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This is very difficult to say-who is number one, the music is different, the generations are different. I started listen to disco when I was a young boy, but little by little I discovered that my blood is made for heavy rock. I do not say only rock, or hard rock or heavy metal-I have favourite groups from all these genres. I try to make many rankings and often wonder what is the most perfect way to reflect everything. It is truth that Metallica is my favourite group and although I try to be honest as much as possible, there will be always some subjectivity. Anyway-I really can not understand why for example AC/DC have sold most albums-they are not very influential, according to me of course. Beatles, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Zeppelin and Yes Metallica have influenced most bands.
AC/DC can not be ranked neither for top 10 singers, neither guitarists, bassists or drummers. For God sake, people, they have no one ballad. No one song of them can make me cry. And even without that they are a great band. But absolutely they should NOT be number one. They have sold most copies but this should not be the only one criteria when you determine who is the best. Besides today is the era of Internet piracy and many people, if not in USA, but Eastern Europe, China, etc... Do not give money to buy and hence can not go into the official rankings. I am sure that AC/DC is even not the most listened to group. This thing is more or less than the movies. For example usually those movies that win or are nominated for Oscar are complex and normal people prefer to watch an action film with not much value. So acc. To me a ranking should be made of lots of components. Yes, sold albums should be one of them, but also, influence, lyrics, originality, diversity (ex. AC /DC are very monotonous, no ballads, no great solos, no complex in its difficulty performance), quality of the band members /ranked in top guitarists, drummers, vocals/, stage behaviour, professionality, hit songs of course...
I do one of my rankings in the following way:
Number of good songs, divided by the number of total songs written and the received number is multiplied by a special ratio, derived, depending how many songs the band has written. This is because, if one band has made only one album with ratio 0.8 /8 good songs, 2 bad/ is not honest to be ranked better that a band which has made three albums with average ratio 0.7; that is why this 0.7 I multiply by 1.2 = 0.84 /1.2 is second album after the first one, if only 2 albums, coeficient will be 1.1. For example Status Quo has more than 300 songs and thus their coeficent is 4, but with average of 0.4 for example we can receive 0.3*4=1.2 and thus in my case Metallica has best ratio 0.67*2.3=1.54 You can see am very critical even to my favourite group only 6.7 of every 10 their songs is good. A true Metallica fan will say that it is 10 out of 10. But let be more sincere. A good song must not be an undistinguished one. Usually there are two three hits and some more really good songs and the rest to complete the album is if not rubbish, not very good material. I do not speak of albums where all songs may be very good, but on average. Metallica has their bad things, part of load/reload, almost whole 2003 album. The recent albums of almost all old bands are not good, sometimes thy are even rubbish. What have done AC/DC after Bon Scott era only 1980 and 1990 albums are worth. Lack Sabbath last 20 years-almost nothing-but his year - 13 is maybe the best album for the 2013 year. So my ranking is Metallica, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Scorpions, and many others after that, but have no time
Some of my earliest memories of listening to music are of Metallica. I was introduced to me at a very young age. I can remember the first time I ever heard the song one. I was about six years old. My mind was absolutely blown. Not only does Metallica have a lot of sentimental attachment to me, but they are a group of extremely talented musicians. They may not be the most talented band, but they have one thing many other bands don't, chemistry. I am astounded to this day how we'll they work together. Metallica is absolutely relentless. They never let up, and they stick to their guns. Over the years many have said that Metallica is greedy and many other things, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Their intentions have always been to get together have fun, play great music and bring joy to their fans. Metallica is the greatest band of all time because they are willing to take risks and try something new. In my opinion Metallica is as influential as black sabbath and led zeppelin. They took a little inspiration from other bands and they threw in just enough originality. Metallica made me open to all possibilities in music. Long live Metallica, you rock! M/
Whether Rock or Metal for the list, Metallica is an obvious winner. People can whine about how overrated they are, but hell, people voted for a reason! Yeah this is not professional/official list but you can see Metallica's topping or at least be in most list.. Proving their greatness.
I doubt if there will be another band that can create such an influence in near future. Yeah they are more metal than a rock band, but Nothing Else Matters!
Guns n Roses should be at least top 5 and how can they fall under Linkin Park and 30 STM. Ouch!
Linkin Park used to be a great band but with all the craps came out from them now, they don't deserved top ten. Not even top 20. A7X should be place higher than Linkin Pork and 30 Seconds of Craps. Enough said.
Most brutal, Angriest, and Precise band. Metallica - No one can top there song and legend status.
James - Amazing Front man, plays Guitar, Drums, Bass, and Singer, Song writer, and one of the best rhythm guitar players in the world!
Kirk - Great soloist, Amazing 'Feeling' in his playing, speedy, great taste in guitars.
Jason - Cool dude, Easy going, Hella Bassist, plays guitar as well! Was a main and backup vocalist during live performances!
Lars - Great drummer, Energy, and Vision
Cliff -... Um the rest Metallica have gotten to where they are? Can't really say Cliff Burton without thinking *Responsible for success*
Rob - Great bassist, Diverse, Great sense of humor, Good stage presence, and can play guitar, drums and some-what sing.
With such emphasis on meaningful lyrics, great melodies and god-like guitar playing Metallica deserves by far to be on the top of that list. This band turned music in the more accessible form of art it used to be (it no longer is, when you listen to nowadays bands it's all about profit, music is no longer art, it's business) making the greatness of music easier to approach for youngsters (Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and many others were true artists, true musicians but they left us music on a rough form, Metallica polished music, turned it into what they felt it should look like, what their style is made of, and they succeeded. ). I could say a lot more about how great this band is, but it's 1:30 am and my bed is desperately calling for me, so have fun, and rock on!
Our worlds are filled with metallica so if you can't handle it I hope you have a mercyful fate and get some anesthesia. Wherever they roam their memory remains. And they do so without batteries and without fuel. And they spread justice for all and turn the page for those who can't because Tuesdays gone. They cater to the king nothings, those with a no leaf clover, those at the frayed ends of sanity, those with a struggle within, while seeking and destroying the harvesters of sorrow by giving them a night long nightmare by fighting fire with fire and cyanide. So jump in the fire and ride the lightning. Welcome home.
Hit the lights - Four Horsemen - Motorbreath - Jump in the fire -pullıng teeth - whiplash - phantom lord - No remorse - Seek and Destroy - Metal Militia - fight fire with fire - Ride the Lightning - For whom the bell Tolls - Fade to Black - Trapped Under ice - Escape - Creeping Death - The call of ktulu - Battery - Master of puppets - The thing that should not be - welcome home sanitarium - Disposable Heroes - Leper Messiah - Orion - Damage inc - Blackened - And Justice for all - Eye of the beholder - one - harvester of sorrow -shortest straw - Frayed ends of sanity - To live is to die - Dyers eve - Enter Sandman - Sad But True - Holier than thou - The unforgiven - Wherever I may roam - don't tread on me - Through the never - Nothing else matters - Of wolf and man - The god that failed - My friend of misery - The struggle within ---- 5 album 47 awesome songs 1983-1991 make them best metal band ever, James Kirk Lars Cliff Jason
Metallica came out with a album ( Kill em all ) with a style and crunch no band had at the time, also in Co-made with dave mustaine on 3 songs. Ride the lightning, Master of puppets,... And justice for all and Black album. 5 classic albums, And all the songs on those records was great, and some of them even greater! In a historical standpoint, they deserve what they had coming. And today they deserve a reward for keep on going strong, with james broken voice, that kinda get worse! And they have made more then a impression since everyone has a open heart to them still. So many changes, so many heart broken! No one in the world have more trusted die hard fans!
Its all that I can say is that one day I was walking down the music aisle of the store and saw Ride The Lightning, put it on and was just completely blown away by the speed, sound, and beauty of Metallica's music. Everyone says that Led Zepplin is the best band ever, but Metallica is by far better, every Zepplin song sounds like garbage, Robert Plant has got to be the worst and most overrated vocalist to ever live. What makes Metallica so good is the fact that no member of the band is the best at their respected instruments, they are all middle of the pack guys who came together to make beautiful music, whether it is Master of Puppets or Mama Said all of their music is inspiring, and they have an album for every mood that you are in. Metallica's music has been the driving force that has kept me going through troubling times in my life, and it always shows me to the light.
If there would be no Metallica I ll be a different person today. The unforgiven was my inspiration every time I failed and gave me the power to get back up. James hetfield was the reason why I believed that you can win no matter how many times you I fal. There are still time. Metallica is the only friend I still have when no one listen to me... They are always there for me. Metallica you guys will bring justice for al... Metal up with your ass with real music
It goes to show you even though they went off track after the black album... Or even... And Justice for All... They are still considered one of the greatest rock bands of all time with just a few albums... If they had stopped after the black album they would still be on top or even farther... Cause a lot of loyal fans like myself felt they shouldn't have changed... But lives change... And I have to accept it... Even though it sucked but if they didn't changed they would definitely be number 1 on this list and a lot of others I think would agree
You can go back to earlier bands, those who inspired Metallica and others to make music and say they're the greatest rock band of all time and many of them have great inspirational and catchy songs. But in the words of a modern day James Hetfield "[Metallica] take it to the next level" along with their fans. No band has made a bigger connection with its fans and delivered the riffs, solos, bass lines and drum fills that can blow your mind like Metallica have and still do! m/
I love Metallica! They have wrote some many good songs! I can name 20 of their best songs and I bet even people who like that rap stuff knows it! Enter sandman, nothing else matters, one, fade to black, Fuel, turn the page (remake of bob seger), all nightmare long, the day that never comes, The unforgiven, The unforgiven 2, The unforgiven, Battery, welcome home (Sanitarium), Master of puppets, King nothing, Until It Sleeps, Blackened, For whom the bell tolls, Ride the lightning...I KNOW A LOT OF THEIR SONGS! METALLICA, LIVING FOREVER TO ENTERTAIN PEOPLE WHO LOVE (REAL) MUSIC! METALLICA=∞!
Don't respect Beatles. They were just untalented young men that created just simple but extremely boring tracks. Not to talk about Paul McCartney. Really bad vocalist. Hey Jude and yesterday proved that he had never taken singing lessons. Should have heard and learnt from Elvis Presley.
And Metallica was just great. I mean, can anyone think of that solo in thing that should not be. No guitarist in the world could have created that awesome solo. Listen to while my guitar and solo how badly that was played.
Metallica's career is just monumental. And songs like One and Welcome Home easily prove that.
Metallica can not be stopped. 8 incredible albums from '83-'03 and another on the way. I mean they are an unstoppable machine. People say they're not as good as they used to be calling St Anger a bad album, screw them, sure its not ...And Justice for All, but it's definitely a top 10 best album from this decade. their best songs have to be "One" and "Whiskey in the Jar". HAIL METALLICA!
I have always loved Metallica. (Always=the day I was born)
I didn't know how much I loved them before I went to my first concert with them. James Hetfield gave me a signature guitar pick( yes, I was in the front row) that he used when he played seek and destroy a couple of minutes before. A magical band. Vocals, guitars, bass lines, drum beats, it's all there. I would have been surprised if Metallica wasn't on the top spot here.
Metallica has worked so hard to become who they are. They kind of made the trash genre, as one of the first in the US to play that kind of music. They have gone through so much as a band, Cliff's death, almost splitting up, but they have always worked their way through it, something that have made them who they are today! Besides making the best metal music there is, is that why they deserve at least a third!
Metallica were to me and my generation what Led Zeppelin was to my dad's, and what no band has yet become for my children's. The defining rock act of their era, with music that has both moved and influenced countless millions of people worldwide. They were my gateway drug into both metal and music in general, and they'll always be my favorite band, no matter where my musical journey takes me.
Magnificent music. To be honest there ARE better bands in terms of complex music and influence like Led Zeppelin or Queen but nothing can beat the energy in early Metallica albums, the influence over the entire metal genre, the raw, yet fantastic compositions, Cliff Burton's bass lines, the amazing solos Kirk pulls off... Probably not the best rock band ever, but the best in my own list
Metallica IS The Greatest Living Heavy Metal Band On Earth, They Have The Best Riffs Ever, The Greatest Drumming Ever and Of Course A Great Singer, They The Best Songs and The Best Albums The Opened My Heart To Heavy Metal. We Love You Metallica and Of Course We Love James, Lars, Kirk, Cliff, Jason, Robert And Everyone Else Who Helped Metallica Get Where They Are Today, Thank You!
Damn right the gods of metal, they deserve to be 1 for sure, nobody plays like Kirk Hammet and nobody can play like Metallica they deserve to be 1.
Who are you all kidding? Metallica defines metal even now, you don't have amazing songs like Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Fuel, The Unforgiven, Battery, Seek and Destroy, Nothing else matters..
Moreover Megadeth fans may cuss at me for saying this but Mustaine was heavily influenced by the Metallica style and his vocals nowadays are plain stupid, but look at James, he's still the man, amazing vocals and everything about Metallica is pure AWESOME..
If we just separate the all of the bands ;
2) the other ones. Exactly. Rock On!
When I first hear Metallica I was 7 years old, and the first riff I heard was Master of Puppets 1st solo intro. It was absolutely great. I even didn't know what I was listening to, but it was so magical that I continued listening to it. Long live the beast!
METALLICA! METALLICA! Go METALLICA! Yeah! They are the most awesome band of all time! Nothing else matters but them, they are one of the only bands that I like. To I've without metallica is to fie. That is why I love them like no other band In the entire world. Rock on Metallica. You are the best band of all time and please don't stop making songs.
I know The Beatles and Zeppelin deserve respect, but no band rocks harder than Metallica. The drumming of Lars Ulrich at the backbone, amazing lyrics and guitar from James Hetfield, classically trained lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, and (originally) the great Cliff Burton on bass. I listen to "One" over and over. It's just on another level of greatness.
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