Top 10 Best Years In Metal Music History

Best years are years when several great bands released some of their best albums and songs.
The Top Ten
1 1986

Peace Sells, Reign in Blood, Master of Puppets, Somewhere in Time, Orgasmatron, Pleasure to Kill and The Ultimate Sin are some of the most important albums to me and all top 3 albums of the respective artists and they all came in this year. Great year for metal.

Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer wrote the three greatest thrash albums that year (Well, three greatest in the Big Four beside Rust in Peace). Not only that, but Iron Maiden wrote a pretty good album as well.

Raining Blood, Angel of Death - Slayer, Master of Puppets, Welcome Home, Orion, Battery - Metallica, Peace Sells - Megadeth, Pleasure to Kill - Kreator, Merciless Death, Black Prophecies - Dark Angel, and more.

Doesn't get any better than that. best year for heavy metal music

2 1990

Seasons In the Abyss. Enough said.

Painkiller and Seasons in the Abyss. what more do you want?

Seasons in the abyss

Holy Wars, Tornado of Souls - Megadeth, Painkiller - Judas Priest, Seasons In the Abyss - Slayer, Cemetery Gates - Pantera, One Rode to Asa Bay - Bathory, Shredded Humans - Cannibal Corpse

3 1988

Operation mindcrime, justice, seventh son, south of heaven, leprosy, slowly we rot, state of euphoria, so far so good so what, the new order, need I say more?

Color our world blackened!

Slayer -south of heaven

South of Heaven - Slayer, One - Metallica, Majesty - Blind Guardian, Keeper of the Seven Keys - Helloween, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - Iron Maiden, Masked Jackal - Coroner, Rising Force - Yngwie

4 1983

The year of good debut albums (And more stuff).

This is the year it really all began.

The Trooper - Iron Maiden, Seek and Destroy, The Four Horsemen - Metallica, Holy Diver, Don't Talk to Strangers - Dio, Balls to the Wall - Accept, Evil - Mercyful Fate

5 1984

1984! Metallica, Bathory, Running Wild, Slayer, Venom, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest (though DOTF is not their best work.) and lots more...

Maiden and Dio does it. Metallica and Manowar releases support!

Metallica and Iron Maiden made their best albums here.

Slayer-chemical warfare

6 1992

Walk - Pantera, Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden, Hammer Smashed Face - Cannibal Corpse, Symphony of Destruction - Megadeth, Pull Me Under - Dream Theater, The Bard's Song (In the Forest) - Blind Guardian

7 2001

Slipknots Iowa album was really good along with System of a Down’s second album Toxicity and slayers God Hayes us all.

Slayer-god hates us all

I consider this year the revival of Thrash Metal, since Thrash bands started to make good albums again, some even making albums among their best, this includes mainly, Slayer, Kreator, Sodom, Destruction, Testament, Death Angel reformed, and Megadeth also released album while it wasn't among their best it was a huge improvement over Risk,

Songs: Every time I Die - Children of Bodom, Blackwater Park - Opeth, Dracula - Iced Earth, Dethrone Tyranny - Gamma Ray, Nailed to the Wheel - Edguy, Enemy Within - Arch Enemy

8 2004

Great year for death metal.

Amon Amarth - Fate of Norns
Behemoth - Demigod
Bloodbath - Nightmares Made Flesh
Decide - Scars of the Crucifix
Necrophagist - Epitaph

Slayer-still reigning tour

The Pursuit of Vikings - Amon Amarth, Stabwound - Necrophagist, Blacklist - Exodus, Blood and Thunder - Mastodon, New Age Messiah - Edguy

9 1989

Overkill released The Years of Decay that year.

Should be way above 2016

Annihilator-Alison hell

Bolt Thrower - Realms Of Chaos
Atheist - Piece Of Time
Morbid Angel - Altars Of Madness
Annihilator - Alice In Hell
Overkill - The Years Of Decay
Testament - Practice What You Preach
Voivod - Nothingface
Severed Survival - Autopsy
Carcass - Symphonies Of Sickness
Pestilence - Consuming Impulse

10 2002

Pretty good year with albums Arcturus's The Sham Mirrors and Agalloch's The Mantle

Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, The Glass Prison - Dream Theater, And Then There Was Silence - Blind Guardian, March of the Fire Ants - Mastodon, Deliverance - Opeth, The Odyssey, Accolade II - Symphony X,

The Contenders
11 1991

This was the golden year for Death Metal

Lack of Comprehension. Enough said.

Golden year for death metal

Lack of Comprehension - Death
Enter Sandman - Metallica
Desperate Cry - Sepultura
Ghost in the Ruins - Savatage
The Unforgiven - Metallica
In the Name of the Father and Gun - Laaz Rockit
Corporal Jigsore Quandary - Carcass
Horrorscope - Overkill
Son of Lilith - Coroner
Semtex Revolution - Coroner

12 1982

Number Of The Beast. enough said.

Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
Black Metal - Venom
Screaming for Vengeance - Judas Pries
Fast As a Shark - Accept
666 - Anvil
Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden
A Corpse Without a Soul - Mercyful Fate
Death Alley Driver - Rainbow
22 Acacia Avenue - Iron Maiden

13 1987

The power metal year

Call from the Grave - Bathory
Over the Wall - Testament
Halloween - Helloween
Caught In a Mosh - Anthrax
Hall of the Mountain King - Savatage
Zombie Ritual - Death
Nosferatu - Coroner
Shot to Hell - LÄÄZ Rockit
Deadlock - Dead Brain Cells
Killing Technology - Voivod

14 1970

Black Sabbath and Deep Purple released the first albums with some proto-metal songs on them. Hard Lovin' Man by Deep Purple was the first speed metal song ever.

Black Sabbath released, the first metal album ever. (Vincebus Eruptum is proto-metal)

Deep purple's child in time.An awesome metal song

15 1995

Death, Opeth, Sinister, Iced Earth, Suffocation, Down, Fear Factory, DISSECTION... need I say more?

Dante’s Inferno, Burnt Offerings - Iced Earth, Crystal Mountain - Death, Rebellion In Dreamland - Gamma Ray, A Change of Seasons - Dream Theater

Ulver - Bergtatt
Dissection - Storm Of The Light’s Bane
Opeth - Orchid
Dark Tranquility - The Gallery
At The Gates - Slaugter Of The Soul
Death - Symbolic
Darkthrone - Panzerfaust
Down - Nola
Suffocation - Pierced From Within

16 1980

This website is flooded with Milennials. 1980 was THE BEST year for metal. Without these bands the majoriy of heavy metal music wouldn't even exist.

Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath
Phantom of the Opera - Iron Maiden
Breaking the Law - Judas Priest
Am I Evil - Diamond Head
Neon Knights - Black Sabbath
Heavy Metal Thunder - Saxon
Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

17 2016 2016 (MMXVI) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2016th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 16th year of the 3rd millennium, the 16th year of the 21st century, and the 7th year of the 2010s decade.

2016 is a horrible year, without a doubt.

However, there's been a plethora of classical Thrash Metal bands hitting the Metal scene this year. Heck, Metallica's making a comeback after 8 years. Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament, Metal Church and Overkill are producing and have released new material to good chart success and critical reception. Maybe this could be the year where Thrash Metal may finally get its comeback :).

We've lost so many celebrities, David Bowie, Prince, Cgristina Grimmie, I can't count the rest.
It's all too horrible.
And we had the worst shooting ever and we've lost one of our greatest astronauts, John Glenn.

I hope 2017 isn't worse like 2001 where we had 9/11, or else we're dead.

I lost interest into logos

Hardwired... to Self-Destruct - Metallica
Terminal Redux - Vektor
Dystopia - Megadeth
Akróasis - Obscura
Winter's Gate - Insomnium
Magma - Gojira
Brotherhood of the Snake - Testament
Abbath - Abbath
Ghostlights - Avantasia

18 1998

Nightfall, Mirror Mirror - Blind Guardian, The Coming Curse, Melancholy - Iced Earth, Voice of the Soul, Flesh and the Power It Holds - Death, Whiskey In the Jar - Metallica, The Pharaoh Sails to Orion - Nightwish, Out of Control, Vain Glory Opera - Edguy

Slayer-Diabolus in Musica

+ Gorguts - Obscura (Obscura, Earthly Love, The Art of Sombre Ecstasy); Nile - Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka (Smashing the Antiu, Barra Edinazzu)

19 1996

1996 was good especially for Death Metal:
1) Opeth - Morningrise (Black Rose Immortal, To Bid You Farewell, The Night and the Silent Water)
2) Cryptopsy - None So Vile (Phobophile, Crown of Horns, Graves of the Fathers, Slit Your Guts)
3) Hypocrisy - Abducted (Roswell 47, The Arrival of the Demons/Part 2)
4) In Flames - The Jester Race (Artifacts of the Black Rain, Moonshield, The Jester Race)
5) Cannibal Corpse - Vile (song: Devoured by Vermin)

Metallica - Load

20 2007

Some songs of 2007 in no particular order:
Spill the Dirty Blood of Jesus - Infernal War (one of the heaviest songs EVER)
Paradise Lost - Symphony X
Children of a Worthless God, Funeral Hymn - Exodus
Ghost Opera - Kamelot
Haunted - Annihilator
The Essential Salts, The Language of the Shadows - Nile
The Man (That I Don't Know) - Primal Fear
Synaptic Plasticity - Blotted Science

21 1993

Best year no? about it!

1993 was good for Melodic Death Metal - 3 bands released pioneering albums with Melodic Death Metal songs: Carcass (Heartwork), Dark Tranquillity, In Flames

22 2006

My vote goes to 2006. Why? Well, just have a look at some of the albums we got that year:

The Ruins of Beverast - Rain upon the Impure
Daylight Dies - Dismantling Devotion
Saturnus - Veronika Decides to Die
Insomnium - Above the Weeping World
Amon Amarth - With Oden on Our Side
Agalloch - Ashes Against the Grain

Some songs of 2006 in no particular order:
Shadowfear, Helleluyah! (God is Dead) - Vader
Make Them Suffer - Cannibal Corpse
K.I.N.G., The Pentagram Burns - Satyricon
A Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh - Celtic Frost
Sacrifice - Edguy
For the Greater Good of God - Iron Maiden
Sleeping Giant - Mastodon
Homage for Satan - Deicide
Timeless Winter, Severe Emotional Distress - Into Eternity
Wrong Side - Strapping Young Lad

23 2019

Notable albums so far (more will be added): Children Of Bodom's Hexed, Avantasia's Moonglow,

God damn. This year was great!

24 2015


This should be higher. It was a great year for pretty much every subgenre.

Death Metal:
Napalm Death - Apex Predator - Easy Meat
Cattle Decapitation - The Anthropocene Extinction
Jungle Rot - Order Shall Prevail
Nile - What Should Not Be Unearthed

Black Metal:
Leviathan - Scar Sighted
Venom - From the Very Depths
Deafheaven - New Bermuda
Marduk - Frontschwein
Enslaved - In Times

Slayer - Repentless
Viking - No Child Left Behind

Traditional Metal:
Ghost - Meliora
Iron Maiden - Book of Souls
Enforcer - From Beyond
Satan - Atom by Atom
The Sword - High Country
Enforcer - From Beyond

Baroness - Purple
The Sword - High Country
High on Fire - Luminiferous

Tesseract - Polaris
Enslaved - In Times
Between the Buried and Me - Coma Ecliptic
Symphony X - Underworld

And much more

25 1994

1994 was very good especially for Black Metal:
1) Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (Freezing Moon, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, Funeral Fog)
2) Emperor - In the Nightside Eclipse (I Am the Black Wizards, Cosmic Keys to My Creations and Times, Into the Infinity of Thoughts)
3) Darkthrone - Transilvanian Hunger (Transilvanian Hunger)
4) Gorgoroth - Pentagram (Maaneskyggens Slave, Ritual)

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