What a time to be alive! No matter where you fit on the age spectrum, there was a time when your growing music tastes aligned with the arrival on new bands taking rock and metal music in a different direction. That's why this list of the Best New Band for Each Year of the '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s and '10s should resonate so well, taking you back to a period of discovery and watching a band emerge and dominate with new music, at least for a specific window of time.

This time span has given us everything from the birth of metal with Black Sabbath in 1970s to the '80s (hair) metal evolution with Poison and Guns N' Roses bringing heavy music back to the forefront. The '90s gave us the birth of grunge and nu-metal with Pearl Jam and Korn among the breakouts, while a garage rock revival led by The Strokes and the rise of emo featuring Panic! at the Disco were big markers of the 2000s. And then you've got the 2010s that gave us a variety of everything.

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One key thing to keep in mind as you scan through the choices is that these lists were compiled as though you were living in that specific year. Who were the bands that emerged with their very first releases? Sure, there are acts who went on to bigger things in the future and some acts reached their peak on their first records, but we're viewing this through the lens of being a rock and metal fan within each specific year and showcasing what was big at the time.

It's been an interesting journey, one that's fun to track looking at how each evolution started and faded in popularity, and in some cases, even came back around again. So join us as we take you through 50 years of hard rock and metal's best new bands by each individual year.

Best New Rock / Metal Band of Every Year in the 1970s

They were all new once.

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Best New Rock / Metal Band of Each Year of the 1980s

Keeping the rock flowing.

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Best New Rock / Metal Band for Each Year of the 1990s

What a diverse decade!

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Best New Rock / Metal Band for Each Year of the 2000s

21st Century explosion.

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Best New Rock / Metal Bands From Each Year of the 2010s

Keeping rock and metal's future bright.

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66 Best Rock Songs of the '90s

You won't want to miss a thing.

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