Top 10 Non-Metal Musicians Who Like Metal Music

I put higher musicians:
- whose own genres are far from metal, such as jazz, country, pop or folk

- who proved better they love metal

The Top Ten

1 Lady GaGa Lady GaGa Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is the first female artist to ever since Cher to get nominated by the Grammys and Emmys . In 2013, during her era on Artpop, she was chosen to perform in a concert from iTunes . more.

I listened to heavy metal lover, not for metal fans by the way - EliHbk

Lady Gaga is probably the most high profile pro-metal musician of the 21st century by far. She mainly loves Metallica but not only - she talked about her old metal days in Jersey and the Lower East Side. She's a proud metalhead and she has a long track record of celebrating and working with heavy metal that goes deeper than the aesthetics of the typical modern celebrities.
While headlining Lolapalooza she danced to Metallica’s "Metal Militia"!
Metallica's drummer Lars Ulrich said about her:
'I knew she was a metal chick at heart, but I didn't know how deep her metal roots were. Her relationship with Metallica goes way back - like deep album cuts on the early couple records."
In 2017 Lady Gaga joined Metallica for band's Grammy performance of "Moth into Flame". Performing with Metallica was like a dream come true and she awarded herself with a new tattoo inspired by Metallica's "Moth Into Flame". But this collaboration was met with mostly negative responses from ...more - Metal_Treasure

2 Ryan Adams

He's a country musician who always wanted to be in a metal band and proved it - in 2010 he recorded the album Orion, a tribute to Voivod (Canadian metal band, obviously his favorite metal band). - Metal_Treasure

3 Dave Grohl Dave Grohl David Eric "Dave" Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer. He is best known as the drummer for the grunge band Nirvana and the vocalist/guitarist for the alternative rock band Foo Fighters.

Foo Fighters! - PeeledBanana

His genre is close to metal and loving metal isn't a big surprise but he's really an enormous metal fan and did more than just loving/listening to metal - he recorded his own one-off metal album (Probot, 2004), described by Grohl as "a death metal Supernatural".
The album features metal musicians whom Grohl admired - members of Venom, Voivod, King Diamond, Celtic Frost, Sepultura, Napalm Death, and more.
In an interview he said Voivod blew his mind in the 80s. - Metal_Treasure

4 John Darnielle

John Darnielle is the singer/songwriter for indie folk band The Mountain Goats. Oddly enough, perhaps their best known song is "The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton" - about two high school kids who form a death metal band.
But Darnielle's metal love doesn't stop there - he also wrote a book about Black Sabbath's Master of Reality for the 33 1/3 series.
Also, for Pitchfork's "Situation Critical" feature, where musicians choose songs to soundtrack hypothetical situations, all of his selections were songs by Danzig. - Metal_Treasure

5 Demi Lovato Demi Lovato

She said "[Metal isn't] all I listen to, of course, but there was a period of time where it was. I guess it started in school. I started listening to stuff with screaming in it, and then I started [exploring] more metal. MySpace helped me a lot, and friends will tell me about certain bands. And some of the bands I like aren't necessarily too metal. It's funny, because the Jonas Brothers dance and play dance music in their dressing room, and I'll be across the hall, and I just blare metal. People walk by and go, 'Really? ' "
What she likes in metal?
She obviously respects the musicianship because she explained "It's so completely different from anything else. You've got vocals that I can't do, the double bass drums, the incredible guitar solos... every part of the band does more difficult stuff than your average rock band does. I listen to these bands, and I wish I could do all of that, but I can't." - Metal_Treasure

6 Kenny G.

He's a sax player of smooth jazz! But he was seen at least twice at Opeth shows in LA (Opeth are a death metal band from Sweden).
Why Opeth don't invite him to play a sax solo on their next album? Opeth stuff is progressive enough and can include some odd sections, in my opinion. Some other metal bands already did it - Tobias Sammet sang jazz in the middle of a power metal song. And I liked it.
(check out the list Top 10 Metal Songs that Include Rare / Atypical Combinations with Other Music Genres) - Metal_Treasure

7 Avril Lavigne Avril Lavigne

Her "Fuel" sucked, honestly, her singing was emotionless, absolutely - EliHbk

She's a big metal fan and even sang live Metallica's Fuel, when she was 18-19. - Metal_Treasure

8 Rivers Cuomo Rivers Cuomo Rivers Cuomo is an American musician and singer-songwriter. He is best known as the lead vocalist, lead guitarist and songwriter of the alternative rock band Weezer, with whom he has recorded eleven studio albums.

Rivers was actually inspired by Kirk Hammet to learn guitar I think and I think Maladroit had some inspiration from bands like Black Sabbath as I heard. So Rivers was definitely a fan of the genre. - cjWriter1997

Weezer's band member was a member of prog-metal band Avant Garde (active from 1985-1990), before Weezer was formed.
Also, Weezer's 2002 album Maladroit incorporated some metal riffing into their usually softer sound.
Cuomo's most recent reference to his metal past is the title of Weezer's 2010 compilation Death to False Metal. - Metal_Treasure

9 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1988, he started the grunge band Nirvana. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his Seattle home in 1994.

You may be surprised he loved Celtic Frost - one of the bands that pioneered extreme metal in the 80s (prototypes for black, death and thrash metal). Cobain's favorite Celtic Frost album was To Mega Therion. - Metal_Treasure

He also really enjoyed The Melvins who, especially back in those days, were about as 'heavy' as you could get...

10 Beck Beck Beck Hansen, known by stage name Beck, is an American singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He is mostly known for his musical composition, as well as a palette of sonic genres.

He's a fan of Carcass - a band that plays death metal, goregrind/grindcore. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Deryck Whibley Deryck Whibley Deryck Jason Whibley (Born March 21, 1980) is a Canadian musician, best known as the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, songwriter and producer of the punk rock band Sum 41.

He even covered Metallica's "Master of Puppets" live. - BoredJeff02

12 Amy Lee Amy Lee Amy Lynn Hartzler, known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer-songwriter, classically trained pianist and composer. She is also the lead singer to the Arkansas band Evanescence.

She's not very high on this list because her own genre is close to metal but she should be on here because she likes... death metal. Which is too far from what she sings. She started listening to death metal at 15-16. - Metal_Treasure

13 Mike Dirnt Mike Dirnt Michael Ryan Pritchard, known professionally as Mike Dirnt, is an American musician best known for being the co-founder, bassist, backing and occasional lead vocalist of the American punk rock band Green Day.

He has cited Cliff Burton as an influence, alongside wearing a "...And Justice for All" shirt in the music video for "Revolution Radio", so I'm sure he's a Metallica fan. - CrimsonShark

14 Bruce Forsyth

He was a singer and dancer and was an Iron Maiden fan and even attended the same show as me in London 2013. No lie. May he rest in peace, charmer. - IronSabbathPriest

15 Eric Church

Wasn't he a country musician? I didn't know he likes metal. - Metal_Treasure

16 Lemmy Kilmister Lemmy Kilmister Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead.

Nope. Lemmy said many times he didn't like metal. He reiterated to Der Spiegel in 2014: "I do not particularly like heavy metal." - Metal_Treasure

I doubt he isn't into metal cause didn't he cover songs by Metallica, Iron Maiden, and Ozzy Osbourne? Just saying. - Aragorn98

Yep, Lemmy's relationship with metal is a mystery. - Metal_Treasure

17 Billie Joe Armstrong Billie Joe Armstrong Billie Joe Armstrong is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor who is best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and guitarist of the punk rock band Green Day, which he co-founded with Mike Dirnt.
18 Jerry Cantrell Jerry Cantrell Jerry Fulton Cantrell Jr. is an American musician who is best known as the lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist and main songwriter for the rock band Alice in Chains.

I think he is a metal musician because Alice in Chains play Sludge/Doom Metal and they are on Metal Archives - christangrant

19 Chester Bennington Chester Bennington Chester Charles Bennington (March 20th, 1976 - July 20th, 2017) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park. He also has a few side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 due to depression.
20 Chris Cornell Chris Cornell Chris Cornell was an American rock musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as former lead vocalist and songwriter for the supergroup Audioslave. He died on May 17, 2017.

Same with Jerry Cantrell but Soundgarden are little bit different from what Alice in Chains played while yes they both are grunge bands their type of grunge is different from bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Soundgarden,Alice in Chains and also Melvins combined Metal with alternative elements and all 3 bands are on Metal archives because of this so in my opinion the musicans from those bands are metal musicans. - christangrant

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