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Sludge metal artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good sludge metal bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top sludge metal bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Sludge 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 sludge metal bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest sludge metal bands of all time, since the most famous sludge metal artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best sludge metal music.

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

These artists, like Alice in Chains and Pantera include images when available. Dowvote the artists you don't like and upvote the ones you do. The order changes depending on votes. If you're not a fan of Ministry or Layne Staley, then vote those down so that the list takes your preferences into account.

All important, significant and iconic names in sludge 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 sludge 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 sludge metal, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into sludge 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 sludge metal bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent sludge metal bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best sludge metal bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest sludge 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 sludge metal bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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126 26
Acid Bath is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Grunge, Heavy metal

2
143 43
EyeHateGod is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Sludge metal

3
120 32
Crowbar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

4
112 48
Melvins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

5
59 20
Soilent Green is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Deathgrind

6
60 23
Buzzov-en is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Sludge metal

7
103 55
Down is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Groove metal, Grunge

8
74 38
Neurosis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal

9
91 54
Mastodon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Post-metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

10
52 25
Baroness is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Indie, Heavy metal

11
76 44
Electric Wizard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

12
64 36
Sleep is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

13
79 48
Corrosion of Conformity is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Rock music

14
60 33
Kylesa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Crust punk, Heavy metal

15
40 19
Grief is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Sludge metal

16
37 17
Black Tusk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

17
55 32
Weedeater is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Stoner rock, Sludge metal

18
50 28
Isis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal

19
45 24
Bongzilla is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

20
45 24
Iron Monkey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Heavy metal, Sludge metal

21
56 34
High On Fire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

22
25 9
Torche is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

23
22 7
Noothgrush is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Sludge metal

24
29 13
The Sword is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Rock music, Viking metal

25
26 11
Boris is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

26
22 8
Big Business is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

27
22 8
Black Cobra is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Sludge metal

28
20 7
Burning Witch is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

29
16 4
Floor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Progressive metal, Stoner rock

30
21 9
Harvey Milk is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Noise rock, Experimental rock

31
22 10
Dystopia is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Anarcho-punk, Crust punk, Heavy metal

32
15 4
Helms Alee is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Noise rock, Sludge metal, Post-hardcore

33
14 4
16 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Sludge metal

34
15 5
Ufomammut is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Post-metal, Psychedelia

35
31 20
Superjoint Ritual is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Groove metal

36
20 10
Intronaut is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Post-metal, Progressive metal, Progressive rock

37
12 3
Corrupted is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Sludge metal

38
15 6
Buried at Sea is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Sludge metal

39
33 23
Black Label Society is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Groove metal, Grunge, Black metal

40
21 12
Pelican is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Post-metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

41
10 2
Cavity is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Sludge metal

42
17 9
Sourvein is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Sludge metal

43
12 5
Brainoil is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Sludge metal

44
14 7
Old Man Gloom is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal

45
8 2
Fudge Tunnel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Noise rock, Industrial metal, Heavy metal

46
10 5
Jesu is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Post-metal, Shoegazing

47
19 14
Cult of Luna is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal

48
9 4
Jucifer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Rock music, Folk music

49
54 50
Pantera is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

50
18 14
The Ocean is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Sludge Metal Bands
Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal