Top 10 Loudest Bands

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1Iron MaidenIron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. They were known for some big hits such as The Trooper, and The Number of the Beast, and as of 2015, the band sold over 90 million albums.
2AC/DCAC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014. They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1980, after which they hired Brian Johnson to ...read more.

AC/DC is so Awesome. They're very loud but I love their screams and guitar solos. AC/DC rocks

Stabler Arena early 80's. My very first concert. 10th row I believe. Fell in love with Angus Young.

Pure awesomeness. Greatest band ever!

So loud their singer lost his hearing, still awesome though

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3KISSKiss is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the band's original manager, Lew Linet.

Why KISS?
Simply because the ARE the loudest at 136DB

Note: ManOWar did hit 139 in 2008.. but that was during a soundcheck.
KISS did it during a full performance.

Just seen them in Europe. Loud is an understatment... freaking incredible loud. Seen a lot of bands, KISS holds the loudness meter for me.

Seen Kiss at Tiger Stadium on the first night of there reunion tour and the volume shook the stadium, it also scared the crap out of my wife!

God of thunder bass solo will make your chest vibrate

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4The WhoThe Who is an English hard rock band formed in London, England in 1964 . The members are Roger Daltrey (lead singer), Pete Townshend (guitarist), John Entwistle (bassist), and Keith Moon (drums). The genres they were associated with happened to be rock, soft rock, hard rock, and soul rock. They are ...read more.

This band is the only band to show up when you Google "loud live bands" and is known for having the loudest concerts hands down, I haven't heard the idea of acdc being louder (maybe they're up there just because of popularity), acdc didn't give everyone who worked with them hearing damage like the who. The only way who concerts are not the loudest concerts is if you are talking about a who concert today and not in the time where their concerts became legendary, in most of these bands hay day.

Devastatingly powerful music in every sense of the word. Including loud. There never was a band that implemented the element of volume as well as the Who. Devastating.

One who concert was 126 db from the back of the arena but at the front they were 150 db, way louder than anyone.

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5ManowarManowar is an American heavy metal band from New York City, New York. Formed in 1980, the group is known for lyrics based on fantasy and mythology.

germany 2008, their own sound system, approx 7 hrs of music over 2 nights, every note perfectly played and crystal clear, and incredibly loud. Why are kiss on here? Loudest make up maybe.

Manowar achieved a SPL of 139 dB during the sound check, at the Magic Circle Fest in 2008

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6Yngwie MalmsteenYngwie Johan Malmsteen is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who was born on June 30th, 1963, in Stockholm, Sweden. He was known for his neoclassical metal playing style back in the 1980s.

I sat front row when yngwie played with generation axe. The other acts (nuno bettencourt, zack wylde, steve vai) were loud ok, but yngwie was so loud and so piercing I had to stick tissues in my ears. I could hear my ears ringing over Vai's set

7Van HalenVan Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.

First concert, still the loudest I've ever been to in my life.

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8MetallicaMetallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.

These guys are absolutely number 1. The who? They have a good singer. Metallica is just an average guitar player that just shouts into the mic.

By far the loudest band ever it hurt even with earplugs. - tylerdees

So loud I threw away my earphones.

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9MegadethMegadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. The group was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica.
10Black SabbathBlack Sabbath are a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward . The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback . In 1978, ...read more.

Saw them in August 2013 & my ears were ringing hours after this great show.

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11Deep PurpleDeep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, ...read more.

Deep Purple were recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records as the "globe's loudest band" for a live concert in London, 1972. - Metal_Treasure

I had ringing in my ears worse than when I shot a. 30-6. That is LOUD. - fireinside96

12SlipknotSlipknot is a Nu Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa . The band released their first album in 1999 and was well received by critics and fans. The group gained success after the release of their second studio album, "Iowa". ...read more.

c'mon they have at least two drummers

They have a drummer and 2 percussionist

Haha, come on 2 guitarists, 2 percuisionists, a drummer, a bassist, a screamer, a turntables guy, and a samples guy. 9 members making progressive noise! They are the best.

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13Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition ...read more.
14Swans

Swans clocks in at 140 decibels quite regularly. I rest my case.

15RammsteinRammstein is a German Neue Deutsche Härte and Industrial Metal band consisting of Till Lindemann (vocals), Richard Kruspe (guitar), Paul Landers (guitar), Oliver Riedel (electric bass), Christoph Schneider (drums) and Christian Lorenz (keyboard), that formed in 1994 in Berlin . ...read more.

YES! A truly amazing band! The louder they are the better they are!

16Blue CheerBlue Cheer was an American rock band that initially performed and recorded in the late 1960s and early 1970s and was sporadically active until 2009. Based in San Francisco, Blue Cheer played in a psychedelic blues rock style, and are also credited as being some of the earliest pioneers of heavy metal, ...read more.

Everybody talks about LOUD. I saw them in San Francisco in 1968. LOUD was what I remembered. 100 Watt stack of Marshall amps. When one amp blew, the roadies had spares. They would change them over & over. My ears & head were in agony. I say they are the KINGS of LOUD.

Blue Cheer. The FIRST Heavy Metal Band. The FIRST American band to us Marshall Amps. The FIRST band in the world to be in the Guinness Book of Records as the Loudest band. The FIRST band to be a POWER TRIO. Beat that.

17MotorheadMotörhead were an English heavy metal band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was the sole constant member; guitarist and songwriter Larry Wallis; and drummer Lucas Fox. The band's harsh vocals and fast paced tempos helped inspire speed metal and ...read more.

A lot of these bands are among my favourite bands but if we're talking loudness-Motorhead takes the cake, watch Ace of Spades Classic Album documentary and you'll see what I mean

Makes the trousers flap and plaster fall of the roof whenever these guys play.

This sis actualmy number 1 cause its written in guinnes world records book...

18NirvanaNirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. ...read more.V1 Comment
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20Linkin ParkLinkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members include Chester Bennington (vocals), Mike Shinoda (rapping vocals, pianist), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture ...read more.
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