Best Heavy Metal Bands

The Top Ten
1 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English Heavy Metal 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 guitarist Adrian more.

Still the best band in the world, they're not overrated because they're amazing and besides they originated from the NWOBHM which itself had many underrated bands that never became big, only Maiden, Def Leppard, and Saxon ever became bigger. This means Maiden freaking deserve it.

Well, before voting for Metallica blindly.. You might want to listen to maiden... Just once...
1) Something Heavy? 2 minutes to midnight, Montsegur, Where Eagles Dare...
2)Awesome riffs? Rainmaker, Afraid to Shoot Strangers, Dance Of Death
3)Superb Solos? The Trooper( YES, AGAIN), Stranger in a Strange Land
4)Excellent Intros? No More Lies, Fear Of The Dark...
5)Best Vocals? Flight Of Icarus, Run to the Hills...
6)Epicness and awesome lyrics? Hallowed Be Thy Name, Rime Of the Ancient Mariner
7) Real Heavy Metal? Any thing by IRON MAIDEN!
UP THE IRONS! From India

Iron Maiden is heavy metal at it's best...
They have better live shows, better songs.
They have the best bassist. They have a great singer, great drummer and great guitarists...
Their songs have amazing solos, intros, riffs, vocals, drums, bass, lyrics that have deep meaning, etc.
And the best of all - they have been consistent for 30 years... And are still kicking ass.

Up the Irons! From India.

Iron maiden are simply the best live performers in any genre of music. As for their studio albums they have this unique way of drawing you on board the more you listen. I recently converted two good friends both over the age of 50. Simply told them maiden is coming to town. Trust me they are worth a look! Both agreed the best concert they've seen bar none. At the age when they should be lower the singer's volume to hide his failing higher range. Or packing their set list with timeless oldies to ensure their faithful followers stay aboard as they grind out their last few tours. Surprisingly these guys take huge artist risks. Thankfully show us what this new material is about with all the band and Dickinson can muster. Don't believe me go to every extent to catch their show. They truly are second to none! God bless you beautiful bastards! !

2 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.

I came here to find where Black Sabbath. Iron Maiden is good, but Metallica is amazing. Black sabbath in comparision to both is so essential to the development of Hard Rock and early Heavy Metal. My Vote would be 1 Sabbath, 2 Metallica, 3 Maiden

One cannot resist such titillating lyrics as they lithe and throb from mastered instruments of pleasure as they seductively taunt and slowly tease all our most forbidden places with rhythms... Base lines... Solos... Versus... Unlike any prior... Like the naughty little girl... Lured so skillfully and willfully her most delicious desires... As each song, lip and breath... Move slowly working and working every sense of our being to a ones ultimate metal deliverance. Perhaps matched only by my pure carnal lust for all things naughty... Metallica is just that good.

Very often I've heard fans of other bands claiming that Metallica is mostly at the top only because they're more famous and well-known. Well, yes, they are famous for a reason- Because they are exceptional. So, they must understand how ridiculous it is, to make accusations like: Metallica fans haven't heard any other bands, or like, so and so band is the best because they're the father of heavy metal etc... We're not here to decide who the father or grandfather is, we're voting on the best heavy metal band here. And I would go as far as to say that Metallica is the absolute best, but personally I feel that Metallica is the best, and that's my personal opinion.

Talk about a pointless exercise in futility. You have people here saying Metallica aren't heavy metal, they're thrash metal. You have people saying here saying that Master of Puppets sucks - and some say that they don't even belong here. Reality check, ok. They invented thrash metal - fact. They invented it, so those who came after them are indebted to them - fact. They wrote 5 of the greatest thrash METAL albums of all time - fact. They are the most influential heavy metal band on the planet - fact. No-one has come close to toppling 'Master of Puppets in 30-years - fact. Say what you will about them now, but don't try and re-write history, because that's fanboy stuff - fact.

3 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.

I'm always more surprised by the comments than the actual lists. This Metallica vs. Black Sabbath one might be the worst. You all realize that both Metallica and Black Sabbath created 4-5 of the best metal albums ever created, then both dropped off by trying to evolve? Don't get me wrong, I think once Dio was in Sabbath, they raised their sound higher than Metallica likely ever will, but those two bands are almost identical in terms of history and consistency. We really need to stop saying this, "Black Sabbath was the first so therefore they're the best". We also need to stop this, "That's hard rock, that's progressive metal, that's thrash". All those fall under "heavy metal". It's not like someone is trying to list a rapper on the heavy metal list. The two best, most consistent metal bands are Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. I wouldn't even care to see someone like Iced Earth added to the top 5, just because they've not changed their sound, even with different singers. Last, if you ...more

Sorry, but if there was no Black Sabbath the Heavy Metal movement doesn't happen. Maiden and Metallica are fair choices to put ahead of them, but neither of them would have created such tunes without Sabbath laying the groundwork. Sabbath was so far ahead of their time it's ridiculous to believe they're still influencing bands 50 years later. Not to mention how much they influenced every single band on this list. Seriously, any list without Sabbath as #1 is a disgrace to Heavy Metal. Every musician and heavy metal artist would tell you the same thing.

Well I didn't expect Iron Maiden to be number one. That surprised me. Iron Maiden is good, but they don't measure up to Black Sabbath. Black Sabbath invented heavy metal, and nobody has remastered it to the same effect as them, nor will anyone in the future. Why do I prefer them over every other band? Because they are metal. They don't make metal, they are metal. Consider this, you define metal by saying Black Sabbath, you show metal by playing Black Sabbath, and you feel metal by hearing Black Sabbath.

Both Metallica and Iron Maiden are overrated Sabbath CREATED heavy metal, their first 4 albums are some of the best metal out there, and no band should match them. Tony and Geezer created the metal sound and Ozzy and Bill also made the typical metal lyrics: real, truthful, and yes, a bit satanic, a theme that would be common in metal in later years. Metallica created thrash, but actually Venom did much more important job, Iron Maiden just brought melody, metal=heavy melody=not heavy. All bow to the masters, Black Sabbath

4 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”. more.

Nothing in this world defines heavy metal better than Judas Priest.
The Best Vocalist. Best Twin Lead and one of the best drummer. They made a generation called heavy metal and they are the heavy metal gods, they are also one the oldest metal bands, before maiden, Metallica and the rest.
Only Black Sabbath can be added before them only because they started the whole thing.
Judas Priest started a metal generation.
Most of the new metal bands follow Judas Priest.
They are the most influential bands in Metal of all times.
Why Metallica and Iron Maiden ahead of them the people here have gotten it completely wrong.

The one song you have to listen to before you judge metal is the live version of Victim of Changes. We almost set reunion arena in Dallas on fire during the screaming for vengeance tour. They never had another metal concert without fire extinguishers. We even made the news. I've seen them 7 times. Back in the day. They were the greatest live metal show of all time and that includes Metalica and Iron Maiden. The only thing that bothers me is the big 3 when I was young has 1 missing on the list. A very big 1. Where the hell are the SCORPIONS! AC/DC were always there as well no matter what you think of them. They are pure metal rock.

Metallica is a good starter band. They got me into more and older bands, like Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden (my favorite), and Judas Priest. I am voting JP because Iron Maiden is already #1 and this classic band has the right to be above Avenged Sevenfold. There is no band more metal than Judas Priest. They introduced the leather, chains, and studs into metal. Listen to the albums Screaming For Vengeance and Painkiller. SFV is a bit softer and more radio-friendly. A very 80s sounding album with an excellent groove to it. Painkiller is the most metal abum ever. One Shot At Glory! Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Metallica, and Megadeth for life! M/

If any band truly defines "heavy metal," it is Judas Priest. Just look to song titles like "Metal Gods" and "Heavy Duty." They brought leather and studs to the fore, and took Black Sabbath's doomy grooves in a more up-tempo direction, paving the way for NWOBHM and thrash, which gave birth to most metal genres we know and love today. Priest's influence is felt everywhere- from glam (British Steel and Turbo) to thrash (Screaming for Vengeance) to death and power metal (Painkiller).

Judas Priest are better than Iron Maiden because they started earlier and finished later (founded 1969, Rocka Rolla-1974, and Firepower-2018) vs. Iron Maiden (founded 1975, Iron Maiden-1980, and The Book of Souls-2015). In addition, Priest has experimented with far more sounds throughout their albums, and they have evolved much more than Maiden have (just compare Sad Wings to Painkiller, then compare Killers to Brave New World- sure, more punk influence, but how different is it really?). Metallica is ...more

5 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.

They are the best Metal (Heavy metal, if you want to call it that. They're specifically Thrash) band out there. Their music is amazing. Even their newer albums are amazing. Endgame was a good refreshment of what we love them for. Super Collider was a good change-up further exploring their other genre tastes. I think it was also an amazing album. I am not one of those Rust an Peace replay guys. I enjoy their metal-pop, and all of it. So, I can say, without a doubt Megadeth is my favorite and the BEST heavy metal band there is

Seriously unlike Metallica which is a very great band Megadeth stayed true and loyal to their genre Metallica ruled with their first four albums but they gradually went down. Metallica is a greater and more popular band but Megadeth is a better band. Megadeth has a better guitarists and bassists they lose out to Metallica only on drums and vocals plus Megadeths songs are better. Megadeth should be at least number three or four on this list and seriously how does slipknot and a7x get above this.

Thumps up for megadeth. How can mettalica be better than them. They have released 14 albums while mettalica 9albums. First of all mettalica didn't make any good album after the black album while megadeth has made so many good albums they stayed true to their music. Mettalica was just a sell out. If we compare album by album kill em all beats killing is my business and business is good even though guitarists of the megadeth was there in mettalica. Peace sells beats ride the lightning. Rust in peace beats master of puppets although the album was very good
Countway to extinction beats and justice for all black album beats youthanasia. Risk beats load. The system has failed beats beats st anger by huge margin and then end game beats death magnetic. So overall megadeth wins by 6-2

God... What's wrong with 2day's world... If there are any true metal heads, A7X is not... And I mean is not better than megadeth.
Avenged Sevenfold's solos arejust notes at high speed... If you take megadeth's... They have every element a solo can have... From fast picking all d way to sweep picking.
The ' revolutionised metal. I almost haven't seen any other bands being this complex and just having so many twists and turns. I even think their technically better than Metallica. you can learn Kirks solo in like an hour two, but dave and marty's solos will definitely take you to school (in a good way). If you want proof, just hear the whole RIP album, peace sells, symphony of destruction... And most
Favourate solo in metal history... TORNADO OF SOULS m/

6 Pantera Pantera was an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The band started out as a Glam Metal act in the 1980s with little success. After discarding their original lead vocalist and enlisting Phil Anselmo, the band signed a major record deal with more.

These guys need to be in the top 5. PanterA actually saved metal from grunge when all the other bands gave up. If it wasn't for Pantera, Metallica and those other bands would not have came back. They are in the metal hall of fame just for that. You have to know what the band did before just voting on this list. The level of greatness in this band is infinite, forget about the glam years and listen to the groove of, Cowboys from Hell, the power of Vulgar Display of Power, the brutal of Far Beyond Driven, the different trend of, The Great Southern Trendkill, and the unique of, Reinventing the Steel.

Pantera were poor Kiss clones in the early 80's, switched to literally Power Metal in the late 80's, then switched to metal/thrash in the 90's. So their back catalogue, as a whole, is patchy at best. 'Cowboys...' and 'Vulgar...' and 'Far Beyond...' are monstrous albums, no question, but after that they were forgettable. And to imply that Dimebag doesn't have the respect he deserves is absurd. His talent and murder shook the entire metal community.

I've following rock music since the sixties. A lot have rained since then. The Beatles, Zeppelin, Rush, Judas Priest... And then a thunderstorm Metallica, Megadeth till early nineties, when you thought that everything was said and played there came Pantera. Yes, Metallica was painted all over the eighties but Pantera claimed the nineties for themselves taking the metal game to a whole new level and it still sounds as it was meant for today on the 21st century. Just like the good wine, got better. To me they should be top 3 stuff. They got late to the game and won.

Pantera is and always was Metal since their METAL album debut, Cowboys From Hell (Not their Glam days, I'm talking about the REAL Pantera) AND with their great success and fortune the stayed true to their fans and music, they were real, that is why they are, will and always should be number one.

7 Slayer Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. They rose to fame with their 1986 album Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the big four of thrash metal bands, the others being Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. more.

The only reason Slayer isn't higher on the list is because they're too heavy for most people, which is itself a statement of how agonizingly brutal this band was and still is. The guitar work is extremely fast yet harmonious between the two masters, which allows them to carry Araya's voice on simple riffs while he recites dark poetry, and cut in with screeching fast solos, many of which involve both guitars for added emphasis on certain parts. During this, a man named Dave Lombardo is making sure things are kept at a ludicrous pace, and while Slayer does have many slower paced songs these are usually lyrically more adept than those that are built directly from Lombardo's ungodly speed. Slayer may not have written the best songs, but they didn't try to, they just wanted to make the most kickass music they could, and what is metal if not a musical interpretation of kicking ass?

They influenced thrash like hell made arguably the heaviest album ever and basically created death metal they better then A7X and slipknot. I do like Metallica more but is Metallica the reason for death metal? No so they not as important although I do like RTL and MOP a ton maybe my favorite metal albums but slater is heavier and pantera?!?!? I love pantera but I hate how people think there so heavy and say there like slayer for the 90s because there not as heavy as slayer there watered down slayer. Slayer is the reason for death metal and arguably thrash metal and maybe even speed metal because there so amn fast can any other band say they have influenced three subgenres of metal? Especially three just as big? I don't think do

Why these metal anti-gods didn't make it in the top ten is beyond any grasp of reality. With the combo solos of king and hanneman, the guteral screams and wails of araya, and drum master Dave Lombardo ( same level as Neil part and John Bonham). Four of the fiercest thrashers from show no mercys raw hate fueled lyrics all the way up to world painted blood. They have never let the hardcore fans down the same way so many other bands have (cough Metallica cough).

Those who didn't vote for slayer and pantera knows nothing about metal. Slipknot is a band full of douchebags. They fake their music using computers. And they have a dj. What? Imagine a dj in a "metal band".. slayer shall be at the top because of all bands on this stupid list, slayer is the only one that genre isn't changed after all this years. And the true meaning of metal can be found on them.

8 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.

In my personal opinion, Avenged Sevenfold is the best heavy metal band in the world because they have proven they can do absolutely anything! They can make any style of metal work. They can scream, they can sing, and in Hail to the King, they've proven they can pull off the Metallica, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath sound.M. shadows voice is probably the most unique voice in the world. No one can sing like him. Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance are the best guitar duo in to world, and no one can shred a solo like Gates! Johnny Christ is an amazing bassist and he certainly knows how to make everything come together with the bass! Now Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan was one of the best of the best! He was an inspirational drummer who always knew how to get the beat kicking! It was a tragedy what happened to him.. But now we move on to Arin Ilejay! Arin is another amazing drummer! What he did for the band in the Carry On, Not Ready to Die, and Hail to the King songs was amazing! He stepped up and ...more

These guys, they're just meh. Their sound has brushed with metal in the past, but about half of them have had a hard rock sound to it. They're mildly talented. The REV was good, but not great. Their singer is okay, but he sounds nasally. Their rhythm guitarist is OK at best. Their bassist, well he's about standard for a mediocre bass player. Their lead guitarist can write some decent solos, but he's nothing too special with his generic sound and sloppy playing.

Now they have some level of skill to be able to play what they play and to write the music they right, but they are highly overrated and they're just not good to my ears.

Avenged Sevenfold: My Best Band.
M. Shadow: The most talented vocalist I've ever seen. He has every quality a singer should have. His screaming, singing... I love to hear.
Synyster Gates: He is my idol & his solo, riff... I love every thing about him. For me he is best guitarist & he is cool, his style of playing guitar is superb.
Z. Vengeance:He is twins of Syn, he has got talent to play awesome rhythm. The story behind his name_he really showed that he is best.
Synyster & Vengeance back vocals is amazing.
J. Christ: His bass variation in every songs is superb. He puts feeling on A7X's music, though he is cool & best bassist.
The 'REV': I wish he was alive. His death was the most sad & bad news I've ever heard till now. He was multitalented musician he used to play drums, piano, guitar... Almost every instruments. His drumming in every songs was mind blowing. His back vocal was like an angel singing.
Arin Ilejay:Though he can't replace REV but he brought back the ...more

Avenged Sevenfold is unique, I love them, this band has so much emotional skill, Syn and Zacky are the best duo guitarists that I've ever heard. No doubt that Johnny is a great bassist also, and their new drummer Arin Ilejay has also shown to be great, that kid kicks ass.M. Shadows is probably the best vocalist I've ever heard in my life, and I believe many others think that.

Avenged Sevenfold haven't EVER failed a single song of what I've heard.
Their Live Performance is simply amazing. (Best performance is probably Live in the LBC 2008).
Their songs never get boring to listen to, no matter how many times you listen to them.

Personally, my favourite albums are Nightmare, Selftitled and Hail to the king. (No, Arin Ilejay does not have the same drumbeats on all songs at all! )

Thanks to Avenged Sevenfold, I'm a happy guy.
If I'm ever going to be a musician, I can't deny that I will let me inspire by these guys. Everything is just great about ...more

9 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.

Without Motorhead there's a good chance that thrash and speed metal wouldn't exist. 99.9% of Thrash, Black, and Death Metal bands in the entire universe cite Motorhead as one of their chief influences. 22 albums and not a single bad one in the bunch, They deserve much more recognition than they receive.

Not even sure they call themselves heavy metal.but they deserve to be higher up with Maiden and Van Halen. Ossy and Sabbath are not proper rockers for me and don't deserve any recognition, other that their appalling drugs antics and waste of talent. Motorhead are very clever lyricists and are quite clean for heathens! Not sure if they will convert esp lemmy.

I have no idea why Motorhead isn't up in the top 10.

Lemmy is the crusader of all that is good in metal.
His complexity of his lyrics, his wit, and his absolute power he projects on stage.
His image alone is well recognisedvand respected.
They have been under dogs for far too long, Up the Lemmy, down the glam

Come on! It should be at the top. And especially the high sound waves are perfect enough to attract people. Hands down to "lEMMY" he truly is the god and no one could be compared to the "KING OF KINGS"

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

Slipknot is best without a doubt because more people can relate to them and their songs more than any other bands. And some bands that say they are heavy metal really aren't. As an example system of a down isn't heavy metal at all most of their songs and videos don't make sense but then they do at the same time, but I will admit that I like them. While, Slipknots music is mostly about real life things like how they based.5:The Gray Chapter on Paul's death. Also I have seen Judas Priest live and I have seen Slipknot live, but at the Judas Priest concert I was really bored because I expected more, then at the Slipknot concert I was so happy and excited because they went well over the bar that I had set for them. And finally we miss you R.I. P Paul Gray, the best bassist ever. Maggot until I die.

This band features my favorite rock/metal vocalist of all time. He in my opinion has perfected the art of switching between a perfect metal growl and melodic verses. I keep using the word perfect because that's how I hear his voice, it is perfection, it doesn't get any better and probably never will. I love how each song has its own pace, usually fast, especially lyrically, and each is so masterfully done. I can't speak 'music' like some of these guys but I'll tell you what, these guys are the culmination of what metal sought to become in the beginning, from the moment George Thorogood first uttered the words "Heavy Metal thunder! " I like every band on this list as they all deserve a place in man's mans' heart, and every hardcore heavy metal thunder chick out there! But Ozzy only WISHES he could come up with material like Pulse of the Maggots, Disasterpiece, People=s***, Duality, and I dare not forget WAIT AND BLEED. We are lucky to get to live in a time that allows us to enjoy such ...more

Come on are you all kidding. Slipknot behind Slayer and Avenged Sevenfold. The thrash metal specialist. Though missing Joey a lot. He was the best drummer. And with having Corey in vocals why can't the band be higher in the list. Though the music style have changed from darker to thrash. But then also their experiments are the best, like in Snuff. Come on lets vote them to where they belong. Hail Maggots. Worthy to listen Wait and bleed, psychosocial, sic and the list follows.

Most unique and interesting songs I've ever heard came from this band. All the other bands tend to find a formula that works for their music and repeat, repeat, repeat. For example Metallica (amazing band, don't get me wrong here) usually has a long intro at the beginning of every song (including the new album) and then they sing and have a cool solo sometimes in between but the tunes sound similar. Slipknot makes every song sound like it's made by a different band every time.

The Contenders
11 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.

Dio was an inspiration to almost all of heavy metal. First, this band fathered the "Hear N' Aid" project, pulling in talent from all manor of heavy metal bands: Blue Oyster Cult, Dokken, Judas priest, Y&T, Rough cutt, Queensryche, Motley Crue, Twisted sister, Journey, and Iron Maiden. They used the proceeds from this to relive famine in Africa.

Second, four years after Ronnie James Dio himself tragically died of stomach cancer, a tribute album was made in his honor. This album included such talents as: Anthrax, Tenacious D (Jack Black), Adrenaline Mob, Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Halestorm, Motorhead, Biff Byford (Saxon), Scorpions, Doro, Killswitch Engage, Glenn Hughes (Deep purple), Rob Halford (Judas preist) and last but not least, Metalica. In addition the money raised from this project was used to fund cancer research. I am a proud owner of this album.

Both of these albums demonstrate what a widespread impact Ronnie James Dio had, both alone, and with bands he sang ...more

Can people start talking about his band's music, not just the man? How about stating why you love Holy Diver etc. I feel like I'm at Cobain's candlelight memorial. Sure, mourn the great man's loss, but he did sing a lot of songs during his blessed career, so start celebrating the great vocalist's life.

Try to find another singer that can last 50 years in a business of young talent and still school the youngsters. He started singing doo-wop music in the 50s and ended up being THE touchstone voice of heavy metal... That's nuts and pure talent!


The Godfather of metal, he is the one who first created the devil horns hand signal that is now famous around the world as a symbol of heavy metal.

One of the greatest voices of all time, even in his last years.

12 Disturbed Disturbed is an American alternative metal/nu-metal/heavy 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" .

Their songs are extremely catchy (in a really heavy way most of the time). Great riffs. Awesome solos in songs such as Inside the Fire and Indestructible. Cool bass lines. Lead singer David Draiman has an excellent observation ability on reality and writes very meaningful lyrics. His voice is currently the best metal voice that has ever existed. They love their fans and they seem like they are a bunch of cool dudes to hang out with in general. What's not to like about Disturbed?

Disturbed got me through some "tough times" (I know I'm not the only one, but trust me on this). Them and Metallica. They just make you feel more energetic than EVER! My favorite Disturbed song is Deify. It's so POWERFUL!
I wish Disturbed would come back from their hiatus and visit Croatia once again. It would be the second time I see them live. It would also be the second time I lose my voice on their concert.

Disturbed were the ones that got me into metal, with powerful guitar and drums and David Draiman's glorious voice. And to top it off, amazingly varied and meaningful lyrics. I try to listen to a variety of metal bands and whenever I find a new one that I like and start to listen to, I come back to Disturbed after a while and it's like it sounds better than before. It just pumps me up!

After seeing Disturbed being kind of low ranked I many lists I am very pleased to see them voted this high up on the list, Disturbed got me in to metal and I will always love them for it. I believe there are some bands that have earned the top spot more than Disturbed such as Metallica though, so I think laying around the 10th spot is a good placement for Disturbed in this list.

13 Anthrax Anthrax is an American thrash metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker.

Just for the sake of giving Anthrax some attention on here, I'll give 'em some lovin':

Anthrax are arguably the greatest heavy metal band of all time. Are they my favorite? Probably not, no. But trust me when I say that they deserve hella recognition. Back when they got started, they became one of the most influential speed metal of not just the 80s but of all time, being regarded as one of the members of the Big Four of the Thrash.

By the time 1990 had rolled around, Anthrax was getting ready to release the incredibly mature and well-developed 'Persistence of Time', a record which demolished the typical expectations of the Anthrax fan with absolutely pummeling riffs and conceptual themes of nuclear holocaust and the need for peace. Following this ridiculously kick-ass album, Anthrax collaborated with Public Enemy and released the song 'Bring the Noize'. This popular song is often seen as the catalyst for the fusing of rap and rock/metal which, like it or not, dominated ...more

Are you insane... Come on people... This is by far the greatest but most underrated metal band ever. Are you seriously tellin me that these people who gormed in around the2000's be better than d pioneers of thrash and not mention
I always see bands like rammstein and log above anthrax. They were the first band that used clean vocals along with headbanging drums and fast shredding guitar... Not to mention they were one of the few metal bands to define an entire genre... If you go to YouTube and type top10 heavy metal bands, antrax wouldn't be there. Or top10 heavy metal anthems and decade defining songs. Joey bellodana is by far d most talented vocalists ever... Just see armed and dangerous or madhouse. Charlie benante is a monster on drum. Just see songs like caught in a mosh or devil you you know. Dude frank bello is like (its just my opinion) a metal version of steve harris. Scott ian brought alternative picking to a whole new level.
They deserve to be in d top 10.

Anthrax's 'Spreading the Disease' and 'Among the Living' are the only reason they're part of this 'Big 4' business. Their releases after that were patchy, and Testament and Exodus mop the floor with them as far as quality and consistency go. Anthrax just happened to be in the right place at the right time, that's all.

I own most of Anthrax's best albums - including John Bush era - but I just think they knocked it out of the park with Spreading The Disease and Among The Living, so perhaps (no, I am) a spoiled brat. Long live Anthrax.

14 Lamb of God Lamb of God is an American heavy metal band from Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 1994, the group consists of vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, bassist John Campbell, and drummer Chris Adler.

Lamb of God has some of the best lyrics I've ever heard in any band of any genre. They are one of the few bands I've ever heard whose music and lyrics come together like clockwork. They've had consistently amazing albums throughout their career and their live shows are nothing short of cathartic. I understand that it's competing with older bands that have seniority when it comes to this genre of music, but lamb of god is the best band all around when considering anything within the past 10-15 years.

They deserve a place in the top ten definitely! Lyrics, performance is just spectacular! Disturbed? Seriously? Above lamb of god? Stupid! As far as the music of lamb of god is concerned you can see clear variations from album to album! Cool riffs and breaks! Chris Adler is just awesome! The band as a whole deserve a place amoung top ten undoubtedly!

Lamb of God has it all, great vocalist, awesome drummer and catchy guitar riffs, where the bass goes great to it. As written before, the lyrics are really nice. Besides that, its very hard to find a band, that has one of the best growlers and drummer ind the entire world. Love these guys Lets work together and move them up to at least top 5!

Maiden deserves to be 1st. Metallica is so overrated its ridiculous. LoG should definitely be AT LEAST top 5. In my opinion, they are the best modern metal band these days. While the songs other people list are their more 'popular' songs, all of their albums are truly musical masterpieces. Not to mention they are amazing live.

15 Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch, often shortened to Five Finger or Death Punch, also abbreviated as 5FDP or FFDP, is an American Alternative Metal/Alternative Rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Formed in 2005, the band's name comes from the kung fu movie The Five Fingers of Death.

Ivan Moody is under rated. This band has talent at all positions, amazing talent... The fact that their material continues to get better and better with each album should prove their worth of a top 5 spot for artists currently producing music. This list is hilarious because its more over voted than American Idol. Love what you love, but just keep fk'n rocking'!

These guys should easily be top ten. I'd say switch them with Avenged and call it good. Don't get me wrong, I like Avenged as much as the next guy, but this list is for HEAVY metal. Avenged hasn't been in that category since Waking the Fallen. FFDP on the other hand stays true to their original heaviness that made them great in their first two albums. Just my 2 cents.

This should definitely be in the top 10, no doubt. This band has a unique way of making their music catchy. I always live listening to their music. This should most certainly be over some of the bands that aren't even heavy metal, some on the list are more of rock than Heavy Metal.

Definitely the best with the following: Vocals, lyrics, drums, violence, and last of all they have epic guitar solos and a very good drummer. If you want aggressive, passionate music these are your guys!

16 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was an English rock band formed in London in 1968 as the New Yardbirds. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums) and was very much the child of Jimmy Page who even financed their first tour. He had tasted more.

If you listen very hard, Led Zeppelin I defined the genre of hard rock for the years to come. Every band in the late 60s and through the seventies drank from the Zepp bottle. If Communication Breakdown is not a heavy metal statement, then Paranoid from Sabbath is not either. In the late sixties a lot of bets for the metal sound were placed: Blue Cheer, Iron Butterfly, Steppenwolf, Cream, Jeff Beck, Hendrix... But the jackpot went to Led Zeppelin, they took the blues, jazz, psychedelia, country, folk and made a great synthesis, something as wild as the blues, complicated as jazz, ethereal as country and intelligent as folk, known as heavy metal. When you think seventies in music you think LZ, just like sixties-Beatles or fifties-Presley, just like that.

They're is no difference between heavy metal and hard rock. They are the only heavy metal band on this list to sell over 200 albums. They are also the only heavy metal band to sell over 250 million albums. They also are the only heavy metal band to sell over 300 million albums. They invented heavy metal, and no other heavy metal band is within 100 million albums of them. Without them most of these bands wouldn't exist, they are the greatest band of all time. How are they not number one?

Absolutely Zepp belongs at #1 Page for defining the guitar sound and as a bass drums guitar trio they can't be touched. Add inPlant's vocals which are stratospheric in range and tone along with the composition skills out shine any competition at the time. Stairway was so skillfully constructed utilizing up tempo and ballad style. Nothing comes close.

Not sure if they really are heavy metal. But since they are Led Zeppelin, the greatest band ever, that alone qualifies them for number of all lists including hip hop which shouldn't even have a list.

17 Death Death was an American death metal band formed in 1983 by Chuck Schuldiner. Death is considered to be one of the most influential bands in heavy metal and a pioneering force in death metal. Its debut album, Scream Bloody Gore, has been widely regarded as the first death metal record, while the band's more.

Because Chuck reinvented metal after it had already been reinvented loads of times before. Death took thrash metal to new limits. It became the genre we now know as 'Death Metal' which is named after them for obvious reasons. Undoubtedly the best death metal band ever and arguably the best thrash metal band ever as well. They were very influential in metal and completely under-rated because of sell outs like Metallica.

So Death's success is now determined by Metallica? If Metallica are sell outs then it would logically make them an easier target to dethrone would it not? Also, Death Metal is a sub genre of Thrash. Also, Possessed are the first Death Metal band. They're not of the calibre of Death, but Seven Churches is the first Death Metal album.

Death should be around No.5 because of its contributes to metal music. Black Sabbath started this genre and Judas Priest makes metal becoming 'Metal', Slayer invented true extreme metal, Death completed death metal and Bathory completed black metal. Those bands should be top 5.And to me, Death is the best.

The fact that they're below avenged sevenfold is enough to make me mad. But putting them below five finger death punch is a crime

18 Guns N Roses Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Apart from hard rock they are also more.

How are they only ranked 21, They are number 1 in my books, they had loads of hit songs greatest rock band on the planet.

They're a fad, that's what they are. Go play a slot machine - they're the same thing.

Guns N' Roses is hard rock. But still love them

They're metal. Metal-lite, but it's metal.

19 System of a Down System of a Down, formed in 1994, is an Armenian-American Alternative Metal group from Glendale, California. The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. more.

System of a Down is the most innovator, creative and consistent metal band.

- Amazing guitar riffs and bass line.
- insane drums. Heavier than lots of blast beat bands.
- One of the most beautiful voices in the world, Tankian, mixed with well executed screams by him and Daron. Their voices together are simple pretty.
- Epic Lyrics.

I could be showing many points proving System of a Down is the top 1 metal band. Unfortunately, tradition and the long career influences people to think Iron Maiden and Metallica are better. But they're not.

Topping the charts doesn't mean the best (Metallica and all overrated stuff), Listen to some really great songs like chop suey, B.Y.O. B, psycho, aerials, radio/video and the list goes on.
Serj has a great voice, that can show it's variety at anytime. Daron is obviously one of the greatest metal guitarists. Shavo and John are real awesome bassist and drummer respectively.

System of a Down is the most human band. They're true humans. Metallica and others are good, but are very much overrated.

THIS IS THE BEST BAND OF ALL TIME! NO JOKE! If you disagree, I'll list some songs. If you don't like these songs you have no taste in music:
Chop Suey
Lonely Day
Soldier Side
Violent Pornography
Deer Dance
If I were to keep writing more songs it would just take up to much room. Also look up these stupid songs by System Of A Down, they're hilarious:
Chic And Stu and Legend Of Zelda
And a few of the songs I listed already are funny, like Cigaro, Violent Pornography, Psycho and Needles.
System Of A Down is 100% reliable to put out great content! Also they have a sense of humor which makes them unique! Look them up! You'll like them a lot if you dig deep enough!

Not even 15? System of a Down is epic! You need to hear chop suey, lonely day, streamline, I can go on forever naming great songs. I kinda knew metalica would be first (and I am happy about that I love metalica) bot System of a Down is epic and so is children of bodom.

20 Queensryche Queensrÿche is an American progressive heavy metal band formed in 1982 in Bellevue, Washington, out of the local band the Mob. They released their self titled EP in 1984, but didn’t gain notoriety until the release of their critically acclaimed album Operation: Mindcrime in 1988. As of now, they more.

Should have been in top 5, best vocals, best lyrics, best melodies and the best concept album! The top 5 in this list are generally overheard, overplayed and overrated bands.
Queensryche is overall a very underrated band. Please listen to 1994 album Promised Land, and you'll see this band and the rest are completely in different fields.

I like 'Rage for Order' better. It is a lot more progressive and experimental than 'Operation Mindcrime' - as great as that album is. Check out Evergrey's 'The Inner Circle' if you want a more metallic progressive album. It's a conceptual masterpiece.

Oh my god guys seriously!? This band released Operation Mindcrime the greatest album ever, but everything else is a steaming pile of feces.

Agreed! 'Rage For Order' and 'Operation Mindcrime' are epic. Listen to Evergrey's 'The Inner Circle' if you like a heavier version of these greats.

21 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.

Mötley Crüe is an American heavy metal band who started his career in Los Angeles, California in 1980. They have sold over 80 million. Albums worldwide.

The name Mötley Crüe comes from a friend of the band said "What a motley looking crew." The band has been known songs like "Dr. Feelgood, " "Home Sweet Home" and "Looks That Kill". They are also known for their excessive consumption of alcohol and drugs.

The group consisted from the start of singer Vince Neil, bassist Nikki Sixx, drummer Tommy Lee and guitarist Mick Mars. In 1992, Neil kicked out of the band and replaced by John Corabi. He did however return to the band back in 1997. They've got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Motley Crue was the rock gods of the 80s and 90s Nikki Sixx is a song writting genous. They embodied what rock and roll is all about. they lived it, even to death thank god nikki is still with us. When I heard Shout at the devil for the first time I was hooked. The 80s wow it was great!

Oh, dear. I confess I own 'Too Fast For Love' and 'Shout at the Devil' but I have learned, over time, that I like women with lipstick, make-up, eyeliner, and hairspray who deal in sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll more than the men.

Great artist, could be good for motley crue that they was smoking 5 cigarettes per. Day and max 2 drinks during the weekend, in order to preserve health and the clear singing voice

22 Rainbow Rainbow are a British rock band led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore from 1975 to 1984 and 1993 to 1997. They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio as the lead singer and lyricist. Rainbow were ranked No. 90 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. The band has sold over 28 million albums more.

This band was at it's best when Ronnie James Dio was in the band and it sold the most records with him on vocals, after they got rid of Ronnie they started declining.

Most of my passcodes are based on rainbow and deep purple variants...! if 16th century was like what is narrated in these songs, I would put on my greensleeves and live then and 'dance around the fire"!

I agree loved Rainbow but they deserve to be in top 20. With Blackmore on guitar dio on vocals and Cozy Powell on drums they produced Cath the raibow, Stargazer amongst other classics. Defnitely top 20.

Listen to...
-"Kill the king"
-"Long live rock'n'roll"
-"Medley: Man on the silver mountain"

and then come again and vote for them!

23 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.

Rammstein have the best songs ever. I am crazy to find perfection into songs, and so far only Rammstein could offer to me all this perfection. They should be number one. Yes, Iron Maiden is one of the first metal bands, Slipknot and Korn are the parents of heavy metal, but GOD, Rammsten gave a totally new format to the metal. Their poems transformed into art pieces are just amazing. I never can get enough of Rammstein. They are just genius. I wish soon they to make another concert to can be there and see them for the first time live. They inspired me in my life. For sure Rammstein is a religion, just that for me is only the best band ever. Also what I like at them, they don't make songs against a religion or against atheism, they only create amazing melodies for everybody!

Rammstein is different, and have their own style do what they want and don't care about selling cd's Their topics are real from real events, and they stay true to what they believe in...
Plus it's unique that a band with German lyrics is so international loved come on! They deserve to be nr 1

The show is amazing, and the guys are so normal and don't forget the bandmembers are still the same from day 1 Rammstein rocks!

Absolutely anazing! Best metal band by far! Sonne was the first metal song I heard and it immediately hooked me and made me falk in love with them! Truly breathtaking! Till's growls, Kruspe's/Lander's incredibly heavy beat and Schneider's drumworkvis pure magic! Stunning... I could go on all day about how amazing (particularly their live shows - OH MY GOSH)!

This band sucks and always has how can you consider this garbage music? People that like this garbage have 0 taste in music and would not know good music if it slammed them in the face only losers listen to this garbage!

24 Edguy Edguy is a heavy metal band from Fulda, Germany that was founded in 1992 by 14-year-old students Tobias Sammet, Jens Ludwig, Dominik Storch and Dirk Sauer.
25 Nightwish Nightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and lead singer Tarja Turunen. It's currently formed by Tuomas, Emppu, lead vocalist Floor Jansen, bassist and vocalist Marco Hietala, more.

Nightwish is more of a Symphonic/Gothic/Folk/Power metal band. But they are awesome!

35? Freakin35? Whats wrong with you people not even in the top ten? Nightwish is amazing and unique all the way frommits heavy metal to its symphinic melodies

There's no way they should be 40 below bands like disturbed and co.

Definitely the best of symphonic metal if not "heavy" metal.

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