74 artists, 1874 songs

Heavy metal reached its peak of popularity during the 1980s when bands like AC/DC, Guns N' Roses, Judas Priest and Van Halen topped the pop charts. New wave of British heavy metal (NWOBHM) bands like Motorhead and Iron Maiden created a heavier and faster style of metal, influencing new American bands like Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer. Drawing inspiration from '70s glam rockers like Sweet and Slade, bands like Motley Crue, Twisted Sister and Quiet Riot crafted catchy pop metal. Guitar heroes Joe Satriani and Yngwie J Malmsteen took guitar playing to new heights with incredible displays of technical virtuosity on their metal-influenced tunes.