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Megadeth is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson formed the band in 1983 shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica. A pioneer of the American thrash metal scene, Megadeth is credited as one of the genre's "big four," along with Metallica, Anthrax, and Slayer, responsible for thrash metal's development and popularization. Megadeth plays in a technical style, featuring complex arrangements and fast rhythm sections. Themes of death, war, politics, and religion are prominent in the song lyrics.

In 1985, the band released its debut album, Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!, on the independent label Combat Records. The album's moderate commercial success caught the attention of bigger labels, which led to Megadeth signing with Capitol Records. Their first major-label album, Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?, was released in 1986 and influenced the underground metal scene. Despite its prominence in thrash metal, frequent disputes between its members and substance abuse issues brought Megadeth negative publicity during this period.

After the lineup stabilized, the band released a number of platinum-selling albums, including Rust in Peace (1990) and Countdown to Extinction (1992). These albums, along with touring worldwide, helped bring public recognition to Megadeth. The band temporarily disbanded in 2002 when Mustaine suffered an arm injury and re-established in 2004 without bassist Ellefson, who had taken legal action against Mustaine. Ellefson settled with Mustaine out of court and rejoined the group in 2010. Megadeth has hosted its own music festival, Gigantour, several times since July 2005.

Megadeth has sold over 38 million records worldwide, earned platinum certification in the United States for five of its fifteen studio albums, and received twelve Grammy nominations. Megadeth won its first Grammy Award in 2017 for the song "Dystopia" in the Best Metal Performance category. The band's mascot, Vic Rattlehead, regularly appears on album artwork and, since 2010, in live shows. The group has experienced controversy over its musical approach and lyrics, including album bans and canceled concerts. MTV has refused to play two of the band's videos that the network considered to condone suicide.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Killing Is My Business… and Business Is Good! Megadeth 3.3 21
1986 Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying? Megadeth 4.45 24
1988 So Far, So Good… So What! Megadeth 3 20
1990 Rust in Peace Megadeth 4.35 19
1992 Countdown to Extinction Megadeth 4.1 20
1994 Youthanasia Megadeth 3.85 15
1997 Cryptic Writings Megadeth 3.8 16
1999 Risk Megadeth 3.5 13
2001 The World Needs a Hero Megadeth 2 8
2004 The System Has Failed Megadeth 2.8 3
2007 United Abominations Megadeth 3.35 5
2009 Endgame Megadeth 3.35 7
2011 Th1rt3en Megadeth 3 4
2013 Super Collider Megadeth 4 15
2016 Dystopia Megadeth 4 12

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Megabox: Single Collection Megadeth 1
1997 The Originals Megadeth 1
2000 Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years Megadeth 2
2002 Still, Alive… and Well? Megadeth 4
2005 Greatest Hits: Back to the Start Megadeth 3 8
2007 Warchest Megadeth 2
2007 Extended Versions Megadeth 1
2008 Anthology: Set the World Afire Megadeth 4
2014 Icon Megadeth 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Live Trax Megadeth 1
2002 Rude Awakening Megadeth 2 6
2006 Unplugged in Boston Megadeth 1
2007 That One Night: Live in Buenos Aires Megadeth 3
2010 Rust in Peace: Live Megadeth 3
2010 The Big 4: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth & Anthrax 3
2013 Countdown to Extinction: Live Megadeth 3


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 Wake Up Dead Megadeth 2
1988 Anarchy in the U.K. Megadeth 2
1988 Mary Jane Megadeth 2
1990 Holy Wars… The Punishment Due Megadeth 2
1991 Hangar 18 Megadeth 6
1992 Symphony of Destruction Megadeth 6
1992 Foreclosure of a Dream Megadeth 2
1992 Skin o’ My Teeth Megadeth 2
1992 Sweating Bullets Megadeth 5
1994 Train of Consequences Megadeth 4
1995 À tout le monde Megadeth 3
1997 Trust Megadeth 2
2004 Die Dead Enough Megadeth 2
2004 Of Mice and Men Megadeth 1
2005 The Scorpion Megadeth 1
2009 Head Crusher Megadeth 3
2010 The Right to Go Insane Megadeth 2
2010 Sudden Death Megadeth 1
2011 Public Enemy No. 1 Megadeth 2
2013 Super Collider Megadeth 1
2015 Fatal Illusion Megadeth 2
2015 The Threat Is Real Megadeth 1
2016 Dystopia Megadeth 1

Single + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 No More Mr. Nice Guy Megadeth 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Last Rites Megadeth 1
1995 Hidden Treasures Megadeth 4 6
1998 Cryptic Sounds: No Voices in Your Head Megadeth 1
2000 Breadline EP Megadeth 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 The Rockview Interviews Megadeth 1

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