Top 10 Loudest Bands

The Top Ten

1 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English Heavy Metal / Hard Rock band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm more.


2 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 more.

This band is the only band to show up when you Google "loud live bands" and is known for having the loudest concerts hands down, I haven't heard the idea of acdc being louder (maybe they're up there just because of popularity), acdc didn't give everyone who worked with them hearing damage like the who. The only way who concerts are not the loudest concerts is if you are talking about a who concert today and not in the time where their concerts became legendary, in most of these bands hay day.

Devastatingly powerful music in every sense of the word. Including loud. There never was a band that implemented the element of volume as well as the Who. Devastating.

One who concert was 126 db from the back of the arena but at the front they were 150 db, way louder than anyone.

The Who is not only the greatest band of all time but the only one actually know for having the official record.

3 KISS Kiss is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the band's original manager, Lew Linet.

Simply because the ARE the loudest at 136DB

Note: ManOWar did hit 139 in 2008.. but that was during a soundcheck.
KISS did it during a full performance.

Just seen them in Europe. Loud is an understatment... freaking incredible loud. Seen a lot of bands, KISS holds the loudness meter for me.

Seen Kiss at Tiger Stadium on the first night of there reunion tour and the volume shook the stadium, it also scared the crap out of my wife!

136dB at Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest

4 Manowar Manowar is an American heavy metal band from New York City, New York. Formed in 1980, the group is known for lyrics based on fantasy and mythology.

germany 2008, their own sound system, approx 7 hrs of music over 2 nights, every note perfectly played and crystal clear, and incredibly loud. Why are kiss on here? Loudest make up maybe.

160 dbs!

Manowar achieved a SPL of 139 dB during the sound check, at the Magic Circle Fest in 2008

Iorn maided isn't even loud

5 AC/DC AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014 . They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson more.

AC/DC is so Awesome. They're very loud but I love their screams and guitar solos. AC/DC rocks

It's a fact; AC/DC have the loudest concerts. - SoldierOfFortune

Stabler Arena early 80's. My very first concert. 10th row I believe. Fell in love with Angus Young.

Pure awesomeness. Greatest band ever!

6 Yngwie Malmsteen Yngwie Johan Malmsteen is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who was born on June 30th, 1963, in Stockholm, Sweden. He was known for his neoclassical metal playing style back in the 1980s.

I sat front row when yngwie played with generation axe. The other acts (nuno bettencourt, zack wylde, steve vai) were loud ok, but yngwie was so loud and so piercing I had to stick tissues in my ears. I could hear my ears ringing over Vai's set

7 Van Halen Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.

First concert, still the loudest I've ever been to in my life.

Saw Van Halen they were loud

I saw them in 1986 they were loud!

Saw in 1995 and 2000. Loud and sounded perfect even with Gary cherone

8 Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Megadeth was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine was fired from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums to date, and have gone through many lineup changes, with Dave more.
9 Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". more.

These guys are absolutely number 1. The who? They have a good singer. Metallica is just an average guitar player that just shouts into the mic.

Megadeth is just a good guitar player who sends ear-pain via mic - SoldierOfFortune

By far the loudest band ever it hurt even with earplugs. - tylerdees

So loud I threw away my earphones.

I have seen them a dozen times and the band and the fans are absolutly the loudest!

10 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, more.

Deep Purple were recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records as the "globe's loudest band" for a live concert in London, 1972. - Metal_Treasure

I had ringing in my ears worse than when I shot a. 30-6. That is LOUD. - fireinside96

Mark 2 reunion tour! Damn they where freaky loud

The Contenders

11 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. more.

Saw them in August 2013 & my ears were ringing hours after this great show.

12 Slipknot Slipknot is an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror inspired masks. more.

c'mon they have at least two drummers

They have a drummer and 2 percussionist

Haha, come on 2 guitarists, 2 percuisionists, a drummer, a bassist, a screamer, a turntables guy, and a samples guy. 9 members making progressive noise! They are the best.

So loud Even more so when joey uses his double bass pedal you feel it at the speed he uses the double bass pedal. not as much with jay Weinberg but still super LOUD! - tylerdees

13 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 more.
14 Swans

Swans clocks in at 140 decibels quite regularly. I rest my case.

15 Motorhead 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 more.

A lot of these bands are among my favourite bands but if we're talking loudness-Motorhead takes the cake, watch Ace of Spades Classic Album documentary and you'll see what I mean

Makes the trousers flap and plaster fall of the roof whenever these guys play.

There is no way Motorhead can be in 15th place. Lemmy Kilmister was one hard rocking' son of a gun.

I was at their first show and my ears are still ringing

16 Rammstein Rammstein is a German Neue Deutsche Härte and Industrial Metal band consisting of Till Lindemann (vocals), Richard Kruspe (guitar), Paul Landers (guitar), Oliver Riedel (electric bass), Christoph Schneider (drums) and Christian Lorenz (keyboard), that formed in 1994 in Berlin . more.

YES! A truly amazing band! The louder they are the better they are!

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17 Slade 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.

When Lemmy says he wants to be as loud as you, you know your loud! They owned the largest not for hire P.A. in the U.K.

Because Quiet Riot Sucked!

Best live act ever!

18 Sunn O)))

Sunn o is good but why are they on this list they are quiet

19 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, more.

Blue Cheer. The FIRST Heavy Metal Band. The FIRST American band to us Marshall Amps. The FIRST band in the world to be in the Guinness Book of Records as the Loudest band. The FIRST band to be a POWER TRIO. Beat that.

Everybody talks about LOUD. I saw them in San Francisco in 1968. LOUD was what I remembered. 100 Watt stack of Marshall amps. When one amp blew, the roadies had spares. They would change them over & over. My ears & head were in agony. I say they are the KINGS of LOUD.

20 Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. more.

Nirvana bangs my head away!

21 Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock band and, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.

Just listen to Mr. Self Destruct and tell me if that's not the loudest thing you've ever heard.

22 Smashing Pumpkins The Smashing Pumpkins is an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1988. Formed by frontman Billy Corgan and James Iha, the band included D'arcy Wretzky and Jimmy Chamberlin in its original incarnation.
23 Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk, punk rock, and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1986. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative more.

Saw their concert in Pittsburgh and their fireworks were loud as hell!

Super super loud

24 Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Alternative more.
25 Tool Tool is an American progressive/alternative/post-metal band, that was formed in 1990. more.

Super loud for just a 4 man band

26 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). more.
27 Melvins The Melvins are an American band that formed in 1983 in Montesano, Washington. They usually perform as a trio, but in recent years have performed as a four piece with two drummers.

I keep adding these guys to everything, lol... But they are loud. Very, very loud.

28 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal band, that was formed 1999 in California. Their longest lineup of members was M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums). more.
29 Evanescence Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.
30 Bullet for My Valentine Bullet for My Valentine are a Welsh metalcore/emo band from Bridgend, formed in 1998. The band is composed of Matthew Tuck (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Michael Paget (lead guitar, backing vocals), Michael Thomas (drums) and Jamie Mathias (bass guitar). Former members include Nick Crandle and Jason more.
31 Cannibal Corpse Cannibal Corpse is a American death metal band from Buffalo, New York, formed in 1988. The band is known for their graphic album covers, explicitly violent lyrics and song titles like "I C** Blood" The group got into mainstream after performing the song "Hammer Smashed Face" in the 1994 film Ace Ventura: more.

Come on, they r louder than all these. I do like most of these bands don't get me wrong like, I love maiden, slipknot, metallica. but you can't deny cannibal corpse. listen to hammer smashed face and make them suffer.

32 Ramones The Ramones were an American punk rock band that formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974. They are often cited as the first band to define the punk rock sound.

Johnny Ramone used to go faster in live shows. Created louder guitar riffs than average studio records. - zxm

33 Motley Crue Mötley Crüe was an American metal band formed in Los Angeles, California on January 17, 1981. The group was founded by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, lead vocalist Vince Neil and lead guitarist Mick Mars.

They are the loudest because they said so on the radio and the sound waves make your clothes dance to the toon of the song

The loudest group I have ever seen when they played kickstart my heart it makes you feel like you have gone death

Not only loudest but best performance I've seen. Blew Ozzy off the stage in 83. But were louder on the TOP tour.

Saw them in lynn Mass. Heard they were the loudest recorded

34 Aerosmith Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".
35 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd was an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters more.
36 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.

Mostly forgotten today, but in 1968, playing "In-a-Gadda-the-Vida" so loud that the ground shook was in fashion before all the rest listed here.

37 Disturbed Disturbed is an American nu metal/ alternative rock/ alternative metal band from Chicago, Illinois. The band comprises vocalist David Draiman, bassist John Moyer, guitarist Dan Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren. They are known for songs like "Down With the Sickness" and "Stricken" .
38 Machine Head Machine Head is an American heavy metal band from Oakland, California. Formed on October 12, 1991, the group was founded by vocalist and guitarist Robb Flynn and bassist Adam Duce. They have received great critical success especially for their album "The Blackening" which is considered a modern metal more.

Great show in 2014 - ears wouldn't stop ringing after that concert!

39 Emperor Emperor was a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1991, regarded as highly influential by critics and emerging black metal bands.

The most brutal & loudest band ever

40 Radiohead Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).
41 Dragonforce DragonForce are a British power metal band based in London, England. Formed in 1999, the group are known for their long and fast guitar solos, fantasy-themed lyrics, and electronic sounds in their music to add to their retro video game-influenced sound.
42 Asking Alexandria Asking Alexandria are an English metalcore band from York, North Yorkshire formed initially in 2008 by lead guitarist Ben Bruce along with former lead singer Danny Worsnop, bassist Joe Lancaster, keyboardist and synth player Ryan Binns, and current members drummer James Cassells and rhythm guitarist more.
43 The Black Crowes The Black Crowes were an American rock band formed in 1989. Their discography includes eight studio albums, four live albums and several charting singles.
44 Strapping Young Lad Strapping Young Lad was a Canadian extreme metal band formed by Devin Townsend in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1994. The band started as a one-man studio project; Townsend played most of the instruments on the 1995 debut album, Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing. By 1997, he had recruited permanent members; more.

Easily top 10 material.

45 Ministry Ministry is an American industrial metal band founded by lead singer and only original member Al Jourgensen in 1981. Originally a new wave synthpop outfit, Ministry changed its style to industrial metal in the mid-1980s.
46 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City.
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48 Stone Temple Pilots Stone Temple Pilots was formed in San Diego, CA in 1989. more.
49 Scorpions 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.

I saw them live and they were louder than 100db - Userguy44

50 Dinosaur Jr. Dinosaur Jr. is an American rock band formed in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1984, originally simply called Dinosaur until legal issues forced a change in name.
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