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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1,293 513
Slayer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Rock music

2
1,224 578
Megadeth is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

3
858 380
Kreator is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

4
1,173 715
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

5
820 406
Exodus is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

6
848 422
Anthrax is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Groove metal

7
721 318
Overkill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

8
551 239
Sodom is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Black metal

9
666 391
Sepultura is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Nu metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

10
854 525
Pantera is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

11
438 218
Destruction is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

12
456 279
Death Angel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

13
440 268
Annihilator is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

14
338 241
Nuclear Assault is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

15
337 186
Dark Angel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

16
400 284
Suicidal Tendencies is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

17
258 228
D.R.I. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

18
286 213
Metal Church is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

19
218 156
Sacred Reich is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

20
215 117
Havok is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
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21
236 181
Voivod is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Industrial metal

22
242 214
Municipal Waste is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Crust punk

23
235 189
Celtic Frost is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Doom metal, Glam metal, Thrash metal

24
265 153
Stormtroopers of Death is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

25
195 148
Vio-Lence is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Heavy metal

26
236 152
Flotsam and Jetsam is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

27
190 141
Possessed is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Rock music, Black metal

28
307 301
Lamb of God is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Melodic death metal

29
221 173
Mercyful Fate is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

30
150 139
Heathen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

31
163 177
Bathory is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Viking metal, Black metal

32
174 170
Corrosion of Conformity is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Rock music

33
99 84
Vektor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
JosephKoppe added Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Black metal

34
94 105
Pestilence is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Technical death metal, Heavy metal

35
129 121
Sadus is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

36
88 89
Exumer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Thrash metal

37
142 160
Prong is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Industrial metal

38
92 93
Demolition Hammer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

39
183 190
Accept is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

40
143 165
Toxic Holocaust is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Black metal

41
175 203
Arch Enemy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Melodic death metal, Heavy metal

42
112 121
Gojira is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

43
138 210
Gwar is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Horror punk, Crossover thrash, Thrash metal

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92 99
Morbid Saint is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Death metal

45
82 100
Lääz Rockit is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

46
85 106
Carnivore is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

47
103 139
Ministry is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Doom metal, New Wave, Synthpop

48
53 78
Mekong Delta is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

49
70 63
Violator is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal

50
118 144
Cavalera Conspiracy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Groove metal