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The Best Speed Metal Bands 

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Updated December 28, 2019 16.2k votes 1.3k voters 52k views 200 items

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. (200 items)
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Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
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Megadeth is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
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Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
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Helloween is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
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Running Wild is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
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Blind Guardian is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
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Testament is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
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Overkill is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
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Exodus is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
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Slayer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
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Annihilator is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
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Accept is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
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Grave Digger is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
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Rage is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
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Kreator is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
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Metal Church is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
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Anvil is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
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Riot is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
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Anthrax is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
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King Diamond is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
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Mercyful Fate is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
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Primal Fear is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
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Iced Earth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
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Sodom is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands
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Savatage is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Speed Metal Bands