This is a list of heavy metal artists from the first fourteen years of the movement. For bands that formed after 1981, please consult the lists for each heavy metal subgenre.
The greatest heavy metal bands include some of the most iconic names in music. Bands like Judas Priest and Black Sabbath paved the way for many of today's biggest acts.
The original video for "Paranoid"
Black Sabbath are one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time.
Last week we asked our readers to vote for their favorite metal bands. As predicted, we got tons of feedback. No poll we've ever conducted has racked up so many votes.
List of 100 Greatest Metal Bands plus 30 Founding Artists of Metal as compiled by digitaldreamdoor.com
Iron Maiden - The Trooper - from 1983's Piece Of Mind
Iron Maiden were pioneers of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal in the late '70s/early '80s.
Based on over 36,000 votes, Metallica is ranked number 1 out of 622 choices. Agree? Disagree? Place your vote on the top 10 list of Best Metal Bands.
As Metallica rev up for Glastonbury, we salute rock's heavy hitters
Enter Sandman [Official Music Video]. From the album "Metallica." Director: Wayne Isham. Filmed in June 1991 in Los Angeles, CA.
Metallica has won 8 Grammy awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.
MetalSucks recently polled more than a hundred of metal's most revered musicians, critics, journalists, artists, publicists, and industry insiders to find out which 25 bands represent the very BEST in the history of metal. Whether you missed our countdown or you'd just like to review the results again, we've made life a little easier for you by gathering the entire list in one place.