Top 10 Rock Artists that are Not for Everyone

For this list I'm including rock artists that are either too complex, explicit, or unusual for listeners. I'm also including metal bands as well because metal is a subgenre of rock so it counts.

The Top Ten

1 Sonic Youth Sonic Youth Sonic Youth was an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1981. Founding members Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon and Lee Ranaldo remained together for the entire history of the band, while Steve Shelley followed a series of short-term drummers in 1985, and rounded out the core line-up.
2 Mayhem Mayhem Mayhem is a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1984 in Oslo, regarded as one of the pioneers of the Norwegian black metal scene.

Definitely NOT for everyone. This is a legit satanic band. All the members are absolutely insane. Their guitarist was a satanist, their drummer is a racist, and their bassist is a murderer. I seriously don't recommend this band to anyone who wants to get into metal.

They are not a bad band. Varg is genius, and talented, and he was not a satanist. And you have to feel sorry for them... - Lucretia

I actually like Death Metal, one of the best genres. However, I don't like Black Metal because it is too Satanic and I am Christian, so yeah. every time I watch the music videos, they literally do things worshipping Satan, and burn down churches. - AnimeDrawer

I hate Black Metal and Death Metal, so I agree with the Top 2 choices. - DCfnaf

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3 Anal C*** Anal C*** Anal C*** was an American grindcore band founded by vocalist Seth Putnam in 1988. The band is known for their highly offensive lyrics which included themes of misogyny, homophobia, racism, Nazism, antisemitism, and schadenfreude (ridicule of the unfortunate). Their music has been received negatively more.

Their songs are all really offensive and would have people up in arms about how truly dirty they were.

Does anyone actually like these idiots? - DCfnaf

I don't listen to their music at all. - StevenUniverseIsAwesome

They are a joke band, I believe. - djpenquin999

4 R.E.M. R.E.M. R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by lead singer Michael Stipe, lead guitarist Peter Buck, bassist/backing vocalist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry.

How is rem not for everyone

5 Ween Ween Ween is an American experimental rock band formed in 1984, in New Hope, PA. It's members are Dean and Gene Ween.

This amazing band doesn't have a consistent genre so I don't understand how there's not something in the pile of genres dor everyone. White pepper is a very accessable album.

6 Limp Bizkit Limp Bizkit Limp Bizkit is an American nu metal band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 1994. Their lineup consists of Fred Durst, Sam Rivers, John Otto, and Wes Borland.
7 Cannibal Corpse Cannibal Corpse Cannibal Corpse is a American death metal band from Buffalo, New York, formed in 1988 . The band is known for their graphic album covers, explicitly violent lyrics and song titles like "I C** Blood" The group got into mainstream after performing the song "Hammer Smashed Face" in the 1994 film Ace Ventura: more.

That you would refer to any of these sociopaths as "artist" defies comprehension.

Like them, most non extreme metal fans really don't... - Lucretia

If you thought Allin was explicit then wait til you see Cannibal Corpse. This band is really extreme with very gorey lyrics and album covers that would completely turn off anyone.

8 Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention The Mothers of Invention were an American rock band from California that served as the backing musicians for Frank Zappa. Their work is marked by the use of sonic experimentation, innovative album art, and elaborate live shows.
9 GG Allin GG Allin Kevin Michael "GG" Allin (born Jesus Christ Allin; 1956-1993) was an American singer, songwriter and record producer, who performed and recorded with many groups during his career. He was best known for his graphic live performances which included self-mutilation, parading around the stage naked, fighting more.

This dude was insane. He would always beat up his fans, parade around onstage naked, and eat his own feces. Not to mention that his graphic lyrics are enough to shock all the soccer moms out of their minds.

Wasn't bad. - Lucretia

10 GWAR GWAR Gwar, often styled as GWAR, is an American heavy metal band formed in Richmond, Virginia, United States, in 1984, composed of and operated by a frequently rotating line-up of musicians, artists and filmmakers collectively known as Slave Pit Inc.

They mostly dress up as alien monsters and kill celebrities onstage in a darkly comedic way. Their sense of humor is certainly not for everybody.

The Contenders

11 Butthole Surfers Butthole Surfers Butthole Surfers is an American rock band formed by Gibby Haynes and Paul Leary in San Antonio, Texas in 1981.

Their music and humor can be a bit weird, so if you're not of noise/punk rock, you'll be a bit confused when you hear their music. - Kfox101

12 Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Formed in 1989 by frontman Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz, the group was originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids with their theatrical performances gathering a local cult following in the early 1990s. more.

I know he used to be popular but he's fallen out of the mainstream pretty much so he deserves a spot on this list. This guy is really out there. His costumes, music videos, and performances are beyond terrifying and will probably scare people away from rock. He's definitely not for everyone.

13 The Mentors The Mentors

Women would absolutely hate this band. Their lyrics are absolutely sexist and misogynistic. Don't play this around any women.

This band is called rape rock, how many people would like that? There lyrics seriously aren't metal... they are rock, weird rock. - Lucretia

14 Slayer Slayer more.

Even though their frontman is Catholic, their lyrics are very sacrilegious and explicit. Not a good band for average listeners.

My mom loves the ICP and hates them... - Lucretia

15 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones was an English singer born in London on January 8, 1947, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He died in New York on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69, a hero to millions. more.
16 Dream Theater 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.

Just like Blind Guardian, not too heavy or explicit, but way too complex for listeners.

17 Hole Hole Hole was an American alternative rock band that formed in Los Angeles, California in 1989 by singer and guitarist Courtney Love and lead guitarist Eric Erlandson.
18 Blind Guardian 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.

They're not too heavy or explicit, but they would be too complex for listeners. Plus, nobody would understand their lyrics which are about fantasy related topics (which makes sense cause fantasies aren't for everyone).

19 Milkcan Milkcan

This band isn't even real. It's from a game called UmJammer Lammy.

20 Blink 182 Blink 182 Blink-182 are a Pop Punk band formed in 1992. Original lineup were Mark Hoppus (Bass Guitar, Vocals) more.

Don't get me wrong, I love this band, my favorite actually. But the only thing that bothers me about this band is the What's My Age Again video, which according to reviews, the band runs naked, but other than that, I like everything else about them. Great band, however, definitely not for little kids, they talk about body parts and some other dirty jokes(I find them hilarious, mainly in their joke songs) and they curse a lot in those songs. Plus the What's My Age Again video is so innapropriate, which is why I am never planning on watching it. Great band, but not for overprotective parents or little kids. However, they have a good amount of meaningful songs, and most of their music videos are clean, like First Date and Down. Even the band themselves said their performances are not meant for younger teens and children, so at least they don't encourage bad role modeling and know how to stay real. - AnimeDrawer

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2. R.E.M.
3. Ween
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2. Cannibal Corpse
3. Marilyn Manson
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2. Mayhem
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