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 Best Years In Metal Music History

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.

Souls Of Black, Rust In Peace, Seasons In The Abyss.

Seasons in the abyss

3 1988

Also So Far So Good So What by Megadeth+State of Euporia by Anthrax

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

Color our world blackened!

Slayer -south of heaven

4 1984

Metallica and Iron Maiden made their best albums here. - Userguy44

Maiden and Dio does it. Metallica and Manowar releases support!

Slayer-chemical warfare

Powerslave - Iron Maiden
Ride the Lightning - Metallica
For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica
Aces High - Iron Maiden
The Last in Line - Dio
Black Star - Yngwie Malmsteen
Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Iron Maiden
Captor of Sin - Slayer
The Oath - Mercyful Fate
At War With Satan - Venom
The Sentinel - Judas Priest
Forced to Fight - LÄÄZ Rockit
Queen of The Reich - Queensryche,
and more... - Metal_Treasure

5 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).

This is the year it really all began.

6 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

7 2001

I consider this year the revival of Thrash Metal, since Thrash bands started to make good albums again, some even making albums among their best, this includes mainly, Slayer, Kreator, Sodom, Destruction, Testament, Death Angel reformed, and Megadeth also released album while it wasn't among their best it was a huge improvement over Risk, - christangrant

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

Slayer-god hates us all

8 2004

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

Slayer-still reigning tour

Great year for death metal.

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

9 1989

Should be way above 2016

Overkill released The Years of Decay that year.

Annihilator-Alison hell

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

10 2002

Pretty good year with albums Arcturus's The Sham Mirrors and Agalloch's The Mantle - FromScytheToSceptre

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

The Contenders

11 1991

Lack of Comprehension. Enough said.

This was the golden year for Death Metal - christangrant

Golden year for death metal

Lack of Comprehension - Death
Enter Sandman - Metallica
Desperate Cry - Sepultura
Ghost in the Ruins - Savatage
The Unforgiven - Metallica
In the Name of the Father and Gun - Laaz Rockit
Corporal Jigsore Quandary - Carcass
Horrorscope - Overkill
Son of Lilith - Coroner
Semtex Revolution - Coroner - Metal_Treasure

12 1982

Number Of The Beast. enough said. - Mrveteran

Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
Black Metal - Venom
Screaming for Vengeance - Judas Pries
Fast As a Shark - Accept
666 - Anvil
Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden
A Corpse Without a Soul - Mercyful Fate
Death Alley Driver - Rainbow
22 Acacia Avenue - Iron Maiden - Metal_Treasure

13 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

14 1987

The power metal year

Call from the Grave - Bathory
Over the Wall - Testament
Halloween - Helloween
Caught In a Mosh - Anthrax
Hall of the Mountain King - Savatage
Zombie Ritual - Death
Nosferatu - Coroner
Shot to Hell - LÄÄZ Rockit
Deadlock - Dead Brain Cells
Killing Technology - Voivod - Metal_Treasure

15 1995

Death, Opeth, Sinister, Iced Earth, Suffocation, Down, Fear Factory, DISSECTION... need I say more?

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

Ulver - Bergtatt
Dissection - Storm Of The Light’s Bane
Opeth - Orchid
Dark Tranquility - The Gallery
At The Gates - Slaugter Of The Soul
Death - Symbolic
Darkthrone - Panzerfaust
Down - Nola
Suffocation - Pierced From Within - FromScytheToSceptre

16 2016 2016 (MMXVI) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2016th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 16th year of the 3rd millennium, the 16th year of the 21st century, and the 7th year of the 2010s decade.

I lost interest into logos

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.

Hardwired... to Self-Destruct - Metallica
Terminal Redux - Vektor
Dystopia - Megadeth
Akróasis - Obscura
Winter's Gate - Insomnium
Magma - Gojira
Brotherhood of the Snake - Testament
Abbath - Abbath
Ghostlights - Avantasia - Metal_Treasure

17 1980

This website is flooded with Milennials. 1980 was THE BEST year for metal. Without these bands the majoriy of heavy metal music wouldn't even exist.

Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath
Phantom of the Opera - Iron Maiden
Breaking the Law - Judas Priest
Am I Evil - Diamond Head
Neon Knights - Black Sabbath
Heavy Metal Thunder - Saxon
Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne - Metal_Treasure

18 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

Slayer-Diabolus in Musica

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

19 1996

Metallica - Load

1996 was good especially for Death Metal:
1) Opeth - Morningrise (Black Rose Immortal, To Bid You Farewell, The Night and the Silent Water)
2) Cryptopsy - None So Vile (Phobophile, Crown of Horns, Graves of the Fathers, Slit Your Guts)
3) Hypocrisy - Abducted (Roswell 47, The Arrival of the Demons/Part 2)
4) In Flames - The Jester Race (Artifacts of the Black Rain, Moonshield, The Jester Race)
5) Cannibal Corpse - Vile (song: Devoured by Vermin) - Metal_Treasure

20 2007

Some songs of 2007 in no particular order:
Spill the Dirty Blood of Jesus - Infernal War (one of the heaviest songs EVER)
Paradise Lost - Symphony X
Children of a Worthless God, Funeral Hymn - Exodus
Ghost Opera - Kamelot
Haunted - Annihilator
The Essential Salts, The Language of the Shadows - Nile
The Man (That I Don't Know) - Primal Fear
Synaptic Plasticity - Blotted Science - Metal_Treasure

21 2006

My vote goes to 2006. Why? Well, just have a look at some of the albums we got that year:

The Ruins of Beverast - Rain upon the Impure
Daylight Dies - Dismantling Devotion
Saturnus - Veronika Decides to Die
Insomnium - Above the Weeping World
Amon Amarth - With Oden on Our Side
Agalloch - Ashes Against the Grain

Some songs of 2006 in no particular order:
Shadowfear, Helleluyah! (God is Dead) - Vader
Make Them Suffer - Cannibal Corpse
K.I.N.G., The Pentagram Burns - Satyricon
A Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh - Celtic Frost
Sacrifice - Edguy
For the Greater Good of God - Iron Maiden
Sleeping Giant - Mastodon
Homage for Satan - Deicide
Timeless Winter, Severe Emotional Distress - Into Eternity
Wrong Side - Strapping Young Lad - Metal_Treasure

22 1993

1993 was good for Melodic Death Metal - 3 bands released pioneering albums with Melodic Death Metal songs: Carcass (Heartwork), Dark Tranquillity, In Flames - Metal_Treasure

Best year no? about it!

23 2019

Notable albums so far (more will be added): Children Of Bodom's Hexed, Avantasia's Moonglow, - Metal_Treasure

God damn. This year was great!

24 2015


This should be higher. It was a great year for pretty much every subgenre.

Death Metal:
Napalm Death - Apex Predator - Easy Meat
Cattle Decapitation - The Anthropocene Extinction
Jungle Rot - Order Shall Prevail
Nile - What Should Not Be Unearthed

Black Metal:
Leviathan - Scar Sighted
Venom - From the Very Depths
Deafheaven - New Bermuda
Marduk - Frontschwein
Enslaved - In Times

Slayer - Repentless
Viking - No Child Left Behind

Traditional Metal:
Ghost - Meliora
Iron Maiden - Book of Souls
Enforcer - From Beyond
Satan - Atom by Atom
The Sword - High Country
Enforcer - From Beyond

Baroness - Purple
The Sword - High Country
High on Fire - Luminiferous

Tesseract - Polaris
Enslaved - In Times
Between the Buried and Me - Coma Ecliptic
Symphony X - Underworld

And much more - ryanrimmel

25 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

26 2018 2018 (MMXVIII) is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2018th year of the Common Era (CE), the 9th year of the 2010s decade, the 18th year of the 21st century, and the 18th year of the 3rd millennium.

Notable albums as of Oct 2018:
Diluvium - Obscura
Firepower - Judas Priest
Illusive Golden Age - Augury
The Outer Ones - Revocation
Ion - Portal
Queen of Time - Amorphis
Northern Chaos Gods - Immortal
Meditations - Kataklysm - Metal_Treasure

27 2008

Bleed, Combustion - Meshuggah, Twilight of the Thunder God, Guardians of Asgaard, Tattered Banners and Bloody Flags - Amon Amarth, More Than Meets the Eye - Testament, Come What May - Iced Earth, Mana - Equilibrium, The Scarecrow - Avantasia, The Day That Never Comes, Cyanide - Metallica, Mirror of Souls - Theocracy, Primo Victoria - Sabaton, Captain Morgan's Revenge - Alestorm,... - Metal_Treasure

Suicide Season by Bring Me The Horizon was my favourite album of 2008, alongside Slipknot's All Hope Is Gone

Because of Psychosocial by Slipknot and Indestructible by Disturbed - TrueWolf99

28 1972
29 1994

1994 was very good especially for Black Metal:
1) Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (Freezing Moon, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, Funeral Fog)
2) Emperor - In the Nightside Eclipse (I Am the Black Wizards, Cosmic Keys to My Creations and Times, Into the Infinity of Thoughts)
3) Darkthrone - Transilvanian Hunger (Transilvanian Hunger)
4) Gorgoroth - Pentagram (Maaneskyggens Slave, Ritual) - Metal_Treasure

30 1985

Has anybody noticed that 1985 wasn't on the list? It may not be the best, but there was Hell Awaits, Bonded by Blood and Sacred Heart. - Alkadikce

31 2000

I agree, 2000 was one of the weakest years, probably even the weakest ever. - Metal_Treasure

Nah. This is one of the worst years in metal history.

Nu metal era is the best
hybrid theory is an example - Deathshield18

32 1971
33 1981

Slayer was formed

Witching Hour - Venom
The Mob Rules - Black Sabbath
Angel of Death - Thin Lizzy
Sons of Satan - Venom
Hellbound - Tygers of Pan Tang
Difficult to Cure - Rainbow
Never Surrender - Saxon
Turn Up the Night - Black Sabbath - Metal_Treasure

34 1979

Eyes of the World - Rainbow
Stallions of the Highway - Saxon
Hell Bent for Leather - Judas Priest - Metal_Treasure

35 1975
36 2017 2017 (MMXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2017th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 17th year of the 3rd millennium, the 17th year of the 21st century, and the 8th year of the 2010s decade.

This was a great year for Death Metal because 3 legendary Death Metal bands, Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse and Obituary made albums this year also many great albums like Incorruptible by Iced Earth, The Sin and the Sentence by Trivium, Urn by Ne Obliviscaris, Gods of Violence by Kreator and several more. - christangrant

My top albums of 2017:
Codex Omega - Septicflesh
Urn - Ne Obliviscaris
Gods of Violence - Kreator
Obituary - Obituary
Will to Power - Arch Enemy
Aathma - Persefone
The Devil's Son - Belphegor
Incorruptible - Iced Earth - Metal_Treasure

37 2020

Hopefully 2020s will have a metal genres comeback

38 1968

Two of the earliest metal bands - Deep Purple and Black Sabbath formed this year. - zxm

39 2009

Kafir - Nile
The Count of Tuscany - Dream Theater
Universe Momentum - Obscura
Lucifer - Behemoth
Shemhamforash - Behemoth
World Painted Blood - Slayer
Hate Worldwide - Slayer
The Czar - Mastodon
All Shall Fall - Immortal
Keelhauled - Alestorm
Riding the Eagle - Primal Fear - Metal_Treasure

40 1969

Um... there was no metal in 1969. Metal started in 1970 with the albums of Deep Purple and Black Sabbath - Metal_Treasure

41 2003

Needled 24/7 - Children of Bodom
Hate Crew Deathroll - Children of Bodom
Triple Corpse Hammerblow - Children of Bodom
Mechanical Babylon - Septicflesh
In the Name of God - Dream Theater
Dance of Death - Iron Maiden
Paschendale - Iron Maiden
Center of the Universe - Kamelot
As Fire Swept Clean the Earth - Enslaved
Highlander - Lost Horizon
Sinner - Theocracy - Metal_Treasure

42 2005
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