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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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134 48
Exciter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Exciter Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

2
198 88
Helloween is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Helloween Progressive metal, Melodic music, Power metal

3
99 36
Anvil is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Anvil Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

4
91 32
Riot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Riot Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

5
233 120
Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Motörhead New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

6
61 14
Rage is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Rage Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

7
120 51
Blind Guardian is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Blind Guardian Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

8
95 36
Running Wild is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Running Wild Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

9
24 2
Iced Earth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Alex Gaginsky added Iced Earth Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

10
72 23
Grave Digger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Grave Digger Thrash metal, Groove metal, Power metal

11
68 23
Agent Steel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Agent Steel Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

12
65 22
Razor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Razor Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

13
69 25
Raven is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Raven New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

14
165 92
Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Judas Priest New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

The Best Metal Songs About Cheating

15
136 73
Anthrax is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Anthrax Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Groove metal

16
57 19
Overkill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands

17
119 62
Overkill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Overkill Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

18
9 0
Manilla Road is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Alex Gaginsky added Manilla Road Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

19
108 57
Exodus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Exodus Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

20
216 134
Megadeth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Megadeth Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

21
184 112
Slayer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Slayer Thrash metal, Groove metal, Rock music

The Best Singing Drummers

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114 63
Testament is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Testament Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

23
100 57
Accept is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Accept Glam metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

24
36 10
Helstar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Helstar Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

25
33 8
Whiplash is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Whiplash Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

26
39 14
Stormwarrior is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Stormwarrior Thrash metal, Viking metal, Power metal

27
37 13
Paragon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Paragon Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

28
69 40
Annihilator is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Annihilator Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

21 Musicians Who Are (Supposedly) in the Illuminati

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81 50
Metal Church is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Metal Church Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

30
90 58
Kreator is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Kreator Thrash metal, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

31
51 30
Destruction is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Destruction Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

32
39 22
Primal Fear is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Primal Fear Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

33
54 37
Sodom is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Sodom Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Black metal

34
48 32
Savatage is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Savatage Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

35
25 12
Viper is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Viper Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

Songs That Were Total Ripoffs

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15 4
Master is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Master Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

37
19 8
Heathen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Heathen Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

38
47 34
King Diamond is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
King Diamond Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Black metal

39
63 49
Mercyful Fate is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Mercyful Fate Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

40
38 26
Dark Angel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Dark Angel Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

41
55 42
Death Angel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Death Angel Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

42
14 5
Liege Lord is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Liege Lord Power metal, Speed metal

Rock Stars Who Died at Age 29

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41 31
Sacred Reich is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Sacred Reich Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

44
34 25
Flotsam and Jetsam is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Flotsam and Jetsam Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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12 4
Artillery is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Artillery Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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12 4
Iron Angel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Iron Angel Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

47
12 4
Avenger is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Avenger

48
14 6
Wild Dogs is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Wild Dogs

49
15 7
Tank is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
Tank New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

50
96 85
DragonForce is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
DragonForce Black metal, Power metal, Heavy metal