Top 10 Music Genres Metalheads Listened to Before Metal

Nobody starts with metal very early in life unless your parents are metal fans. Everyone listens to something else before metal. Metal music is a choice people usually make after the age of 10.

Tell us where you were before metal.

The Top Ten

1 Hard Rock Hard Rock Hard Rock is a subgenre of rock music known for having heavier guitar riffs/solos. It originated around 1964-1965 with various Garage Rock bands.

This is me. I guess my transition to metal was easier compared to some other metal fans who listened to genres that are far from metal. I listened to Queen, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Whitesnake, to name a few.
I was lucky because I had no restrictions, no pressure from other people. I was free to choose my favorite music - rock and then metal. - Metal_Treasure

I first listened to bands like AC/DC and Motley Crue before I listened to Metallicas Seek & Destroy which was rhe first Metal song I have heard from Memory - christangrant

This is a quote by the Toptenner and metalhead gemcloben:
"I continued listening to Queen, and I had a huge obsession with it. I had all of their songs, I listened to them all the time and knew everything about them. My sister said "it won't last, when you get older, you will start liking good music, like Beyonce"... How wrong was she." (post "how I became obsessed with music")
Yes, she was wrong - his favorite genre is thrash metal! - Metal_Treasure

2 Classic Rock

I listened to Dire Straits, Foreigner, The Rolling Stones (these are only some of the bands). - Metal_Treasure

3 Pop Rock

If Bryan Adams is pop rock, then - yes. I still like him. - Metal_Treasure

4 Pop
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6 Alternative Rock Alternative Rock

Visitor: "Since I've heard all of the songs by Linkin Park, I wanted to try out on newer bands. Even though I loved this band, it seemed like it's time to try listening to something new. This gave me two options: a similarly-sounding or lighter Taking Back Sunday, or a more aggressive Metallica? During those days, since I wanted to get relieved with stress in school and that I easily got pissed at my classmates in group projects, I chose heavier and more aggressive music, so of course, now you knew my choice, then what song got me into them? It's the overrated "Enter Sandman". - Metal_Treasure

I quoted this visitor comment from another list - it described very well the transition to metal. - Metal_Treasure

7 Country

This is true I used to listen to country music but I don't anymore because its just Pop songs with Words like Beer Redneck Trucks Tractors thrown In. - christangrant

8 Progressive Rock Progressive Rock
9 Folk / Ethnic Music
10 Grunge Grunge Grunge (sometimes referred to as the Seattle sound) is a subgenre of alternative rock and a subculture that emerged during the mid-1980s .

The Contenders

11 Punk Punk Punk rock is a subgenre of rock music. It usually has rebellious lyrics and down stroked power chords played on guitars. Bad Religion, Sex Pistols, and Green Day (actually pop-punk, which is still punk in a way) are a few punk rock bands. The subgenre influenced thrash metal because of it's down stroked more.
12 Classical Classical
13 Post-Grunge

I think inhave heard some post grunge songs because I looked around and found some Creed and Nickelback albums - christangrant

14 Electronic Electronic
15 Blues Rock Blues Rock
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