Top 10 Bands People Call Rock Bands but Aren't


The Top Ten

1 Twenty One Pilots Twenty One Pilots is an American musical duo that is originally from Columbus, Ohio, who are best known for their songs "Stressed Out", "Heathens" and "Ride". Currently there are two members, Tyler Joseph (lead vocals, piano, keyboards, synthesizers, ukulele, bass and guitar) and Josh Dun (drums and more.

Can't believe people consider them as rock. - Userguy44

Alternative Rap

Even one picture of them, can give me Cancer and Aids, that's how much I hate this band.

You realize alternative music is just a really commercial subgenre of rock music right? - ProPanda

Here I agree with you, it's a shame that the genre was invaded by bunches of posers. - Lotuscandy

2 My Chemical Romance My Chemical Romance was an American rock band from Jersey City, New Jersey, active from 2001 to 2013. For much of their career, the band consisted of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, bassist Mikey Way, and drummer Bob Bryar.

Just because you don't like them doesn't mean they're not rock. Listen to any song from any album that isn't Danger Days.

Pop punk
Alternative rock

3 Panic! At The Disco Panic! at the Disco is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 and featuring the current lineup of vocalist Brendon Urie, accompanied on tour by bassist Dallon Weekes, guitarist Kenneth Harris, and drummer Dan Pawlovich.

They are Rock, but one of the worst subgenres of rock, Emo. The only rock subgenre which is worse than emo, is Nu-Metal, god Nu-Metal is terrible!

4 One Direction One Direction (commonly abbreviated as 1D) were a British-Irish pop boy band based in London, composed of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and previously, Zayn Malik until his departure from the band on 25 March 2015. The group signed with Simon Cowell's record label Syco Records more.

I have no idea how anyone could possibly mistake this for rock and not be trolling. There is nothing rock about this group at all. - 3DG20

What are Arctic Monkeys doing on here? And above One Direction and Jonas Brothers, seriously? - Lotuscandy

Yeah, here I agree. They are mostly a pop band. - zxm

5 Blood on the Dance Floor Blood on the Dance Floor is an American scene duo currently consisting of Dahvie Vanity and Fallon Vendetta that formed in 2006. Former members include Jayy von Monroe (2009-2016) and Garrett Ecstasy (2009). All of them provided vocals to the project. more.

It's not a band at all! It's a piece of crap - LightningStrike

They shouldn't even be considered a "Band" - christangrant

6 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.

Actually most bands here are rock bands. What is rock music? It's a genre with distorted guitar riffs, Drumming (with a massive use of snare), both guitar and drums have been covered by bass guitar. Most importantly the uses of manual instruments - guitar, bass, drums, keyboards are primary being focused in it. In this case, pop punk, pop rock, alternative pop, folk-rock, blues rock are also rock. - zxm

They are rock. Listen to their earlier music. - 3DG20

In my opinion there genres consist of

Nu metal
Alternative rock
Rap rock
Rap metal
Alternative metal
Industrial rock/metal
Hard rock
Pop rock

7 Arctic Monkeys The Arctic Monkeys, otherwise known as the Death Ramps, are a British indie rock band formed in 2002 in Sheffield, England. The band consists of Alex Turner (lead vocalist, songwriter, electric and rhythm guitarist), Jamie Cook (electric and rhythm guitarist, songwriter), Matt Helders (percussionist, more.
8 5 Seconds of Summer 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 more.

Teen girls think they're so punk rock for listening to them...just no.

9 Brokencyde Brokencyde is an American crunkcore musical group from Albuquerque, New Mexico, founded in 2006. The group's lineup consists of David "Se7en" Gallegos and Michael "Mikl" Shea, and musically are one of the founding groups in the crunkcore genre, which is crunk hip-hop with screamed vocals.
10 Coldplay 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 more.

They were alternative rock and piano rock first. Now they're some kind of Indie pop band. - Userguy44

The Contenders

11 Three Days Grace 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. more.

Three Days Grace is alternative rock so technically their rock.

In my opinion, alternative rock is more pop. That's like they say baroque pop, but it should be rock - PinkF

If that’s not rock, then what is it? Jazz? - 3DG20

12 Theory of a Deadman Theory of a Deadman is a Canadian post-grunge band. Formed in 2001, the band is currently signed to Roadrunner Records as well as 604 Records. They were discovered by Nickelback lead singer Chad Kroeger.

They're rock what - EliHbk

This band is Rock, unlike TDG their not alternative.

13 Bring Me the Horizon Bring Me the Horizon is a British rock band from Sheffield, Yorkshire. Formed in 2004, the group currently consists of vocalist Oliver Sykes, guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt Kean, drummer Matt Nicholls, and keyboardist Jordan Fish. They are signed to RCA Records globally and Columbia Records exclusively more.

Pop rock
Alternative metal

14 The Jonas Brothers The Jonas Brothers are an American pop rock band. Formed in 2005, they gained popularity from their appearances on the Disney Channel television network.

Agreed here again, they are mostly a pop band. - zxm

15 Blink-182 Blink-182 are a Pop Punk band formed in 1992. Original lineup were Mark Hoppus (Bass Guitar, Vocals) more.

Pop punk. It's a rock subgenre. - Userguy44

Pop punk, alternative rock etc all these genres are sub-genres of rock. So, it's a rock band. - zxm

They are rock, so get them off the list.

Pop punk
Skate punk
Alternative rock

16 Maroon 5 Maroon 5 is an American pop rock band that originated in Los Angeles, California. Before the current group was established, the original four members, Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael Mickey Madden and Ryan Dusick, formed a band known as Kara's Flowers in 1994, while they were still in high school.

They WERE rock, but then they threw it all away and became pure pop.

They are also sell outs

17 Imagine Dragons 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 don't have any rock in their sound. It's pop rock and indie pop. Period... - Userguy44

Alternative pop, a massive use of pop elements. But they have rock style too. So, in my opinion they are little bit of rock too. - zxm

18 Fall Out Boy Fall Out Boy is an American pop rock band formed in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in 2001. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, guitarist Joe Trohman, and drummer Andy Hurley.
19 Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983. more.

Look at the band description! They're alternative rock and funk-rock. - Userguy44

20 Bastille Bastille are an English indie pop band formed in 2010. The group began as a solo project by singer Dan Smith, who later decided to form a band. Beside Smith, the four-piece consists of Chris Wood, Will Farquarson, and Kyle Simmons.

Pure indie pop. - Userguy44

They are the style

Indie pop. A little bit of rock style in it. - zxm

21 Green Day 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 more.

Pop punk is a subgenre of rock! - Userguy44

22 Train Train is an American roots rock band from San Francisco, formed in 1993. The band currently consists of Patrick Monahan, Jimmy Stafford, Jerry Becker, Luis Maldonaldo, Hector Maldonado, Drew Shoals, Nikita Houston and Sakai Smith.
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