How Many Genres of Metal Are There? Spotify Thinks It Has the Answer

Spotify and its backroom data crunching division, The Echo Nest, are always analyzing what their subscribers are listening to. In a recent examination of heavy music, the streaming company identified 91 different flavours of metal. In addition to the usual suspects–alt-metal, metalcore, death metal, thrash, etc.–they’ve also picked out specialties such as “crossover thrash,” “brutal death metal,” “crust punk” and, um, “heavy Christmas.”  They’ve even singled out “Canadian metal” as its own sub-sub-sub-genre.

They also offer this of the twenty-five most popular forms of metal–at least as far as Spotify metal fans are concerned.

01. Alt metal – Disturbed, Korn, Papa Roach, Nonpoint
02. Nu metal – Disturbed, Drowning Pool, Papa Roach, Mudvayne
03. Hard rock – Van Halen, Twisted Sister, Whitesnake, Ted Nugent
04. Groove metal – DevilDriver, Lamb Of God, Trivium, Machine Head
05. Rap metal – Linkin Park, Papa Roach, Korn, Disturbed
06. Funk metal – Incubus, Korn, Rage Against The Machine, Living Colour
07. Metal – Iron Maiden, King Diamond, Motorhead, Megadeth
08. Metalcore – Parkway Drive, Atreyu, All That Remains, Killswitch Engage
09. Speed metal – King Diamond, Megadeth, Kreator, Nevermore
10. Melodic metalcore – Killswitch Engage, All That Remains, As I Lay Dying, Trivium
11. Industrial metal – Rammstein, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Fear Factory
12. Prog metal – Queensryche, Symphony X, Kamelot, Nevermore
13. Power metal – Avantasia, Sabaton, Edguy, Dream Evil
14. Death metal – Death, Carcass, Deicide, Cannibal Corpse
15. Thrash metal – Slayer, Exodus, Kreator, Metal Church
16. Glam metal – Poison, Warrant, Motley Crue, Quiet Riot
17. Melodic death metal – Dark Tranquillity, Soilwork, Scar Symmetry, In Flames
18. Neo-classical metal – Symphony X, Kamelot, Angra, Stratovarius
19. Symphonic metal – Delain, Edenbridge, Epica, Leaves’ Eyes
20. Deathcore – Whitechapel, Carnifex, After The Burial, Suicide Silence
21. Gothic metal – Sirenia, Lacuna Coil, Tristania, Within Temptation
22. German metal – Mystic Prophecy, Angel Dust, Powerwolf, Edguy
23. Gothic symphonic metal – Delain, Sirenia, Leaves’ Eyes, Xandria
24. Stoner rock – Orange Goblin, Fu Manchu, High On Fire, Spiritual Beggars
25. Folk metal – Eluveitie, Turisas, Ensiferum, Equilibrium

For a deeper dive into all this, go here.  (Via Damn, if I new statistics could be so much fun, I’d have tried harder in math class.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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