Top Ten Most Diverse and Varied Music Artists

These bands are often very diverse and sometimes don't fit into a single genre.

The Top Ten

1 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 more.

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.

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.

Well of course... who else?

2 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd was an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. 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 Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters more.

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

3 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.

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.

4 David Bowie David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie (January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016) was an English singer born in London, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He is credited for his experimental and creative musical discography which has won praise and accolades for many critics and fans. more.

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? ).

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 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". 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

6 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.

7 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 more.

The Beatles were more varied in The White Album alone than any other artist was in their whole career.
Blues rock- While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Surf rock- Back in the USSR
Western ballad- Rocky Raccoon
Psychedelic rock- Dear Prudence
Baroque- Piggies
Civil Rights anthem- Blackbird
Birthday song- Birthday
Lullaby- Good Night
Proto metal- Helter Skelter
Folk rock- I Will
Dance hall- Obladi-Oblada
Ragtime/Charleston- Honey Pie
Avant Garde- Wild Honey Pie
Experimental- Revolution 9
Acid rock- Glass Onion
Hard rock- Revolution
Classic rock- Savoy Truffle

Yeah, they were varied. But half the genres you mentioned are just lyrical themes. Like, Civil Rights, Lullaby, Birthday song, etc.

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

8 The Mothers of Invention The Mothers of Invention were an American rock band from California. Formed in 1964, their work is marked by the use of sonic experimentation, innovative album art, and elaborate live shows.
9 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 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

10 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 Newcomers

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? Nina Hagen Catharina Hagen, better known by her stage name Nina Hagen, is a German singer-songwriter and actress born on March 11, 1955 in former East Berlin. more.

The Contenders

11 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 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 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

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

15 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 more.
16 Muse Muse are an English alternative rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The members are Matt Bellamy (lead vocal, lead guitar, piano, keyboard), Dom Howard (drums, percussion) and Chris Wolstenholme (bass, backing vocals). They've won several awards including 5 MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, 2 more.

Soft Rock - Invincible

Progressive Rock - The Globalist, Citizen Erased

Hard Rock - New Born, Stockholm Syndrome

Space Rock - Exo-Politics, Space Dementia

Dance - Undisclosed Desires

Pop - Madness, Resistance

Dubstep - Unsustainable

Symphonic Rock - United States of Eurasia, Micro Cuts

Synth Rock - Uprising

Alternative Rock - Most of their other songs.

17 Avril Lavigne Avril Ramona Lavigne is a Canadian–French singer-songwriter and actress. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain; by 16, she had signed a two-album recording contract with Arista Records worth more than $2 million.
18 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). 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

19 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.
20 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”. 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.

21 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.
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