Top Ten Most Diverse and Varied Music Artists

These bands are often very diverse and sometimes don't fit into a single genre.
The Top Ten
1 Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in London in 1970. The original lineup was Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), Roger Taylor (drums, vocals), and John Deacon (bass guitar, vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band more.

Opera: Who wants to live forever
Hard rock: I want it all, Hammer to fall
Rock: One vision (and a lot more)
Glam rock: Now I'm here
Trash metal: Stone cold crazy
Blues: My melancholy blues
Funky: Another one bites the dust
Pop: Kind of magic

Yup deserves number 1 just for their Hot Space album, not their best album but its very varied, it has Queen doing these genres, Pop, Rock, Funk, Disco, and R&B and Queen did pretty much perfected all the genres on that album.

No other band could be first. They are like a weird combination of opera, glam, metal, hard rock, sometimes dance and even pop

Well-deserved place for them on the top.

2 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd are an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and Bass), and Richard Wright (Vocals and Keyboard). Barrett was replaced by Gilmour in 1968. more.

Even within albums like The Wall all the songs are very different

3 The Beatles The Beatles were an English pop 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 more.

Overrated or what, you have to admit they were able to experiment with a wide range of music. You have your typical pop songs like Please Please Me to your wildly experimental song Revolution 9

4 David Bowie David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie (January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016) was an English singer born in London, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He is credited for his experimental and creative musical discography which has won praise and accolades for many critics and fans. more.

I nearly voted for Queen, but I'd say Bowie's diversifying has been a bit more consistent in quality than Queen's (Hot Space, anyone? ).

5 Blind Guardian Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large more.

I can't name another metal band that tried several metal subgenres and nailed all of them, creating at least one masterpiece in the respective subgenres. There are other metal bands that experimented but failed at least at one genre. In contrast, Blind Guardian created some of the best songs in some subgenres.
1) Symphonic metal: Wheel Of Time, Sacred Worlds, The Throne
2) Thrashy speed metal: Majesty, Banish From Sanctuary
3) Progressive Power metal: And Then There Was Silence
4) Power metal: Mirror Mirror
5) Heavy Metal: Thorn, I'm Alive
6) Acoustic folk ballads: The Bard's Song (In the Forest), Skalds and Shadows
Also, many Blind Guardian songs can't be put in any of these subgenres because this band also tried some unusual subgenre combinations. And it worked. But what is the genre of Tanelorn (Into The Void) or Bright Eyes, for example? I will never know.

6 Buckethead Brian Patrick Carroll, known professionally as Buckethead, is an American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked within many genres of music.

If its about varied music artist then Buckethead beats every artists in this list. He has a very wide range of music. Rock, metal, funk, jazz, blues, and of course his experimental music. On metallum they have stated "various". He has played countless amount of music genres.

7 Coldplay Coldplay are a British pop 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.
8 Metallica Metallica is an American Heavy/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". more.

Don't deserve to be too high but they are quite diverse a band. They can do power ballads, typical thrash metal, the more mainstream stuff like Enter Sandman. Stuff like St Anger and LuLu, hate them or not were the band experimenting and showing they deserve to be on this list

9 Damon Albarn Damon Albarn is an English singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is known as the lead singer of the British rock band Blur, the co-founder, vocalist, instrumentalist and principal songwriter of the virtual band Gorillaz. He was born on March 23, 1968, in Whitechapel, London, England. Albarn more.

I was going to put Gorillaz and Blur on the list but decided that Damon Albarn himself deserves a spot. He clearly likes experimenting with different bands with different styles and also with the newer Hong Kong themed Blur album

10 Porcupine Tree Porcupine Tree are an English progressive rock band formed by musician Steven Wilson in 1987. The band began essentially as a solo project for Wilson, who created all of the band's music.
The Contenders
11 The Mothers of Invention The Mothers of Invention were an American rock band from California. Formed in 1964, their work is marked by the use of sonic experimentation, innovative album art, and elaborate live shows.
12 The Clash The Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk.

You have the purer punk stuff then you have the reggae and rockabilly stuff. I tend to prefer the punkier stuff but it's all good

13 Eminem Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce more.

Eminem is one of the most diversed artists when other rappers centrals around US and UK. Even Asians (me) know Eminem. Russia is the biggest fan of Eminem actually

Yes he remained the same genre but he clearly messed around with his hip hop style, experimenting with different artists and different rhyming structures

14 Billy Bragg

A small amount of people know this singer but he's one of my favourites and he varies his music a lot from folkier stuff to more punky songs. He can also do a good ballad

15 Between the Buried and Me Between the Buried and Me is an American progressive metal band from Raleigh, North Carolina. Formed in 2000, the band consists of Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr.

This band loves to incorporate a lot of odd ball genres in their songs, what originally started as an okay Metalcore band eventually grew to one of the finest bands in prog of the 21st Century

16 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was an English hard rock band formed in London in 1968 as the New Yardbirds. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums) and was very much the child of Jimmy Page who even financed their first tour. He had tasted some previous success with The [original] Yardbirds and was friendly with some big names in rock. Page states it was Keith Moon of The Who that claimed the band could only go down, like a lead balloon -- thus prompting the iconic name of Led Zeppelin. The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition as one of the progenitors more.
17 Muse Muse are an English alternative rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The members are Matt Bellamy (lead vocal, lead guitar, piano, keyboard), Dom Howard (drums, percussion) and Chris Wolstenholme (bass, backing vocals). They've won several awards including 5 MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, 2 more.
18 Avril Lavigne Avril Ramona Lavigne is a Canadian–French singer-songwriter and actress. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain; by 16, she had signed a two-album recording contract with Arista Records worth more than $2 million.
19 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). more.

Similar to David Bowie in the way that you can love one of their songs and hate another. I guess when a band lasts so long they like to play around with their music

20 Alice In Chains Alice in Chains is an American grunge/alternative metal band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley.
21 Slipknot Slipknot is an American metal band formed in Des Moines, Iowa in 1996. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Alternative Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror inspired masks. more.

Their third album onward has a lot of experimental tracks, ranging from Heavy Metal, Hard Alternative, Hard Rock and even Alternative Rock and Soft Rock. Their fourth album isn't even Nu Metal, more leaning towards Traditional Metal and even having Thrash Metal elements.

22 Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. more.
23 Dream Theater Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", only to change its name to Dream Theater later. more.
24 Nina Hagen Catharina Hagen, better known by her stage name Nina Hagen, is a German singer-songwriter and actress born on March 11, 1955 in former East Berlin. more.
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