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Last Updated on January 5, 2024 by Teemu Suomala

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Author: Teemu Suomala

I first grabbed the guitar in 2009. I started this website in January 2020 because I couldn’t do window installation anymore due to my health problems. I love guitars and have played dozens and dozens of different guitars through different amps and pedals over the years, and also, building a website interested me, so I decided to just go for it! I got lucky and managed to get awesome people to help me with my website.

I also got lucky because I have you visiting my website right now. Thank you. I do all this for you guys. If you have any recommendations, tips, or feedback, just leave a comment, I would love to chat with you. I have also been fortunate to produce content for several large guitar websites, such as SongsterrMusicnotesGuitarGuitar, and Ultimate Guitar.

I spend my spare time exercising and hanging out with my wife and crazy dog (I guess that went the right way…).

First! Before you start shouting at me because few of these bands are not metal bands by most people’s standards…or pretty much all people’s standards (you will soon see what I mean). Hear me out: I coded stuff and used tools to pull all this official data out from Spotify. So Spotify is the one who gave these bands the Genre:Metal. So send your hate mail to Spotify, haha. But feel free to leave comments and thoughts here.

So remember, I just forward stuff…just like Michael Scott:

And to show my frustration…may I just yell…”if Blink 182 is there, where is Sum 41!” and where is “Iron Maiden, Pantera, and Megadeth!”. Now that I got that out of the way, the explanation could just be that those are not in the top 50 in terms of popularity on Spotify just right now (when it comes to metal).

The best thing about this is that we see what people actually listen to right now. You know, many people rate Schindler’s List 5 stars and Adam Sandler’s movies 3 stars, but according to Netflix co-founder and former CEO Reed Hastings, data shows that people mostly consume/ watch Sandler’s movies. (My most watched movie of course really is Schindler’s List and other movies like it….)

Let’s check this out!

Below I will give a more detailed explanation of Spotify’s Popularity Rating, but if you don’t care about that, just remember: the closer the number is to 100, the more popular the artist is right now. This data was pulled on December 30, 2023, so this is fresh from the oven!

Check the most popular rock bands on spotify right now!

BandSpotify’s Popularity ScoreMain GenresListen to Them
Linkin Park84Nu Metal/Alternative RockListen to Linkin Park
Red Hot Chili Peppers82Alternative Rock/Funk Rock/Funk Metal (Earlier stuff was funk metal, no question about it)Listen to Red Hot Chili Peppers
Metallica80Heavy Metal/Thrash MetalListen to Metallica
System Of A Down78Nu Metal/Alternative MetalListen to System Of A Down
Guns N’ Roses78Hard Rock/Heavy MetalListen to Guns N’ Roses
Rammstein78Neue Deutsche Härte/Industrial MetalListen to Rammstein
Deftones77Alternative Metal/Nu Metal (early stuff)Listen to Deftones
blink-18277Pop Punk (I was shocked too but check “Just About Done”, a weird song, but Nu Metal’ish)Listen to blink-182
Foo Fighters77Alternative Rock/Heavy Metal (Some songs are metal-ish)Listen to Foo Fighters
Bring Me The Horizon77MetalcoreListen to Bring Me The Horizon
Slipknot76Heavy Metal/Nu MetalListen to Slipknot
Bon Jovi76Hard Rock/Glam MetalListen to Bon Jovi
Nickelback75Post-Grunge/Alternative MetalListen to Nickelback
The Offspring75Punk Rock (some have called the early stuff metal-inflected punk and their Smash album absolutely has metal influence)Listen to The Offspring
Korn74Nu MetalListen to Korn
Avenged Sevenfold74Heavy MetalListen to Avenged Sevenfold
Three Days Grace73Hard Rock/Post-Grunge/Alternative MetalListen to Three Days Grace
Ghost73Hard Rock/Heavy MetalListen to Ghost
Limp Bizkit73Nu MetalListen to Limp Bizkit
Pearl Jam73Grunge/Alternative Rock (A ton of metal influence, check “Once” for example)Listen to Pearl Jam
Sleep Token72Alternative MetalListen to Sleep Token
Five Finger Death Punch72Heavy MetalListen to Five Finger Death Punch
Disturbed72Heavy MetalListen to Disturbed
Bad Omens71MetalcoreListen to Bad Omens
The Smashing Pumpkins71Alternative Rock (Has metal influences for sure)Listen to The Smashing Pumpkins
Skillet71Christian MetalListen to Skillet
Black Sabbath71Heavy MetalListen to Black Sabbath
Evanescence71Alternative metalListen to Evanescence
Alice In Chains70Grunge, Alternative MetalListen to Alice In Chains
Falling In Reverse70Post-Hardcore, MetalcoreListen to Falling In Reverse
Ozzy Osbourne70Heavy MetalListen to Ozzy Osbourne
Papa Roach70Alternative MetalListen to Papa Roach
Trans-Siberian Orchestra69Symphonic MetalListen to Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Breaking Benjamin69Hard Rock/Alternative MetalListen to Breaking Benjamin
3 Doors Down69Post-Grunge (Some nu-metal vibes)Listen to 3 Doors Down
Mötley Crüe69Heavy Metal, Glam MetalListen to Mötley Crüe
Rise Against69Melodic hardcore (Strong metal influences for sure)Listen to Rise Against
Rage Against The Machine69Rap Metal/Funk MetalListen to Rage Against The Machine
Shinedown68Hard Rock/Alternative MetalListen to Shinedown
Creed68Post-Grunge/Alternative MetalListen to Creed
TOOL68Alternative MetalListen to TOOL
A Day To Remember68MetalcoreListen to A Day To Remember
Jimi Hendrix68Rock (Yes, I know…)Listen to Jimi Hendrix
Seether68Post-Grunge/Nu MetalListen to Seether
Motionless In White67MetalcoreListen to Motionless In White
I Prevail67Post-Hardcore/MetalcoreListen to I Prevail
Incubus67Alternative Rock/Alternative MetalListen to Incubus
Godsmack67Post-Grunge/Nu MetalListen to Godsmack
Rob Zombie66Industrial MetalListen to Rob Zombie
Hollywood Undead66Rap rock/Nu MetalListen to Hollywood Undead

Spotify’s Popularity Score Explained

Spotify’s popularity rating (sometimes also called the Popularity Index) is a metric that represents the overall popularity of a track or an artist on Spotify. It’s important to understand several key points about this rating:

  1. Calculation: The popularity rating is calculated based on the total number of plays a track or artist has received and how recent those plays are. This means that newer tracks or artists who have recently gained a lot of attention may have a higher popularity rating than older tracks or artists with more total plays but fewer recent plays.
  2. Scale: The popularity rating is a value between 0 and 100, with 100 being the most popular. The scale is relative, meaning that a popularity rating of, say, 80 doesn’t represent a specific number of plays or streams, but rather indicates the track’s or artist’s popularity relative to other tracks or artists on Spotify.
  3. Dynamic: The rating is dynamic and changes frequently. It’s updated regularly to reflect current listening trends on Spotify. As a result, the popularity of a track or artist can fluctuate over time.
  4. Confidentiality of Exact Formula: The exact formula used by Spotify to calculate these ratings is not publicly disclosed. This is likely to prevent manipulation of the ratings and to maintain a level playing field for all artists and tracks on the platform.
  5. Use in Spotify’s Algorithms: Spotify uses popularity ratings, among other factors, to recommend music in features like “Discover Weekly” and “Radio”. This means that tracks with higher popularity ratings are more likely to be recommended to users.
  6. Not a Measure of Quality: It’s important to note that the popularity rating is a measure of how often tracks or artists are played on Spotify and does not necessarily reflect the quality or artistic value of the music.
  7. Impact on Artists and Industry: Popularity ratings can have a significant impact on artists, particularly emerging artists, as higher ratings can lead to increased visibility and opportunities within Spotify and the music industry at large.

In summary, Spotify’s popularity rating is a relative measure of how often a track or artist is played compared to others on the platform, taking into account the recency of those plays. It’s a dynamic metric that reflects current listening trends and behaviors on Spotify.


How I Put This List Together

The Python code on action inside Visual Studio Code. (I had to blur my personal credentials.)

Simple rundown:

  • I used Spotify for Developers page to get access to the Spotify Developer Credentials and API.
  • I used Visual Studio Code for writing and running Python code.
  • Then I extracted the data and changed it to a cleaner format using ChatGPT.

It took a few hours, but it was pretty simple. I hope you enjoyed this list and if you found it cool, share it!

PS. I think I will create more articles like this, just out of pure curiosity about what people listen to right now…

Teemu Suomala

I first grabbed the guitar in 2009. I started this website in January 2020 because I couldn’t do window installation anymore due to my health problems. I also noticed that most guitar websites don’t do a really good job, so I decided to just go for it! I got lucky and managed to get awesome people to help me with my website. I also got lucky because I have you visiting my website right now. Thank you. I do all this for you guys. If you have any recommendations, tips, or feedback, just leave a comment, I would love to chat with you. I have been fortunate to produce content for several large guitar websites, such as Songsterr, Musicnotes, GuitarGuitar, and Ultimate Guitar. I spend my spare time exercising and hanging out with my wife and crazy dog(I guess that went the right way…). Expertise: guitar learning techniques, electric guitars, and guitar amplifiers. You can connect with me on LinkedIn or just email me.
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Prison-Mike

That Jimi Hendrix really got me……

Justin Thomas

Weird that Spotify classified him that way. As an influence he is sited across genres, but even though he influenced many metal guitarists, it is very hard to find him being very metal….anywhere!

Tyler Connaghan

Major fan of Incubus’ early stuff! S.C.I.E.N.C.E was/is an incredible album!

Pranshu Nigam

Ah! Jimi Hendrix… my fav metal guitarist! P.S.: Would be interesting to see a list of the top “rock” bands as well.

Corey

I wonder if bands like Trans-Siberian Orchestra are there because they have song names including “Christmas”

Justin Thomas

I don’t know them, but did they put sleigh bells in to make it a Christmas record?

Justin Thomas

How to write a Christmas hit!
1) Write a hit
2) Add bells

Justin Thomas

Yeah, it seems hard to believe we are at a point where Iron Maiden doesn’t appear in that list. They pretty much ARE heavy metal. Nonetheless, we need a new album. I’ll always say that and I got into Maiden from Killers (yeah, I’m the site granddad!).