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The Best Thrash Metal Bands 

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Thrash metal artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good thrash 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 thrash metal bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Thrash 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 thrash metal bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest thrash metal bands of all time, since the most famous thrash metal artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best thrash metal music.

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

The list you're viewing is made up of many different artists, like Metallica and Judas Priest. Rock the vote by upvoting your favorite artists. If they get enough votes they rise to the top. Are you one of those people that doesn't like Megadeth or Dave Grohl? Then vote those things down to have your voice heard.

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

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

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Slayer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
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Megadeth is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
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Metallica is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
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Overkill is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
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Exodus is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
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Anthrax is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
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Kreator is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
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Pantera is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
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Sepultura is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
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Sodom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
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Death Angel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
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Destruction is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
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Annihilator is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
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Dark Angel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
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Nuclear Assault is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
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Metal Church is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
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Suicidal Tendencies is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
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Voivod is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
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Havok is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
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Municipal Waste is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
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Sacred Reich is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
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Celtic Frost is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
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Lamb of God is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
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D.R.I. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
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Vio-Lence is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands