Top Ten Bands Whose Songs All Sound the Same

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These bands... Just try something different for a change.

The Top Ten

1 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 ...read more.

Spot on!

"YOU SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG! "

"WE'RE ON THE HIGHWAY TO HELL! "

"I'M BACK IN BLACK! "

Yes, we get it, AC/DC. You have perfected the art of creating boring, uninventive radio rock. - PetSounds

Well, I like AC/DC, but I have to agree that they sound very similar and sounds like they are parodying themselves. There are prime examples of this: "TNT", "Jailbreak", and "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap"; "You Shook Me All Night Long" and "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pullution"; and everything with the 12 bar blues riff to name a few. They use the minor pentatonic scale and power chords for all of their songs and write about the same stuff. Like I said, I like AC/DC, they just sound the same. - blake_meinhardt

Highly uncreative and boring. - Ananya

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2 Nickelback Nickelback Nickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger, and drummer Daniel Adair.

Nothing more repetitive, its objectivity fact. - Metalhead83927

They suck - CygnusX99

One Of The Most Repitative Bands Ever. - FettiMC

Make this number 1! I've heard different songs from AC⚡DC - LightningStrike

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3 Disturbed Disturbed Disturbed is an American nu metal/ alternative rock/ alternative metal band from Chicago, Illinois. The band comprises vocalist David Draiman, bassist John Moyer, guitarist Dan Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren. They are known for songs like "Down With the Sickness" and "Stricken" .

I love me some Disturbed but the vocal riffs in more than a few songs sound a tad too similar to one another.

I like some of Disturbed’s songs, but their songs sound WAY too much the same, like, how can you not say that both Down with the Sickness and Ten Thousand Fists has very similar sounding riffs?

4 Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin is a American post-grunge/alternative metal band formed in 1998. The bands members all changed in the time between 2010 to 2014, with the exception of Ben Burnley (Vocals). The Ex-Members included Chad Szeliga (Drums), Aaron Fink (Guitar) and Mark Klepaspi (Bass). ...read more.

No Ember sounds different than the previous albums. - Soulstealer

It was my favourite band at 15, now all their songs sound the same...

Every album sounds like every other.

Yeah honestly... I like Breaking Benjamin, too, but they haven't really changed their sound at all. - YCLP33

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5 Limp Bizkit Limp Bizkit Limp Bizkit is an American nu metal band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 1994. Their lineup consists of Fred Durst, Sam Rivers, John Otto, and Wes Borland.

The same? No, each song is unique. Maybe with the exception of a few songs from "golden cobra". - brutalmetalbloke

6 Imagine Dragons 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.

Like them but are very repetitive

Eh. As a fan, I kinda agree but there are a few songs that sound different than most of their songs. - TheDarkOne_221b

Boring music

Same body, different dressing.

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7 Cannibal Corpse Cannibal Corpse Cannibal Corpse is a American death metal band from Buffalo, New York, formed in 1988. The band is known for their graphic album covers, explicitly violent lyrics and song titles like "I C** Blood" The group got into mainstream after performing the song "Hammer Smashed Face" in the 1994 film Ace Ventura: ...read more.

All of them are basically growling, generic fast riffs, fast drumming, and similar lyrics. There isn't a single song that sounds very diverse for this band. Not saying it out of hate, but as facts - TheDarkOne_221b

This is the dick measuring contest of metal

It still sounds really good though not gonna lie to yall - lilrocketman

Your right, but its not like its any use, I mean you can't even kind of make out the lyrics. the music itself is basically just blast beats on the drums and sweep picking on the guitar for five minutes and finally its over.

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8 Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine 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.

They're great but their songs sound pretty similar, since their themes and feeling are similar.

I love this band, but you have to admit that their style, at least in their original albums, is very predictable and to-the-point. RatM have such a recognizable style because most of their songs share so many of the same features, formulas, themes, etc. I think of it like a lifetime supply of chocolate. It's hella good, but you know what you're gonna expect.

This is coming from someone who hasn't listened to Renegades yet, by the way.

It sounds different but it's the same basic concept. I wouldn't vote.

9 Mumford and Sons Mumford and Sons Mumford & Sons are a British rock band from London, formed in 2007. The band consists of Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall and Ted Dwane.

"something heart something hand something love something she" *guitar gets quiet* *SUDDEN BANJO*

10 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 ...read more.

Nope. Most of their songs are very different, with a few sounding a bit similar, but not all the same - TheDarkOne_221b

Actually LP experimented with a lot of genres including Nu Metal, Alt Metal, Alt Rock, Rap Rock, Electronic Rock & even Pop Rock on their final albums for which they started getting the bad reputation of selling out. Them being placed higher on this list is kinda ironic since the only reason they started experimenting is because critics started accused them of being monotonous & samey. Seems like some people just keep searching for reasons to hate a band/artist they dislike - Joeljohns249

The voters probably mean songs within one album sounding too similar. I can hardly tell apart Figure.09 from Lying from You - Alkadikce

Nah. Their new stuff isn't the same as their old ones. - Misfire

I like Linkin Park but I agree. They are kinda repetitive.

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The Newcomers

? Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch, often shortened to Five Finger or Death Punch, also abbreviated as 5FDP or FFDP, is an American Alternative Metal/Alternative Rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Formed in 2005, the band's name comes from the kung fu movie The Five Fingers of Death.
? Theory of a Deadman 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.

The Contenders

11 Slayer Slayer 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.

Almost 65% of their songs have the same drum beats and same vocal speed. - TheDarkOne_221b

Their songs sound very similar in the sense of a punk band, just a lot of raw, thrashtastic energy

The guitar are just 000000000000 [insert random power chord] 00000000 [insert another random power chord]
And the drums are always the same cliche skank rhythm which gets old real soon

12 Motörhead Motörhead Motörhead were an English heavy metal band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was the sole constant member; guitarist and songwriter Larry Wallis; and drummer Lucas Fox. The band's harsh vocals and fast paced tempos helped inspire speed metal and ...read more.

Okay who ever put this on here line up for your ass whooping. RIP Lemmy. They don't deserve to be on this list. Just listen to all there albums dammit!

I really only thought they only had one song...

13 Tool Tool Tool is an American progressive/alternative/post-metal band, that was formed in 1990. ...read more.

Unfortunately most of their music does sound very similar. I enjoy a lot of it but it gets redundant after a bit.

If someone says EVERY Tool song sounds the same, and connects it with a Perfect Circle saying that their music sounds like Tool, is either uneducated or is deaf.

This is a joke right? They have a distinctive sound, sure. But each song is very unique and each album is a totally new journey. - 10Jackson

Uhhh...Why is this here? Can anyone explain WHY this is here? We got some deaf people on this forum

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14 The Fray The Fray The Fray is an American rock band from Denver, Colorado. Formed in 2002 by schoolmates Isaac Slade and Joe King, they achieved success with the release of their debut album, How to Save a Life in 2005, which was certified double platinum by the RIAA and platinum in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and ...read more.
15 One Direction 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 ...read more.

All of their songs arw generic and sound the same they are a trashy boy band and suck @$$ - christangrant

16 Three Days Grace 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. ...read more.
17 Dragonforce Dragonforce DragonForce are a British power metal band based in London, England. Formed in 1999, the group are known for their long and fast guitar solos, fantasy-themed lyrics, and electronic sounds in their music to add to their retro video game-influenced sound.

Their lyrics are all just random sentences that sound epic and fantastical, but has no real meaning. They sound the same in pretty much all of their songs

ZP Theart was the better lead singer. All the songs are the same "blah blah blood hope glory blah blah fire fury something something" to be true

18 Evanescence Evanescence Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.

I sadly have to vote for Evanescence. Their music is good, but just all sound depressing. - MontyPython

I agree somewhat, not ALL of their songs sound alike, but a lot of them have a depressing yet beautiful theme. They are not bad at all.

Even though Evanescence is one of my favorite bands and always will be, their songs are a bit repetitive per album.

Its all the same. No more no less

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19 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror inspired masks. ...read more.

"Facepalms hard" Next thing you know, Pink Floyd is gonna be added on here. - TheDarkOne_221b

20 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. ...read more.

A lot of Nirvana songs have gibberish lyrics followed by a occasional grunt or scream. And with average guitar playing, decent singing but yeah definitely sounds the same to me.

Nirvana the same? That's stupid - MrQuaz680

21 Coldplay 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 ...read more.

Each album is different but the songs are similar within the albums. - 10Jackson

Sort of. Pretty much all on Parachute sounds the same. Pretty much all on Ghost Stories sound the same (with a TKOL esque). Pretty much all of their latest stuff sound the same, but less or more it is easy to know which album and such from which.

Only a couple of songs but not all of them. viva la vida and humn of the weekend sounds differnt - Th3Zm0nst3r

22 Bon Jovi Bon Jovi Bon Jovi is a hard rock band formed in 1983, which had a streak of successful albums in the late 1980s. The band originally consisted of lead vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Ritchie Sambora (left in 2013), bassist Alec John Such (left in 1994), keyboard David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. The band's ...read more.
23 Fall Out Boy 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 seem to have similar sounding songs on an album but eac album sounds different. Their newer ones have more of a twist with different sounding songs. - 0w0uwu

24 All Time Low All Time Low All Time Low is an American pop punk band from Towson, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore, formed in 2003. The band currently consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Alex Gaskarth, lead guitarist and backing vocalist Jack Barakat, bassist and backing vocalist Zack Merrick and drummer Rian Dawson. ...read more.

All time low is awesome - andre56

25 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.

Kind of the same problem as AC/DC. Same formula, same chemistry, distinctive vocal work. Know 4 songs, know them all. - JoLeKosovo

True, but they're still one of the best punk rock bands

Listen to the start of Blitzkrieg Bop then listen to the start of Sheena is a punk rocker and you'll see - lelennyface

26 Rise Against Rise Against Rise Against is an American hardcore punk band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1999. The band's current line-up comprises vocalist/rhythm guitarist Tim McIlrath, lead guitarist Zach Blair, bassist Joe Principe and drummer Brandon Barnes. They are known for popularizing punk.

I just went through EndGame and I could have sworn I was listening to the same song for at least 20 minutes, it's very hard for me to tell the difference between each song

27 The Script The Script The Script is an Irish pop rock band formed in 2001. The band comprises keyboardist and lead vocalist Danny O'Donoghue, guitarist and vocalist Mark Sheehan and drummer Glen Power.
28 Suicide Silence Suicide Silence Suicide Silence is an American deathcore band from Riverside, California. Formed in 2002, the band has released four full-length studio albums, one EP and eleven music videos.

Every single song sounds the same to me.

29 The Beatles The Beatles The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented ...read more.

Overrated. - 0w0uwu

No. Their style was constantly changing. Heck, the White Album itself is a myriad of styles. - Gg2000

Nope! That’s the most versatile band ever.

30 Red Hot Chili Peppers Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983. ...read more.

Similar but not the same - Alkadikce

31 Blood on the Dance Floor 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. ...read more.
32 Meshuggah Meshuggah Meshuggah is a Swedish progressive metal band from Umeå, formed in 1987. They are often considered the fathers or founders of the djent metal sub genre due to their use of downtuned guitars. They are also known for their song “Bleed”, which is known for its extremely complicated instrumentation, ...read more.
33 Creed Creed Creed was an American rock band, formed in 1993 in Tallahassee, Florida. The band's best-known line-up consisted of lead vocalist Scott Stapp, guitarist and vocalist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Scott Phillips.
34 3 Doors Down 3 Doors Down 3 Doors Down is an American rock band from Escatawpa, Mississippi that formed in 1996. The band originally consisted of Brad Arnold (vocals/drums), Todd Harrell (bass guitar) and Matt Roberts (guitar). They were soon joined by guitarist Chris Henderson, and later by drummer Richard Liles.
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36 Maroon 5 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.
37 Green Day 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 ...read more.

All of their 90's and most of the 2000's & 10's sounds exactly the same. - Th3Zm0nst3r

Only their modern stuff - Gruunge

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39 BTS (Bangtan Boys)

I love them so much! - lionsforlife

40 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.

No not at all. They can sound different a lot. - Soulstealer

Can you please name me two of their songs that are really different? - Alkadikce

Duplicate (it might be my fault) - Alkadikce

41 Modern Talking Modern Talking Modern Talking were a German synth-pop duo formed in 1983 by singer/pianist Thomas Anders and chorus singer/producer/composer/guitarist Dieter Bohlen best known for their hits "You're My Heart, You're My Soul", "Cheri Cheri Lady" and "Brother Louie", that broke up in 1987 before rejoining in 1998 with ...read more.
42 Bring Me to the Horizon

Like I said this band is a wannabe Three Days Grace. At least Three Days Grace actually starts their songs off with normal singing before the screaming parts happen. But with Bring Me The Horizon not so much, they scream as soon as a song starts, and unlike TDG don't have a good guitar player, drummer, bass player or singer. Overall a very terrible band of the 2000's that doesn't put any EFFORT into their music.

SCREAM SCREAM SCREAM! Predictable guitar riff - IronSabbathPriest

43 The Chainsmokers The Chainsmokers The Chainsmokers are an American DJ and production duo consisting of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. The EDM-pop duo achieved a breakthrough with their 2014 song "#Selfie", which was a top twenty single in several countries.

Same generic beats over and over again. - Userguy44

44 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". ...read more.

If you think Metallica sound the same, you've listened to only a few of their songs - TheDarkOne_221b

Whoever put this here was stoned as hell - CygnusX99

Nooo
Not Metallica - CygnusX99

Why is Metallica on here? They have variety in their songs. - Userguy44

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45 R.E.M. R.E.M. R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by lead singer Michael Stipe, lead guitarist Peter Buck, bassist/backing vocalist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry.

Their sound was in a constant state of change. Compare Murmur to Fables of the Reconstruction to Document to Automatic for the People to Monster and you will hear the difference. - Gg2000

All there songs have this thing in the chorus where it makes you feel like standing up.

46 Bad Religion Bad Religion Bad Religion is an American punk rock band that formed in Los Angeles, California in 1979. The band makes extensive use of soaring three-part vocal harmonies, guitar solos and lyrics that often contain religious and political commentary.
47 Carcass Carcass Carcass are a British extreme metal band from Liverpool, who formed in 1985 and disbanded in 1995. A reformation was enacted in 2007 without one of its original members, drummer Ken Owen, due to health reasons.
48 Behemoth Behemoth Behemoth is a Polish blackened death metal band from Gdańsk, formed in 1991. They are considered to have played an important role in establishing the Polish extreme metal underground.
49 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). ...read more.
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