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List Rules Heavy Metal bands only. No other subgenres of metal

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Creating some of the best metal songs of 2018, 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.

list ordered by

1
11,138 6,506
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands
Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Metallica

2
10,167 3,927
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands
Paranoid, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell

3
11,748 4,297
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands
The Number of the Beast, Iron Maiden, Powerslave

4
7,435 3,971
Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands
British Steel, Screaming for Vengeance, Hell Bent for Leather

5
6,841 4,203
Megadeth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands
Rust in Peace, Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?, Youthanasia

6
7,489 3,643
Pantera is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands
Vulgar Display of Power, Cowboys From Hell, Far Beyond Driven

7
5,842 3,575
Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands
shisu added Ace of Spades, 1916, No Remorse

8
6,445 3,355
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands
Blizzard of Ozz, Diary of a Madman, The Ultimate Sin

9
7,114 4,042
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands
Back in Black, Highway to Hell, Let There Be Rock

10
6,604 3,390
Slayer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands
Reign in Blood, South of Heaven, Seasons in the Abyss

11
5,893 3,019
Dio is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands
Holy Diver, The Last in Line, Sacred Heart

12
6,311 3,093
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands
gamedemon24 added Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin II

13
6,303 4,759
Slipknot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands
Slipknot, Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), Iowa

14
4,899 3,457
Tool is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands
Ænima, Lateralus, 10

15
5,331 3,808
System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands
Toxicity, Hypnotize, Mezmerize

16
3,873 3,539
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands
Machine Head, Live in Japan, Deep Purple in Rock

17
4,792 4,200
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands
Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies, Use Your Illusion I

18
4,105 3,287
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands
Dirt, Alice in Chains, Facelift

19
3,608 3,819
Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands
Blackout, Love at First Sting, Animal Magnetism

20
3,540 3,286
Anthrax is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands
Among the Living, Fistful of Metal, Spreading the Disease

21
3,650 2,589
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands
Welcome to My Nightmare, Hey Stoopid, Brutal Planet

22
3,889 3,593
Disturbed is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands
Ten Thousand Fists, Believe, The Sickness

23
3,472 2,825
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands
Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

24
4,179 3,463
Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands
Sehnsucht, Rosenrot, Mutter

25
3,669 3,277
Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands
shisu added Girls Girls Girls, Shout at the Devil, Dr. Feelgood