Best NWOBHM BandsThe top ten best New Wave of British Heavy Metal bands. A full list can be found here.
The Top Ten
The legendary Maiden, what needs to be said? Their first two albums are undoubtedly the best music the movement ever saw.
The Trooper, number of the beast, Run to the hills, Hallowed be thy name, Aces high, Powerslave, Iron Maiden, Prowler, Fear of the dark, Wasted Years, Ghost of the navigator, Can I play with madness, Still life, 2 Minutes to midnight. Long live Eddie the Head! Up the Irons!
I just recently got into Iron Maiden. I started at their debut album 'Iron Maiden", which is where everyone should. Work up to the acclaimed Number of the beast. Their first 2 with Paul Di'anno are very good. Bruce Dickinson era is great also but don't not listen to their first 2 albums just because he is not lead singer. Iron Maiden is the overall flagship band of the NWOBHM and always will be.
They’re like Black Sabbath, you know, just with overall attitude and balls.
The very band that inspired Maiden. They have more diversity between albums, better guitarists and overall much more melody and songwriting talent. With that said, Maiden does indeed have better live shows and I like Bruce Dickinson slightly more than Halford; not to mention that BD's aged a bit better than Halford.
Best metal band of all time... Greatest drum intro like painkiller, guitar solo like in a touch of evil well I would say that's completely insane... The vocal pitch can never be compared with any heavy metal singers... Keep banging your head...
Judas Priest actually wasn't really a NWOBHM band. They are credited to being sort of the leaders of the second wave after Zeppelin, Purple, and Sabbath had already established the genre earlier. Priest jumped on the NWOBHM band wagon by polishing their sound and struck it big on 1980s British Steel.
This is the second most important metal band of all time after Black Sabbath, should be No. 1 on this list. At least above Saxon.
Trust me, Maiden was my Champion for many many years, and the still make the shortest of short lists (Murray and Harris are still the gold standard for their respective instruments)... Priest grew on me over time, but they weren't my favorites during the heyday, they just didn't resonante with me like Maiden / Saxon / (love to add an oblique angle like an Armored Saint, but they are not Brits)... But year in, year out, decade in, decade out... in the final analysis, after tens of thousands of listens to the complete comprehensive catalogues, other bands just play classic British Heavy Metal; SAXON IS BRITISH HEAVY METAL
Definitely Leppard shouldn't be anywhere close to this list. They're not metal, they're classic rock.
Judas is easily the best NWOHMB, but Saxon and Maiden should be fighting for 2nd. Voting Saxon, because well, they deserve.
I personally can't see Iron Maiden or Judas priest as New Wave... I've always associated them with classic heavy metal. Saxon are my personal favourite New Wave... band. I read they influenced Metallica. How much more do you want before you're awed by their greatness?
Saxon pretty much defined NWOBHM, along with Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. These three bands should be the "NWOBHM Big Three".
Venom singlehandedly invented not one, but two new music genres out of their first two albums alone. Without them, Thrash Metal wouldn't exist and neither would black metal. They should be #2 after Maiden of course.
Probably the most unique and revolutionary band here
Without Motorhead there would be no thrash metal, and no Ace of Spades. Go listen to Overkill and tell me if they know how to make music.
Motorhead and Venom were very influential in the creation of Thrash, Speed, Death, and Black Metal
Lemmy is awesome and so are there songs they should be in the top 3!
THE ACE OF SPADES
Should be joint first with the Leps and Maiden - sorry but Priest and Motorhead were NOT NWOBHM bands - whoever voted for them doesn't knows what NWOBHM was!
Diamond Head are NWOBHM period.
Underrated amazing band, way more people should listen to them
Their 1st album is very good and is literally guitar riff heaven. But they sort of fell off a cliff after their debut. They changed styles within and album and their debut is the only one in their discography to sound so amazing.
Their first album is a must hear for any metalhead. Without a doubt in the same league with Iron Maiden, just far less successful comercially.
Any fans of this band would also enjoy Blitzkrieg and Blind Fury, both composing of some of Satan's members at the time they released their debuts.
Best British band after iron maiden
Awesome songs, awesome name
Released only good stuff so far. 11/10.
The guitarist is so under-rated
ANGEL WITCH, the group, the song, the album, just the very best of the NWOBHM era.
Listen to "Straight from hell".
One of my favourite bands!
Definitely definitely LEPPARD LEPPARD
Definitely Leppard take a lot of crap for leaving the NWOBHM, their producer (mutt lange) glossed up their production and rounded off their rough edged sound. Their 1st 2 albums, On through the night, and High n dry are extremely good. They were one of the leaders of the NWOBHM at this time but then thing happend.
They shouldn’t have been lumped in with the movement, they were separate from it. Then again hard rock and metal were considered almost the same back then.
The first two albums were definitely top tier speedy NWOBHM. A real shame these guys sold out afterwards.
Highly influential Great Talented Band but inconsistent probly why they were never huge.
Listen to "Suzie Smiled", and you'll know what NWOBHM was.
Soviet Invasion is the single best NWoBHM of all time!
Really wish we saw more of these guys.
Steve Grimmet is a beast, finally able to utilize his amazing vocal abilities to their full potential, unlike in Chateaux.
Grim Reaper is one of the most forgotten metal bands that could have stood with the giants like Maiden and Priest. See You in Hell is one of the best NWOBHM albums ever. SEE YOU IN HELL MY FRIEND
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An absolute classic band with some top tier NWOBHM material. Unfortunately, they released their debut when the movement was practically dead.
Brian Ross rules!
Although on the softer side of the NWOBHM spectrum, they make for some of the best melodic heavy metal/hard rock found throughout the movement.
Brilliant guitar playing on their first two full length albums. Just listen to, If heaven is hell"
Bo! you stink!
If it wasn't for this band we wouldn't have the Iron Maiden that we have today, cause this was Dickinson's first band, and the band that really helped Iron Maiden get where they got
I love Dio, but he wasn't even British. This is the New Wave of BRITISH Heavy Metal.
They are more like new wave of american heavy metal.
It sounds more british than american.
Tony Iommi was the producer of their first album as well as a big fan of theirs. That's how you know they gotta be good.
1977 Debut was produced by Tony Iommi enough said
Great band who didn't (and still don't) to the heavy metal norm. Classy songs with great melodies and a singer who sounds more Joe Cocker than Joe Elliot. Well worth checking out.
Demons first two al;bums are classic NWOBHM fayre, and are two of the best records of that era. Then we get to their classic material The Plague, Breakout, British Standard Approved etc, mixing the classic NWOBHM sound with what would laterly be called prog metal. Demon have to be one of the most influential bands of the whole era (and remember people NWOBHM was a movement NOT a genre - and yes Priest and Motorhead are great bands, but they are NOT NWOBHM.. Both were well established before the term was coined (by Sounds writer Malcome Dome) in March 1979)
Legendary NWOBHM act, the first two albums with are classics of the genre.
Certainly the best band I have heard..the music sounds great even now..
They have a whole catalogue of awesome songs
Amazing band, so underrated