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185 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)  #19
Heaven and Hell (1980)  #25
Master of Reality (1971)  #136
4
Ozzy Osbourne
United Kingdom
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Blizzard of Ozz (1980)  #31
Tribute: Randy Rhoads (1987)  [Live]  #73
Diary of a Madman (1981)  #639
5
Scorpions
1964, Germany
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Pop Rock
Moment of Glory (2000)  #257
Love at First Sting (1984)  #271
Sting in the Tail (2010)  #285
6
Impellitteri
1987, United States
Heavy Metal, Neoclassical Metal
Screaming Symphony (1996)  #224
Stand in Line (1988)  #398
7
Primal Fear
1997, Germany
Heavy Metal, Power Metal
Unbreakable (2012)  #461
Devil's Ground (2004)  #800
Delivering the Black (2014)  #1008
8
Rage
1986, Germany
Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Power Metal
Lingua Mortis (1996)  #376
Strings to a Web (2010)  #554
Trapped! (1992)  #736
9
Dio
1982, United States
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Holy Diver (1983)  #98
The Last in Line (1984)  #341
10
Savatage
1983, United States
Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal, Hard Rock
Gutter Ballet (1989)  #238
Streets: A Rock Opera (1991)  #387
Dead Winter Dead (1995)  #748
11
Queensrÿche
1982, United States
Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal
Empire (1990)  #862
Operation: Livecrime (1992)  [Live]  #1036
12
부활 (Boohwal)
1985, Korea
Heavy Metal, Rock, K-Pop
II : Remember (1987)  #80
III : 기억상실 (1993)  #370
Volume 1 (1986)  #903
13
Iced Earth
1988, United States
Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Thrash Metal
Alive in Athens (1999)  [Live]  #571
The Glorious Burden (2004)  #1014
Horror Show (2001)  #1031
14
Avenged Sevenfold
1999, United States
Heavy Metal, Metalcore, Hard Rock
City of Evil (2005)  #545
Nightmare (2010)  #703
Avenged Sevenfold (2007)  #1398
15
Accept
1976, Germany
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Balls to the Wall (1983)  #790
Blood of the Nations (2010)  #823
Metal Heart (1985)  #840
16
Firewind
1998, Greece
Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Neoclassical Metal
Days of Defiance (2010)  #580
The Premonition (2008)  #901
Allegiance (2006)  #1467
17
Anthem
1981, Japan
Heavy Metal, Power Metal
Bound to Break (1987)  #410
Hunting Time (1989)  #643
Immortal (2006)  #885
18
Motörhead
1975, United Kingdom
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Ace of Spades (1980)  #61
Overkill (1979)  #403
Inferno (2004)
19
Crimson Glory
1983, United States
Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal
Transcendence (1988)  #100
Crimson Glory (1986)  #180
Strange and Beautiful (1991)  #3805
20
King Diamond
1985, Denmark
Heavy Metal
Abigail (1987)  #347
Conspiracy (1989)  #828
Fatal Portrait (1986)  #1248
21
Alice in Chains
1987, United States
Heavy Metal, Grunge
Dirt (1992)  #473
Facelift (1990)  #1776
MTV Unplugged (1996)  [Live]  #2085
22
HammerFall
1993, Sweden
Heavy Metal, Power Metal
Threshold (2006)  #1159
Crimson Thunder (2002)  #1610
23
W.A.S.P.
1982, United States
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Glam Metal
The Crimson Idol (1992)  #227
W.A.S.P. (1984)  #1145
The Headless Children (1989)  #1333
24
Downhell
2003, Korea
Heavy Metal
At the End of Death (2006)  #1037
Karma (2008)  [EP]  #3133
25
Metal Church
1980, United States
Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Thrash Metal
Metal Church (1984)  #302
The Dark (1986)  #1371
Live (1998)  [Live]  #1396
26
Battle Beast
2005, Finland
Heavy Metal
Steel (2011)  #692
Battle Beast (2013)  #735
Bringer of Pain (2017)  #1766
27
Black Hole
1986, Korea
Heavy Metal
Hero (2005)  #1158
Made in Korea (1995)  #1299
Survive (1990)  #1405
28
Marty Friedman
United States
Heavy Metal, Neoclassical Metal, Progressive Metal
Dragon's Kiss (1988)  #1009
Scenes (1992)  #1638
Loudspeaker (2006)  #1835
29
Halford
1999, United Kingdom
Heavy Metal
Live Insurrection (2001)  [Live]  #383
Resurrection (2000)  #1472
30
Dream Evil
1999, Sweden
Heavy Metal
Evilized (2003)  #1339
In the Night (2010)  #2052
31
Manowar
1980, United States
Heavy Metal, Power Metal
Kings of Metal (1988)  #1259
Louder Than Hell (1996)  #2553
32
The Poodles
2005, Sweden
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, AOR
Performocracy (2011)  #574
Clash of the Elements (2009)  #1104
Metal Will Stand Tall (2006)  #1336
33
Beast in Black
2015, Finland
Heavy Metal, Power Metal
Berserker (2017)  #504
From Hell With Love (2019)  #1609
34
Loudness
1981, Japan
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Soldier of Fortune (1989)  #1826
Loudness (1992)  #2178
Hurricane Eyes (1987)  #2449
35
Jorn
2000, Norway
Heavy Metal, Progressive Rock
The Duke (2006)  #1232
Unlocking the Past (2007)  #1706
36
Venom
1979, United Kingdom
Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, NWOBHM
Welcome to Hell (1981)  #1869
Black Metal (1982)  #2009
Warhead (1984)  [Single]
37
Mercyful Fate
1981, Denmark
Heavy Metal
Don't Break the Oath (1984)  #229
Melissa (1983)  #1544
38
Running Wild
1979, Germany
Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Speed Metal
Death or Glory (1989)  #1424
Port Royal (1988)  #1562
Masquerade (1995)  #2133
39
Rob Rock
United States
Heavy Metal, Power Metal
40
Budgie
1967, United Kingdom
Heavy Metal, Progressive Rock, Hard Rock
41
Saxon
1978, United Kingdom
Heavy Metal, NWOBHM
42
Riot
1975, United States
Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, Power Metal
43
Pretty Maids
1981, Denmark
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
44
Grave Digger
1980, Germany
Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Speed Metal
45
Anvil
1981, Canada
Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal
46
백두산 (Baekdoosan)
1986, Korea
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
King of Rock'n Roll (1987)  #1202
III (1992)  #3654
47
Dokken
1977, United States
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Glam Metal
Back for the Attack (1987)  #1657
Beast From the East (1988)  [Live]  #1888
Under Lock and Key (1985)  #2362
48
Alcatrazz
1983, United States
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
The Best of Alcatrazz (1998)  [Compilation]
Live '83 (2010)  [Live]
49
Heaven & Hell
2006, International
Heavy Metal, Doom Metal
The Devil You Know (2009)  #1041
Live from Radio City Music Hall (2007)  [Live]  #2265
50
Axel Rudi Pell
Germany
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Power Metal
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Info / Statistics
Artists : 34,854
Reviews : 8,108
Albums : 124,742
Lyrics : 159,577