Thrash Metal 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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Megadeth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Megadeth Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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1,225 500
Slayer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Slayer Thrash metal, Groove metal, Rock music

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1,146 658
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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793 364
Exodus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Exodus Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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798 372
Kreator is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Kreator Thrash metal, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

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829 369
Anthrax is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Anthrax Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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699 279
Overkill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Overkill Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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654 338
Sepultura is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Sepultura Nu metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

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833 476
Pantera is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Pantera Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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495 231
Sodom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Sodom Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Black metal

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441 241
Death Angel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Death Angel Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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430 226
Annihilator is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Annihilator Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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390 212
Destruction is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Destruction Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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322 205
Nuclear Assault is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Nuclear Assault Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

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393 257
Suicidal Tendencies is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Suicidal Tendencies Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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289 182
Dark Angel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Dark Angel Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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280 201
Metal Church is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Metal Church Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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251 216
D.R.I. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
D.R.I. Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

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207 149
Sacred Reich is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Sacred Reich Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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230 177
Voivod is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Voivod Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Industrial metal

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200 110
Havok is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
gusfipe added Havok

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233 206
Municipal Waste is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Municipal Waste Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Crust punk

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225 186
Celtic Frost is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Celtic Frost Doom metal, Glam metal, Thrash metal

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257 148
Stormtroopers of Death is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Stormtroopers of Death Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

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188 142
Vio-Lence is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Vio-Lence Thrash metal, Heavy metal

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232 148
Flotsam and Jetsam is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Flotsam and Jetsam Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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182 137
Possessed is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Possessed Thrash metal, Rock music, Black metal

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299 291
Lamb of God is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Lamb of God Thrash metal, Groove metal, Melodic death metal

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216 168
Mercyful Fate is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Mercyful Fate Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

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148 136
Heathen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Heathen Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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Bathory is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Bathory Thrash metal, Viking metal, Black metal

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Vektor is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
JosephKoppe added Vektor Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Black metal

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169 166
Corrosion of Conformity is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Corrosion of Conformity Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Rock music

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92 102
Pestilence is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Pestilence Thrash metal, Technical death metal, Heavy metal

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125 118
Sadus is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Sadus Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

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85 86
Exumer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Exumer Thrash metal

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89 90
Demolition Hammer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Demolition Hammer Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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139 158
Prong is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Prong Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Industrial metal

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142 160
Toxic Holocaust is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Toxic Holocaust Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Black metal

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179 186
Accept is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Accept Glam metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

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111 115
Gojira is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Gojira Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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171 198
Arch Enemy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Arch Enemy Thrash metal, Melodic death metal, Heavy metal

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81 96
Lääz Rockit is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Lääz Rockit Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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135 204
Gwar is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Gwar Horror punk, Crossover thrash, Thrash metal

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53 73
Mekong Delta is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Mekong Delta Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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89 96
Morbid Saint is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Morbid Saint Thrash metal, Death metal

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69 58
Violator is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Violator Thrash metal

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Ministry is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Ministry Doom metal, New Wave, Synthpop

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81 103
Carnivore is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Carnivore Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

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116 139
Cavalera Conspiracy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Cavalera Conspiracy Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Groove metal