Best Heavy Metal Bands


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The Top Ten

Iron Maiden
Well, before voting for Metallica blindly.. You might want to listen to maiden... Just once...
1) Something Heavy? 2 minutes to midnight, Montsegur, Where Eagles Dare...
2)Awesome riffs? Rainmaker, Afraid to Shoot Strangers, Dance Of Death
3)Superb Solos? The Trooper( YES, AGAIN), Stranger in a Strange Land
4)Excellent Intros? No More Lies, Fear Of The Dark...
5)Best Vocals? Flight Of Icarus, Run to the Hills...
6)Epicness and awesome lyrics? Hallowed Be Thy Name, Rime Of the Ancient Mariner
7) Real Heavy Metal? Any thing by IRON MAIDEN!
UP THE IRONS! From India
Iron Maiden is heavy metal at it's best...
They have better live shows, better songs.
They have the best bassist. They have a great singer, great drummer and great guitarists...
Their songs have amazing solos, intros, riffs, vocals, drums, bass, lyrics that have deep meaning, etc.
And the best of all - they have been consistent for 30 years... And are still kicking ass.

Up the Irons! From India.
Iron Maiden rule...
They have been consistent over the years... And they will go on forever...
I bow to Maiden... They influenced many a band... Up the Irons!
[Newest]There can only be one number 1 and that is Maiden.

They have done everything earlier than everyone else in the genre and they have done everything bigger than any other band.

Just listen to Lars Ulrich's comments about Maiden in the 'Flight 666' movie.
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One cannot resist such titillating lyrics as they lithe and throb from mastered instruments of pleasure as they seductively taunt and slowly tease all our most forbidden places with rhythms... Base lines... Solos... Versus... Unlike any prior... Like the naughty little girl... Lured so skillfully and willfully her most delicious desires... As each song, lip and breath... Move slowly working and working every sense of our being to a ones ultimate metal deliverance. Perhaps matched only by my pure carnal lust for all things naughty... Metallica is just that good.
No other bands can provide the energy that Metallica demonstrates. They have even perfected the heavy metal ballad through the years, which no other band has pulled off!
Metallica pretty much defines heavy metal for me. Metallica was the reason I started playing guitar. They are the reason I want to get a degree in music. Avenged Sevenfold are my next favorite but aren't as good as some other people Iron Maiden. I like where a7x is on this list. Four might be a little too high but top ten is good. But seriously though, Johnny Christ isn't nearly the best bassist ever. He just picks the guitar part on a bass. He is pretty much playing guitar on the bass. He is ridiculously overrated.
I love Metallica but they aren't really heavy, more thrash. They are one of the best thrash bands of all time though.
[Newest]Great Band, Great Lyrics, Great Musicians
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3Black Sabbath
I can't believe you put them in third Black Sabbath are god's of of Heavy Metal Read this you other morons
Black Sabbath is an English heavy metal band formed in 1968 in Birmingham, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom, originally comprising Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass), and Bill Ward (drums). In the early 1970s they were the first to pair heavily distorted, sonically dissonant blues-rock at slow speeds with lyrics about drugs, mental pain, and abominations of war, thus giving birth to generations of metal bands that followed in their wake. They are often credited with creating the heavy metal genre as well as the doom metal subgenre.

Black Sabbath was formed in Aston, a poor district of Birmingham damaged by bombing during World War II, under the name Polka Tulk Blues Band (soon shortened to “Polka Tulk”), later Earth. Initially a blues-rock band, Earth moved in a darker direction when the band, especially bassist Geezer Butler, being fans of the black magic novels of Dennis Wheatley, tried to make music to have the same effect as a horror movie or novel. Ozzy Osbourne wrote the lyrics to the second song they wrote together, “Black Sabbath” (the song name was inspired by a 1963 Mario Bava film), and Tony Iommi wrote a riff based on the tritone, sometimes called “Diabolus en Musica” (“the Devil in Music”). Later in their careers, Geezer Butler would write most of the lyrics to Black Sabbath songs In their Last Supper concert film, the band stated that the song is based on an experience Geezer had one night when he saw a black object at the end of his bed and noticed the next day that an occult book Ozzy had given him was missing. When the band found themselves being confused with another local band called Earth, they adopted the song title as their new name.

As the band evolved, they added more European folk elements and gothic flourishes to their sound, which was unlike any other group during their time. Their lyrics dealt with darker issues than most conventional rock. Towards the late 1960s, bands were into the peace movement and the dying hippie culture, whilst Sabbath chose to distinguish themselves by dealing with heavier issues; the occult, war, apocalypse, drugs, and gothic storytelling. Their music also conveyed a sense of anger and anti-establishment, the likes of which had not been heard before.

It was this mix of dark lyrical themes and a slower, ominous sound that made Black Sabbath a significant element in the genre that would later be known as heavy metal.

Despite their doom-laden image, much of the group’s early material featured acoustic guitars, piano, symphony orchestras, keyboards, and even horns. After the band’s first four albums, the group became increasingly psychedelic, experimental, and progressive, leaving much of their dark metal roots behind. The last two Osbourne-fronted albums, Technical Ecstasy (1976) and Never Say Die! (1978) left a lot of fans dissatisfied with the band, as drugs and alcohol abuse began to take its toll on each member.

Osbourne was fired in 1978 for becoming increasingly unstable and unwilling to work with the material that, by this time, Tony Iommi was writing more or less entirely himself. Osbourne started a highly successful solo career in 1980.

In 1979 Tony Iommi recruited former Rainbow members; singer Ronnie James Dio and bassist Craig Gruber. Gruber was recruited because Geezer Butler was unhappy with Osbourne’s departure, and was rumoured to have quit the band. Gruber was dismissed and Geezer rejoined. Black Sabbath’s first album with Dio, Heaven and Hell, proved to be a success, and saw the band’s highest American charting since 1975’s Sabotage. It was on this tour that Dio popularised the “devil horns” hand gesture, which has since become a symbol of heavy metal music in general. The album also marked the inclusion of Quartz’s guitarist-turned-keyboardist Geoff Nicholls (Nicholls has not been consistently credited as an official member, and has always been forced to play live shows from off stage (except on the Seventh Star tour in 1986 where he played on stage) supposedly for aesthetic reasons, but he has co-written many songs and has stayed with Black Sabbath through all subsequent incarnations, until he finally left in 2004. Adam Wakeman, son of Rick Wakeman, took over in 2005). Also during the tour, drummer Bill Ward quit the band for personal reasons (both his parents died within a rather short period, and Ward was struggling with alcoholism and other addictions). Drummer Vinny Appice joined to complete the tour and then record the next album Mob Rules, in which an early version of the title track appeared in the film Heavy Metal.

Ronnie James Dio and drummer Vinny Appice left the band after supposed disputes concerning the mixing of the live album Live Evil, and pursued a solo career together. Black Sabbath re-enlisted drummer Bill Ward, and, along with ex-Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan (who agreed to join the band whilst heavily intoxicated), released Born Again in 1983. It reached a respectable number two in the U.K. music charts, a success not seen since Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, ten years previously. However, the album was not received particularly fondly by critics or fans alike, and not even by singer Ian Gillan. The tour that followed was to provide a wealth of material for the spoof documentary on rock ‘n’ roll culture, Spinal Tap. Drummer Bill Ward was still recovering from poor health and so did not tour for the Born Again album. Instead, fellow Brummie Bev Bevan, formerly of The Move and The Electric Light Orchestra, took to the drumstool for the tour obligations.

Once the tour was over, Ian Gillan left the band to rejoin his Mk.2 Deep Purple band mates. From here on the line-ups of Black Sabbath changed relentlessly, with Tony Iommi being the only constant member. Between 1986 and 1995 Black Sabbath released 7 studio albums and one live album, including a reunion album with the Mob Rules line-up (1992’s Dehumanizer). In 1997 the original line-up reunited for a proper world tour (as opposed to the one-off Live Aid in 1985, and Costa Mesa gigs on Ozzy’s “Farewell” tour in 1992) and have toured on and off since.

In 2007, following the official disbanding of Sabbath in 2006, the Mob Rules line-up reunited under the banner Heaven & Hell and toured in support of Black Sabbath - The Best of: The Dio Years featuring three new tracks and a release of Black Sabbath Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, 1982. They released a live CD/DVD and released a studio album of entirely new songs in April 2009. Ronnie James Dio died from stomach cancer in 2010, his Heaven & Hell album being the last of his studio performances. Neon Nights: Live at Wacken was released the following year on CD/DVD.

On 11th November 2011, the original line-up of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward hosted a press conference in which they stated they would be touring once more and recording their first album together since 1978’s Never Say Die! However, the tour was radically reduced in scale as Iommi sought treatment for Lymphoma. In early 2012 Bill Ward publicly stated he would no longer be involved in the upcoming tour and album as he had been offered an “unsignable contract”. Tommy Clufetos (Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Firewind, ex-Rob Zombie, ex-Alice Cooper) was asked to to join for touring obligations. Black Sabbath selected Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk to record on their nineteenth album “13”.

VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock” ranked them second, behind Led Zeppelin. They were inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

Aside from being arguably the first heavy metal band, Black Sabbath also directly influenced many later metal sub-genres with their sound and imagery. Examples can be seen especially in doom metal and stoner metal, which are directly descended from Black Sabbath’s original sound, with songs such as “Black Sabbath”, “Into the Void”, “Hand of Doom” and others showcasing Black Sabbath’s staple doom sound. Other sub-genres influenced by Sabbath’s sound also include speed metal and thrash metal on the opposite side, “Paranoid” and “Symptom of the Universe” are considered early examples of these genres. Black Sabbath’s lyrical use of hell, death, Satan and horror as imagery also greatly influenced heavy metal, as these themes are prevalent in nearly all heavy metal sub-genres.

In December 2008 Iommi filed a lawsuit against merchandise company LiveNation for continuing to use the Black Sabbath name and Tony Iommi’s likeness to sell merchandise, even after their contract had ended. On May 26, 2009 Osbourne filed suit in a federal court in New York against Iommi alleging that he illegally claimed the band name. Iommi noted that he has been the only band member for the full forty one years of the band, and that his bandmates relinquished their rights to the name in the 1980s, therefore claiming more rights to the name of the band. Although, in the suit, Osbourne is seeking 50% ownership of the trademark, he has said that he hopes the proceedings will lead to equal ownership among the four original members.
Black sabbath behind slipknot. Who came up with this list?
Geezer Butler, the Godfather of Heavy Metal. He wrote the first heavy lyrics, he is the best
[Newest]What! Metallica above Black Sabbath! Black Sabbath invented heavy metal and Metallica wouldn't be the same without Black Sabbath.
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Genius band! They are gods of Thrash and Speed metal. Dave Mustaine is great composer and great guitarist. Also Nick Menza, David Efelson, Marty Friedman, Chris Poland, Gar Samuelson and Chris Broderick are also great musicians.
Megadeth's albums:
"Rust In Peace"
"Peace Sells... But Who's Buying"
"Countdown To Extinction"
"Killing Is My Business... And My Business Is Good"
"The System Has Failed"

Are almost a definition of Speed metal and Thrash Metal genres.
Mustaine is also a god of Guitar riffs and solos. Before voting on someone else listen to:
- last riff of "Wake Up Dead" from "Peace Sells... But Who's Buying"
- intro riffs and solo of "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due" from "Rust In Peace"
- last riff and solo of "Hangar 18" from "Rust In Peace"
- solo and riffs of "Tornado Of Souls" from "Rust In Peace"
- intro of "Trust" from "Cryptic Writings"
- intro solo of "Sudden Death" from "Th1rt3en"
- riffs of "New World Order" from "Th1rt3en"
And many more if you can.

Now about the rest of the top:
1. Iron Maiden - not bad decision, they have awesome vocalist and many good songs, especially from they're albums "The Number Of The Beast", "Piece Of Mind", "Powerslave"
2. Metallica - I wish another band here, Metallica is great, but not such great like Iron Maiden, Megadeth or Black Sabbath. They have 5 good albums, and they sold out... but songs like "Phantom Lord","One", "Fade To Black", "Unforgiven", "Ride The Lightning", "Master Of Puppets" or "Seek And Destroy" occupy for Metallica a place in top 5
3. Black Sabbath - Legends of Metal, they first two albums were unbelievable, and the next ones were good too, they definitely deserves a place in top, and 3 is a good position.
4. Avenged Sevenfold - Really? A7X were average until they have changed to HARD ROCK, I say Hard Rock, not Heavy Metal. They're best albums ("City Of Evil" and "Avenged Sevenfold") aren't metal albums, and earlier albums do not occupy this place for them in my opinion.
6. Judas Priest - Innovators of heavy metal definitely deserve to be on this list. 6th place is good for them in my opinion (after Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Black Sabbath and Motorhead). "Screaming For Vengeance", "British Steel" and "Painkiller" are definitely great metal albums.
7. Slipknot - I don't like a lot Nu-Metal, but I must accept this place for them, because they are leading on the Metal scene in 21st Century.
8. Pantera - Another legendary thrash metal band... they're 4 albums from "Cowboys From Hell" to "The Great Southern Trendkill" are a big influence for many of metal bands today, but in my opinion place 10th or 11th is better for them.
9. Slayer - Another band, what I don't like, but they are important, and they deserve to be in top 15. Do they deserve to be in top 10? I don't think so...
10. Disturbed -What? At least better choice than A7X, but here's the same problem... only first album "Down With The Sickness" is suited in metal genre, next 4 are great albums, but Hard Rock albums, not metal, so Disturbed do not deserve to be so high here.

11. Led Zeppelin - You are kidding, right? Typing legendary Hard Rock band for the greatest HEAVY METAL BAND... I will leave it without comment

12. Motorhead - Definitely they deserves to be higher without them (Lemmy especially) heavy metal would die in 70s... they have leaded the new age and the have created Speed Metal, what was a base for a rest of metal genres (Power Metal, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Black Metal etc. )
"Ace Of Spades" "Bomber" and "Overkill" are albums, what have made a history. In my opinion Motorhead deserves a place in top 5.

About choosing AC DC or Guns N' Roses I will tell nothing... someone didn't read the title of the list...
Should be top 5. Brilliant band dave is arguably the best guitarist in the world. The band has continued to perform at a high level and overcome adversity many times.
7th?! Bloody hell this band has to be better than metallica!
The worlds best comeback ever!
[Newest]SERIOUSLY! Avenged Sevenfold above megadeth. Megadeth defines thrash and heavy metal.
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5Judas Priest
Judas is the definition of heavy metal, when the NWOBHM started around the '70s they brought the unique sound of the heavy metal, fast and heavy riffs, with the double bass gunfight of the painkiller album, down to the earth basslines ready to kick you of the chair and Halford, that's right Rob 'METAL GOD' Halford, one of the greatest(i assume people still have taste) singer in the whole world, awesome vibrato and high pitched banshee screams that I didn't hear even in horror movies, and the deep epic and technically perfect sound and co-ambition of the band that makes a perfect ambient with the two guitars K. K and Tipton (as said before the first band to include 2 guitarist) so this is not about respect for the oldies this is about knowing facts and having a bit of musical taste to make a difference between HEAVY METAL like judas priest and almost metal like avenged sevencrap or the poor bastards from Metallica whom have gotten over the age, in their 40s and can't pull a quick song anymore... Cheers everyone RAM IT DOWN
wtf! judas priest is what straight up heavy metal is all about... I can't believe this, vox, guitars, drums everything about them is plain EPIC! jus listen to their unique sound... THAT IS METAL...!
should have been in top 5 at least...


Its so sad that about 60% of kids at my school don't know a thing about heavy metal, let alone the often overlooked metal gods, Judas Priest. All great musicians, and contributed a lot to rock and metal music.
I feel you, my friends look at my Megadeth sweatshirt and say "they spelled it wrong"
[Newest]Great band... The best!
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6Avenged Sevenfold
You know that M. Shadows voice is the same in the music video and live..
You know that Johnny Christ has awesome fingers playing the bass..
Zacky vengeance & Synyster gates can play the guitar right and left handed...
You that I've saved the best and lastly Jimmy the rev sullivan can play the drums awesome & can play the vocals at the same time.
R.I.P REV awesome drummer was awesome in his parts of songs so sad he died
M shadow has best variety screams and clear, rev (R.I. P) was the best drummer ever, syn and zacky are best guitar duo ever and johnny christ is the best bassist, no doubt about it best heavy metal band.
[Newest]Best metal combination foREVer
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their music is heaviest. only this make pantera in at least 3. dimebag is legend!
pantera good! good
no respect for dimebag darrell?
Beast songs n albums like cowboys from hell and theyre very underrated
[Newest]Pantera doesn't necessarily deserve spot #1, but they definitely deserve to be higher. It was because of bands like Pantera and Rage Against the Machine that grunge was completely killed off in the 90s.
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Definitely one of my favorite bands for sure. Not the most talented musicians, but their songs are loved worldwide, and are timeless metal masterpieces.
Wow, my friend! Are you know what you say? :) slayer is not most talented musicians? Are you joking? :) reign in blood is heaviest metal album ever and you say they ain't most talented? I love others band but slayer must be higher than this!
Why these metal anti-gods didn't make it in the top ten is beyond any grasp of reality. With the combo solos of king and hanneman, the guteral screams and wails of araya, and drum master Dave Lombardo ( same level as Neil part and John Bonham). Four of the fiercest thrashers from show no mercys raw hate fueled lyrics all the way up to world painted blood. They have never let the hardcore fans down the same way so many other bands have (cough Metallica cough).
Not top? How is this possible? The TRUE founders of thrash metal. All hail the slaytanic wehrmacht
[Newest]To the guy who said Slayer are not talented musicians. What the hell is wrong with you. Dave Lombardo is not only the fastest drummer ever, but he has amazing technical skills. Much better than "The Rev" I might add.
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Maggot till I die m/
And seriously.. Look at your list..
Led zeppelin? Seriously? No doubt zeppelin is legendary.. But it's rock.. Not heavy metal.. Same goes for AC/DC
To me.. Slipknot is the best band in the world.. Their music is unique.. Long live the 8 and RIP Paul
For me it's world's best band... It's music is unique... Every time it comes up with new ideas... New hopes... And this band never disappoints its fans... It is an amazing band... It should have been in the first position.. And long live slipknot... And RIP paul gray
Best band since 1999 to hit the metal scene they have their own style and it involves heavy songs like diluted, my plague, scissors, iowa, and can also create songs like snuff, and sircle that's what I like most about them the have let the world know that they are the best because their songs have corey's hardcore screamo vocals and the next moment he has clean vocals that shows so much emotion slipknot deserves a spot in the heavy metal hall of fame!
[Newest]Slipknot is just the best. Nothing else is to be said. Long live the 8, RIP Paul, and we miss you Joey
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I LOVE DISTURBED! Disturbed has saved my soul so many times! I can't get enough of Disturbed, they plain-out rule the world and blow away every other band! I am intoxicated with Disturbed, they are the BOMB! VOTE DISTURBED! People who don't like Disturbed don't know how to live!
Disturbed has been my best friend since the first album came out. David Draiman's voice just gives it the perfect effect. Man!
I like the sounds of Disturbed instruments. The lead singer has the perfect voice for rock music. I enjoy listening to their music, it is fascinating.
[Newest]Just get DOWN WITH THE SICKNESS, what else can be said, they are legends
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The Contenders

AWESOME! If Led Zeppelin is the most classic rock band, Motorhead is the most classic metal.
Motörhead is far superior to half the bands above it. The only ones I'd pout up against it would be Black Sabbath. These are the bands who created heavy metal.
Whoever is singing in that band is a beast at this style of singing.


[Newest]Very consistent they live fast and play loud. The music speaks in volumes

12Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin is the greatest BAND of all time. They shouldn't be on the list because they're NOT heavy metal, they are a HARD ROCK BAND! There's a difference between HARD ROCK and HEAVY METAL! But for the sake of this list, THEY SHOULD BE NUMBER 1!
led zeppelin rocks and going to california is my favorite song of all time and stairway to heaven, kashmir too!
If you listen very hard, Led Zeppelin I defined the genre of hard rock for the years to come. Every band in the late 60's and through the seventies drank from the Zepp bottle. If Communication Breakdown is not a heavy metal statement, then Paranoid from Sabbath is not either. In the late sixties a lot of bets for the metal sound were placed: Blue Cheer, Iron Butterfly, Steppenwolf, Cream, Jeff Beck, Hendrix... But the jackpot went to Led Zeppelin, they took the blues, jazz, psychedelia, country, folk and made a great synthesis, something as wild as the blues, complicated as jazz, ethereal as country and intelligent as folk, known as heavy metal. When you think seventies in music you think LZ, just like sixties-Beatles or fifties-Presley, just like that.
[Newest]Who ever put Led on the list definitely knows what they're talking about, however Zeppelin isn't heavy metal. But since they're on the list, Why aren't they #1? It almost hurts to think that someone on this planet thinks Slipknot, or Slayer are BETTER than Led Zeppelin... That's sad...

13Ozzy Osbourne
John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne is an English rock vocalist, songwriter, and television personality. Osbourne rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the pioneering English band Black Sabbath, whose dark and heavy sound has often been cited as key to the development of the heavy metal genre. Osbourne left Black Sabbath in 1979 and has since had a successful solo career, releasing 11 studio albums, the first seven of which were all awarded multi-platinum certifications in the US, though he has reunited with Black Sabbath on several occasions, most recently in 2011 to record the album 13, which was released in 2013. Osbourne's longevity and success have earned him the informal title of "Godfather of Heavy Metal".
Regarded as one the pioneers of heavy metal, Black Sabbath was formed by Ozzy Osbourne (lead vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass guitar), and Bill Ward (drums). Alcohol abuse led to Ozzy Osbourne getting fired and replaced with former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio, and enjoyed success with the release of Heaven and Hell in 1980 and Mob Rules in 1981. Throughout the late eighties and early nighties Black Sabbath went through a number of different vocalists and enjoyed small success with Headless Cross, Tyr, Cross Purposes and Forbidden, released in 1989, 1990, 1994 and 1995 respectively.
The light in the window is a crack in the sky
A stairway to darkness in the blink of an eye
A levee of tears to learn she'll never be coming back
The man in the dark will bring another attack

Your momma told you that you're not supposed to talk to strangers
Look in the mirror tell me do you think your life's in danger here, ya

No more tears
[Newest]Why is Ozzy Osbourne not in the top 10? Your guess is as good as mine. If you read the book he wrote, or listen to one of his songs, Your mind will change, If you think that Slayer, (I do like slayer, but they're not Ozzy Osbourne) is the greatest heavy metal band ever... Ozzy Osbourne for ever! ( I hear he's getting back together with Black Sabbath for one last tour! Can't wait for that! )

The Godfather of metal, he is the one who first created the devil horns hand signal that is now famous around the world as a symbol of heavy metal.
One of the greatest voices of all time, even in his last years.
Amazing, R.I. P A true metal God. Dio the most influential vocalist. Every power metal band takes a page out of DIO's book
Try to find another singer that can last 50 years in a business of young talent and still school the youngsters. He started singing do-wop music in the 50's and ended up being THE touchstone voice of heavy metal... That's nuts and pure talent!
[Newest]The one and only Metal God

15System of a Down
Not even 15? System of a Down is epic! You need to hear chop suey, lonely day, streamline, I can go on forever naming great songs. I kinda knew metalica would be first (and I am happy about that I love metalica) bot System of a Down is epic and so is children of bodom.
What? This should be number #1... Darons guitar skills are awesome.. Combined with serjs and shavos music skills... Why... System of a Down must be at least intop 5 bands.. This band headlined download and had the most greatest audience of all time... System of a down rules... They are the best
Are you kidding me...?
Listen to chop suey, spiders, BYOB... And then rate rhis band...
[Newest]System of down in 13? bull, top 1 metal band

Because Chuck reinvented metal after it had already been reinvented loads of times before. Death took thrash metal to new limits. It became the genre we now know as 'Death Metal' which is named after them for obvious reasons. Undoubtedly the best death metal band ever and arguably the best thrash metal band ever as well. They were very influential in metal and completely under-rated because of sell outs like Metallica.
The most famous death metal band that has sold millions of records around the world. Chuck Schuldiner may be one of the greatest guitarists ever to have lived.
I cannot believe that people would choose Linkin Park and Black Veil Brides over this truly amazing and influential band.R.I. P Chuck
[Newest]What a nice name

17Lamb of God
You gotta be kidding me!
Log in 13th? It should be third.. Just behind iron maiden and Metallica!
Listen to laid to rest, walk with me in hell, black label and omerta to believe it yourself.. Also now you've got something to die for... I haven't heard a bad song by this band yet!
Lamb of God has some of the best lyrics I've ever heard in any band of any genre. They are one of the few bands I've ever heard whose music and lyrics come together like clockwork. They've had consistently amazing albums throughout their career and their live shows are nothing short of cathartic. I understand that it's competing with older bands that have seniority when it comes to this genre of music, but lamb of god is the best band all around when considering anything within the past 10-15 years.
What's wrong with you all! Guys! This is the best heavy metal band for me and I think it must be in the top 5 or not even top 5 but the first and you must listen first then judge they're really awesome!
[Newest]Defiantly deserves top ten ranking

Anthrax is part of the Big 4 they deserve to be up there.
I love these guys way too much not to vote for them! They are for sure a top ten heavy metal band
Why! Are! People! Voting! For! Bands! Like A7X and Disturbed... Sure some people might like them but are thy really that legendary
[Newest]They are deathcore bro they shouldn't be in this list! They are born topped deathcore list not heavy metal!

Unmistakable voice! Melodic riffs!
One of the best. Geoff Tate Rules.
That moment when no one knows who you are..

Even though they have a huge fanbase, I still consider them very underrated. Yes, songs like Big City Nights, Rock You Like a Hurricane, and No One Like You were very big, but that's the 80's. What about the 70's Scorpions? Polar Nights, Sails of Charon, Virgin Killer, Hell Cat, and Catch Your Train? All AMAZING songs that get overlooked, and mostly never even looked at. Even in the 80's they still had amazing songs like Tease Me Please Me, The Zoo, Raised on Rock, China White, and Blackout. Just an amazing band. I don't believe they deserve to be #1, but at least in the top 10.
Scorpions are fathers of German heavy metal, one of the best rock bands in the world. Although they ate way underrated, cause they are german band, they have a combination of talent, technical skils and masterpiece that make them best of the best!
Scorpions Lonesome crow album is a testament that they are the ancestor of Heavy guitar riffs and should be considered as the principal element of the emerging of Heavy metal genre.. In Trance, Virgen Killer with Uli Roth cemented them as certified Forefathers of Heavy Metal..
[Newest]They have the best heavy metal ballads, should be up in the top ten!

21Five Finger Death Punch
Ivan Moody is under rated. This band has talent at all positions, amazing talent... The fact that their material continues to get better and better with each album should prove their worth of a top 5 spot for artists currently producing music. This list is hilarious because its more over voted than American Idol. Love what you love, but just keep fk'n rocking'!
You got to be kidding me. Five Finger Death Punch can't be the 45th best heavy metal band. 5FDP should join the top tens as well as Godsmack, Bullet For My Valentine, Lamb of God, SOiL, and also Drowning Pool, too.
How has this band not been added yet? Definitely in my top 3!
Listen to their new album American Capitalist, its EPIC!
[Newest]Their lyrics and guitar riffs are really awesome...

22Guns N Roses
Guns N' Roses is a great band, but they're not metal. They're hard rock.
Guns N' Roses should be in the Top Ten
Really Awesome, It should be on no. 1 instead of 19
[Newest]Guns N' Roses is hard rock, not metal. They're amazing though.

Rammstein have the best songs ever. I am crazy to find perfection into songs, and so far only Rammstein could offer to me all this perfection. They should be number one. Yes, Iron Maiden is one of the first metal bands, Slipknot and Korn are the parents of heavy metal, but GOD, Rammsten gave a totally new format to the metal. Their poems transformed into art pieces are just amazing. I never can get enough of Rammstein. They are just genius. I wish soon they to make another concert to can be there and see them for the first time live. They inspired me in my life. For sure Rammstein is a religion, just that for me is only the best band ever. Also what I like at them, they don't make songs against a religion or against atheism, they only create amazing melodies for everybody!
Rammstein is simply the best! I saw them live and it was by-far the best live act ever. Their music meshes with different aspects of different cultures and brings it back to face with a great heavy metal sound. Always entertaining and artful. LONG LIVE RAMMSTEIN!
Rammstein are metal gods! Maybe not the expected heavy metal or death metal, but they reintroduced a little used sub-genre of metal - industrial metal.
[Newest]Rammstein is different from the other bands, it can be hard, it can be touchy, rammstein is simply the best band ever... I don't even want to talk about live performance..

Great band, vocalist has a very powerful voice. They formed in 1984 and has been through numerous line up changes, one of the best power metal bands in Finland, and they have a lot of good songs too.
Stratovarius is honestly one of the greatest bands ever and Timo's voice is right up there with Dickinson, Dio and Halford

25Children of Bodom
Bodom at no.39? You gotta be kidding me! They are my favorite band and Alexi Laiho is most talented guitarist now. Just look at his solos laugh out loud. Hate Crew till I die! Looking forward to their new album in 2013, Halo of Blood. :D
!.. Avenged sevenfold in 4!... Are they even metal!... Kill myself!... I don't wanna live in this world!... COB should be in top 5. Best Melodic death metal band of all time... No one can cross them!...
Hail children of bodom!... Hail alexi laiho
From Bangladesh with love & respect
What are children of bodom even heavy metal common they are (melodeath and power metal)and where is dream evil that band gotta be 5-1
[Newest]Are you kidding? COB is the best heavy metal band. I can't imagine black sabbath are on top

Tool is the best! Wicked riffs banging drums and the voice! The concerts are great, they just play music, no BS about anything else. It all about the musics.
The lyrics and stories and meanings second to none!
Vote for Tool, they have changed my life!
Tool has probably the most complex lyrics and song meanings of any modern hard rock/metal band. They based the song "Lateralus" on a complex trigonometric spiral pattern known as the "Fibonacci Sequence". These guys are crazy.
Tool, at 24? Seriously? I'd think probably more in the range of a whole number somewhere between 0 and 2.
[Newest]Greatest band since Led Zeppelin

Great band! Got ever album and not one is disappointing. I find it a shame that clear talent from these guys can be put so far below so many bands that just strut random chords and bash their instruments while growling and snorting like pigs.
Outstanding in every single way. One cannot simply compare Helloween to any other band, simply the best band ever.
Really great band and the band that pretty much started power metal, definitely deserves to be at least top 15 if not top 10. list to all their albums and you will understand
[Newest]Excellent band with great lyrics

Sepultara used to be a great band. Now, with their new vocalist they aren't that great. But just listen to their older stuff like Arise and Morbid Visions and Bestial Devastation. Old school death/thrash classics. Just for the first few albums they should be much higher on the list. But, whoever said they are a "rising up band" doesn't know what they're talking about. Not trying to be rude to whoever said that, but, before you talk about a band (positively or negatively) it's always best to know the facts about them.
Used to be great, in my opinion they still great, well, the new vocalist wasn't the best bet for a trash metal band like Sepultura (Grave in english), but he still cope with the band.
And yeah, the albuns from original formation are simply great and good classics.
Top 10 at least if we are talking metal.

Just a super awesome band!
Definitely the best of symphonic metal if not "heavy" metal.
Greatest band of all time! They sound like heaven!
35? Freakin35? Whats wrong with you people not even in the top ten? Nightwish is amazing and unique all the way frommits heavy metal to its symphinic melodies

30Alice Cooper
Brought theatrics into rock.

A true innovator musically as well as theatrically. What's more metal than a songs about dead babies, insanity, demons and the dentist drilling into your gums?
His stage shows are legendary!
[Newest]What the hell? Alice Cooper should be in the top ten.

31Skid Row
One of the best Heavy Metal bands of all time... They are really under rated.. But man are they awesome! And some bands here are not even Heavy Metal bands but are way ahead in the list.. Are you kidding me? Led Zeppelin? Zeppelin's a rock band.. And the last time I checked Megadeth and Metallica are still playing METAL not Heavy Metal...


Nobody.. And I mean nobody, is better than these 3 in Heavy Metal.
My favorite is SKID ROW though!
This band is incredible, I think they're under rated.. Sebastian Bach has got to have on of the best metal/rock voices of all time.
Top ten band!

Subhuman Race and Slave to the Grind still last today.
[Newest]One of the best, period.

32Iced Earth
Amazingly Heavy and should be at the top 10.
Simply amazing.They play true HEAVY METAL, they should be at the top 10.
Definitely my favourite band and it is ridiculous how it's not on top 10, anyway this is a list of popularity, not greatness :/
[Newest]Dystopia and plagues of babylon is just awesome
In my opinion Something Wicked This Way Comes and Dracula are better.

Seeing such a great band in 45th place is shameful. Opeth to me is a top 10 band for sure, and this is coming from a person that has listened to thousands of bands, and that's not an understatement. Opeth is one of the few bands I can always turn back to when other music is boring me. Doesn't matter if I've heard the Opeth song 500 times already, I'll still enjoy it like it's the first time I've heard it.
Opeth has more musical ideas in a single song than most bands have their entire career. And no other band can move from smash-your-head-in heavy ("Demon of the Fall") to raw emotional beauty ("Isolation Years"), often within the span of 20 seconds in a single song.
Opeth is perhaps one of the greatest bands of all time... Their music is so thoughtful, they have their very own style which is simply mindblowing... Its a blend of metal and classical music... Mikael is probably the best singer you'd ever listen to...
Its so low in the list because it hasnt got a huge fanbase... But believe me Opeth takes metal to a whole new level... It should be amongst top 10.
[Newest]Opeth constantly surpasses my expectations of a great band. They might not fit the normal "metal band" mold all the time but the fans know how heavy and brutal the music can be. Opeth is in my top 5 bands of all time.

I can't believe my eye's, Testament ranked at #150! Sure they might not be my favorite metal band, but they certainly deserve to be in the top 10 spot considering they are TRUE metal and trust me that's a he'll of a lot more than I can say for the majority of the bands on this bogus list. You people that vote on this list think that you know metal, I hate to break it to you but you don't, you're all a bunch of POSERS!
This band deserves to be in the top ten. After most bands changed as trends changed they stayed pure thrash and still standing strong after all these years.
This band kicks more ass then any metal band ever will! The have possibly the best riffs I've ever heard.
[Newest]A better thrash band than Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer.

Korn should at least be in top ten this band started a new type of metal munky and heads guitar is toned down 7 strings of mayhem and fieldys slap bass is recognizable from first record till now they change their sound every album which I like its just people keep wanting them to sound like the first two records again I personally don't iwant them to continue making different music with the korn feel and just to finish korn should be top ten by how amazing jonathan davis's vocals are from screaming to clean he's the man
Raised around this band and few others. I'm very bias but they should be at very very least, in top 20. Higher than System of a Down and slipknot who is no longer a band. They have out lived most of the bands that they grow up with, they even out lived disturbed. They don't just try to root down in the 90's they try to evolve and play with new music and see what they can do with it.
Follow the leader itself made this band a top 10
[Newest]People seem to either love or hate Korn, I personally think they should be at least in the top 15, Jonathan Davis is a musical genius, Korn and System of a Down should be even

36Dream Theater
Metallica, Iron Maiden and Slayer are good. GOOD not FANTASTIC or AWESOME. But Dream Theater R.If you want something heavy listen to the "Train of Thought" or "Awake" albums. "Images and Words" is not good enough when it comes to heaviness (still fantastic though). DT deserves to be at least at #20! Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and Twisted Sister are rock/hard rock and not HEAVY METAL. At least Dream Theater is metal and not some ridiculous rock-band. Best band ever.
They are the gods or prog metal. Their songs are awesome
How is bon jovi metal? Or seether? Or ac dc? Or skillet? Idiots who vote for that kind of bands should read up on them and the genres that they play.
51? Seriously? These guys are the real deal, they're the gods of metal. Not even Maiden deserves to be compared to the awesomeness of the one and only, Dream Theater.
[Newest]I've listened to every song at least 1000 times, My all time Favorite band, I can't explain how emotionally attached I am to this band, Best Band of all time, if I could pick one band to listen to before I die it would be Dream Theater!

37Blind Guardian
Blind Guardian is Underrated the only reason why this band isn't on top is becuase people are very closed minded.
Blind Guardian is an ultimate combination of Fantasy and Epic Power Metal
Andre Olbrich is probably one of the best Guitarists of the Eighties and Nineties. Metallica, Iron Maiden, Avenge Sevenfold and all the other bands on top of them (Except: Saxon, Black Sabbath, Dio, Iced Earth. ) have had at least ONE record I didn't like.
They are the only metal band I know that has been improving over time - every next album is better than the previous one. Altogether 10 albums and almost 30 years of exemplary musicianship. I just listened to their 2015 album and what can I say? - I have nothing but admiration for them! Similarly to other people, I'm also beginning to think that Blind Guardian are comparable to Maiden and Priest in terms of quality and consistency. And seeing them in #46 breaks my heart.


Blind Guardian is such an underrated band. Their mythical songs are perfect for playing Skyrim! Try it. It's the best!

38Amon Amarth
Amon Amarth is so epic they should be in the top ten
Guys I have one question? WHY 76 AMON AMRTH IS TRUE METAL BAND (best of dead metal). Try to listen Destroyer of Univers or Gurdians of Asgaar and you will see what I mean!

39Van Halen
40th? Are you out of your mind? Van Halen not only ushered in the modern heavy metal era they where simply one of the best in the game.
I bet all the members of the bands voted above Van Halen are as shocked and appalled as I am.
I don't understand how on earth is van halen on be on no. 30... Simply impossible... Should be in top 5. With the legendary EVN, it is way better than many of these bands mentioned above.
[Newest]... But Van Halen isn't metal. It's hard rock, just like Led Zeppelin.

Godsmack should belong in the Top Tens list due to Sully Erna's vocals.
Listen to Awake, I Stand Alone, Whatever, Voodoo and Crying Like a Bitch. Their songs are very aggressive
I absolutely love this band, its just a shame that the older bands get voted to the top of these lists. I understand that Metallica is popular because they've been around for so long, but I honestly think that 60% of the other are better
Everyone of these bands quiets the music down so the singer can be heard more, well not GODSMACK. The song rocks hard till the end.

Wow! What can I say about this band, that hasn't already been written on here. Yep! -AMORAL truly is the Classic Rock Of The 21st Century! I've been spreading the word, about them, to my friends, to try to get the band more exposure, in the U.S. we've really needed a fresh sound, for a long, long time... And AMORAL has done it! HANDS DOWN!... Best band ever! I absolutely agree... Ari Koivunen has got to be THE.. BEST.. SINGER.. IN.. THE.. WORLD!... These guys also seem to be down to earth, enjoy what they do, and fame hasn't gone to their heads -that's what makes them all the more awesome. -plus they have such great stage presence and can put on one amazing live performance!... So, if you haven't heard or seen them yet, don't miss out any longer! Go check em' out, on facebook AMORAL and also Ari Koivunen... I promise you, they will not disappoint!
This band is awesome! Classic Rock Of The 21st Century - yeah baby! Guitar riffs, versatile sound and off course vocals! It's smthn amaizing I think, cause I've never heard something like Ari's voice. It's absolutely new wave in rock-music, check it out and you won't be disappointed!
You are right, its absolute necessary to vote for Amoral, they need to get heard allover. Just saw them a month ago playing in Helsinki.. Awesome, versatile, strong metal with rocky spirit.
[Newest]Wish you all the best guys. Wish to see your soon playing live.. And your upcoming album as well. You have unique music full of various atmospheres and catchy moments.

42Deep Purple
It is all about opinions, but it is an insult to hard rock history to place Deep Purple at number 50.A top 3 place at least
I don't believe Deep purple 47 ranking. Is the top five.
Greated hard rock as we know it
Their metal songs are even better! I love especially their speed metal songs like Highway star, Fireball... by the way, those are the first speed metal songs.


[Newest]In my opinion, the only reason Deep Purple are on this list is that smoke on the water is the first song ever everyone learns on guitar, although I do enjoy Black Knight

How is mudvayne at 70 they deserve way better then that
Mudvayne is a very nice band. I don't know why mudvayne are in this place? Damn it! In my opinion them should be inside the top 10
Mudvayne is amazing - there was nothing like them when they came out, or when they rocked the nation with End of All Things to Come... there will never be another MUDVAYNE. There's plenty of Metallicas and Iron Maidens...
[Newest]Ick, Mudvayne. Get off this list.

Okay Iron maiden and metallica are good but Trivium are gods. Matt Heafy is one of the best vocalists ever in my opinion as well as being one of the best guitar players ever. Corey Beaulieu is just pure talent, his solos blow my mind every time I hear them. Travis smith may have left but he is an amazing drummer who can create intence beats and make it sound easy. Nick agusto is an incredible drummer and was the best replacement for Travis, His blast beats are inhuman. Paolo is an amazing bassist and can solo good as well. Do your self a favor and listen to Trivium. Kirisute gomen and Shattering the skies above are the songs that show them at their best. TRIVIUM FOR LIFE.
The only band I've ever seen that uses their talents to their full potential. Not only that, every single album is new and innovative while keeping the lyrics spot on, catchy, but most of all powerful and meaningful. I love how down to earth heafy is, his interviews, unlike a lot of other good metal bands, consists of proper English and very though out responses. For example, they never reveal a meaning to any of their songs, why? Because even though they had one in the making of the song they want each person to make their own meaning by listening to the song.
Tldr: talented, intelligent, innovative, powerful
These guys are simply the best. Their music is so intense and makes you feel all kinds of things. They should be number 1, I love them even more than metallica or iron maiden...
[Newest]One of the two of my all time favorites

Amazing power metal from Germany
Edguy seems to be the closest band to iron maiden

46As I Lay Dying
As I lay dying on #43? What the hell? Guys please listen to songs like defender, no lungs to breathe, overcome or comfort betrays and you'll see how skillful and talented is this band! Watch their live at wacken 2008! Those guys drove the hella crowd crazy! They deserve a top ten ranking!
Every song will power your mind through different life situations. #1 band ever in my book
As I lay dying is the best 'cause their songs are meaningful.
[Newest]These guys deserve higher. At least top 30.

47Motley Crue
Mötley Crüe is an American heavy metal band who started his career in Los Angeles, California in 1980. They have sold over 80 million. Albums worldwide.

The name Mötley Crüe comes from a friend of the band said "What a motley looking crew." The band has been known songs like "Dr. Feelgood, " "Home Sweet Home" and "Looks That Kill". They are also known for their excessive consumption of alcohol and drugs.

The group consisted from the start of singer Vince Neil, bassist Nikki Sixx, drummer Tommy Lee and guitarist Mick Mars. In 1992, Neil kicked out of the band and replaced by John Corabi. He did however return to the band back in 1997. They've got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
I LOVE Motley Crue. They've changed my life. This band has many great songs for my "weird" taste of music.
Great artist, could be good for motley crue that they was smoking 5 cigarettes per. Day and max 2 drinks during the weekend, in order to preserve health and the clear singing voice
[Newest]They are the best glam metal of all times, should be up higher in the list. At least amongst the first 15 bands

48Killswitch Engage
In this moment Bullet for my valentine and avenged sevenfold ahead of killswitch really wow? Disagree
KSE 2002 debut album "Alive or Just Breathing" set the tone for a whole new generation of metalcore bands. They are one of the most important bands of the last decade and definitely deserve atop 5 spot.
NO. They should definitely be above.

49Dying Fetus

50Mercyful Fate
King Diamond singing in a crazy heavy band with awesome riffs. After breaking up in the early 80's with two amazing albums to their credit, came back in the 90's to continue with 5 more awesome albums.

51White Zombie
Rob Zombie Deserves to be top ten, Rob Zombie is one of the new metal gods, Should Go, Toss up between 1. Metallica 2. Iron Maiden 3. Black Sabbath 4. Mega Death 5. Motorhead 6. Judas Priest 7. Rob Zombie/White Zombie 8. Pantera 9. Slayer 10. Disturbed


White zombie has some of the coolest riffs from their era and rob has great vocals


53Bullet For My Valentine
What?! They have immense solos and the drumming is so fast this band is so much better than avenged sevenfold! Just listen to waking the demon, tears don't fall, scream aim fire, the end and so many more!
Dude Bullet For My Valentine they are really cool
They deserve do be in the top 10
They are much better than Disturbed and A7x
The most under rated band
They easily deserve to be in the top
Just listen to their songs they re amzing
[Newest]Bullet For My Valentine and Trivium are the greatest heavy metal bands ever
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54In This Moment
In This Moment has been one of my favorite bands for years... They deserve better than this
Only for Maria Brink they must be very higher... Like top 20 or more

They are an awesome heavy metal band. Also, they are the type of singers that have most of their songs with screaming but some that are slow or not very loud.
Come on people! RED is one of the best rock/metal bands ever. Great music, great lyrics and great guys!
I love every thing about them, Great Guitar, great Lyrics, and I love their use of a strings section.
[Newest]RED Deserves to be so much higher. Best screamer I've ever heard besides Ryan Clark.

56Drowning Pool
For those who haven't listen to drowning pool, you in for a treat.
"bodies" is one of there most like well-known songs.
A greta album for new listeners of this band is the "sinner" album.
You will fall in love with this band after listening to that album.
Why is this on 70?
What, a so many aazing bands here, but comeone this bandis amazing and needs to be much higher. Suretheir songs all sound similar, but they are still amazing. Anyone who hasn't heard iof this band, do yourself a favor and look up Bodies.

This band was at it's best when Ronnie James Dio was in the band and it sold the most records with him on vocals, after they got rid of Ronnie they started declining.
Rainbow so low? Idiots!

They should be higher than Metallica.
Rainbow is a amazing band and I think they deserve to be in the top 50 at least
[Newest]What the hell is rainbow at 70 for?! They should be at least top 5

Seriously, way higher on the list! Great instrumentals, vocals and lyrics-basic of all metal heads!
They deserve to be way higher on this list
Great Heavy Metal Band!


60Alice in Chains
Gotta vote for these guys, metal elitists will be quick to shoot me down and say they are not metal, but their music houses a bunch of metallic qualities like: brooding subject matter, heavy riffs, good guitar work, soaring vocals, heavy distortion and what not. Most of their work is metal in my opinion. I had to vote for them because they were so low... most people are quick to call them grunge but how is grunge a genre? How can you fit bands like pearl jam, alice in chains, nirvana, mudhoney, mother love bone, soundgarden etc into one genre? They have no similarities besides dark subject matter. Now I know they got some softer stuff like sap, unplugged, and jar of flies but that just shows you how diverse they are as a band and how they can go out of their comfort zone and do something different, which is a reason they should be up there in the best heavy metal bands. Along with the fact the band all did what they did awesomely, Layne and jerry could harmonize perfectly (never seen anything like it) Layne could sing like hell and was developing into a awesome songwriter and could make vocal harmonies on the spot without any thinking, jerry could write like hell and was a great guitar player, he could be simple, or complex in his guitar playing he was so creative, both their bassists (mike starr and mike inez) created some really cool bass lines! (starr was better in my opinion) but they were both awesome. Sean kinney also did some cool drum work. Finally their material: they wrote some amazing material, facelift and dirt are 2 of my favorite albums of all time :) All their work with layne was awesome in its own right.


Top notch band. Jerry has actually distinguished his band as a straight up metal band that flirts with combinations of established recognizable metal characteristics and acoustic ballads... The harmonizing vocals work beautifully. These guys are very underrated and were heavily overshadowed by a massive grunge scene that unfortunately had them labeled with the times... The fact that they came out of Seattle didn't help either. They have an unmistakable sound and get heavier every time I hear something new.
One of the most underrated Heavy metal bands ever. One might argue "they are grunge music not metal" but Grunge was a music scene of Metal, Punk, and Indie not a genre. So Alice was heavy metal. They have allot of amazing songs with dark and allot of the time down right depressing vibes great vocals that send chills down your spine by Layne Staley and great thought provoking lyrics by Jerry Cantrel and Layne (more so Jerry) There lack of self promotion makes them very underrated.


61Heaven & Hell
It is black sabbath with ronnie james dio
Is half of the Black Sabbath Legend. Make room at the top!

62Symphony X
I heard Symphony X for the first time live at the Gigantour in Cleveland, and they were amazing. If you haven't heard this band you should check them out.

63Asking Alexandria
Asking Alexandria is not the best band ever but they deserve a better score than this. They are one of the hardest working bands out there. Far more mature and talented than a bunch of all the new bands out there. Go check out there music, you won't be disappointed.
Killer band. AA are a very young band with all the band members being no older than 25. Very honest music with some elements of rock & roll and metalcore. After a few listens their songs begin to grow on you- very catchy groves and riffs.
Asking Alexandria is my most fave game in the world... I'm only 12 but take my word for it... It's the best music too me and all there band members are pretty good looking
[Newest]Asking is not heavy metal!

Volbeat is the number one band on the planet right now July 2013
This is one of the best bands there is ever made


This band should be number 1 always


[Newest]Number one metal band of 2001 to so far...

65Marilyn Manson
He is a shock rocker and the anti-christ superstar. He got churches mad at him and was featured on talk shows because of the things he does live. His art is dark but has a lot of meaning to it. His lyrics mean something and most of society won't understand what that is
One of the best band! Sold more than 50 millions of albums, create his own art and most of the newest bands are inspired by Marilyn Manson! The band are awesome, think about John 5, Twiggy Ramirez, Madonna Wayne Pogo, Tim Skold, Ginger Fish and Brian Warner :) This band should be on the top 10
Just to say... Marilyn Manson is not! Heavy Metal. He does industrial Rock. And as he calls it Shock Rock. He's amazing, I love him and the Band in the 90s was awesome. But not Heavy Metal.

66Papa Roach
These guys and their music have literally changed my life! I wouldn't be where I am today without them and I also wouldn't have met some of my closest friends with out them! A lot of people can relate to lyrics that Jacoby writes! Not only is their music amazing, but Jacoby, Tony, Tobin and Jerry are literally the kindest, sweetest people I have ever met!
Papa Roach amazing band!

ManOWar is not very popular in the US. I think it is due to a lack of familiarity with European mythology and history. It's not like you will get a history lesson from these guys, but you will definitely get the idea behind heavy metal. It's the concept that is heavy, not the sound. Good stuff. I can see why people don't like it, though. It's like fine dining versus McDonald's. Most people flock to McDonald's. Works for me. I would rather attend the concert with people who have passion for the music.
Should be on top these are the real defenders of metal I mean there's a lot of awesome bands but for a heavy metal band manowar are the best of allm/
Man, if this isn't the truest and the best metal band ever, there is no metal at all. What have in your heads when you say that Slipknot, A7X and Disturbed are better than Manowar or Dio? If you say that, sorry but you aren't a banger.
[Newest]King of Metal.. Should be number 1

Where is Type O Negative!

Nothing beats these soulfly songs : 'eye for an eye' tribe, carved inside; blood fire war hate.


In the eighties many bands from California were labeled under the hair-band classification. Some of them did not fall under that label but the mainstream considered them like that. Remember Dokken and Night Ranger? They were between the best melodic metal band of the time, featuring top of the line guitar wizards and vocalists. come on guys give them a lift.
Legendary band.

Better than the Jovi's and Leppards. They could definitely play metal: Kiss of Death - live 1987. Or Tooth and Nail...

72In Flames
The best metal band. Just like that. Since I started to listen to them I was very surpprised, not just because the guitars rhythm but also because for the lyrics. What they say, their lyrics have changed the way a see metal, not just as another music genre but a life style for many people and bands that have done their works for many years, doesn't matter how bad things have happened.
How has no one voted for in flames. Best band on the planet over 50 songs worth listening to. Consistent pure awesomeness and should be at bare minimum top 15.
Amazing meaningful lyrics. Outstanding guitarists. Ever evolving sound. Listen to their first album & any other one & you shall see.
[Newest]Amazing lyrics and phenomenal instruments, Hands down number 1!

One of the godfathers of grind.

74Machine Head
Awesome band and unto the locust is the best album released in a long anyone.
Best band in the world. But this list still sucks.
GOD DAMN IT! How could Machine Head not be Top 15!
[Newest]Fantastic band, Should be in the top 10

75Gamma Ray
Kai Hansen is one of the best Metalsongwriters ever. With Gamma Ray works his Talents perfect.
Power metal is best metal

How is this band ranked so low. They are a difficult band to grasp at first ( if your close minded) This band screams talent extremly complex poly rythms, amazing catchy groovy riffs, very deep meaning behind all their songs. And fredrik thordendal can pull off some of the most complex solos in the industry. They don't showcase their individual talents excessively within the band. I dare anyone to listen to the Obzen or Nothing album start to finish you will be hooked. And if not you're probably not very open minded. Meshuggah for the win!
It really makes me lose hope for humanity knowing that Meshuggah, one of the best Heavy metal bands of all time, is currently #50 on this list. Such a shame, especially because not only is their music very technical and experimental; it's heavy too! So for those nerds who say "Nu metal is the best", take a look at Meshuggah, and then say that. I guarantee that you'll change your mind. If not, you suck.

Lordi is just the best
The most people then I know they hate themes because of masks but the are cool I love themes great songs lyrics and videos
[Newest]This is real metal

78Cannibal Corpse
Best guitar. Best bass. Best drums. Best throat.
Best death metal should be at no.3


Amazing band! Every song is good, heavy and every band member is so talented (especially the drummer and vocals).
Takes a track or two but then your hooked!
Best band on planet earth
[Newest]Listen to Flying Whales. It is a masterpiece.

Fantastic and epic heavy metal band
What? 103? Angra is AWESOME

82Dimmu Borgir
Surely deserves a place in the top 10
Its my fvrt band

Come on, Accept is one of the greatest bands of all times, started in the early 80's and still rocking. Listen to their greatest classical songs: ball to the wall, metal heart, princess of the dawn, head over heels, breaker... And some of their newest: Teutonic terror, blood of nations... They are true musicians, one of the greatest guitarist, just listen to them... True metal band! They should be between the top ten.
These guys have been rocking' since the 80's. Blood of the Nation, released in 2010.. Check it out. Awesome songs through out the whole album.
Speed metal born from this band with the song: "Fast as a shark". This is not a single band, this is a school of heavy metal. Blood of the Nation is an amazing album.
[Newest]Are you kidding me? Accept should be in the Top Ten! Asking Alexandria over Accept? Something went wrong here..

84King Diamond
Come on! King Diamond Should be at least #10. In the words of Jason Newsted: "There's no one quite like King Diamond".
Should be placed as number 100, go home and knitting a blouse

The best black metal band!


87Static x
Rest In Peace Wayne Static, you will be missed, I just wish your band was in the top 10 like it should be, Static-X was so underrated

Best Metal band by far



91Monster Magnet
The real stoner rock band!

Saxon are an original rock band that should be up there with iron maiden?
Saxon deserve more respect
Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Saxon... Should be the first 3 everyone is is a wanna-be.
At least number 3!
[Newest]Who votes on this list as most of the best bands are in the 80's mark!

Chris Jericho rocks! Leader a wrestler. Fozzy is a band who sings just like Ozzy Osbourne. Fozzy is good Heavy metal band.
Chris Jericho is the best singer in the world! He is awesome!
Fozzy is the best. And Chris Jericho is the best in the world at what he does.


95Breaking Benjamin
They should At least be 10 on the list, each song they have sets an entirely different mood to the Last!
Breaking Benjamin is one of the best bands. They should be one of the top ten.
I can't believe I'm adding this. This should of already been put on the number one spot!
[Newest]Wow breaking Benjamin at 65?

96Thousand Foot Krutch
This band in my opinion is one of metals yet to be fully discovered gold mine and should seriously be looked into they've been around for longer than most people realize and they really arnt that bad a good dose of tfk (thousand foot krutch) and I'm ready to hi the wolrd
I love TFK to death, but... They're not metal, they're hard rock. Put them on another list/

97Antim Grahan
Hallowed be thy name performed by Antim Grahan is way better than that performed by other metal bands.
Popular nepali band heavy met
Al and this is the best band in the south asia it is listed in top 5 in the whole asia
NEPAL ROCKS AND NEPALESE METAL BANDS are better than most of the western ones. I will see it in the top 5 in the next decade

You have to be kidding! AC/DC is one of the best metal bands ever. It has one of the greatest guitar rest ever: Angus Young. Best classic songs: whole lota Rosie, high way to hell, back in black, the razors edge... At least should be In the top five after iron maiden, Judas Priest and Metallica... If you like metal you like AC/DC!
A lot of people find AC/DC's vocals annoying, and the guitarists are nothing special. They are no better than your average metal band.
No one made a ranking here. YOU MAKE IT. Vote for your favorite bands and stop complaining about their ranks.

AC/DC is best metal band for me so my I vote is for them.
What!?!?!?! Why in the name of god is ac dc last? I totally don't understand... I am in such great shock right now.

99Bolt Thrower
See Bolt-Thrower live and you will understand. Bolt-Thrower is the heaviest band in existence. Once you see them you will be changed.

Along with Faith No More/Mr Bungle, 'The Big Four', Mordred, Jane's Addiction and a few others they helped set the template for modern metal!

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