I used to listen to pop music and I thought metal was too loud and crappy. But eventually when I started getting into my early teens, I came across Black Sabbath’s Paranoid album (1970). This artwork actually caught my eye and when I put that cassette into the stereo, I never ever listened to pop music the same way I used to. I have seen most of the bands mentioned below. I apologize if I missed any of your favorite band, but here is my list of top 10 metal bands of all time
After quitting Black Sabbath, singer Ronnie James Dio and drummer Vinny Appice joined forces to form the band Dio, which means God in Italian. Ronnie James Dio is one hell of a singer and his band Dio, is on number 10 of my top 10 metal bands of all time list
Motörhead is the second British band in my list of top 10 metal bands of all time. The band were one of the earliest members of the “New Wave of British Heavy Metal” . Motörhead has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.
Here is Lemmy featuring Dave Grohl and Slash – “Ace of Spades”
08 Judas Priest
Judas Priest have recorded a total of sixteen studio albums and sold over 50 million albums worldwide. The band from Birmingham, England is number 8 of the list on my Top 10 Metal Bands of All Time.
Let me leave you guys with one of my favorite Judas Priest song, Painkiller
I am not a huge Slayer fan, but I seen them once for the Big Four concert in the Yankee stadium in Bronx, NY and I was totally blown by their performance. I was there to see Metallica for the first time, but Slayer was the best among the so called “big four”.
My favorite Metal band Megadeth is 6th 🙁 on my top 10 metal bands of all time . I have seen this bands 7 times already and I cannot get enough of them. My favorite song is She-wolf (not to be mistaken by Shakira’s song) which was from the 1997 album Cryptic Writings.
Here is the song She-wolf with a amazing long solo.
I call Pantera a “complete” band, because all the four members Dimebag Darrell (RIP), Vinnie Paul, Rex Brown and Phil Anselmo just complement each other like no other band.
Sepultura means “grave” in Portuguese and this Brazilian heavy metal goes striaight to number 4 on my list of top 10 metal bands of all time. The first album I heard was Arise (1991) and that’s the first time I heard Max Cavalera and I went WOW. Unfortunately I seen this band live with Derrick Green on vocals and personally he sucked. The new Sepultura should stop playing the old song which has Max Cavalera on vocals. I have seen Max Cavalera’s Soulfly three times already and he rocks. Hope sometime in the future Max re-unites with Sepultura.
Let me leave you with my favorite Sepultura song.
03 Iron Maiden
… and the most athletic vocalist award goes to “Bruce Dickinson”. I had the pleasure of seeing Iron Maiden LIVE 11 times in total and every time I see them I want to see them the next time when they are around my area. Iron Maiden has definitely got a unique sound from all the other metal bands around. I wish I could place them higher but they are the number 3 on my top 10 Metal Bands of all time.
Here is the song “The Trooper” from their 1983 album Piece of Mind.
I was a huge Metallica fan, until I heard Megadeth. The debate of who is better will continue forever, but in my list of top 10 Metal Bands of all time Metallica is no.2 (above Megadeth) and that would please Metallica fans. Like it or not, Metallica is HUGE. The drums by Lars Ulrich on Enter Sandman, still gives me the goosebumps. The only flaw I can see in Metallica is Kirk Hammett. Apart from the “Fade to black” solo, there is nothing world class about his guitaring (that’s my opinion and others might disagree)
01 Black Sabbath
I can term Black Sabbath as the “Godfathers of Rock”. All the bands from 10 to 9 from this top 10 Metal Bands list has some Black Sabbath element in their music. Fun Fact: Guitarist Tony Iommi lost the tips of two of his fingers in an accident working at a factory as a teenager.
Let me leave you with Black Sabbath perfrming War pigs LIVE at Paris in 1970