Top Ten Reasons Why Metal is the Best Genre of Music

The Top Ten

1 Metal takes skill to make

Unlike all the pop songs which have like 3 chords in it, metal is by far the most complicated and tricky to play.

It's actually music, not computer generated crap

2 Metal has the best lyrics
3 Metal is more varied
4 Metal is a very diverse genre

Metal is a diverse genre, and not every band sounds like Cannibal Corpse, like those people who believe that it is satanic think.

You want something fast and aggressive? Slayer, Exodus, Overkill, Kreator, Metallica, and Annihilator.
You want something dark and evil? Venom, Bathory, Decide, Mayhem, Mercyful Fate, and Gorgoroth.
You want something slow but extreme? Electric Wizard, Saint Vitus, Candlemass, and Pentagram.
You want something more complex? Dream Theater, Meshuggah, Opeth, Tool, and Symphony X.
You want the classics? Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Black Sabbath, and Savatage.
You want glorious vocals and melodies? Blind Guardian, Helloween, Avantasia, and Stratovarius.
Or what about the most extreme bands? Cannibal Corpse, Carcass, Nile, Death, and Possessed.

Now do you want to listen to heavy metal?

I'll make my final music post on this when I get back, because my school's internet is trash. - SwagFlicks

The genre of metal itself has not only become very diverse with bands like Starset, Ghost and Hollywood Undead in the mix now, but also the people in the genre, from the musicians down to the fans. It's not just a bunch of angry white guys like some people think, we've got people of different races and members of the LGBTQ+ Community involved now. It's an incredibly inclusive community anymore and for the most part, each song feels unique.

Not sure metal is the BEST genre, but it's defintely a good one and way better than the popular music you see these days... - whattheheckamidoing

5 Metal musicians actually have a lot of talent

Metal isn't one of those genres where anyone can make something good in only 3 minutes, but it takes a lot of great songwriting, and unique talents to make a pretty good Metal song. Because of this, Metal musicians should be appreciated because of that.

A lot of people say that it's just screaming but try "screaming" while also playing extremely complicated guitar pieces at amazingly fast speeds for 4 to 20 some minutes without getting carpal tunnel or a messed up voice

yes - Suicide_Silence777

6 Metal has cooler instruments
7 Metal has some very meaningful lyrics

The lyrics is better than pop or rep

Meaningful lyrics which are also diverse. Bands such as Metallica and Megadeth focus on Politics and personal struggles, while others such as Slayer and Cannibal Corpse focus on horror themes and hell and stuff like that. If you want more fantasy-based lyrics, then I guess Power metal bands such as Blind Guardian and Helloween will do you good with that.

But Eminem does too! - LemonComputer

I find metal lryics to be overlly morbid and melodramic. fanasty and horror is just geeky - RecklessGreed

8 Metal artists actually care about their fans rather than money

Artists like Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj just make a bunch of crap just to make millions of dollars, while Metal bands don't care about popularity, but make music that they think their fans will enjoy. Metallica's song Nothing Else Matters was even about their fans, because they actually cared about their fans, rather than money.

Yes I agree like System of A Down which is my favorite metal bands do care about fans than worrying or caring about money.

Except Axl Rose... - Metalhead1997

Who ever said that? Just because you care about a singer doesn't mean they care about you. - LemonComputer

9 Metal respects women

Metal has some of the best and most talented women musicians : Tarja Turunen, Simone Simons, Angela Gossow, Floor Jansen, Doro Pesch, Alissa White-Gluz and many more!

They don't overly sexualize them, if at all compared to pop and hip hop

10 Metal has cool riffs and a cooler sound

The Contenders

11 Metal is fun to listen to

We've gotten to the point in popular music where a simple drumbeat will be considered an instrumental. Metal, especially Prog metal and genres related to it, have an almost inhuman complexity to them that keeps the listener engaged and entertained. Unless it's Nu metal. We don't talk about that one.

12 Metal has great fans, which actually appreciate the music that the artists make

A normal Pop fan would like a song just because it's popular and their friends like it. A normal Metal fan, though, actually listens to the song, before deciding whether its good or not, because they know that Popular does not mean good, and that it's the good sound along with the lyrics and imagination that make a song good.

However, there is a certain metal band that has fans who are just plain selfish and are never happy of the music given to them.. - LemonComputer

13 Metal is more creative than most other genres

Dubstep is basically just taking a random beat on the computer and playing it over and over again. However, musicians such as Ritchie Blackmore, Steve Harris, Ronnie James Dio, and Dave Mustaine have written many unique songs that have a lot of variety and all sound great.

14 Metal is the most difficult-to-play music genre

It's not that easy to get those noise out of anything in that music, I find it amazing.

I agree with this. Mathcore is hard to play, harder then pretty much any classical piece Ravel could devil up.

15 Metal fans are more loyal to their artists than any other genre

According to Spotify, Metal has the most loyal fans. A normal pop fan would start hating on an artist because they lost popularity, but a true metalhead would stick to their favorite band for the rest of their life, no matter how popular or unpopular they are.

So loyal that they attack every other music genre. - LemonComputer

I've noticed! - Britgirl

Yes, loyalty is a fact. I just wanna make a small addition to DarkenedBrutality comment because some people may misinterpret this part: "a true metalhead would stick to their favorite band [...] no matter how bad their music becomes." Metal fans actually don't tolerate bad music and bash on their fave bands more than any other fanbase. Loyalty is more like sticking to a band no matter how popular or trendy the band is - a metalhead would never say "I was into Iron Maiden for the summer". - Metal_Treasure

16 Metal keeps you pumped up so you don't need to exercise

Metal music can even help for workout - metal is like the purest form of adrenaline and adrenaline is a hormone increasing rates of blood circulation, breathing, and carbohydrate metabolism and preparing muscles for exertion. - Metal_Treasure

Get rid of that nasty Gatorade, and how about you listen to some good heavy metal instead. Songs such as Witching Hour by Venom and Time To Kill by Overkill would greatly help.

17 Metal riffs are amazing

Riffs don't always have to be complex or super gnarly to be great. Take the group Chevelle for example. Now, in my opinion, all their songs are fantastic. But on a realist level, just pick any song of theirs. Like any song. And listen to the riffs they come up with. Simplistic yet satisfying.

If you want more complex riffs and bridges, Tool is the band for you. Tool has their own unique-to-self sound that makes them stand out among most metal groups and most groups in general. Their inspiring use of measures, lyrics, and beats make the band really shine. And their riffs are almost inhuman, as they melt your brain with such melodic and damn near hypnotic tunes.

One of the greatst things about metal in my opinion. - Userguy44

18 Metal actually has time for complex instrumentals

Pop Music is nothing but 3 minutes of torture to the ears and lyrics, and Electronic songs are mainly computerized and very simple. At least Metal music does have some pretty great solos, and some of the best Metal Instrumentals I've heard of so far include Metropolis Pt. 1 by Dream Theater and Stargazer by Rainbow.

Lists like these don't help metal's case (or any genre of music, for that matter). In fact, it only makes it worse. - SwagFlicks

I'm not being rude towards metal, there's no reason you should be rude towards other genres. And no, there is no "Best genre". There's only favorites and least favorites. - SwagFlicks

19 Metal opens your mind and the way you see the word
20 Metal has lots of sub-genres

There's literally 1,000. - Metalhead1997

21 Metal is the most classically influenced modern genre
22 Metal has loads of great memorable bands
23 Metal has many ways to play
24 Metal is multidisciplinary

You can find a lot of things from other genres in it.

25 Metal musicians are usually smarter than other musicians

No. This is actually a lie. Just because you're an emo doesn't mean you're smart, - LemonComputer

Bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden read books, mainly novels, in order to write some really great metal songs.

For Example: To Tame a Land - Iron Maiden. This song was based on a novel called "Dune" and is my favorite Iron Maiden song, because the novel inspired them to create this epic masterpiece. This is also one of their most complex songs.

26 Metal has good guitar solos

One of the reasons to like metal. - zxm

27 Metal makes you a better person
28 Metal instrumentals are the best
29 Metal can educate you

Bands like Iron Maiden and Sabaton actually talk about history facts in their songs.

30 Metal holds some of the most beautiful pieces produced my man

There are some songs that with outright just make you feel emotion or make you think. Tool is a great example of this, as their song "Right In Two" explains how us humans have conflicting beliefs between eachother, as if we don't know what coexisting is. Another good piece is an August Burns Red song, Fault Line. Metal is filled to the brim with emotion and meaning. I really hope I convince someone out there to start listening to some good ass metal music, because I guarantee you, you won't regret it.

31 Metal has a band for every type of lyrical content you could want

I mean, look at Okilly Dokilly, they are an actual Metal band that is all about Ned Flanders.

32 Metal has thousands of bands

Metal music has thousands of bands on every main continent, from Europe, to Asia, to America, to South America, to Australia and even Africa. If you go to any of those continents, you will find at least one band there.

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