Britain's pensioners are the nation's biggest lovers of heavy metal

HEAVY metal rocks among the nation’s pensioners, a poll has found.

The over 65s love headbanging to Van Halen and Metallica — with 38 per cent rating metal their top music choice.

But just 19 per cent of 18-34-year-olds like the genre — preferring hip hop, rap and indie.

Semi-retired property boss Laurence Benson, 78, of Harrow, North London, said he has loved heavy metal since his youth.

He added: “Nothing compares to the riffs, guitar solos and raw sound. Whenever I hear classical music or pop I switch off. It just doesn’t do anything for me.”

The biggest disco fans were the middle-aged (aged 45-54) — who lived through the 1970s when the genre took off.

Pop (25 per cent) was top for the 18-34 bracket.

Least popular music type across all ages was grime (three per cent), and funk (four).

The poll is for an Oreo cookies promotion giving fans the chance to win music prizes.

The brand said: “It’s great to see age is just a number when it comes to liking rock!”

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