What are some of the popular heavy metal bands?

Heavy metal is a much too broad of a genre to name many Specific bands. Also these are some of the more popular bands, not necessarily the talented ones.

These are a few sub-genre's that are within Heavy Metal:

Nu-Metal:

  • Slipknot
  • Rammstein
  • Korn
  • System of a Down
  • Linkin Park
  • Staind
  • Disturbed (the best)
  • Papa Roach
  • Breaking Benjamin
  • Mushroom Head

Thrash Metal:

  • Megadeth
  • Metallica
  • Anthrax
  • Slayer
  • Testament
  • Exodus
  • Slayer

Death Metal:

(includes sub-genre's: melodic, technical, brutal, grind, gothenburg, and blackened)

  • Amon Amarth
  • At the Gates
  • Cryptopsy
  • Nile
  • Hate Eternal
  • Deicide
  • Necrophagist
  • Gorguts
  • Cattle Decapitation
  • Cephalic Carnage
  • Pig Destroyer
  • In Flames
  • Dark Tranquility
  • The Haunted
  • Arch Enemy
  • Soilwork

Heavy Metal:

  • Metallica (again)
  • Iron Maiden
  • Manowar
  • Dragonforce
  • Iced Earth
  • Sonata Arctica
  • Rhapsody of Fire
  • Blind Guardian
  • Hammer Fall
  • Kamelot

Metalcore:

(Includes sub-genre's: math, melodic, and death)

Mathcore-

  • The Dillinger Escape Plan
  • Ion Dissonance
  • Behold... the Arctopus
  • Into the Moat
  • Fear Before the March of Flames
  • The Number 12 Looks Like You

Melodic Metalcore-

  • Trivium
  • Bullet for my Valentine
  • Still Remains
  • Killswitch Engaged
  • UnderOATH
  • Poison the Well
  • Atreyu
  • As I Lay Dying

DeathCore-

  • Job for a Cowboy
  • Despised Icon
  • As Blood Runs Black
  • Bring Me the Horizon
  • All Shall Perish
  • Through the Eyes of the Dead
  • Suicide Silence
  • Animosity

Glam Metal-

(Also Known as "hair metal" and Pop Metal". Popularized during the late 70's and early 80's)

  • Bon Jovi
  • Skid Row
  • Guns n Roses
  • Poison
  • Van Halen
  • Kiss
  • Aerosmith
  • Quiet Riot
  • Motley Crue
  • Twisted Sister

Classic metal

  • Judas Priest
  • Iron Maiden
  • Saxon
  • Motorhead

Heavy rock

  • Deep Purple
  • Blue Oyster Cult
  • Led Zeppelin
  • AC/DC

Progressive Metal-

  • Liquid Tension Experiment
  • Rush
  • Porcupine Tree
  • Queen
  • Dream Theater
  • Meshuggah
  • Between the Buried and Me
  • Opeth
  • Pain of Salvation
  • Symphony X
  • Into Eternity

Doom metal

  • Black Sabbath
  • Candlemass
  • Cathedral

Stoner

  • Eyehategod
  • Monster Magnet

Grunge

  • Nirvana
  • Pearl Jam
  • Soundgarden
  • Alice in Chains
  • Jane's Addiction

Symphonic Metal-

  • Dimmu Borgir
  • Nightwish
  • Therion
  • Cradle of Filth
  • Epica
  • Within Temptation
  • Infernaeon

Alternative Metal-

  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Helmet
  • Fugazi
  • Tool
  • Rage Against the Machine
  • White Zombie
  • Deftones