Metal The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands  

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While the movement known as the new wave of British heavy metal (better known to the masses as NWOBHM) started in the late 1970s, it wasn't until the 1980s that these British metal bands caught fire globally. Featuring elements of punk rock, progressive rock and a new, tougher sound, these British heavy metal bands featured elements like power chords, lightning fast guitar solo and epic soaring vocals that defined the songs. Lyrically, the songs took a more mythic, fantasy, almost mystical standpoint as compared to other heavy metal bands that came before them. Thus, they became popular with a different type (read, more rabid) audience in the metal community.

You've probably heard of a number of the best NWOBHM bands. Many of these bands are still touring years after their initial popularity. That's why you'll see the best NWOBHM outfits like Motorhead, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Def Leppard on this list of new wave of british heavy metal bands. While there have been a slew of great metal bands to emerge from the UK over the years, this era of NWOBHM bands can count itself as one of the most successful in both metal history and music history. Several metal icons were in these bands and are among the greatest heavy metal bands of all.

So, what band can rightfully be considered the best new wave of British heavy metal band? That's not an easy question, but it's up to you fan of NWOBHM to determine what British metal band should be at the top of the heap. This list answers the questions "who are the best new wave of british heavy metal bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest new wave of British heavy 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 new wave of British heavy metal bands that you might've heard of. (83 items)
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Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

2
272 85
Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

3
235 76
Saxon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

4
227 85
Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

5
116 53
Blitzkrieg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal

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123 58
Satan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
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121 62
Angel Witch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

8
132 72
Diamond Head is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

9
99 52
Grim Reaper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

10
100 53
Tygers of Pan Tang is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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91 48
Raven is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

12
73 37
Tank is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

13
71 37
Witchfinder General is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
Doom metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Rock music

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119 79
Venom is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Black metal

15
164 118
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
dan808 added Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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90 58
Girlschool is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Punk rock

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65 37
Tokyo Blade is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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58 33
Cloven Hoof is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Power metal, Heavy metal

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60 35
Samson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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58 34
Holocaust is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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48 27
Savage is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
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60 39
Demon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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44 27
Jaguar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Heavy metal, Speed metal

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45 30
Pagan Altar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
Doom metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal

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53 39
Fastway is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
Glam metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal

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48 37
Praying Mantis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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28 19
trespass is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
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35 27
Quartz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Heavy metal

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22 15
Tytan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Heavy metal, Hard rock

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30 24
Vardis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal

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25 20
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RobinGallego added Heavy metal

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27 23
Hell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands

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30 30
Avenger is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Heavy metal

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21 20
Bitches Sin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
RobinGallego added

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16 15
White Spirit is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
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19 20
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15 17
Black Rose is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands

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12 14
Tysondog is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
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17 21
Saracen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
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13 16
Hollow Ground is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal

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15 19
A-II-Z is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal

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Omen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
buntersnason added Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Warlord is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
buntersnason added Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Crimson Glory is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
buntersnason added Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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11 15
hellanback is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
RobinGallego added

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15 21
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11 16
Bleak House is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
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14 20
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17 24
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RobinGallego added Heavy metal