Best Metal Bands

July 31, 2015 - The best metal bands of all-time. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

1
Metallica
Michael Jackson is the king of pop
Elvis Presley is the king of rock
Metallica is the KING OF MUSIC
METALLICA! That's sums it all. World of metal would never be the same without them. They've been through it all, creating masterpieces, even had their downfall. Yet they still came back strong with stuffs like Death Magnetic. They've played pure thrash, heavy metal, ballads etc.. You name it. Black Sabbath influenced them but that's can't be a reason why they can't be better. Nobody can deny their epic products especially in 80s.. Ride The Lightning and Master of Puppets is truly masterpieces. Megadeth, Black Sabbath, Slayer, Pantera, Judas, Anthrax, Ozzy, should be place higher or at least in top 10. X Japan is a great band but their place is unacceptable. Newer band such as A7X, Disturbed, Lamb of God, Slipknot & COB should be in the list but definitely not in top 10. G&R, Korn not even metal in my humble opinion. Linkin Park can GTFO & kiss every single band asses.. Should be write off forever.
I remember that day in 1983 when a friend of mine came at home and told me "listen to this":he had recorded "wiplash" or"metal militia"(not quite sure)on the radio the evening before. I kept silent for a while after listening and had a look to my friend. I guess we realized something huge and amazing had just happened in the metal sphere. I rushed to the nearest record-dealer to buy "Kill' em all", Metallica's first LP, and may have listen to it a thousand times! Then we saw them live twice (once at the "heavy sound festival of poperinge, Belgium) with unforgettable Cliff! The following albums are so great and impressive! (Ride... Master... Justice)As many, less conviced with the black album (except sandman & wonderful"nothing else matters"of course)and following load and reload but bought them in spite of everything cause Metallica is Metallca! Anyway, in 2008, they signed they lost nothing of their ill-temper and genius with "death magnetic". Sometimes when I remember that day in 1983, Ican't help telling to myself:"we weren't mistaken. Some years later Metallica has become the greatest metal band of the world and of all time!
[Newest]Metallica is my fuel. Is my fire. Is that which I desire
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2Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden are one of the most revolutionary and original metal bands in the history of metal! Not only are they a huge role model for other bands such as Metallica but they are original in terms of lyrics and song meanings. Their songs aren't about sex and drugs but usually about mythical stories. Their signature songs captivate the audience with a slow and delicate introduction which jumps into a fitting arpeggio of melodies and riffs which makes up the concerts which are voted one of the best!
This band made me love Metal! Come on man, Iron Maiden SIMPLY THE BEST. Metallica is great, but come on its Maiden!
Iron Maiden
Judas Priest
Metallica

In my opinion
They are the gods of metal.. Metallica is also amongst the best metal bands but even metallica is inspired by maiden
[Newest]Maiden is well ahead of any other band
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3Black Sabbath
These guys are the reason why all heavy metal bands are born..
I mean come on!
I think these guys should be in number 1 in the first place!
Come on! Black Sabbath created metal. How come Slipknot is higher... They suck!
They are the god of metal how come they are at 9th position this is nonsense
I don't believe it ozzy is the best metal artist in the world
[Newest]Oh man, Black Sabbath in 3? They're the reason why metal was born
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4Megadeth
No band even compares to these guys. Especially not Metallica. Metallica holds the distinct honor of being the single most overrated metal band of all time.
True, but Metallica only placed a boulder in their path, the moment they asked Dave to leave. With dave in their line-up they would have been far more ahead then they are today.
Iron maiden, black sabbath, slayer and judas priest all deserve recognition, but Megadeth is my favorite of all time. Slipknot, x japan, disturbed, and avenged sevenfold are not deserving of this list. What a joke!
Who the f is x japan. A snowball's chance in hell they're better than megadeth. And also megadeth>metallica because megadeth stayed metal their entire career. Metallica TOTALLY sold out after and justice for all
Sorry to tell you this but megadeth did not stay metal they're entire career listen to risk or super collider they're hard rock albums
[Newest]Fastest, Most melodic, lyrically diverse, and talented band to touch the metal genre. Other bands try to be like Megadeth, and don't let overrated bands fool you, just because Metallica is most well known doesn't make them the best. That # 1 spot belongs to MEGA DETH! METAL UP YOUR ASS HAHA
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5Judas Priest
Judas Priest is the best Metal band, there's not another better. They're called Metal gods, thing that others can't be called. On the top with them Black Sabbath has the place, and after them, shall be Iron Maiden and Accept.

JR

Please tell me why Judas Priest is notnumberone... I mean tht voice is like WAy out there.. NO DUPLICATIONS! I mean I may only be 17 but I know JUDAS PRIEST was the BEST!

Asianavynuke

I can't understand why JP is on 7. You people are insane. Really. JP and Iron Maiden should be the first two. Get metallica out of there, RAM IT DOWN!
[Newest]Painkiller is one of the best metal albums ever
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6Pantera
Pantera should be in 1st. Their songs are hardcore and fresh still today. A true metal band of all time... Don't judge me that's the fact.
Have to agree that pantera should be first I mean darell shreds at the electric guitar I mean he is insanly good I can only play like 2 or 3 of his songs they are really hard and you can't forget about phil anselmo
Pantera rocks Cowboys from Hell was just pure metal amen
[Newest]Brutal beautiful emotional songs. The death of dimebag was very upsetting as he was so talented. Rip dimebag.
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7Slayer
Too many fangirls voting it seems. Slayer are probably one of the greatest metal bands ever and avenged sevenfold are above them oh dear
Slayer surely is number 1... Lame people dunno why its so down to 16... Slayer is best band ANGEL OF DEATH is one of the best song in the metal history... SLAYER are the direct reason for DEATH METAL... Slayer should be at least within top 5! SLAYER METALLICA SABBATH MAIDEN JUDAS PRIEST COB PANTERA MEGADETH DREAM THEATRE MOTORHEAD are definite top 10
Metallica may have been more popular, Megadeth may have been more lauded, Anthrax may have been more accessible, but no one reigns (pun intended) like Slayer does over thrash and metal's perspective in general. Both 'Show No Mercy' and 'Hell Awaits' are staples of the sub-genre and their early sound, and of course the trio of 'Reign in Blood', 'South of Heaven', and 'Seasons in the Abyss' redefined what metal is and how it exists today, specifically RIB.

Slayer was (is? Still going after 30+ years, still sounding great) never meant to be something that everyone loved, that people could wrap their arms around and embrace. No, Jeff and Kerry's shredding, Tom's ferocious vocal style, and Lombardo's beating double-kick had the listener in love or loathe. The riffs were as memorable as brutal, the solos fast as imitated following their wake, everything about Slayer was different from anything that metal had seen up until that point. They took it further than imaginable and in turn revolutionized extreme metal and set the thrash benchmark for, well, eternity. They are to the harder, harsher metal subgenres to what Sabbath is to metal in general: they took something and indeed started a revolution.

Slayer deserves a spot inside the top three for everything they contributed to metal in general. But either way, the fans win with the abundance of great bands here on the list.
[Newest]Slayer's deadly lyrics cheer me up when I'm extremely mad. They're songs are so addicting and I just love slayer! They deserve number 1
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8Avenged Sevenfold
I don't like it that people think that in order to be great, you have to be such and such years old. Newer bands can be just as great and even greater than these bands from the 80's. Since their very first album they've been god-like. Even when they switch up their sound, it still sounds incredible. Great performers, great people, and definitely one of the greatest bands ever.
Perfect band is all I can say, we can found the greatest screamer, MATT SHADOW, we can hear a greatest riff by SYNYSTER GATES, and the drummer icon and the best voice, THE REV.. ZACKY also give a big dealing with the guitar by his left hand, and not least, JOHNNY CHRIST, without him play his bass guitar, AVENGED SEVENFOLD song will never perfect...
Avenged Sevenfold is the best band I have ever heard. It is not very inappropriate, beside from the slashing and cannibalism in one or more of their songs. Its a nice mix of instruments, and I think adding the violin in more of their songs would be sweet. Their songs are beautiful at times and just awesomely awesome. I wonder why this is not number one. IT SHOULD BE!
[Newest]The best ever, synyster gates solos are wonderful and songs are rich in meaning
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9Slipknot
Slipknot below x japan? X japan doesn't deserve top 10 list!
Slipknot is awesome. They're not just about kicking ass or being hardcore, they have strong and well thought out ideals coupled with a great sound.
Slipknot is one of the best bands, if not the best metal band in the world. It songs are amazingly played and the lyric are just epic. The best combo for me. Plus I like the masks
But don't forget that masks are not what make them awesome man. Intense power, anger, mind and body is what makes Slipknot. I wouldn't say they are the best, but I would say they belong at about 10 or 9.
[Newest]Creativity, madness, skills, voice, relentless live. Tell me how they aren't the best band today..
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10Dream Theater
The reason that a lot of people don't like DT is because they aren't musicians - which is OK. However, I feel that they are definitely underrated, although I was actually surprised to find them 12 on the list; they are really not that popular. But I am a bit surprised that they are below SLAYER and SYSTEM OF A DOWN! I mean, this IS a metal list which does include nu and death/really heavy thrash metal but those bands are way too evilish and scary and screamy for me. I, however, would strongly recommend anybody (particularly Metallica and rush fans, but anybody nonetheless) to listen to the WHOLE SONG Pull Me Under or even better, Octavarium. At the very beginning, when I first got into DT, I only really liked and had heard of the songs Pull Me Under and Panic Attack. I loved them both, and I wanted to know more songs by this band, because they were so great in my opinion. SO, I came to this site, and I looked at the top 10 DT songs. Octavarium was on the top of the list. I went on iTunes and listened to the preview... HATED IT. I was like, "Wow this is really stupid and makes no sense at all why is this so high on the list? " But, I figured there must be a reason that this song is so liked, so I put on my new beats (got them that day), and listened to the whole thing on grooveshark. I paid strong attention to the musicality and the lyrics and everything, and oh my gosh, I loved it. So much that, with the remainder of an itunes gift card that I had, I bought the whole album (you can't buy the song on its own). What a fantastic decision that was.
How is Dream Theater 14th!? Dream Theater pushes progressive metal to the limits and offers KILLER drum solos and riffs in all of their songs and not in a couple of their hits
14th!. Well I think the people who vote here is too young to understand Dream Theater
[Newest]Just a great band
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The Contenders

11Disturbed
disturbed rules! but I mean come on! I've looked at the band rankings and most of you are morons. first ozzy osbourne was declared the king of metal a few years ago. second its not about the stupid message the song gives, its about how badass they can be with a guitar and drums. Also most people who have known the older bands and listened to their music would agree that they truly invented the music of metal. And You buttholes who say " Ohh but the newer bands are way better ", SHUT UP! you don't know the true meaning of rocking out.
Well, judas priest gives no message at all. Still more badass at guitars and drums than disturbed. Listen to painkiller album.
I like them too much to have an complete impartial opinion. :)
Go ahead Disturbed. You're the best new metal band which I listen until now.
David Draimans voice is strong and beautiful its just sex to the ears
Dan Donegan is a master on the guitar
John Moyer is a beast on the bass
and Mike Wengren is the best drummer of the newer metal bands
in my opinion
[Newest]Best metal band out there at least put this on top 5
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12System of a Down
Serj tankian is one of the best metal vocalists of all time. These guys deserve to be just a little higher on this lest
not as traditional as iron maiden, megadeth etc. but farout these guys have created their own sound and made some amazing music. I love system
I simply love toxicity! It's awesome! They should really be number 1 like really I mean yeah
[Newest]One of the best metal bands..
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13Death
Haha, Death should be top 10 easily. Avenged Sevenfold? Seriously? LINKIN PARK? Well, I'm just saying Death slaughters most of these bands. At least Pantera and Megadeth are in a quite fair spot.
Death being this low on the list is an absolute joke. Every song by Death is amazing, Chuck's vocals are just incredible, and you can't forget the fact that this band practically started DEATH METAL. Which is one of the biggest sub genre's to Metal.
I am feeling so Symbolic about death. Death mixes a perfect pitch in their music.
[Newest]LOL Death is easily top ten. Do you people even listen to metal
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14Motörhead
Too much love for these guys, they deserve to be way further up.
It's Motorhead. When talking about the best metal bands not including this one is equal to blasphemy ( if you're religious) or idiocity ( if you're not religious)
True, Lemmy says that he doesn't think Motörhead is metal. But that doesn't necessarily mean he's right. Listen to an album like overkill or ace of spades, and tell me that isn't heavy metal! They were the pioneers of speed metal. Plus the punk influence they had served as a thrash metal inspiration. They are easily one of the most influential metal bands of all time

ryanrimmel

[Newest]This is horrible, Motörhead doesn't deserve to be in at number fourteen they should be number one. Metallica even stated that Motörhead was their biggest inspiration and phil Campbell and Lenny are bad ass!

15Anthrax
Yall' know nirvana, ACDC, van halen, red hot chili peppers, and 30 seconds to mars isn't metal right?
The should be within the top 5, with iron maiden, megadeth, Metallica and black sannath. If anyone needs further reminder of the awesomeness of this band, listen to their new album
Come on. At least the top ten. Nirvana, van halen, red hot chili peppers are all not metal. I'm not saying that they are bad bands but this is a metal band list. Also, how the hell are slipknot and linkin park above Anthrax. The most underratted band in the big four.
[Newest]Anthrax is one of the big four of metal ( Metallica/ slayer / MEGADETH / anthrax) why is it in this place, and A7 fold on top ten?

16Bullet For My Valentine
Only one word is enough for them. The best band ever, however I'm unhappy to see them so down here. Vote for bullet. Let bullet devour you. Metal, metal, metal...
Their songs are really very very good. They have given a new meaning to the metalcore genre. The voice of Matt Tuck is awesome. The riffs and solos of Paget are impressive, Jay does a good work on the bass and the drumming by Moose is just too good, I mean the way he blends the double bass with the drums is really impressive.
They should at least be in top 10 if not in top 5.
Those who have not listened to them, please please Listen to these an you will know-
Waking The Demon, All These Things I hate, Tears Don't Fall, Your Betrayal and Hearts Burst Into Fire.
Bullet For My Valentine for the win.
HOW DARE IT COME IN THE 11TH POSITION?
The list is rigged...
Guys just listen to their songs...
The best of the best... How could it not be in the top 3?
[Newest]Love them! They are just great
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17Dio
How the hell is Dio not higher on the bloody list?
He was one of the founding fathers of what we call metal!
Hail to the king! M/ Dio started the evil horns, had an amazing voice, was on Black Sabbath, and wasn't a cocky bastard about it! You guys need to stop voting up the latest popular trend and vote for the guys that have lasted!
Most people in this time probably don't know. He created awesome singles, popularized the sign of the horns, joined Sabbath, and is one of the best vocalist of all time. As it says OF ALL TIME, Dio should be on the top! RIP Dio.
[Newest]Yeah you people suck Dio should be WAY higher if not number one. His band was certainly better than Megadeath. Megadeath shouldn't be on the list at all.


18Tool
Linkin Park and Bullet For My Valentine better than Tool? What's wrong with you people!

Baseline

No Offense, (which means get ready for an insult) but it seems like a profound number of people who listen to Metal here has no regard to the suspense mystery and intelligibility of the songs.

I am not surprised that Tool is not in the Top Ten; not many people appreciate them, not many people understand them, not many people appreciate lyrics (if you do you will have great regard to what the hell they are singing), and not many of them has reached that great switch of perspectives...

I wager many of these people don't listen to classical music.
What does it have anything to do with Tool?
It means you are not resilient. You only like Metal. That is all.
Tool is one of the most talented and original bands of all time, of course my favourite ones would be Metallica or Iron Maiden but I noticed bands like Slipknot, Avenged Sevenfold and System of a Down are on the top ten, when actual talented and awesome bands like Tool, Motörhead, Dream Theater, Anthrax, Death, Cannibal Corpse, Opeth, Manowar, who deserve to be higher than those bands are on awfull positions, please don't vote for stuff like Bullet for my Valentine, Linkin Park, All That Remains or The Devil Wears Prada, you may like them but they don't have the history that a band like Deep Purple or Led Zeppelin has and they are higher, seriously? Without those two bands and Black Sabbath metal wouldn't even exist.. so please vote for important and talented metal bands, not for emo easy making stuff, that can be good but not epic
[Newest]Tool should be closer to the top of the list. End of story.

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19Lamb Of God
Why is this 19th?
this is one of the best...
lamb of god deserves more...
In my opinion every band I've seen so far deserves to be acknowledged on this list. Every band I've heard on it are brilliant. Maybe some wouldn't be considered metal, but those bands are still awesome. Lamb Of God are one of the best. I think that the new and old metal types of metal on this list should be divided up, as they do sound very different. The bands that stand out to me the most have to be Slipknot and LOG at the minute, although that doesn't mean to say that the others are bad. Randy Blythe's scream is by far the best here! Listen to the dongs 'Set To Fail' and 'Now You've Got Something To Die For' trust me, if you're a true metal fan you will love them. Oh and by the way Linkin Park are in fact nu metal, well Hybrid Theory and Meteora anyway and they are an excellent band.
Lamb of god is the best band of them all, because their songs are like math, They count out every note in the riffs and makes them like a puzzle. Incredible to listen to! EPIC!
[Newest]The reason why LOG is different with another bands?...they have a great drummers and Megadeth realise that!, Remember! ; "No Chris Adler, No Party"
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20AC/DC
This right here is the definition of epicness. Bon Scott and Angus Young, kings of their craft. Even though they are not metal, I have to vote for them they are my favorite band hands down
This is the greatest Band ever. They should be in first place by far, man. The difference from other bands is that most of them have like 3 songs that are outstanding, AC/DC has over 10.
Well they are not even a metal band and you did not look at the name of the list.
Metallica are just overrated! They are not even near AC/DC and I'm a Metallica fan but still AC/DC were the ONES that gave metal a whole new dimension!
[Newest]They are top 5. Can't believe they are 20 on this list

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