Top 10 Greatest New Wave of British Heavy Metal Groups

From the mid-70's to the early 90's, NWOBHM has been dominating the hard rock scene. Here are the list of the greatest NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) groups.

The Top Ten

1 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.

Are you an idiot? Iron Maiden has continued to excel in these nearly four decades and is barely even power metal. They transcend all metal and become something greater. - maiden8

They will always be the best metal band of all time, even greater than the godfathers of Heavy Metal, Black Sabbath. - Pony

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2 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.

What a beautiful band!

Not "NEW wave"

3 Ivory Tiger

Heavy Metal from Illinois, USA

4 Motörhead Motörhead Motörhead were an English heavy metal 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 metal and ...read more.
5 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.

All those American groups shouldn't be here.

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6 Wolf
7 Diamond Head Diamond Head Diamond Head are an English heavy metal band formed in 1976 in Stourbridge, England. The band is recognised as one of the leading members of the new wave of British heavy metal and is acknowledged by thrash metal bands such as Metallica and Megadeth as an important early influence.
8 Saxon Saxon Saxon are an English heavy metal band formed in 1976, in South Yorkshire. As one of the leaders of the new wave of British heavy metal, they had eight UK Top 40 albums in the 1980s including four UK Top 10 albums and two Top 5 albums.
9 Tygers of Pan Tang Tygers of Pan Tang Tygers of Pan Tang are a heavy metal band, part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement. They formed in 1978 in Whitley Bay, England, and were active until 1987. The band reformed in 1999 and continue to record and perform. V 1 Comment
10 Mercyful Fate Mercyful Fate Mercyful Fate was a Danish heavy metal band from Copenhagen, formed in 1981 by vocalist King Diamond and guitarist Hank Shermann. V 2 Comments

The Contenders

11 Praying Mantis

Hard Rock from England

12 Xcaliber

Heavy/Power Metal from Pennsylvania, USA

13 Def Leppard Def Leppard Def Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement.

They were part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal for their album High N Dry (1981), and not for their glam metal/power pop albums, which they released later. - Metal_Treasure

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14 Raven
15 Angel Witch Angel Witch Angel Witch are a British heavy metal band which formed in London, England in 1977 as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement.
16 Satan
17 Emerald

Power Metal from California, USA

18 Witchfinder General Witchfinder General Witchfinder General were a heavy metal band from Stourbridge, England. They were part of the new wave of British heavy metal scene and have been cited as a major influence on the doom metal genre.
19 Crystal Knight
20 Grim Reaper
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