In the spring of 2018, MetalSucks compiled a list of The 50 Most Popular Metal Bands Right Now, According to the Internet.

But as you’re well aware, a LOT can happen in two years. So we’ve decided to update that list for 2020! The updated rankings are below.

How did we compile this list? So glad you asked. We looked at the top 5,000 MetalSucks articles to receive traffic between June 1, 2018 and September 30, 2020 and calculated the total number of pageviews for each post in which the name of the band was contained in the headline. We then added all those pageviews together to come up with a total number for each band. These numbers include headlines that feature a key member of the band — so, for example, any headline with the name “Dave Mustaine” in it was counted towards Megadeth. Any headline which contained the name of the band and the name of a prominent member of that band — e.g., “Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine” — was only counted once.

The numbers were culled from Google Analytics, then sorted and quantified in Excel.

This should go without saying, but we’ll say it anyway to be safe: our methodology is imperfect. For one thing, the list is based purely on total pageview numbers, and is not weighted for post frequency. In other words, it is possible that a band garnered a higher total number of pageviews than another band simply because they were in the news more often (so bands that actually released new music or toured a lot during this period were at an advantage… although some bands are clearly just VERY popular pretty much no matter what). Sometimes, this news cycle-dictated bias affected the overall numbers dramatically. For instance, one single very popular article — a death or major scandal, for example — could skew a band’s ranking tremendously. If we’d stopped tallying pageviews just a month earlier, on August 31, 2020, Fear Factory would have been much further down the list; similarly, if we’d taken pageviews from the month of October thus far into account, Van Halen would be considerably higher.

We are also aware popularity on the Internet is not the ultimate indicator of quality. On the contrary, some of the bands featured here almost surely made the cut because people love to hate them (or at least love to read us hating on them).

Still, there’s no denying that a band or artist whose very name alone automatically piques interest certainly wields power. This being the case, we believe this list is quite telling.


50. Linkin Park

49. The Dillinger Escape Plan 

48. The Faceless 

47. Periphery

46. Anthrax

45. Def Leppard 

Def Leppard

44. Black Sabbath 

43. Judas Priest

Judas Priest at The Warfield, San Francisco, CA, June 24th, 2019. Photo Credit: Simmons Tobias for MetalSucks

42. Cattle Decapitation

41. The Black Dahlia Murder 

40. Babymetal 

39. Disturbed

38. Killswitch Engage

37. Poison

36. Nine Inch Nails

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35. Emmure

34. Kiss

33. Danzig / Misfits

32. Gojira

31. Devin Townsend

30. Trivium

29. Dream Theater

28. Machine Head

27. Cannibal Corpse

26. Ozzy Osbourne

25. Five Finger Death Punch

24. Limp Bizkit

23. Static-X

Photo credit: Jeremy Saffer

22. Dio

21. Deftones

20. Mastodon

19. Iron Maiden

Photo Credit: Simmons Tobias for MetalSucks

18. Van Halen  

Van Halen at Madison Square Garden, 2012. Photo credit: Jacqueline Cheng for MetalSucks.

17. All That Remains

16. Guns N’ Roses

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15. Korn

14. Fear Factory

13. Marilyn Manson

12. Mötley Crüe

11. Rage Against the Machine

10. Megadeth

9. System of a Down

8. Rammstein

7. Pantera

6. Ghost

Ghost at the SSE Arena, Wembley, London, November 22, 2019. Photo Credit: Stewart Marsden for MetalSucks

5. Lamb of God

Photo by Travis Shinn

4. Slayer

3. Tool

Tool at The SAP Center, San Jose, CA, January 14, 2020. Photo Credit: Simmons Tobias for MetalSucks.

2. Metallica

1. Slipknot

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