Poetry meets instruments note
Acid Bath boils down to Black Sabbath meets Alice in Chains meets a heroin overdose.
Video on Trial once described Adam Lambert as "what would happen if Madonna grew a penis and had sex with Lady Gaga."
AKB48 is what happens when more or less 48 Japanese schoolgirls become Idol Singers.
Alice Francis is Beyoncé meets Caravan Palace.
Alice in Chains is Nirvana meets Type O Negative
Alestorm is Running Wild meets Dropkick Murphys.
Alter Bridge is Creed meets Led Zeppelin, Metallica and Deftones
Amon Amarth is Manowar meets At The Gates.
Anal Cunt is Napalm Death meets The Mentors.
An Cafe is Oasis meets L'arc~en~Ciel
The German EBM group And One sounds like a cross between Depeche Mode and Kraftwerk.
Angels & Airwaves was ( by Tom Delonge's own admission) envisioned as a combination of U2 and Pink Floyd. They combine U2's soaring, arena-rock sound with Pink Floyd's lush soundscapes and outer-space motifs.
Angra is Freedom Call meets Kate Bush
Aphex Twin is Nine Inch Nails meets Merzbow.
Avantasia is literally Edguy meets a laundry list of Power Metal and Hair Metal performers, among them Alice Cooper, Yngwie Malmsteen, Stratovarius, Savatage, KISS, Kamelot, Scorpions, Mr Big, and Symphony X.
AWOLNATION is Arctic Monkeys meets The Rolling Stones meets Moby.
In the documentary film Punk: Attitude, Darryl Jenifer of the Bad Brains describes his band as a combination of The Ramones, Sex Pistols, and Dead Boys.
Battles could be described as " Radiohead meet Frank Zappa."
Beatallica is, well, The Beatles meets Metallica.
The Beach Boys started out as The Four Freshmen meet Chuck Berry in a SoCal surf shop.
Benighted is Cryptopsy + Dying Fetus + Suicide Silence.
In Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, the Requiem Mass meets the poems of Wilfred Owen.
The Birthday Massacre is 80's Synth Pop meets Nine Inch Nails.
The Black Dahlia Murder is what happens when At The Gates and Hypocrisy meet Suffocation and Hate Eternal.
Early Black Flag is The Clash meets The Stooges. Later on, they became The Stooges meets Black Sabbath.
Black Sabbath are Blue Cheer meets The Who Live at Leeds.
And later, Motorhead are Blue Cheer meets a fistful of amphetamines.
A good way to sum up Bob Dylan is Woody Guthrie meets Jack Kerouac.
Early Blind Guardian is Helloween meets Judas Priest, later Blind Guardian is Gamma Ray meets Queen with a bit of Jethro Tull
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony was described by one reviewer as NWA meets John Moschitta, Jr., meets Boyz II Men.
Bonnie Pink could be called Utada Hikaru meets Colbie Caillat, with a pinch of Steely Dan and Adele.
note Borgore is Skrillex meets Two Live Crew.
Brave Combo were so named when people told them how brave they were to play Jimi Hendrix tunes as polkas.
Jon Stewart, during the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors, said of Bruce Springsteen; "I believe that Bob Dylan and James Brown had a baby."
The Byrds are The Beatles meets Bob Dylan.
Candiria is Hatebreed meets East Coast Gangsta Rap.
Caravan Palace is just about every major swing artist of the 1930s meets The Shamen
Celldweller is Linkin Park meets Throbbing Gristle.
Cher Lloyd is Nicki Minaj (rap) and Avril Lavigne (punk image) incarnated.
Chevelle is Tool plus Nirvana with a dash of Radiohead.
Childish Gambino is Kid Cudi meets Drake with a bit of Kanye West and Andre 3000 for good measure.
Chromeo is basically Zapp meets The System with a dusting of Daft Punk.
Combichrist is best described as Ministry and Killing Joke meets Fear Factory
Korean metal band Crash is Metallica meets Lamb Of God meets Korn.
Cryonic Temple is Gamma Ray meets Edguy
Montreal Technical Death Metal band Cryptopsy are Suffocation meets Morbid Angel.
The Cult are AC/DC meets The Doors.
Dan Bern is Bob Dylan meets early Beck in terms of songwriting.
The solo album by Dan Swano of Edge of Sanity was self described as " Rush playing Death Metal in the 70s."
Danzig is The Misfits meets Alice Cooper.
The middle period of the career of Black Metal act Darkthrone is essentially Celtic Frost meets Burzum.
Dark Moor is Rhapsody of Fire meets Nightwish
Dark Tranquillity is Dream Theater meets Carcass.
Their recent musical output is Death Metal meets Baroque pop.
Dead By April is Backstreet Boys meets modern In Flames.
Deadlock is Lacuna Coil meets Soilwork meets Rammstein meets djent.
Rap act Dead Prez was considered a amalgamation of NWA and Public Enemy.
Death Grips are Hardcore Hip Hop meets Industrial meets Cyber Punk meets Hardcore Punk.
The Dear Hunter is Muse meets Cherry Poppin' Daddies.
Deep Purple - Pink Floyd meets AC/DC.
Defeated Sanity is Disgorge meets Classical and Jazz music.
Deftones is Meshuggah meets My Bloody Valentine and Dream Theater.
Demons And Wizards is literally Iced Earth meets Blind Guardian.
DevilDriver is Coal Chamber meets At The Gates and Lamb Of God.
Ronnie James Dio is more or less Black Sabbath meets Rainbow.
Dir En Grey is Faith No More, Converge, Cannibal Corpse, Sunn O, Deftones, Opeth, etc... meets Visual Kei.
Disciple is Def Leppard meets Rage Against the Machine meets Soundgarden meets Jesus.
Dismember is Autopsy meets Iron Maiden.
The Dillinger Escape Plan is Converge meets The Who ( Rockers Smash Guitars) and early X Japan ( Dramatic Shattering, shock elements and even more instrument abuse)
Dong Bang Shin Ki is Arashi meets Korean Pop Music
DragonForce is Stratovarius meets Megadeth and Melt Banana.
Drake is Lil Wayne meets Kanye West (in fact Lil Wayne was the one who gave him a record deal).
Dream Theater is Yes (progressive) meets Metallica (metal).
Dschinghis Khan is kind of ABBA (Europop) meets Village People (Weird outfits).
Edge of Attack is Domina Noctis meets Ozzy Osbourne
Edguy is Hammerfall meets Bon Jovi.
Emeli Sande is the lovechild of John Lennon and Leona Lewis.
Elvenking is Sonata Arctica meets My Chemical Romance meets Skyclad.
Emilie Autumn's music is Victorian-era Classical Music meets industrial.
Enslaved is Bathory meets Pink Floyd.
Enter Shikari is Mr. Bungle meets Electronic Music.
Epica is Kamelot meets Nightwish, with the addition of death growls and classical elements.
Your Favorite Martian was Gorillaz meets MC Chris.
Evanescence is Lacuna Coil meets Björk meets Linkin Park meets Elegant Gothic Lolita.
Excision is Merzbow meets Skrillex.
The Evillious Chronicles can best be described as The Bible meets the latter half of Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle meets Rule of Scary meets Vocaloid. With cute animals.
The Faceless is Atheist meets Despised Icon.
Faith No More is simply Mike Patton meets a whole list of rock and metal bands from The Nineties.
Fear Factory is Pantera meets Killing Joke meets Swans.
FEMM could best be described as Lady Gaga meets Daft Punk meets Britney Spears in her heyday.
Finntroll is traditional Norwegian black metal meets polka music. From Finland. Really.
Fireflight is Evanescence meets Journey meets Sandi Patty.
Five Star is The Jets meets Control era Janet Jackson.
Flight of the Conchords are (comedy rock) meets Tenacious D (college rock).
They Might Be Giants Flogging Molly is Social Distortion meets The Dubliners
Florence + the Machine: Ginger Spice meets Siouxsie and the Banshees. (Ironic since Flo Welch's favorite Spice Girl was Posh.)
Foxy Shazam, from their second album forward, have been Queen meets Nirvana.
Gamma Ray is Jag Panzer meets Iron Maiden with light cues from Helloween and Judas Priest.
The Gazette is Pitch Shifter meets Deftones meets Visual Kei. Nowadays they've even added Rammstein and early Dir En Grey elements into their sound.
Gazpacho are aha meets Radiohead meets Porcupine Tree
Godflesh is Swans + Killing Joke + Ministry.
God Is An Astronaut's early music was post-rock meets techno/downtempo. Their newer stuff is closer to straight-up post-rock but still with an electronic influence.
Godsmack is Alice in Chains meets Disturbed, Creed, and Metallica.
Godzilla (1954) is Soulfly meets Tool meets a whole pod of Space Whales
Green Carnation is Genesis + Iron Maiden + Candlemass.
The Australian pop singer Giulietta has been said to be "Lady Gaga meets Cyndi Lauper", though nowadays she's more Rihanna meets Nicki Minaj.
Green Day is The Clash meets The Cars.
Hawkwind are basically " Pink Floyd meets MC5".
Heart is Led Zeppelin meets Jefferson Airplane
Heavenly is Theocracy meets Gamma Ray
Helloween is Racer X meets Rainbow
Hideki Naganuma is something like Fatboy Slim meets J-Pop.
Hollywood Undead is Rage Against the Machine (rap-rock) meets Slipknot (nu metal under masks), under the influence of strong depressants.
House of Heroes is Weezer meets Guided By Voices meets REM meets Jesus.
Iced Earth is Iron Maiden meets Metallica.
Early Ill Nino is Sepultura meets Linkin Park. Later Ill Nino is Pantera meets Santana.
Illusion Suite is Kamelot meets The Dear Hunter
In Flames began essentially as Ceremonial Oath with a dash of Iron Maiden. Now it's more like Korn meets Linkin Park meets Iron Maiden.
Into Eternity can be described as Judas Priest meets 3 Inches Of Blood with a hint of Children of Bodom.
Iron Maiden is 70's progressive rock (Kansas, Rush, Jethro Tull etc.) meets Judas Priest.
Iwrestledabearonce is The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza meets Mr. Bungle on a drug overdose.
Ian Anderson is the sixth and seventh Doctors crossed with Van Morrison.
K-Ci & Jo Jo is what you get when Peter Cetera and Sam Cooke decide to become a duo.
Kamelot is Stratovarius meets Symphony X
Kanon Wakeshima is Emilie Autumn meets Japanese Pop Music. With cellos.
Kalmah is Dark Tranquillity meets Godzilla (1954) meets the swamps of Finland.
Kate Bush is Nico meets Pink Floyd
Kero Kero Bonito is kinda like Halcali meets London inside a Nintendo 64 soundcard.
King Crimson are Pink Floyd plus The Beatles meets Metallica.
Gene Simmons said that he originally wanted KISS to be a "Heavy Metal Beatles."
Kidneythieves is Linkin Park meets Nine Inch Nails meets Radiohead meets Korn... With a female vocalist.
Knife Party is Pendulum meets House Music meets Harsh Noise.
Korn is Pantera meets Red Hot Chili Peppers meets Mr. Bungle.
Kraftwerk = The Beatles + Jean Michel Jarre.
Kvelertak is Motorhead meets Mayhem. Now with 100% more Word Salad Lyrics.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is Katy Perry meets Gwen Stefani meets Japanese Pop Music.
Lady Gaga could be described as Fergie meets Gwen Stefani meets Madonna meets Shazza meets Emilie Autumn meets Marilyn Manson. Add some Postmodernism and Synth Pop too...
Lady Sovereign could be described as " Miley Cyrus and Eminem had a baby, with anti-aging drugs."
Lamb Of God can be described as Lynyrd Skynyrd meets Pantera, Slayer and Sepultura.
Limp Bizkit is Rage Against the Machine meets Korn.
Linkin Park was Limp Bizkit and Deftones meets Ministry. From their third album onwards, they're more like Muse meets Skinny Puppy.
Merge Barbra Streisand and Christina Aguilera and you get the sort of music Lea Michele makes.
Machine Head is meets Vulgar Display of Power meets Beneath the Remains .
Master of Puppets is Manowar Judas Priest meets Motorhead meets Black Sabbath meets Queen meets .
a massive fucking boatload of ham 90s band Man Or Astroman has been described as the Ventures meet Devo.
Maria Cross is Phil Anselmo meets Seth Putnam meets Dani Filth meets Chris Barnes meets Kyo meets Harsh Noise.
Maximum The Hormone is something like Faith No More meets Meshuggah meets Andrew W.K. meets Baby Metal.
Maxwell is often described as Marvin Gaye meets Sade.
Melt Banana is Anal Cunt meets J-pop.
Merzbow is Throbbing Gristle meets Swans meets Japan.
Meshuggah is Atheist meets Pantera meets Nevermore meets apocalyptic science fiction.
Early Metallica was essentially Diamond Head meets Discharge.
A Billboard review of Miguel ("All I Want Is You") describes him as Babyface meets R. Kelly.
Or alternatively Babyface meets The Weeknd.
MGK (Machine Gun Kelly) is Tech N9ne meets Eminem.
Mindless Self Indulgence can be described as the modern-sounding punk-pop of Fall Out Boy with the comedic machismo of Electric Six and the overarching Genre Roulette one would associate with Primus.
Ministry is Skinny Puppy meets Megadeth and Slayer
The Misfits are The Ramones meets b-movie cheese
Moe and ghosts sounds like a mix of Cibo Matto, Lauryn Hill, and Busta Rhymes, with a dash of Ol' Dirty Bastard.
Mother's Finest was described by some fans as Led Zeppelin meets Ike and Tina.
Mr. Scruff is Fatboy Slim meets Groove Armada.
Mumford and Sons is The Violent Femmes meets Noah and the Whale.
Muse is Queen meets Science Fiction: particularly Orwell.
Nanowar of Steel is Manowar meets "Weird Al" Yankovic
Nero is Skream and Skrillex meet Nevermore.
Nicki Minaj is 50% (glammed-out dress style) and 50% Lady Gaga (female rapper).
Lil Kim Nightwish's "Meadows Of Heaven" song is like Gospel music + choir vocals (especially towards the end) mixed with Epic Rocking.
Nirvana has been self-described as The Knack and the Bay City Rollers being molested by Black Flag and Black Sabbath.
Nitro has been said to be Mötley Crüe plus King Diamond.
Oathean is Behemoth meets Chthonic meets Korean folk music.
Of Mice and Men are Attack Attack! minus electronic music plus djent.
The Offspring is Agent Orange meets Green Day
One Direction can be seen as Backstreet Boys (boy band) meets Justin Bieber (popular with the same generation of teenage girls).
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark are Kraftwerk meets Merseybeat.
Panic! at the Disco could be described as Fall Out Boy meets The Killers or The Beatles, depending on the album.
Pantera is what happens when a certain Texas Hair Metal band meets the Big Four of Thrash, drops the glam look, and takes a Darker and Edgier turn
Parov Stelar is Caravan Palace meets Skrillex
Pathfinder is Nightwish meets Stratovarius
Periphery is Meshuggah meets Deftones.
Depending on the song, Pogo is Todd Edwards meets either Nujabes or Owl City.
Porcupine Tree is Pink Floyd meets Rush meets Metallica.
The Pretty Reckless is Heart meets Halestorm
Primus is The Beatles meets Frank Zappa and "Weird Al" Yankovic.
Psychostick is Bloodhound Gang meets Hatebreed and/or Five Finger Death Punch.
Early Queen was Led Zeppelin meets David Bowie.
Queensr˙che is Iron Maiden meets Pink Floyd.
Radiohead is essentially The Pixies meets REM meets Aphex Twin plus Pink Floyd.
Rage Against the Machine is Eminem meets Faith No More
Rainbow is Deep Purple meets Black Sabbath.
Rich Girl is when Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland decide to call up Jennifer Lopez and Nicole Scherzinger from the Pussycat Dolls to form a super group.
Rings Of Saturn is Arsonists Get All The Girls meets Viraemia... IN SPACE!!
Rush is Led Zeppelin meets Styx
Sabaton is Manowar meets Racer X playing Horrible History Metal
Savatage is Queen meets Guns n Roses.
Scar Symmetry can be described as Dismember meets Stratovarius.
Septycal Gorge is Defeated Sanity meets Hour Of Penance.
Sequester is Sonata Arctica meets Pearl Jam
Seremedy is Escape the Fate meets Versailles and Soilwork.
SHINee is Dong Bang Shin Ki meets Oshare Kei
Sigh is Emperor meets Faith No More meets King Diamond.
SikTH is The Dillinger Escape Plan meets Korn meets Converge.
Silencer is Burzum meets an insane asylum.
Skindred is mid-career Sepultura + Reggae or Bad Brains meets Soulfly, System of a Down and Candiria.
Skrillex is Skream meets Aphex Twin or Deadmau5 meets Merzbow, depending on the song.
Slayer is Motorhead meets Metallica and Venom.
Sleepy Brown has been described as a lechery-prone Curtis Mayfield and I Want You-era Marvin Gaye with the imagery of Hot Buttered Soul-era Isaac Hayes.
Slipknot is Mushroomhead and Korn meets Pantera and Suffocation.
Social Distortion is Agent Orange meets Johnny Cash.
Early Soulfly was Sepultura meets Santana. Now it's more like old Sepultura meets new Sepultura meets tribal percussion.
Sonata Arctica is Helloween meets Yes.
Soundgarden is Nirvana meets Faith no More
"Stop Pause" is "Land Of 1,000 Dances" meets Southern Hip Hop.
Stratovarius is Helloween meets Scorpions.
Supercell is Nine Inch Nails meets Hatsune Miku meets Nico Nico Douga meets Pixiv.
Swans: Pink Floyd meets Throbbing Gristle.
Symphony X is what you would get with Dream Theater playing Power Metal.
System of a Down is Faith No More meets Middle Eastern music.
Theocracy is Helloween meets Angra meets Jesus.
They Might Be Giants are "Weird Al" Yankovic meets Mind Screw meets Word Salad Lyrics meets Crazy Awesome!
Thin Lizzy is Jimi Hendrix meets Van Morrison.
Threat Signal is the child of Fear Factory, Killswitch Engage, Meshuggah and Linkin Park .
note 3 Inches Of Blood are something akin to Judas Priest meets HammerFall with harsh vocals.
Tigers Jaw is Fleetwood Mac meets Brand New
On the other hand, Tool are King Crimson meets Nine Inch Nails.
Tourniquet is Slayer + Petra with a dash of Rush.
The Toyes are Bob Marley meets the Barenaked Ladies.
TRAX is L'arc~en~Ciel meets X Japan meets Korean Pop Music.
Trivium are Metallica meet Killswitch Engage.
Turisas have been described as "the bastard offspring of The Levellers and Manowar".
Tyler The Creator is early Eminem meets Lil Wayne meets MF Doom meets Anal Cunt.
Twelve Foot Ninja is Mr. Bungle meets djent.
Two Gallants is The Violent Femmes meets Bob Dylan
Unleashed can be described as the child of Obituary and Vader.
Vamps is whan happens when Marilyn Manson meets Japan
Veil of Maya is At The Gates meets djent
Venetian Snares is Whitehouse meets Aphex Twin.
Versailles is Gackt meets DragonForce meets
Rose of Versailles It's literally Lareine meets the Hizaki Grace Project.
And Jupiter is basically 80% of the band meets Progressive Metal.
The Violent Femmes is Velvet Underground meets gospel music, and/or proto-punk
Vocaloid is Synthetic Voice Actor meets Auto-Tune.
Volbeat is Elvis Presley meets Danzig.
Wagakki Band is basically what happens to Slipknot if they were Visual Kei, played Japanese folk music, and had a kimono-wearing chick for a singer. Yeah, make of that if you will.
The White Stripes are MC5 meets Elvis Costello meets Dead Kennedys.
Wolfmother is AC/DC meets Black Sabbath meets Led Zeppelin.
Wolves at the Gate is Underoath meets DragonForce meets The Bible.
X Japan is basically KISS meets Twisted Sister meets Metallica meets Dream Theater meets Yoshiki Hayashi.
Yelawolf is Eminem meets Kid Rock.
YOHIO is Hizaki meets Takanori Nishikawa meets Gackt.
Youngblood Brass Band is a brass band meets Rap.
Early on, Yousei Teikoku is Skinny Puppy meets Lacuna Coil. Nowadays it's more like Malice Mizer meets Evanescence
The band Zipthunk! was described in a review as "Like The Monkees getting fucked by The Pixies while Elvis Costello films the whole thing."
Disco polo is Italo Disco meets traditional Polish drinking songs.
Folk punk bands are inevitably described as " The Pogues meets [whatever punk band seems most appropriate]". Given that The Pogues are the Ur Example of the genre, this can seem a little redundant.
New Wave Of British Heavy Metal was punk energy with Heavy Metal musicianship.
The psychobilly genre is basically 1950s rockabilly meets a Zombie Apocalypse.
Rock & Roll can be described as Blues meets Country.
This is essentially the entire point of 'mash-ups', where you take two songs and mesh them into one. The quality of these mash-ups, however, tends to vary.
Vaporwave is mid-late 80's muzak or Contemporary Pop music meets DJ Screw or sometimes the OST. Hell, Earthbound this track could be the Ur Example of vaporwave.
Robert Plant + Guy Gardner = Axl Rose.