Best Members of Metallica


The Top Ten

1 James Hetfield James Hetfield James Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963. He is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica.

Greatest Vocalist ever, I have been a fan of metallica since I was ten, I loved listening to enter sandman, then got into thier less known stuff. James will always be rhe best vocalist ever, just listen to Nothing else matters, mama said and low mans lyric and you will see just how amazing his vocals are, METALLICA 4 EVA! - dragon13304

If four people are god, then it's Maynard James Keenan, James Hetfield, Danny Carey, and Dave Mustaine. - Crash

I get the table thing.

Everyone chill out, I'm a table - Metallicafan01

My list of guitarists for Metallica:
1: James Hetfield (riffs 'n' vocals)
2: Dave Mustaine/Lloyd Grant (Megadeth/Better solo thsn Kirk could make)
3: Kirk Hammett (wah pedal reee)

Bassists(these are tied, listing their best strengths):
Cliff Burton (Ability/Composition)
Jason Newsted (Vocals/Stage presence)
Robert Trujilo (Ability/Heaviness without bejng annoying)

*Lars sues for mentioning Lloyd Grant*

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2 Cliff Burton Cliff Burton Clifford Lee "Cliff" Burton (February 10th 1962 - September 27th 1986) was an American musician, best known as the second bass guitarist for the American thrash metal band Metallica, recording three studio albums. He died in 1986 after getting crushed by a tour bus in Copenhagen whilst promoting Metallica's more.

Should be No. 1.

Why was Trapped Under Ice and Escape the worst songs on Ride The Lightning? Probably because they were the only ones where Cliff Burton wasn't one of the writers.

Why was Master of Puppets so good? Well, It probably wouldn't of been so good if Cliff Burton didn't write some of the song. Damage Inc. would of been my least favorite song in the album if Burton didn't write it, and I would of hated Orion if it weren't for him.

Thinking about others (Wikipedia), Check.
Christian, Check.
Made Metallica a good band, Check.

Pretty much the best Metallica member of all time.

How can you put this god in the 4th place he deserves to 1st RIP CLIFF!

There isn't a band out there that this guy wouldn't have been the most valuable member of.

THE best bassist ever

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3 Kirk Hammett Kirk Hammett Kirk Lee Hammett is the lead guitarist and songwriter for the heavy metal band Metallica and has been a member of the band since 1983. Before joining Metallica he formed and named the band Exodus.

He is there best guitarist - Legend1221

Very original guitarist

Ok, so Dave Mustaine was just a talented songwriter and guitar player, who was famous for being good at it.

Kirk Hammett is a terrible guitarist, who uses a wah pedal to make things easy, and was only famous because of the band he's in. His riffs were also not as good (except for Enter Sandman) and the solos were just ok.

4 Jason Newsted Jason Newsted Jason Curtis Newsted is an American metal musician, known for being the third bass guitarist with the band Metallica from November 1986 until his departure in January 2001, he was also a part of Voivod and Flotsam and Jetsam.

The most amazing bass player in the history of metal music - munkee_linc97

He was bullied by James and Lars...I'm so sorry for him... - Idiot244

A great musician with a great mind-set. The band was lucky to have him while they did. - ParasN2000

The definition of brutallity

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5 Lars Ulrich Lars Ulrich Lars Ulrich is a Danish drummer and one of the founding members of the American thrash metal band Metallica.

Overhated, yet he's my favorite drummer. metallica wouldn't be metallica without lars. - awesomedp900


6 Robert Trujillo Robert Trujillo Roberto Agustin Trujillo, better known as Robert Trujillo, is an American musician known for his role as the current bassist of heavy metal band Metallica.

Robert Should be #3

7 Dave Mustaine Dave Mustaine David Scott "Dave" Mustaine (born September 13, 1961) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. Mustaine is best known as a pioneer in Thrash Metal, being the former lead guitarist of Metallica before his dismissal in 1983, leading to finding and becoming the front man of his own more.

Dave is an an incredible musician, there is no doubt about that. However, he was just not the best fit for Metallica, and if he were still with Metallica to this day, then there would be no Megadeth.

I think Metallica should've stuck with their original guitarist and bassist.

People give him more credit then he deserves. He isn't even as technical as his own guitarist in megadeth - Sabbath

They were better with dave :(

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8 Ron McGovney

Shouldn't be on the list because he was only a member for less than a year and didn't even contribute to the band. All he got was a garage demo, and played during the 30th anniversary. I might of put him in the top 3 if he never left Metallica, and they probably would've always been good.

But he decided to quit and let Metallica get terrible. Cliff Burton wasn't too bad, but if he were still alive, I bet Metallica would be worse than they are today. Jason Newsted was actually pretty good, had a nice bassline in "My Friend of Misery", but none of the albums were as good. Robert Trujillo is just the metal bassist you shouldn't care about because when he joined, they were making St. Anger, and Death Magnetic and Lulu came out, and James became a table.

So basically, thanks to him quitting the band, Metallica became terrible, but not until after Burton's death, and this is why nobody cares about him. Also, he was not a placeholder, he was a real member.

9 Bob Rock Bob Rock Robert Jens "Bob" Rock is a Canadian musician, sound engineer, and record producer best known for producing rock bands and music artists such as The Tragically Hip, Aerosmith, The Cult, Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe, 311, Metallica, Our Lady Peace, Bryan Adams, The Offspring, Michael Bublé, Black Veil Brides more.

Did the bass on St. Anger after Newstead left and before they hired Trujillo -

10 Lloyd Grant
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