Top 10 Best Years In Metal Music History

Best years are years when several great bands released some of their best albums and songs.

The Top Ten

1 1986

Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer wrote the three greatest thrash albums that year (Well, three greatest in the Big Four beside Rust in Peace). Not only that, but Iron Maiden wrote a pretty good album as well.

Raining Blood, Angel of Death - Slayer, Master of Puppets, Welcome Home, Orion, Battery - Metallica, Peace Sells - Megadeth, Pleasure to Kill - Kreator, Merciless Death, Black Prophecies - Dark Angel, and more. - Metal_Treasure

Metal_Treasure you forgot Alexander The Great, Wasted Years - Iron Maiden

Doesn't get any better than that. best year for heavy metal music

2 1990

Holy Wars, Tornado of Souls - Megadeth, Painkiller - Judas Priest, Seasons In the Abyss - Slayer, Cemetery Gates - Pantera, One Rode to Asa Bay - Bathory, Shredded Humans - Cannibal Corpse - Metal_Treasure

Seasons In the Abyss. Enough said.

Rust In Peace

Obvious top 1:

"Rust in Peace" - Megadeth (the best metal album ever)
"Cowboys From Hell" - Pantera (their musical shift and incredible album, one of the best in metal)
"Painkiller" - Judas Priest (I prefer "British Steel" and "Screaming for Vengeance", but this one is also incredible)
"Seasons in the Abyss" - Slayer (much, much better than "Reign in Blood", it's between this and their debut in terms of the best Slayer album)
"Empire" - Queensryche ("Operation: Mindcrime" was a lot better, but this is still good and successful album)

Rest of the list should in my opinion look like:
2. 1980 ("Ace of Spades" by Motorhead, "Blizzard of Ozz" by Ozzy Osbourne, "British Steel" by Judas Priest, "Iron Maiden" by Iron Maiden, "Heaven and Hell" by Black Sabbath, "Lightning to the Nations" by Diamond Head)
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3 1988

South of Heaven - Slayer, One - Metallica, Majesty - Blind Guardian, Keeper of the Seven Keys - Helloween, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - Iron Maiden, Masked Jackal - Coroner, Rising Force - Yngwie - Metal_Treasure

4 1983

The Trooper - Iron Maiden, Seek and Destroy, The Four Horsemen - Metallica, Holy Diver, Don't Talk to Strangers - Dio, Balls to the Wall - Accept, Evil - Mercyful Fate - Metal_Treasure

The year of good debut albums (And more stuff).

5 1992

Walk - Pantera, Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden, Hammer Smashed Face - Cannibal Corpse, Symphony of Destruction - Megadeth, Pull Me Under - Dream Theater, The Bard's Song (In the Forest) - Blind Guardian - Metal_Treasure

6 1984

Powerslave - Iron Maiden, Defenders of the Faith - Judas Priest, Ride The Lightning - Metallica, Don't Break The Oath - Mercyful Fate, Fistful of Metal - Anthrax, The Last In Line - Dio, and Hail to England - Manowar. - ElectricCorpseSlayer

7 2001

Every time I Die - Children of Bodom, Blackwater Park - Opeth, Lateralus - Tool, Dracula - Iced Earth, Dethrone Tyranny - Gamma Ray, Nailed to the Wheel - Edguy, Enemy Within - Arch Enemy - Metal_Treasure

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8 2002

Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, The Glass Prison - Dream Theater, And Then There Was Silence - Blind Guardian, March of the Fire Ants - Mastodon, Deliverance - Opeth, The Odyssey, Accolade II - Symphony X, - Metal_Treasure

9 2004

The Pursuit of Vikings - Amon Amarth, Stabwound - Necrophagist, Blacklist - Exodus, Blood and Thunder - Mastodon, Laid to Rest - Lamb of God, New Age Messiah - Edguy - Metal_Treasure

Loved this year

Great year for death metal.

Amon Amarth - Fate of Norns
Behemoth - Demigod
Bloodbath - Nightmares Made Flesh
Decide - Scars of the Crucifix
Necrophagist - Epitaph

10 1998

Nightfall, Mirror Mirror - Blind Guardian, The Coming Curse, Melancholy - Iced Earth, Voice of the Soul, Flesh and the Power It Holds - Death, Whiskey In the Jar - Metallica, The Pharaoh Sails to Orion - Nightwish, Out of Control, Vain Glory Opera - Edguy - Metal_Treasure

+ Gorguts - Obscura (Obscura, Earthly Love, The Art of Sombre Ecstasy); Nile - Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka (Smashing the Antiu, Barra Edinazzu) - Metal_Treasure

The Newcomers

? 1975
? 1979

The Contenders

11 2016

2016 is a horrible year, without a doubt.

However, there's been a plethora of classical Thrash Metal bands hitting the Metal scene this year. Heck, Metallica's making a comeback after 8 years. Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament, Metal Church and Overkill are producing and have released new material to good chart success and critical reception. Maybe this could be the year where Thrash Metal may finally get its comeback :). - CrimsonShark

We've lost so many celebrities, David Bowie, Prince, Cgristina Grimmie, I can't count the rest.
It's all too horrible.
And we had the worst shooting ever and we've lost one of our greatest astronauts, John Glenn.

I hope 2017 isn't worse like 2001 where we had 9/11, or else we're dead.

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14 1995

Dante’s Inferno, Burnt Offerings - Iced Earth, Crystal Mountain - Death, Rebellion In Dreamland - Gamma Ray, A Change of Seasons - Dream Theater - Metal_Treasure

15 1989

Overkill released The Years of Decay that year.

Should be way above 2016

1989 was very good for Technical Thrash Metal:
1) Annihilator - Alice in Hell (Alison Hell, Human Insecticide, Schizos Are Never Alone Parts I & II)
2) Coroner - No More Color (Die by My Hand, Tunnel of Pain, D.O.A.)
3) Dead Brain Cells aka D.B.C.- Universe (The Genesis Explosion, Estuary, Exit the Giants)
4) Watchtower - Control and Resistance (this album is a mix of progressive metal, thrash metal and jazz fusion). - Metal_Treasure

16 1991

Lack of Comprehension. Enough said.

17 1970

Black Sabbath and Deep Purple released the first albums with some proto-metal songs on them. Hard Lovin' Man by Deep Purple was the first speed metal song ever. - Metal_Treasure

Deep purple's child in time.An awesome metal song - zxm

Black Sabbath released, the first metal album ever. (Vincebus Eruptum is proto-metal) - Brobusky

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19 2010

Wheel of Time, Sacred Worlds - Blind Guardian, El Dorado, When the Wild Wind Blows - Iron Maiden, Shades of Death, Teutonic Terror - Accept, Ironbound, Bring Me the Night - Overkill, Undercurrent, On the Shores - Ihsahn, Screaming Eagles, Coat of Arms - Sabaton, Death is Just a Feeling - Avantasia, Metalliolut - Teräsbetoni, Aces High - Flametal, Kill the King - Jorn - Metal_Treasure

20 2007
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