Top Ten Most Varied Music Artists

This 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

1 Queen Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury ...read more.

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.

Yup deserves number 1 just for their Hot Space album, not their best album but its very varied, it has Queen doing these genres, Pop, Rock, Funk, Disco, and R&B and Queen did pretty much perfected all the genres on that album. - christangrant

Opera: Who wants to live forever
Hard rock: I want it all, Hammer to fall
Rock: One vision (and a lot more)
Glam rock: Now I'm here
Trash metal: Stone cold crazy
Blues: My melancholy blues
Funky: Another one bites the dust
Pop: Kind of magic
...etc.

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2 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd were an English progressive rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitarist), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and Bass), ...read more.

Even within albums like The Wall all the songs are very different

3 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 ...read more.

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

4 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. ...read more.

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

5 Buckethead Buckethead Brian Patrick Carroll, known professionally as Buckethead, is an American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked within many genres of music.

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

6 Metallica Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.

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

7 The Beatles The Beatles The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented ...read more.

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"? - zxm

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8 Damon Albarn Damon Albarn Damon Albarn is an English singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is known as the lead singer of the British rock band Blur, the co-founder, vocalist, instrumentalist and principal songwriter of the virtual band Gorillaz. He was born on March 23, 1968, in Whitechapel, London, England. Albarn ...read more.

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

9 The Mothers of Invention The Mothers of Invention
10 The Clash The Clash The Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk.

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

The Contenders

11 Eminem Eminem Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce ...read more.

Yes he remained the same genre but he clearly messed around with his hip hop style, experimenting with different artists and different rhyming structures

12 Billy Bragg

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

13 Between the Buried and Me Between the Buried and Me Between the Buried and Me is an American progressive metal band from Raleigh, North Carolina. Formed in 2000, the band consists of Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr.

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

14 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror inspired masks. ...read more.

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

15 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). ...read more.

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

16 Alice In Chains 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.

I like them lots but they aren't that varied. It's not a bad thing though

17 Judas Priest Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. ...read more.

How the hell was Priest not already on the list?!
Hey have:

• 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.

18 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. ...read more.
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