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Genre: proto-metal

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Parent Genre: metal

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Proto-metal is a genre of music that emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It is characterized by heavy guitar riffs, distorted sound, and a focus on instrumental solos. The music often features psychedelic and blues influences, with lyrics that touch on themes of rebellion and counterculture. Proto-metal paved the way for the development of heavy metal, and its influence can be heard in the work of many later artists.


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List of proto-metal artists

Here is a list of proto-metal artists on Spotify, ranked based on popularity, who exemplifies the proto-metal genre. You can find out what proto-metal genre sounds like where you can preview artists or sort them the way you want, just click the headers to sort.

#namepopularityfollowers
1 69 6521960
2 41 401748
3 52 300007
4 61 1546096
5 39 339213
6 28 22722
7 22 19170
8 36 140860
9 17 14889
10 36 109705
11 37 108906
12 29 34173
13 38 119159
14 20 15312
15 24 13212
16 23 27681
17 23 6968
18 23 25223
19 23 18676
20 21 24634
21 22 17636
22 20 4805
23 21 22033
24 32 68723
25 14 6854
26 19 13273
27 19 10754
28 18 12357
29 31 69411
30 18 8756
31 29 27170
32 17 3398
33 16 7405
34 15 15126
35 15 9131
36 15 11220
37 13 9595
38 11 5108
39 14 2576
40 13 12551
41 13 4985
42 13 6610
43 13 5549
44 39 186721
45 27 77483
46 12 4587
47 9 3321
48 9 4130
49 8 2056
50 8 7223
51 7 3224
52 7 6773
53 5 761
54 3 2115
55 30 72262
56 31 22556
57 31 17891
58 33 61567
59 27 66604
60 26 37120
61 28 53663
62 24 12292
63 18 12790
64 15 165
65 13 522
66 11 368
67 2 62
68 2 224
69 7 196
70 1 55
71 5 355
72 5 25
73 4 1576
74 4 22
75 3 847
76 2 60
77 2 351
78 2 72
79 2 34301
80 2 326
81 2 6651
82 1 55
83 1 48
84 1 56
85 1 4
86 1 41
87 1 35
88 1 80
89 1 33
90 1 225
91 1 26
92 1 38
93 1 43
94 1 46
95 1 66
96 1 22
97 1 75
98 1 396
99 1 55
100 1 42

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