1 Deep Purple
Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, ...read more.
@the guy who commented before me: Actually the classical influence makes them sole inventors of metal music as we know it now - rock music based on classical. Nobody else played rock based on classical back then. Of course, they also played hard rock (which is based on blues) and they are one of the hard rock pioneers, too.
Great Band - Saw them twice and their music is as good as in the recording studio.
With blackmore on one side and lord on the other doing there battles PLUS the classical influence made DEEP PURPLE one of the founding fathers of hard rock
The godfathers of METAL -rock on
2 Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin was an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition ...read more.
Maybe better than Beatles actually the best
Led Zeppelin is the best
The combination of Jimmy Page's guitar riffs and solos and Robert Plant's powerful vocals make this band so amarzing
Many rip offs, this is a cover band that "forgot" to mention the originals.
This is true but I was thumbed down by ignorant people. Check out the list "Top 10 Songs That Led Zeppelin Ripped Off" and be convinced. - Metal_Treasure
3 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.
Judas Priest not in the R&R HOF is the biggest travesty in the history of music!
Halford is the Metal God!
JP started heavy metal along with Black Sabbath.
They were formed in the 60s? *looks them up* Oh my god they were!
4 Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. ...read more.
The godfathers of Heavy Metal. Any metal musician will tell you so
Black Sabbath are the founders of metal!
The truly fathers of Heavy Metal genre!
The father of metal music I think
Scorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf Schenker. Since the band's inception, its musical style has ranged from hard rock to heavy metal.
6 Uriah Heep
Uriah Heep are an English rock band formed in London in 1969 that was one of the top rock bands in the early 1970s. Twelve of the band's albums have made it to the UK Albums Chart (Return to Fantasy reached No. 7 in 1975). Uriah Heep's distinctive features include a massive keyboard sound, strong vocal ...read more.
One of the best underrated bands of their era
Rush was a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their current members Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). ...read more.
This is the best band ever
Truely unique heavy prog rock. Good Canadian kids!
Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/vocalist Eric Clapton.
Maybe, listen to #cream# then jump to top 5
9 Thin Lizzy
Thin Lizzy are an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in 1969. Their leader Phil Lynott was composer or co-composer of almost all of the band's songs, and the first black Irishman to achieve commercial success in the field of rock music. Thin Lizzy's most successful songs, "Whiskey in the Jar", "Jailbreak" ...read more.
10 The Who
The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964. The most recognizable lineup was Roger Daltrey (lead vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass guitar), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and ...read more.
Dude, they were the 1st thrashers
They smashed their instruments into the ground and made your ears ring
You don't see excitement like that these days
12 Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper was an American rock band formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1964. The band consisted of lead singer Vince Furnier, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, and Neal Smith.
Better than rush and deep purple and scorpions and black sabbath and judas priest and the who!
UFO are an English rock band that was formed in 1969. They became a transitional group between early hard rock and heavy metal and the new wave of British heavy metal.
14 Blue Öyster Cult
Blue Öyster Cult is an American rock band from Long Island, New York, whose most successful work includes the hard rock and heavy metal songs "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", "Godzilla" and "Burnin' for You".
I know, Led Zeppelin is untouchable and so is The Who in some ways. Well I might argue that Secret Treaties is superior to them all. Blue Oyster Cult's hard rock compositions of their first 5 albums and the beauty and lightning of Buck Dharma's guitar --- sorry... The world got it wrong.
I agree with you on so many ways, but come on. Secret Treaties is severely overrated. - TheStargazer
One of the best bands of all time. Although they are hard to categorize, they probably were the first Gothic band (although some so called experts don;t even list them..look up "The Relationship between Blue Oyster Cult and Vampires" for an excellent argument that should they be included. They are very influential in many styles from punk and metal.
Steppenwolf is a Canadian-American rock group that was prominent from 1968 to 1972. The group was formed in late 1961 in Toronto by vocalist John Kay, keyboardist Goldy McJohn, and drummer Jerry Edmonton.
These guys were the god fadders of heavy metal and they are @.5%? what druggie is voting on this ?
17 Blue Cheer
Blue Cheer was an American rock band that initially performed and recorded in the late 1960s and early 1970s and was sporadically active until 2009. Based in San Francisco, Blue Cheer played in a psychedelic blues rock style, and are also credited as being some of the earliest pioneers of heavy metal, ...read more.
Had this album when I was a teenager in the early 70s. Still listen to it occasionally today. It's a classic!
Their debut album "Vincebus Eruptum" recorded in '67 practically created the distorted and loud Heavy Metal sound.
No, they did not create it - check out 'You Really Got Me' by The Kinks, 1964. - Metal_Treasure
Slade are an English rock band from Wolverhampton. They rose to prominence during the glam rock era in the early 1970s, achieving 17 consecutive top 20 hits and six number ones on the UK Singles Chart.
19 The Doors
The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore.
20 ZZ Top
ZZ Top is an American rock band that formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The band is composed of bassist and lead vocalist Dusty Hill, guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons, and drummer Frank Beard.
21 Iron Butterfly
Iron Butterfly is an American rock band best known for the 1968 hit "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", providing a dramatic sound that led the way towards the development of hard rock and heavy metal music.
Korn is an American Nu-Metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, with the addition of Ray Luzier, who replaced the band's original member, David ...read more.
23 The Yardbirds
The Yardbirds are an English rock band formed in London in 1963 that had a string of hits during the mid-1960s, including "For Your Love", "Heart Full of Soul" and "Over Under Sideways Down".
Free were an English rock band formed in London in 1968, best known for their 1970 signature song "All Right Now".
Very underrated. they formed in '68. but they became famous in early 70s.
Motörhead were an English heavy metal 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 metal and ...read more.
26 The Stooges
The Stooges, also known as Iggy and the Stooges, are an American proto-punk band from Ann Arbor, Michigan, first active from 1967 to 1974, and later reformed in 2003. Although they sold few records in their original incarnation, and often performed for indifferent or hostile audiences, the Stooges are ...read more.
27 The Jimi Hendrix Experience
The Jimi Hendrix Experience was an English-American rock band that formed in Westminster, London, in September 1966. Composed of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jimi Hendrix, bassist and backing vocalist Noel Redding, and drummer Mitch Mitchell, the band was active until June 1969. During this time ...read more.