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Best Heavy Metal Bands

182 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)  #27
Master of Reality (1971)  #118
4
Ozzy Osbourne
United Kingdom
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Blizzard of Ozz (1980)  #31
Tribute: Randy Rhoads (1987)  [Live]  #70
Diary of a Madman (1981)  #601
5
Scorpions
1964, Germany
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Pop Rock
Moment of Glory (2000)  #244
Love at First Sting (1984)  #263
Sting in the Tail (2010)  #275
6
Impellitteri
1987, United States
Heavy Metal, Neoclassical Metal
Screaming Symphony (1996)  #212
Stand in Line (1988)  #387
Venom (2015)  #1245
7
Primal Fear
1997, Germany
Heavy Metal, Power Metal
Unbreakable (2012)  #454
Devil's Ground (2004)  #791
Delivering the Black (2014)  #993
8
Rage
1986, Germany
Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Power Metal
Lingua Mortis (1996)  #371
Strings to a Web (2010)  #545
Trapped! (1992)  #733
9
Dio
1982, United States
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Holy Diver (1983)  #84
The Last in Line (1984)  #341
10
Savatage
1983, United States
Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal, Hard Rock
Gutter Ballet (1989)  #246
Streets: A Rock Opera (1991)  #379
Dead Winter Dead (1995)  #854
11
Queensrÿche
1982, United States
Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal
Empire (1990)  #840
Operation: Livecrime (1992)  [Live]  #1023
12
부활 (Boohwal)
1985, Korea
Heavy Metal, Rock, K-Pop
II : Remember (1987)  #80
III : 기억상실 (1993)  #362
Volume 1 (1986)  #886
13
Iced Earth
1988, United States
Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Thrash Metal
Alive in Athens (1999)  [Live]  #569
The Glorious Burden (2004)  #1000
Horror Show (2001)  #1153
14
Avenged Sevenfold
1999, United States
Heavy Metal, Metalcore, Hard Rock
City of Evil (2005)  #538
Nightmare (2010)  #665
Avenged Sevenfold (2007)  #1427
15
Accept
1976, Germany
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Balls to the Wall (1983)  #719
Blood of the Nations (2010)  #809
Metal Heart (1985)  #821
16
Firewind
1998, Greece
Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Neoclassical Metal
Days of Defiance (2010)  #578
The Premonition (2008)  #883
Allegiance (2006)  #1431
17
Anthem
1981, Japan
Heavy Metal, Power Metal
Bound to Break (1987)  #403
Hunting Time (1989)  #633
Immortal (2006)  #859
18
Motörhead
1975, United Kingdom
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Ace of Spades (1980)  #54
Overkill (1979)  #353
Inferno (2004)
19
Crimson Glory
1983, United States
Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal
Transcendence (1988)  #96
Crimson Glory (1986)  #166
Strange and Beautiful (1991)  #3699
20
King Diamond
1985, Denmark
Heavy Metal
Abigail (1987)  #359
Conspiracy (1989)  #847
Fatal Portrait (1986)  #1346
21
Alice in Chains
1987, United States
Heavy Metal, Grunge
Dirt (1992)  #467
Facelift (1990)  #1734
MTV Unplugged (1996)  [Live]  #2035
22
HammerFall
1993, Sweden
Heavy Metal, Power Metal
Threshold (2006)  #1142
Crimson Thunder (2002)  #1568
23
W.A.S.P.
1982, United States
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Glam Metal
The Crimson Idol (1992)  #214
W.A.S.P. (1984)  #1131
The Headless Children (1989)  #1323
24
Downhell
2003, Korea
Heavy Metal
At the End of Death (2006)  #1024
Karma (2008)  [EP]  #3055
25
Metal Church
1980, United States
Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Thrash Metal
Metal Church (1984)  #331
Live (1998)  [Live]  #1336
The Dark (1986)  #1362
26
Battle Beast
2005, Finland
Heavy Metal
Steel (2011)  #685
Battle Beast (2013)  #730
Bringer of Pain (2017)  #1723
27
Black Hole
1986, Korea
Heavy Metal
Hero (2005)  #1148
Made in Korea (1995)  #1275
Survive (1990)  #1370
28
Marty Friedman
United States
Heavy Metal, Neoclassical Metal, Progressive Metal
Dragon's Kiss (1988)  #994
Scenes (1992)  #1594
Loudspeaker (2006)  #1795
29
Dream Evil
1999, Sweden
Heavy Metal
Evilized (2003)  #1309
In the Night (2010)  #1999
30
Halford
1992, United Kingdom
Heavy Metal
Live Insurrection (2001)  [Live]  #461
Resurrection (2000)  #1437
31
Manowar
1980, United States
Heavy Metal, Power Metal
Kings of Metal (1988)  #1547
Louder Than Hell (1996)  #2486
32
The Poodles
2005, Sweden
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, AOR
Performocracy (2011)  #572
Clash of the Elements (2009)  #1088
Metal Will Stand Tall (2006)  #1305
33
Loudness
1981, Japan
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Soldier of Fortune (1989)  #1784
Loudness (1992)  #2122
34
Venom
1979, United Kingdom
Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, Thrash Metal, NWOBHM
Welcome to Hell (1981)  #1819
Black Metal (1982)  #1973
Warhead (1984)  [Single]
35
Running Wild
1979, Germany
Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Speed Metal
Death or Glory (1989)  #1389
Port Royal (1988)  #1522
Masquerade (1995)  #2077
36
Mercyful Fate
1981, Denmark
Heavy Metal
Don't Break the Oath (1984)  #215
Melissa (1983)  #1413
37
Rob Rock
United States
Heavy Metal, Power Metal
38
Beast in Black
2015, Finland
Heavy Metal, Power Metal
Berserker (2017)  #496
From Hell With Love (2019)  #3149
39
Budgie
1967, United Kingdom
Heavy Metal, Progressive Rock, Hard Rock
40
Riot
1975, United States
Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, Power Metal
ThunderSteel (1988)  #1030
41
Saxon
1978, United Kingdom
Heavy Metal, NWOBHM
42
Grave Digger
1980, Germany
Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Speed Metal
43
Anvil
1981, Canada
Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal
44
Jorn
2000, Norway
Heavy Metal, Progressive Rock
The Duke (2006)
Unlocking the Past (2007)  #2238
45
백두산 (Baekdoosan)
1986, Korea
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
King of Rock'n Roll (1987)  #1179
III (1992)  #3559
46
Dokken
1977, United States
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Glam Metal
Back for the Attack (1987)  #1793
Beast From the East (1988)  [Live]  #1848
Under Lock and Key (1985)  #2300
47
Alcatrazz
1983, United States
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
The Best of Alcatrazz (1998)  [Compilation]
Live '83 (2010)  [Live]
48
Axel Rudi Pell
Germany
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Power Metal
49
Heaven & Hell
2006, International
Heavy Metal, Doom Metal
The Devil You Know (2009)  #1136
Live from Radio City Music Hall (2007)  [Live]  #2206
50
Cacophony
1986, United States
Heavy Metal, Neoclassical Metal, Speed Metal
Speed Metal Symphony (1987)  #431
Go Off! (1988)  #2230
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Info / Statistics
Artists : 34,373
Reviews : 7,905
Albums : 122,532
Lyrics : 152,107