Best Members of Metallica

The Top Ten
1 James Hetfield James Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963. He is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica.

Greatest vocalist ever. I have been a fan of Metallica since I was ten. I loved listening to Enter Sandman, then got into their lesser-known stuff. James will always be the best vocalist ever. Just listen to Nothing Else Matters, Mama Said, and Low Man's Lyric, and you will see just how amazing his vocals are. METALLICA 4 EVA!

He has been making and keeps making the greatest contribution to his band: being lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist at the same time, writing awesome lyrics that deal with social and political issues, and writing music along with Lars. He's an extremely great musician.

2 Cliff Burton Clifford Lee "Cliff" Burton (February 10th 1962 - September 27th 1986) was an American musician, best known as the second bass guitarist for the American thrash metal band Metallica, recording three studio albums... read more

Should be No. 1.

Why were Trapped Under Ice and Escape the worst songs on Ride the Lightning? Probably because they were the only ones where Cliff Burton wasn't one of the writers.

Why was Master of Puppets so good? Well, it probably wouldn't have been so good if Cliff Burton didn't write some of the songs. Damage Inc. would have been my least favorite song on the album if Burton didn't write it, and I would have hated Orion if it weren't for him.

Thinking about others (Wikipedia), check.
Christian, check.
Made Metallica a good band, check.

Pretty much the best Metallica member of all time.

3 Kirk Hammett Kirk Lee Hammett is the lead guitarist and songwriter for the heavy metal band Metallica and has been a member of the band since 1983. Before joining Metallica he formed and named the band Exodus.

Has some of the craziest solos. Even James has said that Kirk is the better guitarist between the two of them, and I would agree.

Ok, so Dave Mustaine was just a talented songwriter and guitar player who was famous for being good at it.

Kirk Hammett is a terrible guitarist who uses a wah pedal to make things easy and was only famous because of the band he's in. His riffs were also not as good (except for Enter Sandman), and the solos were just ok.

4 Jason Newsted Jason Curtis Newsted is an American metal musician, known for being the third bass guitarist with the band Metallica from November 1986 until his departure in January 2001, he was also a part of Voivod and Flotsam and Jetsam.

He was underrated because Cliff was there in Metallica. He was a better vocalist than James in the Reload era.

He was the best live performer that Metallica ever had. I wish he never left the band...

A great musician with a great mindset. The band was lucky to have him while they did.

5 Lars Ulrich Lars Ulrich is a Danish drummer and one of the founding members of the American thrash metal band Metallica.

Incredible drummer. Especially in drum-heavy songs like Master of Puppets. He was the one who reached out to find band members. Without Lars, Metallica quite literally wouldn't exist.

Lars Ulrich is a legend. And I know you guys think I'm crazy, but in actual fact, you are the ones who are crazy. METALLICA would not be METALLICA without Lars. People don't really give him the credit he deserves. For example, in Enter Sandman, his drumming is spot on and so badass, which is why it is one of my favorite songs of all time. And I'm sure that TRUE METALLICA FANS would agree with me. STOP HATING ON LARS!

6 Robert Trujillo Roberto Agustin Trujillo, better known as Robert Trujillo, is an American musician known for his role as the current bassist of heavy metal band Metallica.
7 Dave Mustaine David Scott "Dave" Mustaine (born September 13, 1961) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. Mustaine is best known as a pioneer in Thrash Metal, being the former lead guitarist of Metallica before his dismissal in 1983, leading to finding and becoming the front man of his own... read more

Dave Mustaine is the BEST. No questions asked. Without Dave, thrash metal and, I dare say, Metallica would not be what it is today. My favorite members are:

1. The Father of Thrash Metal (Dave)
2. Cliff Burton
3. James Hetfield

My top three are the greats of Metallica. The rest are either pretty dang good (Rob and Jason), highly overrated (KIRK!), or just suck (Lars, Bob, and Ron). That is all.

Dave is an incredible musician, there is no doubt about that. However, he was just not the best fit for Metallica, and if he were still with Metallica to this day, then there would be no Megadeth.

8 Ron McGovney
9 Bob Rock Robert Jens "Bob" Rock is a Canadian musician, sound engineer, and record producer best known for producing rock bands and music artists such as The Tragically Hip, Aerosmith, The Cult, Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe, 311, Metallica, Our Lady Peace, Bryan Adams, The Offspring, Michael Bublé, Black Veil Brides... read more

Did the bass on St. Anger after Newsted left and before they hired Trujillo.

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