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404 bands
Rank Image Band / Formed / Genres Albums
1
Judas Priest
1970, United Kingdom
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Painkiller (1990)  #2
2
Iron Maiden
1975, United Kingdom
Heavy Metal, NWOBHM
3
Black Sabbath
1969, United Kingdom
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Doom Metal
Paranoid (1970)  #11
Heaven and Hell (1980)  #21
Black Sabbath (1970)  #44
4
Megadeth
1983, United States
Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal
5
Ozzy Osbourne
United Kingdom
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Blizzard of Ozz (1980)  #36
Tribute: Randy Rhoads (1987)  [Live]  #81
Diary of a Madman (1981)  #495
6
Metallica
1981, United States
Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal
Ride the Lightning (1984)  #6
Master of Puppets (1986)  #19
7
Yngwie Malmsteen
Sweden
Neoclassical Metal, Heavy Metal
8
Impellitteri
1987, United States
Heavy Metal, Neoclassical Metal
Screaming Symphony (1996)  #275
Stand in Line (1988)  #357
Venom (2015)  #1757
9
Scorpions
1964, Germany
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Pop Rock
Love at First Sting (1984)  #209
Blackout (1982)  #252
Moment of Glory (2000)  #309
10
Savatage
1983, United States
Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal, Hard Rock
Gutter Ballet (1989)  #227
Streets: A Rock Opera (1991)  #296
Dead Winter Dead (1995)  #478
11
Queensrÿche
1982, United States
Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal
Empire (1990)  #875
The Verdict (2019)  #946
12
Dio
1982, United States
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Holy Diver (1983)  #42
The Last in Line (1984)  #268
13
X Japan
1982, Japan
Visual Kei, Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal, Power Metal
Blue Blood (1989)  #107
Jealousy (1991)  #463
Art of Life (1993)  #1290
14
Primal Fear
1997, Germany
Heavy Metal, Power Metal
Unbreakable (2012)  #587
Seven Seals (2005)  #795
Nuclear Fire (2001)  #916
15
N.EX.T
1992, Korea
Progressive Metal, Hard Rock, Pop Rock
16
Rage
1986, Germany
Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Power Metal
Lingua Mortis (1996)  #545
Trapped! (1992)  #640
Strings to a Web (2010)  #734
17
Skid Row
1986, United States
Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Glam Metal
Slave to the Grind (1991)  #183
Skid Row (1989)  #239
Subhuman Race (1995)  #2263
18
Iced Earth
1988, United States
Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Thrash Metal
Alive in Athens (1999)  [Live]  #468
Burnt Offerings (1995)  #1168
19
Accept
1976, Germany
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
20
Motörhead
1975, United Kingdom
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Ace of Spades (1980)  #87
Overkill (1979)  #464
Inferno (2004)  #2090
21
Anthem
1981, Japan
Heavy Metal, Power Metal
Bound to Break (1987)  #568
Hunting Time (1989)  #1197
Immortal (2006)  #1304
22
김경호 (Kim Kyungho)
Korea
K-Pop, Hard Rock, Rock, Heavy Metal
00:00:1998 (1998)  #856
1997 (1997)  #1487
Kim Kyungho - 5th (2000)  #2712
23
W.A.S.P.
1982, United States
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Glam Metal
The Crimson Idol (1992)  #233
W.A.S.P. (1984)  #1195
The Headless Children (1989)  #1356
24
Crimson Glory
1983, United States
Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal
Transcendence (1988)  #78
Crimson Glory (1986)  #197
Astronomica (1999)  #5992
25
Avenged Sevenfold
1999, United States
Heavy Metal, Metalcore, Hard Rock
City of Evil (2005)  #667
Nightmare (2010)  #826
Avenged Sevenfold (2007)  #1436
26
King Diamond
1985, Denmark
Heavy Metal
Abigail (1987)  #327
Conspiracy (1989)  #577
Fatal Portrait (1986)  #1242
27
Helloween
1983, Germany
Power Metal, Heavy Metal
28
Manowar
1980, United States
Heavy Metal, Power Metal
Kings of Metal (1988)  #762
Hail to England (1984)  #924
Sign of the Hammer (1984)  #2203
29
HammerFall
1993, Sweden
Heavy Metal, Power Metal
Threshold (2006)  #1456
Crimson Thunder (2002)  #2113
30
Stryper
1983, United States
Hard Rock, Glam Metal, Heavy Metal, Christian Rock
In God We Trust (1988)  #1955
Second Coming (2013)  #2581
31
Battle Beast
2005, Finland
Heavy Metal
Battle Beast (2013)  #950
Circus of Doom (2022)  #1089
Steel (2011)  #1128
32
Mötley Crüe
1981, United States
Glam Metal, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Dr. Feelgood (1989)  #220
Shout at the Devil (1983)  #912
Girls, Girls, Girls (1987)  #1560
33
Gamma Ray
1989, Germany
Power Metal, Speed Metal, Heavy Metal
Land of the Free (1995)  #155
Power Plant (1999)  #164
34
Black Hole
1986, Korea
Heavy Metal
Hero (2005)  #726
City Life History (1996)  #1576
Made in Korea (1995)  #1622
35
Beast in Black
2015, Finland
Heavy Metal, Power Metal
Berserker (2017)  #593
From Hell with Love (2019)  #925
Dark Connection (2021)  #2956
36
Pretty Maids
1981, Denmark
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
The Best of...Back to Back (1998)  [Compilation]
Carpe Diem (2000)  #2091
Pandemonium (2010)  #2613
37
Running Wild
1979, Germany
Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Speed Metal
Port Royal (1988)  #1094
Death or Glory (1989)  #2017
Masquerade (1995)  #4179
38
부활 (Boohwal)
1985, Korea
Heavy Metal, Rock, K-Pop
II : Remember (1987)  #173
III : 기억상실 (1993)  #750
Volume 1 (1986)  #1751
39
Firewind
1998, Greece
Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Neoclassical Metal
Days of Defiance (2010)  #607
The Premonition (2008)  #1097
Immortals (2017)  #1920
40
Loudness
1981, Japan
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Soldier of Fortune (1989)  #2210
Hurricane Eyes (1987)  #4098
King of Pain (2010)  #4833
41
Alice in Chains
1987, United States
Heavy Metal, Grunge
Dirt (1992)  #276
Facelift (1990)  #1748
MTV Unplugged (1996)  [Live]  #1764
42
Mercyful Fate
1981, Denmark
Heavy Metal
Don't Break the Oath (1984)  #202
Melissa (1983)  #1448
In the Shadows (1993)  #3244
43
Saxon
1978, United Kingdom
Heavy Metal, NWOBHM
The Inner Sanctum (2007)  #3018
Crusader (1984)  #3119
44
시나위 (Sinawe)
1993, Korea
Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Psychedelic Rock
은퇴선언 (1997)  #1342
Down and Up (1987)  #1917
45
Halford
1999, United Kingdom
Heavy Metal
Live Insurrection (2001)  [Live]  #405
Resurrection (2000)  #801
46
Downhell
2003, Korea
Heavy Metal
At the End of Death (2006)  #2016
Karma (2008)  [EP]  #5808
47
Rainbow
1975, United Kingdom
Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, AOR
Rising (1976)  #84
48
Venom
1979, United Kingdom
Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, NWOBHM
Welcome to Hell (1981)  #2699
Black Metal (1982)  #2848
Warhead (1984)  [Single]
49
Virgin Steele
1981, United States
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Power Metal
50
Grave Digger
1980, Germany
Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Speed Metal
25 to Live (2005)  [Live]
Tunes of Wacken (2002)  [Live]
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Info / Statistics
Artists : 46,076
Reviews : 10,026
Albums : 165,310
Lyrics : 216,820