Top 10 Bands People Consider Rock, Punk or Metal that Aren't

Some of these bands people consider to be rock, punk or metal but really aren't to be honest.

The Top Ten

1 Guns N' Roses Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Apart from hard rock they are also more.

Uh. Most bands are rock here. You should have left the word rock out of this list. - Userguy44

They aren't metal or punk. But they're hard rock. And hard is a genre of rock. - zxm

Just like AC/DC this band has easily been mistaken for Metal. Guns N' Roses like AC/DC is hard rock not metal.

But...they are rock... - Alpha101

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.

Addition to my first comment: when a band plays different subgenres, it's more difficult to say what they are. My Chemical Romance have mostly alt rock songs but also punk-based songs. - Metal_Treasure

They don't sound punk like, they sound more alternative metal than Punk.

Rock... - Alpha101

This is an interesting case - I wouldn't say they are metal, alternative or not. But alternative rock - yes. I don't trust wiki very much when it comes to metal subgenres but I would agree with wiki on the genres played by My Chemical Romance - alternative rock, emo, pop punk, post-hardcore, punk rock.
No metal among them. But BoredJeff02 correctly identified the "alternative" nature of the majority of their songs. - Metal_Treasure

3 A Day to Remember A Day to Remember (often abbreviated ADTR) is an American rock band from Ocala, Florida, founded in 2003 by guitarist Tom Denney and drummer Bobby Scruggs. They are known for their unusual amalgamation of metalcore and pop punk. The band currently consists of vocalist Jeremy McKinnon, rhythm guitarist more.

Doesn't sound punk like at all sounds more like post- emo or hardcore- emo.

Really like the acoustic version of, I'm Already Gone. - Britgirl

4 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.

Nirvana's grunge all right but not metal in the slightest.

Also rock...

5 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.

They think calling themselves punk would make them cool, talented. But it's wrong. One can be talented or cool from any genre. If he/she/they try hard. - zxm

They are the least punky band that ever linked.

Their not punk at all...

6 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.

Pop/Electronic band yes but rock? No just no...

Imagine Dragons is Pop. Pop is better than Rock. This proves Imagine Dragons is good. Anyone agree? - AlphaQ

7 Fuel

This band commonly known for the song Hemorrhage In My Hands is no where near Metal at all.

8 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.

Quite an easy misconception AC/DC is Hard Rock no where near Metal at all.

I think somehow the list title has changed. Otherwise all of these bands are rock bands. - zxm

Well the list is generally bands people consider to be rock, metal or punk that aren't. People consider this band metal like even though it is. I never said this band wasn't rock like.

9 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.

They sound more like a pop band than a actual rock band.

Dudes, I miss the From Under A Cork Tree era

10 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 isn't punk, it's a poser genre. Just because three dudes dye their hair and wear eyeliner doesn't automatically make you punk. Punk is definitely not a form of pop music either.

Real Punk: Misfits, Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, and Rise Against.

Fake Punk: GREEN DAY, Blink 182, Simple Plan, and Good Charlotte.

Green Day's punk so they really don't belong here.


The Contenders

11 Staind Staind was a Alternative Metal band formed in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1995. more.

After hearing what Metal_Treasure said about Staind I don't find it hard to see why. I thought they were metal at first but they aren't their mellow which is a difference.

12 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.

Their commonly labeled as a Nu Metal band but to me they sound more like Alternative Rock than Nu Metal.

13 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.

Yes - Userguy44

14 Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Formed in 1989 by frontman Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz, the group was originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids with their theatrical performances gathering a local cult following in the early 1990s. more.
15 Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock band and, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.
16 Tool Tool is an American progressive/alternative/post-metal band, that was formed in 1990. more.
17 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.

Industrial metal. - Userguy44

18 Avenged Sevenfold 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). more.
19 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.

They are rock, but I hear people calling them a metal band all of the time. - 3DG20

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