Bands and Artists that Should Not Be Credited for Creating Music Genres (or Sub-Genres)


The Top Ten

1 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was an American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. more.

This one was definitely because of Racism, Elvis was the first white guy to make Rock and Roll and since white America doesn't recognize Black Artists Elvis is the creator of Rock - germshep24

You completely missed what I said, I didn't say Elvis was the creator, just that because of Racism he is seen as the creator - germshep24

Sure he didn't create Rock 'n Roll, he influenced it. Nobody created Rock 'n Roll nor did one single artist really create any other genre. Genres evolve from older and similar styles of music and by pioneers and influencers. That's why I don't believe that music genres are "created" at all. - ParasN2000

Sorry wasn't trying to fault your list just wanted to make a statement. - ParasN2000

He didn't create Rock N Roll.There were many artists that did Rock N Roll songs before 1956(the year his debut album was released) We will really never know which was the first rock n roll song and who made it but we know for sure that Elvis didn't create the genre.Elvis actually never wrote a song in his life,even though he still was a great singer and performer. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

2 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.

They Definitely didn't create hard rock.Bands such as Cream,The Who and Deep Purple played hard rock a few years before Led Zeppelin,and origins of hard rock can be traced back as early as 1964 with The Kinks songs 'You Really Got Me' and 'All Day and All of the Night'. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

3 The Ramones The 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.

It's debatable if they really invented Punk Rock,cause many bands had songs that sounded even more Punk than their songs that were released before their debut album in 1976,such as MC5 and the Stooges.But The Ramones still remain the best Punk Band. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

4 Rammstein Rammstein Rammstein is a German Neue Deutsche Härte and Industrial Metal band consisting of Till Lindemann (vocals), Richard Kruspe (guitar), Paul Landers (guitar), Oliver Riedel (electric bass), Christoph Schneider (drums) and Christian Lorenz (keyboard), that formed in 1994 in Berlin . more.

Although they are the biggest Neue Deutsche Härte band, the one that first got famous and in my opinion also the greatest one, they did not invent the genre. Oomph were the first group to perform in this particular style (and of course drew from pre-existing genres such as Industrial Metal, Acid Trance and Neue Deutsche Welle). - Martin_Canine

5 Nirvana Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. more.

They popularized grunge that's all and they got popular for a part because Kurt Cobain died. - Userguy44

Nirvana didn't create Grunge as many believe,Green River did. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

6 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.

They were the first band to be labeled as metal

Black Sabbath didn't create heavy metal,only Doom Metal.If you listen to the In Rock album by Deep Purple you will understand who actually created heavy metal. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

7 Helloween Helloween Helloween is a German power metal band founded in 1984 in Hamburg, Northern Germany. The band is a pioneering force in the power metal genre, and their second and third studio albums, Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I and Part II, are considered masterpieces of the genre.

Most Metalheads think Helloween created Power Metal,with the Keeper of the Seven Keys album,but no matter how good that album is it didn't create Power Metal.Bands like Rainbow and Manowar were playing power metal years before that album came. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

8 Dave Mustaine Dave Mustaine David Scott "Dave" Mustaine (born September 13, 1961) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. Mustaine is best known as a pioneer in Thrash Metal, being the former lead guitarist of Metallica before his dismissal in 1983, leading to finding and becoming the front man of his own more.

Well yeah some Megadeth fanboys think he created thrash metal because he wrote the whole Kill 'Em All album.BUT the truth is,Kill 'Em All wasn't the first Thrash Album,Dave Mustaine only Co-Wrote 4 songs on that album. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

9 Black Flag Black Flag Black Flag was an American punk rock band formed in 1976 in Hermosa Beach, California. Initially called Panic, the band was established by Greg Ginn, the guitarist, primary songwriter, and sole continuous member through multiple personnel changes in the band. They are widely considered to be one of more.

Lol. This is an ever lasting argument/debate here in Southern California. Especially between O.C. and L.A. However I agree with HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345 about Middle Class being first. Here's the thing, even though their EP's were released at the same time, Middle Class was first to perform a live show. Actually a year prior to Black Flag's. So to me, Middle Class was the first to put their music "out there". The Black Flag side use the argument that Nervous Breakdown was recorded a year prior to it's release so they are "first". But like I said to me, it's who gets their music "out there" first and Middle Class was the first to do that. Where I don't agree with HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345 is that the Nervous Breakdown EP is absolutely hardcore punk. Try listening to those songs on that EP performed live. Yes Middle Class is faster but Black Flag is "heavier" with stronger emotions in their songs/music. - THC13

Black Flag debut EP came out in 1979,but it isn't really as hardcore punk to me.I and other hardcore punk fans think that the first hardcore punk band was Middle Class,which released their EP Out of Vogue in the same year and even the same month as Black Flag's Nervous Breakdown,but the music in Out of Vogue is much more faster and aggressive. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

10 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.

Metal genre it's not so good! - BloDayBey

Kill 'Em All wasn't the first Thrash Metal album,though still very influential.Venom created thrash with their first two albums Welcome to Hell and Black Metal.But there were also other bands that had thrash songs before Metallica. ''Stone Cold Crazy'' by Queen is considered the first proto-thrash song ever that was released in 1974. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

The Contenders

11 Death Death Death was an American death metal band formed in 1983 by Chuck Schuldiner. Death is considered to be one of the most influential bands in heavy metal and a pioneering force in death metal. Its debut album, Scream Bloody Gore, has been widely regarded as the first death metal record, while the band's more.

Wrong, just like every other so-called metal fan you're misinformed and ignorant too. Death's Scream Bloody Gore was indeed the first "DEATH" metal album. Possessed's Seven Churches was a hybrid of two genres i.e. "DEATH & THRASH" metal while, Death's Scream Bloody Gore was a full-on "DEATH" metal album. Although, Possesed can be cited as an influential band for incorporating death metal elements within their songs but they didn't release the first death metal album.

Possessed debut album Seven Churches that was the first the Death Metal album ever came 2 years before Screamy Bloody Gore. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

12 Lil Nas X Lil Nas X

Why is this guy on the list? - RobertWisdom

13 Madonna Madonna Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She influenced a lot of singers such as: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles and Britney Spears . She is known as Queen of Pop and at modern pop culture specifically in 2012 "Madge" or MDNA . She has more.

What genre do people say she made?

Because she known as “Queen of Pop” doesn’t mean that she created pop. - Userguy44

14 Eminem Eminem Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce more.

Absolutely did not create Hip-Hop. Nor is he even remotely close to being the best. The product of a delusional fan base that knows absolutely nothing about Hip-Hop. - RobertWisdom

15 Venom Venom Venom are an English extreme metal band formed in 1979 in Newcastle upon Tyne. Coming to prominence towards the end of the new wave of British heavy metal, Venom's first two albums—Welcome to Hell and Black Metal—are considered a major influence on thrash metal and extreme metal in general.
16 Dream Theater Dream Theater Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", only to change its name to Dream Theater later. more.
17 Candlemass Candlemass Candlemass is an influential Swedish doom metal band established in Stockholm 1984 by bassist, songwriter and bandleader Leif Edling and drummer Matz Ekström.
18 Napalm Death Napalm Death Napalm Death are a British grindcore/death metal band formed in Meriden, West Midlands, England, in 1981. While none of its original members remain in the group, the lineup of vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway, bassist Shane Embury, guitarist Mitch Harris and drummer Danny Herrera has remained consistent more.
19 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.

Imagine people saying that they created Nu Metal 😂 - Userguy44

20 Nena Nena Gabriele Susanne Kerner, better known by her stage name Nena, is a German singer-songwriter born on March 24, 1960 in Hagen. more.

Nena is, nationally and internationally, the face of Neue Deutsche Welle, a genre that many regard as the peak of German music. Her hits like "99 Luftballons", "Nur geträumt" and "Irgendwie Irgendwo Irgendwann" are among the biggest songs of the style that everyone knows. But she was not the first artist to perform Neue Deutsche Welle. Usually, Ideal's self-titled debut album is credited as the first NDW album, and although it's technically still punk rock or new wave, even Nina Hagen Band's self-titled debut album from the 70s had introduced several stylistic elements that became essential to Neue Deutsche Welle. - Martin_Canine

21 Raf Camora Raf Camora

While it is true that Austrian rapper, singer and producer Raf Camora was the first artist to commercially successfully performed Afrotrap in German language Europe in the mid-2010s where it became the foremost chart genre of the last couple of years of the '10s, the credit of its creation belongs to French rapper MHD. In addition, the genre heavily draws from Dancehall and Trap. - Martin_Canine

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1. Black Sabbath
2. Led Zeppelin
3. Elvis Presely
1. Rammstein
2. The Ramones
3. Helloween


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