Top Ten Rock Bands Who Are Mistakenly Called Metal Bands

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The Top Ten

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

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

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

I still feel like most of these bands are here just because some true metalhead don’t consider them metal because they are not thrash, death, black or heavy metal. lol - Mixer

Nu Metal, Alternative Rock, Rap Metal, Rap Rock and sometimes Alternative Metal. What do you wish to call them?

They might have one or two Hard Rock songs but that doesn’t make them a Hard Rock band at all. - Undistinguished

2 Disturbed Disturbed Disturbed is an American heavy 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" .

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

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

Disturbed is definitely heavy metal/alternative metal

3 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. V 1 Comment
4 Evanescence Evanescence Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.
5 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American alternative metal/metalcore (early) 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.

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

By the way, the are a metal band. Though they are not an extreme metal band and their music isn't very heavy but they could be called a metal band. M. Shadows vocal is metal, Synyster Gates guitar solos are also metal solos, well Rev's drumming beats and Zacky Vengeance's guitar riffs are somewhere between hard rock and heavy metal. that's why some call them non-metal band. But they are a heavy metal band. - zxm

Why they are here? they ARE a heavy metal band.Just listen their power chords riffs.Synyster Gates solos and Zacky Vengeance's riffs are heavy metal riffs. - zxm

6 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.

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

I'm his fan and I'm assuring you,he's not metal.shock rock,industrial,alternative rock. - say10

7 Three Days Grace Three Days Grace Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1997 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst.
8 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin were 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

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

9 Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin
10 Guns N' Roses 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.

The Contenders

11 Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock/metal band and, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.

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

12 Korn 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.

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

13 System of a Down System of a Down System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Nu Metal group from Glendale, California . The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. ...read more.

They're called a metal band because they are one... - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

14 Nonpoint

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

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15 DragonForce 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 are metal though... - christangrant

16 Def Leppard 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.

Their First Two Albums are Metal... - christangrant

17 Motörhead 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

18 Drowning Pool 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.
19 Nickleback

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

20 Nirvana 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

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

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