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

Somewhere In Time - Iron Maiden. enough said

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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)
3. 1984 ...more

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3 1984

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

4 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

5 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


6 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).

7 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

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 1989

Should be way above 2016

Overkill released The Years of Decay that year.

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

Savage- Gutter Ballet a huge diamond and the corner stone of symphonic metal
Toxik - Think This the best tech thrash album
Blind Guardian -Follow the blind. their first really good LP
Kreator Extreme Aggresion. One of the best German Thrash albums
Rage Secrets in a Weird World.One of the great speed power cds

Gamma Ray formed

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The Newcomers

? 1980

The Contenders

11 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

12 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.

13 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

14 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

15 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

16 1982

Number Of The Beast. enough said. - Mrveteran

17 1991

Lack of Comprehension. Enough said.

18 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

19 2003
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 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

22 1972
23 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

24 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

25 1971
26 1968

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

27 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

28 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

29 1987

The power metal year

30 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.

31 2009
32 1981
33 1969
34 1979
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

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