Top 10 Reasons Why Metal Isn't Dying In 2015

This list is inspired directly by IronSabbathPriest and his list "Reasons Why Metal Is Dying In 2015". I agree with his list but I think the truth is somewhere in between.

The Top Ten

1 Metal Is the Most Popular Genre On Spotify

May, 2015 - Spotify published some interesting statistics from their files.

It's easy to think that pop music is the most popular genre in the world, especially if you listen to radio a lot, but that's not the case - at least according to Spotify stats.

It turns out that globally, metal is usually in the top 5 genres. The genre also has the most listener loyalty, with pop a distant second, followed by folk, country and hip-hop.

The most popular metal artists on Spotify include Metallica, Slayer, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Sepultura, Pantera, Cradle of Filth and Anthrax.

Of course, this is no surprise to metal fans, but the major labels should take note. There are some hard core fans there that still buy physical product. - Metal_Treasure

Metal is a bad genre, there's a reason it's dying away - KoolGuy2218

2 Heavy Metal is at #1 on the list 'Top Ten Best Music Genres'

The list 'Top Ten Best Music Genres' gives representative and reliable info because it has accumulated lots of votes (over 9,000).

"This list was created 7 years, 58 days ago and has been voted on over 9,000 times. This top ten list contains 252 items, has been remixed 127 times and has been blogged about 4 times."
Updated August 24, 2015

By the way, Thrash Metal is at #7. So metal is in the Top 10 twice. - Metal_Treasure

3 Metal is at #2 on the list 'Top Ten Music Genres That Teens Like'
4 There are Many Great Modern Metal Bands

I'm not talking about modern metalcore/nu Metal. Listen to bands like Ghost, Mastodon, Havok, Evile, The Sword, Vektor, and many more - ryanrimmel

This is very important - great new bands! Thanks, Ryan.
I also can add many bands with promising debut albums 2013-2015. - Metal_Treasure

5 Iron Maiden Album Due In Sept 2015

Amazing and Empire of the Clouds is my favorite Iron Maiden song (fight me). - PhoenixAura81

Book of souls I can already tell its gonna rock with speed of light

Too early to say anything but I hope it's gonna be at least 4/5. - Metal_Treasure

6 Blind Guardian Released Their Awesome Album "Beyond the Red Mirror"

It's gonna be on the list of the best metal albums of 2015 (review scores 9.5/10). - Metal_Treasure

7 Bruce Dickinson Had a Really Good Bounce Back from Cancer
8 Several Metal Fans Are Doing a Great Job On TheTopTens

Thank you for a mention, but I already made a list entitled "Reasons why it's alive and thriving in 2015". It was a duality lists that stated arguments and counter arguments. Although this list is better. Don't worry, like you, my opinion on whether it's dead or not lies in between. - IronSabbathPriest

Oh, I'm so sorry I unintentionally semi-duplicated your 2nd list. I haven't seen your 2nd list before. I just checked it out and saw several similarities in the items, too (which means that you and me see the current situation in a similar way). I'm really sorry. - Metal_Treasure

At least I have to mention IronSabbathPriest because this list was inspired by him and his list "Reasons Why Metal Is Dying In 2015".
I'm so glad IronSabbathPriest isn't into poser metal bands or bands that are barely metal. He knows good metal. - Metal_Treasure

9 Slayer Album Due In Sept 2015

Slayer still puts on an incredible live performance 30+ years into their career - ryanrimmel

Ryan Rimmel said he had heard in advance some cool track samples from this album and I hope, again, to hear songs for at least 4/5. - Metal_Treasure

10 Emo Fans and Pop Fans Are Taking Over But It Has Always Been Like That and Metal Is Still Alive

More dangerous for metal music are the fans of poser metal bands; or fans of bands that never described themselves as metal but fans believe these bands are metal. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Judas Priest Are Still Playing Live

They also released an album in 2018. I love the songs on it. - PhoenixAura81

Metal gods are still with us. - Metal_Treasure

12 Metallica Releases a New Album by the End of the Year

It’s a masterpiece. - PhoenixAura81

I really don't know what to expect but I guess 4/5 would be great. - Metal_Treasure

13 Ghost Released A Masterpiece - Meliora

I heard Ghost might be going mainstream.

It is! I think it's their best! - IronSabbathPriest

14 Great Black Metal Albums Have Been Released Recently

Black Metal is more alive than ever. Just this week, the one-woman band Myrkur released the beautiful - M. And earlier this year, Deafheaven released their experimental album Sunbather, which is an instant classic. - winner333

15 Megadeth Album Due
16 Jon Schaffer Is Ready to Resume His Duties In Iced Earth After His 2nd Neck Surgery

Yep its called the judas goat but wont be released til next year but you have to understand

Sure, we do understand Jon has to fully recover. - Metal_Treasure

17 Even Britgirl Makes Lists About Metal Music
18 Pop Music Became Worse
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