The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands

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List Criteria: Heavy Metal bands only. No other subgenres of metal

The greatest heavy metal bands include some of the most iconic names in music. Bands like Judas Priest and Black Sabbath paved the way for many of today's biggest acts. They're bigger than just heavy metal -- they're among the best rock bands/artists of all time. Which one is the best? That's up to you to decide with your votes. Vote up the good heavy metal bands you love the most, and vote down any that you just don't like. Also, feel free to add any heavy metal bands that might be missing from the list, and rerank the choices in the order you believe is the best!

Not surprisingly, some incredibly well-known heavy metal bands top this list, including Metallica, Pantera, Iron Maiden and Megadeth. Some newer bands are also included. Tool and Korn, for example, formed in the 1990s. Sadly, some of these bands don't include all of the original members (Alice in Chains, for example), but that doesn't mean they're forgotten, not popular, or not worth including.

Which heavy metal band is the best? Be sure to vote and don't forget to rerank this list your way, too.
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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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  2. 2
    + 3,686
    - 1,311

    the people's #1
    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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  3. 3
    + 4,185
    - 2,040

    most listed
    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  4. 4
    + 3,116
    - 1,141


    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

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  5. 5
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    - 1,349


    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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  6. 6
    + 2,458
    - 1,316


    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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  7. 7
    + 2,385
    - 1,149


    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

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  8. 8
    + 2,095
    - 1,208


    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks
    Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal

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  10. 10
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    - 1,220


    Thrash metal, Groove metal, Rock music

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  11. 11
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    - 1,587


    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    added by gamedemon24
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

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  14. 14
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    - 1,261


    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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  15. 15
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    - 1,137


    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore

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  17. 17
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    - 1,554


    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  19. 19
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    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

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  20. 20
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    - 1,392


    Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

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    added by trekx
    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

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    Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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    Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music

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    - 849


    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  28. 28
    + 1,173
    - 1,336


    Nu metal, Rock music, Metalcore

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    - 1,425


    Thrash metal, Deathcore, Rock music

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  30. 30
    + 998
    - 1,113


    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    ranked low on reranks
    Nu metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

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  32. 32
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    - 1,123


    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    + 989
    - 1,007


    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

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  34. 34
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    - 1,003

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

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  35. 35
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    - 880

    ranked low on reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  36. 36
    + 822
    - 836

    added by AmericanNightmare
    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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  37. 37
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  38. 38
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    - 848


    Horror punk, Noise rock, Nu metal

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  39. 39
    + 861
    - 868


    Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal

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  40. 40
    + 808
    - 689


    Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

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    + 713
    - 511

    ranked low on reranks
    Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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  42. 42
    + 744
    - 847

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music

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  43. 43
    + 671
    - 706

    added by mrblond
    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

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  44. 44
    + 722
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    added by willyboymcoy
    Progressive metal, Melodic music, Power metal Heavy metal, Progressive

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  45. 45
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    ranked low on reranks
    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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  46. 46
    + 966
    - 1,174


    Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

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  47. 47
    + 667
    - 869

    added by mrblond
    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  48. 48
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    - 727


    Thrash metal, Groove metal, Melodic death metal

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  49. 49
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    Melodic death metal, Viking metal, Technical death metal

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  50. 50
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    added by 1goodcupt
    Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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