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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370 70
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
280 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
239 77
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
233 86
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
118 54
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

6
126 60
Satan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
RobinGallego added

7
123 64
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
136 74
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
102 53
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
94 48
Raven 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, Speed metal

11
103 55
Tygers of Pan Tang 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, Hard rock

12
74 38
Witchfinder General is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
Doom metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Rock music

13
74 39
Tank is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

14
123 81
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
167 121
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

16
66 38
Tokyo Blade 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, Hard rock

17
91 60
Girlschool 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, Punk rock

18
59 34
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

19
61 36
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

20
59 35
Holocaust is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Progressive metal, Heavy metal

21
49 27
Savage is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
RobinGallego added

22
62 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

23
45 28
Jaguar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Heavy metal, Speed metal

24
46 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

25
54 40
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