Top 10 Most Influential Metal Bands

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The Top Ten

1 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath are a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward . The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback . In 1978, ...read more.

Sabbath started metal, They created metal, if it werent for them, Metallica, Lamb of god, Megadeth, Slipknot and Iron maiden wouldn't exist, And what the heck is up with Slipknot, Lamb of god, and system of a down being on this list? They are good yea, But they didn't Influence

They created and popularized Heavy Metal. It is idiotic to not have Black Sabbath at #1. Not only were they the first true metal band, they also were the direct inspiration for quite a few major subgenres, Doom Metal, Sludge Metal, Stoner Metal, & Gothic Metal are all inspired by the mighty Sabbath! - ryanrimmel

BLACK SABBATH SHOULD BE IN NO. 1 WHAT THE HELL!
SABBATH IS THE GREATEST METAL BAND ALL, THEY INVENTED METAL!

Paved the road for metal - SoldierOfFortune

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2 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.

they are one the best metal bands in ALL the metal history, maybe the most influential band with Black Sabbath and Judas Priest.
Lamb of God and Slipknot should not be here because I think they are not influential bands because they are from this times; in my opinion, an influential band is the one who have influented so much bands in metal, like IRON MAIDEN! - rock2metal

maiden started real metal sure there was sabbath and preist but maiden were the first to be really heavy

Maiden are my fave band, the three awesome guitar players work so well together

Even Eddie is more famous than most bands.

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3 Metallica 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". ...read more.

Even people who don't like metal have heard of Metallica, the same can't be said about most others.

They actually should be number 1 since most of the world today wouldn't even know every band in this list (even Black Sabbath...or any other metal band for that matter) if it wasn't for Metallica.

Dude, really? Black Sabbath was HUGE even before Metallica came out. - Gruunge

They didn't influence, but they are very good - SoldierOfFortune

They are good

4 Death 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 ...read more.

Yeah everybody knows the invention of death metal, but don't undermine their influence on metal as a whole. Albums like Human and Symbolic explored the limits of metal.

And don't forget the more than legendary Sound of Perseverance - DejanKalinic

When they heard the Possessed demo, chuck said:we should be like these guys. But they influenced Possessed later by Scream Bloody gore.

The pioneers of death metal

Chuck Schuldiner literally invented the death metal genre

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5 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.

Painkiller is the standard every metal band should strive for

It's getting old seeing Megadeth in the top 10 in every thing that has to do with metal. They are as gay as male cheerleaders. And so are their fans - Sabbath

This is the most influential Metal band ever, just after Black Sabbath, period.
The list must be like this:

1) Black Sabbath
2) Judas Priest
3) Iron Maiden
4) Motorhead
5) Scorpions
6) Metallica
7) Venom
8) Van Halen
9) Saxon
10) Accept

Ok, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Queen, Thin Lizzy, Kiss, Alice Cooper, Rush, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Rainbow, UFO are Metal (pionners and very influential to the genre) too. But they also are strongly inside others categories like Hard Rock or Prog Rock, sometimes even more than Metal. And also does others very famous bands like definitely Leppard, Whitesnake, Guns N Roses and Motley Crue. So that list represents, the most solid those who more represented the essence of Heavy Metal and the influence to the whole scene, I think.

Continuing...

11) Ozzy Osbourne
12) Dio
13) Queensryche
14) Megadeth
15) Helloween
16) Pantera
17) Slayer
18) Twisted Sister
19) Celtic Frost
20) ...more

6 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.

Thrash Metal and Black Metal, all Extreme Metal bands were influenced by this band, from Death to Darkthrone. - GREYBOYY

Essentially created the Genre of Thrash and Black Metal and pretty big inspiration for Death Metal. On a side note why is Slipknot number 4.

Most influencial extreme metal band ever, Thrash Metal, Black Metal & Death Metal would never existed without them.

7 Pantera Pantera Pantera was a Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The group got into mainstream after changing from Glam Metal to Groove Metal. The band's most successful album is "Vulgar Display of Power". As the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal, They ...read more.

I think Pantera should be at the 5 spot. Pantera invented groove metal, which is the sub-genre that many bands like Slipknot fall into. Slipknot should definitely not be in front of Pantera.

Pantera should be at number as no band were more talented in there sound was different in most songs and were faster and tighter than any other. The true metal gods.

Listen to albums Cowboys from Hell, Far Beyond Driven and The Great Southern Trendkill and you'll know why this band is the best. Pantera Forever m/m/.

It's all about infuence, isn't it?

So here's my list:
1. Black Sabbath - Founders of the metal genre, no discussion that they should be 1st.
2. Pantera - They shaped all modern metal as we know. Obvious second place.
3. Motorhead - They were crucial in developing the metal in 80's. Lemmy pretty much started merging Hardcore Punk with Metal and popularized this kind of music.
4. Judas Priest - They started NWoBHM movement and launched metal into mainstream in late 70's. They are way more important than Iron Maiden, no matter which band is better. "Irons" were just pursuing the subgenre, making awesome music, "Priest" were making something new (and awesome too).
5. Slayer - Although I like Metallica and Megadeth more, Slayer was the most influencial band of the big4 of thrash because of their more aggressive style. Death Metal and other extreme metal subgenres developed because of them. They were also important in developing the image of metal music.
6. Venom - ...more

8 Deep Purple 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, ...read more.

I'm pretty sure most metal bands will cite three main bands as being most inspirational: Sabbath, Zeppelin, and Deep Purple. That being said, Ritchie Blackmore's technical ability was and will always be the best and fastest (just listen to his solo on Highway Star). - bighercules

Many bands of the 60s-70s played heavy blues rock or hard rock, believing it was heavy metal (many metal fans still make this mistake). Deep Purple played hard rock but also metal as we know it now: non-bluesy rock music, mostly based on classical music. For example, "Highway Star" is a metal definition: An entirely non-bluesy song based on Bach-like chord sequences. It's not their first metal song but it's the best.
Later this non-bluesy sound became the most important feature of metal music - Rainbow, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden made it more evident. Metal in general became a genre based on classical music - behind the riffs of Holy Wars and Master of Puppets you can hear classical music. R. Blackmore is a pure genius. "Highway Star" is widely considered as 'early speed metal'. Also a memorable riff, breathtaking technical solo and Gillan's great vocals. - Metal_Treasure

The inventors of heavy metal not influential enough for the top 3? Why so low?

Deserve to be way way higher. Number 2 under Sabbath - SoldierOfFortune

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9 Slayer Slayer ...read more.

Some of the first and most important thrash bands

10 Bathory Bathory Bathory was a Swedish Black/Viking Metal band formed in 1983 by Quorthon and Jonas Åkerlund. Bathory's first 4 albums layed the blueprint for Scandinavian Black Metal. Quorthon is often credited with creating the "shrieking" vocal style of Black Metal. Their 5th album, Hammerheart (1990) displayed ...read more.

What, the most influential Black Metal band is not in top ten? This band was responsible for the Norwegian Black Metal scene. - GREYBOYY

Slipknot higher than Bathory? That's insane...

The Contenders

11 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.

Motorhead influenced bands such like Metallica, these guys need to be at the top with Black Sabbath... but lets be honest you can only trust the first Black Sabbath album anyway! Motorhead all the way!

Motorhead at 12? People are just voting for their favorite bands.

This should at least be 3rd if not for motorhead there wouldn't be thrash metal, crust punk or grindcore.

What THEY WERE 12 AND THEN I VOTED NOW THEY ARE ON 10

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12 Megadeth Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. The group was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums, and their biggest hits are Symphony of Destruction, Holy ...read more.

I get sore necks and head aches head banging to Megadeth all day!

13 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is a Nu Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band released their first album in 1999 and was well received by critics and fans. The group gained success after the release of their second studio album, "Iowa". ...read more.

Slipknot is not a bad band but they don't deserve to be in this list at all. - GREYBOYY

Slipknot definitely doesn't deserve to be in this top 10 list. How can you put slipknot in front of Pantera?

Not influential at all and they're terrible.

GOD

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14 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin were 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 ...read more.

WHY IS SLIPKNOT ON HERE? They're not even really metal! Every band in the whole list is 5 stars (except Slipknot) so it was really hard to choose. Zeppelin are THE early metal band definition.

Led Zep are not metal. Never been. Shouldn't be on the list. - Metal_Treasure

15 Lamb of God 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.

Dudes, you're forgetting the name of the list, it's not best bands it's most influential - SoldierOfFortune

It gives me redneck when I see this in top 11. Holy cow this is better than the others

LAMB OF GOD FOREVER THE #1 metal bands in the universe.

This must be on top #1

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16 Celtic Frost Celtic Frost Celtic Frost was a Swiss extreme metal band from Zürich. They are known for their heavy influence on extreme metal genres.
17 Cannibal Corpse 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: ...read more.

While death may have invented death metal. (and therefore still are more influential) It was Cannibal Corpse who made death metal truly brutal. The low growls of Chris Barnes was more extreme than any others at the time. Even those who doesn't usually listen to death metal likes them. A lot of extreme metal bands still mention Cannibal Corpse as one of their biggest influenses. Also they were played in Ace Ventura!

18 Rainbow 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 ...read more.

Without Rainbow and Deep Purple, nobody will e-v-e-r understand the process of metal invention and its evolution - in the late 70s Judas Priest and Iron Maiden continued in the direction of Rainbow and Deep Purple (non-bluesy heavy sound, mostly based on classical music). Judas Priest and Iron Maiden didn't sound like the bluesy Led Zep and the bluesy Black Sabbath.

Moreover, in 1977 Roger Glover (Rainbow bassist and ex-Purple bassist) became a producer of Judas Priest to help them. Not many believed in Judas Priest back then and they had no support, money, gigs, etc. So lets talk about influence.
Rainbow perfected the general pattern of metal music and also the speed metal sound, started by Deep Purple. Rainbow also invented at least 3 metal subgenres: power, symphonic, and neo-classical metal.
I'd say this is quite influential. - Metal_Treasure

19 Napalm Death Napalm Death Napalm Death are a British grindcore/death metal band formed in Meriden, West Midlands, England, in 1981. While none of its original members remain in the group, the lineup of vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway, bassist Shane Embury, guitarist Mitch Harris and drummer Danny Herrera has remained consistent ...read more.
20 System of a Down System of a Down System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Nu Metal group from Glendale, California . The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. ...read more.
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