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Best Classic Metal Bands

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Classic metal artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List includes any good classic metal band label, album and biographical information when available if you click on the names. This list of the top classic metal bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Classic metal groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all classic metal bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest classic metal bands of all time, since the most famous classic metal artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best classic metal music.

You can click on the classic metal band names to see more information about that particular notable classic metal group. If they're near the top of the best classic metal artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top classic metal bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the classic metal band names themselves.

Aerosmith and Judas Priest are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list Every time you vote for your favorite items, they get a better chance of making it to the top of the list. Not a fan of Ted Nugent or Jethro Tull? Then give them a thumbs down so that the list counts your vote.

All important, significant and iconic names in classic metal music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new classic metal bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of classic metal, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into classic metal music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good classic metal bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent classic metal bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best classic metal bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest classic metal musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular classic metal bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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List Criteria: Only bands that play classic metal style; no nu metal or extreme metal of any sort

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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal More
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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock More
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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal More
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    new! Dio

    Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal More
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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Rock music More
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal More
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    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
  10. 10
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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music More
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    Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal More
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    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Rock music More
  13. 13
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    Power metal, Heavy metal, True metal More
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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Heavy metal More
  15. 15
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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Traditional heavy metal More
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    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
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    Horror punk, Noise rock, Nu metal More
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    Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music More
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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal More
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    Sacred Warrior

    Heavy metal, Traditional heavy metal, Christian metal More
  21. 21
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    Power metal, Heavy metal, Traditional heavy metal More
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
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    Doom metal, Viking metal, Power metal More
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    Classic rock, Traditional heavy metal, Hard rock More
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    Glam metal, Power metal, Heavy metal More
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    Death-doom, Gothic metal, Heavy metal More
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    Rock music, Garage rock, Heavy metal More
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    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Traditional heavy metal More
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    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal More
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    Heavy metal, Traditional heavy metal More
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    Railway

    Heavy metal, Traditional heavy metal More
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    Nu metal, Heavy metal, Glam rock More
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    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock More
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    Briar Rose

    Rock music, Heavy metal, Traditional heavy metal More
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    Hemoptysis

    Thrash metal, Melodic death metal, Black metal More
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