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The Top Ten
Yeah, It all started and ended with Sabbath. Music became a religion, they day Ozzy sang Paranoid!
Still relevant today. They were one of the co-founders of Heavy Metal. Many lineup changes of the years, but nothing matches the original 4 members: Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward
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
I think Black Sabbath had more job in influencing grunge and stoner rock than metal.
Iron Maiden, the best band of the world. Thanks for being 34 years part of my life.
This is one band that can never be beaten it forgotten by any other...
Up the irons
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!
maiden started real metal sure there was sabbath and preist but maiden were the first to be really heavy
Painkiller is the standard every metal band should strive for
Should really be above maiden. Black Sabbath at 1 makes sense.
Took Sabbath's metal mold and shaped into what it is
One of the earliest metal bands.
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.
They didn't influence, but they are very good
They are good
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.
Chuck Schuldiner literally invented the death metal genre
The pioneers of death metal
Thrash Metal and Black Metal, all Extreme Metal bands were influenced by this band, from Death to Darkthrone.
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.
Get this higher!
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).
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.
The inventors of heavy metal not influential enough for the top 3? Why so low?
They created metal should be number 1
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
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.
If this list was 'top metal bands' instead of 'influential metal bands' I would put Pantera at number simply for the fact that their music seems as heavy now as it did when it was released. As legendary as they were, I just don't think the same can be said for bands like Sabbath and Maiden. If it wasn't for Pantera we wouldn't be able to enjoy many of the top metal bands around now, due to Pantera being the frontmen in the charge against the post metal grunge era (Nirvana), when metal was no longer considered 'cool'.
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.
Some of the first and most important thrash bands
SLAYER! Every time I say SLAYER, I do it on big letters. SLAYER rule, SLAYER reign in blood. I would like to spend a season in the abyss with SLAYER!
I get sore necks and head aches head banging to Megadeth all day!
Not as influetal as metallica or sabbath, but still awesome band
This band deserves the 2nd or 3rd position
Metallica & Megadeth! m/
This is an awful list, as per usual on this site. How is Pantera ahead of Motorhead? What on earth...To me, the top 8 is just unassailable...Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Iron Maiden, Venom in some order, then Metallica, then Death and Slayer.
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 number 11? Should be at number 1, or 2. They invented so many genres it's ridiculous.
Motorhead at 12? People are just voting for their favorite bands.
What, the most influential Black Metal band is not in top ten? This band was responsible for the Norwegian Black Metal scene.
Slipknot higher than Bathory? That's insane...
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.
Slipknot is not a bad band but they don't deserve to be in this list at all.
Actually you are, because tell me exactly how slipknot is influential. That's right, they aren't - MUSHROOM
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.
Even just in the nu-metal catagory, Slipknot was not that influential. Korn and System of a Down are far more influential, and they are not that really outside the genre.
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.
Whether or not you think Zep is metal, it's certainly the biggest influence to have existed on the genre; nobody played hard rock/"classic metal" until Zep came around. Black Sabbath should be in second, they basically did Zep but a bit heavier with more distorted guitar. But that "metal" sound came from Zep
Creators of Death Metal
I'm surprised that they are this low.
My favorite band, but they were influenced by Pantera and Slayer.
Dudes, you're forgetting the name of the list, it's not best bands it's most influential
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.
They are more influential than the rest of these bands here, even townsend says that everyone imitates meshuggah in the end
They are one of the most influential Bands by far, sad that everyone votes for their Favorite band
INFLUENTIAL, not who you like!
Just sad that they are not in top 5, for me they are maybe even the most influential after sabbath motörhead metallica and bathory
Should be in top 10 because they influenced all those nu metal bands out there
In terms of being influential, Korn may not have created metal, but they created a major subgenre that dominated the mainstream unlike almost any other subgenre.
Korn and slipknot should switch places, because if one of them deserves to be that high it's korn
There's no nu-metal without Korn. They invented it.
Many of those Dejavu songs that play in my head are his, like I Just Want You and Tonight
Should be a little bit higher