Best NWOBHM Bands

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The top ten best New Wave of British Heavy Metal bands. A full list can be found here.

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. They were known for some big hits such as The Trooper, and The Number of the Beast, and have released 16 studio albums . The New Wave of British Heavy Metal Pioneers would ...read more.

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.

Hallowed Be Thy Name, Run to the Hills, Iron Maiden, Prowler, Aces High, 2 Minutes To Midnight, The Trooper, Still Life. I know there is more but how can you vote against that?

Definitely the best NWOBHM band ever!

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2 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.

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?

The first place comes down between Saxon and Judas Priest

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3 Judas Priest Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. The band has sold over 45 million albums to date. They received a lot of popularity due to their big hits Breaking The Law, You've Got Another Thing Comin', and Living after Midnight which were played on the radio a ...read more.

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.

They don't belong here. They belong here as much as Black Sabbath.

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4 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.

Probably the most unique and revolutionary band here - ryanrimmel

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5 Diamond Head Diamond Head Diamond Head are an English heavy metal band formed in 1976 in Stourbridge, England. The band is recognised as one of the leading members of the new wave of British heavy metal and is acknowledged by thrash metal bands such as Metallica and Megadeth as an important early influence.

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

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6 Motorhead Motorhead 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.

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.

Lemmy is awesome and so are there songs they should be in the top 3!
THE ACE OF SPADES

THE ACE OF SPADES

7 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.

ANGEL WITCH, the group, the song, the album, just the very best of the NWOBHM era.

The guitarist is so under-rated - JaxLeppard1

Listen to "Straight from hell".
One of my favourite bands!
So underrated..

8 Satan

Best British band after iron maiden

Awesome songs, awesome name

Best Band - blackdroid

9 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.

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.

10 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.

Listen to "Suzie Smiled", and you'll know what NWOBHM was.

The Contenders

11 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.

Soviet Invasion is the single best NWoBHM of all time!

12 Grim Reaper

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

13 Blitzkrieg
14 Dio Dio Dio was an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 and led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio, after he left Black Sabbath with intentions to form a new band with fellow former Black Sabbath member, drummer Vinny Appice.

I love Dio, but he wasn't even British. This is the New Wave of BRITISH Heavy Metal.

15 Samson Samson Samson were a British hard rock band formed in 1977 by guitarist and vocalist Paul Samson. They are best known for their first three albums with future Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson, then known as "Bruce Bruce", and drummer Thunderstick, who wore a leather mask and performed on stage in a metal ...read more.

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

16 Praying Mantis
17 Tokyo Blade

Brilliant guitar playing on their first two full length albums. Just listen to, If heaven is hell"

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19 Raven
20 Girlschool Girlschool Girlschool are a British heavy metal band that formed in the new wave of British heavy metal scene in 1978 and frequently associated with contemporaries Motörhead. V 1 Comment
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