Top Ten Bands that Should Make the Big Four of New Wave of British Heavy Metal

The Top Ten

1 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm guitarist Adrian ...read more.
2 Judas Priest Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. ...read more.
3 Diamond Head

Another underrated band.

The only thing anyone knows them for is that Metallica covered Am I Evil. That’s sad. The Diamond Head version of Am I Evil is the best version, even though I think Metallica is a better band.

4 Saxon Saxon Saxon are an English heavy metal band formed in 1976, in South Yorkshire. As one of the leaders of the new wave of British heavy metal, they had eight UK Top 40 albums in the 1980s including four UK Top 10 albums and two Top 5 albums.
5 Motörhead Motörhead Motörhead were an English heavy metal/Hard Rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was the sole constant member; guitarist and songwriter Larry Wallis; and drummer Lucas Fox. The band's harsh vocals and fast paced tempos helped inspire speed ...read more.

I think Lemmy just said it in wide way. Many rock bands call themselves rock n roll bands. But I don't see any rock n roll in them. Its just a simple form. They are not only fast but they also use modern rock instruments. Old rock n' roll is quite different. It has a lot of uses of saxophones, piano rhythms, double bass (guitar), incomplete drum sets and some old guitar distortion. They had driven more punk sound than rock n' roll. - zxm

I meant it like uses of saxophones and pianos are optional. It can be only a lead guitar, a rhythm guitar, a bass guitar and drums. - Undistinguished

I agree. They are WAY too fast and heavy for rock & roll.
I think they mostly performed heavy metal and hard rock songs mixed with punk elements. - Undistinguished

€We were always a rock and roll band.” -Lemmy
I mean no disrespect, but I think that was just Lemmy being modest; Motörhead is too fast and too heavy to be rock and roll.

Nope. The template for their music was rock and roll (in metal it's classical). Lemmy even added: "Although we played it at a thousand miles an hour". You can hear the RNR idiom in their music which isn't present in metal. Speed can't make it metal, it becomes only fast RNR with some punk. Too much blues to be metal. - Metal_Treasure

6 Angel Witch Angel Witch Angel Witch are a British heavy metal band which formed in London, England in 1977 as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement.

Largely underrated. Listen to Baphomet by them, it's awesome. - SoldierOfFortune

I’m not a fan of them, I just needed three more entries.

7 Venom Venom Venom are an English extreme metal band formed in 1979 in Newcastle upon Tyne. Coming to prominence towards the end of the new wave of British heavy metal, Venom's first two albums—Welcome to Hell and Black Metal—are considered a major influence on thrash metal and extreme metal in general.

Venom is more thrash metal than - SoldierOfFortune

They’ve had such a huge impact that they deserve to be on the list.

8 Def Leppard Def Leppard Def Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement.

Not to sound elitist-y, but they aren't metal - SoldierOfFortune

Not a fan, but I respect them for the impact they’ve had.

9 Tank

I needed more entries. I’ve been meaning to try them.

10 Satan

I needed another list entry.

The Contenders

11 Tygers of Pan Tang Tygers of Pan Tang Tygers of Pan Tang are a heavy metal band, part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement. They formed in 1978 in Whitley Bay, England, and were active until 1987. The band reformed in 1999 and continue to record and perform.
12 Witchfinder General Witchfinder General Witchfinder General were a heavy metal band from Stourbridge, England. They were part of the new wave of British heavy metal scene and have been cited as a major influence on the doom metal genre.
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