Heavy metal is a genre of rock music. It was developed between late 60’s and early 70’s in the USA and UK. It has roots from blues rock and psychedelic rock. The band that produced heavy metal formed a thick and intense sound. Heavy metal music is characterized by greatly amplified distortion, emphatic beats, extended guitar solos and loudness. The style of performance of these bands and the lyrics of the songs depict aggression, masculinity, and machismo. Here are the best heavy metal bands today.

Iron Maiden


Iron Maiden has stolen the hearts of millions of fans throughout the world because of their fearless creative independence and dedication to music. Their album ‘The Book Of Souls’ is known as a masterpiece. The songs of Iron Maiden have a universal appeal. Their stage shows are simply breathless. This band was founded by bassist Steve Harris in the mid 70s. With their third album ‘The Number of the Beast’ in 1982, they just moved the whole world. The band has completed a number of World Tours. They have more than 90 million album sales and more than 2000 live performances in 59 countries. They have so far released 16 studio albums.



It is an American heavy metal band formed in 1981. The original members of the band were James Hetfield (Vocalist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), and Ron McGovney (Bassist). They got famous with their hit song ‘Enter Sandman’. Though their first two albums had good response, but their third album, Master of Puppets, is one of the most important heavy metal albums ever. It became the first thrash metal album to be certified platinum. The title track of this song is the band’s most played song ever. The band released their first music video in 1989. Their 9th studio album, Death Magnetic, received much critical acclaim and the critics call it the best Metallica album in 20 years. This year, the band is working on their 10th album.

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath

This is a heavy metal band formed in 1968 by songwriter and guitarist Tony Iommi (singer), Ozzy Osbourne (bassist), Bill Ward (drummer), and Geezer Butler (lyricist). They are known as the godfathers of heavy metal. Their 13th album was released in 2013.

Judas Priest

Judas Priest

It is a British heavy metal band formed in 1969. It has sold more than 45 million albums so far. According to MTV they are the second best metal band of all time. They became famous with their album ‘British Steel’. They received Grammy Award in 2010. Their songs are featured in video games like the Rock Band series and Guitar Hero.

All these bands are legendary. They all had changes inside the band, and had ups and downs in their careers, but they fought and came out of it. At the end, they have made place at the top heavy metal bands of all time.