Top 10 Bands that Get Mistaken as a Genre They're Not

Lots of bands get mistaken a music genre they're not or never were. Often this can get annoying after a while. These are those bands, if I missed any add them.

The Top Ten Bands that Get Mistaken as a Genre They're Not

1 Nirvana (Hard Rock) 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. ...read more.

AC/DC is hard rock this on the otherhand is grunge.

2 Linkin Park (Metal) 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 ...read more.

I will never get why people think Linkin Park is a metal band. I've always found them to be an alternative band. - Metarock

Chester Bennington said he didn't think of LP as a Metal band to begin with, so case is closed. - CrimsonShark

It's blantantly obvious that they're rock mixed in with punk, rap, pop, electronic and maybe Country (Sharp Edges) but overall not a metal band.

3 Three Days Grace (Nu Metal) Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1992 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst. Their original name was Groundswell until they changed it to their current name in 1997. ...read more.

Calling TDG Nu-Metal is so ignorant. - Soulstealer

A often big misconception.

They're not even metal.

4 Slayer (Speed Metal) 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. ...read more.

Speed metal is more of an outdated term to be honest - yungstirjoey666

No dude come on this is so thrash! - XxSEVEREDHUMANITYxX

Guess, what? When you search for best speed metal bands, Slayer are in top 2 or 3. But they've never been a speed metal band.
On the other hand, often Blind Guardian is considered as a thrash metal band. But I have never heard their thrash metal songs. Maybe those were speed metal.
There's a very common mistake choosing between speed and thrash metal. - zxm

5 Green Day (Hard Rock) Green Day are an American pop punk, punk rock, and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1986. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative ...read more.
6 Paramore (Emo) Paramore is an American rock band from Franklin, Tennessee, formed in 2004. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Hayley Williams, guitarist Taylor York, and drummer Zac Farro.

Not emo at all in my book. Pop Punk or pop rock is far more accurcate. Now Panic! at the Cringe that's emo...

7 Slayer (Death Metal) 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. ...read more.

Slayer might've influenced Death Metal but they themselves aren't Death Metal.

8 5 Seconds of Summer (Punk) 5 Seconds of Summer are an Australian pop-rock band from Sydney, Australia, that formed in 2011. The group were originally YouTube celebrities, posting videos of themselves covering songs from various artists during 2011 and early 2012. They rose to international fame while touring with One Direction ...read more.

Pop rock is again far more accurcate. This band isn't Punk and never was. Now Sum 41 that's punk this band on the otherhand is NOT Punk at all.

9 AC/DC (Metal) 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 ...read more.

Not even close - yungstirjoey666

True this can get annoying after a while...

HARD ROCK - Morbid_Deth

10 Korn (Metal) Korn is an American Nu-Metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, with the addition of Ray Luzier, who replaced the band's original member, David ...read more.

Even Korn themselves said they're not metal.

The Contenders

11 Rage Against the Machine (Nu Metal) Rage Against the Machine is a rock band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk.

Just rap-hard rock
I would not consider them metal - yungstirjoey666

But The Battle Of Los Angeles is a Nu Metal album - DarkBoi-X

12 Three Days Grace (Heavy Metal) Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1992 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst. Their original name was Groundswell until they changed it to their current name in 1997. ...read more.

No ugh come on the band is grunge metal - XxSEVEREDHUMANITYxX

That's so dumb to mistake this band as metal. - Soulstealer

According to YouTube, Three Days Grace is a heavy metal band... - 3DG20

Wait... WHAT?!

13 Green Day (Emo) Green Day are an American pop punk, punk rock, and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1986. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative ...read more.

Agreed they're pop punk/ alternative not Emo.

14 Foo Fighters (Grunge) Foo Fighters are an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. The band was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl after the death of Kurt Cobain and the dissolution of his previous band. The band consists of Dave Grohl (lead vocalist, rhythm guitar, main songwriter), Pat Smear (rhythm guitar), Nate ...read more.

Post- Grunge is what they are in all honesty.

15 Venom (Black Metal)

Venom was never black metal. Just because they coined the term "Black Metal" many idiotic metalheads still falsely believe that they invented the genre. It all started with Bathory's "Under the Sign of the Black Mark" - the first real Black Metal album, which gave birth to an entirely fresh genre with it's distinct sound, image, and atmosphere. The low-fi production was actually a result of them not having enough finances to purchase quality instruments (glad to know). A few years later, bunch of Norwegian bands picked up on this sound and added the ideological aspect into it. - Vip3r

16 Metallica (Heavy Metal) 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". ...read more.

Black Album was heavy metal, first four were thrash, and Load/Reload were hard rock - yungstirjoey666

Actually if you search and looks at wikipedia, it says heavy/trash metal.

Always was and always will be a thrash metal band. Just because there was a few heavy songs from the Black Album doesn't make them a heavy metal band.

THRASH METAL - Morbid_Deth

17 Imagine Dragons (Alternative) Imagine Dragons is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Imagine Dragons' lineup consists of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman.

They're alternative pop though. - zxm

Too poppy to even be considered alternative electronic pop or pop rock is more accurcate.

18 Avenged Sevenfold (Metal) Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal band, that was formed 1999 in California. Their longest lineup of members was M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums). ...read more.

Well, yes and no
Originally metalcore
Now a blend between hard rock and heavy metal - yungstirjoey666

Not a metal band and never was a metal band plain and simple.

Garbage, and I wish they didn't waste their talent on this - Morbid_Deth

19 Dead by Sunrise (Nu Metal) Dead by Sunrise was an American rock supergroup formed in 2005 by Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington. The band also consisted of Amir Derakh, Ryan Shuck, Brandon Belsky, Elias Andra, and Anthony "Fu" Valcic from Julien-K and Orgy.

Alternative rock is more accurcate they have no nu metal elements or even rap elements at all so stop calling them nu metal.

20 Avenged Sevenfold (Alternative Rock) Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal band, that was formed 1999 in California. Their longest lineup of members was M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums). ...read more.

They are alternative though. - BlueTelegraph

Why do some people call this band Alternative, it's Heavy Metal/Hard Rock. - Soulstealer

21 Coldplay (Pop) Coldplay are a British rock band formed in 1996. The band consists of Chris Martin (lead vocalist and pianist), Jonny Buckland (lead guitarist), Guy Berryman (bassist) and Will Champion (drummer and backing vocalist). Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member. The band renamed ...read more.

They are pop that's just a fact. - BlueTelegraph

22 Iron Maiden (Power Metal) Iron Maiden are an English Heavy Metal / Hard Rock band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm ...read more.
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