Metal The Best Speed Metal Bands  

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An offshoot of the New Wave of British Metal, speed metal emerged at the end of the 1970s. Speed metal bands are some of the most skilled musicians out there. The genre can be described as extremely fast (speed metal isn't just a clever name), melodic and aggressive. Also, speed metal showcases solos and a technical precision that demonstrates how truly talented the best speed metal bands are. The increased tempo, power chords and more authoritative sound helped define speed metal to its legions of fans.

So, what are the best speed metal bands? If you're going to talk about speed metal bands, you have to include the likes of Motorhead, Anthrax, Judas Priest, Metallica (during those early years) and Helloween. All of these speed metal bands played an important role in shaping the genre and its popularity remains strong today. The best speed metal bands have been able to play some of the biggest arenas - and even stadiums - in the world which is a testament not only to their popularity, but skill as musicians.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best speed metal bands. If you notice that a band isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best speed metal bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest speed 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 speed metal bands that you might've heard of. (201 items)
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278 131
Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

2
226 104
Helloween is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Melodic music, Power metal

3
150 61
Exciter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

4
86 25
Overkill is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands

5
133 61
Blind Guardian is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

6
163 81
Anthrax is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Groove metal

7
108 47
Anvil is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

8
108 47
Running Wild is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

9
252 140
Megadeth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

10
70 23
Rage is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

11
141 69
Overkill is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

12
195 104
Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

13
100 43
Riot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

14
217 122
Slayer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Rock music

15
78 30
Agent Steel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

16
76 29
Razor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

17
136 69
Testament is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

18
79 32
Grave Digger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Power metal

19
77 31
Raven is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

20
124 65
Exodus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

21
37 8
Iced Earth is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Alex Gaginsky added Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

22
111 63
Accept is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

23
82 42
Annihilator is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

24
94 54
Metal Church is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

25
105 63
Kreator is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Gothic rock, Industrial metal