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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1,339 526
Slayer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Rock music

2
1,258 603
Megadeth is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

3
890 399
Kreator is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Gothic rock, Industrial metal

4
838 428
Exodus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

5
1,205 744
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

6
870 447
Anthrax is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Groove metal

7
577 247
Sodom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Black metal

8
744 344
Overkill is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

9
682 415
Sepultura is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Nu metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

10
876 552
Pantera is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

11
463 224
Destruction is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

12
470 299
Death Angel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

13
453 289
Annihilator is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

14
359 190
Dark Angel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

15
347 253
Nuclear Assault is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

16
409 289
Suicidal Tendencies is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

17
266 231
D.R.I. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

18
296 217
Metal Church is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

19
224 158
Sacred Reich is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

20
221 121
Havok is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
gusfipe added

21
242 184
Voivod is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Industrial metal

22
250 217
Municipal Waste is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Crust punk

23
240 190
Celtic Frost is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Doom metal, Glam metal, Thrash metal

24
272 155
Stormtroopers of Death is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

25
203 150
Vio-Lence is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Heavy metal

26
240 156
Flotsam and Jetsam is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

27
199 143
Possessed is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Rock music, Black metal

28
313 307
Lamb of God is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Melodic death metal

29
230 176
Mercyful Fate is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

30
171 178
Bathory is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Viking metal, Black metal

31
152 142
Heathen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

32
178 171
Corrosion of Conformity is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Rock music

33
98 107
Pestilence is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Technical death metal, Heavy metal

34
103 88
Vektor is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
JosephKoppe added Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Black metal

35
190 191
Accept is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

36
132 124
Sadus is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

37
94 94
Demolition Hammer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

38
144 162
Prong is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Industrial metal

39
90 91
Exumer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Thrash metal

40
149 167
Toxic Holocaust is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Black metal

41
118 121
Gojira is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

42
179 205
Arch Enemy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Melodic death metal, Heavy metal

43
89 107
Carnivore is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Heavy metal

44
141 211
Gwar is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Horror punk, Crossover thrash, Thrash metal

45
95 100
Morbid Saint is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Death metal

46
107 140
Ministry is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Doom metal, New Wave, Synthpop

47
83 102
Lääz Rockit is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

48
123 146
Cavalera Conspiracy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Groove metal

49
141 171
Soulfly is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

50
146 180
Fear Factory is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Thrash Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Industrial metal, Groove metal