Best Decades for Metal Music

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Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 60s and the early 70s, largely in the United Kingdom and the United States. Since its creation, metal has divided into many subgenres.

Do you think metal isn't the same as it was before? Or is better now?

The Top Ten

1 1980s

Let's see... We've got Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Black Sabbath was still pretty strong. Thrash Metal became huge, starting with Metallica, then Slayer and Anthrax followed them, then Megadeth was formed after Dave Mustaine leaving Metallica, and more bands, like Exodus, Testament, and Overkill were formed. AC/DC was still strong in the 80s, even without Bon Scott, releasing good songs like "Back in Black" and "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)". Dio was also another Heavy Metal band formed in the 80s, and Mercyful Fate had some pretty good hits like "Evil", "Curse of the Pharaohs", and pretty much any other Mercyful Fate song that was included in Metallica's cover named after the same band. So pretty much, Many good bands were formed in the 80s, and others from the 70s were still strong.

The 1980s was also the point where Metallica and Guns N' Roses were at their best, with great hits like Master of Puppets, Fade to Black, Seek and Destroy, and One, while Guns N' ...more

Definitely the 80s. Not only for metal, hard rock was also good. - Metal_Treasure

Thrash metal! If love that style of music then vote!

Even as a melodeath fan, I'd say this was the best. It was the beginning of many good bands.

2 1990s

People always say this was a bad decade for metal, but it was also when many Melodic Death Metal bands were formed, and that is my favorite genre.

One good thing about this decade was that Rob Halford finally came out gay. It must've been hard for him to keep it a secret after all those years.

I actually like the 80s more but 90s was pretty great. Death Metal was becoming popular and thrash was still doing pretty good

The 80s was probably the best decade but the 90s had some of my favorite metal records, such as
Human and Symbolic - Death
None So Vile - Cryptopsy
Demanufacture - Fear Factory
Heartwork - Carcass
Painkiller - Judas Priest
Rust In Peace - Megadeth
Vulgar Display of Power - Pantera
City - Strapping Young Lad
Left Hand Path - Entombed
And a lot more for sure - cjWriter1997

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3 1970s

'90s? '60s?!? Just no. Metal started in 1970 with Black Sabbath and continued with great bands like Judas Priest and Rainbow.

Every rock and metal genre was developed in this era. 80s good but it's the feedback of 70s base. - zxm

4 2000s

Opeth, Tool, and Mastodon were all in their prime, and are arguably the most creative metal bands to date.

5 2010s

The 80s were when a lot of the best bands came out, Judas Priest, Megadeth and my favourite Iron Maiden. However their was still a lot of crappy glam metal that overall destroyed the genre. Now most of those bands are gone and what is left is the good stuff.

A lot of progressive bands reigning in the 2010's. Ihsahn, Vektor, Mastodon, Opeth, and many more bands. As well as classic bands releasing some really good material such as Kreator with Phantom Antichrist and God's of Violence. Anthrax with Worship Music and For All Kings. Amazing music, it's just unfortunate that metal doesn't really get the media attention like in previous decades.

Okay yes the 80's were great and iconic but come on now... Evolution people! So much different styles and genres to choose from now. And the production...? I am finding new outstanding bands every single day now.

6 1960s
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