Top Ten Most Varied Music ArtistsThis is a follow up to my Most Varied Genres list. These bands are often very diverse and sometimes don't fit into a single genre
The Top Ten
Well of course... who else?
No other band could be first. They are like a weird combination of opera, glam, metal, hard rock, sometimes dance and even pop
Well-deserved place for them on the top.3 Comments
Even within albums like The Wall all the songs are very different
I can't name another metal band that tried several metal subgenres and nailed all of them, creating at least one masterpiece in the respective subgenres. There are other metal bands that experimented but failed at least at one genre. In contrast, Blind Guardian created some of the best songs in some subgenres.
1) Symphonic metal: Wheel Of Time, Sacred Worlds, The Throne
2) Thrashy speed metal: Majesty, Banish From Sanctuary
3) Progressive Power metal: And Then There Was Silence
4) Power metal: Mirror Mirror
5) Heavy Metal: Thorn, I'm Alive
6) Acoustic folk ballads: The Bard's Song (In the Forest), Skalds and Shadows
Also, many Blind Guardian songs can't be put in any of these subgenres because this band also tried some unusual subgenre combinations. And it worked. But what is the genre of Tanelorn (Into The Void) or Bright Eyes, for example? I will never know. - Metal_Treasure
I nearly voted for Queen, but I'd say Bowie's diversifying has been a bit more consistent in quality than Queen's (Hot Space, anyone? ). - truckturner
I'd probably call him a glam rock artist but he is very experimental and it is likely you will hate some of his song and love others
If its about varied music artist then Buckethead beats every artists in this list. He has a very wide range of music. Rock, metal, funk, jazz, blues, and of course his experimental music. On metallum they have stated "various". He has played countless amount of music genres. - zxm
Don't deserve to be too high but they are quite diverse a band. They can do power ballads, typical thrash metal, the more mainstream stuff like Enter Sandman. Stuff like St Anger and LuLu, hate them or not were the band experimenting and showing they deserve to be on this list
Overrated or what, you have to admit they were able to experiment with a wide range of music. You have your typical pop songs like Please Please Me to your wildly experimental song Revolution 9
I think I see the issue, Top Tenners don't actually know what Baroque, Minuette Waltz, Dance Hall, Ragtime, or Avant Garde even are, but they sure can split metal into 1,000 different categories.
Baroque, Ragtime or Avant Garde are. But Civil Right, Birthday song or Lullaby aren't. - zxm
Lyrical themes? Sorry, no more of a construct than the hundreds of meaningless micro-parsings of metal music commonplace here at Top Tens. FTR, by far the most popular English-language song of all time is "Happy Birthday to You", and "party/celebration" songs legitimately have their own category, as do Lullabys. Though it is true that the Beatles probably never did any progressive deathgrind-thrash-o-rama-core metal.
In fact "Civil Rights" was a sub-set of "Folk", which besides "Folk Rock", also included "Electric Folk", and "Traditional Folk", plus almost every nation has its own sub-set of Folk.
For the USA, its known as "Americana"; you can google it.
Keep splitting that metal up into subsets though; that will allow the addition of "Doom Folk", "Speed Folk", "Grind Folk", and "Death Folk".
So, Civil Right was a sub-set of "Folk". And USA is a new genre? Okay, tell me what are the traits of those genres? Do those use any different styles or just sing about "Civil Right" or "Americana"? - zxm1 Comment
I was going to put Gorillaz and Blur on the list but decided that Damon Albarn himself deserves a spot. He clearly likes experimenting with different bands with different styles and also with the newer Hong Kong themed Blur album
You have the purer punk stuff then you have the reggae and rockabilly stuff. I tend to prefer the punkier stuff but it's all good
Yes he remained the same genre but he clearly messed around with his hip hop style, experimenting with different artists and different rhyming structures
A small amount of people know this singer but he's one of my favourites and he varies his music a lot from folkier stuff to more punky songs. He can also do a good ballad
This band loves to incorporate a lot of odd ball genres in their songs, what originally started as an okay Metalcore band eventually grew to one of the finest bands in prog of the 21st Century - cjWriter1997
Their third album onward has a lot of experimental tracks, ranging from Heavy Metal, Hard Alternative, Hard Rock and even Alternative Rock and Soft Rock. Their fourth album isn't even Nu Metal, more leaning towards Traditional Metal and even having Thrash Metal elements. - CrimsonShark
Similar to David Bowie in the way that you can love one of their songs and hate another. I guess when a band lasts so long they like to play around with their music
I like them lots but they aren't that varied. It's not a bad thing though
How the hell was Priest not already on the list?!
• Rock ‘n’ Roll (Rocka Rolla)
• Traditional Heavy Metal (Sad Wings Of Destiny, Sin After Sin, Stained Class, All Of their 80’s albums except for Ram It Down and Turbo)
• Pure Heavy Metal (Painkiller, Angel Of Retribution, Redeemer Of Souls, probably Firepower)
• Progressive Metal (Nostradamus)
• Hard Rock (Ram It Down)
• Glam Metal (Turbo)
• Thrash Metal (Jugulator, Demolition)
So, Priest should pretty much be at the top, maybe with a few other artists.
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List StatsUpdated 10 Apr 2018
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2. Blind Guardian
3. Pink Floyd
2. Pink Floyd
3. David Bowie