Top Ten Rock Bands Who Are Mistakenly Called Metal Bands

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The Top Ten

1 Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Alternative ...read more.

They are Alternative and Rap Rock. - DarkBoi-X

So if they're a Nu-Metal band wouldn't that make them both Metal and Rock? - ParasN2000

Because they aren't technically Nu-Metal. Linkin Park is Art-Rock and Hard Rock. - Userguy44

I really hate the time when people call this band a metal band - Ananya

They're Nu-Metal, not rock or metal - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

2 Evanescence Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.

Goth Rock. - DarkBoi-X

Wrong. Goth rock are bands like The Cure and Bauhaus. Evanescence are alternative metal/alternative rock. - Adrian_4

Pure rock band. Their heavy riffs don't make them a metal band. - Userguy44

3 Disturbed Disturbed is an American nu metal/ alternative rock/ alternative metal band from Chicago, Illinois. The band comprises vocalist David Draiman, bassist John Moyer, guitarist Dan Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren. They are known for songs like "Down With the Sickness" and "Stricken" .

Nah, they are metal in my opinion. Also @Ananya could you please turn on messaging for me. - DarkBoi-X

Metal or not, I personally think they are a pretty good band. They're last album was very good - ryanrimmel

Disturbed is definitely heavy metal/alternative metal

Pop / commercial metal, which destroys the very idea of metal.
Part of their stuff is modern hard rock.
Bottom line: not metal. - Metal_Treasure

4 Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin is a American post-grunge/alternative metal band formed in 1998. The bands members all changed in the time between 2010 to 2014, with the exception of Ben Burnley (Vocals). The Ex-Members included Chad Szeliga (Drums), Aaron Fink (Guitar) and Mark Klepaspi (Bass). ...read more.

Alternative metal

5 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition ...read more.

In fact Queen is more metal than Led Zeppelin is because Queen has a Metal song (Stone Cold Crazy) while Led Zeppelin doesn't - christangrant

Led Zeppelin themselves refuse to be labeled as metal. - Metal_Treasure

They are not satanic. There is nothing caked satan

You don't have to be satanic to be metal. God I hate that stereotype so much.

If there wasn't Deep Purple,Uriah Heep or Black Sabbath at that time then they could be called metal. - zxm

6 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 Three Days Grace Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1992 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst. Their original name was Groundswell until they changed it to their current name in 1997. ...read more.

Since when was Post Grunge a subgenre of Metal. - DarkBoi-X

They may sound heavy, but they’re post-grunge. - Userguy44

8 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. ...read more.

He never claimed to be metal. Sure he's made some metal sounding stuff but he's more industrial/shock rock.

I'm not a fan, but he is definitely metal

9 Red Red is an American rock band from Nashville, Tennessee, formed in 2002 by brothers guitarist Anthony Armstrong and bassist Randy Armstrong, with lead vocalist Michael Barnes.

Yes they can get very intense sometimes but it's just a Christian group that plays Alternative Rock, Hard Rock, and Post-Grunge with Symphonic Elements. - Soulstealer

10 Skillet Skillet is an American Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 and based in the United States.

The Contenders

11 Guns N' Roses Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Apart from hard rock they are also ...read more.
12 Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock band and, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.

Nine Inch Nails are one of my favourite bands of all time, that being said, they aren't Metal really. They have some Industrial Metal songs but are more Industrial Rock. - DarkBoi-X

I love NIN. They have some stuff that is metal, and some that isn't

13 Korn Korn is an American Nu-Metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, with the addition of Ray Luzier, who replaced the band's original member, David ...read more.

They said themselves that they are not metal - yungstirjoey666

I thought they were the pioneers of Nu Metal? - Userguy44

Even Korn themselves don't see their music as metal.

14 Kiss Kiss is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the band's original manager, Lew Linet.
15 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal band, that was formed 1999 in California. Their longest lineup of members was M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums). ...read more.

They actually have quite a few Metal songs. - DarkBoi-X

They had some metal songs, but they changed to rock. - Userguy44

After seeing this I'm still trying to figure out what genre this band really plays. so far I've seen their guitar riffs aren't metal (I don't know if its hard rock or not). but I'm sure that their solos are metal solos. Because there solos are quite heavy. Especially there solos have some metal licks. For example check the last licks of Afterlife. It's very fast. And I can tell it's a metal solo. I mean, I haven't seen any hard rock solo's lick as fast as this. Only metal solos licks are fast as these. - zxm

Their early stuff was metal sounding.Now it's more Hard Rock and maybe Alt Rock if anything - DarkBoi-X

16 Hollywood Undead Hollywood Undead is an American rap rock band from Los Angeles, California, United States. They released their debut album, Swan Songs, on September 2, 2008, and their live CD/DVD Desperate Measures, on November 10, 2009. Their second studio album, American Tragedy, was released April 5, 2011. All of ...read more.
17 System of a Down System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Alternative Metal group from Glendale, California. The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. ...read more.

They have some metal songs, but they are not metal for the most part - yungstirjoey666

Nope. They are Metal. - DarkBoi-X

I disagree, they are totally Metal. - Soulstealer

Depends on the song.Songs like Chop Suey and Lonely Day are more Alternative sounding while songs like BYOB and Sugar are more Metal sounding - DarkBoi-X

18 Nonpoint Nonpoint is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The band currently consists of vocalist Elias Soriano, drummer Robb Rivera, rhythm guitarist Rasheed Thomas, bassist Adam Woloszyn, and lead guitarist Bradley Kochmit.

No Nonpoint is definitely metal, there's the signature metal screams and some fantastic metal-sounding solos. See the Miracle album for example. Also what are Disturbed and Bullet For My Valentine doing here? They're also very much metal, even if nu-metal. - NuMetalManiak

Yes he is right they are nu- metal. listen to the song 'that day' and tell me its not metal.

19 Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk, punk rock, and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1986. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative ...read more.

People called Green Day metal? - Userguy44

20 DragonForce DragonForce are a British power metal band based in London, England. Formed in 1999, the group are known for their long and fast guitar solos, fantasy-themed lyrics, and electronic sounds in their music to add to their retro video game-influenced sound.

They're power metal, why is this on here - TuxIsAPerson

They are metal though... - christangrant

21 Def Leppard Def Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement.

Great hard rock band, now probably just a pure rock band. Never a heavy metal band, not even the first two albums. They certainly don't class themselves as a metal band and never have. - truckturner

Their First Two Albums are Metal... - christangrant

22 Bring Me the Horizon Bring Me the Horizon is a British rock band from Sheffield, Yorkshire. Formed in 2004, the group currently consists of vocalist Oliver Sykes, guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt Kean, drummer Matt Nicholls, and keyboardist Jordan Fish. They are signed to RCA Records globally and Columbia Records exclusively ...read more.
23 Sodom Sodom is a German thrash metal band from Gelsenkirchen, formed in 1981. They have gone through many line-up changes, leaving bassist vocalist Tom Angelripper as the only constant member.

Uhhh, this is definitely a troll item. Sodom is a Metal band - DarkBoi-X

Um they metal just listen to Tapping the Vein that's Brutal Thrash Metal near Death Metal and also their first album Obsessed by Cruelty is Blackened Thrash Metal so bottom line they are metal and Metal Archives says so as well. - christangrant

Sodom is a blackened thrash band! That's as metal as it gets - ryanrimmel

They are metal... - christangrant

24 Van Halen Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.
25 Black Veil Brides Black Veil Brides is an American rock band currently consisting of Andy Biersack (vocals), Jinxx (guitar), Jake Pitts (guitar), Christian Coma (drums) and Ashley Purdy (bass), that formed in 2006 in Ohio. ...read more.

If I have to be completely honest, they are more metal than other so-called "metal" bands like Linkin Park, Evanescence, Marilyn Manson, and Korn. Regardless, they are more associated with Hot Topic teens, so they are not really metal. - yungstirjoey666

26 AC/DC AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014 . They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson ...read more.

They are considered the pioneers of heavy metal though they never had a single metal song. - Undistinguished

27 Motörhead Motörhead were an English heavy metal band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was the sole constant member; guitarist and songwriter Larry Wallis; and drummer Lucas Fox. The band's harsh vocals and fast paced tempos helped inspire speed metal and ...read more.

It's foolish to think that Motörhead isn't metal. Even though Lemmy feels like he's more part of the Punk community, that doesn't make them not metal. It really doesn't take much to realize that they are heavy metal/speed metal. Just listen to them

@visitor - I listen to Motörhead because I like them but they aren't metal. Lemmy knows what metal is - metal is classically inspired or at least there are some classical music elements. But Motörhead are not classically inspired.

And because Lemmy knows what metal is, he also knows who invented it - Deep Purple.
It doesn't take much to learn what metal is and make proper logical conclusions. - Metal_Treasure

Although Mötorhead is often considered as a heavy metal band, Lemmy has always described Mötorhead's music as simply rock and roll. In 2011 he said: "We were not heavy metal. We were a rock'n'roll band. Still are. Everyone always describes us as heavy metal even when I tell them otherwise. Why won't people listen? "

Lemmy has stated that he generally feels more kinship with punk rockers than with metal bands. Motörhead, Lemmy states, have more in common aesthetically with The Damned than Black Sabbath, and nothing whatsoever in common with Judas Priest. - Metal_Treasure

28 Drowning Pool Drowning Pool is an American Alternative Metal band formed in Dallas, Texas in 1996. The band was named after the film The Drowning Pool.

Actually, Drowning Pool is metal.

29 Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult is an American rock band from Long Island, New York, whose most successful work includes the hard rock and heavy metal songs "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", "Godzilla" and "Burnin' for You".
30 Bon Jovi Bon Jovi is a hard rock band formed in 1983, which had a streak of successful albums in the late 1980s. The band originally consisted of lead vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Ritchie Sambora (left in 2013), bassist Alec John Such (left in 1994), keyboard David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. The band's ...read more.

A lot of glam metal is not really "metal"
Twisted Sister, Skid Row, and WASP are somewhat metal though - yungstirjoey666

31 Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. ...read more.

I don't know how people think Nirvana is metal but the sad truth is some people do think that... - christangrant

Yep, obviously many people think they are metal because Kurt Cobain was at #1 on the list Best Metal Vocalists of the 90s! And he was at #1 for long time.
As of Sept 2017 he's "only" at #2. Still very accurate ranking (sarcasm). - Metal_Treasure

Grunge band. many grunge bands are mistakenly called heavy metal. - zxm

32 Fall Out Boy Fall Out Boy is an American pop rock band formed in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in 2001. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, guitarist Joe Trohman, and drummer Andy Hurley.

Not even close to Metal and never was. - DarkBoi-X

People think a pop rock band is metal? - Userguy44

33 Nickleback

Just because they have nickel in their name does not mean they are metal - SoldierOfFortune

1. Its spelled Nickelback
2. The only reason they are called metal is so people can put them on worst metal bands lists
3. They can play metal songs but they chose not to - christangrant

Yeah, they are actually core

34 Bullet for My Valentine Bullet for My Valentine are a Welsh metalcore/emo band from Bridgend, formed in 1998. The band is composed of Matthew Tuck (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Michael Paget (lead guitar, backing vocals), Michael Thomas (drums) and Jamie Mathias (bass guitar). Former members include Nick Crandle and Jason ...read more.

Surprise! Bullet For My Valentine frontman Matt Tuck has stated "we're a hard rock band with metal influences, and I’ve said that from day one". That should be convincing enough. - CrimsonShark

35 Alice in Chains Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley.

They have Metal Influences but they are mostly an Alternative Metal/Grunge group. - Soulstealer

Very misunderstood band. It's 100% grunge. They had metal influences, but not a metal band at all. - Userguy44

They describe themselves as grunge. And grunge isn't a metal subgenre.
They were influenced by metal and have pretty heavy stuff but overall - not a metal band. - Metal_Treasure

36 Poison Poison is an American glam and hard rock band that achieved great commercial success in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s.
37 Blood on the Dance Floor Blood on the Dance Floor is an American scene duo currently consisting of Dahvie Vanity and Fallon Vendetta that formed in 2006. Former members include Jayy von Monroe (2009-2016) and Garrett Ecstasy (2009). All of them provided vocals to the project. ...read more.

They're not even a rock band either. They're an electronic group with horrible lyrics!

Not even close to being rock let alone metal - christangrant

Just watch CountBlagorath's video on stupid metalheads making them relevant.

Just watch CountBlagorath's video on how stupid metalheads refer to BOTDF as "metal".

38 Queens of the Stone Age Queens of the Stone Age is an American rock band from Palm Desert, California, United States, formed in 1996. The band's line-up includes founder Josh Homme, alongside longtime members Troy Van Leeuwen, Michael Shuman, Dean Fertita, and recent addition Jon Theodore.

Wiki is correct and doesn't call them metal: Alternative rock, stoner rock, hard rock.

It's only their fans who think this band is metal. - Metal_Treasure

39 Twisted Sister Twisted Sister is an American heavy metal band originally from Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, and later based in Long Island, New York.

They have 2 metal songs Burn in Hell & Under the Blade

40 Rush Rush was a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their current members Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). ...read more.
41 Steppenwolf Steppenwolf is a Canadian-American rock group that was prominent from 1968 to 1972. The group was formed in late 1961 in Toronto by vocalist John Kay, keyboardist Goldy McJohn, and drummer Jerry Edmonton.
42 Iron Butterfly Iron Butterfly is an American rock band best known for the 1968 hit "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", providing a dramatic sound that led the way towards the development of hard rock and heavy metal music.
43 Uriah Heep Uriah Heep are an English rock band formed in London in 1969 that was one of the top rock bands in the early 1970s. Twelve of the band's albums have made it to the UK Albums Chart (Return to Fantasy reached No. 7 in 1975). Uriah Heep's distinctive features include a massive keyboard sound, strong vocal ...read more.
44 Jonas Brothers The Jonas Brothers are an American pop rock band. Formed in 2005, they gained popularity from their appearances on the Disney Channel television network.

Abuse, they themselves are abuse! - Ananya

They aren't even a rock band!

Uh... - christangrant

45 As I Lay Dying As I Lay Dying is an American metalcore band from San Diego, California. Founded in 2000 by vocalist Tim Lambesis, the establishment of the band's first full lineup, which included drummer Jordan Mancino, occurred in 2001. As I Lay Dying has released six albums, one split album, and two compilation ...read more.
46 Spinal Tap Spinal Tap is a parody band spoofing the style of heavy metal groups. The band first appeared on a 1979 ABC TV sketch comedy pilot called The T.V. Show, starring Rob Reiner.
47 A Day to Remember A Day to Remember (often abbreviated ADTR) is an American rock band from Ocala, Florida, founded in 2003 by guitarist Tom Denney and drummer Bobby Scruggs. They are known for their unusual amalgamation of metalcore and pop punk. The band currently consists of vocalist Jeremy McKinnon, rhythm guitarist ...read more.
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49 Deep Purple Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, ...read more.

They invented metal! Get them off here! Deep Purple is awesome. - Userguy44

What? They actually invented the metal paradigm that every current metal band follows. Deep Purple also first used double bass on a fast metal song, and introduced almost all basic metal elements we all hear in contemporary metal.

50% of their songs are metal and 50% are hard rock. The fact that people know only their hard rock songs doesn't change the fact that Deep Purple have metal songs, too.

I also think that lots of people don't know what's the difference between metal and hard rock. - Metal_Treasure

50 Rainbow Rainbow are a British rock band led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore from 1975 to 1984 and 1993 to 1997. They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio as the lead singer and lyricist. Rainbow were ranked No. 90 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. The band has sold over 28 million albums ...read more.

They made some metal songs though. - Userguy44

No, Rainbow shouldn't be on this list!
They wrote some of the metal masterpieces of all time - Stargazer, A Light In The Black, Kill The King, Gates Of Babylon.
How you dare to put them in one category with mediocre non-metal bands? - Metal_Treasure

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