Top 10 Best Metal Subgenres to Headbang To

Those genres of metal which make you repeatedly move your head!
The Top Ten
1 Thrash metal Thrash Metal is a Heavy Metal subgenre developed during the early 1980s and an early precursor of Extreme Metal. Thrash Metal features a faster and more aggressive guitar work than Traditional Metal with shredding and double-bass drums and can range from melodic singing to loud shouts.

The English band, Venom is credited for laying the groundwork for Thrash Metal with their debut album "Welcome... read more

Thrash Metal is just the PERFECT subgenre to headbang to!

Okay, headbanging to some old Iron Maiden songs, or some epic speedy Motorhead, or some good old Black Sabbath is great too, but Thrash is just the best music for headbanging!

The guitars sound epic as hell. It's great fun to learn if you're a guitarist, too. I might need to have a few treatments since my head might very well fall off.

This genre is perfect for headbanging! You can headbang to a complete thrash song, no matter if it's slow or fast!

2 Death metal

Probably the best, most varied genre. Every song is a brutal sonic attack, every minute filled with headbanging. From OSDM to Melodeath to Brutal Death to Tech Death to Blackened Death to Deathgrind to Death 'n' Roll to Slam and to every little microgenre, death metal is the very best metal subgenre.

Perfect for headbanging. Qualities such as great speed, deep growls, roars, and distorted guitars make it perfect to headbang to, no doubt.

Every member of a death metal band bangs his head while playing!

3 Groove metal

Why the heck is groove metal not on this list? Who is making this list? Please add this metal sub-genre because you know this is one of the best forms of metal. Listen to Lamb of God, Pantera, Machine Head... There are many more, and get to know what actually is groove metal, and you will realize why this category was not on this list earlier. The best part is that when you headbang to some awesome song of this genre, you will be in a whole new world. You will experience what real metal is... m/m/m/m/m/

Thrash is lit, but sometimes it is too fast to headbang to. It could break your neck. Groove metal is played at mid-tempo, so headbanging is much easier. It has the best groove in it.

Groove Metal is the HEAVIEST Metal Genre there is. The Groove just makes you want to jump around and punch someone in the nose.

4 Heavy metal Heavy Metal music is a sub-genre of rock music that originated in the late 1960s-70s, featuring more distorted and heavier instrumental work and darker lyrical themes. Heavy Metal broke into mainstream success with bands such as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Metallica.

Other notable Heavy Metal bands include Judas Priest, Anthrax, Testament, System of a Down, Megadeth, Slayer, Pantera, Avenged... read more

Not gonna lie, I actually did headbang to some of the heavy metal music.

Heavy metal (or classic metal) is something great for this.

5 Black metal

Not every song or subgenre of this subgenre is applicable, BUT, windmill style IS perfect for black metal.

One word: Bathory. Mostly their older stuff, though.

You always bang your head to black metal.

6 Melodic death metal
7 Progressive metal
8 Metalcore

The metalcore breakdowns are perfect for this.

Best genre for headbanging. Just listen to As I Lay Dying - Through Struggle and start the headbang.

Should be number one, and Death Metal number two. Who headbangs their head to thrash metal?

9 Speed metal
10 Deathcore
The Contenders
11 Alternative metal Alternative metal is a music genre that infuses heavy metal with influences from alternative rock and other genres normally associated with metal.

Yeah, yeah, I'm biased towards this genre by a lot, but let's be honest here, this is full of plenty of headbanging-worthy bands. Rage Against the Machine, System of a Down, Korn, etc.

12 Technical death metal

Death, Opeth, Nile - very good bands to move you.

13 Nu metal
14 Stoner metal
15 Glam metal Glam metal is a subgenre of heavy metal that features pop-influenced hooks and guitar riffs, and upbeat rock anthems.
16 Symphonic metal

It's a lot like an enhanced version of classical music, designed for headbanging!

17 Industrial metal

It's a good genre to headbang to, especially Rammstein (those guitar riffs contribute a lot) and Static X.

18 Pornogrind
19 Power Metal
20 Viking metal
21 Slam metal
22 Gothic metal
23 Folk metal Folk metal is a fusion genre of heavy metal music and traditional folk music that developed in Europe during the 1990s.
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