of his family.

Why are they on this list? Demon Hunter may be Metalcore but that doesn't mean they aren't Metal. - Spiderman209942

14 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.
15 Rush Rush Rush was a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their current members Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). more.

I'm still don't understand what Rush song is metal...

16 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition more.

No no and no! My biggest fear was that someone will add them. There aren't any songs by Led Zeppelin that are metal...

They have no metal songs. Led Zeppelin were probably added to this list by somebody who doesn't know that there's a difference between metal and hard rock. - Metal_Treasure

Same repetitive line, but hard rock not metal. A band rose from blues rock and ended up as a hard rock band. - zxm

Led Zeppelin aren't hard rock
Led Zeppelin aren't heavy metal
It's heavy-blues
A genre that never existed

17 AC/DC AC/DC AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014 . They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson more.

Same with Led Zeppelin, there aren't any metal AC/DC songs, because all of AC/DC songs sounds the same and all of their rock is hard/blues rock...

18 Ramones Ramones The Ramones were an American punk rock band that formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974. They are often cited as the first band to define the punk rock sound.

When I made this list, I thought somebody was trolling with me (i even mentioned in a comment: "I see someone really likes to trolling my lists") but now I discovered they have really some metal sounding songs listen for "I'm Not Jesus" it's almost thrash metal...

I see someone really likes to trolling my lists

19 Porcupine Tree Porcupine Tree Porcupine Tree were an English rock band formed by musician Steven Wilson in 1987. The band began essentially as a solo project for Wilson, who created all of the band's music.
20 Europe Europe Europe is a Swedish rock band formed in Upplands Väsby, Stockholm in 1979 under the name Force by vocalist Joey Tempest, guitarist John Norum, bassist Peter Olsson and drummer Tony Reno.
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